Michael Brown: The Joke’s On You America

Here we go again. It seems as though someone has put another quarter in the anarchist in Ferguson, Missouri to cause them to start back up with more chaos. Now the ruckus is supposed to be about the Department of Justice [DOJ] Report of the Ferguson Police Department [FPD]. The report focused on it’s relations with the Black-American community. It claimed the FPD, as reported by the Washington Post,African Americans are impacted a severely disproportionate amount”. But as I read the report of the DOJ it appeared to go out of its way to side with the offenders, who were black. And to totally excuse the individuals behavior. Even if the individuals failed to obey stated rules of the courts, somehow the courts were at fault. The black population in Ferguson may make up over 60% of the population and yet make up nearly 90% of the arrest, the question should be whether the arrest were justified and lawful. If there are more blacks involved in criminal activity, they may be targeted by law enforcement more based on that fact. Then naturally they will be more likely arrested.  I’d like to see what would happened if blacks were to suddenly stop committing crimes. 

One of the most laughable things that the article highlighted was that the city focused on revenue rather than the public safety. That’s the case in every city of the United States. Its not racist for city police departments, or any police department, federal, or State, or city, to focus on raising revenue regardless of the benefit to the public. It’s business. And are there bad cops, or maybe ill-trained cops, absolutely. Every segment of the population has their bad apples. But, this is not what this is all about. This whole divisive and dramatic production is about making the police and authority the villain and criminal – the City Mgr. John Shaw, Municipal Court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer, Police Sgt. William Mudd, Police Capt. Rick Henke, City Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty, and City Police Chief Tom Jackson have all lost their jobs in the wake of this tragic incident. It is not to say these individuals may have deserved punishment, but these actions totally ignores the actions of the true criminal and offender, 18 year old Michael Brown, a Black-American male. If he had not stolen the box of cigars and assaulted the store owner, he may still be alive. If he had complied with Officer Wilson’s commands, he may still be alive. And if he had not fought with Officer Wilson and attempt to get his weapon, he may still be alive.  He choose to do otherwise.  I call that a “you” problem.

Let us focus on Mr. Brown and the incident that is used as the excuse for all of this. First of all, the DOJ’s own investigation sides with Officer Wilson, according to a NPR March 4, 2015 article, clearly backs Wilson’s version of the incident; second,18 year old Brown was the aggressor in attacking Officer Wilson; third, Brown was not shot in the back, Brown was running toward Wilson, not away, when he was fatally shot; and forth, he [Mr. Brown] did not have his hands up when he was shot. Even Federal Attorney General Holder admitted that the “Hands up, don’t shoot” mantra that has become the rallying cry and marketing phrase of the myrmidons “is a complete falsehood”, as reported by Fox News. All of this flies in direct contrast to what is the popular regurgitated narrative being put out by the Media and the Administration.

But, the most passive observer, with even an ounce of inquisitiveness, should ask… how can so many people, seemingly

The man behind the curtain.

The man behind the curtain.

without a typical 9-5 job, afford to participate in these professionally organized “community” protest that have “organically’ sprung up all to defend the supposed unjust slaying of an 18 year Black-American male in a hence before mostly unknown city in Missouri? As reported by the NewsMax.com., world renowned instigator, billionaire, extreme liberal, American-hater, and major Obama supporter, George Soros invested over $33 MILLION in the protests. How’s that for motivation? I bet that beats flipping burgers for most of the so-called “protestors”.

The masterfully orchestrated propaganda to re-write the events of that day and reshape and distort the view of the masses to depict Police Officer Wilson as the villain, the system as blatantly racist, and the 18 year old Mr. Brown as the “gentle giant” who’s the innocent, is stunning in its depth. It thoroughly legitimizes the notion that a lie can be told enough times that it will soon become the truth to many. To whip up so many citizens on the side of a story that is totally built on lies and deception lends credence to the term “useful idiots” as said by Vladimir Lenin and other Communist and Marxist -when people are used as pawns for a cause whose true agenda and purpose is unknown by them to incite disturbances and social discourse.

If the Black-American community want to genuinely protest something, they could they protest issues such as the epidemic out of wedlock child birth and single parents, mainly women, attempting to raise men and women for whom they are ill-equipped financially, mentally, or spiritually. Maybe they could vehemently protest the dumbing down of the government educational system that leaves blacks, and all Americans, functionally unable to economically achieve their dreams and compete academically on the world stage. Maybe the black community could protest the debilitating effect of the massive influx of low-skilled immigrants, particularly from Mexico, who are removing jobs from the economy that they traditional held. Or maybe the black community could protest the anti-achievement and entitlement mentality that retards many of the youth’s drive to be the best that they can be, while encourages many of them to seek government handouts and privileges. These would have been worthy and genuine issues for the mother of Michael Brown to voice when she spoke a the United Nations Committee Against Torture. But, of course she worked to extend her 15 minutes of fame and spoke of the supposed racial injustice by police. To do otherwise would have exhibited her as being more than a pawn, only able to be pushed one space at a time and easily expendable once her use is no longer needed.

