The Watering Hole; Friday July 22 2016; Proposal For An Amendment To The Constitution

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . .

Earlier this week, Congressman Steve King (Repugnant, IA) opened his pie hole on MSNBC, and this putridity fell out in response to Esquire writer Charles P. Pierce, who criticized the role of “old white people” in the Republican party:

“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” King asked.

“Than white people?” MSNBC host Chris Hayes prompted.

“Than Western civilization itself that’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America, and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world,” King responded. “That’s all of Western civilization.”

OK, so there it is: the ‘root’ of Western civilization  is every place where the footprint of Christianity kicked ass and became the dominant culture. The entire rest of the world essentially defines inferiority.

Later on ABC, King reiterated his asininity by saying this:

“What I really said was ‘Western civilization’ and when you describe Western civilization that can mean much of Western civilization happens to be Caucasians. But we should not apologize for our culture or our civilization,” King said, according to the network. “The contributions that were made by Western civilization itself, and by Americans, by Americans of all races stand far above the rest of the world. The Western civilization and the American civilization are a superior culture.”

King said he was open to criticism because it leads to “dialogue.”

“But what we have is people who are trying to parse something, to hyperventilate about that,” King told ABC. “I’m OK if they do that because it starts the dialogue so we can open up more minds so people can think about what’s right for America.”

In brief, it’s Caucasians who did it. who brought forth the culture of Western civilization, apparently aided by Americans of all races (including, I suppose, those that were brought here as slaves, plus alladem uncivilized aboriginal injuns, the Chinks that built railroads for white Christian businessmen, also them Japs, Spics, Kikes, Wops, Chewies) . . . how sad that in spite of our Western Civ’s whiteness and accomplishments, what we have is people who are trying to parse something, to hyperventilate about that.

Hyperventilate: to breathe very quickly and deeply

Parse: to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to
discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning

OK, we can start there. I will hyperventilate, then parse.

(Puff puff pant pant) Let me begin by simply saying that the one human condition that I absolutely and fundamentally ABHOR is the tendency for one segment of the overall species to consider itself superior to all other “different” segments of the same species. In that scenario, “different” is foolishly defined — it can be “race,”  the scientifically invalid taxonomic phenotype based mainly on skin color; it can be religion-based; nationality; language — take your pick, devise a new one, no science required, only irrational fear-based hate.

Steve King’s nonsense is nothing more than directed hatred, fueled by ignorance and fear. He and his hate-filled ilk remind me, for some really “odd” reason, of TS Eliot’s definition of “Hollow Men,” esp. the lines that read,

Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Must have been the Hyperventilation.

Time now to parse. Steve King has revealed himself to be (in case anyone ever had any doubt) the quintessential Supremacist of the White-(faux)-Christian variety. He effectively, in the process, has diminished or dismissed everyone on the planet who is not white, not a (faux) Christian, as being of that inferior ilk that has never and can never accomplish anything useful. The big question that has haunted me since I first read King’s nonsensical diatribe is a simple one: How dumb and/or mis/uninformed must one be to imply that only “white Christians” are responsible for accomplishment (whatever that is) and for civilization?

I’ll not try to analyze King, or any of his ilk — never liked hyperventilating all that much. Suffice to say that he and his bubbas are perfectly willing and able to deny the accomplishments of all but white (faux) Christians. That list would include (but not be limited to) black people (of course), Asians (Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thais, Indonesians, Philippinos, people from India, Nepal, Mongolia — the Himalayas), also Aboriginal Peoples (Eskimos, N. and S. American “Indians”), and of course, Polynesians; add to all of them anyone who’s not Christian, i.e. all Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Shintoists, atheists (the latter including, of course, moi along with plenty of other old — and young — white guys), and then work to dodge the hate and fear directed toward each and all.

In a word, King’s thesis is DISGUSTING!

I’d like to prove him wrong, of course. I also realize that trying to convince any loudmouthed and stupid (faux) Christian-white-guy is not something one might hope to accomplish in a lifetime. Therefore, I came up with an idea – – an amendment to the US Constitution, one that will serve to either prove or DISprove King’s thesis. And it’s so simple, so logical, and will probably serve to endear “us” to broad-minded people the world over, regardless of race, belief . . . well, you know.

I’ve not fine-tuned the wording yet, but here’s my rough draft for:

Article XXVIII.

Section 1.

All persons born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof — with the exception of all white males of any religious persuasion — shall be, for a period of 100 years following the date of ratification of this amendment, eligible to become President of the United States. The Presidency will be thus limited to people of any race – any color – other than white male; any religion (including atheism); and with no restrictions on gender expressed or implied other than the one noted above, so women of any and all groups are eligible.

Section 2.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who does not believe in the absolute equality of every person on the planet regardless of race, skin color, or religious belief (including atheism).

There. It’s a little lengthy, I know, but the wording remains wide open to suggestion from any legitimate quarter — so long as it puts Steve King and ALL like him in their subservient place. But only for a hundred years, not permanently.

