Make America Defiant Again

Many believe “fighting for our freedom” is something primarily done by men in uniforms dying on the battlefield as part of  the U. S. Military..  In reality, since the 1800’s, the function of the U.S. military  has  been  perverted  into a nation building army that goes around the world policing other countries, and in many cases terrorizing them.

Few soldiers in the past 100 years have “fought for our freedoms” In fact U.S. soldiers “following orders”  have become  one of the largest threats to freedom, both in America and around the world. Rather than protect us, our soldier’s willingness to carry out unlawful and inhumane policies,  has  resulted in the creation of armed terrorist groups in the Middle East that are now terrorizing the world.

Ironically, the freedom that the residents of our country claim to love so much, is kept alive and most vehemently protected  by the very people and actions harshly condemned by military worshipers, and U.S. flag wavers.

In truth, we owe our freedom to the defiant. To those who continuously question, and make accountable our governing systems. To those who despise injustice and will not tolerate or whitewash blatant corruption. To those who love justice, and who love liberty, and who instill that love and those values in those around them and the generation to follow them.

Our nation was built on dissent. It was founded by those who did not salute, who would not comply with their oppressors. They felt no obligation to show their rulers gratitude for being far less oppressive than other, more heinous regimes around the world.  Our founders would not shut up, they would not excuse, and they did not tolerate or placate their oppressors.

Our nation was created by the righteous indignation of our founders. True freedom begins in the mind. It is our faith, values, virtues, righteousness, love, and justice that make a nation great. Set those things aside for the sake of national pride, and you will no longer have a nation to be proud of.

So what kind of man would feel convicted to sit, or reject the flag of a nation in which injustice is tolerated? The kind of man who thinks. The kind of man who is heartbroken when he sees other people suffering. The kind of man who values the justice and freedom you take for granted every day, and the kind of man who will fight for others when their rights are being taken away.

And if you are a person who is angered by someone refusing to stand for a piece of cloth, yet fail to be angered by those unjustly violated and slaughtered by the state; just know that every freedom we have, is in spite of, not because of, men like you.

The man you call ungrateful and traitor, is the man who values liberty and justice more than you do. Freedom is kept alive by those who value principle and justice over flags, songs, arrogance, and blind patriotism.

The Independent Journal Review asked Veterans for their take on NFL players opting to sit during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protest toward the decades of ever increasing police violence and oppression. I respond to positive veteran responses as well as one army ranger in particular named Dorian. Check out the video below for his thoughts and my response.

Colin Kaepernick Takes Stand By Sitting During National Anthem

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San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under fire after refusing to stand for the national anthem. Check his  Twitter feed  if you’d like to follow some of the action.

In true American fashion, within hours people were burning his jersey, he was mocked for daring to care about the oppression of others while he himself is a multi millionaire, memes were circling the internet showing wounded warriors going to great lengths to stand for the anthem while Colin Kaepernick is “able bodied, yet refuses”

But if you ask me? I’m impressed.

Because to be frank, patriotism isn’t that great. Nazi’s and North Koreans are very patriotic, what’s so great about that? Is a dutiful Nazi better than our unpatriotic and treasonous founding fathers who very un-patriotically told THEIR country to  “F off”?

Kaepernick was quoted as saying the following:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “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.”

The 49ers issued this statement: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”…

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

Showing integrity and using your platform  to make a difference in the world vs  merely using it for  your  own self promotion, is nothing to be ridiculed, disdained, or mocked. It should be commended.

Wasn’t this the same attitude our founding fathers had when their government became intolerable and oppressive? Why are so many people able to applaud these actions from over 200 years ago, but vilify the same spirit of righteous indignation and demands for justice when they see it in people today? . What is weak about a man abiding by his conscience, even to his own detriment?

As a Christian, I see pledging to a flag as a form of idolatry. A person’s postal address has nothing to do with the content of their character. A flag is nothing to die or kill for. My allegiance is to God, and the values I believe in – truth, liberty, and justice. My thoughts on flags, anthems, and allegiance aligns with that of Arundhati Roy when she said the following:

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Like Kaepernick, I also often times do not stand for the anthem. It’s not something I hold particularly strong feelings about, for example,  if I’m in the middle of a conversation with a friend at a game and the anthem comes on, I likely wont sit and will just stay standing. But if I’m not otherwise distracted or am already sitting down? – no way I am standing up just to talk to a piece of cloth. I’m not the only one. Last year I wrote a story about a New Hampshire girl who refused to stand..Linked here: Teacher Takes Action Against Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

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Here is another quote from Kaepernick I would like to share:

“My faith is the basis from where my game comes from. I’ve been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be happy about what you did,”  Kaepernick told Daily Sparks Tribune in 2012.

