Monday, March 18, 2019

THE AMERICAN FASCIST


Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

THE AMERICAN FASCIST

While White supremacist terrorism is exploding in America and all over the world, and there is relatively no terrorism on our Mexican border, Donald Trump doesn't see the increasing incidents of murder and mayhem by White nationalists as a serious problem, yet he declared a "National Emergency" on men, women and children on our Southern border. And while brushing off terrorist acts by White supremacists as just a small group of "people with a problem", he characterizes Hispanic immigrants looking for a better life as “an invasion” requiring a military response. That says it all about Donald Trump. But it goes far beyond that. This admitted nationalist and clueless aspiring dictator has actually threatened America with violence by his own supporters!!!
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During an interview in Breitbart News Trump threatened, “It Would Be ‘Very Bad’ if my police [and] biker gang fans decided to get ‘tough’ on my opponents .” He went on to brag to Matthew Boyle of Breitbart, "I can tell you, I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump - I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough - until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
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Decoded - since Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney and "fixer" for over a decade, testified to congress that Trump tends to speak in code - Trump's words seem to say, if you don't leave me alone and stop investigating me, I'm gonna tell my big brother and he'll bring his gang to beat you up. 
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It's horrifying when you consider that you're listening to the President of the United States. He doesn't even sound like a responsible adult, much less the leader of the free world. Trump sounds like a sniveling 8-year-old playing in a sandbox and angry because the other kids won’t play by his rules - and both mentally, and intellectually, that's exactly what he is. But the problem for humanity is, he’s a very dangerous 8-year-old, both to American democracy, and to humanity as a whole. So the entire world is holding its breath, because everyone can see that Trump is clearly unstable and fully unprepared for the awesome responsibility that's been laid at his feet. The pressure could cause him to crack at any given moment before our eyes.
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America under Donald Trump is like having the pilot of a 747 leave his 8-year-old son in the cockpit while he goes to pee. While the plane may be on autopilot, anything could happen. In addition, Trump is under the gun in multiple areas, he's severely lacking in the maturity and intellect to handle the pressure, and he'd do anything to keep the world from knowing that. He's such a malignant narcissist that he's desperate to maintain the image he's cultivated over the years, and at any cost. So he'd rather kill us all than to have to face his shortcomings. Thus, what we have in the Oval Office is a clueless and cowardly actor who's fully unqualified to fulfill his role.
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And beyond that (if that's not bad enough), there's ample evidence that Trump's instability is affecting the nation as a whole. I’ve never been in love with the GOP, but I never thought I’d see the day when Republicans would support a cowardly draft dodger who slanders a dead American hero, sucks up to a Russian dictator, and refuses to honor our war dead due to rain. So he's making complete idiocy the norm among a sizeable segment of both the self-serving, and undereducated parts population.
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Trump said that he loves the poorly educated. Of course he does, because they're just like him. They lack historic perspective and live by emotion rather than common sense, so they're easily manipulated and easy to convince that his narcissistic view of reality is what America is all about.  He's convinced them that he is America, so to oppose Trump is to oppose America as a whole. He's building a personality cult. That's why he doesn't hesitate to demand personal loyalty among those around him, instead of loyalty to our national institutions.
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Many evangelicals even claim that God sent Donald Trump among us. Maybe he did, but they must remember that God works in mysterious ways, so maybe he sent Trump among us to bring down the evangelicals and GOP as grossly disingenuous self-servers, because that's exactly what their unwavering support of him clearly demonstrates - that they're willing to follow anyone, no matter how evil and incompetent, who will cater to their bigotry, hypocrisy, and greed.   

