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Modern Fallacies of "Race" and "Heritage"

This is addressed to a small, but growing subset of our population.

In the following paragraphs, I will state several facts.  They won’t be arguable. Every literate person who reads these facts will know they are true.  But these facts will tug at the silly emotionalism too many have chosen to cloak their lives in.  These facts will stand athwart the nonsense cultural con men have been hawking for decades.

With a little luck, I will convince a few people to revive their sense of dignity and REAL self-respect and turn away from the childish thinking that keeps them from reaching their full potential and divides our people.

Fact 1: I am NOT Irish.

Throughout my childhood there was a myth about “pride” and “heritage” that was foisted on every kid I knew. It was the myth that we were “Irish” or “Italian” or whatever other label people decided to hold over from the old country.

Yes it is true, that by accident of birth, and by no other machination, I have DNA similar to that of people who immigrated to the U.S. four generations before.  In my case, the big celebration of this accident was Saint Patrick’s Day.  We would be regaled with the myth surrounding this character and we were supposed to be filled with “pride” in our “heritage”.

Pride?  Heritage?  Really?

Dismissing the banishment of snakes for the nonsense that it is, what was it about Patrick and my Irish-ness I was supposed to be proud of?  What actions were taken five generations before and earlier that I was supposed to feel somehow “proud” of.  I wasn’t there.

However my ancestors chose to survive the famine, I didn’t participate.  In parts of our extended family were people who were part of the IRA.  We were supposed to be somehow proud of that.  Leave aside the twisted animals the IRA would eventually become, how was I supposed to be “proud” of a struggle with which I had taken no part?

And from whence comes my heritage?  It damn sure isn’t from Ireland!  The ONLY tangible heritage that contributed what I would become is what my parents and grandparents provided.  And except for the silly green hats and “Kiss me!  I’m Irish!” badges I’d see once a year, that heritage was pure American.

But oh, I was told, think of the brave souls that fled the famine and came here to start a new life!

 Brave?  Well, I’ll grant you, the first man to pull a black spud from the ground to say, “Uh-oh. There’s something wrong here,” who packed his kit and got out of dodge, could be called brave or visionary.

But when the staple crop of Ireland failed catastrophically, millions of Irishmen did what every other culture had done before them.  They left.  They moved en masse searching for a place to survive.  It would have been far braver, some thought fool-hearty, to have stayed on and figured out a fix than to have left a lifetime of work and run.

I’m not saying those who did leave did the wrong thing.  But when you follow the herd, for whatever reason, you are not standing out as brave.  In this case, people were doing what simply had to be done as they saw it.  That they didn’t do it in small numbers kind of tarnishes the “brave” label.

Having settled in Philadelphia, the first generation of my family born here went of to war.   Two that I know of, Matthew Jordan and George Platt both fought for the Union at Fredericksburg, among other places.  They didn’t do that because they were Irish.  They did it because they were American.  No matter your feelings about the Civil War (or any war), you can’t get around the fact that those who fought and died, mostly thought they were doing the right thing.  But these two men were not fighting for Ireland.

Like all those who descended from other cultures, these men went on to build a life here. At the time, and in many ways today, that life is unique when set against the sweep of history. The life they built here was not an Irish life.  It was an American life.  The children they raised were American.

Some understood this and went on to do great things.  They made prosperous lives for themselves.  Others bought into the sorry groupthink that pervaded places like Boston and thought (stupidly) that their lives were somehow made better by the political vultures that fed on cultural parochialism.  All those people did was slow their own progress in this culture while enriching politicians who didn’t really give a damn about being Irish and didn’t care a lick for those that enriched them.

Still others fell in with the worst of elements.  People with Irish surnames cannot claim the moral high ground here.  The Irish mob is as much a blight on society as the Mafia, MS-13 and the Russian mob.

We may entertain ourselves and pat ourselves on the back for things with which we have no connection.  But my family, like all American families, succeeded or failed by how they approached life in the United States – not Ireland or Russia or Africa or China – but here, in this reality.

I have been troubled by these thoughts because of a resurgence of racism in this country. Class envy is resurgent too.  But I’ll deal with that in another post.

I went from pre-adolescence to adulthood in a world where everyone with the least sense of dignity looked at racial identity as a punch line at best and a cancer at worst.  Comedians rightfully portrayed the mouth-breathing White racist AND the stereotype, outdated Black Panther wannabes with equal amusement.

