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Today should make it official: The Trump Presidency is a Failure   Leave a comment

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…To say Trump crossed a line that should never have been crossed today goes without saying: You have a sitting president who defended Neo-Nazis, the KKK and White Supremacy 3 days after a woman was killed by one on National TV. According to some Washington insiders, his chief of staff will be on his knees all night begging people not to resign.

I’ll say it again: Donald J. Trump, weather he knows or not–I doubt it would change anything if he actually did–is a means to an end as far as the Republican Party is concerned. Can President Trump actually be impeached by a GOP-controlled Congress? Absolutely. They wouldn’t have supported his campaign almost unanimously if they didn’t think beyond reasonable doubt they could at the drop of a hat.

…Why haven’t they despite many of the things they’ve said? The timing’s not quite there yet but clearly it soon will be. We got a big clue that day might be sooner than later:

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As some of you might be aware, Vice President Mike Pence is currently in Venezuela on official business. As folks know, he defends Trump at every opportunity to the press. Aside from that, he hasn’t said much publicly since being sworn in as VP. This is deliberate. The term is “Plausible deniability”. Just like the press corps following Trump everywhere is part of the plan, so is the VP’s silence even now: The GOP is prepping him to step in when they pull the trigger on Trump’s exit. We already know he’s a career politician and can hold his own against the press. If you think Trump press conferences are cringe-worthy, you should see some of Pence’s recent ones.

Anywho, no doubt the GOP may be forced to move up those exit plans just to save face for the party. If alot of these “open” leaks are to be believed–something that would have never happened with the Obama, both Bushes or Clinton–the White House is in disarray.  At this point, it will be very easy for the GOP to present Pence as “Restoring dignity to the Office of the POTUS” as well as “Uniting the country”. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this means they will wait until critical mass to pull the trigger on Trump’s exit.

What does that mean?

Things will need a whole lot worse than it is now. That way they can really sell Pence as a “Savior” to the masses. What will it take? Well, the Russia thing isn’t going away anytime soon clearly. That’s one option. Another would be a military campaign going so bad, Congress is forced to step in. A third option is their own interests being directly threatened by him. I see the third one being the most likely personally.

Now, let’s get to one of the two ways Trump can be removed from office:

  1. Impeachment: Most likely.
  2. Resignation: Kidding! We know he won’t go down quietly.

Trump will be forcibly removed from office, hopefully after the American people wake up and force Congress to do it. Not unless they’re ok with having to deal with that and a Civil War at the same time.

In closing, it would be fair to say now that the Trump presidency is a failure. Today proved beyond reasonable doubt to the world Donald J. Trump does not speak for the American people. Today also proved beyond reasonable doubt the people need to rise up and remind our elected “officials” who works for who. The time to act is now.

Make no mistake: There is a Cultural Civil War in the U.S.   Leave a comment

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Not since the events leading up to first Civil Rights Era 60 years ago have we seen such unrest as we have in the last few years. The only thing we haven’t seen yet is full-scale rioting. The rule of law is holding but barely and clearly not for much longer. It’s a matter of what and when we will see a complete and utter collapse of Law and Order. The current president is only partially to blame. The clear lack of empathy from him in the wake of this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia and again in his “do-over” earlier today should have made it clear to everyone in America the only person he cares about is himself.

On that note, I want to now say this to my international viewers who I know read my blogs: I assume you’ve seen this said via Social Media but President Donald J. Trump does not represent the collective will of the people. He has made it clear himself the only person who can speak for him is himself. The only person he cares about is himself. This is the man 55% of voters wanted as the 45th President of the United States, many of which have since turned on him when they realized the truth.

Nor do most of our elected “Officials” speak for the people. The only people they care about other than themselves are the companies that line their pockets. The fact that Domestic Terrorists have been allowed free reign in our country since the end of the Civil War and the wording of the 13th Amendment–allowing slavery to continue as a multi-million-dollar industry using prisoners for free labor–are two of the four biggest factors. The second-biggest is the fact America has been at war all but 22 of the years of its existence.

