Truth, Justice, and the American Way


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The words spoken during the opening credits of a 1950s children’s television show:

Faster than a speeding bullet.
More powerful than a locomotive.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Look up in the sky!
It’s a bird.
It’s a plane.
It’s Superman!

Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way.

That television show was obviously Superman, starring George Reeves, and these opening words expressed the mythology and basic ideals by which this most popular of all comic-book super-heroes lived.

I grew up with those words. They had been bequeathed to me by the American generation that had fought and won World War II against the genocidal Nazis, and expressed the fundamental ideals of that generation.

Much of the meaning of these fundamental ideals is outright and clear.

Truth means you always strive to be honest, and when you make a mistake you admit to it, without flinching. Or as Superman says quite clearly in the 1978 film, “I never lie,” saying this immediately after repeating that he is here “to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.”

Justice means you strive to administer the rules fairly so that the innocent are protected and the guilty are punished properly. It also means that you treat others justly, with respect and kindness, while defiantly standing up to those who would do the weak harm.

The phrase “the American Way” however is more puzzling. As a child I accepted it, but I have spent a lifetime as a historian and reader trying to understand it on a more fundamental level. The writers in the 1950s who gave that task to Superman knew what it meant, and assumed everyone else did. By the 1950s and 1960s they however no longer did a good job of teaching its meaning to my sixties generation, and many from my time grew up not understanding it.

I think I finally hit upon its basic meaning in writing Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8. As I said in trying to explain why the astronauts on that mission choose to read the first twelve verses of the Old Testament on Christmas Eve while orbiting the Moon,

These three men had stood on the fringes of human experience, tracing a warm line into the dark and cold emptiness of endless space, and had tried to bring more than mere life to that emptiness.

Their words were not original. They read words that had been written in the dim past by, as some believed, God Almighty.

Those words, however, expressed for these three men a heartfelt belief that the universe was more than mere energy and matter. Not only did a spirit lurk behind the veil of the terrifying black dark that surrounded them, it impelled them to live their lives a certain way, in a certain manner.

Their decision to read from the Bible also expressed, albeit indirectly, their passionate love of freedom. No one told them what to read, and in fact most of the officials at NASA and in the government were completely surprised by their message. And that was how it should be. Borman, Lovell, and Anders were free men, expressing their beliefs freely. While their government might have financed the journey, it could not tell them what to think or say once they got there. If these free men wished to pray aloud to the world’s population as they circled the moon, so be it.

Their words also expressed their deep humility and abiding good will. They had been given this glorious opportunity to brag, and instead chose to pray, finding words that would include as many people as possible in the message.

Their voices, beamed across hundreds of thousands of miles by technology inconceivable ten years earlier, resonated with their country’s roots as well. The Pilgrims had not merely gone to explore a new land — they had emigrated as families in order to build in that new land a human society.

And so, like the Pilgrims, wherever the three men in Apollo 8 had gone they had brought their families, their religion, and their way of life. In Houston they had found empty fields and built a community. Their lives had echoed the words of John Winthrop, leader of the first Puritan expedition, who as he and his fellow settlers first approached Massachusetts Bay in 1630 had urged them

to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together in this work as one man. We must entertain each other in brotherly affection….We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality. We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor, and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, our community as members of the same body.

[If we do this,] the Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us….He shall make us a praise and glory, that men shall say of succeeding plantations…we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.

The community the three men in Apollo 8 wished to bring into the empty reaches of space was an American one, filled with a belief that given two strong arms, a willing heart, and the freedom to follow one’s dreams, anything was possible. They, like the Puritans, had put their lives on the line to express this ideal.

To put it more plainly, the American Way aims at building a just and truthful society in which to raise children. No matter what happened, the security, freedom, and prosperity of the next generation — the future — took paramount. It was for this reason my generation, the sixties Baby Boom generation, was raised with more wealth and prosperity and freedom than any generation ever in the entire history of the human race. At the moment of our birth following World War II the American nation was at a pinnacle of success, resulting from a hundred and fifty years of passionate effort by generations of free Americans toiling as families to build a better place for their children. You made your marriage work because to subject your children to the agony of divorce — for something those children had nothing to do with — was not only unjust and cruel, it would damage them badly. Children above all need a secure home to flourish, and it was the American Way to provide that.

