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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Paul Plante says:

As we track the history of this nation in this series of essays courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, which history indeed is far from perfect, as the people who made and still make that history are and were in many cases quite far from perfect themselves, from the first Fourth of July in 1776, and the circumstances surrounding that event, this in the light Hearst Publishing’s former star political correspondent Amy Biancolli’s TWEET to her multitude of TWITTERATI on TWITTER on June 23, 2020 that “For too many people, History = What They Learned As Kids and that’s it; no room for the voices of people of color,” by taking a look at the actual history taught to us as children, we can see just how ridiculous her comment about “no room for the voices of people of color” really is.

By way of background, when we American people today speak of the first Fourth of July in 1776, if we talk about it at all as other than a holiday in July where we get to drink a lot of beer, and eat a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers, and blow off a lot of fireworks, we speak of it as if that date had any real significance in our lives today other than as the date the British colonists in this country declared to the world that those people of this fledgling nation who were to become the first Americans were freeing themselves from the tyranny of a despotic English king who had abdicated Government here and declared those people out of his Protection and was at that time waging War against them while plundering their seas, ravaging their coasts, burning their towns, and destroying the lives of those people while at that same time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny he had already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation, exciting domestic insurrections amongst those people while endeavouring to bring on the inhabitants of their frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Now, when Amy Biancolli TWEETS “History = What They Learned As Kids and that’s it,” that above is the history she is referring to, especially the part about “exciting domestic insurrections amongst those people while endeavouring to bring on the inhabitants of their frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

With regard to her ridiculous assertion about that history we learned as children having “no room for the voices of people of color,” which anyone who actually bothered to crack the covers of a book to learn something, as opposed to being taught to merely parrot some lines of limp drivel, knows is patent hogwash, according to that same schoolboy history we once were required to know as young American citizens, regardless of skin color, since we were all created equal according to the Declaration of Independence, by November 14, 1775, eight months before the first Fourth of July, when John Murray, Earl of Dunmore and royal governor of Virginia, issued his famous proclamation, his plan to offer freedom to slaves who would leave their patriot masters and join the royal forces was already well underway.

So much for the slaves being considered “not human.”

Staying with that history, because it is quite relevant to what has to follow if we are to truly understand the threat today this BLACK LIVES MATTER movement is to our civilized, multi-cultural society in this nation which is being divided by the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement, as we will clearly see, Dunmore understood that such an act would have a wide-ranging effect, which brings us back to Democrat mayor Kathy Sheehan talking about the consequences of 400 years of “white superiority” we all have to “own,” as if we today bear responsibility for acts committed by somebody with white skin like Lord Dunmore in 1775.

As to those consequences, not only would it disrupt production in this nation, which had not yet formally rebelled; it would also feed the growing fear among the colonists of armed slave insurrections, a form of instigating terrorism on the part of Lord Dunmore.

Planters would be distracted from waging war against Britain by the necessity of protecting their families and property from an internal threat.

At the same time, Dunmore’s own force of 300 soldiers, seamen and loyalist recruits, cut off from the support of British troops in Boston, would be reinforced by black fighting men and laborers.

Word of Dunmore’s plan was known as early as April, when a group of slaves presented themselves to him to volunteer their services.

He delayed the decision by ordering them away, but the Virginia slaveholders’ suspicions were not allayed.

On June 8, 1775, Dunmore left Williamsburg, taking refuge aboard the man-of-war Fowey at Yorktown.

Over the next five months, he reinforced his troops by engaging in a series of raids and inviting slaves aboard the ship.

On November 7, Dunmore drafted a proclamation, and a week later he ordered its publication.

It declared martial law and adjudged the patriots as traitors to the Crown; more importantly, it declared “all indented servants, Negroes, or others…free that are able and willing to bear arms…”

Response from the colonists was immediate.

Newspapers published the proclamation in full, and patrols on land and water were intensified.

Throughout the colonies, restrictions on slave meetings were tightened.

The Virginia Gazette warned slaves to “Be not then…tempted by the proclamation to ruin your selves” and urged them to “cling to their kind masters,” citing the fact that Dunmore himself was a slave holder.

In December, the Virginia Convention issued its own proclamation as a broadside, declaring that runaways to the British would be pardoned if they returned in ten days, but would be severely punished if they did not.

The document began with a reminder of the penalty for slave insurrection — death without benefit of clergy — though in practice, it was used sparingly during the war.