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As a former Marine I can say, without a doubt, that Trump is pathologically delusional. He's in way over his head, and because he dodged military service himself, he doesn't have any understanding of the mindset of the people who are dedicated to protecting our institutions. As a draft dodger, suspected traitor, and with the background of a spoiled rich brat with autocratic tendencies, he's the epitome of everything our military and intelligence community despise. He's calling the very people who have been protecting our liberty for generations "the enemy of the people" because they refuse to pledge their loyalty to him instead of the nation. So he's a threat to the very democracy that these men and women have dedicated their lives to defending. That's why he's been bumping heads with the FBI and other intelligence agencies; that's also why they're being forced through necessity to limit the information that he's being provided. Think about that for a minute - the President of the United States can't be trusted with our most sensitive information. It's an unbelievable situation.
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But Trump is too self-absorbed to realize that these are not the kind of self-serving political minions who will pledge their loyalty to a lunatic; they're selfless and clear-thinking career professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting America. They've already pledged their loyalty, and not to a fly-by-night tinhorn dictator wannabe, but to our democracy and the American people, but this fact is blowing right past him.
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So the fact is, Trump didn't have to go limping into the draft board lying about having a bone spur, the Marine Corps uses boot camp to rid themselves of people like Trump routinely, because they know that such people are all mouth and bluster with no backbone - as he proved conclusively when this nation called upon him to serve. The marines call it, drumming them out of the corps. They have enough experience with characters like Trump to know that such people can't be depended on when the chips are down, because they're invariably cowards. That's why the military told him to "shove it" when he tried to demand a military parade.
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But Trump's pathological narcissism is blinding him to the fact that he's a weasel trying to command a pride of lions. Our military doesn't see him as a Commander in Chief, that was President Eisenhower; they see him as a draft-dodging idiot that they're being force to tolerate.
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And another thing Trump fails to realize, is that these people don't play. They're the consummate professionals who take our national security dead seriously, while Trump is so self-serving and clueless that he ignores condition reports in order to watch Fox news coverage of himself for hours on end, give away state secrets to Russians visiting the Oval Office, and pass out security clearances to family and friends like poker chips to be used as business assets, and now we've even gotten down to his doing business with message parlors. If the current reality under Trump had been submitted as a possible James Bond script, it would have been rejected as far too unbelievable. That's why I jump out of bed every morning and turn on my computer to see if Trump is still around, because I'm convinced that our career professionals are only going to wait on Mueller for so long. Our national security is on the line, but Trump doesn't seem to recognize the significance of that. He's used to playing self-serving games.  He's like a geriatric child playing with toy soldiers, but these soldiers are real, and again, they're deadly serious.
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MAJOR  GENERAL PAUL EATON, RET.

Retired Major General Paul Eaton penned what some have referred to as a "jaw-dropping" response to Trump's call for a military parade. The general said the following:
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“Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies, and this is just another example. For someone who just declared it was ‘treasonous’ to not applaud him, and for someone who has, in the past, admired the tactics of everyone from Saddam Hussein to Vladimir Putin, it is clear that a military parade isn’t about saluting the military — it’s about making a display of the military saluting him.
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“The military is not Donald Trump’s to use and abuse in this way.” The retired major general went on to say that the military would not be “reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump’s image. Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a banana republic strong man.”

In a previous article, Donald Trump's Brand of Mental Illness, I responded to a commenter that made the following statement online:
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“Is what we are seeing actually mental illness, or is it a result of being born into a family that requires nothing from the child? Trump was a millionaire at age 7. He was given everything, worked for nothing and learned how to con. I am struggling to see this as mental illness.”
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In response, I pointed out the following:
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Being rich can contribute to mental illness just as easily as poverty. The very conditions you described can lead to a bratty and dysfunctional personality so pronounced that it led to Trump never having a real friend or anyone who really cared about him in his life. The loneliness and desperation to prove himself worthy resulting from that can lead to his becoming the narcissistic sociopath that he is.
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All through life Trump's had to convince himself that people hate him because he’s so brilliantly special that the average person is incapable of understanding him. He HAD to indulge in this delusion just to maintain his self-esteem. That’s why he’s always bragging, lying, and promoting himself – “I was the top student in my class at Wharton”; and “I had the largest inaugural in American history.” Both lies were easily debunked. With respect to being at the top of his class at Wharton, a simple glance at the Honor Roll showed that his name was nowhere to be found, and his claim of having the biggest inaugural crowd ever was debunked by aerial photos that clearly showed that the crowd at his inaugural was a mere fraction of that at Barack Obama’s inauguration. There was such a contrast between the two that the White House tried to pass off doctored photos of the two events to avoid embarrassment.  
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                            TRUMP                                                                     OBAMA


But for Donald Trump, the only thing important in life is trying to get the world to embrace his delusion of grandeur, even if he has to bring down America, and the entire world, to do it - and that's exactly what we're seeing play out in his administration. That’s what makes Trump so dangerous.  He wouldn’t hesitate to start WWIII just to save face and to prevent the world from seeing the failure and absolute fraud that he is, and he's always been.   
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And it’s not the first time Trump has threatened the nation.  While testifying before congress, Trump’s former fixer for over 10 years, Michael Cohen, told the panel two things about Trump that particularly stuck out – one, that Trump speaks in code, and two, which was really chilling, he said Trump wouldn’t leave office peacefully. When we consider those comments, along with Trump’s remark about his biker friends, and then an earlier comment that Trump made to Reuters when asked about the possibility of impeachment that “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened,” we have to ask ourselves, was that coded speech to his renegade supporters, or was it simply the deranged rantings of a man steeped in delusion. Either way, it's not good news for America.
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America shouldn’t take this talk of Donald Trump's instability lightly. This is the man who’s walking around with the nuclear football, yet he's so immature that his greatest joys in life is watching television news coverage of himself, playing golf, and getting into childish spitball fights on Twitter – and don’t forget, this is a guy with extremely thin skin, and the sky is falling in on him as a result of multiple investigations. And worst of all, again, and this cannot be overemphasized, this is the man walking around with the nuclear codes, and who told Kim Jong-Un, "My button is bigger than yours."
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So Trump's demand for a military parade for himself clearly shows that he's not interested in what he can do to improve America or the world at all; it's all about Donald Trump. Through his narcissistic eyes all America represents to is a powerful extension of his own ego.  So we're in a precariously dangerous situation. Absolutely everything that Trump has done since he's been in office has been designed to make himself look good to his mindless supporters, so this can't continue.  Donald Trump is about to implode, so it is absolutely imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure that he can't take America, and the world, down with him.  This man doesn't belong in the White House; he belongs in a state hospital - and if we continue to just sit on our hands and do nothing, maybe we belong there with him.






