Monday, October 14, 2019

THE PUEBLOS

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

THE PUEBLOS

I was born in Watts – and always kept a foot in that hood because my grandparents, uncles and aunt lived there – but I grew-up in the Pueblos.  5250 Long Beach Ave. I went to Holmes Ave. Elementary School, and as a teenager and young adult my hang was 55th and Long Beach. Everybody knew me because my mother was the head nurse at the 55th St. Medical Center and she took care of them when they were cut, shot, had no insurance, or had any kind of emergency when the clinic was closed, in which case they just came to the house. The Pueblos is where I learned about Bird, Miles and Trane; and learned how not to be a follower, how to think for myself, and I absorbed the most valuable lesson of all - that humanity was full of shit. So yes, everything I know came out of the Pueblos.
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I was taught that the pursuit of knowledge was essential to avoid being manipulated and there was no excuse for failing to attain it, because knowledge was free. So by the time I went to college I already had a working knowledge of both sides of the street. I understood the importance of absorbing knowledge, but I also understood the importance of connecting the dots for myself. I was taught as a teenager that there was a big difference between “education” and cognitive development. Efficient cognition was developing the ability to think, while education, more often than not, was being TOLD what to think – that’s why we have so many fools in congress, and even more fools following them.  
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The Pueblos also taught me that while trying be an intellectual was cool, I should never forget the hood rat that is my nature, because while being an intellectual did come in handy when dealing with pretentious fools, it was the hood rat that would keep me ahead of the game and my intellect in perspective. The hood rat in me helped me to recognize that while it was good to become well versed in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, I should never forget the teachings of “Sweet Willie”, because Willie was about survival. Willie was wise, and he didn’t bullshit, so his teachings would serve to keep my ass intact.
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Thus, some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, and some of the weakest minds I’ve known paraded around university campuses giving credentials priority over knowledge. So I learned early in life to never confuse credentials with either knowledge or intellect. Educated fools are not a myth – the world is full of them.

THE HOOD RAT
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Baby,
I’m sure you know that I love you.
You’re everything I need.
You fit the bill of all my desires,
a perfect match for all of my dreams.
From the moment I first laid eyes on you,
You were everything I craved -
that luscious vision from across the tracks,
that delicate flower, beyond my blade.
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But what you ask is foreign to me.
You need something that I’m not.
You said, just tweak my nature a little bit,
and you’ll give everything you’ve got.
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But that "tweak" you need is who I am -
it’s my essence, can’t you see?
How can you speak of loving my soul, but
not the hood rat that is me?
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While "hood rat" may seem trite to you,
it’s the essence of my being.
So forget about what all the other’s say,
here’s what it means to me:
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I’ve been brutally dragged through the pits of hell,
yet, managed to survive,
well educated and fully functional,
when I came out the other side.
I scrounged the lessons taught at Harvard,
because knowledge, I found, was free.
But they’ll never obtain the lessons I’ve learned,
or the knowledge that makes me, me.
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While the "elite" may have heard a mournful Trane,
or Miles muted in the night,
not in the context of hunger and pain,
or hopelessness, hatred, and blight.
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So while I've lived the life of a hood rat,
I’ve reaped a knowledge that money can't buy;
a knowledge passed on to my son and daughter,
which has greatly enhanced their lives.
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Thus, I wouldn't change a single thing in my life -
I’ve faced Hell and passed the test.
I have a PhD in adversity,
that's made me much more,
rather than less.
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So unlike the people at Harvard and Yale, who
try to buy intellectual clout,
they only study the genius of Miles and Trane,
while I'm who they’re blowin' about.
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So when snobs try to slur me as "just a hood rat,"
I say, "thank you," and don’t take offense.
I take great pride in surviving the travails in my life,
That’s what gives me my confidence.
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The Ivy League degrees of those of means
are only paper compared to mine;
they have only a "receipt" for their knowledge,
while my knowledge is SCORCHED within my mind.
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I can teach philosophy to the Aristotle
with the adversity that I’ve endured,
so any snob who dares to match my wit
will come up short, and that’s for sure.
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Snobs walk about quoting Socrates and such,
through their "education" they’re prone;
but while they’re spewing the thoughts of various dead men,
I'm developing thoughts of my own.
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Never give the thoughts of ANY man, 
priority over the knowledge you're prone;
You must collect the facts, and think for yourself,
that’s where Harvard and Yale has gone wrong.
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Aristotle was a brilliant man,
of that we can all agree,
but when it comes right down to the bottom line,
he was only a man just like me.
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Preacher, politician, potentate,
whatever their point of view,
God didn't bless them with any knowledge
that he failed to bestow on you.
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So being seen as a hood rat has its advantages
against racists of limited wit;
I simply quietly wait for their condescension,
and then show ‘em that they ain’t shit.
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While God made birds to fly and fish to swim,
he gave man thought, and that's the key.
So any man who thinks he's half superior
will have to PROVE his wit to me.
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Thus, knowledge is the key to set us free,
no matter what the people say,
and there’s nothing more formidable than
a knowledgeable hood rat, and
that’s what you’re looking upon today.
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Yet, these are the things you want me to purge,
and spurn the life I’ve led,
but I’m sorry, my love,
as much as I love you,
the soul of a hood rat is my edge.

