Scott Keisler, Truth And Liberty Blog – September 25, 2016
America, are we going to learn from what has happened these last few weeks in our nation or are we going to keep repeating the same reactionary behavior while foolishly hoping for a different result? The fertilizer storm began on August 26th when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of The Star Spangled Banner. In truth the politically concerned athlete did not stand for the anthem during two preseason games held on August 14th and 20th respectively, but the national controversy erupted on the 26th when the media began to fixate with frenzied coverage.
I declined to comment publicly on this during the first few days because I viewed the hoopla as a typical media-driven distraction meant to play Americans off against each other. (Actually this is the first public comment I have made on the subject.)
Then on Wednesday, September 21st a 43 year old black man named Keith Scott was fatally shot by a police officer in Charlotte, NC, sparking several days of protests and the predictable urban looting and rioting.
As usual, these two events have been hyper-politicized and rational, open-minded discussion has been almost non-existent. We have two sides talking past each other and very little that would qualify as genuine communication. What we need is honest dialogue (no, not the fake facilitated kind), practical steps towards reconciliation (not ideological dogmas), and a message of authentic unity (not flowery speeches merely paying lip service).
So let’s go back to Mr. Kaepernick. In my view we have to look at this from two different angles. The first angle is the Free Speech / First Amendment angle. I absolutely and unequivocally defend Kaepernick’s right to do what he is doing. I consider myself a political independent but I have been influenced the Libertarian principle of maximum individual liberty. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of someone being forced to stand for the playing of the national anthem. Period.
I realize that super patriot types will be offended by this but frankly my response is deal with it. If we are truly committed to the ethos of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights then we must intellectually come to terms with the concept that a free speech culture is a culture in which divergent views exist and are tolerated. We must have faith that in the free market of ideas, bad ideas will eventually lose and that truth ultimately gets to speak last. My free speech doesn’t end when you are offended. You have the right to be offended. This is not a taunt but a first principle.
Classical liberals and old school blue dog democrats used to be concerned about free speech in this country. Recall the protesters of the 60’s and 70’s who held their (often vulgar) free speech rallies. Those old enough to have seen the movie Forrest Gump will remember the scene with the Washington Mall hippie who dropped the f-bomb at least once a sentence – “Viet-F***ING-NAM!!!” This typified the free speech movement. Today’s leftists and progressives are not liberal, they are authoritarians – left fascists – who do not tolerate dissent. They seek to silence views that do not agree with their own. This characterization is not too strong.
I am personally insulted when a leftist refuses to engage the logic and the facts that I have put forth. Predictably they run straight to one of the oldest plays in their playbook – you can see it coming. Rather than engage with reasoned arguments or a well thought out response, they simply accuse me of being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, and/or privileged. They do not offer intellectual capital to advance the discussion. No, they leverage political correctness to shut down the discussion.
I said all of that because I have a similar concern about the right. I believe the patriotic right is using emotional appeals to the military, the American flag, and pictures of Arlington National Cemetery in the very same way the left is using political correctness. I am not disparaging our troops or our flag in any way, but they are being politicized in a way that also shuts down discussion. If it is wrong for the left to do it, it is wrong for the right to do it.
Of course I honor our troops and of course I respect our flag – I am more patriotic now than I have ever been. But we must not invoke the military and the red, white, and blue in a way that is politicizing, reactionary, or manipulative. I fear that some are doing exactly this because unconsciously they want to avoid the difficult discussions.
There is another elephant in the patriot room. I have significant reservations about the fact that the Pentagon and Department of Defense have spent millions of tax payer dollars for on-field events recognizing military service members at professional sports venues. People will not like this but I have to ask, is this a psychological operation? More specifically, are they trying to get us to unconsciously associate the military and the armed forces with the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.? Would this not qualify as propaganda? Is this not deeply disturbing? These questions must be bravely considered.
Make no mistake. We love our country. We can and should support our troops. But not at all costs. I will not back foolish, unjust, and immoral wars and corporate imperialism. Period. Indeed the subject of national anthem protests is an emotional minefield but we need to navigate with level heads.
