Aug. 17, 2017 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.
COUNTDOWN: I am sad, and very impatient, to have to report that a far-too-long 1,256 days still remain in this narrow-minded, hate-filled, and racist administration’s term in office…
The so-called “Alt Right” (once correctly labeled crackpots and far-right extremists) have been enabled by the current administration and many members of the now reactionary, CON-servative Republican Party. Led by the likes of uber-CON-servative Stevphn Bannon and funded by the anti-government billionaire Libertarian Koch brothers and Mercer family (among others), these far-right and completely misguided kooks have been irresponsibly stirred up to the point where they have dared to climb out from beneath their rocks to stage pro-white, racist hate rallies. They are allied with neo-Nazis and the racist Ku Klux Klan – need I say more? They have even gone so far as to call one of these rallies a “prayer march,” as if all of us who oppose them and all that they stand for are godless atheists or agnostics, which many of us are not. These hateful marches have regretfully cost the lives of a 32 year old innocent lady named Heather Heyer and two policemen in Charlottesville, VA, last weekend. Ms. Heyer was killed when a cowardly, ignorant, and hate-filled Alt Right moron deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of opposition protesters at the Charlottesville event. Hundreds of other innocents, especially blacks, have needlessly and senselessly been murdered by police and other far-right extremists in recent years, and many have been severely beaten while protesting at Trump rallies.This idiocy must come to a screeching halt!
Schoolchildren have been taught to memorize and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, both private and public, every single day for well over 100 years. For those who may not remember, this pledge states:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”
This pledge, in its current form, was written back in 1892 by a man named Francis Bellamy. Bellamy was a Baptist Minister AND a Christian Socialist, and a cousin of utopian socialist author Edward Bellamy. Commenting on it many years later, Bellamy noted,”At the beginning of the nineties patriotism and national feeling (were) at a low ebb. The patriotic ardor of the Civil War was an old story … The time was ripe for a reawakening of simple Americanism and the leaders in the new movement rightly felt that patriotic education should begin in the public schools…”
This pledge soon became a mainstay of every school in the country and has been recited by millions upon millions of students over a great many generations. It has come to be revered by most as a truly patriotic icon of the United States.
Regrettably, though, the definition of true patriotism has been hijacked by a deviant reactionary minority called the Alt Right. These very unfortunate misfits are opposed to most of the vital and sensible social and economic changes made during the entire 20th century. They, for the most part, hate minorities and immigrants. They also hate labor unions and the collective bargaining rights that unions have brought us for the betterment of wages and working conditions in this country. They oppose the fairer civil rights legislation which has been enacted since the 1960s. They are domineering and authoritarian by nature, and are irrationally fearful of the future. As such, they are actively trying to force this country to go backward in time – to an era dominated by powerful business interests, where individual, economic, and social freedom was far less democratic. With their fear and irrational outlook, they fail to realize that their goals are actually the antithesis of the Pledge of Allegiance! Keeping minorities and women in social and economic subjugation, for example, is hardly practicing “liberty and justice for ALL!” Much needed civil rights regulation like the Fair Housing Act of 1968 is hardly infringing on their rights, unless they are very wrongly interpreting their “rights” to include discrimination against others in ANY form, be it based upon race, creed, gender, economic status, or sexual preference! Contrary to what many of these reactionaries may believe, immigrants and minorities are NOT necessarily “godless” people worthy of scorn and hatred! Regardless of where they were born, they, too, are entitled to the same fair wages and good working conditions everyone else is!
We Progressives must do a better job in taking an active role against those who are trying wrongly to foster even greater ignorance, greed, and fear within this country, for it is killing us! A GREAT way to begin is to actively campaign for the defeat of corrupt, bought-out corporate Republicans AND Democrats at all levels of government in 2018 AND 2020, and to RESIST and DEFEAT President Donald Chump, his Republican Party, and all that they stand for in 2020! For, these reactionaries are pushing for an unfair and unattainable return to the bygone era of robber barons which existed back in the 1890s, and that we CANNOT permit! Beyond all that, ANYBODY who still supports this President or his paranoid, hateful, defiant ideology is as warped as he is!
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