Freedom, bounded by such responsibilities, was also required by the American Way. You can’t have truth or justice when people aren’t free, because without freedom evil people hankering merely for power will have the ability to squelch both truth and justice, as well as the dreams of those future generations.

That in a nutshell is a quick summary of the American Way. Unfortunately, for reasons that are complex and fundamental to human nature but also quite mysterious and tragic, that blessed sixties generation were either not taught these ideals, did not understand them, or outright rejected them. They cared far less about giving their children a secure well-educated foundation. Each person’s private desires now took precedent over their children. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll were the rule. The numbers of divorces skyrocketed. And as sociologist and Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted in 1986,

a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families . . . never acquiring any stable rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.

We are now reaping that whirlwind. This nation and its fundamental ideals are now under vicious attack by the children and grandchildren of the Baby Boomers, who claim they are fighting hate and fascism but are actually hate-filled ignorant fascists in everything they do. Worse they are not simply ignorant (tearing down and defacing in the name of “Black Lives Matter” monuments to Lincoln, Grant, Jefferson, Washington, and former black slaves, all of whom fought for freedom and equal rights), but willfully ignorant. You cannot teach them how wrong they are, because they are certain they are right, and anyone who disagrees with them must be evil and destroyed.

In their hate and ignorance they are destroying the freest, most prosperous, and most capable civilization ever created in human history, a civilization so focused on protecting the rights of the oppressed and the weak that the oppressed and weak have struggled unceasingly to come here.

As violent and as bigoted and as hateful as these mindless radical leftists are, however I have no hate in my heart for them. I feel terrible sorrow at the harm they are doing to themselves and to their own children, who will not grow up as free or as prosperous. I will oppose them with all my might, but I will do so without hate.

I do have however a deep and unquenchable anger, not aimed at these childish barbarians, but at our bankrupt leaders, both from the left and the right.

On the left there has been unqualified support for this destruction and hate. The rioting and looting has routinely been in Democratic Party strongholds, where elected officials have not only condoned it, they have sometimes come out to outright endorse it. When rioters pull down statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Grant the response is not horror but a demand that we rethink our entire past history, because these rioters must be right.

Even Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden bows to the rioters, now calling for the renaming of every American military base named after a Confederate leader. And if you think this renaming will end there, you are either naive, or willfully blind.

On the right we have had non-action, or even quisling betrayal. Within days of these protests we have had for only one example Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) kowtowing to the mob.

“I can only speak for myself on this issue. If it’s appropriate to take another look at these names I’m OK with that,” McConnell said. “Whatever is ultimately decided I don’t have a problem with.”

Trump meanwhile has condemned the destruction, but he has also done nothing, and has actually called doing nothing his strategy. As he noted during this past weekend’s rally in Tulsa about the take-over by Marxist protesters of a section of Seattle,

Now I may be wrong, but it’s probably better for us to just watch that disaster (applause). I flew in with some [Republican] congressmen … and said to them, “Congressmen, what do you think, I can straighten it out fast, should we just go in?”

“No sir [they said], let it simmer for a little while. Let people see what radical left Democrats will do to our country.”

In other words, let’s let the bad guys have their riots and looting and petty dictatorships while instigating their own American Kristalnacht, even as they discredit and destroy the American dream. Better appeasement and bowing to them than face a worse firestorm of protest from them should we move to stop them.

For sure there is something to be said about such a strategy. Assuming the November election is fairly run, and the votes are counted accurately, showing the general public the failure of Democratic leadership certainly seems to be a good strategy.

The danger is that this strategy also assumes a fair and accurately counted election. No one however should any longer assume such a thing from the Democratic Party. They have shown with these riots and protests that they are willing to do anything to gain power, and faking an election will certainly be one of those actions. And their taking over large sections of the country by the use of violence will give them even more power to do exactly that. Do not expect the vote counts in any Democratically-controlled state or city to be reliable. They will be faked, without any doubt.