By then, 300 black men had been inducted into “Lord Dunmore’s Ethiopian Regiment,” armed, and outfitted in military uniforms inscribed with the words “Liberty to Slaves.”

By early June, however, Dunmore’s forces had been decimated by smallpox and the patriot’s defenses.

In August, the British destroyed over half of their own ships and sailed out of the Potomac, taking the 300 healthiest blacks with them.

Although probably no more than 800 slaves actually succeeded in reaching Dunmore’s lines, word of the proclamation inspired as many as 100,000 to risk everything in an effort to be free.

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That, people, is American history as it happened, and as we can clearly see, there was plenty of room therein for the voices of people of color.

So why are we then being told otherwise?

And that question brings us back to the present moment, and mayor Kathy of the lawless, violent sanctuary city of Albany, New York telling us that “because of our history,” which includes Lord Dunmore and his proclamation and those Black folks bearing arms in support of the tyrant King in England, we have to “embrace” the Black Lives Matter movement, which as a loyal, law-abiding American citizen I openly refuse to do, precisely because that movement, as we can clearly see from what follows from “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the three founders of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement, is based on not only outright lies, but a perversion and distortion of our history by a confused and hate-filled young woman, to wit:

“We know that if we can get the nation to see, say and understand the Black Lives Matter, then every life would stand a chance.”

“Black people are the only humans in this nation ever legally designated, after all, as not human.”

“Which is not to erase any group’s harm to ongoing pain in particular the genocide carried out against the First Nations peoples.”

“But it is to say that there is something quite basic that has to be addressed in the culture, in the hearts and minds of people who have benefited from, and were raised up on, the notion that Black people are not fully human.”

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Who in this nation besides Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the confused founder of BLACK LIVES MATTER, was “raised up” on the “notion” that Black people are not fully human?

I certainly wasn’t, and so I am not going to embrace a movement that asks me to be ignorant of reality and to lie to myself.

Plain and simple!

So, how about you?

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 13, 2020 at 6:21 pm

Paul Plante says:

And here, we have to back up a minute, as we reflect on Democrat Kathy Sheehan, mayor of the violent, sanctuary city of Albany, New York telling us that we have to embrace BLACK LIVES MATTER, to ask ourselves this essential question, to wit: Which BLACK LIVES MATTER is it that we are supposed to embrace?

With the corollary: Why?

As to who or what exactly is BLACK LIVES MATTER, in a Newsweek article entitled “BLM Leader: We’ll ‘Burn’ the System Down If U.S. Won’t Give Us What We Want” by Meghan Roos on 6/25/20, we law-abiding Americans received the following warning, to wit:

A leader of Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter on Wednesday said the movement was prepared to “burn down this system” if the U.S. does not work with participants to enact real change.

“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it,” said Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, during an interview with Fox News.

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So, is he BLACK LIVES MATTER?

Or isn’t he?

Which relevant question takes us to a Press Statement “For Immediate Release, Statement” by Kailee Scales, Managing Director of BLM Global Network, on that same date, June 25, 2020, as follows:

Today, Donald Trump attributed a quote to a “Black Lives Matter leader” on his social media.

We have traced these comments to Hawk Newsome.

Hawk Newsome has no relation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network (“BLM”) founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi — and is not the “president” of BLM or any of its chapters.

Only BLM chapters who adhere to BLM’s principles and code of ethics are permitted to use the BLM name.

The reason for this is simple: unaffiliated uses of BLM’s name are confusing to people who may wrongly associate the unsanctioned group and its views and actions with BLM.

As BLM has told Mr. Newsome in the past, and as is still true today, Mr. Newsome’s group is not a chapter of BLM and has not entered into any agreement with BLM agreeing to adhere to BLM’s core principles.

The only official chapter of BLM in New York is Black Lives Matter NYC.

BLM Global Network strongly encourages anyone interested in learning about or becoming a part of our movement to seek information from trusted, official sources — such as our BLM Global Network social feeds (@blklivesmatter), our emails, and our official Black Lives Matters website (blacklivesmatter.com) — rather than unknown or untrusted sources using BLM’s name.

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Scrolling down further after the Press Statement, it continued as follows:

Join the Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice by signing up for updates, supporting our work, checking out our resources, following us on social media, or wearing our dope, official gear.