AND WE’VE BEEN WARNED

“John Gartner, Ph.D. is the founder of ‘Duty to Warn’ an organization intent on warning our country that we are in dire trouble due to our president’s mental instability. More than 60,000 mental health professionals have signed John’s petition, which states:
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‘We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’”

SO TRUMP SUPPORTERS NEED TO STOP AND ASK THEMSELVES, ARE THEY REALLY PATRIOTS WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY, OR ARE THEY SO ANGRY, GREEDY, AND VINDICTIVE TOWARD OTHER AMERICANS THAT THEY'RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THIS COUNTRY, THEIR CHILDREN’S FUTURE, AND POSSIBLY, THE WORLD?




























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Eric L. Wattree 
Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does. 









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Friday, March 15, 2019

THE EULIPIANS REVISITED

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
THE EULIPIANS

Eulipian is a word that came out of the jazz culture, coined by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. It describes independent thinkers who dance to their own music and avoid becoming a part of any group. Eulipians don't indulge in group-think, or care anything at all about common wisdom, custom, trends, or traditions, nor do they care what other people think. The only thing important to a Eulipian is what he or she thinks. So if you tell a Eulipian, "Well, Malcolm said thus and so."  A true Eulipian will tell you, "I'm sure Malcom did say that, but you're not talking to Malcolm, you're talking to me."
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ODE TO THE EUPILIANS

So once again I indulge my ritual. I sit here in the womb of the night, serenading the birth of a new day by contemplating, and celebrating, my youth. I think of Watts, of the Jordan Downs, the Imperial Courts, Nickerson Gardens, and the Pueblo Del Rio Bricks just a few clicks down the tracks. I think of the 60s, of Dashikis, and the sweet sounds of Miles caressing my young consciousness as proud and beautifully Afro'ed sisters strut across the landscape of my mind - Hey, Gil, there's a morning thought.
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But what I think of most, are those older brothers, the ghetto griots, who constantly sought to enlighten our minds; who introduced me to Bird, Dex, Miles, and Trane, and who laid the foundation that colored the rest of my life. They planted a seed in my soul that has continued to flourish, and now bears the fruit from many days past. These, were the Eulipians; nameless heroes, ghetto scholars, and the custodians of Black wisdom.
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So all these many years later, this one’s for you, good brothers. I bring it full circle - from you, back to you, because I was listening, and I continue to walk in your wisdom:
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Some of the greatest minds I've ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lot of ghetto liquor stores.
At their feet I embraced the love of knowledge,
And through their tutelage defined 
self-worth in my own terms.
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These were the "Eulipians" — writers, poets,
musicians, painters, and uncommon drunks —
those shade-tree philosophers who
contemplated the fungus between the
toes of society; Who danced with reckless abandon,
unfettered by formal inhibition
through the presumptuous
speculation of the ages; Who live in county jails, cardboard boxes, alley ways, and luxury Apartments.
Insignificant here in Great Bruteland,
but of ultimate significance in the eyes of God.

While these obscure intellectuals
stood well outside the mainstream
of academy, I watched with astonished delight as
they sang, scat, scribed, and pontificated 

their wisdom and various philosophies into the
mainstream of human knowledge.
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Their philosophy?
knowledge is free, thus,
will transcend attempts
to be contained through barriers
of caste or privilege,
leaving man's innate thirst
for knowledge free to someday
overwhelm his lust for stupidity.
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THEY SAID, FREE YOUR MIND, AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW,
AS BEAUTIFUL SISTERS SWAYED, HARRIET SMILED,
AND THEY INTERWEAVED BLACK HISTORY INTO THE
SOULFUL PROGRESSIONS OF
BIRD, MONK, MILES, AND TRANE.
THEY PUT OUR JOURNEY IN TRUE PERSPECTIVE
WITH ALL THE UGLINESS OF OUR BEAUTY IN TACT.
"YOU CANNOT GROW WHILE TRYIN' TO BULLSHIT YOURSELF -
THAT'S WHERE AMERICA HAS COME UP SHORT."