But in the last two decades, as the Sixties crowd moved into power, I’ve seen this trend reversed.  We are now seeing those who feed off of class and ethnic identity gain an undeserved voice.  We’ve replaced real progress with emotionalist stupidity.

In St. Louis last night (9/15/17) we saw people who are told (or decided) they must stand shoulder to shoulder with a heroine dealer who tried to run over two cops because they have a similar skin color.  Sadly, many people either believe it or pretend to believe it.

Whatever the specifics of the final encounter this criminal had with police were, we only have the legal record to figure out.  But the man himself isn’t worthy of the least consideration.  He certainly isn’t worthy of being raised on a pedestal.  He isn’t worth societal division.

But there are those who will tell you that he is.  They thrive on it.  They’ve grown rich, like those Irish politicians, convincing you that your first consideration must be the color of your skin, or a brogue, not what you need to do to thrive in society.

To my Black brothers and sisters who were born in this country, I submit facts number 2 and 3:

You are not African and you are not slaves.

I am not going to lecture you about what the word African means.  Just take my story as an overlay and compare it to your family tree.  Fact number 3 is self-evident.  Neither you, your parents nor your grandparents were slaves.  If you are not of a certain age, even your great grand parents were not slaves.  You share no connection to that world unless you chose to study the history of it.

You can no more claim legitimate pain from slavery than I can from the Potato Famine and the Irish caste system.

To let people keep you from reaching your full potential because slavery existed 160 years ago, to base your world view on that, is an insult to every person who survived slavery and went on to make a life for themselves.

Too many Black Americans have gone on to greatness and dispelled these myths.  That includes those who walk around in mansions, selling their music and talking about being oppressed.  You can enjoy their music, but don’t buy the insult to your own intelligence that says they can make it but you can’t.

I liked Tom Cruise in Valkyrie, but I wouldn’t give a warm fart for his pathetic Scientology lunacy.  And yes, that is the very same thing as believing Kanye has a point about being oppressed.  He is living proof that in the US, oppression in a function of one’s own design.  It is not an American reality.

The fact that people like those in the following paragraphs exist cannot oppress you unless you say it does.

To my white brother and sisters, I submit facts number four and five: We are not the super race.  And there is no god of white people.

Waaaaay too many of you are drifting back to that moronic, 1950’s, jerkwater way of thinking.

Many of you are also being manipulated in the same way as all cultures have been from time to time.  Many of you are unemployed or underemployed.  You’ve allowed yourselves to be sucked into a pathetic narrative that says it is someone else’s fault.  It’s not.  If you are not happy with your lot in life, it’s your fault.

As for race?  Hell, in the wider scheme of things, there is no individual race.  Dr. David Duke (the title gets funnier every time I hear it) would tell you that a white guy is a white guy and everyone else is entirely different.

[Insert loud game show buzzer here.] Sorry.  That just ain’t so.  We now know what we call our “heritage” (there’s that word again) is thoroughly intermingled going back tens of thousands of years.  Every single human being you look at every single day is a cousin, at some random distance removed. Give them a hug.

And as I said above, referring to culture vultures, many of you have enriched people like David Duke while virtually hiding from a full and happy life.

Do yourselves a favor.  Relax.  Let go of your self-imposed stupidity and join the rest of society.  If you spent as much time and money becoming better human beings and gaining real knowledge as you did on your tattoos, and listening to people like Duke, you’d all be far better off than you are.

I would submit this one assumption: The only well-off, successful, mouth-breathing racist in this country is the one who has capitalized on your gullibility.  He likely doesn’t really care about skin color.  But it’s a good gig if you want money, easy fame and a credulous following.

Finally there is this irony.

Across the color spectrum, race baiters work in tandem.  Each LOVES the fact that the other exists.  Duke needs Sharpton and vice versa.  La Raza needs the people who think everyone with a Spanish accent is an illegal. Each secretly prays that the other is kept safe and successful.

It’s the same as the zoo we have inside the Beltway.  Phony conservatives need phony liberals need each other to be loud and strong.  Neither has any intention of actually accomplishing anything.  If they did, their power would wane.  But this is an issue for a wider audience, isn’t it?

