Never Again, Never Forget

In 1945 survivors of the Holocaust emerged from concentration camps and said one thing to the world:

“Never again.”

These words became the foundation for the modern Jewish state of Israel. The Jews who founded the state of Israel vowed never to be rounded up and exterminated again. They vowed to fight and die like their ancestors did on Masada two-thousand years ago. I have issues with things the Israeli government has done over the years and continues to do now in regards to the Palestinians, but I fully support the right of the state of Israel to exist. The dwindling number of Holocaust survivors can tell us their stories of evil are real and that anyone who talks of doing evil has to be stopped.

What we saw with the domestic terrorists who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 was not a surprise to anyone who has watched right-wing racists in action. I’ve believe every word that comes out of their mouths, their views, their goals, and their intentions. This isn’t just shit-talk no matter how many times they try to walk it back like some are trying to do now.

Words matter. Words matter because words can become actions. In 1933 the words of the Nazi Party became action that culminated in a World War and genocide.

On April 19, 1995, the words of right-wing extremists culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing in which one-hundred and sixty-eight men, women, and children died. I was watching tv when it happened and one image was burned into my mind forever: a group of nurses were running towards the building but then were told to turn back and go get body bags. There were the horrible images of children dead and dying being brought out by first responders. Today a memorial of chairs, including child-size ones is there to show the world the loss of life.

After that terrible day, we saw exactly how the threat of right-wing extremist violence was real. And I’ve been afraid ever since, and more so in the last four years. Yesterday was a dress-rehearsal for what these bastards have been telling the whole damn world, and because of modern technology, we have a record of their words in sight and sound. What more proof does anyone need these bastards are for real and have to be stopped?

President-Elect Biden announced Merrick Garland as his nominee for Attorney General. Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court was thwarted by now Senate Minority Leader McConnell in 2016. Merrick Garland was also part of the team that prosecuted the Oklahoma City bombers. I said this nomination was poetic justice for the Supreme Court nomination denied to him. I want to see him lead a team at the Justice Department to do to the bastards who stormed the Capitol yesterday, and others like them, what was done to the Oklahoma City bombers: investigated, tried, and convicted in a court of law.

Using the system against these racist bastards is the best thing we can do to live by the words ‘Never Again’. Record voter turnout in November and just this past Tuesday brought in candidates of worth (Joseph Biden/Kamala Harris, Rev. Raphael Warnock/Joel Ossoff). And we have to keep doing that no matter what happens, no matter what violence happens. We can’t give up. Ever.

Most of all, we can’t minimize it, argue it away with ‘both sides’ bullshit, or ‘what about…’ bullshit arguments, or just not talk about it at all. We stop talking about it, we stop speaking out against it, it rises like steam from a warm pile of shit. This is why I have vowed never to stop talking about it. Hopefully when I’m very old it will be just mostly stories of decades before, like my father told me. But even if it’s just stories, stories always need to be told so we don’t forget. We have technology to keep the stories on record long after their storytellers are gone from this Earth. And we have our oral tradition, and memory.

Oh, and choose your damn side once and for all. Don’t talk about solidarity with Holocaust survivors and then try to lie about white supremacists who storm the Capitol wearing shirts that say ‘Camp Auschwitz’. There is no middle ground with racist evil. There never was, and there never will be. I chose my side as a child, and have affirmed it as an adult, and will stay on my side until the day I die.

I’ll tell the stories, say the words, and vote like my life depends on it.

Never Again

Never Forget

The ‘Both Sides’ Argument Is Invalid

I’ve been wanting to write this for a very long time and now I’ve got the guts, the raging fury, and the words to do my dead-level best to try and blow some ‘both sides’ arguments to Hell and back.

First, comparing liberal and conservative ideologies is like comparing apples to oranges. They are so different now there is very little common ground to meet on so trying to make them equal or alike in any way is an invalid argument. The basic tenet of liberal ideology is that every person has the right to live freely, without fear, and to have every opportunity available to them regardless of their race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic origin. The basic tenet of conservative ideology is that everyone has their place and has to stay in that place even if causes them pain and suffering.

Before I continue on with my comparisons and contrasts, I want to say this: I condemn violence in any form. Violence is never the answer to any problem. Yes, there was violence from left-wing protestors last summer. But that violence was quickly condemned and a non-violent approach to protests was implemented, in addition to adherence to public health advice with masks and social distancing.

In the last week, liberal or ANTIFA (which stands for anti-fascist) protestors were told to stay away from Washington D.C. because right-wing protestors were threatening violence. And after last summer, we saw how right-wing protestors, now domestic terrorists, were more than willing to commit acts of violence. They did yesterday in the United States Capitol. And in response to the argument that those domestic terrorists in the Capitol were ANTIFA protestors in disguise, I ask this in return: then what about all the social media calls to violence from the right-wing side of the house here? Are you saying these right-wing domestic terrorists don’t really exist and are nothing but ANITFA protestors in disguise? Because I’m sure if you said that to the Proud Boys, a known hate group, they wouldn’t take that too well because they don’t lie at all about their racist and violent shit.