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AND MY YOUNG MIND SOAKED UP EVERY DROP.
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THEY DID IT THUSLY:


Eric L. Wattree
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, CHRISTIANITY, AND BIGOTRY

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, CHRISTIANITY, AND BIGOTRY
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At the very outset I'd like to point out that I’m a passionate man of God. I don't go around "testifying" to everybody I meet about how much I love God, but I’m one of the most spiritual people you’ll ever meet. On the other hand, I'm just as passionate in my complete disdain for religion - ALL religions. Religion cloaks man's evil in the name of God. Behind the humble and benevolent smile of Christian charity lies the racist noose of vicious intolerance. It epitomizes the self-serving creation of man to further his own selfish needs. That’s why I have the courage to tell you what I’m about to say, because I'm completely uninhibited by fear of the Bogey Man dragging me off to the pits of Hell. That's the kind of malevolent, Dracula-type scenario that you feed children in order to scare them into submission, and into accepting the pure, unadulterated, nonsense of walking dead men and talking snakes.
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So let me start by giving you my definition of God. God is whatever entity, process, or being that is responsible for what we consider reality. In fact, God, Nature, and the Universe may be one and the same, and he, she, or it has absolutely nothing to do with religion. So once again, and I can't say this enough, religion is a malevolent creation of man, not God.
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So now that we have my position in a nutshell, the following rationale is what has caused me to come to my conclusion:
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According to the Bible, God doesn't seem to acknowledge anyone unless they're a White male. Open up your Bible and try to find a St. Willie, St. Linda, or St. Chong, or go into nearly any church in America and look at their portrayal of Jesus. If Jesus had been the Scandinavian White man who’s generally portrayed by Christians, and he had been born in the desert, they wouldn't have had to crucify him, he would have died of heat stroke.
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So right off the bat, I have a problem. The God described in the Bible seems to have a suspicious tendency to suffer from the exact same kinds of bigotry and prejudices as the White Anglo-Saxon male. And if Christians will lie to us while simply describing what Jesus looked like, how can we even begin to believe anything they claim that he said?  Chances are, we wouldn't if we'd been introduced to religion as clear-thinking adults, but in this, and most other cultures we're indoctrinated into our religious beliefs as  children, and before we've developed the necessary intellect to consider what we're being asked to believe. As a result, when we become adults, nonsense has become a part of our being. So the fact is, we have no more logically objective reason to believe in Christianity than we do Voodoo, because they both involve the walking dead.
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DID GOD TELL HIM THAT?
That's why "faith" plays such a large role in religion. You don't have to have "faith" in the existence of God, you have a universe all around you where everything works in perfect harmony to attest to his existence. You only have to have "faith" in man, and the nonsense he's asking you to believe about God. So when you say you have faith in God, you're faith is not really in God, your faith is actually in what you've been TOLD about God. Thus, all you're actually saying is, "I believe you, White man." Because the fact is, Pope Damasus I (who compiled the Bible from a collection of his favorite writers) fused God, or what we commonly refer to as "The word of God," with his personal opinion about God, and his opinion is no more valid or invalid than the opinion that I'm presenting here. So what we so reverently refer to as "The Scriptures" are nothing more than the superstitious rantings of 3000-year-old dead men - and these men were no more moral, or any closer to God than we are today. They were the Pat Robertsons of their day - and every bit as ignorant.
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If a man passed out in the public square and Jesus brought him around by splashing water in his face, many of the people of that time would think he brought the man back from the dead, or if Jesus was walking along the beach with the setting Sun reflecting on the wet sand behind him, to many of these people it would look like he was walking on water. So many of the stories in the Bible - at least those that were not just purposely made up - are a direct result of pure ignorance. If Adam and Eve were the first people on Earth, where did the people come from that Cain went to live with after he slew his brother Abel?
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So when I hear today's religious leaders and so-called men of wisdom spewing this utter nonsense, it strikes my ear as amazing.  But there's an upside to that - it has caused me to question EVERYTHING that's said by any man. There's no man - Black or White, living or dead - who's so brilliantly infallible that I take everything he says, or said, at face value. People will often tell me, "But Malcolm said . . ." And I'm quick to tell 'em, "But you're not talking to Malcolm, you're talking to me." We should ALWAYS be independent thinkers, and never allow anyone to make us feel obligated to stand at attention at the mere mention of another man's name. There's no man, or woman, who has ever lived who is any more special, or "anointed," than you are. Man simply claims that God "anoints" certain people as special in order to rob you of your common sense. So if you claim to be a person of faith, start by having faith in your own ability to think.
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All religions are merely a form of socialized brainwashing. Every culture does it in order to try to claim that they're somehow special in the eyes of God. That's exactly why religion is the primary cause of 99% of all of the bigotry, wars, hatred and mayhem in the world today. That's also the reason why if a devout Christian who was born in Georgia had been born in Israel, he'd be a devout Jew, or if born in Iran, he'd be a devout Muslim, or if he'd been born in China, chances are he'd a Buddhist. Every culture creates their own version of God, and then they put their own version of "you are the chosen people" in his mouth. There are no chosen people. There are just people with common sense, and superstitious idiots.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS - THE LYING EVANGELICAL

