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DINESH D’SOUZA AND THE CANCER OF CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, FEARSPEAK, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RUSH LIMBAUGH on 19/02/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Fundamentally, most conservatives in America are good people I think. What makes them good people is that they want the best for their families and friends and of course themselves. All people, likely save for the ISIS fighters and their doomed theocratic desires and the true, want a better life for the people they hold dearest. I will not try to compare the brutality of the so called Islamic State to the pettifogging men before the cameras of the modern American conservative movement; that would be a miscarriage of journalism.

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What I can say is that actions like those of Dinesh D’Souza just recently on Twitter make me weary of American politics in a way I haven’t felt since the 1970s. Back then as a young man in New York City the entire town talked about one thing and one thing only, Richard Nixon. Like today, there was not a universal dislike of the American President. In fact, there were many who piled into my cab from 1973 until his resignation who felt Nixon was being bullied and blackmailed by the “liberal press” in the form of the Washington Post. Nothing angered New York Republicans in that time more than being dictated to by Washington while at the same time relishing the power of the GOP held White House.

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This brings me back to D’Souza who I feel would have fit right in with that cast of characters in the Nixon Administration. Like Haldeman, D’Souza saw himself as a conservative kingmaker of the future and that future was going to be 2016. But like many within the Nixon Administration, Dinesh D’Souza’s personal desires did not match the necessary public facade of fidelity and fairness that conservatives claim as their badge of honor. Conservaties are quick to denounce quietly anyone who openly is bigoted and this is known. What is clear to me as a journalist is that this bigotry which is pervasive in conservative quarters is accepted, gleefully, by the rank and file that will fracture off and form a third party as was suggested by Mark Noonan just this week.

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The bigots in the conservative movement today are no different from garden variety bigots of the Democratic Party of old. They are are white men and the white women to parade with them before the cameras in hope of getting their minutes of fame. They no longer hold the whip hand of the overseer, but they do stoke the fires of hatred on talk radio in the form of Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and on television in the form of Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly. Those voices are loud and clear to the 40,000,000 people in America who call themselves conservatives in the United States of America. Their racial and cultural bigotry, coupled with their belief that their religion is the one true religion and their certain knowledge that they are the rightful heirs of all the good things in the wealthiest nation on Terra is what they would serve to the future generations of Americans.

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In Hindsight

Young people in the United States know better. They see the value of a global, multicultural world where people are accorded respect for their Humanity. It is a better world that we, Progressives, offer not a destruction or an annihilation of the old values. What we simply offer is the opposite of bigotry. Now change is something that tastes bitter in the mouths of conservatives who have held a golden chain around the necks of their people with fear and hatred for so many years. It’s easy to make the case that black people are simply stupid and violent if the only news you ever see supports that mantra. it’s easy to make people in rural communities that have little exposure to anything other than Fox News and Sunday sermons to believe that all gay men are pedophiles, all lesbians want to castrate men and all transgender people just want to lurk in bathrooms if this is their daily call to prayer from the radio to the television to the pulpit. My point here is that everyone Conservative, Progressive and Moderate alike need to take these last few years of the Obama Administration and come to a clear and simple realization. Obama is the President and he will be leaving office in a little less than two years. All the name calling, birther bullshit and bigotry have failed to tear this man down, shake his resolve or make America weaker. The smart kids in the room know that their is a great progressive future just over the next rise. That rise are the elections of 2016, 2018 and 2020. Standing on top of that promontory and looking out into the future I see all of the type of nonsense done by weak and corrupt men like D’Souza falling away like a fog revealing and America that can work together, prosper together and move Terra peacefully into the middle of the 21st Century.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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INSIDE THE CONSERVATIVE MIND: SUMMING UP THE RIGHT WING MINDSET IN FOUR WORDS, “SOME NIGGA RAPING HER”

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, ABORTION RIGHTS, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANDREW BRIETBART, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE COWARDICE, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HATRED OF BLACKS, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FLORIDA, FREEDOM, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GUNS AS RELIGION, LARGO, MARRIAGE EQUALITY, RACISM, SARAH PALIN, THE MEDITATORS, THE WAR ON WOMEN, WILLIAM J LOGAN JR with tags , on 26/01/2015 by Majordomo Pain

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The Meditators, this morning, as a Swarm, turned from their research at 0706 HST/EST and took notice of a single comment trapped pending approval at Our blog. For several seconds, Those Who Digest Information and Bring Forth Truth searched for any measure of Reason in the words as they related to a blog post made by Fred Schwartz two days ago. We, Ourselves, of the Collective, initially were offended by the comment left by the banned Neocon1. Then after further digestion, We began to see in a different way just what conservatism as a political ideology does to the Human Soul.