The tragedy of the Michael Brown death has many layers. It has more to do with the systemic cancer that is making us severely ill as a nation: a severe lack of moral grounding and governance. A penal system that makes gross revenue criminalizing its citizenry. An educational system that graduates young citizens unable to capitalize on the extraordinary benefits of the greatest capitalist system in the world and dysfunctional in understanding their proper role and function in this Constitutional Republic; and too many are profiting on the discourse and division of this society – whether its over race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or income. This tragedy was not caused by Officer Wilson, being Caucasian, shooting and killing 18 year old Brown just because he was black. This tragedy, and many others less publicized that are occurring out of sight of hot media cameras, is stark evidence that the cancer has successfully dulled our naturally instinct to courageously fight for real truth, to be curious of the intent of those in power, to be respectful of ourselves, and to be honorable to our neighbor.

The joke is that many of us are being lead blindly to believe that it is the American system that is in error, and not those who enact and enforce, or fail to enforce, the policies thereof, that are in error. But, as in the supposed fight against all cancers or dis-eases, the money is not in the cure, but the so-called treatment. The tragic error is in too many people believing that the system that was founded on the ideal that every individual has unalienable rights of freedom and has been the source of more wealth for individuals around the world than another in modern history is the cause of their suffering.  Then the alternative action is the opposite system- tyranny. At the end of the day it is up to us to chose the punch line.

Atlas Shrugged: Fiction or Reality?

ayn ryanThe other day I watched the second installment of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged movie. Though it had been some time since I saw the first part of the sequel of 2011, this one rekindled disturbing eeriness that the first one left in me. The sense that this book, and movie, is hitting just a little too close to the reality of today, particularly in America.

This movie centers around what our world would be if the government was not governed by the tenets or principles of documents, such as the Constitution, where the right of citizens to their life, liberty, and property, i.e., pursuit of happiness, were supreme, that restricted the reach of the government, but was governed by what was good for the society, or majority, as a whole, PERIOD! This governmental ideology was greatly stifling to the producers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Both individuals and companies were taxed and regulated simply based on their capacity to earn, and produce. And the amount of their wealth was to be redistributed and made accessible to those based on their need and want. Words and phrases such as “fairness”, “the collective”, and “the common good” were used by government representatives and agents like they were getting points of word usage.

Industries of production were being placed under government control. There was a strict limit on the amount of money companies could earn. And if a company sought to exceed the government imposed profit limits or act counter to the demands of the government, they were run out of business, or faced prison time and or crippled with financial penalties. Some owners and creators of businesses even went as far as to destroy that which they had spent a life time to create, rather than let the government have it. Citizens of great wealth and talents were being taxed to the point that many of them chose to simply no longer work or exercise their God-giving talents and skills – to disappear. There were scenes of mobs of citizens championing the agenda of the government to tax the “evil rich” to give them more of their wealth. But their tunes soon changed once they saw the consequences of businesses and producers being so heavily taxed and regulated.  It meant that fewer of them had jobs, the price of goods sky-rocketed, and their quality of life plummeted.

But that’s just fiction. Make-believe. Right?

Have you been listening closely to the words that have been coming out of the mouths of the government creatures over the past 6 years, or so? Have you been paying attention to their actions, and the results thereof?

Before Mr. Obama became president he let it be known that taxes should be raised on the producers, not for the sake bettering of the nation’s economy, but for the sake of “fairness”. With regards to the coal and the energy industry, he promised to bankrupt the coal industry and regulate the nation’s energy complex, supposedly so that we may all have clean air, to the point that the natural ramifications would be soaring energy prices for the folks, you and I. In order for everyone to have healthcare, and have someone else pay for it, the government passes Obamacare, i.e., The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is forecast to raise healthcare cost and encourage people to not work. There has been more regulations placed on the American economy and industry like in no time in our history that have acted like a 2,000 ton albatross around the angle of the nation. Coupled with the unprecedented fact that there are over 98 million citizens not working and over 100 million on Food Stamps. Even though the top income earners are paying the vast majority of the federal taxes, the ignorance of the populous leads them to demand the wealthy pay more of their “fair share”.  To top it all off, a record number of U.S citizens, the producers, are turning in their U.S Passports. 

The simple fact is if you were to look around at every other nation that has the government as the main engine of the economy, whether it’s socialists as in Greece, Sweden, or England, the E.U is an economic dumpster fire, or communist/authoritarian as in North Korea, Russia, or China, were you have to force people to stay at gun point, they all have several things in common; one, none of them can naturally out produce America on a per-ca pita basis, two, many of their best and brightest hit a granite ceiling, their income or what they can earn, no matter how talented or productive they may be, is capped by the government. That causes many of them to stay and suffer, stop producing, or leave the country all together. And three, the nation’s economies will eventually stall or collapse under the sheer weight of there being more people on the dole of the government than paying into it.

But, since economic and historical weights are what are most absent from this production, America appears to be headed down this already worn out path of government-centralized power that has yet to create a economic super power.  Where the drive to dare to dream and to get rewarded for your success, as well as feel the sting of your failures, the education of life, is suppressed by the big hand of the government. Despite the popular perception, government does not create any wealth. It can only redistribute wealth. But, eventually even the greatest most powerful government will run out of people to redistribute from. America was created to be different. Where people controlled the government. Where the individual had his unalienable rights to his property, his life, and his liberty protected above the cries of the “common good” or the collective. But if this theatre continues to play out, where more of us surrender more of our responsibilities and liberties to the government, more of us will be asking, Where is John Gault?.