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Thank God for the Rough Men Ready to Do Violence on Our Behalf

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~attributed to George Orwell

A friend and brother posted this and was ripped for his timing and sentiment that we remember the rough men who protect us. I think his timing was perfect and the sentiment is sorely needed. 

Do you know that “rough men” is an English expression that doesn’t mean vulgar or uncouth or violent? It refers to men who are tough and able and refreshingly masculine—the kind of men we desperately need right now.  

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I thank God for the rough men who protect and serve us rather than protecting their own power and serving themselves. 

Rough and Ready

Remember the rough men who went up the stairs in the World Trade Center buildings to help others make it down to safety? Or the rough men who dug through the ash and wreckage to look for survivors?

How about the rough men who ran headlong into machine gun spray on Normandy beaches? I served with rough men in the Navy. They were men who patrol the sea and stay ready to protect our nation. 

Where were the rough men when Portland citizens were threatened with violence last summer? They were willing, but were leashed by those in charge. Could people there sleep peaceably in their beds? 

We desperately need rough men. They face an onslaught of lies and political and social vilification that is as undeserved as it violent. We should thank the rough men who protect and serve us.

What happens when rough men become disillusioned? When they strip them of all kindness and respect—and funding? Will they give up and give in like so many of us have with our silence? 

Think about this as you drift off to sleep in peace knowing that rough men patrol your streets, towns and cities and stand ready to do violence on your behalf. Thank God for them.

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Patrick grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in journalism and advertising. His undergraduate degree is in English and photography. He served six years in the U.S. Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures, writing and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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I was a victim of Racism…many times

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Last year I was the victim of a racist attack. 

Yes, I’m a white-guy, English speaker, American Patriot, veteran Army officer, heterosexual, a senior and…wait for it…a Conservative! Someone read a comment I made on a Facebook post during the summer of 2020 and replied that I couldn’t possibly understand what I was talking about because of my “white privilege.” They demanded that I apologize for commenting (even though my comments were respectful and rational) and accept my permanent privilege handicap. Well, no. I don’t go down that easily.

Since these were colleagues and long time acquaintances of mine, both white and black, I felt compelled to reply. So, I wrote a rather detailed summary of the difficulties and limitations I had to overcome in order to succeed in my career.

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I was a Jim in the Jim Crow South

Having grown up in Little Rock, Arkansas during the 1950s and 60s, I often struggled with racial confrontations and closed-minded people both black and white. I’ve been intimidated, threatened with knives and guns, and surrounded by people who said they might kill me.

My father was a telephone repairman and we didn’t have much money. He was also a National Guard officer and served during the Little Rock Central High School racial conflict in 1957. I had no connections in the community, no college degree, no special skills and no big dreams of success. I expected to be a nice person but an ordinary and unremarkable one. I was not an excellent student, had never been an athlete and didn’t run with a crowd of privileged people. We were working-class folks who knew that, if we wanted anything, we would have to work for it.

Start at the bottom 

Since I had no college degree I worked in warehouses, unloaded boxcars and trucks, drove delivery  trucks, swept floors, shoveled dirt and gravel, cleaned storerooms, stacked boxes, and even worked one miserable day in a factory. I quit that job before it had a chance to reorient me to drone status. I was a bill collector for four years and had to go alone into the rougher parts of town often at night to call on customers who did not want to see me. I had to repossess log trucks in the Ozark mountains too. You could argue that at least I got those jobs and it was probably because of my skin color. Not true.

I got the jobs because I walked door to door and applied for work anywhere and everywhere until I finally found a job. A minimum wage ($1.25 an hour) job in most cases. I was turned away more often than accepted. There were black employees there too and I answered to them much of the time. I was the underling. They were the supervisors.

