Posted in C-Haze, Race, Racism, Terror, Terrorism, War on Terror

Fear & Bigotry has become Our Culture

I’m heartbroken by recent events. The terror attacks in Beirut, Paris, Mali… the state of affairs in the Middle East… our own country’s failed policies where “fighting terror” is concerned… the racial strife I see everyday here in the US… the fear mongering and outright bigotry I see from many of our own elected “Christian” officials.

My views aren’t popular, and as soon as I speak them, people tend to tune me out. That’s ok, though. It won’t shut me up. Small as it may be, this is my forum. My place to say what’s on my mind.

Our hands – the hands of the United States – are not clean where any of these tragedies are concerned. We cultivated wars in the Middle East, we worked with others to kill millions in that region, and we now have the audacity to act confused, scratching our heads, wondering, “What caused so many people to hate us? Why are so many in the Middle East so radical these days?”

Those are stupid questions. The US didn’t consciously create ISIS and its sympathizers, but to pretend our foreign policy of the last 20 years had nothing to do with it is dumb.

Yes, dumb.

We made orphans of a lot of kids in the Middle East over the years. Those babies aren’t babies any more, and now that they’re grown, they have an axe to grind.

I don’t defend ISIS, I don’t defend evil, and I for damn sure don’t defend the death and destruction of innocent people. The thing is, I don’t defend those things in any circumstance. I don’t defend it when it’s ISIS chopping off heads, or deploying suicide bombers in crowded arenas, and I don’t defend it when it’s government-sanctioned drone attacks or boots-on-the-ground action in the Middle East either.

As a nation, we’ve messed up. That’s not an anti-American sentiment. It’s an honest opinion. I love my country. I love being an American, and I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere but here. That doesn’t mean I can’t speak out when I believe our government has acted foolishly, and it doesn’t mean I have to agree with or support the current climate among my fellow Americans.

What’s happening overseas is depressing enough, but that’s not the full story, either. Our own nation is turning against each other. Turning against fellow citizens of the United States of America. Racial turmoil is the highest I’ve seen in my 37 years of life. In some places, such as where I live, we seem poised for all-out war. A civil war, with sides chosen based on the color of one’s skin.

The hypocrisy of it all is astounding. Just. Astounding.

In one breath, I hear people taking rioters to task after the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others. Screaming about how vile, vicious and violent the black community is. In the next breath, these same people are cheering Donald Trump’s stump speeches, while he deliriously yells that we should “bomb the shit out of Syria!”

We have people doing their best to refuse Syrian Refugees in their states, but those same people support the NRA. This wouldn’t be surprising, except that the NRA wants us to continue allowing people whose names are on the No Fly List to legally purchase assault rifles in this country.

Let me get this straight: You don’t want the refugees in this country because they might be terrorists… but if they happen to make it here, you want them to have the ability to purchase weapons?

What kind of sense does that make?

The answer is that it makes the same kind of sense that allowing people deemed too dangerous to board a passenger jet to purchase assault weapons makes.

As in, none whatsoever.

The common thread in all of it – whether ISIS and refugees from the Middle East, or people of color in our own neighborhoods – is fear. We justify our hateful, bigoted policies – domestic and abroad – by pointing to our fears. Fear of a religion we don’t understand, fear of people we don’t respect because their skin color is the wrong hue.

My heart is heavy.

 

Posted in Barack Obama, C-Haze, Elections, John McCain, News, Policy, Politics, President, Race, War on Terror

Pots, Kettles, Obama and Guantanamo Bay

One thing is certain- as horrible as the political commentary on Fox News may be, I am nonetheless grateful for it.

… In my own way.

It keeps me from getting writers’ block, and there’s somethin’ to be said for that!

On the heels of today’s news that President Obama has issued an executive order to shut down Guantanamo Bay (within a year) comes this headline as part of the most recent Fox Forum:

YOU DECIDE: Would You Want Terrorists In Your Back Yard?

Seriously.

Do they think they’ll actually get some viewer responses in the affirmative?

Oh yes! PLEASE put terrorists in my backyard!

Signed,

Nutty Nancy from Nantucket

No seriously.

I’m wondering if the powers that be over at Faux News honestly believe we are stupid enough to think this particular headline is an actual example of what they claim to be “Fair and Balanced” coverage?

Huh.

Anyway…

Moving on.

Obviously, there is some speculation that with the closing of Gitmo, some of the prisoners may be housed in the U.S.

This is because  no other country is currently willing to take them.

Representative Murtha (D) has offered to house some of the detainees in his congressional district, should Gitmo actually close its doors.

Clearly this upsets a whole lotta people.

In reading some of the comments on this, I am dumbfounded.

Absolutely dumbfounded.

Many conservative Obama-haters are screaming that the shutting down of Gitmo is a horrific idea… and that the only thing worse than shutting it down would be housing the detainees in this country.