Eric L. Wattree
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Ewattree@Gmail.com

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

TRUMP'S NOT ABOUT AMERICA FIRST - HE’S ABOUT TRUMP FIRST

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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TRUMP'S NOT ABOUT AMERICA FIRST - HE’S ABOUT 
TRUMP FIRST

Donald Trump claims to believe in “America First” when it comes to dealing with our allies and the world at large. But that’s far from the case. Trump believes, and he's always believed, in “Trump First”. No clearer evidence of that is currently on display than his handling of the situation between Turkey (where Trump has lucrative business interests), and one of America’s closest allies, the Kurds, on the Syrian border.
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The Kurds are fierce fighters and have lost over 11,000 men fighting alongside America against Terrorist in the Middle East, but there’s also an animosity between Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, the President of Turkey, who is also an American ally. Recently, after a simple phone conversation between Erdogan and Trump, in the middle of the nightTrump abruptly announced that America was pulling our troops out to leave the Kurds to face Erdogan and Turkey’s awesome firepower on their own. He said, this is not America’s fight, and the Kurds and Turkey would have to workout their own problems. Just 24 hours later, Erdogan began to bombard Kurdish positions along the Syrian border, and Trump’s response was essentially, “Oh well . . .”
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This was not an “America first” decision. Trump obviously made it on a whim, and without consultation with any of our military or Middle East experts. And on this particular issue, Trump stands alone. Our military, allies around the world, and both Democratic and Republican politicians are standing together in protest against this rash and ill-considered action.
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This one irresponsible act sends a message around the world that America can’t be trusted not to stab its allies in the back, and with respect to “America first”, it works against America’s interests. Those 11,000 Kurds who died fighting alongside Americans could have been American troops, and in future wars – and there’s definitely going to be future wars - America is going to be hard pressed to find anyone willing to fight along with us as allies. Thus, young Americans who are walking around today happy and excitedly looking forward to their future are destined to die prematurely as a direct result of Trump's reckless and selfish act - and this, from a cowardly draft dodger.
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It’s glaringly clear why Trump made this abrupt decision, and it has absolutely nothing to do with putting America first. It had to do with putting Trumps business interests first, and America be damned. 


