Origins of Hate or Roots of Rage

 

Hate as a verb may be defined as an intense or passionate dislike for someone or something. Synonyms for hate include loathe, detest, dislike greatly, abhor, abominate, despise, execrate, feel aversion toward, feel revulsion toward, feel hostile toward, be repelled by, be revolted by, regard with disgust, not be able to bear/stand, be unable to stomach, find intolerable, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from. Hate within a so-called civil society has recently been deemed as inappropriate; especially when actions are taken in response to feelings of hatred directed at multiple persons. Reasons for this directed hatred may be, but are not restricted to race, national origin, religious theology, political ideology, sex, gender identity, or language. Origins and rationale for this hatred must be identified and understood in appropriate context if humanity is to resolve the negative implications of this bitter emotion.

Societies of man have evolved over time from those of extreme homogenous characteristics, or likenesses, to societies of immense diversity of skin colors, languages, values, political ideologies, and religious theologies. Early civilizations such as the Hebrews sought social purity to prevent perceived foreign ills and potential aberrant practices from contaminating their society. Eventually, some nations as Nazi Germany would demand national purity as a requirement for social function. The natural migration of mankind as well its imperfect nature have severely limited the purity of any people; however, some still maintain an abbreviated oneness or unifying characteristic is needed to provide a cohesive society under a common law or rule of law.

Adherence to the rule of law among a common people would serve as an essential guide for the preservation of the society, or nation, as well as its common wealth within a global community. It was the need for this rule of law which served as the impetus for the Founders of the United States of America. Conceived in Liberty, a representative Declaration of Independence avowed their right to be self-governed. An exhaustive dialogue over eleven years rendered a duly adopted Constitution providing a governmental structure for this new Nation. An adopted Bill of Rights explicitly detailed what was forbidden in this government where “We the People” rule.

Unfortunately, human nature’s imperfections precipitated ideas that free men can do better. Once it was believed that with his life and liberty, a man could forge the future and insure prosperity for his family. All that was needed was a common defense against transgressors and general agreements to assist in mutual commerce within the society. Living within natural law as prescribed by nature’s God, future successes were within reach. Original intent for American Society revolved around individual liberty and personal sovereignty where each person practiced personal responsibility for his/her own successes or failures. Success was not guaranteed; however, failure served as a powerful motivator to gain moral guidance for future endeavors. It has been stated that the devil is in the details; and this was certainly true for a young America.

Slavery, brought to the continent by the British, was considered an economic essential to success of the early agricultural colonist in the South. Was this even possible in a nation where the founding declaration proclaimed that “all men are created equal”? Article 1, Section 9 states, “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight,”. Congress did not enact legislation to end slavery, rather it initiated the Missouri Compromise which dictated that for every slave state (Missouri) admitted to the Union, a free state (Maine) would maintain the balance. In the end, the Missouri Compromise failed to permanently ease the underlying tensions caused by the slavery issue. The conflict that flared up during the bill’s drafting presaged how the nation would eventually divide along territorial, economic and ideological lines. The original Constitution dissolved the issue by 1808; however, political fears over per capita representation in the House of Representatives aggravated the issue until it festered into a great Civil War. Brother killing brother in a civil war describes well the idiocrasy of hate. Ordeals as the American Civil War demonstrated man’s imperfection and inability to adhere to the principles of a moral and duly adopted Constitution.

Bitter scars from a civil war caused raw emotional differences to become evident between geographical regions of a Nation. A race of people though freed by war, suffered the inequities of a second-class citizenship; of which many still suffer today. The passing of time heals all unless the scars are reopened by hatred from both directions. Racial discrimination very possibly would have slowly disappeared over time except for the continuous need to seed discourse by the likes of Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan; all calling themselves Reverend. Yet, quota systems and affirmative action policies in higher education have demonstrated inequities in eligibility for desired positions based solely on gender and race, rather than on ability and academic achievement. Since the 1970s, reverse discrimination against Caucasians has been prevalent in selection processes in advanced professional education. It must be asked: How have the Origins of Hate evolved into the Roots of Rage?

Liberty and Tyranny define the characteristic endpoints on a continuum of human governance. Liberty is the freedom to do as one pleases, free of physical restraint and arbitrary or despotic control. Tyranny is rule by an authoritarian and often oppressive despotic government with little or no regard to the permission of the governed. A free person is capable of compassion for fellow humans without mandates from any governmental source; however, compassion may become limited when governments institute taxes on free men under a pretext of pseudo-compassion for the distribution of wealth to the general population. These policies closely align with those of noted communist Karl Marx, “…From him according to his ability; to him according to his need”.

