Some Thoughts On Charlottesville

One of these things is not like the other…

The idea that Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other groups that protested against white supremacists in Charlottesville are the same as Neo-Nazis and the KKK, is disgusting.  

At any nonviolent protest, there’s always bad eggs looking for an excuse to say, have a fight or loot a store. Certainly, some of the counter protesters incited violence, and that’s never acceptable.
But to put them on the same level as actual Nazis?

The difference is as clear as day. The message from counter protesters was to condemn racism and white supremacy — these groups wouldn’t have been there if literal neo-Nazis weren’t coming to town.

But for Nazis and KKK members, violence and hate is written into their ideology. They circled Confederate statues with torches, chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” They searched out a synagogue, surrounded it and chanted “Sieg Heil.” One of them even felt the need to drive his car through a crowd of people.

No human beings who willfully join such a rally are “very fine people.” Anyone marching for this “cause” deserves to be condemned — period — whether they were violent or not.

Putting “both sides” on the same level is not only morally bankrupt, but also emboldens white nationalists to double their efforts and hold more rallies, which will of course, result in more clashes, more violence and more acts of terror.

These Confederate Statues

At Tuesday’s must-watch press-conference, President Donald Trump compared Confederate leaders to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, because the two founding fathers also “had slaves.” Removing these statues is a slippery slope, he said.

Donald, nobody is going to take down statues of our founding fathers. And once again, our president is creating a false equivalence.

Robert E. Lee didn’t even want a statue of himself after the south lost the war. In December 1866, Lee wrote that he felt such a statue would create more division and cause more problems for southerners. He also supported getting rid of the Confederate flag.

And sure enough, most of these statues weren’t erected during the reconstruction period. Hundreds of statues were erected years later in support of racism and bigotry, when southern leaders were enacting so-called Jim Crow laws, and many more were put up in the 1950s when southern leaders viciously opposed the civil rights movement.

Of course, we don’t want to destroy history — if that’s even possible anymore with the invention of the internet — but we also don’t want to portray traitors as American heroes.

Take the statues out of public areas, put them in museums, and let’s move on.

The more we hate, the more we lose

Nobody is born racist. More than anything, it was sad to see so many people blinded by hateful ideology they apparently picked up somewhere along the way.

Many Americans are hurting. This has always been the case. And some come to the conclusion African Americans and Mexicans are the reason they’re unemployed, that Jews are the reason their quality of life is poor, Muslims are a danger to their well-being and homosexuals are the reason they can’t get a date.
The blame game has been around for a long time; only the subjects have changed. Back in the day, it was Catholics, Atheists, Irishmen, Italians, Native Americans, even Freemasons. Heck, go back far enough, before Washington and Jefferson, and it was “witches.”
While some Americans have continued to fall for social and political propaganda, income inequality has steadily risen, quality of life has declined, our healthcare system has become obsolete and our infrastructure has crumbled.

Politicians in Washington D.C., on both sides, are now completely bought and paid-for, doing the bidding of special interests against the will of the people, and somehow, we still have people rallying against their fellow Americans because of the color of their skin?

While the stock market explodes and corporate profits hit all-time highs, wages remain stagnant, benefits are being cut. Americans with full-time jobs can barely afford rent, and they are always told the most dominant economic power in the world can’t provide decent health care or a livable wage.  

Middle class households have become the minority compared to upper- or lower-income households, and it isn’t because our country is more diverse.

Our leaders have failed miserably over the last 40-50 years to shield workers from outsourcing, automation and the destruction of labor unions — yet people still wonder why employee compensation, as a percentage of GDP, topped out in 1970, and has steadily declined ever since.

They dreadfully failed to protect ordinary Americans from predatory housing practices that crashed the world economy, and a broken tax code that ensures income inequality will keep rising, along with the deficit.

And these are just a couple of the many issues we face. There’s so many important issues we need to be discussing, but I fear we’ll never get the chance.