The second angle from which we must view the Kaepernick controversy is the actual point he was and is trying to make. The gifted quarterback stated,
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Mr. Kaepernick is concerned with racist cops targeting and gunning down black Americans with impunity. This is the narrative of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and it ties in with what happened a few days ago in Charlotte. Like the Kaepernick controversy, the Charlotte shooting is at the center of national attention and is directly related to BLM.
Rampant injustice, profiling, racial inequality, and outright murder – these are the grievances of Mr. Kaepernick and BLM. So here is the question: Is Colin Kaepernick drawing attention to a worthy cause? Or is his protest sincere but misguided?
On Wednesday in Charlotte a black cop killed an armed black man in a Democrat city with a black police chief. The facts are still coming out but from the beginning it could hardly be said that this is an open and shut case of racial profiling. Yet BLM marches through the evening streets shouting, “No justice, no peace!” Not surprisingly, evidence has surfaced in the past few hours that Keith Scott was armed, the police were shouting at him to drop his weapon, and he did not comply. At this point we can begin to say that the death of Mr. Scott was not a grave injustice and there is no evidence that the shooting was racially motivated.
I said not surprisingly because past highly publicized cases like those of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are similar if one looks at the known facts. Both cases were tragic and sad, but the idea that Martin and Brown were two innocent men minding their own business, murdered by white people simply for being black, borders on absurdity.
Just this week a white female police officer gunned down an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The man appeared to be cooperating (unlike Martin, Brown, and now Mr. Scott). The Tulsa police officer has already been charged with manslaughter, and rightly so. (There are those who defend all cops all the time and they are both ridiculous and wrong.) But why do BLM and the mainstream media (MSM) consistently fixate on cases that do not support the racism narrative they are pushing while glossing over cases like the recent Tulsa shooting? On the surface this makes no sense.
Do a little digging though and it makes perfect sense.
BLM is receiving millions of dollars from rogue billionaire and arch-globalist George Soros. Soros has used communist tactics for decades in numerous countries to destabilize and overthrow governments. Soros money flows through think tanks, foundations, and non-governmental organizations which first push intellectual revolution through cultural influence. Then when the time is right (when there is an appropriate crisis to be manufactured or leveraged) political mercenaries show up on the streets to agitate.
By the time the demonstrations arrive the average protester has been psychologically prepared via political mouthpieces and media puppets who are agitators of a different kind. An unwitting protester shows up with a sign but is swept up in the frenzy when a couple of Soros’ paid crisis actors start tossing Molotov cocktails. It is not that difficult to direct a large crowd, just a few bad people can stir massive crowds into a demonic mob.
In the days ahead please keep this in mind and do not allow yourself to get swept away by this – realize what is happening.
For those inclined to think that this is unrelated to Charlotte, CMPD reports that 70 percent of those arrested in connection with recent riots were from out of state.
This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protesters, these are criminals.
We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They’re not coming from Charlotte.
Wake up people! BLM is a George Soros funded destabilization operation. While there are certainly mid-level dupes who don’t realize what is really going on, rest assured that those in high places at BLM and in the MSM are not interested in justice or equality. They are interested in agitation and division. It is very disturbing indeed to see Soros’ communist programme being played out here in the United States of America.
Divide and Rule is a strategy that goes all the way back to the Roman Empire:
Divide and rule (or divide and conquer, from Latin dīvide et īmpera) in politics and sociology is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures, and especially prevents smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people.
This is state craft 101. Fundamentally it is a strategy rooted in disunity but in present times it is deceitfully couched in (Marxist) terms of justice and equality. I don’t mean this as a pejorative but BLM protesters, progressive Social Justice Warriors (SJWs), and MSM mouthpieces are politically what Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin referred to as useful idiots – that is, sympathizers who blindly follow.