This is why it’s so important for congress to get Trump’s tax returns and financial records, so his rash behavior in office can be monitored. And since he claims to be so concerned about corruption in the Ukraine that he held up $400 million that the Ukrainians desperately needed to fight against the Russian invasion of their country, you’d think Trump would welcome such a safeguard against American corruption. After all, he has a lot of business dealings with the Russians as well - and it just so happens that his every act since he's been in office just happens to also benefit the Russians. So in order to ensure that his actions are absolutely transparent to the American people, Trump should be anxious for his finances to be open to the public. Yet, in spite of his insistance on stamping out corruption in the Ukraine, he’s fighting against the revelation of his own finances hand and foot. Why?
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Donald Trump is greedy, ignorant, and self-serving, and any of his supporters who think that he’ll stand with them to protect their interests are living in a delusion. Donald Trump is not for “America first”, or, making America great again – Donald Trump is for Donald Trump, and if he thinks he can make a dollar from it, he’ll be more than willing to throw America under a bus, as he clearly demonstrated in Helsinki when he sided with Putin after Russia mounted a blatant attack on our Democracy - and every since, he been delaying and/or trying to water-down any sanctions that congress has passed to punish Russia for their actions. Why?
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In spite of the fact that Trump is grossly uneducated and incompetent, he’s so delusional that he thinks that the world is made up of idiots, and only he knows what’s best for America – and what he thinks is best for America is to allow him to become a world-class oligarch and dictator like Vladimir Putin.  He thinks that such people are in a class of their own, and he deserves to be a member of that class. That’s why even as we speak, he’s using the United States Constitution for toilet paper.
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Trump has absolutely no respect for the wisdom of America’s founding fathers – first, because he’s too ignorant to know what they said, and secondly, because he’s so mentally challenged that he doesn’t think they’re any match for his “unmatched wisdom”. In a response to the uproar over his uninformed and grossly irresponsible abandoning the Kurds, Trump tweeted the following:
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“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over...”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
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Less than 24 hours after Trump made his announcement the Turks began to bombard the Kurds, and in spite of Trump’s threat to “destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey”, he’s not gonna bust a grape, because it wouldn’t be good for business – Trump’s business.
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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A MESSAGE TO PELOSI: EITHER DO YOUR JOB, OR GET THE HELL OUT THE WAY FOR SOMEBODY WITH SOME BACKBONE


Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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A MESSAGE TO PELOSI: 
EITHER DO YOUR JOB, OR GET THE HELL OUT THE WAY FOR SOMEBODY WITH SOME BACKBONE


So once again Donald Trump has thumbed his nose at you, and what’s your response? Talk, talk, talk. You're proving yourself to be the most weak-kneed Speaker in American history - and at the very worst time in history. The founding fathers wrote the Constitution in anticipation of a moment like this, and here you are running your mouth, but afraid to use it. They must be rolling in their graves.  I'm just glad you weren't around during the Civil Rights Movement - you'd still be talkin' while Black people were being lynched.
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Now don't get me wrong, I've wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, but at this point it seems that you’re either completely clueless regarding your own congressional power, afraid of Trump, in collusion with him, or all three. I could understand your strategy of wanting to educate the public through hearings before dropping the hammer on him, but you're not even doing that. You're sitting around letting him tell you - and through extension, the entire legislative branch of government - to go to hell.
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You don’t have to keep begging, sniffling, and wasting time in court against Trump; congress is an coequal branch of government, so you can simply invoke congress’s power of Inherent Contempt. Invoking inherent contempt allows congress to have the sergeant-at-arms arrest a person who defies congress on the spot, and you don't have to set foot into a courtroom. You can also fine a person as much as $10,000 a day until they come into compliance.

INHERENT CONTEMP PROCEDURE

Under this process, the procedure for holding a person in contempt involves only the chamber concerned. Following a contempt citation, the person cited is arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House or Senate, brought to the floor of the chamber, held to answer charges by the presiding officer, and then subjected to punishment as the chamber may dictate (usually imprisonment for punishment, imprisonment for coercion, or release from the contempt citation). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempt_of_Congress
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Attorney General Barr should have long since gone to jail. That would have sent the administration a firm message, and it would have also sent a message to potential witnesses that the White House wouldn't be able to shield them from the wrath of congress for their failure to cooperate with congress's constitutional right of oversight. They would have had personal skin in the game. Thus, if you would have had Barr arrested for defying congress early on, you wouldn't be having the problem of stonewalling that you're currently wasting time with today. So why aren’t you doing that!!!? Please, tell me.
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Speaker Pelosi, the American people are fed-up with your wobblin' knees and pitiful whimpering. Your weakness is crippling our democracy. Again, you act like you're afraid of this bully of a president - and a bully is exactly what he is. If you called his bluff he'd collapse like a house of cards. Trump will try anything to see what he can get away with, but like most bully's, he's nothing but a coward with a big mouth. He clearly demonstrated that when he limped into the draft board complaining that his feet hurt to avoid Vietnam. So you need to either do your job, or get the hell out of the way for someone with a backbone who will. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

