Every political season I hear politicians on both sides of the aisle refer to, "Battleground states." I hear reporters and news desk anchors talk about the, "Battleground." Politics is war in the time of peace. Do you agree? Though many would argue as to whether or not we are living in a time of peace, we are not living in a nation occupied by a foreign army. Yes, it is true that it has been said many times and by many people that they are waging war on white America via the migratory invasion of this land, but leaving that aside, my point is for all intents and purposes we are living in relative peace in the U.S. Politics then is the means by which factions of different opinion wage war.
War may be waged for selfish motives, or it may be waged for honorable reasons. Personally, I believe, and not because I am a woman or a pacifist (yes I am the former, no I am not the latter) no war that is waged is just. That meaning that I believe the aggressor is almost always in the wrong. Sometimes the aggressor is actually on the defense and it takes keen historical knowledge to know who was indeed the aggressor and who was taking a defensive stance. For example, the American Revolution is a misnomer, because it was not a military revolution! The U.S. had acted under its own power and legislative body for some time and did NOT fire the first shot. The American war was a war of national self-defense!
There is an ideological war that has been waged upon white Christian America. Read my other posts for more info on that. And "battleground" rhetoric is used. I hear it from the left wing and the right wing. I hear it from Conservatives and I hear it from liberals. I was raised in a family that was and is acutely aware of the proper and improper use of language. The Bible says not to even give the appearance of evil. I believe that implies to the use of your language and political rhetoric as well.
Below is a quote by George Orwell that I especially like.
One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark, its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. Political language -and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase - some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse - into the dustbin where it belongs. ~George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant, 1950
To my white nationalist friends, Christian conservatives, Tea Party members, and the many liberals I know who really are fine decent people but just don't understand the proper role of government, let me remind you that you have a responsibility to police your own language and to be an example to others.
Take for instance Sarah Palin. There are things I like about her and things I don't. I think she is very smart and savvy and despite what some may say, she carries a lot of clout. When she made the, "lock and reload" comment on her Facebook page, I thought to myself that she just doesn't get it. She was using simple metaphorical political/war language and was totally naive in her usage of it. The media is going to pounce on her for that. The same for the cross hairs on the different states. It was taken out of context and now with the terrible shooting in Arizona, many are trying to make Sarah Palin out to be in some way responsible. Even though the shooter had no political ties to anyone, we are seeing Sarah Palin's face and Tea Party rally footage pop up all over the television as reports are made about the extremism in America. Hillary Clinton spoke about the extremism in America during her visit to Yemen.
However if we really want to speculate about political leanings check this out. According to an article written by Ruben Navarrette Jr. who is a nationally syndicated columnist, an NPR commentator, and a CNN.com contributor (hardly the media bastion of the right wing) there is more to the story.
"Caitie Parker, who said she knows Loughner from high school and college, tweeted: "He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in '07, asked her a question & he told me she was 'stupid & unintelligent.' She later added in another tweet, 'As I knew him, he was left wing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.' "
And although Giffords was a Democrat, she actually sided with two of the most important issues of the right wing, Christian conservatives, white nationalists, evangelicals, Tea Partiers, etc. She was a firm defendant of the 2nd Amendment and of Arizona's recent stance toward illegal immigration.
After U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton struck down much of SB 1070, Arizona's immigration law, Giffords issued a statement insisting that the law had been passed "because we were fed up with years of federal inaction and neglect."
And then we have the folks who keep bringing up the "Second Amendment Remedy" comments attributed to a tough campaign in Nevada. The thought process goes that somehow this must be a low key suggestion to start shooting politicians that aren't liked. How absurd!
Let's look at some left-wing rhetoric brought to readers' attention in a post at the Urban Politico.
"How about the woman that said Palin should be "gang-raped by my big black brothers." This was said by comedian Sandra Berhnhardt.
How about the lefties thwarted by one of their own before they could blow up the 2008GOP convention?
How bout the lefty that strapped a bomb on his chest and tried to blow up the Discovery channel building?
How about the union thugs that beat up the black TP'er?
How about the Dem political maps with targets and/or bulls eyes on them that take all of 3 minutes to find on the internet?
This guy is described by his old friends as a 'lefty pothead.' He attended one of Gifford's rallies in 2007 as a supporter and was mad at her since then. He describes the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books. His President tells him to bring a gun to a knife fight and you think the '2nd Amendment remedies' people, ie. Palin/Limbaugh/TP'ers, are to blame.
Guy Cimbalo took it a little further, in a 2009 Playboy article titled, "The Top Ten Republican Women I'd Most Like to Hate Fxxk"
"But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f*ck. We may despise everything these women represent, but godd*mmit they're hot. Let the healing begin."
Now, here is my lesson for you, my white nationalist friends, Tea Partiers, etc. and then I'll close with a word of warning for the honestly undecided...again a reminder of the lesson.