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Now, this is just me, but speaking as a combat veteran who went to Viet Nam, a raggedy-ass 4th-rate little country as Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson famously called it, to fight for freedom, liberation and justice, which was total horse****, if I were to join anything again, starting with a “Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice,” I would want to know a hell of a lot more about exactly what the fight is, how it is to be waged, with what weapons to secure whose freedom, to be measured how, and who is being liberated, and from what, and justice for whom, at the expense of who else?

None of those pertinent questions are addressed anywhere in that Press Statement, which continues as follows:

Join the Global Movement

Donate Today

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Ah, yes, why do I keep forgetting that this really isn’t about Black lives actually mattering, because like in Chicago, in mayor Kathy’s sanctuary city of Albany, New York, they don’t matter at all – it’s about raising money.

It is a fund-raising operation for the following stated purposes, to wit:

We appreciate your support of the movement and our ongoing fight to end State-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

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Ah, yes, I see – end white supremacy forever.

Okay.

So how is that to be done?

SOUNDS OF SILENCE!

As to their money-making operation that will fund them so they can end white supremacy forever (why does that smack of a threat of genocide?), the Press Statement has as follows:

For corporate/foundation grants or other partnership questions, please email partnerships@blacklivesmatter.com.

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So American corporations and foundations are funding a movement to end “white supremacy forever?”

What an interesting use of corporate funds that is – funding the end of white supremacy in America forever.

Getting back to the Press Statement, it concludes as follows, to wit:

Help Us Fight Disinformation

We need to see what you see.

Black Lives Matter is a central target of disinformation and you are a key line of defense.

Report suspicious sites, stories, ads, social accounts, and posts about BLM.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/for-immedi ... l-network/

And that bit about BLACK LIVES MATTER being a central target of disinformation, when in reality, it is a source of disinformation, takes us to a POLITIFACT article entitled “Is Black Lives Matter a Marxist movement?” by Tom Kertscher on July 21, 2020, 26 days after the BLM Press Statement above, where we had the following capsule summary, to wit:

* Black Lives Matter was founded by community organizers. One of the three co-founders said in 2015 that she and another co-founder “are trained Marxists.”

* Black Lives Matter has grown into a national anti-racism movement broadly supported by Americans, few of whom would identify themselves as Marxist.

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Now, before we ask ourselves how this Tom Kertscher, a 35-year newspaper reporter, finishing that career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, now a freelance writer whose work includes fact-check reporting for PolitiFact and sports reporting for Associated Press and the author of sports books on Brett Favre and Al McGuire on July 21, 2020 knew for certain, based on facts accessible to all of us, and not just him, that BLM is “broadly” supported by Americans, few of whom would identify themselves as Marxist, let us consider the established fact that POLITIFACT is a part of something called the Poynter Institute, which institute in 2019 used various “fake news” databases to compile a list of over 515 news websites that it labeled “unreliable,” calling on advertisers to “blacklist” the sites on the list which included conservative news websites such as the Washington Examiner, The Washington Free Beacon, and The Daily Signal.

Of direct relevance to the discussion in here, after backlash, Poynter retracted the list, citing “weaknesses in the methodology,” issuing a statement, saying: “We regret that we failed to ensure that the data was rigorous before publication, and apologize for the confusion and agitation caused by its publication,” which statement was the subject of an article in The Hill entitled “Poynter pulls blacklist of ‘unreliable’ news websites after backlash” by Joe Concha on 05/03/19, where we had as follows:

The Poynter Institute has apologized for publishing a list of 515 news websites it deemed “unreliable” after backlash from readers and on social media regarding “weaknesses in the methodology” used by the nonprofit publication.

The index was compiled from “fake news” databases curated by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at University of Southern California, Merrimack University, PolitiFact, Snopes and data designer Chris Herbert.

Publications originally on the list included the Washington Examiner and the Washington Free Beacon.

“Soon after we published, we received complaints from those on the list and readers who objected to the inclusion of certain sites, and the exclusion of others,” Poynter managing editor Barbara Allen wrote in an explanation behind the piece that was pulled off the site on Thursday.

“We regret that we failed to ensure that the data was rigorous before publication, and apologize for the confusion and agitation caused by its publication,” Allen added.

“We pledge to continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards.”

Allen said that Poynter launched the audit to test the veracity of the list and that while it felt that many of the sites “did have a track record of publishing unreliable information,” the review also “found weaknesses in the methodology.”