LIBERALS HATE EVERYTHING AMERICA STANDS FOR. CAN AMERICA MAKE IT THROUGH THE NEXT 4 YEARS WITH A PRESIDENT WHO APPARENTLY MADE GOOD ON LETTING THESE TERRORISTS GO. WHAT TERRORIST GROUP DID HE DO THIS FOR AND HOW MUCH MONEY DID HIS CAMPAIGN RECIEVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Yeah. That’s an actual comment.

Ok folks.

Pay attention, as this here’s a news flash for ya:

McCain was going to do the same thing.

Yeah.

He really was.

His plan even included housing the detainees at Ft. Leavenworth.

Gasp!!

That’s Kansas, for those of y’all who didn’t know.

How’s that for terrorists in your fuckin’ back yard?

Amazing how that works.

When the old-as-dirt white guy wants to do it, he’s a hero… we’re supposed to support him…

… But when the young black guy actually makes it happen, suddenly…

It’s a shitty idea.

So…

Would you say these hypocrites people are the pot or the kettle?

And yeah- Obama is black.

Posted in Barack Obama, C-Haze, Economy, Elections, Joe Biden, John McCain, News, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Religion, Sarah Palin, War on Terror

Sarah Palin, Foreign Policy, and the Irony of Country First

John McCain is crying again.

He thinks the media is tricking his poor little Pitt Bull Palin into looking like she is so desperately- horribly- out of her league.

Uh…

Right.

None of this could have anything to do with the fact that she is out of her league…

Could it?

Shit- now it’s gotten so bad that I’m not only questioning McCain’s judgment in picking this feisty animal as his hopeful #2 in command- but honestly, I question the soundness of his mind.

Especially considering his most recent claims… that he has asked Governor Palin for advice on foreign policy “many times”.

Wow.

I don’t know guys… that actually scares the living hell out of me…

… And begs the question…

Why in the world would he be asking her for foreign policy advice?

More importantly, what the hell is he asking Little Miss I-have-foreign-policy-experience-because-my-middle-of-nowhere-state-is-close-to-Russia that he doesn’t already know the answer to?

What could she possibly tell Senator McCain about foreign policy?

The woman is beyond ignorant… she is the most clueless political-wanna-be to ever roam the planet…

A planet that she believes humans inhabited- as recently as 6,000 years ago- with dinosaurs, by the way… as in, both dinosaurs and people lived in harmony here on earth… together…

Simultaneously.

… But I digress.

Back to foreign policy.

McCain is asking for advice from Sarah Palin, who went on national TV to explain that since Georgia is our NATO ally, we should strongly consider going to war with Russia.

She didn’t know enough to realize- Georgia is not part of NATO.

Moving on… this oh-so-smart lady recently told the good folks in Philadelphia that we should absolutely reserve the right to launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan, in case it becomes necessary to “stop terrorists from coming any further in”

Funny.

John McCain doesn’t think we should entertain that option… in fact, he retracted her statements when questioned about them (really? You can retract other people’s statements?)…

But…

Her statements were strangely reminiscent of Obama’s own stance on the Afghanistan-Pakistan-border-fiasco.

Sigh.

She agreed with McCain’s opponent… but not because she honestly agrees with his stance… but because… she’s too dumb to understand what she’d actually said.

Oh, but she isn’t finished yet…

During her now-infamous interview Katie Couric, Palin, speaking out of complete and total ignorance, actually endorses Hamas (you know- the terrorist group? Yes, that Hamas).

Couric had asked Governor Palin what happens when “the goal of democracy doesn’t produce the desired outcome? In Gaza, the U.S. pushed hard for elections, and Hamas won”… to which our esteemed John McCain running-mate replied:

Yeah, well especially in that region, though, we have to protect those who do seek democracy and support those who seek protections for the people who live there. What we’re seeing in the last couple of days here in New York is a President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, who would come on our soil and express such disdain for one of our closest allies and friends, Israel … and we’re hearing the evil that he speaks and if hearing him doesn’t allow Americans to commit more solidly to protecting the friends and allies that we need, especially there in the Mideast, then nothing will.

Alright listen up, because it’s worth repeating.

Dumb-dumb Sarah Palin just endorsed Hamas.

Does she endorse them because she supports them?

Absolutely not.

She endorsed them because she doesn’t know what the fuck she’s talking about.

Someone very close to me recently told me something…

He said some people are so blinded- by racism, by ignorance, by their party, by classism- that they will support “one of their own” at all costs.

Even when doing so poses a real threat to our very country.

If I wasn’t witnessing the shenanigans of McCain, his brand new best friend and all their supporters first hand, I would have begged to differ.

I would have said Americans, regardless of party lines, put America first.

The GOP’s own slogan during the Convention was “Country First”… ironic, considering how absolutely dangerous this woman is to our very safety, stability… our rights… our everything…

Well Repbublicans, you could have fooled me.

Seriously…

Get the hell out of here with that Country First bullshit.