ABOUT NEW JACK CITY AND WHITE SUPREMACY


Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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ABOUT NEW JACK CITY AND WHITE SUPREMACY
I'd like to see them start making movies reflecting Black manhood as being brilliant instead of swaggerin' and murderous for a change. Not only do we seem to only be swaggerin' and murderous enough to kill one another, but in the end, we never seem to be bad enough to avoid getting our brains out by rogue cops.
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While we claim to be “woke”, how many other groups consider buying popcorn and watching their people getting their brains blown out as entertainment? Not many, I assure you. So, it seems to me that it’s about time we start teaching our kids something new. What do you think?
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In response to one brother’s contention that Blaxploitation movies are just
movies, what many less than thoughtful Black people don’t seem to get is these are not just movies, they're 2-hour commercials that are designed to drive home an image of who and what Black people represent. Contrary to what many believe, such movies are not designed strictly for entertainment, but are actually on a dead serious mission of indoctrinating you, your children, and the world’s vision of “your place” in society. They not only make it easier for the police to blow your brains out on the street, but easier for jurors to find them “not guilt” after they do so, because all many people know about Black people is what they see in on television and in the movies. So when they think about us, they don't think of innocent Black people minding their own business, they think of gangsters, dope dealers and murders.
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If White people were portrayed in the same way as Black people in the media, we’d think that all White folks were barefoot Hillbillies. That’s why whenever you look at a movie – ANY MOVIE - it will ALWAYS show the White man on top, or the leader, and the Black man is portrayed as either a sidekick, a fool, or an idiot of some sort. There’s a very simple reason for that - because movies are designed to ram the White man’s view of reality down society’s throat. It’s the glue that holds society together. It’s called sublimation, and it’s one of the strongest and most effective weapons of White supremacy.
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Such movies make it "our place" to get our brains blown out, so society is

inured to it. Thus, when a Black man is choked to death by the police on the street in broad daylight for selling cigarettes to help support his family, or a Black woman ends up dead after a traffic stop for smoking a cigarette in her own car, or a Black man is intruded upon in his own apartment and shot dead by a cop while enjoying a bowl of ice cream - and then the cop's only defense is, "Oops, I thought it was my apartment. Sorry 'bout that - society's attitude is, "Yeah, that's a ridiculous reason to die, but it was only a Black person, so that's no reason to completely destroy a normally law abiding White person's life. It's a Black person's place to die tragic deaths. It's not like they're actually human. Just watch any video or television show. Their family won't even miss 'em." That's why when former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, barged into Botham Jean's apartment's and shot him dead, even the judge and Botham's family treated her like she was the victim after a jury composed of 10 nonwhites sentenced her to 10 years. If it had been a White jury she would have been celebrating on the beach like George Zimmerman.
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So, situations such as this should alert the Black community of the need to think, and not simply go along with what many perceive as just harmless fun, because that "harmless fun" is profiling Black people - all Black people - and it's being done with our able and enthusiastic assistance. They're using the Black man's need to be seen as bad to destroy us. They don't call such movies "Blaxploitation movies" for nothing. They're exploiting us. Again, they're not only using our need to go for bad to make money, but it also makes it that much easier to kill us with impunity. So what motivates this White supremacists society to allow us to portray ourselves in the way we do is far from harmless. Watching Black people dying in the street - and in their own apartments - is far from harmless fun. And going out of our way to portray ourselves as swaggerin' and cool is not manly at all - it's foolish. Being a responsible parent and helping to develop the minds of your children is manly.
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So it's time for Black people to wakeup and make knowledge, political clout, and achievement the new soul. Struttin' around and swaggerin' is just a childish show. A real man is one who has the power and common sense to prevent his people from being victimized and exploited.  
KEEP IT GANGSTA



Eric L. Wattree
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Monday, September 23, 2019

STOP DEMOCRATIC SLANDER AND DEFEAT FASCISM

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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STOP DEMOCRATIC SLANDER AND DEFEAT FASCISM



It’s one thing to discuss the pros and cons of the various Democratic candidates, but yet another to engage in slander. We must stop the political slander of fellow Democrats. I’ve seen posts in liberal groups that could have been posted by "United Fascists For Trump", and you can be assured that such groups will be posting tons of such material as imposters as the election grows closer. But if progressives follow a simple rule of thumb – never slander another progressive – we’ll be able to recognize such posts immediately, because they’ll stick out as divisive and exactly the kind of thing that we would expect Trump supporters - and Russia – to post online.

