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cosmicrat commented on a blog post

It is not just liberals and humanitarians opposing him now.  Even the National Review has called him out for his illegitimate abuse of power.  https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/trump-emergency-declaration-contemptuous-of-rule-of-law/?fbclid=IwAR3QSZgMeIU_3jq5Q3eGfbG0T-iFnBSM3E-as28Lrcv2AV-rzG7mDwTV_cc

"Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is Contemptuous of the Rule of Law"

He would not only be using Federal funds for a purpose NOT intended by Congress, he would be seizing land from farmers and ranchers along the border for a project which they know firsthand is not needed.


People took to the streets in cities across the country on Presidents Day to protest against President Donald Trump’s nationa
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15 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

I fully expected that kind of response from you.   Your answer to any kind of bigotry and discrimination is either that it doesn't exist, is not a problem, or, if they happen to be your prejudices, that they're justified.

No, the gender pay gap has not been "debunked".  Some who don't think gender equality is important have tried to explain away small parts of it.  Being at Harvard or working for a TV network doesn't make one's conclusions or motivation correct, any more than being a "scientist" makes climate change denial justified.

Of course mental illness is a problem that has always existed and there should be more treatment available sooner.  The point here is that white nationalist/supremacist vermin are manipulating and weaponizing some of them to deliberately cause deadly harm.  The looseness of gun control laws ensure that some of them will cause major tragedies.

Not all the radicalized perpetrators can be diagnosed mentally ill.  One could speculate about what makes some young people vulnerable to prejudicial social ideologies, or even why adults who should know better repeat or excuse such ideas in public, but dismissing them as "nuts" doesn't solve the problem.


Young white men are being radicalized online and acting out violently https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/29/1830633/-A-d
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16 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

Interesting rhetorical question.

It's not the kind of expression I would prefer, but if someone said something like that, I'm sure you would agree that freedom of speech allows for expressions of anger that are sometimes intemperate.


Young white men are being radicalized online and acting out violently https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/29/1830633/-A-d
16 days ago
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Young white men are being radicalized online and acting out violently https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/29/1830633/-A-d
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18 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a blog post

As soon as I saw the title, I wondered where you wanted to kick Black History Month.  I would guess "off of the calendar".  It is not clear exactly what you hope to prove by attacking anyone who points out racial, cultural, and religious prejudice, and who hopes to build a more accepting, tolerant society.

"Slavery is not about racism"?  Yes, it is possible for a slave to be of the same race as the owner, but the vast majority of slaves considered permanently owned have some distinguishing characteristic considered inferior by the owning class, used to justify enslavement.  In this and other countries of the American continent, that difference was almost always skin color.  Some tried to add religion, but that was more complicated.  Color could be seen, and it couldn't be changed.

Yes, there is more than racism involved.  Slavery was motivated primarily by GREED.  It took racism to excuse it, to make it widely accepted in the white society that benefited from it.  Generation after generation were taught that the dark-skinned people were inferior beings, and were ordained to work for them.  They were building a society that was as morally corrupt as any that has ever existed, and an economy dependent on the forced labor of slaves.  And, unlike most places that ended slavery more or less peacefully, they waged a bloody war to try to keep their slaves.

No rational person would claim that black people, slave or free, could not do wrong, nor that there were no good white people in southern society.  The exceptions, some slave-owning blacks, prove nothing except that anyone can do wrong.  They did not create the system nor the society around them.

To try to minimize the crime of slavery by telling little tales implying "it wasn't that bad" is disgusting and insulting to the many who lived and died never to experience the freedom we take for granted, and to those who after the war were freed only to experience the hatred, the lynchings, the segregation and suppression by the defeated but still corrupt society that refused to accept them as equals.

For more than a century after emancipation, the descendants of slaves lacked even the pretense of equality, and the progress toward eliminating lingering prejudice and discrimination is agonizingly slow.  Trying to 'whitewash' it will not make it go away. 


I dedicate this post to @CosmicRat who claimed that slavery was about racism.  I tried to explain to him that all races have
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22 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo

In case the cause of the disappearing is the formatting that resulted from the word processor where I composed it, I have transferred it to plain text, to retry.

You continue to try to excuse American slavery by saying that others used it before, and “It is only in recent history, that slavery is viewed as wrong.”

What history do you call “recent”?  Civilizations and individuals within them have been aware of its wrongness for well over 2000 years, and documented efforts have been made to end or limit it throughout that time.  Abolitionists have had to contend against immoral greed with every attempt to stop slavery and the slave trade.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_abolition_of_slavery_and_serfdom

(Greed has not gone away, of course, but continues to do  harm in the excesses of capitalism.)

Yes, the northern states absolutely shared in the guilt, as did the Founders themselves, who explicitly allowed slavery to continue and added safeguards for it to get ratification by southern states.
By doing so, they betrayed the very notion of liberty which was claimed to be the motive for the War for Independence.  They, and the Constitution they produced, were far from the ideal.

However, most northern states ended slavery.  The US banned the slave trade in 1807, the same year Britain did, and the British abolished slavery in 1833, after an extended and growing movement to do so.

You claim that the rebels had “permission” to leave the Union, which is untrue.  You did not cite anything in the Constitution, obviously, because there is no such permission.  