In one instance my job was in a grocery warehouse and I worked long shifts unloading boxcars and driving a fork lift. My boss was white and my coworkers were black. At night I would have to walk two miles from the warehouse through the East End of Little Rock, an all-black part of town with numerous gangs, to my roommate’s place of work so that he could give me a ride home. I was frequently challenged, threatened and ridiculed during those walks. It was scary and humiliating. We lived in a cheap apartment with a bad roach problem.

When I was in basic training in the Army my training company was heavily black and we few whites were constantly “dissed” and threatened. My platoon sergeant was a black man, who I respected, and he had two associates who were also black. When they spoke, I jumped. It was not OK to talk back. After the Army I worked at the Housing Authority as a low-level clerk whose job was to interview people in distressed housing and help them get rehabilitation loans to fix up their homes. I worked only with blacks in this position. I could go on but I think you get the point.

Now we see who he really is!

The “racist attack” was a pile on through emails, phone calls and social media by a number of people both black and white in my professional association. They were completely enraged by my unwillingness to embrace “white privilege” and apologize for expressing my opinion. They organized discussions about me without my knowledge. They threatened to file ethics charges against me. There were no grounds for such a charge, but for the woke Left, accusation is the same as guilt. Then they can say you have been accused even if you weren’t guilty. The label still sticks. The worst part of all of this was its impact on my professional reputation.

I was informed by friends that there had been a lot of talk about me lately and some people were pretty angry. Nobody confronted me directly, that would require rational thinking and open discussion. My accusers all agreed with the woke point of view and so there was no real “discussion”, it was just accusations and agreement. They said, “He’s one of the big names in our profession, and now we’ve finally found out what he is really like!” Forty years I’ve been active in the field of professional speaking and training, served as the National President of the National Speakers Association, and worked with thousands of colleagues, and now they think I’m someone different?

Not being one who leaves such things unaddressed, I contacted the national headquarters of my association and presented the facts. I also spoke with some woke-sympathetic black colleagues so they could “educate” me as to how I was wrong. But, again, where was my crime or sin or error? All I had done was present verifiable facts that contradicted the popular opinions of that group, and I did so in a respectful way, not as an angry protestor.

“Jim, you didn’t have to have ‘the talk’ with your Dad before you drove your car.” No, I didn’t but I was pulled over and threatened more than once when I was driving through a distressed area. “What are you doing here white boy?”

No, I’ve never been black, but I have also never been confined to a wheel chair, or had much of my skin burned off, or been afflicted with a speech impediment or had cerebral palsy. But that doesn’t keep me from understanding the fears, frustrations and challenges that my friends who actually do have these conditions are facing. That doesn’t keep me from being sympathetic, respectful and encouraging to them. I’m not a racist, sexist, Marxist, Fascist, Ageist, or many other “ist-types”. But I have experienced racism, discrimination and threats just based on being who I am.

Quit your belly aching

Before you interpret the above as whining, let me say this: I am super-blessed! My life has been wonderful despite the difficulties. I live in America, the most race-friendly country in history and the most free country on Earth. Tens of thousands of immigrants come here seeking to upgrade to our set of problems. They say “Let me in! I want what you have.”

My career has been challenging but it has paid off wonderfully. I have a great family, good health, wonderful friends, Intelligent colleagues, and a life that I thank God for every day.

No doubt much of this also applies to you. Though we do have problems in America, we amplify them too much. It’s as if we got free tickets to a great concert but had some taller people sitting in front of us and our chairs were uncomfortable. What about the concert and the free tickets? Stop complaining. Just fix the problems please.

America has acquired a bad habit of whining! It’s time we grew up and got over our discomfort. Sure times are tough occasionally, and for some, almost constantly, but we all have it so good here! Let’s learn to become more appreciative and thankful. Race is not an issue worth fighting about. Let’s celebrate the human race and show the few racists how miserable they are compared to us. We can eliminate racism in America within one generation by simply refusing to consider it a limiting factor. Stop measuring it, talking about it, or fighting over it. Put down the signs, change your marches into celebrations of the good in America. Don’t try to make everyone comfortable, instead make yourself a better person and help others to do the same. Make America Grateful Again!

