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Friday, May 18, 2012

Malcolm X Network: Video: Malcolm X: You're Afraid to Bleed




All Americans have the constitutional right to defend themselves to the point that they stop that threat. Doesn’t mean they have the constitutional right to kill someone exactly. But to stop the threat that’s opposing them. Which is what I would like to believe is the message that Malcolm X was trying to convey to African-Americans. But I know better than that and he was trying to tell them to take it a step farther. When racist law enforcement were abusing African-Americans for protesting, even peacefully. He wanted the people to physically fight back, even if that meant getting a big beating and ending up in jail. Where Martin L. King was saying, “don’t fight back physically. We have just as much of a constitutional right to free speech and assembly. We are more than within our rights here. And if we are attacked, it’s the racist law enforcement that’s breaking the law. And should be arrested and filling the jail cells of the peaceful civil rights protesters. Not the protesters themselves.”

Martin King’s message, was more about unity, not just uniting African-Americans. But the country as a whole, to bring non African-Americans into the movement, to make it look like a mainstream movement that it became, where you saw all the civil rights legislation that was passed in the 1960s, so the civil rights movement couldn’t be portrayed, “as a bunch of unhappy Negro’s, looking for special rights and are people who are un-American and need to be stopped.” Similar, but different in a way that gay Americans are being debated against today as well. Even though I don’t see both movements as equal, but both important. I see people fighting for civil rights, so they aren’t discriminated based on their race, ethnicity, or gender as more important than people being discriminated based on their sexuality. But that’s something worth debating about, I’ve had this debate between a friend of mine who’s gay.

Malcolm X’s main contribution to the civil rights movement, at least as I see it, was advocating for self-reliance and freedom for African-Americans. So they can live their own lives in freedom and not be harassed by government. And not have to live off of public assistance and be trapped in poverty. He would’ve made a hell of a Conservative Republican or Liberal Democrat today. And based on these notions, I actually have more respect for him than Dr. King. Because of what he was trying to accomplish for African-Americans, was long-term. Which is to empower them to get out of poverty.

Political Dysfunction is "Even Worse Than It Looks": The Neoconservative War on America



I agree that the Republican Party, the Neoconservative Faction in the party, that now represents. The Christian Right, as well as Tea Party, as well as Neoconservatives who don't identify with the other two groups. Are a big problem with the American Political System right now, because of how partisan they are and how huge their quest for power is. Where they would have the White House and both Chambers of Congress, even a Filibuster proof majority in the Senate. So they wouldn't have to work with Democrats on anything, that is definitely there. Its not Conservatism thats destroying the Republican Party but its Neoconservatism that is, Conservatism put the Republican Party in power. And its the Party that Barry Goldwater and Ron Reagan built, its the direction they've moved in post President Reagan, the direction they started moving in. Really since when Pat Buchanan ran for President for the first time in 1992, challenging President Bush in the Republican Primaries. And I agree with Thomas Mann the head of Government Studies at the Liberal Think, the Brookings Institution. That Republicans are more to blame here but Democrats aren't completely innocent here either.

Both parties have their fringes that are represented in Partisan Media, that basically sees their role. As to dig up negative information against the other side and the only positive info they report, is info that benefits their side. They both have their newspapers and magazines that do that, as well as Think Tanks. And these groups really only speak to the people that agree with them and no one else, except for maybe me to see what the Far Right and Far Left are up to. I'll give you an example, the Neoconservative Think Tank the Heritage Foundation for the Far Right and the Progressive Action Group, I guess I would call it. Think Progress really doesn't qualify as a Think Tank, they mostly report negative info about the other side. And then there are the newspapers and magazines, that are really Political Tabloids. Because they report about as much fact as a Tabloid, because they'll see a negative story about the other side. And try to make it look as bad as they can. Whether its true or not.

Neoconservatives have magazines have magazines like Commentary, Human Events, newspapers, if you want to call it news. Like the Washington Times and Washington Examiner, to go along with the Heritage Foundation. Progressives have magazines like The Nation, AlterNet, American Prospect and they see it as their role to report how the other side, is essentially screwing the country. As well as people in their party, that they don't see as loyal enough, people who work with the other party. Whether their spin of the story is accurate or not and even though they speak to small audiences, enough to sell out a Phone Booth. They have wealthy donors that can bankroll them, as well as dedicated contributers that contribute to them. Thats how they stay in business, even though most of the country doesn't take them seriously. As far as the things that they report.

The Far Right and Far Left are both to blame to why the Federal Government is dysfunctional right now. Because both sides are afraid to work with the other one, because of fears that their fringe will take it out on them. Challenge them in a primary, recruit someone to run against them in the next election. The reason why Republicans are more to blame right now, is because their fringe has enough power to take their Leadership down. Where the Far Left doesn't have the resources to put something like that together, because they won't take Corporate Money. They tend to be Anti Corporate all together and are more grassroots.