I do believe Kaepernick should be proud of his actions on the field Friday. I believe he took a much bolder stand against injustice by sitting than he ever could have by standing and saying the pledge like everyone else.

Ironically, Kaepernick also showed a firm intolerance for systemic injustice and oppression – values shared by the often praised founders of our country – how very “American” of him.

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Does The Bible Back Up Trump’s Immigration Policies?

In your heart of hearts did you really need to read this article to know the answer?

If so, the answer is:

OF COURSE NOT!

To all my Christian friends who think Jesus Christ would be a Trump Supporting Republican, know there is zero chance Jesus would agree with Donald Trump on immigration seeing as Donald’s platform is in direct contradiction to the bible. Not even to mention the fact Jesus Christ himself was once a refugee fleeing oppression. If you want to worship the alter of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, then go ahead, but understand you are in direct opposition to Christianity when you do so. I don’t need to say much more on this subject, as the bible can more than speak for itself.

Leviticus 19:34 King James Version (KJV)

34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

We are to open our doors to strangers 

Job 31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveler.

For all those who say illegals don’t deserve “constitutional rights” …Our rights are not “given” to us by the government, but something we have by birth from our creator. 

Exodus 12:49: One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Understand by turning away refugees and immigrants you would have also turned away Jesus Christ, for he also was a refugee fleeing persecution. And how much more evil is it, that the refugees we are turning away are those whose lives were destroyed in large part by OUR government??

Matthew 2:12 

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

The bible teaches we should give no respect or regard to a person’s status, lineage, nationality, or race

Deuteronomy 10:17-20 King James Version (KJV) 

17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. “

Malachi 3:5

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

The bible says the kindness we show foreigners is not “weakness” but a testament to Jesus Christ!!!  These people have come to our country because they have heard great things. How evil is it to respond to them with cruelty and a complete disregard for compassion!?

I Kings 41

41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;

42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

(Jesus would have supported Refugees, just as he would have supported slaves fleeing the oppression of their masters) 

Deuteronomy 23:15

15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:

16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

Are FOX News Satires Even Possible? Bill O’Reilly On “Well Fed” Slaves

 

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I came across this meme mocking FOX News well before O’Reilly said his comments about how well the slaves were treated who were forced to help build the white house.

By the way, here is what Abigail Adams, John Adam’s wife,  had to say about the slaves who built the white house. Surely she is a great source since she actually witnessed the slave labor first hand that Bill O’ Reilly speaks of …you know, the ones who were so “well taken care of.”

“Two of our hardy N England men would do as much work in a day as the whole 12, but it is true Republicanism that drive the Slaves half fed, and destitute of cloathing, … to labour, whilst the owner waches about Idle, tho his one Slave is all the property he can boast.” – Abigail Adams

Bye Bye Tomi Lahren! The BLAZE Audience is Dying – Literally!

 

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It is the same sad painfully manipulative technique used by FOX news.Bring on a black guest to talk about how horrible black people are.  Have the female hosts bash on women. Bring on a Mexican to explain how the “real” Mexican Americans are actually  FOR mass deportation and the break up of Hispanic families.

Such a technique is used primarily as a tool to make the most heinously abhorrent views seem socially acceptable. Who better to attest to the fact Mexico is essentially nothing but rapists and drug dealers than a Mexican?  The middle aged white man in Idaho can then use the Mexican guy he saw on T.V.  as proof  his beliefs are *definitely not*  based on  blatant misinformation and racist stereotypes.  Thus, he is able to really let loose the next time he goes on his rant about why  America’s only chance at survival is to build a wall and keep out the Mexicans.

Though it seemed impossible a network could ever exceed the jaw dropping bias and manipulation utilized by FOX News. It appears Glenn Beck’s  The Blaze has managed to do just that.