SARAH SANDERS: "It was out of respect for our President that world leaders observed a moment of silence during Vice President Pence’s speech in Munich." . That's complete nonsense. World leaders didn't applaud at the mention of Donald Trump because they view him as a despicable and incompetent creep. But that's why Trump had to find an Evangelical for Press Secretary - he needed someone practiced in lying.
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REV. ROBERT JEFFRESS - THE POMPOUS HYPOCRITE
REV. Robert Jeffress: "These ‘Never Trump’ evangelicals are morons. They are absolutely spineless morons and they cannot admit that they were wrong."
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Evangelical Minister Robert Jeffress is so pompous and delusional that he's taken it upon himself to personally give Donald Trump "God's authority" to carry out his mission. But who is he!!!? He doesn't have a special pipeline to God, nor does he know any more about God than you do.
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The fact is, there are over 4,200 religions on Earth, and God doesn’t have anything to do with any one of them. If God had created religion, there would be only one, and everybody would be expected to adhere to it. So all these various doctrines are complete nonsense, and regardless of what your preacher tells you, he doesn't know any more about God than you do, and the underlying message that Christianity is sending your children in this culture is Black people are ungodly, and that's destroying Black people, just like it was intended to do. Because the White establishment can't afford to have a nation full of well-educated Barack Obamas walking around the country. What would that do to their power and control? That's exactly why the White Evangelical above is calling Christians who don't support trump morons. So religion is not about God at all. The establishment simply uses the name of God to maintain power and control. The same is true in every country.
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That's why education is so important. It gives you the confidence to think for yourself and not allow others to think for you because you assume that they're privy to a source of knowledge that you don't possess. We must ALL become independent thinkers. Since no one man corners the market on either knowledge, wisdom, or intellect, what I don't know, you might. So we must educate ourselves as individuals, and then begin to educate one another, because we all see with clarity our own piece of the puzzle of knowledge. Just because you see something that I don't see, that doesn't make you superior to me, it simply means that you're unique in your vision of the world, just as I am.  While I see what I'm currently telling you with complete clarity, I have to hire somebody else to change the oil in my car, so we all specialize in our own area of knowledge.
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When I was in college I had a friend name Murphy, and we got through college together. I was good at writing, and he was a whiz at math, so we helped one another in those areas in which we had a special expertise. Neither one of us was any smarter than the other, we simply had different areas of knowledge in which we excelled. We all have these areas of knowledge, that's why it's important that instead of becoming followers, we come together to educate one another.  So we should never give anyone else's ability to think priority over our own. Moving forward is a group effort. Thus, when we follow the mind of just one man, we limit the scope of our knowledge. We don't need one voice speaking for millions, we need millions speaking with one voice - one collective voice that's been informed by the entire group.
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Clear evidence of that is while Black people claim to love their brothers and sisters, some of us have allowed White attitudes in this country to influence our thinking to the point that we’ll kill each other without giving it a second thought. In addition, many of these people feel absolutely no shame in calling the very womb of our culture “bitches”, “hoes”, and "tramps." That’s because they're followers instead of independent thinkers, and in this case, they're following the White man, even with respect to his negative attitude toward they're own people. That's what kept Gladys Knight from recognizing the wisdom of standing firm with her own people with respect to her Super Bowl performance.
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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY THE "BIBLE BELT" IS THE MOST RACIST PART OF THE COUNTRY? WELL, I THINK YOU SHOULD START. IT SPEAKS VOLUMES.
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THE BIBLE BELT: Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma.
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Gladys is a Christian, so all of her life she's been indoctrinated into the belief that God wants her to give the White man priority. After all, they look just like Jesus, so when she looks at the White man, she sees Jesus. And just as bad is, instead of the Black preachers they're following using they're gift of gab to educate Black people, and helping Black people to become aware of the beauty of our culture and our innate intellect, they're following the White man too, and busy promising Black people "streets of gold" when they die, while robbing them of the money that they should be spending on their children while they're still alive - just like the White man. That's because the preacher's primary area of expertise is hustler. Think about it - what good is gold gonna do you in Heaven? The preacher's certainly not waiting until he drops dead to get his cut. He's taking all he can get, right here, and right now, just like the White man.
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The fact is, preachers are the most brainwashed of all - that's why he's a preacher in the first place. He doesn't give a damn about his people. He has the exact same motives as the White man. If it wasn't for money, prestige, and cute young girls, we wouldn't even be able to draft a preacher - and they don't care nothing about God; they're feathering their own nests. Why do you think he has a bigger car than you, a bigger house you, and he doesn't have to worry about paying his bills?  And no, he's not getting it from Jesus, he's stealing it from you.
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So the bottom line is, any man who claims to be "anointed" by God to tell you what's on God's mind is arrogant and delusional. While one might ask me, "Well, isn't that what you're currently doing?" The answer is an unequivocal no. I'm simply sharing my thoughts on the subject, not standing in a pulpit week after week expecting to be paid to relay messages from God every Sunday. If Black people would just stop for one second and use the common sense that God bestowed upon them, they would immediately recognize the stupidity of such an arrangement.
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Black people need to recognize that as a direct result of having to face adversity, racism and bigotry from the time we open their eyes in the morning until the time we close them at night, it has made us MORE rather than less. But when we fail to educate ourselves we tend to assume that "educated people" (meaning White people, for the most part, or Black preachers who were "ordained" to be a messenger of God by authority of the White man ) have a superior intellect, so we tend to discount our own. But there's a big difference between education, being ordained, and intellect. The fact is, we have already demonstrated we have an intellectual capacity that is at the very least, comparable to any group of people on Earth. What we call "soul" is nothing less than intellectual creativity literally overflowing from neglect, and many of the things that White supremacists take credit for in this country are actually the product of Black minds. It was the power of Black intellect that sent man to the Moon, for example, but they'll never tell you that.

