The Conversation

Recently, as many of you know, my family took a month long vacation to the Philippines. While there my sister-in-law gave my wife and I a pair of Rodrigo Duterte T-shirts. Yesterday, for shits and giggles, we both decided to wear them at the same time while out grocery shopping. While we got quite a few looks from people, (maybe because the shirts are bright yellow), we didn’t get any comments; that is until we got to WalMart.

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A conversation ensued between a WalMart cashier, (who is a Filipina friend of ours), myself, and another WalMart customer, (who from the way she was dressed appeared to be a throwback to the Woodstock era hippies.) I will attempt to reconstruct the conversation to the best of my recollection; but some of the wording may not be exactly as it went down.

Cashier: Duterte? Really? He is violating human rights in the Philippines.

Me: Really? Our government has been violating most of our rights for a long time; especially since 9/11, and if Hillary gets elected it will only get worse.

Cashier: But Duterte is calling Obama names and making enemies of the United States.

Me: Well, if Obama would stop telling Duterte how to run his country maybe he wouldn’t call Obama a son of a whore.

Customer: We need to think globally and act locally.

Me: America needs to mind its own business; stop meddling in the affairs of other countries and start taking care of business at home. If Hillary gets elected she’s going to meddle in Syria and piss off the Russians; possibly leading to World War III.

Customer: Talk like that isn’t going to help. We need to make the world a safer place.

Me: Ha, if Hillary gets elected the world might just become a radioactive wasteland.

Customer: I haven’t heard any such thing on the news.

Me: Yeah, all the news does is focus your attention on what they want you to focus on. Take for instance this nonsense about Trump’s treatment of women. Hillary is making a big deal about Trump’s treatment of women yet she remained uncharacteristically silent when her husband was doing far worse. But you don’t hear diddly squat about that from the media; do you?

At this point the other customer removed her items from the belt; put them back into her cart, and went to another line to pay. All in all it made my day quite worthwhile. After all, it isn’t everyday you get to annoy someone with the truth to the point they flee from it.

As I lay in bed last night trying to fall asleep this conversation kept repeating itself in my head; as if it was attempting to tell me something important. When I awoke this morning I had the rough outline of an idea, and after a few sips of coffee it had germinated into what I am about to say.

You see, the cashier at WalMart is not the only person I’ve heard say that Duterte is violating human rights, and that Obama was right to call him on it. Does not the Bible say, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

How is it that we Americans are so ready to condemn violations of the rights of people halfway around the globe by their rulers, yet we are blind to the violations of our rights by our own government?

You say, ‘Oh, but our government is not killing Americans like these other leaders are.’ Is that so; tell that to the family of Lavoy Finicum, the Weavers, or the families of the Branch Davidians. Ask yourself why our government, in its war on terror, has according to statistics, killed roughly 120,000 non combatants in Iraq; what we casually call collateral damage.

Oh yeah, America isn’t killing anybody. Keep believing that and I have some property on the Moon for sale too.

What is it about us Americans that gives us the right to tell the rest of the world how to act; how to send our military all over the damned place to police the world? Really, I would like for you the take a minute or two and think about what it is that gives America the right to do these things.

Is it because we have this splendid Constitution and magnificent Bill of Rights? If that is the case why do we continually vote for candidates whom we allow to overstep the limits placed upon the power they hold by that Constitution? If that is true why do we allow our government to trample all over the rights protected by the Bill of Rights? If these things are so splendid why aren’t we fighting our asses off to see that they are upheld? Hmmm? I’m waiting for an answer…

Or is it that we are just arrogant; thinking that we are better than everyone else and can push our weight around?

I need to tell you another story now; this time it is something that happened while I was in the Air Force stationed in Spain. I worked with this guy from New York who thought he was Joe Cool with the ladies. He met this girl and asked me to come over and translate his English into Spanish so she could understand. The following conversation ensued.