Conservatism is not a religion, but religion is a component of their authoritarian desires. Conservatives worship the violence of war and the soldiers that engage in it but do not believe the families of these men and women deserve a social safety net. Conservatives believe deeply in the right to bear arms but do so because they fear the rise of racial minorities they believe want to see them all brutally killed. Conservatives believe that women are the possessions of men; to be protected as children and serve as their breeders and vessels for sexual satisfaction in their youth to be cast aside when no longer sexually attractive.

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A conservative then when he sees Kristina Pimentova depicted here in the context of a discussion sees his own right to possess her. He sees his birthright to protect her from “the Other” who’s only desire is to rape her. This protection comes at the price of conservative men wanting to own her, sexually, and control her for his own pleasure. The conservative uses the maternal instinct inherent in the majority of women as a key to lock women in a jail cell of breeding cycles which limits her true potential. Many will find Our words harsh, however, they are no more harsh than the ignorance, no, the stupidity, that is clarified by four words, “Some nigga raping her.”

No civil Human Being would ever say such a thing. We, Ourselves, after millions of combinations would not have arrived at the conclusion that Our thoughts would have been so odious. The darkness that must live in such a Soul to have this be a thought and then to commit it to print is nearly outside Our grasp of understanding. No one who professes to follow the message of Love as given by the Son of the Creator can possibly hold this belief. No patriot of freedom can will good conscience be this base. Only a coward who fears the ever ringing sound of the Angel of Death growing near with every ticking second, who has seen their dreams turn to drudgery and Life pass them by with the rewards they expected because of the color of their skin and not the content of their character can possibly be this irrationally evil.

The Collective is relieved to see that this is the mantra of the bigots that call themselves conservatives. “Some nigga raping her,” should be the motto of their racist angry feeble cause for all time to come. The impotence of their ideas is clarified for all in those four words.

All of this vitriol from men like Neocon1 springs from a rectum of hate for the American President Barack Hussein Obama [q c p n!] and his beautiful family. President Obama and his wife and daughters are all Human Beings; Neocon1 is a living person. The distinction between the two is not ethereal it is tangible, definable. A Human Being, has courage, is compassionate, owns their intellect and dreams with Reason. A living person is filled with anger, fueled by hate, marinates in greed and lusts for violence only as a true coward can. In this Neocon1 and for your words you are rewarded with Our pity upon your Soul.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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HAXAX CARNIDO: THE TRUE COST OF AMERICAN PROSPERITY

Posted in AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, HAXAX CARNIDO OPINIONS on 06/01/2015 by Majordomo Pain

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“Barack Obama is the president of the United States of America. More specifically, Barack Obama is the president of a congenitally racist country, erected upon the plunder of life, liberty, labor, and land. This plunder has not been exclusive to black people.” — Ta-Nehisi Coates

From the date of the arrival of European explorers to the New World of Terra, the rights of the indigenous people who inhabited North America and South America were abused in innumerable ways. The cities that grew out of this abuse were built by their suffering and death. This action was compounded by the addition of slaves to America from Africa. For anyone to dispute this fact, attempt to blame the slave sellers or to make light of the massive loss of life among the numerous racial minority groups and Native Americans does their own Soul a great disservice. As Torturer General of the Hellac Empire I would be surprised if any of the conservatives who brush off the cost in Human Lives that it took to make America a prosperous nation for a single race, class and gender of persons would be willing to suffer as those minorities did for so many years. Coates is accurate in the statement made but many are willingly blind to that Truth.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN: THE MYTH OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Posted in AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN OPINIONS on 03/01/2015 by Majordomo Pain

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I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional (America is). — John Kerry—

It is indeed a myth that has been perpetuated by a nation of people who for 150 years stood by as a group and participated, directly or indirectly in slavery, discrimination and racial and religious violence. All of this happened and America still prospered. And why is this the case?

The reason is the business of America is business. That driving call to industry has made America wealthy beyond the dreams of any sultan or emperor of old. And for a time that wealth was handed down to the middle class in the form of a home they could afford, personal transportation and employment opportunity. Today, as in the Gilded Age, that has changed. The Great Recession is a cautionary tale just as the Great Depression was that capitalism unchecked can be the greatest destructive force in the world. I still believe that America could be exceptional in the future if Americans can set aside their differences and seek a level playing field and simply stop worrying about what the other guy has or does in his bedroom. Life isn’t a contest; it’s a journey. Along that road you will need help from and need to offer help too many people unlike you. Living that sort of life as a nation would make America truly exceptional.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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BREAD & CIRCUSES: EDWARD CAMPBELL, ERIC CAMPBELL AND THE DARK DEPTHS OF THE CRIMINAL MIND