Ms. Katherine Johnson did the math necessary to send man into outer space, and then when they invented computers - also largely the product of a Black mind - NASA had Ms. Johnson check their calculations before they sent John Glenn to orbit the Earth - John Glenn insisted upon it. And Ms. Johnson wasn't even a scientist, she was a school teacher.
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We have, literally, tens of thousands of minds just like Katherine's in the Black community, but instead of developing their intellect, they're wasting their time learning to Twerk and engaged in other frivolous pursuits.  They're using the most powerful asset they possess for entertainment - and yes, while we call it worship, church is just another form of entertainment. We pay the preacher to provide us with song, a few uplifting fairytales, and a spoken-word concert every Sunday. We're one of the few groups in America who are confusing this battlefield with a playground. So we need to get up off our knees and recognize who we are. We can say our prayers before we go to bed (like I do), but we need to tell these preachers to either get on their jobs and start preaching Black empowerment, or get out of our lives and stop beggin'. We can establish our relationship with God on our own.
 
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The White man recognized the power of the Black intellect when he had us in slavery. That's what Jim Crow was about, keeping our intellect in check and keeping us from recognizing it at any cost. That's why bigots hated Barack Obama so intensely, because he used the power of his Black mind to play them like a fiddle, and without busting even one sweat bubble - and if you recall, when Rev. Jerimiah Wright's ego got out of control and he tried to weasel in one the act - which they generally do, since most of them are heavily into self-glorification - Obama simply dumped him.  Barack was on a mission, so he didn't have time for that self-serving non-sense..
DELUSIONS ATTRIBUTED TO GOD
So if Black people want to move forward, we must have confidence in what God has bestowed upon us, and we must always remember that God speaks to us through common sense, not through scriptures. Once again, regardless to what we were taught as children, “The Scriptures” are nothing more than the clueless rantings of 3000-year-old dead men who believed in talkin’ snakes, and who were no more moral, or knew any more about God than we do today. But you just can’t get that across to some people, primarily because they were snagged as children. So they're so afraid of the Bogey man dragging them off to Hell” that they continue to blindly dance to the White man’s bigoted music while completely ignoring his shackles. If they'd simply follow the common sense that God gave us, they'd recognize that.
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You don't have to listen to the words of man to be Godly. In fact, just the opposite is true. If you want to live a Godly life, simply place your faith in the common sense that God bestowed upon you and completely ignore the corrupting words of man. Man is self-serving, so he preaches what benefits him, not you, or God.
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So, believe me, slavery still exists, but now it exists in our minds instead of the brutal cotton fields of Georgia - do you hear me Gladys? That’s why you fell all over yourself for the opportunity to sing a homage to White supremacy that glorifies the slaughter of runaway slaves who were desperately trying to free themselves. But instead of recognizing that fact, Ms. Knight, you've been so brainwashed that your attitude was,  “I'm with you, White man - how dare they disrespect the flag by implying that we don’t have the right to kill a few godless Black heathens!!!? It’s an act of God!" And then you started skinnin' and grinnin' and singin' your tribute to White supremacy - "OH SAY CAN YOU SEE . . . !"
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It was disgusting. But what's even more disgusting is you've been so brainwashed that you don't even know what you did wrong.  You see, when White people are being patriotic it's a tribute to what they consider their own greatness, but when Black people place patriotism before their culture, it legitimizes their own degradation and oppression. They're saying, "I'm sure glad you came and rescued me from Africa, boss."
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So again, yes, I believe in God, and no, I don’t hate all White people. My true brothers and sisters are not simply those who look like me (like you do, Ms. Knight), but those who THINK like me, whether they be Black, White, or Eskimo. Because God gave all of my true brothers and sisters the common sense to know that the White man and God are two entirely different things. He blessed us with sense enough to know that the very same people who taught slaves about God and are thumpin’ their Bibles the loudest, are also cheering the loudest for Donald Trump. Look it up, it’s a matter of public record.
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These people don’t believe in God, they believe in White supremacy, and they use people like yourself to validate that belief. What made what you did so disgusting is they used your performance at the Super Bowl to validate White superiority. They said, "See, even the spook attests to our greatness." And you're just standing there skinnin' and grinin' with patriotic tears streaming down your face. It was a disgusting display of Black ignorance.
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WHO REMEMBERS THE STORY OF HEROD?
But many White people have been brainwashed just like you, Ms. Knight. They've been indoctrinated through their religion with the subliminal message that non-White people are ungodly, but at least they know it.  Listen to how Trump refers to Hispanic immigrants - "They're not like us (they only include Black people in the word "us" when they want something), they're rapist, murderers, and thieves."  Then watch his "loving Christian" supporters enthusiastically cheer him on in response to his bitter diatribe. The reason for that is because unlike many Black Christians, they know who they are - especially right-wing Evangelical Christians - and they've incorporated their bigotry into their religion; Black people, on the other hand, are worshiping a religion designed to keep them ignorant, subservient, and that teach their children to hate themselves. Yet, they don't even know it.
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The reason they don't know it is one of the biggest problems the Black community has in this regard, is most of our so-called Christian leaders are the most gullibly conservative among us. That's why they're preachers in the first place. Listen to the so-called Bishop below. He'll eat pig droppings just to have a White man pat him on the head. But beyond that, even if he saw with unfettered clarity that what I'm saying is true, do you think he'd stop what he's doing?  Absolutely not, because he's self-serving, so he would continue doing exactly what he's doing for the notoriety and easy cash. So he's not only a fool, but he's also a hypocrite. Yet many of you are following him, or people like him, so what does that make you?