Beginning in the Woodrow Wilson era, a population expanding shore-to-shore with improving sanitary and living conditions began to realize improvements in economic conditions. Seizing the Constitutional power to levy taxes, a liberal administration initiated economic policies to strengthen its ability to win influence, power, and control. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution initiated a tax on personal income and became an economic windfall for the federal government. The 17th Amendment removed the election of U.S. Senators from the legislatures of the States to a popular election. Rationale for the change was to remove perceived corruptive influences within the state legislatures. The actual results were, however, a removal of Senatorial candidates from the access of the voters to a popularly-elected Senate easily corrupted by special interests in Washington. Now, these special interests and lobbyist have full political and financial access to Senators who rarely see their constituents.

In Democracy in America, Tocqueville stated, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money”. This statement summarily describes the government’s debt secondary to its borrowing money from the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds. So evident was the potential for abuse and governmental oppression that Thomas Jefferson quoted, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”. Premonitions from history came to fruition as both political parties enacted legislation which took money from public taxes to win the favor of partisan voters.

Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 terminated previous policies utilizing a quota system based on reuniting immigrant families and attracting skilled labor to the United States. Civil rights movements of the 1960s led many to believe previous quota systems to be discriminatory. According to the October 2015 Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute, between 1965 and 2015, the highest number of immigrants (11.6 million) to the United States have come from Mexico. Chain migration of family members and illegal immigration has for the most part negated the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act passed to address border enforcement and the use of social programs by immigrants. As more and more illegal immigrants abuse the social safety nets compassionately provided by U.S. taxpayers, angst and actions by irritated taxpayers toward those abuses should not be unexpected.

Is there any doubt that the origins of hate have delivered the roots of rage as a result of governmental abuse and corruption toward those who are paying the bills? Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg Address, “…our forefathers brought forth on this continent, a new Nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. The Founders of our Nation now weep at what has become of their dreams. Benjamin Franklin stated, “We give you a Republic; if you can keep it”!

Borders have function and a purpose! Citizenship is a privilege with rights and responsibilities. As appropriately stated, those rights guaranteed by citizenship are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Without respected borders, there is no nation; no need for citizenship; no privileges or responsibilities; a loss of liberty and self-directed happiness.

Compassion to our fellow man is the responsibility of being a free human; it is not the purview of a Constitutional government. It is noble to be charitable with one’s own fortune; it is thievery to be generous with someone else’s fortune. Government’s duty is to facilitate its citizens that they might flourish and be compassionate to the less fortunate; not to give to others after first taking from someone else. This is the difference between Liberty and Tyranny; the Origins of Hate or the Roots of Rage. Who is to blame?

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E. Pluribus Unum (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)

Out of many, one; can describe many instances where the adage of, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” maintains at least some merit in explaining the successes of working together as a unit. As a motto on United States currency, it reminds us of how one powerful nation evolved from thirteen colonies; and, it continues to describe characteristics of 50 sovereign states working together under a federal system of government. Unity is essential to obtain optimal results in any endeavor where multiple elements must work in a coordinated manner.

Genesis 11 reveals a story of the tower of Babel.  Some say the story reveals how man’s desire to ascend to the equity of God led to the loss of a common language and man being disseminated to all portions of the earth. Others would testify the story indicates the vanity of man and its ultimate cause of incompletion or destruction of the tower. In either scenario, differing languages prevented a unity of man and caused a separation of the world’s people. Given these understandings on the need of unity and its effect on success or failure in society, how does an individual perceive and react to new societal demands for diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of life?

Diversity is essential in a financial portfolio to protect investments from inopportune markets. Diversity can be identified as need whereby positive and negative characteristics of other cultures can be compared, measured, and if favorable possibly integrated, by choice, into our own. Forced acceptance toward mandated integration of cultural characteristics contrary to our own, assaults our Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. This so-called political correctness must not prevail!  Early immigrants to the United States desired to escape tyranny and oppression by melting into this one Nation assimilating its culture and language as their own. History is replete with tales of those successes where cultures merge into Americana; E Pluribus Unum, from many, one.

Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal; therefore, equity is inherent by our human birth and the laws of nature, and Nature’s God. The extent and maintenance of man’s equality may be dependent upon opportunity, genetics, self- motivation, intelligence, and physical ability. All I.Qs are not equal; DNA varies greatly; and, not all humans can perform at that level required by the National Football League. Incomes will vary accordingly to occupation, inherent risks, and the level of education and ability required to perform adequately. Hopefully, opportunities will be equal for all; but, the ability to negotiate those opportunities will not be the same. Forced equity is the guarantee of a huge lower class of people with a few elites. Again, history is awash with the failures of socialism.

Inclusion possesses merit as everyone desires to be at the table as all have their own story. An intelligent person with wisdom may learn a great deal from the experiences of a moron. A military officer often survives battles or wars secondary to the abilities of a privates or sergeants. Inclusion may be contingent on experience, wisdom, and capability, but the responsibility of participation remains with the free individual. A Nation which holds its motto as E Pluribus Unum will maintain its strength so long as many become one; and, where equity and inclusion in the democratic process are guaranteed.

