We have reached that time of the year in America when the hypocrites try desperately to cleanse their souls, to wipe a past of greed, genocide, racism, and imperialism. This happens on two fronts. First, the President pardons one or more big turkeys for the benefit of the media, a ritual I have never tried to understand the history of and I don't care, and to signal the beginning of the hypocrisy.
The second deals with the true history or I should say the denial of the true history of Thanksgiving. The first designated date was 1637 as explained by Joanne Barker of Truthout (No Thanks: How Thanksgiving Narratives Erase the Genocide of Native Peoples):
Thanksgiving is a nationalist holiday defined by the rituals of making money and self indulgence. Nationalist traditions advance the idea of the freedom to be happy by erasing the consequences of imperial capitalism.
Those traditions are certainly not about the "first Thanksgiving" in 1637. John Winthrop, governor of an English colony in what is now Massachusetts, held a feast in honor of a volunteer militia who had returned from their massacre of 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation. The federal holiday was established in 1863. By then, the mythic narrative had become the national truth: Pilgrims (Americans) gave thanks for surviving, thanks to the "Indians" who fed them and taught them how to grow corn.
Of course current day celebrators of Thanksgiving don't know this history since contemporary main-stream history omits the historical facts. Their focus is on family reunions, sports, and of course Black Friday which all plays into the shallow lifestyles of capitalist America. They don't concern themselves with people who have to slave at America's plantation corporations such as Walmart and Target on this so-called family togetherness day. And obviously they don't considered the evils done to the Native Americans who became the cannon fodder for the expansion of the colonies in the 1600s and exists even to this day.
So in closing, I agree with Ms. Barker, I have no interest in the religious connections to the holiday because they are fraudulent (just like Christianity) or the shopping frenzies, or the public displays of parades and other BS. Thanksgiving is just another of America's phony holidays with little connection to history and the truth.
Now that the French terrorists have been identified and killed, the debate over Syrian and Iraqi refugees has entered America's political arena. The dysfunctional House has passed a bill supposedly limiting the admittance of those refugees because of the Paris attack. The fact that not one Syrian or Iraqi was involved in the Paris attacks is irrelevant to trolls in the House. Needless to say recent polls have shown Americans are buying this charade and now are saying that the refugees should be denied entrance. Apparently the polls show once again the stupidity of Americans, but it is not the first time.
A recent article on AlterNet.com entitled: U.S. Opinion of Jewish Refugees in 1939 Matches Racial Panic of GOP Governors Over Syrians presents a study conducted in 1938 concerning the possible importation of German Jews trying to avoid the holocaust. A graph of the responses is presented below:
The graph shows that 4.9% of Americans at the time supported the refugee program. A later program to allow refugee Jewish children garnered just 30% support.
Given the results then and the hysteria now, clearly America's claim of helping others in times of need is just more hypocrisy. History repeats in America or maybe if the refugees were white and not Syrian or Iraqi they may receive a more humane response.
On the heels of the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, conservative media and their trools in the GOP, as usual, lashed out at Muslims worldwide but in particular those from Syria. The fact that the terrorists were primarily from Belgium and France is irrelevant to them as well as the facts and evidence that followed.
No one should be surprised by their racist fear mongering because that is their mode of operations. They have a following of fools and nitwits as described in Salon by Chauncey Vega entitled "After Paris, right-wing media launches new war on reason, reality". He describes the mind of the conservative in several important ways:
1. In the post civil-rights era, conservatism and racism is now the same thing. The Republican Party is the United States’ largest white identity organization. As a matter of policy, it uses overt and subtle racism to win votes from racially resentful white people. To point, almost immediately, overt and open white supremacist websites began to feature content from more “mainstream” right-wing websites in response to my essay on the Paris terror attacks. Their “analysis” and “commentary” were almost identical: violent threats, racism, lies and disinformation...
2. Political psychologists and other researchers have shown that the brains and cognitive processes of conservatives exhibit binary thinking, an intolerance of ambiguity, heightened fear centers, and a disdain for subtlety and nuance. This helps to explain conservatives’ inclination towards social dominance behavior, racism, prejudice, nativism, and xenophobia. The increase in authoritarianism in the United States is also a function of the conservative brain and its vulnerability to manipulation by the Right-wing media, as well as anxieties about a changing world...
3. Tens of millions of Americans are functionally illiterate. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 40 percent of Americans read at a “basic” or “below basic” level. Even more disturbing, more than 50 percent of students at four-year-colleges do not have the reading skills to understand a newspaper editorial...
Given these realities as expressed by Vega, it is no small wonder that the phrase Ugly Americans has credibility around the world.
As you settle down in your seats tonight to watch the latest installment of the GOP presidential debate clown-car, I thought I might review some highlights from this group that have occurred since the last fiasco.
1.Chris Christie Nixes 1.6 Million New Voters by Vetoing Democracy Act. Of course Christie would veto such a measure because why on earth would a republican want to increase the voting pool the new voters might vote against republicans and forestall them from robbing the taxpayer.
2. Ben Carson Demands To See Obama’s College Records While Refusing To Release His Own. Well for a Uncle Tom like Carson that is not an outrageous request because he wants to make sure the racist whites remember he is one of them.
3. Donald Trump: "Did you read about Starbucks? No more 'Merry Christmas' on Starbucks [cups]. I wouldn't buy [Starbucks] and, hey, I'm speaking against myself," Trump told Illinois supporters. "I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. Seriously. I don't care." Typical Trump pandering after all it beats having meaningful policies and ideas for benefiting the American people.
4. Mr. Rubio is currently implicated in a federal criminal investigation for the misuse of Florida Republican Party credit cards during his time as Speaker. Specifically, the IRS is examining records to determining if Mr. Rubio and other party leaders personally benefitted from the credit card scheme. Legally, party credit cards can only be used for political activities, but Mr. Rubio and his staff charged many seemingly personal expenses on the cards including car repairs, and grocery purchases. Mr. Rubio’s chief of staff racked up thousands of dollars in expenses on behalf of Mr. Rubio on his card including dinners and a Rubio family trip to a Georgia resort.
Mr. Rubio also admitted he double-billed both the Republican Party and state taxpayers for eight flights totaling about $3,000 in 2007. Mr. Rubio promised to refund the party, because the trips were for official business, but had not as of April 20, 2010.
Update: Marco Rubio paid for a $5,000 week-long stay at the Venetian, a luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas, with the Republican Party of Florida’s American Express card, according to records his campaign released on Saturday to Politico. Rubio subsequently paid 30% of the costs “to reflect the fact that part of his trip was personal.” The great non-working Senator from Florida has a pattern of living large off of other people's money and not paying his bills. Some people would call Rubio's behavior embezzlement but we all know that Rubio is just confused.
5. Ted Cruz: Atheists Shouldn't Be President of the United States. Where do you start with this buffoon. When he not trying to repeal non-existent federal laws or shutting down the government, he is alerting/protecting America from the growing secular conspiracy to end Christianity. Pandering to America's stupid is Cruz's major political strategy.
Good luck to you all while watching these clowns tonight demonstrate why America is the laughingstock of the world.
Comments to think about.