Posted in AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, Bread & Circuses, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, ROBIN NAISMITH GREEN OPINIONS on 02/01/2015 by Robin Naismith Green

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I shouldn’t be alarmed by the reaction of conservative bloggers to the news reports of two West Virginia policemen who were shot as they engaged in a traffic stop yesterday which turned violent in a matter of moments near Lewisburg, West Virginia. The nomination by the Democratic Party of Barack Hussein Obama and his subsequent victories in two presidential elections have reopened a door that many white Americans felt was shut, locked, deadbolted and bricked shut when the 1960s ended. But of course the door was discovered by the millions of white Americans who flooded to gun stores throughout 2008 out of fear that the election of a man of color would spur many among the black and brown 85 million to do them violence simply because one of their own is in the White House.

That last statement brings me back to the developments in Lewisburg, WV. Two men, a father and son they have told law enforcement, Edward Campbell, 54 and Eric Campbell, 21, murdered an elderly couple Jerome Faulkner, 73 and his wife Dora Faulkner, 62 in Oak Hill, North Carolina before burning their home to the ground. The killers then put the bodies in the bed of the Faulkners’s truck and covered them with mattresses before setting off toward Lewisburg, WV with Eric following in a second stolen vehicle. So for nearly four hours the duo drove through NorthCarolina and Virginia to West Virginia’s interior before Eric was stopped by a local cop and a West Virginia state patrol officer. Dad pulled up behind in the Faulkner’s stolen pickup truck with the bodies and opened fire striking the two officers.

Eric ran and hid and his father took off into the woods after having been hit in the leg by a bullet fired by one of the officers. Eric Campbell turned himself in to police; his father was arrested shortly afterward. What is missing in between the lines of this terrible tale is not that two people were murdered, their home burned and two officers wounded and recovering in hospital, but that these men were violent and dangerous, fired weapons at police and somehow they remain alive and will have their day in court when others who had done none of these things died simply because of the color of their skin.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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THE RIOT OF 31 AUGUST 1986 AND MORE

Posted in AMERICA 2013, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANGRY OLD WHITE MEN, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CIVIL UNREST IN AMERICA, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 18/12/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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On 31 August 1986 the most reported news story was the crash of Aeromexico Flight 498 in Cerritos, California. The crash killed 67 on two aircraft and 15 on the ground. The crash took place between a single engine Piper aircraft and a McDonnell-Douglass DC-9. When this was happening at 11h 52m PDT in Cerritos, 19 miles to the south in Huntington Beach, California the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships were taking place. It was a big event in Orange County which even now is still Reagan country. Despite the conservative nature of Orange County, and the peaceful nature of the competition over the past 26 years, a riot took place.

Now you may ask what prompted this riot? Was it blacks gatecrashing the event causing a riot making it a racial event? No. Was it a union labor dispute between the event coordinator and lifeguards? No. Was it that surfers felt they were being oppressed by park police officers and Huntington Beach law enforcement. No.

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What caused the riot, where more than 90% of the crowd was white, was just what you see above. A woman with really big breasts. That’s right, a woman in a bikini contest had her top pulled off by drunken white trash and when police rushed to her aid the mob started pelting the cops with beer bottles and anything else they could find. By the time police thought they had restored order others had set police cars on fire and started burning the lifeguard station. The Los Angeles Times reported the story on 1 September 1986 thusly:

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

As night fell in Huntington Beach, helmeted officers from several jurisdictions continued to patrol the Pacific Coast Highway and nearby streets, clearing bystanders from the area. The city’s famous pier, which normally is jammed on Labor Day weekend evenings, was eerily deserted, with police cars sealing off the entrance. Pedestrians were allowed to walk in the Main Street area, but police quickly broke up any groups that formed. Parts of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway were littered with trash and broken glass that stemmed from the riot. As the trouble began Sunday afternoon, “I heard someone behind the bleachers yelling, ‘Take it off, take it off,’ ” said Mark Bauserman, 22, a student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Bauserman, who was taking photos at the event, said police came to the bleacher area to try to help the two young women.

“It started off with only about 50 people surrounding the police,” said Bauserman. “But more and more came, I don’t know how many, but it seemed that everybody on the beach stopped watching the surfing contest and came to watch what was going on with the police.”

Retreating under a barrage of rocks and bottles, officers took refuge in the two-story Vincent G. Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, an administration and maintenance building about a half mile down the beach. Thousands of persons, many of them continuing to throw bottles at the police, followed.