And the inaction of Trump and his fellow Republicans will have made that possible.

I meanwhile stand by the words that opened that 1950s Superman television show. Those words actually epitomized the American belief that with freedom and honesty and responsibility all things are possible, that it was possible to change the course of mighty rivers, to do great things, to even go to the Moon.

I fear that the generations to come will not be enriched by that vision. They will instead live in a dark age where truth and justice take a back seat to power and oppression.

And it will happen all because we today did not have the necessary courage to stand up for those ideals, but bowed in fear to the violence and hate of our modern leftist despots.

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24 comments

  • Kevin R.

    Well said.

  • Edward

    I stopped watching the Superman movies when the first one announced that he was here to protect truth, justice, “and all that stuff.” DC Comics lost its way.

    Robert,
    You wrote: “When rioters pull down statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Grant the response is not horror but a demand that we rethink our entire past history, because these rioters must be right.

    I have a different take on this. The history of the Democratic Party is antithetical to what they preach today, though not to what they practice. Rethinking our entire past history will allow them to hide their evil deeds, past and present. Right now, they are hiding their involvement with slavery, and by tearing down the statues of those who helped end slavery, they can eventually hide the fact of slavery. They have already hidden their opposition to civil rights and falsely claim that it is — and was — the right wing that opposes it.

    President Johnson changed the strategy and tactics of the left and the Democratic Party when he said that “I’ll have those [ahem]s voting Democratic for 200 years.” The new strategy was to avoid the blatant racism that had become unpopular and to introduce a new, insidious racism of low expectations. The best part of this new strategy (for Democrats) is that it hides these racist low expectations behind handouts that are presented as hand ups, which rarely get the dependents any farther up than they started.

    The worst part (for everyone) is that those who become dependent upon handouts are not as free as they think they are, because they feel indebted to those who advocate for the handouts.

    This creates a cycle of those who feel powerless (not free) in a land where the individual is the most powerful — or is supposed to be. Eventually, the frustration of not getting any farther up results in the mob violence that we see today, and the Democrats encourage all the actions that help to destroy the memorials to a history that they want to hide.

    These mobs are led by people who crave power over others. This leads to a further loss of freedom for those others, but because they were allowed to do violent acts, these mobs feel as though they have the power.

    These feeling or emotional responses help make people feel free, but it is wrong. Intellectually, they are followers, doing the bidding of their masters. Masters who divide people into groups, groups with their own special needs and oppressions.

    Segregation is a way to prevent the segregated from having power. The left has slyly created a willingness of various groups to self segregate, noting that no one else understands their plight, so they must stick together. This prevents them from moving past this plight and taking control of their own lives.

    Let people see what radical left Democrats will do to our country.

    Let it burn because there isn’t any other way people are going to learn? Are they kidding? Americans didn’t learn it from the Democrats’s Trail of Tears, slavery, Jim Crow laws, sending Americans with Japanese ancestors to concentration camps, or the opposition to civil rights, what makes these Republicans think Americans will get the message now?

    Americans didn’t learn it from the Democratic rule of Detroit (the Democrats’s model city to show how well Democrats rule), Chicago (where Democrat gun laws are restrictive and weekend shootings are announced like box scores), San Francisco (where there are maps of where not to step in order to keep the human poop off your shoes), California (which once was the third largest economy in the world but now is sixth or so), New York (which sent sick people into nursing homes with the most vulnerable people), and other American cities and states. So what makes these Republicans think Americans will get the message now?

    Americans still don’t learn it from the fact that the supposedly racist police departments are all in Democratically ruled cities. From the Rodney King riots on, the rioting, looting, arson, and murder happen in Democratically ruled cities. What makes these Republicans think Americans will get the message this time?

    Americans didn’t learn it from all the failed socialist countries, and they still haven’t learned it from Venezuela. They just aren’t being presented this idea in a way that resonates the way it did in the middle of the 20th century.

