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Monday, May 4, 2015

Baltimore Bumbling: A question to the Black American community

                                       The Duluth, Minnesota Lynching (1920) http://upload.wikimedia.org/

I want to ask the black community in Baltimore, and in other areas of rioting and protest, a very serious question. My question concerns a topic that they should know all too well from history: What is justice? What is due process? Are we seeing justice in Baltimore? Or is this a more nefarious thing—mob rule. Do you remember the stories from your fathers and grandfather of mob rule?

There was actually a time when a segment of our citizens lived without due process rights. This was an ugly and horrifying truth for black Americans, primarily. Imagine a scene where you are at your dinner table with your wife and child and suddenly the door is kicked in and a mob of angry men takes you, your wife and child, out the door screaming threats of violence and even death. You know that you have no one that will stand for you. You have no judge that will hear your cries for justice, and you have no recourse against this huge mob that intends to decide your fate. This happened to blacks on a regular basis in our nation`s history.

If we lose true “due process” in our legal system to satisfy the demands for justice from an angry mob, we are headed down a horrifying and dangerous road. If you study, with intellectual honesty, the event of the prosecutor`s press conference and the charges leveled at police officers in the arrest of Freddie Gray, you will see the elements of justice driven by mob rule, without true due process. Let me explain.

First and foremost, no one in the media or the mob of protestors and rioters knows what happened to Freddie Gray during and after his arrest. If the officers did in fact do something wrong, accidental or with malice of forethought, they should face serious charges; however, NO OONE knows for sure at this point and they certainly didn`t know during the rioting and destruction of government and private property. Secondly, when we see police use extreme force to put down a riot (which did not happen in Baltimore, unfortunately), we are actually seeing the police do what they should do to protect our Constitutional rights and to protect government property, private property, and innocent citizens.

Instead of seeing law and order, protection of property and innocent citizens, we saw a militant mob—angry, vengeful, and opportunist in nature—destroy Baltimore as police were ordered to stand down. Once this horrible monster—the criminal mob—was set loose, there was no turning back and the damage to the city, and to individuals, is enormous.

Finally, when the prosecutor held her press conference she not only threw as many charges at these officers as she could, including—shockingly—Second Degree Murder, but she then went on to speak to the criminal mobs that chanted “No justice, no peace” as if they were worthy of a voice. According to media reports (and the officers` attorney), the prosecutor only had the actual arrest report for a few hours. This would not give her time to consider, in any serious manor, the charges that should be brought, if any at all. There has been no Grand Jury called to investigate the evidence, she just blasted out a multitude of shocking charges and then patted the mob on the head and said, don`t worry…I got this, you will get your so-called justice. She didn`t say these words out loud but they were saturated in the subtext of her rhetoric.

This might not look the same as the black man and his family at the dinner table in the early 19th Century; however, it is without a doubt an apples-to-apples comparison. These officers, just like the murderer, the rapist, and the Islamic Terrorist (which I personally do not support, for God`s sake), or anyone else, deserve due process. They deserve a proper investigation of the evidence, a Grand Jury, and a prosecutor that believes in opening his/her mouth only after naming specific crimes, not just specific charges. In her press conference she did not name one specific crime for which she could say they had hard evidence. She simply tossed the mud on the wall with the hope of satisfying political ends and the criminal mob. I`m frightened that these officers will not be able to face an untainted jury. I`m scarfed they will face mob justice rather than due process. If you support this kind of justice just ask yourself if you would like this kind of process if or when you face a serious criminal charge, or charges.

To my fellow black Americans that support the “sling-mud-at-the-wall” techniques of the Baltimore Prosecutor, I would ask you if you support due process or if you think Americans should take a step backward into the dark times your people experienced themselves? Which is the more honorable stance, to believe in due process or to allow for mob justice and revenge as a road to satisfaction.

This question requires one to step back from anger, racism, revenge, and the emotional appeals of the political elite which use the “useful idiots” throughout history to grab power.

This is a lynching by political elitists and a criminal mob that does not have the civility or maturity to wait for facts to emerge and evidence to be weighed. You have to realize that once you set this kind of precedent, once you unleash this kind of government police power, once you use mob rule rather than equal justice under the law and due process, you unleash it on yourself as well. It is only a matter of time before you will suffer the same lack of due process and a frightening hell of merciless injustice at the hands of men that care little for humanity over their political ends.


If anyone should understand this, it should be the black community that is calling for these officers to be drawn and quartered as fast as possible. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Return of `Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous’ | Scott Biddulph | LinkedIn