So, let’s not help the fascists by slandering our own. Stop posting material that divides the progressive coalition and focus on getting Republican fascists out of office. We should allow progressives to make up their own minds about which Democrat they want to support. That way when we come to a consensus, a third of us won’t be so upset that we’ll refuse to vote.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Joe Biden, or any of the other Democratic candidates, when you compare them to Trump.  Yes, every politician has shortcomings, but stop hanging on to their every word or gaffe to try to find fault. That's the way they started doing Obama. Then when they found that he was too articulate for them to attack him using gaffes, they started claiming he was a Muslim, or wasn't born in America. So when you hear such nonsense – and you will - your first thought should be, "Who has the most to gain from spreading such slander?"
Now, I don’t intend to imply that being accused of being a Muslim is slanderous, but in the current political environment that’s the intent of the allegation, and we’ve got to learn to live above such bigotry, it’s un-American. True Americans believe in freedom of speech, thought, and religion. The failure to understand that fact is the province of the current GOP, because they can’t survive without hatred and division to prop them up, and that’s exactly why it’s so important to get them out of office.
We have over a year before the next election. So, listen to the candidates and make up your own minds on who you want to support, and base your decision on common sense, not nonsense. In the 2008 election I didn’t agree with everything Obama said, and as President I was livid over his failure to prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes, but Obama turned out to be one of the greatest presidents in American history in spite of those shortcomings.
On the other hand, during the 2016 election many Democrats (including myself) were fighting one another more fiercely than we were fighting the Republicans over who was going to be the Democratic nominee, and look at what we ended up with, and what ended up happening in the end.  So, let's not make that mistake again. We should take great pains not to get caught up in personality cults, because that causes us to dig-in and fight with one another over our respective choices.  That's division, and division leads to defeat.
So, let us be smart this time. We should remain calm and united, come to a general consensus, and then all come together and support the nominee of choice. We claim that Trump supporters are idiots. Let's prove it. 


Eric L. Wattree


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Sunday, September 22, 2019

A MESSAGE TO C.J. GOODE III ABOUT BLACK CONSERVATIVES

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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A MESSAGE TO C.J. GOODE III ABOUT BLACK CONSERVATIVES


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CJ, in response to the above video you said the following:
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“ROFLMAO, ANTI-AMERICAN-MARXIST-BITCH, must be great rubbing-elbows with the party of JIM-CROW, DEMON-CRATS.”
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I've pointed out that you're a mindlessly ignorant, and brainwashed idiot before. But now you’ve presented clear evidence to substantiate my claim by betraying your idiotic tendency to denigrate Black womanhood, the very womb of the Black culture. So, tell me, CJ, do you consider calling a Black woman a bitch illustrative of the proud American way that you so desperately crave getting back to? Is the right to do so what you consider “MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?” Undoubtedly you do, because you're obviously a world-class idiot. So, let me take a moment to educate your dumb ass:
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BLACK CONSERVATIVES

Black conservatives are not just ignorant, but they aren't even bright enough to understand the English language. The very word "Conservative" is defined as dedicated to "Conserving" the traditions of the past. In the case of Black people, that means conserving the tradition of racism, bigoty, and lynching Black people at will. What the hell do you think they mean when they say, "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?" They mean take America back to the “good ole days” when they could lynch any Black person who pissed them off. If you doubt that, tell me when America “was great” the first time.  Give me a year. 
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So, ANY Black person who aligns themselves with conservatism is an idiot by definition. A true conservative doesn’t even like poor White people, so you know damn well they don’t give a damn about you. So, if you’re a Black conservative, you’re actually much more than just that – you’re also a goddamn fool.
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Your passionate embrace of conservatism reveals two things about your character and lack of intellect. First, you have so little character and knowledge of self that you’ve allowed yourself to be drenched in self-hatred; and secondly, you’re so lacking in simple intellect that you have absolutely no understanding of American history, and so dumb you think you’re going to be allowed to become an “honorary White boy”.
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Bill Cosby also suffered from that malady. After making a few dollars and beginning to think he was an honorary White boy he began to criticize his own people just like you. In his notorious ‘Pound Cake’ rant he said the following: 
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"Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! And then we all run out and are outraged, 'The cops shouldn't have shot him!' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?"
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Much like a bigoted White man, Bill had absolutely no empathy for the plight of many Black people. But look at him now. I guess White folks didn’t love him as much as he thought they did, and eventually you’re going to find that the same is true of you. There’s no such thing as an honorary White person – ask Omarosa. She's also been discarded like a soiled Tampon, and where are all of the other Black conservatives of days past? I'll tell you where they are - they've all been discarded after outliving their usefulness.
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Once again, conservatives don’t even care about REAL White folks who are poor. They only put up with them because they need their vote and their ability to stir-up turmoil, so you know damn well they don't give a damn about you. That's why an RNC convention looks like a Klan meeting. But of course, you're too dumb to see that. But maybe you'll be able to understand American history.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE ENEMY OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY


Conservatives have always been known for walking around with flag pins in their lapels and spewing their "bone-spur" brand of patriotism. Going all the way back to the very founding of this nation they’ve always used false patriotism and deception as weapons to promote a self-serving agenda to undermine the interests of the average American.  As a result of that attitude, they have always been the most insidious enemies of American democracy. That’s why when our founding documents speak of American enemies it uses the phrase, “Both foreign and domestic.”
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When conservatives first arrived on these shores, they brought with them the European notion of class distinction. They have always suffered from the distinctly undemocratic attitude that the only inherent value of the average American is as servants to cater to the whims of the upper class.
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Alexander Hamilton, one of this nation’s conservative founding fathers, believed that the rich and "wellborn" should be given a permanent share in government. He said:
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“All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people…. The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government.”
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Hamilton supported a lifetime appointment of the President (after being selected by congress, instead of the people). Can you just imagine that, Donald Trump FOR LIFE!!!?  But America dodged that bullet during the Federalist Convention that took place between May 14 and September 17, 1787.
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Since most of the founding fathers came to America to escape the aristocratic class system in Europe, Hamilton’s desire to preserve the class system was resoundingly defeated in favor of an unfettered democracy, but that didn’t mean that people of Hamilton’s point of view would quietly go away. Instead, they became the conservative coalition. They lowered their profile as blatant aristocrats, and continued to pursue their agenda by using their wealth, power, and various other strategies to divide the people to achieve their agenda, and that’s what we see today.  That accounts for why conservatives tend to be specialists in obstructionism and division, and why the American people ALWAYS suffer under conservative governance.
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The Great Depression

In 1921 -- eight years before the great depression -- Republicans took over the helm of this nation for 12 years. During that time there were three Republican administrations, the first of which was the administration of Warren G. Harding. History remembers Harding's administration for one thing more than any other -- scandal. It was during Harding's presidency that the Teapot Dome Scandal erupted. His administration was considered the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States -- until Nixon's (Watergate), then Reagan's (Iran\Contra), and finally Bush's (Iraqi War).
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Next, in 1923, came Calvin Coolidge, the president that Ronald Reagan is said to have most admired. Coolidge's policies of large tax cuts, allowing business a free-rein, and his encouragement of stock speculation contributed greatly to the impending stock market crash and the great depression that was to follow.
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In 1929 during Republican, Herbert Hoover’s administration, the stock market crashed - much like under the Bush Administration - starting the Great Depression, but back then there was no Barack Obama to come to the rescue or mitigate the damage early on. So in spite of the fact that by 1933 the unemployment rate was at 33.3% with 16 million people out of work, the Republican, Herbert Hoover, just sat, thinking that the economy would eventually rejuvenate itself. Much like Republicans of today, Hoover and his Republican Party had absolutely no compassion for either the plight of the American people, or America’s veterans who had put their lives on the line for this country.
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During Hoover's administration, 15,000 WWI veterans marched on Washington demanding that they be paid what they were owed by the government. Hoover responded by calling in federal troops to throw these ex-servicemen off government property.
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The conditions were horrific. During the Great Depression there was no such thing as Social Security, so when a person became too old or weak to work they had no income, so they had to depend on their children for support. That meant instead of a husband and wife only having to support themselves and their children, which was tough enough during those times, they also had to support their parents. So three generations of a family could be living in one household - and in many cases, the parents of both the husband and the wife lived with the family.
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In addition, there was no such thing as Medicare or Medicaid, so when one of grandparents became ill the medical costs would devastate the entire family. These conditions kept lower and middle-class families in such dire need of funds that they had to accept whatever crumbs the business community chose to throw at them - and remember, at that time there was no Fair Labor Standards Act or unions to protect a worker’s rights, or a minimum wage, so businesses could treat the worker anyway they wanted, and pay them whatever they wanted.
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They could work you 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no overtime, and
They could work you 16 hours a day, 7 and no paid vacation. In addition, since there were no child labor laws, if your boss didn’t think you were being productive enough, he could insist that you bring your children in (as young as 9 years old) to assist you if you wanted to keep your job. Then if you protested, he could fire you on the spot, in which case, your entire family - sick grandparents and all - would be thrown out on the street, because there was no such thing as unemployment insurance.
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As a result, in many cases the entire family, including the children, had to work long, hard hours under sweatshop-like conditions in coal minds and the like, which in many cases led to the death and/or maiming of young children. So, in a very real sense, Great Depression era workers lived under a form of slavery - the one difference was, they had to go out and find their own housing.
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Think back to the "Little Rascals" we use to watch as kids,
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they were, or the cartoons we use to watch, where a landlord would come to the door (always portrayed in a black suit) and tell a begging and crying mother that she had one more day to come up with the rent or she and her family would be thrown out in the snow. That was an accurate portrayal of the way people lived in those days, and those are the conditions that the conservative Republican agenda would restore in America today. At this very moment the Republican Party is attacking Social Security, Medicare, Education and many other programs to force the poor and middle class to pay for the huge deficit created by their $1.5 trillion tax cut for the rich.