 

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Socialism loves Communism and Racism

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What is Socialism?

It is a system where the government controls the means of production. It is basically Communism-Lite.  Socialism wants to be Communism when it grows up. The popular myth is that Socialism is a more caring system than Capitalism, and there’s still plenty of personal freedom. Not true. I’ve spent time in Socialist countries, like Venezuela, and I’ve done extensive travel recently in Communist China.

The first thing you notice there is that everyone is under surveillance. No matter where you go, nor what you do, the government is listening, watching…and paying attention. Even when driving with a friend in a car. Any comments made about the government are made in a quiet voice and, even then, not much is said. There are many ways your words could come back later to arrest you.

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Bureaucracy 

Under Socialism approvals are everything. Approval is the new wealth. If you have a certificate or permission slip, you are rich. You need a stamp, a document, a form, a voucher, a passport, a letter of approval. You must show your papers if you want to do anything valuable. And the people in charge of giving those approvals are unelected bureaucrats who don’t really care whether you get approved or not. Locals learn which queue to line up in, and on which days of the week they should apply in order to be most likely to get approved. People say, “But healthcare, education and public services are free.” Nice joke, what good is free medical care if the provider isn’t available or doesn’t care about assisting you?

From an article by Bret Stephens in the Washington Post:

“Greece has a public health care system that, in theory, guarantees its citizens access to necessary medical care. Practice, however, is another matter. Patients in Greek public hospitals, Tsipras explained, would first have to slip a doctor “an envelope with a certain amount of money” before they could expect to get treatment. The government, he added, underpaid its doctors and then looked the other way as they topped up their income with bribes.

Take a close look at any country or locality in which the government offers allegedly free or highly subsidized goods and you’ll usually discover that there’s a catch.

France’s subsidized day care is, by all accounts, fantastic for working parents who get their children into it. Except there’s a perpetual shortage of slots. In Sweden, a raft of laws protects tenants from excessively high rent. Except wait times for apartments can be as long as 20 years. In Britain, the National Health Service is a source of pride. Except that, even before the pandemic, 1 in 6 patients faced wait times of more than 18 weeks for routine treatment.”

In Capitalism the business owner cares about the customer because they have to, otherwise they lose your business to a competitor who cares more. And others are free to open a competitive business when opportunities are evident. When demand is great you put on more capacity to serve.

Distrust is Socialism’s starting point 

In Urumqi, China in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, I went with my host to the Grand Bazaar to do some shopping. There were military guards at every entrance and a passport was required just to go buy souvenirs or food. I was patted down and put up against the wall by a soldier who spoke no English. Luckily my agent/host came to my rescue and we were allowed in for an otherwise delightful shopping experience. I still suspect that I might have been carried away in one of the many armored vehicles as we were surrounded by heavily armed guards. Whew, that was close. And this is the state that Socialism aspires to achieve.

Rip Offs from Officials

While going through customs in Caracas during the Hugo Chavez era in Venezuela, the customs agent tried repeatedly to make me exchange all of my US dollars for “Bolivares” (the worthless currency of that country.) This happened both as I entered and days later as I departed. In China I applied at a bank to open a checking account so that I could use AliPay on my phone instead of always carrying Yuan currency “renminbi”. The bank, after an associate and I had stood in line for hours, informed me that I could not open an account because my Visa was only approved for ten years. Ten years! There’s not a quicker way either. There was no answer source to help you determine which line to get in or even whether it was worth it. You get in the queue or you go home. Wait your turn, no matter how long it takes. And, if their workday ends before you get to the front…come again to start over another day.

The next thing you notice is bars on windows and barbed wire or broken glass atop walls and fences. Even in Communist China’s zillions of high rise apartment buildings there are often bars on the windows going up as many as nine stories! Who is so desperate to break in that they would climb nine stories to do it? In Socialist countries there is less trust between people, more corruption and “off the books” dealing, and a thriving black market for basic human needs items. Most dealings begin with a payment under the table. There is also rampant crime, though you don’t see it openly.