I expect that millions of data gatherers will gather data on a daily basis, and that after one hundred years, I’m betting the data will show that in “the greatest country the world has ever known,” one hundred straight years of multi-racial leadership will simply show that white supremacists bring nothing special to the table, and that Steve King and ALL bigots like him are the creatively inferior and insurrectionist IDIOTS they have, over the centuries, demonstrated themselves to be!

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“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side
of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a
radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the
shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’
society. When machines and computers, profit motives and
property rights are considered more important than people,
the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are
incapable of being conquered.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr.; April 4, 1967)

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OPEN THREAD

 

30 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday July 22 2016; Proposal For An Amendment To The Constitution

  1. John Stewart can’t hang ’em up, can he? (For that matter, neither can Jeff Gordon!)

    • Check this out.

      One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

      When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

      Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

      “Making America great again” was the casual reply.

      A little clarification from Manafort:

      The vice presidential pick will also be part of the process of proving he’s ready for the White House, Manafort said.

      “He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He sees himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO.”

      • Well, if he wins he’s not going to be the Chairman of the Board or the CEO or the COO or any other corporate position. He’s going to be President of the United States, with constitutional obligations he can’t pass off to the VP.

    • However, vibrator sales with ship to addresses at Cleveland hotels were through the roof.

  2. Sounds as though the Repubs are finally ready to unite around their candidate once again, just like the did in 08, 04, 00, 96, 92, 88, and 80. And if Trump’s elected, taxes will go down, defense spending will go up, jobs jobs jobs, crime will soon be gone, ISIS will be destroyed, NATO will be paying their own way or to hell with them, the middle class will soon prosper, fed. spending will be really reduced, budget balanced, repeal Obamacare, . . . and so much more. And enthusiastic voters everywhere will vote Republican! Make Amurkkka Great Again!!

    Made me think of a fellow I knew back in the late sixties when I was working for McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis. The fellow was maybe 10-15 yrs older than I was, and had been a practicing microbiologist since college. He liked to tell about the days when he was an Air Force enlistee (he enlisted to avoid the Army draft). He was stationed at Biloxi AFB, and was their chief microbiologist, a diagnostician.

    There was a redneck enlistee that he remembered, couldn’t forget him because of one incident. He met with the redneck following the third time that year that he’d diagnosed gonorrhea in the enlistee. When he told the redneck the results of the test, the guy looked at him quizzically, thought for a minute, then said, “Hmmh. Seems lahk ever time ah fucks Marie ah gits the clap.”

    These days, I’d have to say that it seems like every time the voters elect a Republican POTUS, ‘pretty much everbody ends up gittin fucked.’

    Wonder when the collective “we” will be able to figure that out?

  3. I may have mentioned Marlin Foxworth here before. He was one of my favorite teachers in high school. He proposed an Amendment that would wipe out racism in 20 – 30 years.
    No persons of the same race are allowed to marry. Solved.

  4. Compelling article, very familiar thesis:

    Facing Down Trump’s Demagoguery: Lessons From Weimar Germany

    For progressives who want to (1) fight Trump’s dangerous messages and (2) win the long-term struggle for justice and democracy, there are vital lessons to be learned from the failure of Weimar progressives.

    First, the German Left splintered and failed to create strong coalitions. The Social Democrats and the German Communist Party — both large parties of Labor — made little efforts to work together or to organize and coordinate closely with many of the remarkably progressive Weimar urban feminist, gay and civil rights movements. (. . .)

    Second, to build a united front, all types of progressives must grapple with the real threat of a Trump victory and of a broader right-wing populist ascendancy, with or without a Trump victory. . . .

    The Weimar Left and the German Establishment wildly underestimated the Far Right and Hitler’s resonance during a massive economic crisis with a public with authoritarian tendencies. They lost touch with the working and lower middle class, especially the rural or small town population, who felt they were losing not just their jobs but their country and culture. They also never believed Hitler could gain so much support in his pursuit of genocide.

    • Who’s going to be the first to shop the pic of Captain Kirk screaming ‘Kaaaaine!’?

  5. Unreal. Hillary chooses Tim Kaine as her VP. Kaine not only supports the TPP but recently signed onto to two letters along with 15 other Democratic senators and all the Republican senators to the CFPB and federal banking regulators requesting they loosen regulations.

    • Loosen regulations on credit unions and community banks not mega banks is my understanding.

        • I believe this comment from the article is spot on as I have heard the same from some “expert” on the boob tube a while back:

          The way I see this letter is that it is an attempt to weaken the CFPB’s regulations on the big banks. The ploy is to use the small banks and credit unions as an excuse to change the regulations. Then the big banks would file a law suit in a business friendly court because of the equal protection clause. The CFPB may not want to hurt the small banks, but that is probably the price for regulating the big banks, especially without the separation formally provided by Glass-Steagall.

  6. Leigh Diffey at this morning’s Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying: ‘These conditions always remind me of a dog trying to run on a polished wooden floor.’ (It was very rainy.)

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