To the 80% of society (hopefully more) that doesn’t fall into the narrative of this essay, I say thank you for being you.  Don’t be afraid to invite the others to participate in a normal life.

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A Love Letter to "Minorities" [smirking]

Do We Need to Obsess Over “Minorities”?

If America was living up to its full potential, or even half so, there would be no use for the term “minorities”.  What thinking human being gives a hot goddamn what color your skin is, who you have sex with, whether your name ends with a vowel or a consonant?  In modern society, with all our technology, what is the fascination with a man in a wheelchair as opposed to out of one?  Is there anyone left who thinks tits interfere with one’s ability to understand a periodic table?  If you are struggling with any of these questions, you are part of the problem I am discussing today.

I know none but the least intelligent business owners don’t care about these things.  When they shake your hand, the only thing they want to know is what you can do for their bottom line.  If the relationship works out, it has much more meaning than that, but at first blush, it can’t be other. That’s why first impressions mean so much.

I know people with well-rounded social skills don’t have a problem with these things.  They want to meet people who bring an improvement to their quality of life.  That’s what a friend is.  Again…first impressions.  Sometimes a person can grow on you.  But they can’t if they see you or themselves as alien to the relationship.

Just who ARE the Racists Out There?

The government is certainly obsessed with your sir name, the color of your skin, your relationship types, your genitalia, your use of a wheelchair….  When hiring especially, they are often less concerned for your ability to do a job as they are the bullshit matrix they’ve assigned you to.  Even if you don’t have any hangups about such things.

In real America, there are only three basic groups; Americans, immigrants and illegal immigrants.  More about the third in a moment.  But in recent years, employers, friends and others who will interact with you will usually find immigrants to be more “American” than Americans.  That’s because as Americans we have a) been broken down into so many mutually resentful  subsets many of us no longer know what an American is, and b) we’ve become so spoiled, lazy and distracted we’ve forgotten what it means to be American.

I find it depressing to watch as so many members of what we refer to as “minorities” give their blind allegiance to those who have created their status as a “minority”.  In the process of doing so, those same people have done serious (irreversible?) damage to those they insist are minorities.

I am speaking, of course, of the political Left.  But feel free to add people who call themselves conservatives but pander to “minorities” for fear the liberals will make them look bad for not doing so.  These people are the most irritating.  They don’t even know what “conservative’ means.  If they did their approach to Americans would be characterized by the first paragraph of this post.

Think about it.  What the hell has the American Left – for simplicity’s sake we’ll just say Democrats – done for you lately? Ever?  Would a member of a “minority” group in Detroit, Pittsburg, New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chicago tell me what the Democratic Party has done for you?  I will qualify the question thus: You don’t work for the government and you haven’t broken from the expected mold and started your own business or studied.  And don’t say schools or welfare.  You can get those things anywhere. And too much “welfare” hurts you more than it helps you. (With that final qualification, I have pretty much destroyed any valid answer you might provide.)

So when I hear that Hillary Clinton has the “minority” vote locked up, I cringe.  Look at any long term news cycle.  Hillary Clinton develops an interest in “minorities” on the exact same level she did her job as Secretary of State. As SecState, she had requirements for things that were to reach her attention. Photo ops/good press, face time with Obama and the Clinton “Foundation”.  Anything else was assigned a lower priority.  You can draw a dividing line at the point where Libya issues stopped getting her into high-profile meetings at the White House.  At that point she went from tens of thousands of documents per year on the Lybia, to a few hundred.  Sadly, for Stevens and the others in Benghazi, they were on the thin side of that line.  Sorry Chris!  Putin needs to buy up our uranium and I get money for the Clinton “Foundation”.

And so it is with American “minorities”.  During election years, the Queen of Wall Street suddenly develops an affection for people she would otherwise ignore.  Hell, she’ll occasionally go all ebonic or acquire a faux Spanish accent just to show you she’s your gal.  But she’s not.  She never will be.  Nor SHOULD she be under this pretense of caring for “minorities”.

Metaphoric show of hands; who is sick of being treated like children, intentionally divided into mutually resentful cliques?  Me! I am!  How about you?

Of what I’ve read, Stein is the only candidate who talks a game about “diversity” and “people of color”.  The only redeeming grace I see here is I believe she means it.  She doesn’t have a public policy and private policy, as Clinton does.  Clinton has one policy for her rich, connected allies and one for those who she considers her lessers; specifically the poor and “minorities”.