“We detected inconsistencies between the findings of the original databases that were the sources for the list and our own rendering of the final report,” she said in the statement.

The language in the original story also called on advertisers to “blacklist” the sites selected for the list.

“Fake news is a business.”

“Much of that business is ad-supported,” Poynter researcher Barrett Golding wrote in the report.

“Aside from journalists, researchers and news consumers, we hope that the index will be useful for advertisers that want to stop funding misinformation.”

Reaction on Twitter was swift, which included criticism from journalists whose publication were included on the list.
What a disgusting exercise in bad faith from an organization that’s supposed to be about improving and promoting journalism. Instead, they’re creating tabloid-level listicles to smear reporters without offering even a single piece of evidence. Shame on you, @Poynter.

— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) May 2, 2019

It’s fine to hate the content at @DailySignal or disagree with that.

But we take journalism and accuracy and transparency very seriously, and @Poynter is smearing us by putting us on an unreliable news database https://t.co/j1frl70V5H

— Katrina Trinko (@KatrinaTrinko) May 2, 2019

– We should all now remember @Poynter has exposed itself as an agent of the left, but considering its a media organization we already knew that.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 3, 2019

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So much then for the veracity or lack thereof of POLITIFACT.

Which leaves us with the question of who or what really is BLACK LIVES MATTER, and why should we law-abiding white-skinned people who appear to be its intended victims as it “ends white supremacy forever” embrace it as Democrat Kathy Sheehan of the sanctuary city of Albany, New York is telling us to do?

Stay tuned as we explore that question further in here courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, the citizen’s counter to the fake news and disinformation put out by POLITIFACT and BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 14, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Paul Plante says:

So, let us American people who are being called on by Democrat Kathy Sheehan, the mayor of the sanctuary city of Albany, New York, to “embrace” BLACK LIVES MATTER be incandescently clear with ourselves here based on this June 25, 2020 Official BLACK LIVES MATTER Press Statement “For Immediate Release, Statement” by Kailee Scales, Managing Director of BLM Global Network which makes it patently clear who BLACK LIVES MATTER is and who BLACK LIVES MATTER is not – when Democrat Kathy Sheehan, the mayor of the sanctuary city of Albany, New York, where Black people prove to the candid world that Black lives to them aren’t worth a damn as they gun down each other and children and innocent by-standers with wild abandon, tells us to submit, to surrender, to bend the knee in solidarity with, as she had her Black Police Chief Eric Hawkins do publicly recently to show all the candid world exactly what side she and her police chief are really on, despite any oaths either made to support the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York, and grant hegemony, i.e. leadership or dominance, especially by one social group over others, to BLACK LIVES MATTER, what she really asking us to do, as she and her police chief have done, is to grant suzerainty over our lives to three women, namely Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi – in other words, to treat those three women as superior overlords to whom fealty is due, which is what “bending the knee,” an act of submission, is really all about – an acknowledgement of inferior social status by the kneeler.

Says mayor Kathy in so many words – forget the past, the future is now, and see the new bosses, who are not the old bosses at all.

Which takes us back to Tom Kertscher and his POLITIFACT article entitled “Is Black Lives Matter a Marxist movement?” on July 21, 2020, where we have an exhibition of some real fancy tap-dancing by a Poynter Institute journalist looking to blow smoke up our ***** in order to “prove” his specious premise that BLACK LIVES MATTER is not a Marxist group just because at least two of its founders are, to wit:

Backlash against Black Lives Matter includes branding it as Marxist.

The attack has been made in recent weeks by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer; Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development; conservative talk show host Mark Levin; and PragerU, which has more than 4 million Facebook followers.

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Since I too have publicly made an objection to submitting and bending the knee to BLACK LIVES MATTER based on its Marxist ideology, I would have to guess that I am part of the backlash, as well, as every loyal American should be who doesn’t want to have to submit to what equates to an incipient Black Marxist dictatorship here in the United States of America in the place of our present Republican frame of government pursuant to the United States Constitution.

Getting back to the tap-dancing by Tom Kertscher, a 35-year newspaper reporter, finishing that career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, now a freelance writer whose work includes fact-check reporting for PolitiFact and sports reporting for Associated Press and the author of sports books on Brett Favre and Al McGuire, we have as follows, to wit:

Aren’t sure what Marxism is, actually?

