Posted By Edgy

When I was a younger man, the slogan: 'The South Will Rise Again' was a popular one among many people I knew. I never fully realized nor took much time to figure out what it was all about, other than the romanticized version seen in movies and read about in books. And the idea that slavery, or hard core white supremacy was instilled in this saying, just never crossed my mind. But the 'old South' has risen again. Not just in terms of its economic power, but also in it's idealogical thoughts and ideas.

One hundred and sixty years ago, the devastation, while horrible in its time, is not nearly what it would be to re-enact or redo this event in the real. Civil War 2.0 will not be pretty, and it's outcome cannot be clearly forecast as it was before. The old Confederacy lost the war for several reasons, not the least of which was pure number of people, and materials to conduct long-term operations. The Union had a far larger population from which to draw personnel to fight, and technological advances in the industrialized Union were significant. In fact there were extremely few arms or munitions plants in the entire Confederacy. 

But since the 'South' and the 'Confederacy' I speak of today is no longer limited to the southern gulf coast and Atlantic states, and indeed takes in most of the great plains states along with the upper midwest, it cannot be confined and blockaded as before. Just the opposite in fact. It would be quite easy for the people who believe in a 'Union' to be blockaded by the Confederates. 

While the people who believe in the Union, still hold a few million population and perhaps a small technological advantage, they have very few arms and muntions factories and the industrial base to conduct sustained military operations. Consequently, I predict the outcome will be significantly different this time around.

The impending peril in this can be difficult to see and understand for some, but it must be met and dealt with accordingly... and quickly. For time is running out. The Republic for which we stand is in peril of vanishing from the planet, and if we continue down the path we are on at this moment, Civil War 2.0 is not only guaranteed, but indeed on the horizon.

 
Posted By Edgy

It was a grand experiment, and while it lasted we enjoyed nearly a century of greatness - or at least near greatness... But now it's all over but the shouting, as they say.

We had our problems in the past, but we often overcame them by coming together in some common cause. As Winston Churchill used to say, 'You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing... After they've tried everything else'....

We've often 'reinvented ourselves' in times past, and mostly for the better. This time around we won't be so lucky. Right now we're giving in, to divisiveness and hatred... Bigotry and racism... Intolerance and lack of intelligence.... If we do reinvent ourselves this time, it won't be pretty, and it won't be a model anyone on this planet will want to follow or emmulate.... 

It's over.....

Sad but true !

 
Posted By Edgy

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that he's grateful to President Donald Trump for showing "the true face of the US."

Last week, when asked about the Trump Muslim ban, Hillary Clinton said that this is 'not who we are' as Americans.

Viewing the first two weeks of the Trump Administration, I'd say that Hillary is wrong on this one, and the Ayatollah is right. This is 'who we are' ....

The white supremacists who are now running the US Government do indeed show the face of electoral college America - although perhaps not the face of the plural majority.

Americans in Electoral College America are sometimes called 'forgotten' and 'left-behind', but they are indeed haters. They hate blacks, and would reinstitute slavery if they could. When and where they can't, they are re-establishing Jim Crow laws, to keep people of color from voting. Which will cause a further erosion of civil rights and liberties.
Once they get their White Supremacist Supreme Court Justice installed, he will help make civil injustice the law of the land. Trump will indeed 'Make America Great Again', by returning to 1930's style, white male American's supreme leadership...


They hate Muslims - some hate Jews - and anyone else who is not Evangelical Christian, and want to impose vast restrictions on all non-white, non-christian minorities.
They hate Latinos, Mexicans and others from Central America, who are often being hired to jobs by GOP leaning companies and GOP leaning bosses.
They hate the Asians, because they have been told that the Chinese have stolen all their good jobs, when in fact it was the very companies supported by the GOP (NOT the US Government) who sent those jobs overseas.

Therefore, as we look into the mirror, and take an honest look at ourselves, this is WHO WE ARE, that is who we ELECTED, and that is who we have BECOME... HATERS !

 
Posted By Edgy

The 'main-stream' media is losing this war with the Trump administration, and they will continue to do so until they re-evaluate change their strategy.

Now, let me say that I'm not a journalist, although I have owned my own little newspaper, once upon a time in a 'state' far, far away. But its clear that the media is in a war, and the winner of that war may well determine the future of the Free Press and of democracy in general. The press cannot afford to make any more mistakes, and must - MUST - realize that the game has changed, and that they must change with it, or die.

Let me make an example that I hope is easily understood. Lets use this latest dust-up over the size of the crowd at the inauguration. Instead of trying to prove that the crowd was smaller (as it obviously is from the picture), and thereby inviting blow-back from the Trump administration, take a different tack.

  1. Establish that the pictures were taken at a specific time – probably at 12:00 noon, the exact moment of the swearing in – just my guess.

  2. Establish that the pictures were taken by a particular agency of the US Government – probably the National Park Service, or some other agency.

  3. Don't use 'unNamed' sources very much. This also plays into the hands of the Trump people.

Now, It's really not necessary to get anyone in trouble, or jepordize some poor employee's job, so no questions about 'crowd size' should be asked. Simply ask if the photo is genuine? Is it the standard practice of this agency to take these pictures? Were they taken at the same time? (not counting years). Have the employee just verify these things. Then go with that story – just as outlined – and leave it up to the citizens to make a judgment on the crowd size.

But this constant desire on the part of the media to get a 'gotcha' on the spot just plays into the hands of people like KellyAnne Conway. It gives her an opening to hit back with THEIR message, and that is that the media is trying to de-legitimize the Trump Election. This story should have been plain and simple... Here's the photo-evidence America, you decide....

One more thing: The MSM needs to take a deep look inside itself. We all have biases, but are they sure (on every story) that theirs is being held in check? Because it is unmistakably apparent that some (even small) biases that creep into a given story, instantly kill any (ANY) of the otherwise truthful and accurate information. If you aren't 100% accurate, you're more than just part of the problem, you ARE the problem.

 
Posted By Edgy

The Democratic Party has lost its footing, its seat at the political table of governance...

Right now, at this very moment, is a great time for Democrats nationwide to access exactly where they are, and what they are doing. And I notice that many 'big names' among the media centric ideologue's are doing just that. Yet I have not heard one peep of sanity or long-term sanity that regains the foundation so needed at this time. Consequently, I am afraid that they will end up in the same place they were before.... With NO PLAN....

I've said many times before that the Democrats just don't seem to get it - - They have NO PLAN.... They can't seem to think beyond the Presidency and the Senate. Yes, they do care about the Supreme Court, but only through the appointment process that comes with a President and control of the Senate. And that doesn't make for a good long-range plan.

Way back (when I was much younger), perhaps in the late 1960's or 1970's, the GOP realized that they were on a road that would ultimately lead to their marginalization. Perhaps as early as 2000.... So the long-range thinkers (yes, the GOP does have long-range thinkers) devised a plan, and they have stuck to it for these past 40-50 years. And as evidenced during this time, their plan has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Yes, they suffered through years and even decades of being a secondary power. But their plan was filled with long-range goals, that were being built at the foundation level. The now control 32/50ths of the state governorships, and nearly 99 percent of state legislatures. Their base may not be great in raw numbers, but they control wides swaths of territory (electorial college territory).

If the Dems want to succeed in winning, and continue doing it over a greater period of time, they need a plan... And as of right now, they DON'T have one....

 

 

 
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