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I got a bird's eye-view of how Christianity worked as a kid, because for my grandparents, Sunday was "The Lord's Day." So every Sunday I used to spend ALL DAY in church - from Sunday School early in the morning, to evening services at night. And I was a precocious kid, so I used to listen to the elder Christians when they thought no one was listening - they didn't pay me any attention, because I was a child. So I used to watch them grinning in a person's face and then talk about the person like a dog the minute she walked away - especially if she was young and attractive - "I hear Deacon so-and-so is gettin' all of that he wants."  
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I also had my pastor's number. He was a bigshot with the Southern Baptist Convention, and he was always on television with the Evangelicals. I used to watch his wife sitting up in church on Sunday mornings watching him preach with adoring eyes. But the minute she died he married another woman before her body even got cold. But I wasn't surprised, because he was also messing around with one of my mother's non-Christian girlfriends on the side. Then, one night he had the nerve to criticize the young women for wearing short skirts and Natural hairdos to church (he was a Black conservative). He actually wanted them to STRAIGHTEN their hair.  What did that have to do with God? I guess being Black was a little too militant for him. 
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Well, that was more hypocrisy than I could take. I was only 14 years old, but I got up on the spot, and while he was still preaching, I and left, and that was the last time he ever saw me - at least, in the church, and there was nothing my grandparents could say to change my mind. Actually, that was a watershed moment in my life, because it was the very first time that I didn't bend to my grandparents' wishes.  So thereafter, the only time I ever showed up in church again was at funerals - and to this day, my family is under strict instructions that when I die to just cremate me and pour my remains off the Venice Beach Pier. I don't want no preacher getting paid to lie over me.
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So while I love God, and I try to live a good life, I've never been under any illusions about this Christian non-sense. With me, it's just me and God. I keep man all the way out of my spiritual life. Most people don't even know how spiritual I am; they just know that I'm there for them when they're in need. Because if you love God, you don't talk about it, you just live it. You simply keep your mouth shut, and praise him by the way you live your life.
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Now, I'm not a rich man, or even what most people would call well off, but as I write this piece I have nearly $4 thousand loaned out. I know that I may, or I may not get it back, because I told the people involved to repay me when they can do it without putting themselves back in the same situation. But I also know this - whenever I see the people that I loaned money to still in their house, or still driving their car to work, I'm paid in full, and I know it's the best money that I ever spent. And there's one other thing I know.  I know that money went to far better use than if I gave it to some preacher for giving me a spoken-word concert on Sunday mornings. In that case, I definitely wouldn't see that money again. So whenever people start telling me how much they "love the Lord," and testifying about what "The Lord" has done for them, they're diminished a bit in my eyes, because I know it's all about them and what they think they can bribe God into doing for them. If such people thought they could live forever in relative comfort, the churches would be empty.
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And finally, my brother and sister-n-law are devout Christians - they're probably praying for me now. They pay into the church "religiously" every Sunday, but about 15 years ago they ran into some tax problems and had their assets attached. So my brother went to his minister and explained his situation and asked was it possible for him to get a short-term loan from the church, and the preacher told him, "We don't do that." What!!!? If a "heathen" like me can loan money to casual friends, why can't the church reach out to give a helping hand to one of it's loyal members?  My brother's young family could have been thrown out on the street, but that wasn't this "man of God's" problem.
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My brother didn't know it, but when he told me about it that solidified my attitude toward preachers, and as must be obvious, I'm still pissed-off about it (I know it's ungodly, but I tend to hold grudges. There's a place for grudges - they help you rid yourself of dead weight). But like with anything else, I'm sure there are a few sincere preachers out there (I knew one once. A snapshot of his ministry is Linked below), but collectively, I look upon preachers as a bunch of pompous, self-serving, hypocrites. If I'd been the preacher, even if it wasn't church policy, I would have given him a loan out of my pocket - even if I had to take out a loan myself to cover it. Yet, that preacher's Godless attitude didn't challenge my brother's "faith" at all. People like my brother are hooked. Go figure it.