In Venezuela I was horrified by the aggressive driving practices. Our driver, in a Mercedes sedan, actually nudged other cars out of the way! Intentional collisions!!! He drove on sidewalks when traffic stopped. No policemen even noticed. And poverty is overwhelming. Entire swaths of the city were complete squalor. Tens of thousands living without running water, reliable electricity, or sanitary conditions.

At the “luxury” hotel where I stayed for my speaking engagement I had two encounters that tell you a lot about the culture. First, my hostess on the concierge floor made it clear to me that she was available for extra services. I declined. Then, when I went downstairs to the salon for a simple haircut, my “stylist” fell asleep DURING the cut! He was on drugs and could barely get through the task of cutting my hair. I asked for another stylist but was refused. Thankfully the damage to my hair was minimal. These were not exceptional situations. This was pretty common wherever I went in Caracas. I understand that things have gotten much worse under the Maduro regime.

In other South American countries I’ve been told, “Under no circumstances are you to get into a car where you do not know the driver!” They say, “This is the car, a Dark Grey Honda Civic four door. The license plate is XXX1234. The driver’s name is Juan Saucedo. Don’t get into another car.” Sheesh! OK then. Later I learned that kidnapping of US visitors was very high in that country. Duly warned. That, my friends, is Socialism. Don’t try this at home!!!

Socialism also loves Racism 

Socialism requires “Systemic Racism” in order to work. To sustain control over a large population the government needs multiple ways to divide and isolate smaller groups. Get them to hate, fight, fear each other, then pick them off one at a time. They establish specific rules for each subgroup. The discrimination is built into the structure of the bureaucracy and reinforced daily through the media. Not just races but any identifiable subgroup.

Why do I say “racism” when clearly some of these are not racial categories? Because the treatment is the same as it would be if skin color were the issue. Look at how black conservatives like Candace Owens and Ben Carson are treated in the USA. It is all about seeing people as being “less than” and judging and restricting them accordingly.

In Socialist countries Americans are singled out first, no race required, the US passport proves that you are unworthy. Christianity gets one set of rules. Buddhism gets a different set. Whites are treated differently from Blacks or Latinos. Tourists, Business Travelers and Immigrants are tightly controlled and monitored. Accommodation of non-native speakers is often non-existent. Good luck speaking English in the Xinjiang district of China, or the customs processing facility in a Venezuelan airport, or at any government agency in Central or South America.

What is Racism?  If we are accusing people of it, then we ought to agree on what it is.

Racism is when one asserts that one race is superior to another race. But it doesn’t depend on physical “race” in order to be practiced. Caucasian, Negro, Asian, Latino, Aleutian, Indian, Aboriginal, Samoan, Jewish, Scandinavian, Native American, Arabic, Egyptian, etc. These were the races we heard most about during the past few generations in America. But Racism has morphed into a new context. Now there are “races” that have nothing whatsoever to do with one’s heritage or DNA.

Today there is virtually no distinction between the practice of Racism, Sexism, Leftism, Anything-Phobia, Climate Denial, Ageism (“OK Boomer”), Socialism, Communism, Religious Persecution or any other “ism.” The Leftists in America have recently invented new groups to hate in order to generate fear, disapproval and agreement to allow the isolation of them. “White Nationalist” is a big favorite, so is “White Supremacist” and “Male Domination”. There is no White Nationalist movement, nor are there enough people who desire White Supremacy to generate much concern. If only whites were in charge of perpetuating racism we would see an end to it within one generation. 

Male Domination is also an easy one for them to perpetuate as an adversary; nature itself is male-dominant, so there’s no escaping that pattern. But these are fabricated judgments. It is the same as racism in practice. It’s all about diminishing the power of one group while advancing the power of your team.

Black Lives Matter is founded on racism.