Joe Cool told me to tell her he thought she was very pretty; which I translated and told her. She said thank you, to which I translated and told Joe Cool. Then Joe told me to tell her he wanted to take her out on a date; which I told her. She asked me to ask him where he wanted to take her. I asked and he said he would take her to a nice restaurant and then back to his apartment. I said, No, you don’t want to tell her that. These girls are traditionally very religious and old fashioned. They don’t go to guys apartments on first dates. Joe told me to just tell her; so I did. She didn’t seem to get phased about it, instead she asked me to ask him what he wanted to do at her apartment. So I asked Joe. He told me to tell her that he wanted to make sweet love to her. I held up my hands and said no way, I’m not telling her that. He got mad and said TELL HER. So I did. She got red in the face and told me to tell him to go away. When I told him he got mad at me and said I must have said something different from what he had said and he stormed off.

After he had left the girl asked me, plain as day in English, “Are all Americans idiots like that?” I said, ‘You speak English?’ She said yes, but only if someone makes an effort to speak my language first. You said exactly what he told you to say, and he is an idiot.

You see, I ran into that type attitude a lot while overseas. I saw many Americans who felt that they did not have to make an effort to learn the native language of the country they were stationed in. I saw it in the Philippines, in Italy, Spain, and Korea as well. Plus they came over to these countries with this America is better than you are attitude and it did not sit well with the people they encountered. It wasn’t always that way, but it was enough to leave a bad taste in the mouth of the people of other countries. It also helped fuel that Yankee go home attitude they held towards the U.S.

So what is it about America that we think we have the right to go around telling the leaders of other countries how to run their country, yet at the same time we get bent out of shape when the leaders of other countries criticize how America is being run? Are we truly that hypocritical? Are we that blind to all our own faults that we can only see the faults in others? This is something that has bothered me for quite some time now.

But you see, it doesn’t simply end here. Just as dreams are sometimes nonsensical, so was the idea for this article; shooting off in different directions. Although the customer I pissed off at WalMart did not come right out and say it, I got the impression she was a Hillary supporter; some sort of globalist who felt that socialist programs were the cure for all the world’s evils. Hence, my brain, in the half wake, half sleep condition it was in, went off on different tangents at the same time.

Are you aware that of all the countries on the planet, America only comprises roughly 5% of the world’s population? Are you also aware that although we only account for 5% of the people on the planet, America can make the claim of having 25% of the population of people serving time in prison?

The prison industry is one of the leading industries now in the United States. Bet you didn’t know that either. Bet you didn’t know that the construction of and then the hiring of people to staff these prisons accounts for a large part of what remains of our once booming economy. Yet still, in California they can’t keep up with all the people we put into our prisons. Recently Governor Gerry Brown had to release some felons back into society due to prison overcrowding.

Could it be that America is becoming more criminally inclined? Or is it that our government is passing so many laws, criminalizing so much behavior that it is creating a situation where we cannot walk down the street without violating a half dozen or so ordinances and committing a felony or two?
Then, as my mind is apt to do when half awake, half asleep, I pondered the fact that the cities with the highest levels of crime are also the cities that are predominantly Democrat. Just in my own State, Oakland, Stockton and Los Angeles all have extremely high rates of crime. While it is true that they also have more people than the more urban areas, the crime rate in these typically Democratic cities is disproportionally higher than their urban counterparts.

This trend holds true across the country. Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Cleveland, St Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and New York City are among the leaders in our nation in regards to crime rates. Yet they are also cities that have been governed by Democrats for quite some time now; often going back to the 1940’s since the last time Republicans represented the people of these States.

I’m not saying the Republicans are any better at upholding the Constitution and respecting our rights, but I am saying there is something to the mentality of Democrats that causes crime to breed within the areas they control.

Also, don’t get me wrong and think that I’m saying that everyone who is a Democrat is a criminal; I’m not. But there is a mentality that some Democrats have that leads them to believe that if someone has something that others need, then it is the obligation of those who have to give to those who are in need.