In an attempt to pander to their base of  ranting geriatric patients, the Blaze chose a young millennial to passionately espouse the  viewpoints most commonly and vehemently rejected by young millennials.  When Tomi Lahren, barely out of college, applied for an internship at OAN, they fell all over themselves and instead offered the young woman her own  show, which she hosted before being hired by The Blaze to do the same thing for them.  Just as neo conservatives fall all over themselves and can barely believe their luck  when they find a black conservative to tout around as much as they possibly can, this geriatric network could  hardly believe it when they found a young hot blonde girl smart enough to know how to dress cute and do her eyebrows and simultaneously dumb enough to actually believe all their moronic bullshit.

While it may be possible to find  many young people who also  believe OAN and The Blaze’s garbage, they are usually unattractive, not properly socialized, uneducated, and primarily found  in rural areas. They tend to be young people, who despite their age, due to either poverty, lack of exposure, or limited internet access, are still just as  limited in their news sources as their senior citizen counterparts.    It is a very rare find indeed to discover someone of our generation (age 20 to 34), who grew up in the age of information,  yet is still willing to tout the archaic, racist,  bootlicking, iron fisted, authoritarian talking points of the 1950’s. The Blaze would have been ready to hire and prop up any remotely attractive and coherent millennial willing to do so, Tomi Lahren just so  happened to be the one to best  fit the description.   

I first saw her when a couple friends posted a video of her  in which she was ranting about 4 marines killed in Tennessee and how  bombing a desert halfway around the world was the only logical response.  Linked Here.

I immediately found her to be one of most insufferable human beings on the planet.  Her demeanor, attitude, and arrogance all mixed with unfathomable stupidity – with everything combined, it was beyond nauseating.  I couldn’t even watch the whole video, she was SO cringy. But beyond finding her personality particularly  insufferable, and the immorality of promoting death to random people halfway around the world for something that happened in Tennessee. (people who wouldn’t even recognize Tennessee on a map), her views were no worse than any other bootlicker or corporate media whore.  Nothing she said was beyond what  we hear from neo-conservatives, Fox news pundits, and conservative talk show hosts on the daily. Thus, she was forgotten by the end of the day.

It was not until she went on a psychotic tirade against Beyonce who used her Superbowl platform to give voice to those unjustly murdered by police, that I saw Tomi Lahren again. All my A-political friends hadn’t noticed anything about Beyonce’s performance, and just thought it was a good show.  Tomi’s rant on that issue is here. but save yourself the misery, the whole thing could be summed up as follows:

“Beyonce is a racist! Hellbent on dividing our nation. Saying that all people,  blacks included deserve justice when wrongly killed by someone with a badge – is  definitely a form of domestic terrorism. There is really nothing that justifies outrage against police or the biased judicial system. Not even when children, or those unarmed and doing nothing wrong  are murdered by a cop in cold blood, and he walks free.  Even then, anger or reform is not justified. Blacks are dangerous, and owe whites a thank you for freeing them, Oh! And the black panthers killed people 50 years ago.”

The  person being divisive was Tomi Lahren, with her disgusting lack of reverence and respect for human life – not Beyonce! As a white person I felt in no way divided  or excluded by Beyonce, nor would any rational person. If anything, it was a moment of unification for everyone who believes blacks should NOT be gunned down at random. I had no idea such a generic, universally accepted truth could possibly be viewed as “divisive.”  But boy, was I wrong.

A couple months later, she outdid herself and gave a rant far worse than the one about Beyonce…. something I did not even know was possible. It was in response to a beautiful speech given by Jesse Williams at the BET Awards. Jesse Williams did the most American thing a person can do and used his platform and voice to demand reform, justice, and to air his grievances against the government. He honored the life of a slain child, and showed compassion, love, and empathy in his call for a better world in which there is justice.

Lahren’s response was so utterly preposterous, you may need  to see the video for yourself in order to believe me. In an attempt to illustrate the prevalence of injustice in our legal systems, Jesse Williams honored victims and cited the case of Tamir Rice. Factually, he stated how police were able to walk up to a child playing in the park with a toy and shoot him dead on camera, in broad daylight, and walk free, -every last bit of which is an inarguable, documented FACT.  Instead of showing any form of human compassion or understanding toward the grievances caused by such a callous murder, Tomi Lahren instead, went on to inform Jesse Williams that most of the time black kids DO have guns and are looking to shoot people.  This is before once again stating blacks need to shut up, because they ( Jesse Williams included) owe her people a thank you because our white ancestors freed black slaves in the 1800’s??   Linked here.