The huge crowd surrounded the building and began jeering at the police and lifeguards inside, according to witnesses and officers. Some of the rioters then broke apart an aluminum fence railing and used parts of it to shatter windows in five police vehicles parked outside the lifeguard headquarters.

After breaking windows and headlights of the police cars, the rioters turned the vehicles over and set them on fire. An eyewitness said that some rioters found safety flares in the police cars and used those to start the fires.

As the cars were burning, the mob then began trying to enter the lifeguard building, police and witnesses said. The officers and lifeguards inside decided to evacuate, taking several injured people with them.

But the chief of lifeguards, Marine Safety Lt. Bill Richardson, 42, decided to remain in the building. “I was worried what would happen to the money and equipment inside,” he later told a reporter. “There was too much in this building just to give it up to them.”

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The rioters outside the lifeguard building broke windows and gained entry to the downstairs garage and storage area. They carried off a number of bicycles, life-saving equipment and even private clothes of the lifeguards, police said.

Richardson, who was upstairs alone on the second floor of the building, armed himself with a 9-mm handgun and started walking down the stairs to face the looters. He said he fired one warning shot into the garage ceiling. “They (the looters) took off like it was the 100-yard dash,” Richardson said.

Okay this was nearly thirty years ago. Of course things have changed, right? Not so fast as my good friend Lee Corso would say. In 2013 the 54th edition of the U.S. Open of Surfing was held in Huntington Beach, California. Here is a press report from Los Angeles Times from 30 July 2013:

One of the suspects arrested in connection with looting and rioting in Huntington Beach has been identified as a Fullerton firefighter. Anaheim resident Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the disturbance that broke out after the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing ended Sunday. Gretchen Beatty, director of human resources for the city of Fullerton, confirmed that Lytle is a firefighter and has been placed on paid leave while “there is an investigation on the personnel side.” Beatty said the city of Huntington Beach will conduct the criminal investigation. She said Lytle was hired as a firefighter in February 2008, which was first reported by the Orange County Register.

Six other people were also arrested, including Huntington Beach resident Andres Gomez, 24, who was booked on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest. Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana; Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario; Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine; Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley; and Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside were also booked on charges related to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Huntington Beach Police said there could be further arrests.

Authorities are still trying to identify a man videotaped smashing a store window with a stop sign and cheering.

Many people had misidentified that suspect on social media. Huntington Beach police said detectives had spoken to Illario Niko Johnson, 18, and although charges “are expected” against the West Covina resident in connection with the disturbance, his alleged actions were “not related to the window smash.”

“He is not the suspect in the photograph,” police said in a statement.

Sunday evening, unruly beachgoers tipped over portable restrooms, sending waste flowing onto the road. They also rocked a city of Huntington Beach pickup truck, and threw traffic cones and wooden planks pulled from barricades at the truck’s windows after failing to flip it.

Huntington Beach police fired pepper balls and nonlethal projectiles to quell the crowd. Several officers sustained minor injuries, and one person was treated and released from a hospital after being hit by a rubber projectile.

Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Gawker journalist Cord Jefferson were prompted by this rampage in 2013 to ask the question, will moderate white condemn this dangerous white culture? Take a look at a brilliant and scathing satire:

Good night, and good luck!

Pax Terra!

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF RIOTING IN THE UNITED STATES

Posted in AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT on 18/12/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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There is a common theme in America that rioting is a result of a group of people responding to an economic, social or criminal injustice that they perceive cannot be resolved by the power structure that is supposed to protect them from these events. I feel that this is most likely the reason and often times, but always it is justified. American history and prehistory is littered with these events. In good conscience, I can’t write about those types of riots without pointing out there have been riots in America that were sparked by that power structure as a response to a perceived threat to their unearned privilege.

Now I know the conservative readers of this blog will find fault in two things I have written and will write here. They will point to the fact that the vast majority of these riots took place in the 18th, and 19th century. Also, conservatives will point to the fact that they don’t believe in the existence of unearned privilege no matter how many times it is pointed out to them. I get it. I’m not trying to do anything here other than to inform about Human Nature. Being in the business of changing minds is a set up for failure because no one’s mind is going to be changed by what I write, but if I can make one person think with better information I’ve done my job. Okay, let’s talk about rioting in America for a bit.