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And here, I personally have to answer his question by stating candidly that yes, I believe that I am very sure of what Marxism is actually, and what I believe Marxism is, to define Marxism in simple terms, is that it is a political and economic theory where a society has no classes and every person within the society works for a common good, and class struggle is theoretically gone.

That is what I believe Marxism is.

So what does our tap-dancing Tom Kertscher have to say about it then?

Well, let’s go see, to wit:

It was developed by 19th century German philosopher Karl Marx and is the basis for the theory of communism and socialism.

“Marxism envisioned the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat (working class people) and eventually a classless communist society,” Encyclopedia Britannica and Oxford Reference say.

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And there tap-dancing Tom and I are on the same page, which brings me back in time to 1968, when I was a member of the United States Army (BOO HISS) and the Soldier’s Handbook issued to all United States soldiers at that time wherein was stated thusly on p.4 with respect to Marxism and communism, to wit:

Today, communism is the major threat to our nation.

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And for the record, when that handbook was issued to me, the Commander-In-Chief of our military was a Democrat.

So, having established thanks to POLITIFACT that Marxism is the basis for the theory of communism and socialism, and Marxism envisioned the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat (working class people) and eventually a classless communist society, which in 1968 was deemed a major threat to our nation, let’s go back to the POLITIFACT article where the tap-dancing is about to begin in earnest, to wit:

These days, Marxism usually means analyzing social change through an economic lens, with the assumption that the rich and the poor should become more equal.

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HUH?

How so, Tom?

When exactly did the definition of Marxism change then?

And how?

And why?

Other than by you changing it yourself, I mean.

As to Marxism, Investopedia gives us the following to consider, to wit:

What Is Marxism?

Marxism is a social, political, and economic philosophy named after Karl Marx, which examines the effect of capitalism on labor, productivity, and economic development and argues for a worker revolution to overturn capitalism in favor of communism.

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Now, that is the classical definition of Marxism, so why is tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT trying to waltz us down the garden path in some different direction?

Getting back to Investopedia, we have further on Marxism as follows:

Marxism posits that the struggle between social classes, specifically between the bourgeoisie, or capitalists, and the proletariat, or workers, defines economic relations in a capitalist economy and will inevitably lead to revolutionary communism.

Key Takeaways

* Marxism is a social, political, and economic theory originated by Karl Marx, which focuses on the struggle between capitalists and the working class.

* Marx wrote that the power relationships between capitalists and workers were inherently exploitative and would inevitably create class conflict.

* He believed that this conflict would ultimately lead to a revolution in which the working class would overthrow the capitalist class and seize control of the economy.

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So it would logically follow that when one of the three co-founders of BLACK LIVES MATTER said in 2015 that she and another co-founder “are trained Marxists,” that what they are trained in is a belief system or ideology based on the above, not some drivel served up cold by tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT.

Taking that thought further by going back to Investopedia, we have:

Understanding Marxism

Marxism is both a social and political theory, which encompasses Marxist class conflict theory and Marxian economics.

Marxism was first publicly formulated in the 1848 pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which lays out the theory of class struggle and revolution.

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So when one of the three co-founders of BLACK LIVES MATTER said in 2015 that she and another co-founder “are trained Marxists,” what they are trained in is the Marxist theory of class struggle and revolution.

As to Marx’s class theory two of the co-founders of BLACK LIVES MATTER are trained in, it portrays capitalism as one step in the historical progression of economic systems that follow one another in a natural sequence driven by vast impersonal forces of history that play out through the behavior and conflict between social classes.

According to Marx, every society is divided among a number of social classes, whose members have more in common with one another than with members of other social classes.

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Today, the United States of America is being divided up into those who bend the knee and cleave to the banner of BLACK LIVES MATTER, which includes Democrat Kathy Sheehan of Albany, New York, and her police chief Eric Hawkins, and the rest of us who are being relegated to an inferior social class deemed the enemy of the BLACK LIVES MATTER superior social class, because to have conflict according to Marxism, you have to first have an enemy to have it with, and today, that enemy is people with white skin.

And there for the moment I will rest to let all of that sink in, before we go back to more fancy dancing by Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT who when it comes to shoveling out copious amounts of pure horse**** can tap-dance with the best of them!

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 14, 2020 at 10:58 pm

Paul Plante says:

And getting back to tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT and his “Backlash against Black Lives Matter includes branding it as Marxist,” we have further as follows, to wit:

But the movement has grown and broadened dramatically.