THE NEW DEAL
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But finally in 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a liberal democrat, was elected overwhelmingly. He immediately surrounded himself with a group of the finest minds in the country, including Columbia professors Adolph A. Berle, Jr., Rexford G. Tugwell, and Raymond Moley, known at the time as the "Brain Trust." After assembling these men and others he went about the business of developing a" New Deal" for the working- class people of this country.
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The New Deal had two components -- one, to help the economy to recover from the effects of the great depression, and a second component to give relief to the American people, and to ensure that they would never be placed in a position of total destitution again. To help heal the economy Roosevelt created programs that regulated business, controlled inflation, and brought about price stabilization; to bring relief to the people he signed The National Labor Relations Act which guaranteed workers the right to collective bargaining, and he created the Social Security Administration to guarantee workers some sort of income once they became too old to work. He also signed the Fair Labor Standards Act which protected worker’s rights and set a minimum wage for workers, and all of these programs are under brutal attack by the Republican Party as we speak.
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With his New Deal in place, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this "bleeding heart liberal", not only led this country out of the worst, Republican generated crisis that this country has ever faced, but went on to lead the free world in victory over Hitler in WWII. He then ushered in the most sustained era of prosperity that the world has ever known.
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One would think that conservatives would have seen the light, but their passion to further enrich the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle classes seems to supersede all logic. Thus, from the moment the New Deal went into place, conservatives have been determined to dismantle it. The closest they've come to succeeding started during the Reagan administration with Supply-Side Economics, or, "Reaganomics" -- and the battle is currently raging in Washington D.C. as we speak.

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Our grandparent’s generation, the generation that experienced the Great
Depression, fought WWII, and who we refer to as "The Greatest Generation", wouldn't let a Republican anywhere near the White House. 
During their era, Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to office four times, and finally died in office on April 12, 1945. The Republicans had to promote the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution limiting the president to two terms in office just to have even a remote chance of getting into office. But finally in 1953 they managed to elect the hero of WWII, Republican, Ike Eisenhower to office, but even he was a Republican in name only - in 1957 he sent troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate a segregated school after Gov. Orval Faubus tried to prevent Black students from entering, and as his final act in office he warned America about the Military-Industrial Complex, the very people that Donald Trump and the Republican Party represent today.

So here we are 243 years later and the conservatives are still at it - attacking our educational system, trying their best to destabilize or destroy any program that prevent the average American from being totally reliant on them, and stirring up hatred, fear, and animosity among the people to keep us divided and from thinking clearly.

REPUBLICAN DECEPTION

THINK ABOUT IT.


Eric L. Wattree
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Religion: 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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