4th of july


DON’T STOP THE MOVEMENT – PARIS

When I was thirteen years old, I was really into hip hop. I had a tape by a rapper named Paris and the album was titled The Devil Made Me Do It.  I remember thinking it was the most violent, dangerous and seditious thing I had ever heard, so needless to say, my adolescent self loved it.  My father found the tape, saw the parental advisory sticker on the cover, the title conjuring images of Satan and listened to a few moments of the first track and immediately decided to confiscate it.  I first tried to steal the tape from my father’s top bureau drawer.  He eventually noticed the tape was missing and questioned me.  I vaguely remember pleading with him that the music represented the violent reality of the violent environment where this poor rapper must have originated.  I was obviously watching far too much MTV and regurgitating what I heard from some talking head.  My father let me have the tape.  I am not sure if I made a successful argument or rather he just didn’t want to hear it anymore.

A few years later, before the 1992 election, Paris released an even more bombastic album titled Sleeping With The Enemy.  The biggest single which garnished much attention was Bush Killa.  The track portrayed a gunman shooting George H. Bush and the nervous record company shelved the album until after the election.

Seventeen years later, I wondered if this enigma named Paris still made music, if he was still as committed to his art and his politics. Here’s what I happily discovered on YouTube.

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CAN YOU IDENTIFY PROPAGANDA?




Demand Peace!

Want peace in the Middle East? Want a democratic Iran? Want to travel the world and once again feel as an individual, you represent liberty, democracy, justice and constitutional governance? Do you want terrorists, warlords and despots to vanish from the political landscape? Demand an end to U.S. intervention in the Middle East. If you want peace, demand peace. We are still the people, we still have the power.



OUR Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

Thomas J. Jefferson

I am so sick of hearing about Iran.  No, I do not want to blow them up.  No, I do not want to send in the marines.  No, I do not want to liberate the people.  I do not want to do anything in Iran politically.  I think it is nice there is a revolutionary and democratic impulse surfacing in Iran but that only makes me more frustrated about the whole situation.  Honestly, I am just sick of hearing about Iran.

As more time passes it becomes more and more apparent that there was in fact election fraud in the Iranian presidential election.  My question is so what?  Two basic facts must be accepted before this subject can be discussed intelligently.  One, the office of president in Iran is simply a figurehead position with no real authority and two, the defeated candidate and supposed “pro-Western reformer” Mir-Hossein Mousavi is not very different politically from incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  All final authority in Iran is enjoyed and wielded by a small council of religious clerics called Ayatollahs.  This council is led by an individual with a title that is not ambiguous in the least.  This man is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah AliKhamenei.  Even without the most basic knowledge of Iranian politics it would be hard to confuse who’s truly in power when one hears the two titles of “president” and “supreme leader.”  The title alone “Supreme Leader” does not mince words and the position of president in Iran is simply that of an international, celebrity spokes model.  It does not matter if Ahmadinejad or Mousavi is president, the Ayatollahs will continue to rule.  Even if the position of president in Iran actually had true political power, this election is still inconsequential because politically Ahmadinejad and Mousavi are not that different from each other.  The debate between both candidates are as meaningful as Pepsi versus Diet Pepsi.

The response of Americans to the Iranian Color Revolution is a pathetic revelation to exactly how much Americans can be swayed by 24 hour cable news stations.  People are actually organizing and protesting the Iranian election in the American streets.  How absolutely ludicrous!  Do all these Americans who are so concerned with the individual liberties and the democratic process of Iranians remember that THERE WAS OBVIOUS VOTER FRAUD IN BOTH THE ’00 AND THE ’04 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?! Where was the outrage then?!  Where were the American people organizing in the streets?  What was the reform?  How did we defend our republic and our democratic processes?  Did we get rid of those digital voting machines that can be easily tampered with?  Did we eliminate the electoral college?  Did we pressure our elected representatives to enact laws to eliminate campaign contributions?  Did we even get off our couches?

No.

I don’t want to hear about the Iranian election.  If there truly is an organic revolution simmering there which will bring liberty to the Iranian people, well God bless them.  Unfortunately, I live in the United States and the once great republic is dying while corruption rules and the people are lullabyed to sleep by the conglomerated corporate digital bread and circus.  Two weeks ago, our 6th Amendment was weakened, we no longer enjoy the right to an attorney, and yesterday Barack Obama pressed his congress to give more sweeping power to the Federal Reserve, the private central bank ruiners of our economy.  We are in the middle of silent economic coup d’état in our own backyard.  Yes, the Iranian people have their problems but we Americans have our own gigantic, domestic problems to concern ourselves with.  Turn off Ted Turner’s CNN, Ruppert Murdock’s FOX, GE’s MSNBC, Disney’s ABC, turn them all off.  Protect the freedom of the internet, the modern day electronic printing press, educate yourself, educate your neighbors, stop regurgitating the psy-op, cable news propaganda, read the history of our forefathers, read our constitution, believe.  The answers are there.  The illusion is on cable in a 24 hour propaganda cycle.  You are being manipulated emotionally to support corporate America’s imperial hegemony as you are distracted from the truth.

Please America, I’m begging you, please wake up. The hour is late.



When We Furnish the Means By Which We Suffer

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

post script,

Thomas Paine used all of his profits from the sales of Common Sense to purchase mittens for the Continental Army whom were to invade English-occupied Canada in the cold of winter.



A Police State Can Only Exist Through Willful Ignorance and Civic Indifference

 

This is video footage of a pastor being beaten and tazered by border patrol agents after this pastor requested the police officers to abide by constitutional law and honor this individual’s civil liberties.  This video made me cry.  I get really upset when I see individuals who took a sacred oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution acting like ignorant, jackboot thugs with no inkling of understanding concerning constitutional law.  I get really upset when I see innocent American citizens beaten by people whose job is to “protect and serve the public.” It shouldn’t be possible.

It is not well enough for you or me to individually understand our civil liberties and constitutional law. We must educate every American around us.  We need to educate our neighbors who are police officers, soldiers, teachers, everyone.  I carry a U.S. Constitution in my purse, I carry one in my work uniform.  My coworkers laugh at me but I play the role of the clown. I make self effacing jokes but I assure you this, my coworkers are well aware that last week the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was eroded by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision that states attorneys are not required to be present in police interrogations in “certain situations.”  I may play the clown, but my coworkers, from the busboys to the servers to the bartenders to the cooks to the managers, know that eroding our Bill Rights creates a slippery slope which can only lead despotism.  My coworkers are learning. Teach your neighbors, teach your coworkers, bring a constitution every where.  The christians carry their Bibles and memorize biblical script, shouldn’t we carry the U.S. Constitution and memorize constitutional law if we are going evangelize to the American people the virtues liberty and constitutional republicanism?