After all, how many times have you heard Democratic candidates preach that the rich must pay their fair share? Why is that? Do the rich also, because they pay more, deserve more in return from government? After all, if you go into a store with $10 and someone else goes into the store with $1000, who do you think is going to walk out of the store with more merchandise? Why should the rich be required to subsidize a larger percentage of the population than the middle class, or the poor. As far as that goes, why should any segment of society be required to subsidize the existence of any segment of society?

You show me, an clear wording, the exact place in the Constitution where it says that the government is obligated to create jobs, provide the people with a retirement fund or health care, provide them with a financial safety net if they lose their job, or bail them out if they make bad business decisions.

I’ll wait while you do that search…

Couldn’t find it, or did you even bother looking? And don’t give me that general welfare of the people crap either. James Madison, the mover and shaker whose idea it was to abolish the Articles of Confederation and replace them with a much stronger central government didn’t believe that for a minute. In fact, Madison said the following in a veto message for subsidies to Cod Fishermen, “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress… Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”

You see, the modus operandi of the Democrats is to divide and conquer by creating class and racial divisions in this country. The followers of Democratic candidates are told that society is to blame for all their problems and therefore society owes them and should be taxed to subsidize their existence. This creates a dependency upon government and anyone who even suggests that these programs be cut back, or terminated, is told they are heartless, and don’t care about those in need.

Look at the violence directed towards Trump supporters, often instigated by plants from the Democratic Party itself, to make Trump supporters appear to be mean and cold hearted towards the poor or minorities. I’m not standing up for Trump here, I’m only showing the modus operandi of the Democrats, and how their tactics are not aimed at uniting us, but keeping us divided. In short, they stand for everything that is in opposition to a truly United States of America; they are pure evil, and Hillary Clinton is their current poster child. In fact, she may be the fruition of years of work and may be the final nail in the coffin to our once free Republic.

We have become so divided that Trump has said the system is so rigged he will not accept the outcome of the election should he lose. I’ve heard everything from Hillary supporters from people like Rosie O Donnell saying she will leave the country if Trump wins to people tweeting that they will riot in the streets if Trump wins.

I have also seen firsthand how customers will pack their shit back into their cart and move to another aisle when someone threatens their views with the truth.

Make no mistake about it, I’m not portraying the Republicans as the party who can fix America; they are guilty of caving in to Obama while they’ve had a majority in both houses of Congress for years now. Plus they are the party that gave us the Patriot Act and all these other violations of our rights to fight our war against terror.

I am saying that there is something about Democrats that runs counter to all that this country was founded upon; integrity, hard work, self-reliance, all these are things the Democrats despise because it would mean they have no reason to exist as a viable political party.

You will not hear a Democrat stand up and quote Teddy Roosevelt, who once said, “If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.”

The way I see it we’re screwed no matter what. The Democrats are evil and stand for everything our Founders opposed. The Republicans are only slightly better, telling us they stand for conservative values, while often allowing the Democrats to run wild with their programs without putting up any kind of fight to stop them; or enacting programs of their own which overstep the due limits to their powers and violate our rights.

As long as the people of this country hold fast to their respective political parties, and the shills they spit out for us to vote for, nothing will get better in America. If we want change, and change for the better, we need to go backwards; not in the way Trump talks about, but backwards towards a limited government that is bound by the specific powers given it by the Constitution. These half measures and voting for the lesser of two evils is only going to lead us further down the pathway to absolute tyranny and oppression; and the sooner people realize that the better.

I know this may have been all over the place with the ideas I’ve discussed, but that’s just how my mind works sometimes; a whole bunch of ideas pinging around inside my skull at the same time. Inside my head it all makes perfect sense, but when I put it into words it often gets jumbled and confusing.

Anyway, just thought I’d share the conversation I had yesterday and the process my mind goes through to come up with these articles I write.

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