 

 

Moving on:

 

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This is easily the biggest: Many Americans, unfortunately are Sheeple. Nevermind the Conspiracy Theory crap out there being spread online by poltical extremists. The simple fact of the matter is like Rome, America’s collapse will come from within. Not from an outside force like the media and the government wants people to think.

The ruling class, special interest groups and the privilaged run America. This has been the case for almost 200 years now. They have had that long to invent, fine-tune and perfect various means of keeping the “ignorant masses” in line since the Civil War.

How, you might ask?

Did you know just a literal handful of people own 87% of the world’s News Outlets and Newspapers? Did you know Nestle and Pepsi both own a town’s drinking water and will for the next 50 years? Did you know America’s presidents are not elected but are selected? Did you know Fox News won a federal lawsuit files against them for outright saying are not in the business of telling the truth? Did you know there are not that many differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties?

…I could go on and certainly want to but I don’t want to get any more off track than I already have.

Now, I have made the case on more than one occaision on this blog that the media has been complicit in helping to divide the people of America and keep them divided. Again, nevermind the Conspiracy Theory crap from political extremists. The TRUTH is the National Media is responsible for helping to spread sensationalism, hysteria and baseless speculation. They have also been complicit in densensitizing the general public to death and violence in general for decades. Even worse, they are not being held accountable for their biased style of reporting solely for ratings and sensationalism.

I never used to think about it that way until I talked to a former coworker of mine about it two years ago. He commented about the lack of emotion and the fact news achnors almost always read from a teleprompter. This is to prevent them from unconsciously having an emotional reaction to the news they are sharing with the public. If you’ve ever wondered how they can talk about say, a fatal car accident like it’s nothing this is why. In the business, they call it being a professional journalist and they are WELL AWARE it gives the impression they don’t care. Not that they don’t. Some of them anyway.

So, America is unraveling and the whole world is watching. All that’s left is to watch and see how things play out.

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Avert not your eyes from the events in Charlottesville, VA   Leave a comment

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This is not from the 1960s. Or the 1970s. This is not even from the early 1990s. This is from one of the many White Supremacist rallies that have been going on since Donald Trump was elected president. Until very recently the White Supremacists kept their activities mostly behind closed doors, online or invite-only private rallies.

 

Not anymore.

For the last 150 years, White Nationalism and White Supremacy have been allowed to not only survive but THRIVE in America. How? By hiding behind the guise of “Free Speech”, which the ACLU cites as why they litigate for them (as well as the Westboro Baptist Church). The “Alt-Right” movement Trump winked and nodded to during the campaign were White Nationalists and White Supremacists. Weather or not Trump really knew that doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is he empowered them with his “Make America Great Again” slogan, which they have interpreted to mean “Make America White Again.”

On that note, I want to say again: Donald J. Trump himself is NOT a racist or a bigot. I will happily debate this point with anyone but the fact of the matter is Donald J. Trump is NOT a racist or a bigot.

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It is also true that Donald Trump did not openly endorse White Nationalism during and after the campaign (despite calls online for him to do so) but he has done nothing to distance himself from those whose rheteoric calls for the annihilation of Jews and Blacks as well as “One pure race”. These same White Supremacists invoke his name during their speeches, saying they will “ensure he keeps his promise to make America great again”.

Why?

Because he used them for their votes thats why. These same White Supremacists make up 15% of those who voted for Trump, a fact they have tweeted to him and Steve Bannon daily since the election. Until Trump publicly denounces them and openly oppose them, their activities will continue. Many Republicans have come out to not only call on Trump to use stronger language but to condemn the White Surpremacist Rally in Charlottesville, VA as well. They called them what they are: Domestic Terrorists.

This is one of the most powerful pictures from Charlottesville, VA:

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People like to compare this to photos that came out of Dallas last year during a Black Lives Matter protest that abruptly ended in violence when a sniper targeted law enforcement. To say this is a powerful photo goes without saying.