http://wattree.blogspot.com/2016/01/dedicated-to-elder-hampton-humble-but.html
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A PORTION OF 220 PEOPLE CONVICTED OR PLED GUILTY TO SEXUAL ABUSE IN SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCHES 

THE CONVERSION
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 "Come here nigga and let me teach yo crazy, animal ass about the Lord. The first thing you got to learn is to Love thy Neighbor . . . especially me."
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"Yes sir, Massa. Why would anybody not love you, Sir? You so good to me, Massa. Anybody don't love you needs to have dey ass beat real good, Massa."
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"Shut up, nigga. I'm talkin'."
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"Listen, you been blessed already, and you don't even know the Lord. The Lord made it where you don't have to worry 'bout a thing. I feed you, I put clothes on yo nasty ass, and I give you a shed to sleep in, and all you have to do is whatever the hell I tell you to. Do you know how blessed you are?"
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"Oh, indeed I do, Massa. You take good care of me. I's so happy."
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"Now, listen real good 'cause dis impotant. God said, thou shalt not steal from me, thou shalt not kill (unless I tell you to), thou shalt not stick another coon's wife (unless we tryin' to make some mo niggas), and nigga, whatever you do, thou shalt not even look like you want to stick a white woman, or we gon lynch yo black ass. You here me, nigga?"
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"Oh yes, Massa. We know dat! But Massa, I thought you said thou shalt not kill?"
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"Dat means people, fool - real people!  Dat don't go for niggas. God wants us to keep you in yo place."
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"Dat's right, Massa. We sho gotta keep niggas in dey place. No tellin' what a happen if we let dese niggas git loose. God so smart."
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"I said shut up, nigga, and listen to the word."
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"The next thing you got to learn is, whatever happens on this plantation is God's will bein' done. And if you listen to me, you'll get to live like I do when you die and go to Heaven."
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"Live like you, massa? A nigga ain't got no business livin' dat good. What a Po nigga like me gon do with all this? You know I ain't got sense enough to run nothin' like this."
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"Just shut up, nigga!" When you dead you gon get some sense - the lord gon give it to you. The Lord can do anything, even give sense to a nigga. And he gon give you all the other niggas you gon need to help you in the fields, too."
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"Massa, you so good to me! Thank you for tellin' me all dis. I'm gon be a good nigga - the best nigga you ever seened. Look, I'm gon pray for you right now, and thank the Lord for givin' me so good a massa."
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"Shut up and get up off your knees, ya dumb nigga! The fields need tendin'! You pray to the Lord on your own time. God don't won't you talkin' to him when you s'pose to be workin'."
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"A couse, Massa. What I been thinkin'? I's so dumb. I don't know why you put up with me, Sir."
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"How many times I got to tell you to shut the hell up, nigga?"
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"Yes Sir, I's a shuttin', Massa. I's a shuttin', right now."
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"Now get yo ass out there in that field and let's get some work done around here . . . Oh, and Toby, have yo woman meet me in the barn. I need to tell her 'bout the Lord too."
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"Yes sir, Massa."
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"And another thing, Toby, if my momma come a lookin', tell her I'm playin' in my tree house."
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"Why you gon go fibbin' to yo momma, Mr. Tommy? She knows you like to sit wit Lou Ann."
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"Just shut up, nigga, and do what I said! And tell Lou Ann to wear that pretty dress I like, cause we gon be talkin' 'bout the Lord, so it's gon be like chuch."
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"Yes Sir, Mr. Tommy." . . . "Whaaaaaaat a friend we have in Jeeeeesus . . ."

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So the bottom line is this - any man who lets ANY other man tell him about God is an idiot, and Black people are complete fools to buy into it. All you're doing is allowing WHATEVER man you're following to promote his own agenda. And since the creator went out of his way to bless you with the common sense NOT to follow other men, it's a slap in the face of God. It says that you have more faith in the word of man than you do in what God has done. God has already given you life, and all man is giving you is a lot of empty promises, the meaningless rantings of 3000-year-old dead men, and ridiculous tales from Mother Goose.
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So, how do I know all of this?  I know it because it was whispered into my ear by God - but since I'm just another man, you shouldn't believe me either.  Just listen carefully when God whispers into your ear.  If you do, he'll tell you in no uncertain terms, that Snakes don't talk.

RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY: IT'S NOT THAT I HATE EVERYBODY WHO DOESN'T LOOK, THINK, AND ACT LIKE ME - IT'S JUST THAT GOD DOES.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com


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