    This tactic clearly does not work. Today, rioting has become the American way.

  • Alex Andrite

    Saturday morning cartoons, Saturday afternoons at the local matinee (25cents), loaded up with milk duds, junior mints and a coke, maybe even a box of popcorn to complete “all of the food groups”.

    And then later we heard that Superman had died, even taken his own life.
    How could I as a ~ 6th grader process that?
    I could not.
    Commander Cody was still around, but Superman gone ?

    “It” continued, much later when I knew that “the music had died…”
    Now what?

    Over “there” I sought, begged, for the truth in the midst of “beyond anarchy”.

    “It” still continues, and will. As will the longing for the truth …. justice … and …

  • wayne

    Alex–
    Good stuff!

    Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
    excerpted from “The Comic Strip Hero” BBC, 1981
    https://youtu.be/eTUrFYU2e_I
    10:37

  • pzatchok

    How do you create a nation?

    1. You sacrifice and fight for it. Through this you create hero’s to carry on the new ideals. Even if they are old ideals you need the new hero’s.
    What did the blacks sacrifice and fight for to make America? What black hero’s did they get out of it?
    2. A nation then goes through struggles both internal and external. Its survival makes it stronger. Each struggle makes new hero’s. In one we made a Marine and thus all Marines hero’s. in another we actually made a pirate and his whole crew hero’s. We fought the indigenous natives and we both created hero’s.
    We even went through a complete civil war. One fought specifically to free the blacks from slavery. And still no black hero’s. WW1 and especially WW2. What black hero’s emerged?
    3. To bring down a nation you start by removing the hero’s. You do this first in the schools. Teach the children too the world you eventually want.

  • Chris

    How do you take over and control a country and its society?

    A local talk show host used to state this: PALM
    Politics
    Academia
    Law
    Media

    With these four areas the populace is fully controlled. Control in one or more can provide great strides toward the “goal”. But all four are needed. They also support each other.

    Academia – placing the “correct people” in the colleges grows the teachers needed to teach the “correct thinking” next generation that will believe the Media lie and vote the “correct” politicians into place.

    Law – If the current laws are not “correct” then lawyers can file the suits to delay or halt our institutions and continuously challenge the roots of our civilization – The American Way. Judges of the “correct” mind help this along the way lest a wrong ruling allow some freedom.

    Media – As we know from the Nazi Goerbbles: A lie told long enough becomes the truth. (I believe this is his quote). Goerbbles used the then current new technology of radio and large gatherings enabled by amplifiers along with the print media to spread and drive home the Nazi “truth” – Complete encirclement of the populace with the Nazi “Truth”. Any other belief was met with condemnation and violence -sound familiar?
    The Media take over is all but complete (rooted in the seeds of Academia take over). However there is a wrinkle – The Internet. It’s still open but dominated by those who want try for complete information conscription.

    Politics – the prior three always support the politics. There will always be those in politics that want to end the America Way but changing society using Media, Academia and if necessary Law so as to provide wide spread support for that politics is the goal. Then the LAWS can be (re-) written in concert with the “truth” that Academia, through the professors (and lawyers), who taught the Teachers who taught the children who were reinforced by the Media can all march to the “Truth.”

  • F16 Guy

    Robert,
    A brilliant essay that encapsulates the trying times we are in.
    Every day we are losing the battles, and sadly, I believe we are about to lose the war.
    The 1966 Cloward-Piven theory has succeeded and is partly responsible, as has Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
    Our political system more resembles a kangaroo court than anything the Founders designed.
    Trump has been, and will be for another four years I believe, only a speed bump in the rapid downfall of our society and our political system. The progressives/liberals have mastered the slogan of the TV series SURVIVOR: “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast.”
    The next Democrat president will put that last nail in the coffin of “truth, justice, and the American way.”

  • Cotour

    “Every day we are losing the battles, and sadly, I believe we are about to lose the war.”

    Incorrect.