 

 

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The Deep State

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Barack Obama October 30, 2008

 

“Social Justice” is a moniker many politicians and liberal activists utilize when attempting to explain idioms of human nature. As much as man can try to educate themselves studying history and philosophy, invariably he will succumb to self-protective instincts. Some of these instincts include blaming others for his failures or inabilities to prevail in society. “Someone or something is holding me back”, is an attitude using race, skin color, language, etc. to misplace responsibility to a third party for experienced personal short comings. Barack Obama rode a wave of perceptual social unrest by a young liberal populace holding university-learned ideologies subscribed to an idea that everything in life is fair and equal. Ideas declaring everyone’s feelings must be protected and soothed without recognizing the realities of life. Political correctness must be considered in open free speech! Lessons learned through history are replete with the failures of utopia and socialism and yet, free humans refuse to learn and heed the warnings of the past.

 

An electorate of starry-eyed well-wishers cheered at the notion of “Hope and Change” by a presidential candidate with little real world experience in management or job creation. An orally-adept well-traveled candidate with many friends and advisers identified as past transgressors toward our representative republic was elected. Many of these advisers, known terrorists and communists, were appointed to cabinet-level positions in the Obama Administration. Additionally, many Obama-like believers were appointed to positions in the federal bureaucracy where they could influence policies in support of Obama’s liberal socialist ideology. Activist judges were appointed to the judicial bench to further effect liberal decisions against the very Constitution they vowed to uphold and defend. Term limits of the U.S. President may not directly affect appointments in the federal bureaucracy. Indirectly, these appointments may keep coming back like a bad dream.

 

An educated citizen must ask, “Could an ex-president have appointed persons within the federal bureaucracy to act as a shadow government in a scenario if the party in power loses control of the Government”? How could such a government adversely affect a newly-elected government preserving past liberal changes and a Presidential legacy? How could this fiasco occur in the United States of America?

 

Slow liberalization of government can easily occur when the citizen-electorate becomes complacent and either ignores or forgets our Constitution based on founding principles of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Urbanization of society moves families to become dependent on the government and others for their basic needs. People learn to shed responsibilities from themselves while becoming dependent on government-run social programs. Citizens lose their dignity and forget the self-respect inherent with a job and hard work. They ask, “why should I work, I’m entitled to a living wage”; and by-the-way, “how can I support my family on a minimum wage pay scale”? It is these parasites who are readily willing to cast a vote for any politician who will promise to maintain their lifestyle.

 

A long-term demoralization of America has prompted the decay of our greatness; a culture indifferent to the lasting effects of poor or bad moral decisions readily accepts and endorses homosexuality as normal, same-sex marriage, and refuses to comprehend the necessity of National borders. Saul Alinski-style tactics are used to identify, marginalize, criticize, and then castigate those who dare to question an ideology of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

American Founder and first President George Washington in his farewell address to Congress stated,” Of all the habits and dispositions that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports”. Today in America, our political prosperity is day-to-day according to the whims of a biased media; religion essential to our conscious awareness and morality is under assault by a middle-eastern cult hell-bent on Sharia law contrary to our duly adopted Constitution. Only a moral rebirth will preserve a Country where Liberty allows for Life and attempts to gain Happiness.

 

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Reflection and Transformation

In Common Sense, Thomas Paine wrote,” Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer”. Emphasizing the influence of reflection, Alexander Hamilton in Federalist #1 wrote, “…it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force”. An enormous period of historical reflection must be sought prior to any political or legal transformation of a government or entity conceived in Liberty and dedicated to maintaining such Liberty for the people.

 

Prior to 2008, were the world’s foremost people of Liberty truly ready, or even comprehending, a fundamental transformation of their personal liberties by a Government of The United States of America? Could it be conceivable that in the 21st Century this society would abdicate and relinquished its personal liberties toward socialism and its long history of failure?  Many legal and illegal migrants risk their lives escaping socialist countries attempting to gain entrance into a country where capitalism is a proven success for mobility across all social classes. Have we forgotten the lessons of history as explained by Santayana?

 

 

Per Thomas Paine and Alexander Hamilton, the very basic nature of humanity itself may dictate an ability, or not, of humans to form a society adaptable for the general protection of its members. The nature of man is to seek companionship; however, wherever two or more humans are involved there is soon a requirement for social contracts or laws regulating interactions. Governments are instituted for the purpose of holding and enforcing those laws as the society desires.