Anyway, their ideology is one this country fought a Civil War over and it lost. The world fought a similar war with higher stakes 80 years later and it lost. Yet the ideology has been allowed to not just endure but thrive through the ages. They advocate the extermination of Jews, Blacks and other minorities. They believe there is only “One Pure Race” and for this reason, they abhor the idea of interracial relationships nevermind biracial children. They’ve actually be agressively pushing that last point online urging Whites to “Keep our race pure”. I actually planned to talk about Biracial Relationships in general in an upcoming blog post so I’ll speak more to this “Breed with your own” foolishness then.

 

Look, I’ll close with this. This foolishness is a problem of the heart. You can pass all the legislation you want but the change starts on the inside. Take a look at the demonstrators above. They are all mostly young men. Even I was shocked to see that they weren’t the rank and file Older Generation most have come to expect. Clearly, they succeeded in passing on their messages of hate and intolerence to the next generation. They were lied to and told things that weren’t true in a bid to channel their hate and rage in unproductive ways.

This is why it is even more important than ever for Whites who do not share these views to speak up and speak out. Thankfully, our elected officials have wasted no time doing that. Most of them set the example everyone who is White and disagrees with the ideologies of White Nationalism and White Supremacy should follow. What they want is for you to stay silent. They know your silence means you’re either too scared to oppose them, you don’t know what to say or you agree with them. One or the other.

Do you have to speak out? If you feel as strongly as many people do, yes abolutely. It is no longer acceptible to remain silent. Even if you don’t know what the right words are, that’s fine too. Saying something is better than saying nothing. Even something as simple as “That’s not me.” or “I don’t want that.”

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Rap and Hip Hop’s Dark History: Anything For Money   Leave a comment

I want to preface this post with these two videos:

 

…Let’s be honest: This was what fueled the sharp rise of Hip Hop in the U.S. in the 1980s, the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur in the mid-1990s, the industry’s implosion during the mid-2000s and the mostly watered down stuff we see in the mainstream today.

Now me, I’m old enough to both remember and appreciate The System (The Government) and the Music Industry’s carefully laid out plans to indoctrinate, manipulate and brainwash the unsuspecting masses with African Americans as the primary focus. Most Blacks stopped listening to and playing Rock and Roll after Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis made it famous among White Americans during the 1970s. The politics of the time and the start of Reagan’s “War on Drugs” during the 1980s left many African American youth without a healthy outlet to ease pent-up frustration.

That all changed when Hip Hop was “re-discovered” in The Bronx in the early 1980s. Its popularity in African American cities exploded almost overnight. It came in at just the right time: Many young African Americans were researching their ancestors. Hip Hop, which survived in Africa was virtually unknown in the U.S. The self-appointed keepers of Hip Hop Lore, the original grandmasters and DJs of the early 80s still living in the Bronx often talk about how far Rap and Hip Hop has gone from its early years.

Here’s Kool Moe Dee’s Wild Wild West:

…And N.W.A.’s Express Yourself:

One thing both songs have in common is they tell a clear, concise story or message. THIS was Rap and Hip Hop’s original purpose. It’s like I said before: Rap is poetry over beats. Like other genres of music, Hip Hop is used to tell a story or message, usually about the times or who you are as well as uplift and empower.

…How then did we go from the above to this:

 

…Given I talked about the first song two years ago, my opinion of this type of music has changed since then. I now consider both Silento’s Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae and Soulja Boy’s Crank That to be fake Hip Hop and actually do more harm than good to the history of the genre. Why? Because they’ve become the blueprint for how to make “Safe Hip Hop”. You know, stuff that won’t offend privileged White Americans who don’t want to be reminded of how good they have it compared to many African Americans.

The real problem with both of these “songs” and the copycats they spawned isn’t the dancing. The dancing is freaking awesome. The REAL problem is both “songs” are not real songs. I mean that literally and that’s why I threw in the quotes. Recite The Alphabet. Now Recite The Birthday Song (“Happy Birthday To You”). Notice how both songs don’t just have rhythm but have subtance and is purposeful. The above songs lack both substance and purpose. The focus of both songs is the dance and this is why they’re both so “simple”. All you hear is what would be the chorus in a normal song the whole time.

Let’s take a look at PSY’s Gangnam Style, which was recently dethroned on YouTube for Most Watched Ever:

Yes, it’s goofy and in Korean but this is still a full song. I’ve seen the lyrics translated into English so I can say that. Yes, the focus is obviously on the Horse Dance but it’s still a full freaking song.