    All is being revealed to the American people and not just a small special interest segment of the American people. The every day tax paying meat and potatoes American, man, woman, Democrat, Republican see what they see, AND THEY DO NOT LIKE IT.

    https://youtu.be/UW5NtvE231I

    To focus on ones fear of what might be and having that sentiment pumped by by necessity by desperate Democrats and their media cohorts and flunkies is understandable, but that IMO is not what is underway in America today.

    Trump will either loose in Trumpian fashion, and your greatest fears will be realized, or Trump will win in Trumpian fashion with never before seen numbers and electoral votes. I choose the latter.

    Keep soaking in the Democrats and their opportunistic Liberal / Leftist and Marxist associates actions and logic, it is un and anti American and the meaty middle of the American people will IMO have none of it. Keep watching America.

    So I beg to differ.

  • pzatchok

    To continue my above comment.

    The African Americans or blacks of today have no heroes to make them feel American. Not like whites do.

    Those few that have been found and promoted have either been tainted by association with whites or have been educated out of their field of view.
    The only heroes they have are either actors, athletes or musicians. How long does it take a kid to realize they just don’t have the talent for any of those?
    The democrats took education away from them by constantly lowering the standards. The soft hand of racism.

    Of course they are rioting.
    Maybe they will find a few heroes from this, but I can not see how.

    In the end all the rioting will change nothing until there is another civil war and the blacks actually fight for their own nation. Then they will have something they could feel part of.

    I am willing to give up either California or a chunk of the south east.

    Think about it.
    Are the blacks going to agree to educating their children into Americans or are they more then likely going to secession.
    If things go towards secession then they MUST win in order to feel like they are part of a nation. If they lose they will still feel like slaves in America. Or at least second class citizens.
    If the whites just give them land it will be no different than the situation they have in Israel with the Palestinians. the Palestinians didn’t fight for and win the land they are on. They were pushed in to it and lost the little war they did fight.

    I would far favor education over war.
    The Democrats who promote this racism, this hatred to white people are not doing themselves any good. In one way or another this will work itself out and the Democrats will no longer have 80% of their platform. they will have nothing to argue for, nothing to win on.

  • Cotour

    At some point someone has to say STOP, go no further! (i619 project? STOP! Ridiculous!)

    Just the other day my millennial gay lady friend, who I truly enjoy and care about, sends me a message “Would you consider putting a Black Lives Matter sign in your window”. (Her and her friends in a local Liberal Democrat organization are attempting to get the businesses to display these messages)

    I replied: “I as a rule never post any politically oriented signs in my window. But I do have a suggestion for you, your sign might better read: “Black Lives Literally Matter”, which I literally support. I think that is a more accurate sentiment to communicate. And IMO to associate yourself with the organization “Black Lives Matter” and other associated organizations which are Leftist / Marxist based organization from what I can gather (And you know I gather) might be thought about a bit more.” (We have had several political conversations before the virus, she is only half educated in the world of power and politics. Very much indoctrinated and naïve)

    She replied: “I disagree that its a political statement but I encourage you to display your version of the sign”. (Really? What else could it be other than political?)

    Oh boy. And you know that there will be no signs of any politically sort or related nature in my window. EVER.

    In the end no black man needs any lily white bread young people pandering to them and promoting these agendas in America. These young people “Feel” they are doing something of consequence and in reality they have been co opted by the real Leftist “Community Organizers” that know how to work them. So naïve IMO.

    I am going to suggest the she block out some time every week to either come and talk with me or have an email exchange and discuss all of the issues of the day.

  • James Street

    Excellent essay, Robert. Yours is an extremely important voice and platform in these times.

    I believe that President Trump’s strategy is correct. He must work within the legal system otherwise he is as illegitimate as the swamp. It’s not just America that is at the precipice, it’s the world. This is first and foremost a spiritual war, and most of Christendom is oblivious to what’s going on.

    As we saw at Saturday’s Tulsa rally the forces on our side are vast.

    Keep up the great work.
    Dig.
    Blog.
    Pray.

  • James Street: Trump would be acting under the law if he invoked the Insurrection Act (which by the way I think describes what is going on quite accurately).