I remember watching a show that was so popular in the 80` and 90`s. It`s last episode was a decade ago. Robin Leach, with his thick British accent, took Americans on an inside tour of the lifestyles of rich and famous people all over the globe--`Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’ In America, it was a time of prosperity for anyone that wished to change his or her station in life (1980-1990`s). The economy was booming, unemployment rates rarely reached 5%, and if they did, people raised hell. Political correctness was laughed at in light of Americans dearly held belief in the First Amendment. America wasn`t a bully in the world, rouge nations and dictatorial regimes just knew better than to push us around. We kept the world in check. Peace through strength was a belief from the long tradition of the Monroe Doctrine. It was a different time. As a boy who grew up in a Conservative Democrat home that became a Reagan Democrat in 1984, I`ve personally witnessed the historical fact that free markets—capitalism (not crony capitalism)—create the greatest equality for all.
As I watched a totally disconnected President and political class speak at us, and not to us, in the SOTU last night, I was reminded of Robin Leaches old show. I could retire from the money spent on cosmetic surgery in that chamber, alone. I watched as these wealthy (and for some…uber wealthy) politicians hugged, smiled, and chatted like the world was grand…nothing is wrong…and they have it all together if we just follow their lead. That whole stand up, sit down, clap—don’t clap, garbage makes my gag reflex strain. It was like watching the clapping seals at the circus that await the trainer to throw them a fish. It`s all so surreal. Yet, it`s very real, and we are the ones paying for ‘The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’ Moreover, our children and grandchildren are now on the dime for this mess....

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

American History: Unlikely heroes of the American Revolution

                                                   Photo Credit: http://questgarden.com/

So much of our history is lost, untold, or revised in ways that shred the truth of the patriots that gave all they had in the Revolutionary War. These patriots did so to secure a nation ruled by laws and not by men. They knew all too well the smothering grip of government without representation, or free elections. The word liberty is like a tired old commercial jingle that no one wants to hear, nor do they understand it when they do. Most people have no clue about human history and that the vast expanse of humanity never lived in liberty or freedom, as it once existed in America. I was listening to Mark Levin the other night and he spoke of a patriot that was quite unusual—although not alone. His name was Salem Poor and he was a war hero at the battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.

The story of Salem Poor

Salem Poor was an African-American slave when he was born in Massachusetts sometime around 1745. He purchased his freedom, as was lawful in some of the Northern States at that time, for about 27 pounds. The fascinating thing is that rather than turn and run from the very colonies which had enslaved him, Salem Poor joined the fight for liberty. What drives a man to do such a thing? This is an important question to ponder.

Historical records show that Salem Poor joined the Minute Men at the battle of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775. This battle was the opening British strike of the American Revolution; it`s also the place where the now famous ride of Paul Revere took place, warning the patriots: “The British are coming.” The British suffered some 273 casualties as Minute Men, farmers, and villagers shot from behind every tree, rock, and blade of grass ripping the retreating British soldiers to shreds. Salem Poor was there—fighting for liberty.

Salem Poor went on to fight in other battles, most notably at Bunker Hill where he is rumored to have shot and killed British Lieutenant-Colonel Abercrombie. His comrades thought so highly of Poor`s actions in that horrific battle that he was recommended for a commendation by his peers:

"The subscribers beg leave, to report to your Honorable House - which we do in justice to the character of so brave a man - that under our own observation, we declare that a negro man called Salem Poor, of Colonel Frye's regiment, Captain Ames' company, in the late Battle at Charlestown, behaved like an experienced officer, as well as an excellent soldier. To set forth the particulars of his conduct would be tedious, we would only beg leave to say that in the Person of this said negro centers a brave and gallant soldier. The reward due to so great and distinguished a character, we submit to the Congress" (celebrateboston.com/biography/salem-poor.htm, 2014).
 
In spite of his great heroism, it seems that Salem Poor died in complete poverty in 1802.

The New African-American

When I first heard the story of Salem Poor I was almost moved to tears. The thought of this man taking the hope of liberty onto the battle field within the very colonies that had enslaved him shows true character and a lack of resentment. History also shows that Salem wasn`t alone, many other freed slaves (and slaves) fought in the Revolution. This shows the deeply embedded desire for liberty in every human heart. Liberty is not the same as freedom. China has some freedom. Russia has freedom. Nations of all kinds have certain freedoms; human liberty is altogether different than freedom. The American Black Man had a two-fold struggle for liberty and freedom, and our Constitution was drafted to deal with that very issue at the right time.

The Southern States relied heavily on their trade with Europe and the slave labor they used to accomplish their goals. The history is very logical and clear, to an open mind, that abolishing slavery during the colonization wasn`t going to happen. Furthermore, when the Revolution was won and the Articles of Confederation were in place, there was no possible way to hold the fragile new nation together and deal with the question of slavery. The framers knew when they drafted the new Constitution in the Congress of 1787-89 that, again, this issue would not be able to be dealt with because they needed the Southern States to help ratify the new Constitution.

Why aren’t these stories told to our children anymore? Why is it that the black community—now hyphenated as African-Americans instead of just Americans—aren’t told about the heroes of their past? Why are the black communities used by white liberals and race hustlers like Al Sharpton to promote a new slavery—the government plantation. The story of Salem Poor should be shouted on roof-tops in these communities so that they can know the true struggle that occurred to untangle slavery from America. Moreover, it was a struggle to untangle slavery from Europe as well; they just started sooner than the colonies and made better progress.

The facts are clear, the world has used slaves of all races, creeds, and colors for the entire expanse of recorded human history. Why does America not get the same pass on this issue as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Spain, France, Britain, Africa, Asia, and the great empires of history?

Stories like that of Salem Poor show a much different angle on history than most of our children now hold. Share this great story with your friends, family, children, and grandchildren.

More interesting facts and stories about Black Americans in the Revolutionary War: http://www.quazoo.com/q/African_Americans_in_the_Revolutionary_War

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