All that said, let’s now look at the song the put the U.S. Government on edge:

…I decided to go with the full version so you have the full, political context of the song. Public Enemy put both the U.S. Government and the Music Industry on notice with this song: To empower young African Americans to become politically involved, politically engaged and demand change from both themselves and the system. Believe it or not, this scared The System even more than N.W.A.’s F*** tha Police. They shut down that song by simply saying anyone who listens to it hates police and the mainstream ate up that lie like candy.

As the 1990s began, Hip Hop Artists realized they were being forced to do one of two things: Avoid politics and increase their chances of making alot of money or dive into politics and risk not just being blackballed but even killed. Most picked the former. All you need to do is look at popular rap music from about…I wanna say 1992 to now. Most of it is about glorifying money, sex, drugs, violence, alcohol and guns. It wasn’t until about…I wanna say 2007 Artists started to avoid the subjects of drugs, alcohol and especially guns. They knew the history so…yeah.

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Back then, those who did weave politics into their music had some success early on but not for too long. The lucky ones survived the 90s. The unlucky ones…well, this brings me to Biggie and Pac. Let’s be honest, Tupac Shakur was killed because of his mother’s affiliation with The Black Panthers first and his early political messages second. The Notorious B.I.G.’s death was also politically motivated, as was the “so-called beef” between them. THAT was carefully orchestrated to ensure whichever was killed first, the other would automatically blamed so their death could be written off as “retaliation”.

…And both of them knew it. Listen to The Notorious B.I.G.’s last album Life After Death. At a glance, it can easily be written off as your standard rap beef mixed with sex talk. It wasn’t until AFTER he died people began to realize he’d actually foretold not just his death but the reason why he would be killed. Look up Notorious Thugs, My Downfall, What’s Beef?, You’re Nobody (‘Til Somebody Kills You) and Somebody’s Gotta Die on YouTube as I won’t post them all here to be nice to those who don’t have high-speed internet (LOL!). Overall, there is a reason it is considered his greatest masterpiece and one of the greatest Hip Hop Albums of the 1990s. Yes, it’s the same one Hypnotize is on as well (third song on the first disc).

All that said, sadly the overwhelming majority made their choice: They chose profits over principles. They chose to give in to the system they knew could care less about them or their fanbases. There is a certain irony with most of those rap videos of the 1990s and early 2000s: The jets, cars, mansions, clubs and and jewelry prominently featured in them? They were all rented. The scantly clad women and backup dancers were hired or volunteers to shoot the videos as well.

For what purpose?

Simple: The system wanted to present a false narrative and a false reality to African Americans. The reality of the 1990s: Bill Clinton’s Mass Incarceration Policy. It wasn’t until during his wife’s Presidential campaign last year he admitted it did more harm than good as African American men were unfairly profiled in large numbers. The rap videos and music glorifying guns, violence, drugs, alcohol, sex and money were all things many African American youth desired but felt would always be out of reach unless they pursued one of two paths: Music or Sports. Again, the irony being few actually made it in either. I see young artists trying to sell their music in Downtown Boston, Dudley Square and Grove Hall almost every day and have for 15 years.

The sad truth is there are no guarantees in either. While it IS true some of these artists used to sell drugs, the overwhelming majority of them never have despite rapping about it. It IS true some artists recorded while high on drugs or while drunk, though. Most out of their own admittance years after the fact.

It wasn’t until the late 2000s artists in general realized The Industry was taking a bigger and bigger cut of the profits from their music. Some artists didn’t write their own music and that made it easier for record labels to “own” an artist’s blood, sweat and tears. Turns out being indie or starting your own label is the smart thing to do. Few artists in general could pull it off and it was virtually unheard of in Hip Hop. Artists like LL Cool J and Ice Cube reinvented themselves as actors, leaving music entirely. The advent of social media changed the game. Now, artists could cut out the middle man and get their music to fans directly, keeping 100% of the profits.

