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Sun Sep 5, 2021, 03:35 PM

Hurricane Season

Rubin Carter told me a story years ago, that I was thinking about today.. A tribe of isolated hunters and gatherers, completely hidden from the modern world, came upon an airplane near their settlement. They found the seats very comfortable, never questioning where they came from. Eventually, a young adult figured out how to drive it along the ground, and they were amazed by this automobile. But they never learned the plane could fly.

This story, of course, relates to people both as individuals and as groups. I haven't been a hunter-gatherer since my early childhood. My gardening connects me with the agricultural phase of human history, and tending to the kittens, fowl, and fish imitates the pastoral phase -- especially when I feed the birds and fish bread. Still, there are many times I like to sit in a comfortable chair to make snarly comments on the internet that only I think are funny. And there are still times that I'm driven to take furthr actions, including contacting politicians to express me opinion. This includes those politicians I support, and those I oppose.

Yet, when I consider the synergy of negative forces currently gathering as a storm on our country's horizen, I recognize that chairs and automobiles alone are not up to the task of protecting civilization. I don't need a weatherman to know which way the winds are going to blow, so to speak. I'm convinced that my 1975 bumper-sticker was correct: "There's Only One Innocent Hurricane."

This unacceptable Texas "law" restricting abortion should serve as evidence of the negative forces combining to threaten society. It has united two groups that are opposed to a sane society that provides for justice for all. I hesitate to make fun of anyone's sincere religious or spriritual beliefs, I really do. Being Irish, I make an effort to only do so in private when possible. But when a minority of rigid right-wing christians want to impose their childish superstitions upon others, when they want to inflict their misinterpretations of Santa God and Stained Glass Jesus on people who do not share their superstitions, we need to take that threat seriously. And abort it, before it grows.

The rabid remnants of what was once known as the republican party has been seeking to join forces with christian right, and the Texas situation provides fertile ground. It's a cultural petri dish growing a toxic infection. It's not that the alt-white people really want an increase in poor and non-white citizens, of course. No more than the protestants in the region called Northern Ireland favor the increasing Catholic population. No, they like this for other reasons.

I think that this $10,000 bounty is the christan right's appeal to the greed of fanatics that would otherwise feel encouraged to murder abortion providers. Such killings hardly reflect well on the "right to life" crowd in the media. The alt-right is counting on a conflict between the federal government and "states' rights," to be carried out in specific regions where they believe they have the upper hand. This may have sounded far-fetched before January 6. But people my age recognize the birth of the mutant offspring of the opposition to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and '60s. We have heard members of Congress talking about "bloodshed" in opposition to Human Rights in days of old.

We need to unite to create a front to oppose the sum-total of groups that require unhealthy beliefs and actions from their membership. Because they are forming -- indeed, they have already formed -- a front against us. We've seen the red sky in the morning. Our front needs to stop the often petty divisions that lead directly to loses in elections, and focus on our real opposition. They are our real enemy in this growing conflict.

There are all types of people in the Democratic Party. But we are all Democrats, and we are confronted to what is at least as much of a threat to this country's future as the Civil War or the Cuban Missile Crisis. That Civil War was terribly violent, although the good side won. The leaders of two nations that were considered to be enemies resolved the missile crisis with only one death. They did this, despite both men being opposed by those who favored a victory in a war with atomic bombs on both sides.

We need to fly. In my way of thinking, President Kennedy flew to new heights in the missile crisis. Dr. King flew to new heights, when he advocated for Human Rights for all of humanity's family. Both require civilian control of the police and military. I'll speculate that none of us here want the current republican party to have that control. To do that, our united front needs to determine how and where we contest our opposition. Let's go for the JFK option of going with the resolution that requires the least violence. Let's go with King's strategy of flanking the opposition on a level they can't compete on.

It is an option that is available to each of us as individuals and as a group. I think it is the best option available right now.

Thank you for reading an old man's rant.

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H2O Man Sep 5 OP
spanone Sep 5 #1
H2O Man Sep 5 #2
world wide wally Sep 5 #3
H2O Man Sep 5 #8
malaise Sep 5 #4
H2O Man Sep 5 #9
malaise Sep 5 #5
Saoirse9 Sep 5 #6
H2O Man Sep 5 #10
Saoirse9 Sep 5 #15
H2O Man Sep 5 #16
monkeyman1 Sep 5 #7
H2O Man Sep 5 #11
jaxexpat Sep 5 #12
H2O Man Sep 5 #13
ornotna Sep 5 #14
H2O Man Sep 5 #17

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 03:40 PM

1. K&R

From one old man to another...👍🏼

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 03:41 PM

2. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 05:07 PM

3. You don't need a weatherman to say which way the wind blows

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:09 PM

8. Right.

He sang a song about a Hurricane I always liked, too. Small world.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 05:24 PM

4. Love your rants old man

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:10 PM

9. Thanks!

It was raining today, so I thought I might better sit in a chair and type.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 05:50 PM

6. Tough battles all over

Getting rid of 45 was an epic accomplishment but we're so far from done.

Endless uphill battles. Abortion, women's rights, voting rights, systemic racism, police brutality. I think for now the most important of these is voting rights. Without that none of the rest of it will ever be resolved.

In 30 years white people will be a minority in this country and I believe that in part the conspiracy theories, misinformation and rage coming from the right has to do with desperation because they know this is coming. Desperate not to be treated the way they have treated minorities and women for years. Since they've been assholes they assume that when minorities and women take power they will also be assholes. So they think the only way to hang onto power is take it by force or any other any means necessary and to rule from the minority.

We have to have the mindset of an MLK or a JFK to win all these battles. I'm optimistic but I hate the thought of endless fighting. I think it has to be a way of life for us and I think Democrats have to get a little tougher, fast. Tough but fair.

My old lady rant is over. Thanks for being someone to rant and to rant to.

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Response to Saoirse9 (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:16 PM

10. Rubin used to say

that democracy requires constant struggle, and that yesterday's wins would slide back if we let up in the struggle.

You are absolutely correct, as usual ..... the alt-white is invested in "replacement theory," rather than an appreciation for the history of the human family. They fear that non-white people will treat white people like white people have long treated non-white people. Gracious.

You are still a kid to me. Innocent as a child.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 08:40 PM

15. Not so innocent

Jaded from years of watching the GQP make shameless power grabs.

Maybe I am a little innocent. It still shocks me.

And anyway I am old as the hills. Almost as old as you are.

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Response to Saoirse9 (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 09:33 PM

16. I think that

you are innocent. A real sweetheart. Irish gals always are, unless you make them angry.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:01 PM

7. boil's down to " DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN MAFIA " ! damn , that felt better !

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Response to monkeyman1 (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:18 PM

11. That's a huge part of it!

It should include showing the republican mafia fans that they have been had by weasels. Not that many are smart enough to recognize the truth.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:32 PM

12. Old man, take a look at my life.

Mine's a lot like yours was.

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Response to jaxexpat (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 07:29 PM

13. Great song.

My younger son often reminds me that I've gone from the young one to the old one!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 07:32 PM

14. Thank you for ranting

Always worth the time to read.

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Response to ornotna (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 09:34 PM

17. Thank you!

I appreciate that, ornotna!

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