Many Americans, few of whom would identify as Marxists, support Black Lives Matter, drawn to its message of anti-racism.

“Regardless of whatever the professed politics of people may be who are prominent in the movement, they don’t represent its breadth,” said Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University African American Studies professor and author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

“There are definitely socialists within the movement, as there have been in every single social movement in 20th century American history and today.”

“But that does not make those socialist movements, it makes them mass movements,” she said.

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Which is completely beside the point because what makes BLACK LIVES MATTER “Marxist” is not who has joined it, but rather, what its stated policies are, which takes us to Black Lives Matter 13 Guiding Principles, which are found on-line, and specifically, no. 11 on that list as follows:

11. Black Villages

We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

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And that brings us to “The Marxist Perspective on The Family,” from Revise Sociology, one of many sites on the subject, where we have as follows:

Marxists argue that the nuclear family performs ideological functions for Capitalism – the family acts as a unit of consumption and teaches passive acceptance of hierarchy.

It is also the institution through which the wealthy pass down their private property to their children, thus reproducing class inequality.

Marxism is a ‘structural conflict’ perspective.

They see society as structured along class lines with institutions generally working in the interests of the small elite class who have economic power (the ‘Bourgeoisie’) and the much larger working class (the ‘Proletariat’).

The Bourgeoise gain their wealth from exploiting the proletariat.

There is thus a conflict of interests between the Bourgeoise and the Proletariat.

However, this conflict of interests rarely boils over into revolution because institutions such as the family perform the function of ‘ideological control’, or convincing the masses that the present unequal system is inevitable, natural and good.

Something else Marxists suggest about the family (like the Functional Fit theory) is that the family type generally changes with society – more specifically, the nuclear family emerges not because of the needs of industrialisation, but because of the needs of the capitalist system.

Explaining the emergence of the nuclear family – Engels

According to Engels, the monogamous nuclear family only emerged with Capitalism.

Before Capitalism, traditional, tribal societies were classless and they practised a form of ‘primitive communism’ in which there was no private property.

In such societies, property was collectively owned, and the family structure reflected this – there were no families as such, but tribal groups existed in a kind of ‘promiscuous horde’ in which there were no restrictions on sexual relationships.

However, with the emergence of Capitalism in the 18th Century, society and the family changed.

Capitalism is based on a system of private ownership – The bourgeois use their own personal wealth to personally invest in businesses in order to make a profit, they don’t invest for the benefit of everyone else.

Marxism Family

Eventually the Bourgeois started to look for ways to pass on their wealth to the next generation, rather than having it shared out amongst the masses, and this is where the monogamous nuclear family comes from.

It is the best way of guaranteeing that you are passing on your property to your son, because in a monogamous relationship you have a clear idea of who your own children are.

Ultimately what this arrangement does is to reproduce inequality – The children of the rich grow up into wealth, while the children of the poor remain poor.

Thus the nuclear family benefits the Bourgeois more than the proletariat.

Contemporary Marxism – The family as an Ideological Apparatus

The modern nuclear family functions to promote values that ensure the reproduction and maintenance of capitalism.

The family is described as an ideological apparatus – this means it socialises people to think in a way that justifies inequality and encourages people to accept the capitalist system as fair, natural and unchangeable.

One way in which this happens is that there is a hierarchy in most families which teaches children to accept there will always be someone in “authority” who they must obey, which then mirrors the hierarchy of boss-worker in paid employment in later life.

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So, if BLACK LIVES MATTER espouses a Marxist principle or goal such as being committed to disrupting what they call the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement, is it a Marxist movement?

Or isn’t it?

Stay tuned, for more on that subject is yet to come.

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Re: Just musings, is all

Post by thelivyjr » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 15, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Paul Plante says:

And going back for the moment to FACT-CHECKING tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT and his attempt at a defense against the backlash against Black Lives Matter because it clearly is a movement based on Marxist ideology, we have Tommy the tap-dancer saying as follows, to wit:

Many Americans, few of whom would identify as Marxists, support Black Lives Matter, drawn to its message of anti-racism.

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But is that true, his claim that BLACK LIVES MATTER draws in people with its “message of anti-racism?”

More specifically, does BLACK LIVES MATTER with its published agenda to liberate Black people and end white supremacy forever have a “message of anti-racism,” as tap-dancing Tommy Kertscher of POLITIFACT is trying to make us believe?