This actually proved to be an interesting and unexpected perk for indie, underground and new artists as now they could record a song and sell it online by themselves. At the same time, established artists use Social Media to connect with fans and promote their music. Hip Hop and Rap have certainly come a long way. Given the recent politics of America, the time is right for a true revival of the genre with a new generation of promising talent driven not by greed but by passion.

In my next post on the subject, I will talk a bit more about how much Hip Hop has changed since 1979 and where it may be going. Here’s a video to check out you may find interesting until then:

…That cover picture. Really is something, isn’t it?

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Boxing Legend Floyd Mayweather looking to play in the NBA?!   Leave a comment

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…Nah, not really!

I did get you to think about the possability though right? RIGHT?

As you may know, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is a very good friend of Boston Celtics All Star Isaiah Thomas. They do have something interesting in common: They are both 5’9″. Another thing they’re both known for is their speed and agility. Floyd Mayweather is undefeated in the ring no contest and like his basketball counterpart, welcomes the challenge of facing bigger opponents. On that note, Mayweather booked a celebrity boxing match with UFC’s Connor McGregor for later this year.

Getting back to the original topic though. Mayweather could probably have a decent albiet short–pun intended–NBA career. It certainly helps he has an NBA All Star as a workout partner! Could have a real shot at getting signed in the NBA? Probably not but any team willing to give him a shot knows if anything, he’d bring in alot of money.

 

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Boston Celtics return the ECF for the first time since 2012; Celtics get the #1 Draft Pick in the NBA Lottery   Leave a comment

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…The rich get richer as the Boston Celtics got the #1 Draft Pick in the 2017-18 NBA Draft. The NBA Lottery took place last night in New York. The Celtics went in with a 25% chance of getting the #1 pick. Not only are the Celtics back in the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF) for the first time since 2012, they will have the means to challenge LBJ and the Cavs next year in the ECF. The Celtics secured the #1 seed this year by luck. Next year will surely be different.

Last year’s draft was a 2-man draft (Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram). The Celtics lucked out when they drafted Jaylen Brown third: Simmons missed the season due to injury while Ingram and the Lakers tanked hard enough to get the 2nd overall pick in this year’s draft due to the very public Family Feud at the top.

Now the Celtics have the #1 Draft Pick which means they will likely go with the best prospect available: Markus Fultz. Speaking of the NBA Draft, everyone knows about LaVar Ball and his son Lonzo Ball. I’ll be blunt: Best-case scenario, Lonzo goes undrafted. That’s what he deserves no thanks to his outspoken father.

The 2017-18 NBA Draft will happen on June 22.

Let us all take a moment to thank the Brooklyn Nets, who we got us this pick from the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston to Brooklyn back in 2012. As of last night, history will probably record the trade as the worst trade in NBA history. The Celtics have had the rights to the Nets pick ever since.

Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner (now with the Blazers), Jared Sullinger (now with Toronto), Terry Rozier, Jae Crowder and many others drafted since then. Would people be talking about them if they were drafted by Brooklyn instead of Boston? Nope!

 

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The other big Celtics-related news is of course, the ECF. Game 1 is tonight in Boston. As usual, the pundits say the Celtics have no chance. They said the same during the first round vs. Chicago. The Celtics won in 6 games. They said the Celtics had no answer for John Wall and Bradley Beal in the Second Round. the Celtics sealed the deal in Game 7.

This brings us to the Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics vs. Lebron James and the Cavs in the ECF. LBJ and the Celtics have quite a history going back to the 2008 playoffs that ended with the Celtics winning their last NBA Championship. The Celtics denied LBJ again the following year, leading to him taking his talents to the Miami Heat. Backed by Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, LBJ won two titles with the Heat before returning to Cleveland. He fulfilled the promise he made when he returned by leading the Cavs to the franchise’s first title last year.

The odds heavily favor the Cavs. Some even say the Cavs will sweep the Celtics. Many of the same chatter said the Bulls would win in 7 (Boston won in 6) and the Wizards would win in 6 (Boston won in 7).  Do the Celtics have a real shot at beating the Cavs? Yes they do but it will take a team effort. We saw Kelly Olynik step up and help get the Celtics past Washington when they shut down IT4 in games 3, 4 and 6. Gerald Green’s sure to see alot of minutes in this series. Possibly Jaylen Brown.