Not other people’s racism, but their own. Of course lives matter regardless of skin color. But BLM clearly believes that Black is superior to other races, especially Whites. They elevate the needs of Blacks above all others and rationalize it by saying they are repaying past wrongs, even those that have no living victims anymore. They promote lies about police and make accusations that cannot be proven. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” was a slogan manufactured by BLM to win sympathy for their violence. The Trayvon Martin trial is another where the popular myth was a lie. He was guilty of unprovoked assault and George Zimmerman was the victim who acted in self defense. But that’s not the way the BLM media campaign reported it. They also take isolated instances of police misbehavior and criminal action then they amplify it to seem like a wave of hatred and corruption sweeping the nation! Of course, some police are corrupt or are racists. But so are BLM leaders, church pastors, community organizers, hairstylists, kindergarten teachers and dog sitters. That doesn’t make it an epidemic! Every group has its miscreants but police corruption is not systemic nor highly common.

Accuse others of your sins

A central premise of racism is that, in order for it to work, you must ignore the misbehavior of your own group. The biggest source of black crime in America is at the hands of other blacks. In Chicago alone, gun violence, gang violence, and murders by blacks is epidemic. But the Leftist media and the BLM leaders ignore or minimize that. They rationalize it as evidence of how oppressed their group has been. Then they blame the crimes on the guns. Mostly illegal guns, but they ignore that and want to confiscate the guns owned by law abiding citizens.

Maxine Waters clearly believes that her Leftist racist cult, not her skin color, but rather, her worldview, is superior to others, especially Whites and Conservatives. She incites violence and hatred toward them daily. “Get in their faces wherever they go and tell them You’re Not Welcome Here!” The radical politicians known as “The Squad” quickly take on the same outrageous positions. They can’t afford to have you lose your sense of outrage and desire for “justice.”

One of the most openly racist groups on earth is “Antifa.”

Yet they will tell you that they are fighting Fascism. (Ask them to define it.) Antifa understands that using the same actions as Fascists is the best way to resist what they like to call Fascism. Yet what they do is exactly what the WWII Fascists did; they riot, burn, attack, kill, beat, damage, destroy, loot, intimidate and scream at both innocents and defenders. They are like Mussolini’s Brown Shirts and yet, they accuse others of being the offenders. They seem to have very little concern over who they target. Mostly they are committed to doing harm. They treat conservatives as if they were a lower form of life and it would be OK to abuse them.

Yet, even prestigious law schools keep the small mindedness alive. In early May 2021, at Rutgers law school, a student quoted a legal document that included the N-word and suddenly there was a public outcry to censure the student and heal the school of this awful experience.

“Lopez and his co-dean, Kimberly Mutcherson, said in a statement that the discussion underway had nothing to do with “stifling academic freedom, ignoring the First Amendment, or banning words.” Rather, they said, it was about “how best to create classroom environments in which all of our students feel seen, heard, valued and respected.”

Note: They did not say ‘where all students learn and excel in their subjects,’ but rather, where they feel comfortable. Rutgers is a damned expensive place to go to get good feelings, especially when you could have been getting an education instead of worrying about your feelings, if they just changed their focus.

Capitalism hates Racism

A Capitalist society is rooted in freedom and accountability. If you open a new business and it doesn’t meet a large enough public need to generate profits then it fails and you pay for your error through losses. If you mistreat or deceive your customers then competitors will get the business. America is a melting pot of many races and businesses cannot expect to treat them differently then still win their business loyalty.

Through apps like NextDoor.com and Yelp! among others we have found ways to communicate our happiness or unhappiness when dealing with local providers. This freedom of speech allows us to eliminate the bad apples in a non violent way. We simply stop doing business with them. No race identity is required.

The next time someone says Socialism isn’t a threat to America, or when they hurl “Racist” accusations at others, give them a copy of this article and say, “Make your point with logic and evidence.” That will likely be a very short conversation. Have a profitable day.

 

 

 

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