In Texas v. White, 1869, the Supreme Court confirmed that secession is and had been unconstitutional.
"The Union of the States never was a purely artificial and arbitrary relation. It began among the Colonies, and grew out of common origin, mutual sympathies, kindred principles, similar interests, and geographical relations. It was confirmed and strengthened by the necessities of war, and received definite form and character and sanction from the Articles of Confederation. By these, the Union was solemnly declared to "be perpetual". And when these Articles were found to be inadequate to the exigencies of the country, the Constitution was ordained "to form a more perfect Union". It is difficult to convey the idea of indissoluble unity more clearly than by these words. What can be indissoluble if a perpetual Union, made more perfect, is not?" --Justice S.P. Chase

The rebels were traitors to their country.  
ANY Confederate flag, monument, or statue represents both treason and the defense of slavery, then and now.  The flag  was the ultimate  in dishonorable symbols then, and has not been made any less so by any subsequent use.


symbols_n
Sometimes a picture tells the story better than words.
 
22 days ago
23 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo

The reply I posted to Greystarfish keeps disappearing from view.  I am posting it here, also.  If you see it in both locations, that is the reason for repetition. 

You continue to try to excuse American slavery by saying that others used it before, and “It is only in recent history, that slavery is viewed as wrong.”

What history do you call “recent”? Civilizations and individuals within them have been aware of its wrongness for well over 2000 years, and documented efforts have been made to end or limit it throughout that time. Abolitionists have had to contend with immoral greed with every attempt to stop it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_abolition_of_slavery_and_serfdom

Yes, the northern states absolutely shared in the guilt, as did the Founders themselves, who explicitly allowed slavery to continue and added safeguards for it to get ratification by southern states.

By doing so, they betrayed the very notion of liberty which was claimed to be the motive for the War for Independence. They, and the Constitution they produced, were far from the ideal.

However, most northern states ended slavery. The US banned the slave trade in 1807, the same year Britain did, and the British abolished slavery in 1833, after an extended and growing movement to do so.

You claim that the rebels had “permission” to leave the Union, which is untrue. You did not cite anything in the Constitution, obviously, because there is no such permission. The rebels were traitors to their country.

ANY Confederate flag, monument, or statue represents both treason and the defense of slavery, then and now. It has NEVER been an honorable symbol.

symbols_n
Sometimes a picture tells the story better than words.
 
23 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo

You continue to try to excuse American slavery by saying that others used it before, and “It is only in recent history, that slavery is viewed as wrong.”

What history do you call “recent”? Civilizations and individuals within them have been aware of its wrongness for well over 2000 years, and documented efforts have been made to end or limit it throughout that time. Abolitionists have had to contend with immoral greed with every attempt to stop it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_abolition_of_slavery_and_serfdom

Yes, the northern states absolutely shared in the guilt, as did the Founders themselves, who explicitly allowed slavery to continue and added safeguards for it to get ratification by southern states.

By doing so, they betrayed the very notion of liberty which was claimed to be the motive for the War for Independence. They, and the Constitution they produced, were far from the ideal.

However, most northern states ended slavery. The US banned the slave trade in 1807, the same year Britain did, and the British abolished slavery in 1833, after an extended and growing movement to do so.

You claim that the rebels had “permission” to leave the Union, which is untrue. You did not cite anything in the Constitution, obviously, because there is no such permission. The rebels were traitors to their country.

ANY Confederate flag, monument, or statue represents both treason and the defense of slavery, then and now. It has NEVER been an honorable symbol.

symbols_n
Sometimes a picture tells the story better than words.
 
23 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo
symbols_n
Sometimes a picture tells the story better than words.
 
23 days ago
24 days ago
cosmicrat commented on a photo

You don't have to have invented a wrong act for you to be wrong by doing it.  Copying it from others might be worse.  "But THEY are doing it too." is NEVER an excuse.  Capturing people to sell is wrong, but you are equally wrong to buy them.

Maybe the first slaves were of a tribe that attacked another, enslaved as punishment.  (slavery as punishment is still legal in many states)  But when aggressors enslaved those they conquered, it no longer had even that slim justification.

Enslaving another is to assert superiority.  If you don't actually think yourself superior, then the wrongness is even more obvious and inexcusable.

Southern American society was corrupt and evil.  For hundreds of years it perpetrated and based itself on a system that could be compared to an extended holocaust.  Is a few years of slaughter worse than centuries of mental and/or physical torture?  Perhaps, or perhaps not.

There must have been Southerners opposed to slavery, but they were not in control, just as now there are many opposed to social and political racial prejudice and discrimination, but do not have the power to prevent them.  Those are not the people who are trying to excuse slavery, or secession, or the civil war, or the years of segregation and persecution that followed.

The emotion of hate is neither bad nor good by itself.  It is determined by the object of the hate.  To hate wrongful acts, or those who are determined to do them, is normal and natural.  To hate entire types of people, not individually known, is both irrational and wrong.

Much of the prejudicial hate in this country arises when those one considers inferior insist on being considered equal, as they have every right to do.

That sort of hate, perpetuated long after slavery was abolished, comes directly from the white superiority belief used by slaveowners to excuse the practice.  No "permission" is required.  Defeated slavers passed on their wrongful beliefs to their children, who passed it to theirs.

The Confederacy was absolutely guilty of treason when it rebelled against the US.  The Founders gave them no permission in the Constitution.  They had already joined the United States in perpetuity before the new Constitution was written, and that remains unchanged.

The South was doubly wrong, both to rebel when they had no right, and to do it to perpetuate slavery.

I'm sure the region can change, and has changed, but not by or because of those who adhere to flags and statues that idolize the war criminals of the Civil War.

symbols_n
Sometimes a picture tells the story better than words.
 
24 days ago
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