Boston getting swept? Not gonna happen. My prediction is this: Each game will be decided in the 4th Quarter. IT4’s going to remind everyone why he’s called the King of the 4th. I also see 4-7 other players having big moments, too. Among them Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Avery Bradley. I think the Washington series–and especially Game 7–was the confidence builder the bench needed to know they need to step up big time if they want a real shot at getting past the defending NBA Champions.

I know they can.It’s just about making it happen ^_^

Trump’s first 100 days should have made one thing clear: The GOP wants to rule, not govern   Leave a comment

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…When you keep this in mind, everything that’s happened since Trump won the White House should make perfect sense. For those who don’t know, Henry Wallace was the 33rd Vice President of the United States opposite Franklyn D. Roosevelt during World War II. Now more than ever, his warning against the Oligarthy is painfully relevant. We are seeing what he warned about 70 years ago: What will happen when the rich and powerful control the government, rewrite the rules in their favor and put the squeeze on everyone else. It’s an exaggeration to call it a form of enslavement but it’s not that far off from the reality either.

 

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…Keep this in mind: We may never know who ordered the hit on JFK (everyone agrees James Earl Ray wasn’t acting alone) but we do know why. The timing for this quote is just like that of Martin Luther King’s last speech the night before he was killed. JFK learned about a conspiracy by some very powerful people who had no problem having him killed to keep power. The elite ruling class who now control this country care only about power and profits. They could care less how many lives are destroyed or killed along the way.

Nevermind Donald Trump. Like I said before in past blog posts, he’s the distraction they’re using to keep the public and the media’s attention. Now, it goes without saying Trump himself is not a Republican. Everyone knows that. Trump himself proved something very important that he said during the second debate last fall. He proved beyond reasonable doubt Democracy in America is a lie. He proved an admitted sexual predator and con artist can become POTUS. He proved it by actually becoming president.

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…The irony of quote goes without saying: Originally used by racists and the GOP as justification for their personal attacks against Barack Obama during his presidency, it has taken on a whole new meaning in light of the 45th President. Trump has made it no secret he’s an egolomaniac who can’t handle criticism from even his own base of supporters. He was one of Obama’s loudest critics during the past 8 years. Now, he only surrounds himself with Yes-Men and conspirators who have their own self-interests in mind.

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…Folks need to keep in mind Capitalism by its very nature means anything including an idea has a price that can be bought snd sold. The irony of the board game Monopoly is it’s no longer just a “game”. Laws and Regulations were passed in the 60 years after the Civil War to stop the Tycoons and Barons of the era from having dominating the economy. The Great Depression says hi. After the country collapsed and faith in the state was at an all-time low, newly elected president Franklyn D. Roosevelt introduced policies and reforms that helped prep the U.S. for World War II: A Socialist Economy. If not for this policy, the U.S. wouldn’t have been as prepared as it was to commit fully to the war effort in Europe and the Pacific.

The obvious question to be asked: Why is a Socialist Economy so vehemently opposed now? I’ll tell you. It’s because it’s a threat to the interests of men and companies who only care about money and greed. It is for this same reason they are so against welfare programs and social services aimed to help the most vulnerable. Their logic is “Why should I have to give a starving child a free bowl of soup or a homeless man a free pair of shoes when I can sell them and turn a profit?” Even worse, they brainwash those who don’t see the big picture into believing “You don’t want to pay taxes to help the homeless. They’re lazy bums who don’t want to work.”

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…This is the logic of the GOP and the Elite Ruling Class. This is also why they not only ensure public school students are denied a proper education AND force college students into debt for life but continue to perpetuate the lie “This is the way it should be”. No, what they’re doing is ensuring future generations will be easy to fool, control and exploit is all. The most effective form of slavery is convincing the slave they’re “Free”.

It’s as MLK said:

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America has been morally bankrupt for decades. That much is certain. The difference is now it’s simply more clear and apparent. The question to be asked is how long will it be allowed to go on?

 

 

 

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