I mentioned illegal immigration.  This is one of the most spectacular accomplishments of those who exhibit the racism of low expectations.  They have convinced Americans of Hispanic decent or origin that letting illegals into the country is a good for legal Hispanic Americans because the illegals USUALLY share common sir names.  Talk about cynical!

“Minorities” Might Vote for Clinton.  Americans Won’t!

If you are considered a “minority” and you are considering voting for Clinton, you are sealing your own doom for the foreseeable future.  It will require a sense of self that goes beyond racial/ethnic/gender obsession and a sense of pride to break free of the Democrats’ plantation/ghetto/sorority.

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Quick Hit: Biden, et al Want It Both Ways.

“I can say it, but you can’t. Neener-Neener!” Said the childish Democrat.

In many of my posts, I refer to Joe Biden and Joe “DUH” Biden. I have been told, mostly by my more left-leaning friends, that this is in poor taste because it is mean and personal.

Well.

I have listened to the left’s message for decades now. The hallmark of the left, when it comes to speech is to say things as intentionally hurtful and personal as possible. The goal is always to create phony bogie men who wants to hurt this group and that. Most significantly, when things are related on this level, it is never true.

Today, Joe “Duh” Asshat” “Punk” “Scut-mouth” “Lying” “Divisive” “Irresponsible” Biden referred to Republicans as Xenophobes. Really? Tell me that isn’t getting nasty and personal. Tell me he isn’t taking part in the propaganda frenzy of the Obama White House and the Clinton Campaign. Joe isn’t sharp enough to realize that this tension is maintained for the specific purpose of seeing more cops and black men killed in our streets.

He is a little slow. Obama has been working on this for a long time. Joe Is just now jumping on the band wagon. But then, Biden has never been accused of being in the Mensa Society.

In the meantime, if a Republican/conservative says we need to vet refugees coming from war zones occupied by our enemy, or we have to reduce spending and debt, or we still don’t know the ideal temperature of the earth; well that’s hate speech. We should be subject to RICO statutes for even thinking these things.

So if people think I’m a bit too sharp in my labels here, consider the level of insult conservatives face every day just listening to the Regime and it’s lackeys. Consider how half our population hears our President say that killing cops is bad, but there is such a good excuse.  And they believe it!

That said, if my words still appear too harsh; if I come across as angry; if you feel I should demonstrate more restraint when talking about elected officials; well…you can kiss both sides of my ass.

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BHO: Racist-in-Chief

Barack Obama may be more articulate (he can read and write) and less personally abrasive than Al Sharpton (tax dodger and mob rat #7) but dissimilarity ends there.

He is every bit the racist hustler “Reverend” Al is. He has sullied the office of President of the United States with – among many other offenses –  his brand of racial pandering.

Listen to this characterization by Andrew Beatty at Yahoo News. “Acknowledging that more needs to be done to reduce inequality, Obama took head-on the issue of race relations that have sometimes appeared to fester under his administration.”

Race relations didn’t sometimes appear to have festered under Obama’s administration. Racism from every corner was intentionally provoked by the intentional acts of an administration committed to the destruction of everything good that we had become, before a demonstrably credulous electorate put Obama in power.

Obama’s recent commencement address is fraught with condescension and rhetorical head fakes. He sounds like he is being broad-minded by telling colleges not to dis-invite or ignore conservatives. He then poisons the well (in terms of spurious argument) by implying that being conservative is “ridiculous or offensive”. Well, thanks a load, butt head, but that won’t inspire open-mindedness.

BHO refers to “righteous anger” which Beatty says inspires groups like Black Lives Matter. BLM is a childish, racist tantrum being thrown by people who think everyone should treat them differently because their genetic code provides them with a different skin color. Such attitudes are exactly the problem we have in this country in terms of race. With the exception of city, state and federal governments, institutionalized racism had ceased to exist in this country. Social racism existed in the minds of only the most ignorant and ineffectual.

Now, thanks to the efforts of BHO and his ilk, racism, as he intended, is becoming fashionable again among all races. If anyone wishes to make the point that only white people can be racists, look at the last four words of the previous paragraph and see yourself.

Anyway, for those interested, here’s Beatty’s take.

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