One of the biggest Mistakes we make is thinking others think the same way we think.
Why has 🇺🇸 Revived Ideologies of the Past? Voting Rights! Revisited! Beating Blacks and Asians are Taking Place! WTH? Did Folks Forget? Let’s go way back to the Civil War as many are Calling for. How absolutely Insane an idea is that? Not to mention all the Killing that came with it along with burning down each other’s homes and Businesses. You know, what some Today consider as the Cool Days. Man, those were some Cool Days. Cool for Who? The DEAD only know it’s better to be Alive.
I remember walking on the Sam Houston State University Campus in the 70s and I often was intrigued at words engraved on Campus Buildings. It reminded me of a fallout of always stopping and getting out of the Family Car to read EVERY Texas State Historical Marker we came upon. Yes, my father was a huge History Admirer having served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. And did we STOP and read them. Yes, we did. But on the Arts Building on the SHSU CAMPUS , there was a reminder about Not Remembering the Past and we are then forced to Repeat it. Or Condemned to Repeat it.
And the ones wholly promoting a Return to the Civil War days does make me sit up and Ask-What part of the Civil War do you want to Repeat? Slavery? The Savagery of Killing Your Own Kinfolk? Voting Suppression? WHAT? Please wrap your head around as to exactly what it is that makes you fascinated with the Civil War? To me, there wasn’t anything fascinating about it. The Killing of one million People is an Incredible HORROR. Is Killing what fascinates you? Kill those who do not think like you? Well, that is exactly What the Civil War was. People KILLED each other because the Two Sides did not have the same Views of Slavery and other Issues. They had different Views. But a Million People Died?
On January 6, 2021, five Died and two later committed SUICIDE. Died because they didn’t have the same Beliefs as others? Died for What? Died for exactly WHAT? I’m sorry, but millions of millions of 🇺🇸 are still having a great difficulty wrapping their Head Around what took place at the Holy Grail Of American Democracy–Our U.S. Capitol.
And no matter how many scholarly Articles I read about it, nothing explains that Day to me. The fiery rhetoric. The words of Stopping the Steal. Take Back America or Lose her Forever. COMBAT by Fire. Fireballs of Fiery Rhetoric tossed into a Crowd already upset with the Election Results. And unrelenting words repeated everyday six to sixty times by Individuals and Reporters. All of it leading to a Showdown. And “I’ll be going with you to the U.S. Capitol” never materialized. Were just words spoken to a maddening Crowd. And what really surprised me were the Calls for another Civil War. And Lord oh Lord, do they not know what they are asking for? Go for Ten Millions Deaths this time? Kinfolk killing each other again? And for What? All to keep One Man in Power? The GOP today sure appears to have completely Blocked Out the Dems. And the Dems. Have blocked out the GOP. Where does this Madness come from?. Where does this Madness end? Once believe something, always believed that something. Don’t we? But questions remain.
HOW? How can we move forward without reconciliation? Without stopping long enough to see where and what had just taken place? And why? Why did it take place? Why now say-They were Good People and I saw people hugging and kissing each other. For me. I watched in Horror and I was Shocked on that Day. I did not see people hugging and kissing each other. I saw Lawlessness at the Highest Level. People were led by false hope that the Election Results could be Reversed like in a Dictatorship. Not in a Democracy. And many have forgotten what a Democracy is. But Hatreds were also revealed and I saw a huge amount of White Hate unleashed anew. Like all of a sudden it was Cool to Openly Hate Black PEOPLE. And now, it’s Cool to Hate Asians. This is Madness!
Jesus. Where is all of this Hate coming FROM? Does 18 years of WAR play any part in it? And the Wars continue! In Iraq and Afghanistan! And if you didn’t guess. 🇺🇸 is Damn Close to Redoing the U.S. DRAFT to bolster our Military Ranks. How many War Tours do you think a person can Endure? Before they turn Full Blown Killers? Or Zombies with PTSD? But what happens when we say we don’t give a Damn no MORE. Very easy words to say. But words without meanings to the Heavens often times fly.
These very questions were asked in the 1800s. And every so often, people cannot or choose not to look or talk with each other and bad brewery occurs.
Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense
- [Everything] ideal has a natural basis and everything natural an ideal development.
- Even the most inspired verse, which boasts not without a relative justification to be immortal, becomes in the course of ages a scarcely legible hieroglyphic; the language it was written in dies, a learned education and an imaginative effort are requisite to catch even a vestige of its original force. Nothing is so irrevocable as mind.
- Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
- That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
- Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
- Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants:
- Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
- Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
- Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.
- Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.
- Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
- There is a similar quote by Edmund Burke (in Revolution in France) that often leads to misattribution: “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”
- This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants:
This “act to enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution” was signed into law 95 years after the amendment was ratified. In those years, African Americans in the South faced tremendous obstacles to voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic restrictions to deny them the right to vote. They also risked harassment, intimidation, economic reprisals, and physical violence when they tried to register or vote. As a result, very few African Americans were registered voters, and they had very little, if any, political power, either locally or nationally.
