PLEASE — STOP THE NONSENSE

21 07 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Obama has spoken and to paraphrase: the president stated that there are very few African-American young men who have not experienced — in various animated ways — fearful apprehensions as they pass by white people sitting in cars or when sharing an elevator. The president’s implication is that these fearful people are all white. It is as if to say persons of color, unlike white people, have no need to fear young black men. Correspondingly, the suggestion is that white or black people need not fear white young men.  

While the president is expressing his explanation of why African-Americans are disturbed, distressed, and troubled by the Zimmerman verdict. The killing of African-Americans by African-Americans in Chicago exceeds the killing of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is the president suggesting that Americans of African descent living in Chicago are not apprehensively fearful when young black men pass by?!?

The shooting of Trayvon Martin should have never happened. It was a tragedy. The incident was tried in a court of law and the verdict was “not guilty”. The FBI investigated, the Department of Justice declined to charge George Zimmerman… now, how far does one want to take this issue?

There is a disproportionate number of young black men in prison and an equally disproportionate number of young black men committing crimes. If the African-American community wants the image of young black men to change, then young black men need to change their behavior. And yes, of course sociologists have the standard reason why: No father, no education, and no opportunity… and their answers are always the same: spend more money.

Well, I personally know young black men and a few old black men, who have served their country with courage, work hard for a living, contribute their time and energy to community, and comprehensively enhance the American way of life. I grew up without a father. Aside from finishing the 10th grade of high school I have no formal education. I was born in Hawaii where white persons were the minority and there was a preponderance of prejudicial emotional harassment as well as physical threats to my being. My blood relations were poor in every way measurable. However, I never thought of myself as disadvantaged because of my obvious disadvantages; instead, I did what I needed to do: I learned to fight and stand my ground and always emphasized putting one foot in front of the other, striving to improve my plight. I have failed many times — more than I have succeeded — but I never gave up and whined to the government to save me from myself.

Yes, it may be tough to be a young black man in America I think it’s tough for young and old people respective of ethnic origin; but so what, life has always been tough. I suggest one confront one’s issue (whatever they may be) directly with the purposeful tenacity to overcome.   





WE NOW EAT OUR OWN

12 07 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Lost in the nonsense of our own making… in this Land of Obama-Oz, America befuddles its way from crisis to crisis, policy disintegration to reconfiguration, from argumentum to a shambolic assortment of  misperceptions that summarize, in its finality, into a condition of perplexed bewilderment. This is the governing credo within the Land of Obama-Oz…

Most recently we have wasted billions of dollars in the Middle East chasing rainbows, butterflies, and a sundry of wistful vagueness all the while needlessly spilling the blood of our warriors. The Russian of consequence, Mr. Putin, regards our president as simply silly; Israel understands, it’s on its own; Germany is thankful the U.S. is not a part of the E.U., and the Taliban is so very pleased that Obama was reelected. In the meantime, ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank legislation, both hallmarks of this liberal progressive administration, are still sleuthing along, heedlessly meandering, striving to find the contrivance to a progressive’s Nirvana.  

Prompted by Keynesian wonks who preach (despite evidence to the contrary) that the government, properly invested, can actually spur, create, or initiate an efficient, effect, and dynamic economy.  Of course invested is a Democrat’s word for taxpayer funded spending…

From my vantage, my impression is that because of unions extracting disproportionate amounts of consideration(s) for their federally employed members, defense contractors continuously seeking a larger defense budget, the excessive spending of every federal agency, a series of imprudent irresponsible congresses, a seemingly never-ending assemblage of guileless misdirected do-gooders, this nation’s treasury has been and presently is bilking the people out of billions upon billions of taxpayer funds. 

Possibly self-governing has been a mythic ruse, a self-deceptive delusion with no basis of certainty; the idea of democracy and the concept of forming a functional republic through admirable in principle has fallen short in application. The basis of the 1789 constitution requires a diligent, informed, participatory citizenry that values virtue above power. Regretfully, George Washington and Cincinnatus were unique originals; power is the deadliest of elixirs…

In the present rendition of “the land of the free,” courts decide, free of formal objection and contrary discourse, as to what is private information and what is in the best interest of the nation. Their disquisition and oral deduction is clandestine. Withstanding the threat of a physical attack by the perceived and unknown when is it permissible for the representatives of government to legislate spying on their fellow Americans? Well, precedence tells us any damn time it wishes.

We Americans have lost the meaningfulness of America. Over time, piece by piece, part by part, under the guise of fairness, social justice, the propensity for rose colored naiveté, the pretense of security, the skewed narrative that sanctioned drug interdiction, and a totalitarian’s all-time favorite: National Security, we Americans have permitted the federal government to diminish our liberties whilst debasing individual freedom.





PATTY CAKE, PATTY CAKE… LET’S ALL COMPROMISE

8 07 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Today, America as constitutionally depicted versus as practiced (particularly by the Obama administration) is not a nation of laws; this nation has evolved into a nation of men. Societal inclinations and political contrivance have displaced constitutional statutes. President Obama’s disdain for the constitutional system of checks and balance and the principle of separation of powers is evidenced by the most recent scandalous behavior of the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  All of these agencies have exercised a willful ambivalence and arrogant disregard for the function and responsibilities of Congress. Under the custody of President Obama and the Democratic Party misrepresentations, distortions, lies, and tactical stonewalling have become the acceptable order of the day.

Idealism aside, discarding the common meaningfulness of the president’s pledge of transparency, fairness, and equality under the law most Americans understand that what the president meant was that under the pretense of his pledge raw, often brutal, coercive power is ruling.

The nation has reelected an administration wherein arbitrary discretion is the governing policy; piecemeal contrariness and political correctness have displaced what was once a nation of laws. The contextual ambiguity of legislation coupled with an imperious bureaucratic process have purposefully disquieted and replaced what was once comfortably self-evident. The electors’ sense of common knowledge is so manipulated and distorted that truthfulness is indistinguishable. For all political parties (the Democrats are just better at it) one man-one vote is nothing less than the quantitative of a successful electoral marketing strategy, wherein the singular mission is to promise anything to capture that physical vote. Whether the promise is fulfilled or whether the voter has a cognitive understanding of the prevailing electoral issues — such is considered irrelevant.  

Today, instead of a democratic republic, America has become a conglomerate mesh of political parties and multi-interest diversionary groups that yell loudly. Union persuaders, lobbyists of every description and petty affiliations all tied to special demands of every hue.  This conglomerate mesh of an entourage seeks endorsement of and for their particular; their commonly held declarative is “give me the money.”

There is a profound belief amongst the electorate that the act of governing requires compromise; that without compromise chaos would ensue.  The ideal compromise is believed to be achieved when neither antagonist is pleased with the resulting agreement. Such is the exemplar of how the act of compromise should govern a democratic republic.  Contrarily, I believe that compromise within the legislative process only breeds dissent, hostility, and ultimately, a sense of revenge. This nation, upon inception, compromised on slavery and a woman’s right to vote while insisting that freedom and liberty remained the essence of being an American. The result of the compromise was a bloody civil war and a bitter confrontation with our fellow Americans that happen to be women.

This administration is determined to enlarge and enhance the power of the federal government. The president has convinced half the nation that a largess government is obliged to care for those that has less by righteously taking resources from those that has more. Ostensibly, in the interest of compromise the Republican Party is seeking a parity of ideals expressed in legislation that will move the country forward. And at the same time they are berated and abused by the media, Democrats, and some distinguished members of their own party.

Compromise is for the most part full of silly, child-like behavioral peculiarities and characteristics that effectually sanctions legislative nonsense as a means to satisfy today’s presumption of need.