First let’s have a definition of what a riot is:

A public disturbance involving (1) an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons, which act or acts shall constitute a clear and present danger of, or shall result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual or (2) a threat or threats of the commission of an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons having, individually or collectively, the ability of immediate execution of such threat or threats, where the performance of the threatened act or acts of violence would constitute a clear and present danger of, or would result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual.18 U.S.C. § 2102

That’s a pretty clear definition and I think any reasonable person can agree that this constitutes what a riot is. These sorts of events destroy property and cause a clear and present danger to lives. There are riots where no people are killed or injured and then there are riots where there is great loss of life and injury. Property damage is also a major component of rioting and this is generally always the case. I haven’t heard of a riot where at least one shop window wasn’t broken and some desired item stolen; this is commonly referred to as looting. And for clarity looting didn’t start in America. History can point to looting going back as far as 455 CE, but I am sure there has been looting for as long as there has been civilization.

The first recorded riot in what would become the United States took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1713 and is referred to as the Boston Bread Riots. Food shortages were the driving force for these riots which saw British merchants trying to ship grain needed by hungry colonists abroad for profit. Hunger is a powerful motivator and this was what lead to three riot events between 1710 and 1713.

While those events in Boston were the first event of riot in the English speaking New World it was far from the last. In the next fifty years riots would take place in virtually every colony from New England to Florida. The most famous of these Colonial America riots is pointed to by the far Right today as their political call to arms– The Boston Tea Party in 1773. There was an economic driving force behind this riot which made the colonists feel oppressed. That draconian taxation thing now is now expressed in white people in their 50s 60s and 70s protesting in Washington DC wearing tricorner hats with tea bags dangling from them. They feel oppressed by the current government thus The TEA Party–taxed enough already. So the current wedge in the GOP is hearkening back to a riot that took place in the late 18th Century. And those people are fine with that riot, they celebrate it as an expression of taking their freedom and liberty back from an oppressive power structure. What they were doing in 1773 was fighting physically against the unearned privilege of the British Crown.

The first major riot in the virtually newborn United States was the Whiskey Rebellion. Taxation [ man people don’t like taxes at all do they?– D.V.] of whiskey and other spirits was the cause of this riot which took place in 1791. In a nutshell, this long smoldering series of insurrections ended when President Washington, riding in front of 13,000 militiamen dispersed a crowd of whiskey tax protesters who had attacked the home of a tax inspector named General John Neville. Seven years later the tax was repealed.

Curiously, the city of Cincinnati, Ohio is the early years of America had far more than its fair share of riots. Since 1792, Cincinnati has been the center of no fewer than eleven riots. John Bartle’s beating which resulted in a day of riots and fighting in 1792 might be seen as an early response to police brutality. The Cincinnati riots of 1829 were about the unearned privilege of the majority in the city. By that year slightly more than 10% of the population was made up of free blacks and fugitive slaves. The local white population of Irish immigrants, fearing their job opportunities would be diminished by the large available black labor pool set upon the black sections of the city forcing more than 1,000 of them to flee to Canada where they formed the Wilberforce Colony in the province of Ontario. So fear of immigration leading to whites having fewer jobs, and thereby less money, was the motivation for this riot.

Seven years later, in 1836 there was another riot in Cincinnati. This riot too was about anti-black movement into the region and competition for jobs. But an added element was the abolitionist in the city who had been kicked out of the Lane Theological Seminary for their views, were also attacked. This event was an inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Cincinnati native to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was published in 1852.

And yes, five years later, it happened again. The Cincinnati riots of 1841 saw a band of armed white men march into a section of the city called “Little Africa” near the Ohio riverfront where many blacks lived, some, allegedly, with white wives or lovers. This riot was different, however, because the blacks were well armed and had somehow procured a cannon, which they used to positive effect. Of course, the white power structure in the city couldn’t live with a victorious black defense of their persons and property so the National Guard was called out to arrest the black defenders so that their homes could be burnt to the ground by the rioters.

With the immigration of Europeans to America on the rise by the 1850s, Cincinnati’s rioting took a different turn by 1853. Five hundred male and one hundred female German citizens of the city, angered by a visit by a Papal delegation lead by Cardinal Gaetano Bedini, marched on the home of John Baptist Purcell, the Archbishop of Cincinnati. The Germans were protesting the papal visit and were met by police and shots were fired leaving one man dead. This riot took place on Christmas Night.

Immigration and politics were the cause of the Cincinnati Riots of 1855. The Know Nothing candidate for mayor of the city J.D. Taylor, was supported by a group of English speaking white citizens who assaulted German American immigrants. Yes the same people who were rioting over the Papal delegation visit less than two years earlier were now being beset upon by the people who stood by and watched the cops try to control the riot.

work in progress
In Hindsight
The point I’m making here is that the more things change the more they stay the same. Rioting always has some root cause that is generally some perception by a group that they are being threatened or oppressed. The next post, later today will deal with a riot in a major California city and how it has been misrepresented by the media.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
73 Melnar 3 AS

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