Think about it. Do Black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton espouse a fundamental message of truth and unity? Of course not. These devils play on the ignorance and prejudice of (sometimes) sincere people, exploiting them for personal and political gain. The media and the political establishment will not fully get behind someone who tells the truth and has a message of true unity. Through humanistic preachers in secular seminaries (aka government schools), the factually challenged corporate whore media, and weaponized culture-making entertainment, generations have been inculcated with the idea that racist rich white boogeymen are hiding behind every bush waiting to subjugate victimized minorities. Meanwhile Democrat cities are defacto DNC Plantations where the politics of race, class, and fear are propagated perpetually. In such cities the black vote is taken for granted even though nothing ever changes.
Of course there are injustices that truly exist, but these are seldom the ones actually being addressed. This misdirection is by design and BLM is a perfect example. Take a look at the following chart:
I am not disparaging real occurrences of white on black violence but if the media are to be believed this is the most pressing issue facing our nation today. One need not be a mathematician or statistician to see that this is clearly not the case. In fact, a white cop is 18.5 times more likely to be shot by a black citizen than a black citizen is to be shot by a white cop.
Moreover, why is BLM deathly silent on on the right side of the graph above? It would appear that black on black violence is the real pressing issue. The Huffington Post and Chicago Tribune try to pooh pooh this ‘Chicago argument’ by saying that police violence has nothing to do with black on black violence. But the point of the argument isn’t correlation or causality, it’s magnitude and hypocrisy.
If one in 100 people are killed in traffic accidents and one in a million people are killed by falling pianos, it would be silly to fixate on the falling piano problem while ignoring traffic accidents. No one would claim that traffic accidents and falling pianos are the same, but they would suggest that focusing mostly on falling pianos while blowing off traffic fatalities is a case of misguided priorities. (No I am not equating white cops killing black citizens with falling pianos, so stop.) The take away is that the failure of BLM and the MSM to draw attention to black on black violence is hypocritical and the racist white cop narrative is an obvious political football.
Again there are real moral and sociological issues to be dealt with but the proverbial band keeps on playing while the Titanic sinks. More than 50 percent of black babies are aborted in their mother’s womb and 72 percent of black babies born in America are illegitimate. (No, that is not a pejorative.) Taken together this amounts to a genocide and a breakdown of the fundamental unit of black society (the black family). But you will seldom hear a meaningful word from BLM and the MSM on these issues.
When Secretary Clinton and President Obama overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in Libya via NATO this lead to the systematic slaughter of thousands of Libyan blacks who were inhumanely dumped in mass graves. Where are BLM and the MSM on this horrific issue? This is a fair question to ask!
Returning finally to Mr. Kaepernick, I support his right to protest and to take a stand. However, if I could sit down with him face to face I would ask, in light of the above information, would he be willing to shed light on these issues which statistically speaking are far more pressing to the black community at large than racist white cops? And I would ask him if he condemns rioting, looting, violence, and the destruction of private property and local businesses, all of which has taken place under the banner of BLM (as the MSM insist it is strictly a peaceful protest).
The MSM cherry pick footage of peaceful protesters and act as if no rioting has taken place. To be perfectly honest some in the alternative / conservative media have cherry picked footage of looting and rioting, thus characterizing the entire protest as such. I don’t believe this to be an accurate portrayal of truth either. I do not know the percentages because I was not there, but from the footage I have seen there were far more peaceful protesters than there were violent looters / rioters. I was very happy to see black leaders calling for calm!
With that said, any rioting and any looting is absolutely unacceptable and should be condemned by all, and most especially the black community. When the media act like it is 100 percent peaceful and loving this is unbelievably dishonest. Even if only 10 percent participated in looting and rioting that is still disgraceful. How does burning down and destroying important parts of one’s own community help anyone’s cause? This is insanity!
To summarize, I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest and I honestly do not have a problem with the way he has chosen to do so. I think it is good that he has chosen to use his position and his platform to try and help black communities that are broken, disenfranchised, and hurting. But if Mr. Kaepernick truly wants to help American blacks, he needs to unhitch his car from the Black Lives Matter train because the movement as a whole is dishonest and subversive.
Political correctness does not unify the people, is not tolerant, and it actually prevents the truth from being told. Together Americans of all colors can do great things but we are never going to be unified if we keep credulously falling for the same tired media-driven political lies and divisive ‘social justice’ movements.