Now, about the argument that these domestic terrorists are angry at the results of the election and have the right to express their anger in public. Okay, they have the right to voice their opinions and shit. They don’t have the right to trespass, threaten, or harm another human being. Do you agree with that or do they get a pass on that because they’re racist white motherfuckers?

Okay, now I’m sure some of my readers might be a bit ticked off at me using the term ‘domestic terrorist’ for right-wing racists. I’m not backing down on that term because these bastards have been calling for another civil war, arming themselves to the teeth, carrying their guns in public, and talking about murder. They haven’t been sitting around in a circle singing ‘Kumbaya’ so the argument that their harmless is invalid. See the pictures from the Capitol yesterday if you want to see what they’re capable of.

Another argument I’m going to blow to hell here is this: a person of color has more rights than a white person. Like that person of color got the job instead of me (the white person) simply because that employer wanted to meet a quota. Did that employer come right out and tell you that? No, and not just because they don’t have to or choose not to at all, but because it’s their freaking choice as to who to hire, not yours. You’re not special because you’re white, and you’re certainly not special if your black, brown, female, gay, transgender, or anything other than a lily-white ass. White privilege is real and a white man especially doesn’t live in fear even if says he does.

Yet another dumb-ass argument I’ve heard over the years is that both political parties are corrupt as hell. Okay, smart-ass, why do the number of prosecutions add up higher in the Republican column than they do in the Democratic column? I’m sure the response is that Democratic administrations prosecute more than Republicans. Then if that’s the case they must have more to work with, right? Both sides have had people in their parties caught with their pants down and yes, Slick Willie (aka Bill Clinton) managed to not get convicted of lying about it. But in the last four years it hasn’t been about pants down. It’s been about treason and now as of today, sedition.

But none of this means shit to a conspiracy-theory Q-Anon, anti-vaxxer, flat-Earth believing dumb-ass. The cognitive dissonance is too strong with these people. But to anyone who is offered their Kool-Aid I’ll say this: if someone wants you to drink something but won’t tell you exactly what’s in the cup, you might not want to drink it at all.

I only wrote this because I wanted to shoot my mouth off and drop a few truth-bombs. It won’t change minds because I can’t do that. But if I plant a seed in someone’s mind with these words… well, that’s not the same as changing a mind, right? 😊

What Divides Us

I’m currently reading the book ‘What Unites Us’ by Dan Rather and Eliot Kirschner and I’ll be writing about it when I’m finished reading it. But today I want to talk about what divides us in this country. It’s not simple terms of politics or issues, it’s what we choose to believe in and support.

As I’m writing this, a racist group of motherfuckers called the Proud Boys and their supporters are trying to stage a coup on the United States Congress. The President of the United States is doing nothing to stop this. Congress is in a two-hour debate over the Electoral College results that will result in no changes to the outcome of the Election and the coming inauguration of Joseph Biden as the forty-sixth President of the United States. The majority of Americans do not support this attempted coup or attempt at establishing a dictatorship. Yet the minority who voted against democracy and justice have to answer for this attempted coup.

Why?

Because this is what the Republican Party and the conservative movement have become. This nightmare has come to life and silence only fuels it even more.

But what if you don’t agree with the other side? The positions on healthcare, the economy, social justice, and this pandemic were still living through? Ask yourself why without answering in a soundbite such as a wrecked economy, my guns being taken from me, and being vaccinated against a disease that has killed over three-hundred thousand Americans.

Here’s a news flash for the sound-biters: the economy’s totally fucked with a multi-trillion deficit, no significant gun legislation has been passed in decades, and if you want to go on killing your fellow Americans, prepare to be stopped.

Am I being ugly and harsh here?

No. I’m just telling the truth.

What has fueled the Republican Party and conservatives more than anything is fear-mongering that is nothing but a smokescreen carefully designed to keep people away from the real issues facing us all, and worst of all, enforcing the belief that suffering is justified.

That belief that suffering is justified is the root of all evil in this world. The belief that people have to suffer because that’s the way of the world, and that they’re not worth saving, or believing in. That if we alleviate suffering we will suffer in return.

No. That’s not how it will work.

Alleviating pain and suffering is the heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ and other great religious leaders and prophets. This is why religion is twisted into evil because it takes the message of suffering but tries to destroy the rest of the message of hope.

For so long, I hesitated to write about anything ‘political’. I was told I knew nothing and that I was a foolish optimist. I reject both of those things and say instead: despite the pain and suffering in this world, I believe in a better one. And I am committed to trying to make this world a better place in any way I can. I do so by how I live my life, how I treat people, and how I speak out against what is wrong in this world.

My core belief now is that pain and suffering are never justified. We will never be able to take it all away but we can work our damn asses off to alleviate as much of it as we can, and provide comfort to those at the end of their lives.

Supporting a political party or an ideology that perpetuates pain and suffering is wrong. Not speaking out against racism, injustice, poverty, suffering, and needless death is wrong.

And I’m not a foolish optimist to believe that we can work together, but only if we unite in one cause: to make this world a better place and do everything we can to alleviate pain and suffering.

Racism, violence, and hatred perpetuate pain and suffering. Poverty, hunger, homelessness perpetuate pain and suffering.

This is what divides us. And ending it as much as we can is what can unite us.