Watch these videos discussing her Jesse Williams rant for more insight into how insufferably stupid and vile this woman is: Here. and the other here. As I can not possibly cover it all in one article.

Finally, a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas was put on by local activists with the full cooperation of the Dallas police force. The police were there to ensure the safety of everyone at the event.  A lone sniper and veteran of the U.S. Military  was frustrated with Black Lives Matter and angry with police officers, and began shooting.

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As this was a lone gunman, the protesters had no idea they weren’t his intended target and were jumping in front of children, hiding behind cars, and fleeing for their lives! In response to the absolute horror that had been inflicted on the community of Dallas by a deranged person, Tomi Lahren responded with this:

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What kind of disgusting person posts something like this?  It is the hatred spread by people like Tomi, the incapability to take any responsibility for wrongdoings, and the hatred that such a void of justice breeds in the heart of a killer who foolishly  believes the murder of random police officers will achieve some sort of justice.  If this man had actually wanted to support the cause of Black Lives Matter, he wouldn’t have gone after the Dallas police department, who are  known for taking huge strides toward reform and, as a direct result, have drastically reduced fatalities and injuries to both police officers and suspects. The Dallas police depart has made steps any person hoping for police reform would be happy with. So for someone to act as though the two entities are inherently at odds with one another is reprehensible. For exploiters  like Tomi Lahren and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for that matter,  to insult a group of people hurting from a tragedy, who are devastated by the loss of life that resulted from it, and insinuate it was the intended goal of each of the millions of black lives matter supporters across the country is inexcusable.

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On multiple occasions Lahren has said something so factually wrong and despicable,  that it is not only inexcusable, but beyond irresponsible to present  such trash on any remotely credibly Network as fact. And YES, as a result, media outlets of integrity  then DO feel obligated to talk about her. Yes, they do understand doing so sadly does  reward her pathetic ploys for attention, but they feel it would be irresponsible and dangerous not to, and it would be!

The decent media figures are then collectively forced to address and clean up the mess of lies that The Blaze had no qualms  throwing all over the place… Many news shows, vloggers, columnists, radio DJs and the like, actually put their greatest value in doing everything within their power to ensure the truth is not drowned out by the vicious disgusting lies of reprehensible and pathetic media whores like Tomi Lahren. So they begrudgingly  feel obligated to explain, sentence by sentence, with reason and evidence, how absolutely nothing out of her mouth had any bearing in reality and  was the exact opposite of the truth.

Yes, it may be good in the short term for any network to get a bump in views caused by controversy, but any network with a modicum of credibility would have removed such an incendiary host months ago! Having such an embarrassment on air, has discredited the Blaze into oblivion, and shows how pathetically desperate they are for any kind of audience. With a youtube channel at barely 75,000 subscribers, Mass layoffs and plummeting ratings, they have reason to be desperate. TheBlaze.com  lost half it’s unique visitors in less than a year.

Ironically, The Blaze  likely feel that Lahren’s ratings are part of what keeps them afloat, but in actuality it breaks trust with the mass of viewers who will never trust The Blaze for credible news. The only people this sort of rhetoric would be appealing to, are the ever dwindling elderly demographic and young Limbaugh wannabes who, more than anything, want a return to the good old days of blind unquestioning allegiance to the state and it’s henchmen.

This small group of elderly people sprinkled with socially awkward youth is the base in which Tomi Lahren preaches to each night. If she suddenly were to become credible and honest she would be left without a job. As she would no longer be catering to the niche market she stupidly cornered herself in. But this niche market is dying off, and they are not being replaced.

The Daily Beast gives the following regarding Beck’s crumbling empire:

“By September 2012, when The Blaze signed a deal with The Dish Network for its programing to be carried on cable and satellite television, The New York Times reported that it boasted 300,000 paid digital subscribers—an unverifiable figure that insiders say has plummeted to around half that as The Blaze became available in 13 million cable households.”

In a taped meeting owned by the Daily Beast Beck was quoted warning his employees

“You’ve seen this company start to slide into that crappy zone. No! I’ll shut the damn thing down before we become everything we despise.” – Glenn Beck

 

Sadly Mr. Beck, that time has already come. You have shown you care more about a bottom line than honesty or integrity in the content produced by your network. A greedy,unethical, hypocritical distributor of lies for the sake of profit deserves nothing but failure.

I welcome your network’s demise.