As events in our culture have escalated over the past month, I decided to keep a low profile. There was nothing I could say at the time that was going to enhance the conversation. As we are coming to terms with aspects of our culture that are long overdue for a reckoning (Police Violence and Class Distinctions), we are also now seeing a legitimate cultural attack on the United States’ history, economic system and politics by a radicalized left wing. How did this happen? Over the next two weeks, I am going to write a three-part post on how this movement came to exist. My post this week will focus on the present-day aspects of Black Lives Matter and go into an analysis of their demands and what they are looking to accomplish as well as look into the corporate response to these protests. Next week, I will focus on the education system and our media as the underlying cause for this radical push to the left. Finally, I will look at history for examples of previous revolutions, how they turned out, and whether they left the country in a better place.
During the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, I was a supporter. In 2016, they issued six political demands. The first four were a Reduction in military spending, End to the death penalty, De-criminalization of drug-related offenses and prostitution, and the “demilitarization” (Now “defunding”) of local police departments. As many people know, I have spoken out about these issues for the past 20 years. Our country fights too many wars, has too many criminals in jail and has dehumanized the local police and turned them into soldiers. All these problems work against my personal non-violent perspective. But where this movement loses me relates to the last two demands. The first one is reparations. This leads me to ask a lot of questions. What happens if the patriarch of your family lived in Austrian occupied Croatia and emigrated to the United States in 1914 (Right before immigration laws began to tighten up relating to Southern and Eastern Europeans.)? Should my large family be responsible for reparations when slavery officially ended in 1863? What if you lived a life not judging someone by the color of their skin but by their personality? How will this be implemented? We are going to find out as California passed a law trying to figure out how this should be implemented. If reparations are going to be given out, shouldn’t Native Americans be included since they have the best argument? My second issue relates to the investment in programs that will uplift the African American community. Again, why should American taxpayers have to pay for this? Couldn’t this issue be resolved by private corporate donations? Like the tremendous gift that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave to Black Colleges. This call for money is in opposition to every aspect of my belief in personal responsibility. Both these demands are socialist in nature and require some aspect of governmental intervention. There are ways to bring about fairness in our society without dragging our incredibly ineffective government into this debate. Putting the responsibility on the government is only going to lead to a different group of people feeling disenfranchised, forgotten, and angry.
As this movement has evolved, there has been riots and looting throughout the country. Our history is now under attack (More on this issue next week) with monuments celebrating famous African Americans being destroyed. Confederates, individuals who fought to free slaves, the president who emancipated them, and other historical figures who have nothing to do with this history have been destroyed. This has gotten so absurd, that even the ‘Washington Post’ which has mostly supported this insurrection wrote an opinion article about it. I am fine with having an intelligent and constructive debate about whether these statues should exist. But the randomness of this destruction by our increasingly anti-American youth which sees all history ONLY through a racist lens is going to lead us down a dark path. This movement ignores many aspects of history (economics, cultural, religious, and revolutionary) which have just as much an impact on our past as race. It has become anti-intellectual and increasingly violent. If this does not stop soon, there will be a backlash which could lead us into an internal civil war. Let us hope that these protests never get to this point.
My final evaluation relates to the surprising passive response to this ongoing violence from our multinational corporations and government. As a good portion of our country burned and the president seethed on Twitter, there was a surprising “acceptance” as violence and murders increased in cities across the United States. Turning on a video game to play Halo 5, Rocket League, or Apex Legends was met with a corporate statement about the importance of Black Lives Matter and how they support the movement. It almost became a mandatory declaration by individuals and businesses, so the ‘cancel culture’ mob did not come for their heads. While this is going on, Facebook made the proper declaration to defend Freedom of Speech while facing an employee and eventual corporate boycott. Like always, Zuckerberg could not stand by his personal integrity and caved to the corporate pressure. Than, there is still the question of the coordination of bricks being placed throughout the country which appeared in downtowns near places where the looting and rioting were most severe. Since our government and our multi-national corporations have shown no interest towards protecting individual rights in this country as well as continuing to support fighting expensive wars overseas, why would they be concerned about protecting small businesses at home?
There will be more on this topic next week. But I want to leave you with a couple more facts. Our own country has years of expertise in coups and the toppling of “dictators” throughout the world. In the 2000s after the breakup of the Soviet Union, globalists and the government engaged in “colour revolutions” throughout Asia and Europe to bring about a more pro-Western, pro-business leadership into these nations. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 threw this country into turmoil. Based on the events I have written about above, the “left” lost its collective mind. There has been obvious bias in the media when discussing Trump whether relating to RussiaGate or any other scheme our intelligence services created to remove him from office. Our “deep state” despises the man. Despite my own personal misgivings about Trump, I still cannot defend these anti-Democratic and propagandistic actions. Would it surprise me to find out that these riots were authorized and even promoted by our own government and corporations? It would absolutely not. But right now, this is a conspiracy theory that cannot be proven. If Trump happens to lose in November and everything returns to normal (Even relating to the destruction of the economy because of the COVID-19 lockdowns), these theories are only going to increase. The fact that we are allowing a woman who is an admitted “trained Marxist” (Call out to YoungRippa59) to run the largest political organization in this country is also a sign that even if Biden does win, the people who run this country have lost some aspect of control. There is no putting the radical left wing back into the bottle. If the goal was not to create a socialist state but just to return to some sort of normalcy by electing a puppet for a president (Biden) running an increasingly state run globalized economy, then there is no possible way that this can end without a massive show of violence. Let us hope it never resorts to this and rational heads prevail.
P.S. I love this smackdown of the arrogant Don Lemon by Terry Crews. Rock on my man!
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