10 Seconds of Near Lucidity

Five years ago, even Donald J. Trump had been able to muster a fleeting moment of lucidity re the Stars and Bars… even though, in my book, his chosen word “respect”, belongs nowhere near a discussion of the confederate flag.

With that in mind, I’ve expanded on this timely, related issue…

The early colonists / citizens of America, who had the audacity to enslave people of color should never escape history’s harsh judgment… be they American military geniuses, presidents, framers of constitutional passages or Confederate generals, plantation owners and secessionists.

Considering how enslavement is a crime against humanity, let’s all take the following one question multiple choice quiz…

What would be sufficient posthumous punishment for those who enslaved humanity?

a. scrubbing their names / stories from our history books
b. toppling and melting down their monuments
c. stripping their names off our maps / military bases
d. laundering paper currency to wash off their mugshots
e. all of the above

Hmm… let’s factor in the following wisdom…

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – – – George Santayana

With that in mind…

Let’s promptly expose the inhumane within unflattering, tell-all history books, rebrand their statues “Monuments To Stupidity” and move them into Halls of Shame museums. As for maps, bases and currency, there’s no shortage of virtuous people, who’ve graced society throughout history. Let’s commemorate and venerate them, instead.

Re that aforementioned currency issue, let’s see what happens when fake prez Trump (who idolizes Andrew Jackson), experiences one of his all too frequent fits of bigotry and misogyny… so much so that he delayed the Treasury Department’s redesign of the $20 bill. Their original plan had been to replace slave owner Jackson’s mug with slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s countenance by 2020. Oh, btw, Trump believes the $2 bill would be more appropriate for Tubman. That suggests what? That Klansman Donald devalues her / deems her a 10% person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juneteenth 2020

Fast Facts:

Who: Enslaved African-Americans
and General Major Gordon Granger

What: Federal Order to Abolish Slavery
a.k.a. General Order No. 3

Where: Galveston, Texas

When: June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth)

Why: Because humans beings are NOT
property to be bought and sold!

Said Granger…

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

My commentary…

In spite of…

• President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which along with the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment, became the law of the land on January 1, 1863… and…

• The U.S.A. fighting the Civil War (April 12, 1861 ~ April 9, 1865) and ultimately defeating the Confederacy… and

• Granger’s above mentioned post war oratory…

to this very day, June 19, 2020, people of color are still not free in every sense of that word, here in America.

And far too many of today’s racist “lawmen” are doing their damnedest to enforce that ugly reality, on behalf of the racist descendants of Civil War era treasonous secessionists / enemies of the United States.

To this very day, these odious offspring still fly / wave the Stars and Bars and revere their flag even more than the Stars and Stripes. These latter-day, unrepentant rebels still go apoplectic whenever civilized people remind them of the brutality / inhumanity which their butt-ugly flag stands for and/or mention that it’s high time they topple and meltdown their F’d up worthless, bric-a-brac statuary, which they’ve erected to honor their dishonorable confederate generals and, simultaneously, remind all people of color that they are still oppressed.

Mind you, we are talking about statuary to exalt THEIR “war heroes”, whose reprehensible conduct makes them unworthy of the bird droppings that duly decorate them.

As if all of that weren’t bad enough already, if those racist a-hole law enforcers ever need anyone to embolden them… to say, “More power to you!”, they can always count on racist a-hole Donald J. Trump who, little doubt, deems them “good people”. After all, fake prez Trump probably fancies himself the de facto successor to the original fake prez Jefferson Davis.

While true Americans wholeheartedly wish that President Lincoln’s proclamation, as spoken by General Granger, had been the final word in this matter… well… on this Juneteenth 2020… there’s ample evidence that the Civil War never really ended. Backing such a claim…

People of color are now demonstrating in the streets… and during a pandemic, no less…. fighting for their Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms / their very lives… protesting the racially profiling cops / the police brutality which, with ever increasing frequency, has meant judge, jury and executioner cops are meting out the death penalty to black arrestees… mind you… those who are suspected of committing non-violent, minor offenses.

Protestors have been attempting to get the attention of a fake prez, who’s eyes and ears are not connected to a fully functional brain. As such, he erroneously concludes that the only way to deal with folks protesting police brutality is to illegally command his troops to ram his police state magnitude, police brutality down their throats.

Is it any wonder that the last Earthly words of at least 32 victims of police brutality have been “I can’t breathe“… among them Eric Garner and George Floyd.

The road to freedom and recovery, if ever found, will be blocked by white supremacist obstructionists, masquerading as Americans… their “king” taking on the function of the unmovable 159kg / 350lb orange road cone / pylon.

Only free elections can remove him… that is… if free elections even exist anymore…