    He is showing himself to be weak, and easily played by the bankrupt Republican leadership who for the past four decades has specialized in failure theater. retreating each time because that will put them in a better position to win next time.

    Except that next time for them never really comes.

  • Cotour

    I think strategically its best to wait this out and not give the Liberals / Democrats / Leftists any imagery with dead bodies in the street, and it was ordered by the president.

    And this in reality should be being dealt with by local authorities, and they are showing just how ineffective and on board with these radical operatives they are.

    Just allow it to play itself out, in this case inaction is the proper action. The American people are watching it all in real time and up close. I could not have thought up the CHAZ / CHOP situation and these “defund the police” memes. Made to order, for Trump.

    All is being revealed.

  • Cotour: I hope you are right, but I remain exceedingly pessimistic. For example, I am quite certain that in your city, New York, as well as in all Democratic strongholds nationwide, they will remain entirely in power after the November election. The liberals you know are not going to vote for Republicans. It is that simple.

  • Cotour

    That is a side note at the moment, what comes of NYC and the other Democrat strong holds will be up to the residents of those cities. And the people are getting one big fat view of just how incompetent their governments are and have been. And that is what all of this forced chaos is revealing. “Defund the police”? Eliminate the police? Really? And the democrats are listening to such bovine effluent? Why are they listening and giving it credibility? Because they are their own.

    And as you well know there have been moments of sanity after the Left has destroyed and pillaged NYC where Republicans were seen as being needed to straighten things out. Giuliani for instance, and I see another savior for NYC in the form of John Catsimitidies,. If you are not familiar with him I suggest you look him up. he is just the solution after the master of Leftist disaster, Junior Sandinista DeBlasio. (How he looks himself in the mirror I have no idea)

    The issue here is what should Trump do related to issues like the CHAZ / CHOP situation in Seattle. This is an extension of and the real world results of the “Progressive” agenda. And from that point of view he just needs to allow everyone in the country to see the handy work of the Democrats and their new party designation “Progressives”. Just a Leftist bait and switch focused on the unhappy meat and potatoes tax paying Democrats of America. An alternative that is no alternative> And that is why the Democrats need people to be and remain stupid. But how stupid can people allow themselves to be? There are limits to things.

    I think there have now been 2 people shot and killed in the CHAZ / CHOP (Its only 2 weeks in), one sexual assault and numerous other injuries and general chaos. And who are these radical children without doubt tied and tagged to? The Democrats and their leadership.

    All is being revealed and Trump is the catalyst that forces the Democrat leadership to reveal themselves for all to see.

    MAGA

  • Lee S

    Jebus H Christ on a bike…..
    My self imposed social media distancing can’t hold back any longer…. I know I should stick to reading stuff regarding pure space matters, but I didn’t, and true to form… I cannot bite my tongue.
    I would like to caviate my comments with the statement that I do not approve of violent protest in any form, unless in the face of unprovoked violence, and detest the looting and vandalism that has accompanied many of the protests over there, and across the world.
    The illusion of “the American way” is just that…. An illusion… The USA, ( Not America, that is much bigger..) was built upon the occupation of other people’s land, and the use of slaves, ( who were genuine, real people.. just black.) , admittedly along with those willing to toil the soil… But the wealth in your country, ( and much of the wealth over here in Europe ) was built on the back of oppression.
    I don’t find it much of an embarrassment to admit that we, and let’s be honest, white skinned folks, have profited massively over the last couple of centuries from the labour of those of a different skin tone, here in Europe and over there in the US…. What I do find offensive is a US citizen telling me that life was so much better in the 50s and 60s due to “the American way”… Tell that to all the black guys working for a percentage of a white man’s wage… Tell that to the indigenous folk living on reserves in their own country… Tell that to every person that never had a voice then… Tell that to every person that doesn’t have a voice now, and tell them not to be angry.
    When your struggling to feed your children…( And there are as many white families as black, over there, same as there is over here), in a democracy… You know something has failed…. The rich of the past have left a legacy still being reaped today…. And while it’s not our fault… We should not forget our “American way”, or “European lifestyle” is in some part built upon the suffering of others, and stand accountable…
    ( It’s kinda nice to be back…. I hope everyone is ok! Keeping safe, and wearing masks!) ;-)

  • Cotour

    And, Lee S, how would you like to reformulate history to make all of these people “feel” better about themselves and their oppression? Do you really think it exists today?