For that answer, let us go back to Black Lives Matter 13 Guiding Principles, which are found on-line, and specifically, no. 12 on that list as follows:

12. Unapologetically Black

We are unapologetically Black in our positioning.

In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position.

To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

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HMMMMMMMM.

Sounds awful racist to me, anyway.

And it certainly comes nowhere close to being “anti-racist” as tap-dancing Tommy Kertscher of POLITIFACT is trying to make us believe, so PANTS ON FIRE and a couple of Pinocchios for tap-dancing Tommy Kertscher of POLITIFACT on that false claim.

And having “outed” tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT trying to pull our legs with that silly claim that BLACK LIVES MATTER has a message of “anti-racism,” let’s go back to his attempt at a defense of BLACK LIVES MATTER espousing a Marxist ideology and FACT CHECK it some more, to wit:

‘Trained Marxists’

In a Facebook post labeling Black Lives Matter as a Marxist movement, PragerU included a video interview with Carol Swain, a Black conservative and former professor at Vanderbilt and Princeton universities.

She said, “Now, the founders of Black Lives Matter, they’ve come out as Marxists.”

Swain alluded to Black Lives Matter’s three co-founders, who are still featured prominently on the group’s website — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Their primary backgrounds are as community organizers, artists and writers.

Swain, though, was referring to a newly surfaced interview Cullors did in 2015, where she said:

“We do have an ideological frame.”

“Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers; we are trained Marxists.”

“We are superversed on, sort of, ideological theories.”

“And I think what we really try to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many Black folks.”

We didn’t find that Garza and Tometi have referred to themselves as Marxists.

But the book publisher Penguin Random House has said Garza, an author, “describes herself as a queer social justice activist and Marxist.”

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So confronted with the obvious fact right in front of his face that Alicia Garza of BLACK LIVES MATTER has described herself as a queer social justice activist and Marxist, how is it then that tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT didn’t find that Garza has referred to herself as a Marxist?

With the facts of the matter right in front of his face, where was it that he failed to look?

And why?

What is the dude trying to cover up – the fact that BLACK LIVES MATTER espouses Marxist principles?

But my goodness, Tommy, we already knew that, so your efforts to hide it from us are for naught.

And continuing on with our FACT-CHECKING:

What Black Lives Matter says

Black Lives Matter was formed in response to the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, in Florida.

The group calls its three co-founders “radical Black organizers.”

The project started with a mission “to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes,” the group’s website says.

“In the years since, we’ve committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic and political power to thrive.”

Included on its list of beliefs is one that has drawn criticism as being consistent with Marxism:

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

A spokesperson for Black Lives Matter; Kailee Scales, managing director at Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation; and the three co-founders did not reply to our requests for information.

“On one level, these are just put downs,” University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Richard Wolff, author of “Understanding Marxism,” told PolitiFact about the attacks on Black Lives Matter.

If people declare themselves Marxists, they are in effect Marxists, but “there really is no standard” of what Marxism is, “there’s no way to verify anything.”

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There really is no standard of what Marxism is?

That’s ignorant BULL****, plain and simple!

So shame on tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT for trying to give us a snow job here.

Moving right along here:

Black Lives Matter today

It’s important to recognize that movements evolve.

Noting Cullors’ declaration of being Marxist trained, “one has to take that seriously: if the leadership says it is Marxist, then there’s a good chance they are,” said Russell Berman, a professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at its conservative Hoover Institution who has written critically about Marxism.

But “this does not mean every supporter is Marxist — Marxists often have used ‘useful idiots.’”

“And a Marxist movement can be more or less radical, at different points in time,” he said.

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And there we have some very necessary truth – the fact that Marxists often have used “useful idiots” such as all these dupes supporting BLACK LIVES MATTER today, people like tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT and Democrat Kathy Sheehan, the mayor of the sanctuary city of Albany, New York who is telling us that because of our history, we have to embrace BLACK LIVES MATTER and join its ever-growing army of other “useful idiots” which is exactly what we would be if we were to heed mayor Kathy’s message to embrace BLACK LIVES MATTER and the Marxist ideology that it espouses and shame on tap-dancing Tom Kertscher of POLITIFACT for trying to tell us different!