In 1964, numerous demonstrations were held, and the considerable violence that erupted brought renewed attention to the issue of voting rights. The murder of voting-rights activists in Mississippi and the attack by state troopers on peaceful marchers in Selma, AL, gained national attention and persuaded President Johnson and Congress to initiate meaningful and effective national voting rights legislation. The combination of public revulsion to the violence and Johnson’s political skills stimulated Congress to pass the voting rights bill on August 5, 1965.
The legislation, which President Johnson signed into law the next day, outlawed literacy tests and provided for the appointment of Federal examiners (with the power to register qualified citizens to vote) in those jurisdictions that were “covered” according to a formula provided in the statute. In addition, Section 5 of the act required covered jurisdictions to obtain “preclearance” from either the District Court for the District of Columbia or the U.S. Attorney General for any new voting practices and procedures. Section 2, which closely followed the language of the 15th amendment, applied a nationwide prohibition of the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race or color. The use of poll taxes in national elections had been abolished by the 24th amendment (1964) to the Constitution; the Voting Rights Act directed the Attorney General to challenge the use of poll taxes in state and local elections. In Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections, 383 U.S. 663 (1966), the Supreme Court held Virginia’s poll tax to be unconstitutional under the 14th amendment.
Because the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the most significant statutory change in the relationship between the Federal and state governments in the area of voting since the Reconstruction period following the Civil War, it was immediately challenged in the courts. Between 1965 and 1969, the Supreme Court issued several key decisions upholding the constitutionality of Section 5 and affirming the broad range of voting practices for which preclearance was required. [See South Carolina v. Katzenbach, 383 U.S. 301, 327-28 (1966) and Allen v. State Board of Elections, 393 U.S. 544 (1969)]
The law had an immediate impact. By the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new black voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners. By the end of 1966, only 4 out of the 13 southern states had fewer than 50 percent of African Americans registered to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was readopted and strengthened in 1970, 1975, and 1982.
Folks, we are living in a Hot Minute right now. Our 2020 LOCKDOWN crushed some Brain Cells. Yes. It sure appears so. And the Levels of Anxiety and Murders have never been at a higher Rate. We have become desensitized to many things and each other. Part of that comes from too many days of living with the Unknown and Covid-19 is still largely unknown in many ways. But the staggering numbers of 🇺🇸 Deaths from it has caused all of 🇺🇸 to ignore certain things while promoting other things. And promoting emotionally charged Topics are easy to Lock onto without knowing why or how you got there. But we are there in many things like never before.
I wrote because I am, in a way, always trying to come to terms with things and am, at times, openly analyzing things right before your eyes. I enjoy taking or bringing my readers on the Journey with me even when you might completely disagree. Disagreement is a good thing. Discussion is even better. At Times, I am, if you remember, playing The Hit Potato Game. And you don’t want to be the one left holding the Hot Potato in the End.
But someone always will, won’t they? Trickery? No, I DON’T use any. But dang, if you ignore Voter Rights being restricted once again, then you won’t mind when they hobble you with another Tax on what? Chewing Gum? What? Yes. What will make you come out to play? Out to poking your keypad? Yes, what put the light under your Butt Today? Got an itchy Butt? Is that it? Lack of Maturity always is an intriguing Subject and who has it and who has little Control over their Actions. Always being pissed at the World? Their Life? Always attacking others? But Approval of Hate Crimes does say PEOPLE have reached a New Low. But are we at Our Lowest? Beating Asians is pretty low, but people can go Lower.
White GOP Citizens are Refusing to get the Covid-19 Vaccine. Not willing to get a Vaccine because of what? Ask the 500,000-plus Dead Americans if they would have gotten the Covid-19 Vaccine, do you think that they would have if given a Choice? People, People, People. The science that went into these Vaccines isn’t NEW. When huge chunks of Money is tossed your way to create a Vaccine, you can get it done very QUICKLY. Getting Money and Backers in the Testing Trials is a huge part of the Game. The Biggest Problems with getting any Vaccine Tested and APPROVED is having The Money in place to do this.The worst Lies are the Lies you tell yourself. If Cancer Research had received all the Funding that Vaccines against Covid-19. Have gotten, Cancer might be a thing of the past. All the Steps were followed from creating the Formula, testing in Test Tubes. Then Nice, Then Guinea Pigs, Monkeys, and finally Human Trials were all done in Record Time because the Money was there.
Without Funding, Researchers have a Limited Amount of What they can devote their Time to. It was CANCER Research until a Pandemic Hit. And that’s when huge amounts of Money was placed In The Hands of the Researchers who could properly Test and do what some are misguidedly now saying was done too Quickly. But it wasn’t.
Huge Lack of Money Roadblocks have always prevented Brilliant Minds from doing their Brilliant Work.
But all of us have a Choice. And to remain SILENT while Blacks and Asians are Openly ATTACKED is WRONG!
Remaining SILENT while Legislators strip Voters of their Voting Rights is WRONG and just plain STUPID! If you Remain Silent, then what are you willing to give up next?