    1619 project? Reparations? White guilt? “Social Justice”?

    I ask the question: What black man or minority man or woman in America today can not do as they please? Attain just about what ever job they want? receive just about any education that they please and are willing enough to work for?

    What was, was. What will be can never undo what was.

    What is underway today in America is just racial inflammation for the purposes of political manipulation and gain, in order to retain and acquire power. Plain and simple and your, Lee S, and anyone else’s compassion in regards to such is meaningless. It is just a part of that manipulation by the race hustlers and leftists that need everything to be in chaos to keep their gravy train on the tracks and well fueled.

  • Cotour

    Lee S, your practicing Nincompoopery:

    https://youtu.be/awoFZaSuko4

    Everybody wants to rule the world.

  • wayne

    Lee–

    Jordan Peterson
    “George Orwell’s Wigan Pier, Marxism and the Working Class”
    https://youtu.be/JfT_in6Vy3A
    17:23

  • Cotour

    ON THE POLITICAL TAG “RACISM” AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are famous for tagging anyone who disagrees with their radical anti American insanity and chaos by calling them racists. Everyone but they are racist according to them.

    You do not believe that BLM is in fact a Marxist run operation? Here is one of the founders plainly stating what she is, this is not play time, she is serious as a heart attack:

    “We Are Trained Marxists” – Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter https://youtu.be/HgEUbSzOTZ8 1:26 mn.

    If you want to look further into exactly what BLM is all about just go to their web cite and read under the “About” section plainly what is what. The organization is anti “Traditional” Western family, surprise, they embrace the Hillary Clinton “Village” / communal family model, they are anti black man from what I can gather (And you know I gather), they are Globalist and anti Capitalist in orientation, they are anti Cisgender” privilege (I was not aware that Cisgenders had privilege), you should read it all for yourself.

    And I once again point out my observation that these operatives who are anti American in philosophy and run by trained Marxists operatives use the “You don’t love me, you are racist, so I must destroy you” logic trap to argue for their position that justifies their actions.

    “I am (Black, Gay, Transgender, Hispanic, what ever minority or “oppressed” “differently oriented” classification of American), and you don’t love me, and you are racist”.

    “But I respect you as a human being, and I support your being able to live your life as you please. Why do I have to love YOU for YOU to accept ME?”.

    “No, sorry, since you do not love me and possibly never have and may not be able to fully accept me and what I am and how I live I must destroy everything that you are, have been and represent. And you are a racist”.

    “But I respect you as a human being, and I support your being able to live your life as you please. Why do I have to love you for you to accept ME?”.

    “Sorry, we are Marxists (Don’t tell anyone), prepare for destruction and forced reprogramming, this is political warfare.”

    And again, from what I can gather by what I see there is a segment of younger Americans who at least are on board with a part of that “moralistic” logic / Social Justice aspect and support organizations like Black Lives Matter. Which was founded and is run by 3 young black women, 2 of which as I can detect are trained Marxist operatives. And this becomes like being only partially pregnant when you become an advocate for them.

    If you support Black Lives Matter are you Marxist? Not necessarily, but by your association you are furthering a political organization that not only wants to “change or improve” things in America, but they stand firmly philosophically against the country that you love and are here to destroy it. A precarious position to be in no doubt once you become aware of the truth and are not just on your “feel good” Social Justice warpath. Like it or not EVERYONE in America and the good lives that they live sit firmly upon primarily two things, 1. The Constitution, and 2. Capitalism. Period. And lets be honest the vast majority of Americans, black, white or polka dot lives pretty damn good lives.