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR September 16, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Paul Plante says:

And before we go back to Poynter Institute FACT CHECKER “Tommy the tap-dancer”Kertscher of POLITIFACT and his claim that Black Lives Matter has grown into a national anti-racism movement broadly supported by Americans, few of whom would identify themselves as Marxist, this in the light of what recently transpired in Los Angeles, where after two white police officers were shot by a Black ambusher, a mob of savages descended on the hospital to block its entrances while chanting, “LET THEM DIE,” I would like to stand up in here as an American citizen who is totally disgusted with that exhibition of what our once civilized society is now devolving into, as the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement’s efforts to end white supremacy forever gain traction in this country with the attempted murder of white police officers, to say that I see a direct linkage between what transpired in Los Angeles starting with the ambush of the the police officers and then what happened at the hospital, none of which can be denied, given it was televised, and Black police chiefs like Eric Hawkins of the Democrat-controlled sanctuary city of Albany, New York making themselves a disgrace to the uniform and badge of authority that they wear, as well as making a joke of their oath to support the Constitution, by getting down on their knees like cowards to show their solidarity with the mobs intent on tearing down our civilized society and RULE OF LAW to replace it with rule of the jungle as we are seeing in Los Angeles, a primitive system or mode of action in which the strongest survive, presumably as animals in nature or as human beings whose activity is not regulated by the laws or ethics of civilization, which by getting on his knees in submission to BLACK LIVES MATTER and its agenda to wage war on people with white skin in this country, Eric Hawkins of Albany is putting his personal seal of approval on, with the blessing of Democrat mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan, who I understand also took the knee in submission to BLACK LIVES MATTER, as she is telling all the rest of us to do, as well, which I am personally refusing to do because I will be damned if I will bend the knee and submit to a group of white-hating racists intent of getting hegemony over us by intimidation and violence and deceit and lies.

By taking the knee in submission to BLACK LIVES MATTER and their agenda to end white supremacy forever as he did while wearing his badge, Eric Hawkins, the police chief of Albany, New York has quite literally painted a bulls-eye on every white police officer in the City of Albany, thus inviting the same kind of violence against them, and by extension, civilized society, that we just witnessed in Los Angeles.

Lines have now been drawn by kneelers like Eric Hawkins, and sides have been taken, and what transpired in Los Angeles with the shooting of those police officers and the howling mob of savages at the hospital is the world these kneelers like Eric Hawkins of Albany are bequeathing us and ushering in.

As to the oath Albany police chief Eric Hawkins swore to support the United States Constitution, Section 4 of Article IV states in clear language that the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and with respect to that, in a letter in April, 1787, to Edmund Randolph, who formally presented the Virginia Plan to the Convention, James Madison had suggested that ”an article ought to be inserted expressly guaranteeing the tranquility of the states against internal as well as external danger. . . .” stating that “Unless the Union be organized efficiently on republican principles innovations of a much more objectionable form may be obtruded.”

With respect to republican principles, they are the guiding political philosophy of the United States that has been a major part of American civic thought since its founding.

Republican principles stress liberty and inalienable individual rights as central values; and recognize the sovereignty of the people as the source of all authority in law; as well as rejecting monarchy, aristocracy, and hereditary political power.

Republican principles also expect citizens to be virtuous and faithful in their performance of civic duties; and vilify corruption.

Republican principles were based on Ancient Greco-Roman, Renaissance, and English models and ideas and formed the basis for the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Constitution (1787), and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Gettysburg Address (1863).

Republican principles include guarantees of rights that cannot be repealed by a majority vote.

Thus, in a nation based on Republican principles, there can be no “white supremacy,” because in a Republic, we are all equal REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR!

When the kneeler Eric Hawkins swore his oath to support the United States Constitution, which in section 1 of the 14th Amendment states quite clearly that no State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, that is what he was swearing to support – the fact that despite what our skin color might be, in the eyes of the law, we are all supposed to be equal.

By taking the knee in submission to BLACK LIVES MATTER and the Marxist ideology it espouses, however, the kneeler Eric Hawkins made it quite clear to all of us with white skin that we are out of his protection as the police chief of Albany, New York, and what we see taking place in Los Angeles with the howling mob of savages blocking the entrances to a hospital to deny police officers the medical treatment they required after being ambushed by a hooligan is a glimpse at our own future, and if you are white, then there is a lot for you to worry about, and God protect the white police officers in Albany, New York who have to serve under his lead.

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