Okay, here it is. Don't be stupid! For 99.9% of you out there, this is a no-brainer. But even many otherwise intelligent people just don't get it. Words have consequences. Now, don't throw me under the bus with an, "ahh but we're all responsible for our own actions" statement. No duh! Those aren't the consequences I am referring to.
I don't believe for one tiny instant that Sarah Palin's lock and reload comment, Sharon Angler's 2nd Amendment remedy comment, or any battleground state talk, cross hairs, or target lists had anything to do with the shooting of Congresswoman Gifford, the little girl, the elderly, the judge, or any of the others shot in Tuscon. (By the way, this is where I was born and I still have lots of family in Tuscon) I absolutely don't believe it at all! The shooter was by all accounts a druggie, Commie loving, loser. But I will even be fair and say that he may have been none of those things. He may have just been a mentally impaired schizophrenic. But whatever he was, he wasn't leaning toward the right!
Now, to the consequences. The consequences of the cross hairs, the reload comments, etc. was not the shooting in Tuscon, it is the political aftermath that has followed.
I don't care how innocent you meant it. I don't care how unrelated a comment, a picture, a cartoon, etc. is to a violent incident, you will get blamed! There are consequences to you and to our cause. A smart man or woman always thinks before they speak. The Bible says a soft word turns away much wrath. That is why I actually have people of other racial backgrounds and liberals write to me to say that they may not agree with everything said and all points made, but they proceeded to listen because I said it in kindness. My kindness reflects upon my Christian faith and upon my American idealism and it is good practice for all who choose to live civilized lives. This has far reaching implications for addressing those of greatest concern to me...my white brothers and sisters.
You see my friends, as white Christians concerned with our nation and the world, it is truly not our desire to destroy everyone else. Our desire is to preserve our people, our traditions, our values, our Christian faith, and our Biblically based Constitutional form of government. White compassionate rulership is a benefit to all races and not to ours alone.
Yes, there is a war, but it is not a war we have started. Now, in the discussion of language, let me say that I could have ended that by saying, "but it is a war we intend to finish." In my mind, were I to say that, I would not mean to imply that we are to take up guns and go to overthrow those we believe are destroying our race, faith, and nation. But what if someone read it that way, there are crazies out there in all political spectrums and we must be intelligent about we say. But even then, given that everyone I know would have known in what context that statement was to be taken, how would it be taken and manipulated by those who hate us. That is the terrible consequence to our mission. You hurt the ones you love by irresponsible things you say.
The white nationalist, Constitution loving, community is based on compassion for our people. We must never lose sight of that. We must not allow those who wish to tear asunder the Christian fabric of this nation to paint us as the evil doers, as the violent, or as the haters. We are none of those things!
You may say to yourself that it doesn't matter as long as we know we are not those things. Yes, but it does! We are reaching out to future generations. We are reaching out to those who have an instinct for racial survival, but haven't made a decision as to whether or not they will work and fight for it. We have a responsibility to our people to conduct our selves honorably in our actions and our speech because the consequences to our people is too great not to.
I will remind you that the Bible says that the church was built on the blood of the saints. The Christian church began to grow after the blood lust grew to be too much and the early Christians could truly say, we are blameless. That must be our motto as well. We are blameless!
And a final note to the undecided or those well meaning liberals. Let us be reminded that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. And though she is Jewish (as was the shooter who reportedly was a member of the same synagogue) the 2nd Amendment is supported by many people of different racial groups, although for the most part Jews overwhelming oppose it. But in this instance, this Jewish woman supported it and I believe Congresswoman Gifford would object to using this massacre as a political weapon to disarm good and decent citizens of the U.S. The truth is that though many valiantly stood up and fought bravely to save lives during the insane shooting spree, more lives would possibly have been saved had an armed citizenry shot the mad man dead at the scene the very first time the trigger was pulled.
Many men and women in the U.S. armed forces as well as the law enforcement community can attest to the established fact that more guns in the routine and daily possession of law abiding citizens leads to a decrease in crime and violent death. Legislation can’t stop the evil in the heart of a man,(Note: this does not mean you can't legislate on behalf of morality, but this too is another lesson in negative versus postive law) and it is for this reason that no one should ever be deterred from using the most effective means of defending themselves, their loved ones, their friends, or neighbors.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Arizona.
The map below appears on the page of the Democratic Leadership Committee website (dated 2004 during the Bush years). The next map shows red targets representing a “Targeted Republican.” on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) website starting in Feb. 23, 2010. These maps are not provided to show that they did it so its okay for others. Again, the point is that traditional American's are held up to a tougher standard by the national media and those with an agenda. Not fair, but thats the way it is. We must always take into consideration that the "spin" is not on our side. Work smarter and don't follow the game plan of the New Age Socialists. The ball is in their court and we must remember that. But don't lose hope! God shall not forsake us!