    So what in fact is happening within these radical organizations by their own admission? Trained Marxist operatives that by philosophy stand fundamentally against the founding of our country and Constitution are doing their work. And these operatives have in some instances, possibly most instances, co opted the genuine and good intents of compassionate although in many instances only partially politically educated and in many instances naïve and idealistic primarily white young people. They are very good at their job.

    Young people who have spent their 30 something years of life within schools that have been dominated by these same Liberal and even Leftist trained and philosophical operatives who have been essentially indoctrinated to at least be pliable and manipulatable.

    So I ask this question: Do Black Lives Matter? They certainly do, they literally matter. They are Americans and from what I can detect have all of the opportunities today as I have or you have and are primarily held back, just like you or I by our own vision or lack of vision, self-determination and commitment to focus and sacrifice, and to out work or out think all others.

    You do not agree? List for me what is not attainable today for ANYONE in America to lead a descent and productive life. Our history without doubt has its dark chapters, that is now long over. Modern America has come a long way from the oppression of the past. What was was and nothing that is done today will undo any of it, its our history. However those who want and need for their own political warfare purposes can NEVER allow these minority groups to see the light in any way shape or form. NEVER, they are very valuable political assets just the way they have been trained to be.

    And this is where the Democrats and their leadership who are now pandering to and are being taken over by these self stated Marxist operatives, who have controlled ALL of these cities that are in conflict in America today. Have you ever questioned why that is? Did you ever think that the Democrats themselves have an interest in keeping primarily the black population in America enraged, confused and self loathing? Well from where I sit and survey the situation that is exactly what I see. Its either that or ALL Democrats, black or otherwise, are all born so incompetent that nothing other than what you see today in all of those burning Democrat lead cities in America for the last 50 years can be. That is just the way it is, accept it. And we know that is not at all true.

    What about you? Do you in general respect everyone that you come in contact with in life? Even if they are a bit different than you? I do. That is my own personal starting point that I assume with everyone that I encounter in life. I might keep my eye on them and keep them at a distance, but I respect them as human beings. Do I love them? Not as a general rule, no I do not (Jesus would be so disappointed in me. Forgive me “J”). Which does not exclude my loving them in some way shape or form in the future. But love is not my starting point, respect is.

    I respect you as a human being, but I do not or may not love you. Get over it.

    What I have just laid out is exactly how trained political Marxist operatives do their thing in shaping and controlling the less politically savvy among us. Why is that? Because it is the job they are trained to do. So I suggest you pay attention when someone tells who and what they are. Are you hearing me all of you lily white “well meaning” Social Justice Warriors?

    Over this last weekend: 101 black Americans shot in Chicago, many dead, including a 3 year old baby. Where is Black Lives Matter? Don’t they care about their black brothers a sisters being shot down by their own in Chicago? Not really, they are just collateral damage in the political warfare that is ongoing that intends to destroy what is, to rebuild what in their opinion must be, SOCIALISM in America.

    Do you support agree with that goal every day meat and potatoes America? I did not think so.

    All is being revealed and Trump is the catalyst that forces everyone to reveal exactly who and what they are. Comments? Questions? Feel free.

  • pzatchok

    Some people think that conservatives want the US to go back to the 1950’s.

    My guess is they have no idea what we really want.

    Lets take the 1950’s for example.
    Remove the racism and sexism. At least lower it to the level of today.
    Now exactly what was wrong with the 1950’s?

    Families were far more intact. Both black and white. Children went to school and learned far more needed information than today. A lower percentage of people needed government assistance. The middle class was blooming and booming.

  • Edward

    pzatchok asked: “Now exactly what was wrong with the 1950’s?

    Perhaps we weren’t communist enough for them. Too much truth, too much justice, too much American way.

  • Andrew_W

    Mr. Zimmerman: Truth means you always strive to be honest, and when you make a mistake you admit to it, without flinching.

    I certainly agree with that and generally adhere to it, do you?

    First, the Wuhan flu epidemic is clearly ending, as shown by the graph above.

    Second, as predicted by some scientists, the lockdowns, social distancing, and silly symbolic mask use did nothing to stretch out the epidemic or flatten the curve.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-blind-continuing-panic-over-covid-19/

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