 

Ideologies utilized in the politics of government usually revolve around the appropriate role of government in a society. Core values of a society are approximated in a doctrine or document constituting the form and methodology of the desired governing entity. A constitution describes how the government will be formed and gives substance to its authority of, by, and hopefully for the citizen society ordaining and endorsing its foundation. Politics are the thoughts and activities which are utilized to gain power or control over the administration of the constitution.

 

The Government of the United States of America created by the Constitution is almost unrecognizable today. Growth in Government has created a monstrous 4th administrative branch of government not elected or ordained by the people. This giant bureaucracy rules without appropriate oversight or due process. A slow but deliberate abdication of power by the elected government has allowed this bureaucracy to assume legal authority over an electorate that recently stated, via Presidential election, “This is not what the governed meant”!

 

The progressive ideological liberal left realized the threat posed by a President politically unlike any they have ever known. Bureaucratic ideologues in the administrative branch realized this threat prior to the election. The ideological left attempted to politically undermine and circumvent the opposition candidate, before and after his election. These attempts have led to administrative legal attempts to obstruct and disenfranchise the ability of the duly elected President to perform the duties of his office. Career politicians in efforts to save their elitists positions continue to embarrass and incriminate themselves with feeble attempts to grandstand before a misguided mainstream media. For the sake of Liberty and Freedom, the reflection of a liberal left transformation will be forever blurred by their political lies.

 

Can the United States of America Long Endure?

            A political polarization of the United States of America has come to fruition as feared by the Founders of our Nation. Human nature has infected the body of States once again and threatens elements required for the Union to sustain any measure of viability in a tumultuous world. Survival of the Union may indeed lie within the scope and stated intent of the early founding documents. The question is can the fallible idiosyncrasies of human nature be corrected before irreversible damage is done?

In selling the idea of accepting a new Constitution to the people of New York, Alexander Hamilton wrote FEDERALIST no. 1. Hamilton stated, “After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as a general misfortune of mankind.”

Hamilton watched as a piecemeal Articles of Confederation served the colonies against the British, yet was failing miserably to cement individual vulnerable States into the protection of a more perfect UNION. Individual States might possess their own independent ideas for themselves; however, a plan for  unified protection against invaders, foreign and domestic, was non-existent.

The Declaration of Independence boldly stated why the colonies desired their independence; yet in its declaration that all men are created equal with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, it failed to define whether human beings could be considered as private property. An idea that slaves were private property in a country which declared all men are created equal served as a boil festering for over eighty years. The result was an eruption of pus, vitriol, and hate proliferating into a great civil war threatening the UNION itself.

On November 19th, 1863 during the Great Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln would give the Gettysburg Address. In that speech he would resound, “…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure……..that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Greed, vanity; indeed the very essence of human nature serve to severely fracture any notion of true Liberty as that desired by our Founders. Sending men to the moon, harnessing the power of the atom; as intelligent as humans may become, they have not arrived at an ability to escape the imperfections of their own humanity. How long can we, as a nation, deviate from our founding roots and expect to survive as a Nation? At the nucleus of our dilemma is the question; what is the appropriate ROLE of government in our lives as liberty-loving and free citizens? This is not a Republican or Democrat question; it is an American question. If not answered soon and affirmatively, our United States of America is in jeopardy. Lest we Learn and Remember mistakes of our history! As polarized as our society has become, can we, as a Nation, long ENDURE? Not without the Faith of our Founders and a blessing from the Almighty!

Hypocrisy Runs Rampant after School Shootings

Recent shootings at the hands of mentally unstable individuals have provided fodder for the rise of hypocrisy in our supposedly free society. Seventeenth Century philosopher John Locke recognized both a human need for social interactions and a need for governance to insure adherence to social contracts, or laws. Thomas Paine stated in Common Sense, “Society is a blessing in any state; but government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil, and in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer the miseries in a country much like that in a country with no government, the calamity is heightened when we realize it is by our own hand by which we suffer”.

Any stable free-society must realize and adhere to ideas of personal responsibility, respect for life and private property. Basic tenets espoused within the “Ten Commandments” teach this responsibility and respect as Devine Providence.

When a society places material possessions over the basic laws of life, societal failure looms near. In a society where the family is the basic body politic, there are too many broken homes; too many fatherless or single-parent families; too many two-occupation families to afford a lifestyle beyond responsible means; too many children playing computer games of violence and death; too many children not being taught to respect and honor thy Mother and thy Father; too many children not being taught to respect the authority of a school teacher or administrator; too many self-serving parents threatening to seek court actions against those who would attempt to teach those children respect; and, a lack of respect for the authority and governance to which we have consented, all demonstrate characteristics of a dying society.

By our vote, we consent to be governed; yet, the percentage of even registered voters who actually vote is deplorable. Guns and gun-owners are not our problem! A total lack of respect for authority at all levels and a lack of respect for another’s private property in a society which shuns personal responsibility is the culprit for our National grievances.