Thursday, October 30, 2008

National Guilt

I read on someone's web page that we can't ignore the national stain on our history because our nation practiced slavery for hundreds of years. They were saying our nation now owes the descendants of the victims of slavery reparation for the inhumane treatment and lack of justice they suffered.

That got me thinking --

Slavery was not a national problem -- it was a regional problem. I belong to the nation that DEFEATED slavery! It was the United States of America that rose up and told the Confederate South that not only could they not secede from the union, but they could no longer own slaves. It was my country that defended freedom for blacks. It was my country that destroyed the awful system of human trafficking!

It was the Republican Party that defeated slavery! Abraham Lincoln, that great defender of human rights, was a Republican.

None of my ancestors owned or condoned the practice of slavery.

So I oppose the idea that my country owes anybody any reparation for a practice that my country defeated.

I oppose the idea that the Republican Party is worse and the Democrat Party is better for blacks.

I oppose the idea that I owe anybody any reparation just because of my skin color and because of their skin color.

Even if reparation might be somehow justified, it should only be paid by those who are proved
by a high percentage to be descendants of actual slave owners, and the only ones who should receive reparation money are those who prove by a high percentage to be descendants of actual slaves.

Even those reparation payments would have to be filtered. During the slave trafficking days, it was African tribe against African tribe, blacks against blacks, who captured and sold slaves to the traffickers. If someone descended from a black slave captor, then they would owe reparation to someone who descended from a black slave captee. The reparation debt would apply not only to people living in America. There are many descendants of black slave captors still living in Africa. Many of those who received the slaves and transported them to this country were from other countries. So the ship captains and crews and their descendants would also share the guilt. Look out Dutch, French, English and Portuguese!

How ridiculous can this whole issue become? Its like the man who was trying to prove he was 25% American Indian so he could collect reparation money from the U.S. Government. Wait a minute! If he was 25% American Indian and 75% white, then three-fourths of him owes the other one fourth of him payment!

So, if someone proved they were actually descended from slaves, we would also have to see if or how much their ancestors intermarried with non-slave descendants, and adjust their reparation payments accordingly.

There is hardly a group living in this country who can't point to some injustice committed upon them or their ancestors. Besides blacks, there are American Indians, Germans, Jews, Italians, Polish, Hispanics, Japanese, Russians, and others I probably did not think of. I think by the time we all pay reparations to everyone else, we might have just about done an even swap all around.

The reparation issue is not about justice or equality. It is about preference, reverse racism, and self-interest.

Those are my thoughts on this matter.

Oh, and I am still running barefoot! and loving it!
For those who think it matters, I wear no animal products and I wear no petrochemical products when I run! How's that for environmentally friendly?


Friday, October 03, 2008

A Letter to My Congressman:

While it appears that a financial bailout is imperative, I ask that you demand some answers before approving it:

1. Where did all the money GO and how do we make those who took it RETURN IT??
Sallie Mae, Freddy Mac, WaMu, etc. were not failing to be profitable for all these years -- it appears their profits were being siphoned (stolen) and misappropriated. Who took the money, how do we get it back so taxpayers don't have to foot the entire bail-out cost?

2. Will those responsible for the financial mess be held accountable? We expect to see a list of indictments against politicians, investors, and business leaders who truly caused this mess. You could start by making public the list of names who are responsible, and the list of names of those who wrongfully received money from these failed institutions.

I believe Barack Obama and Barney Frank will be on those lists - if so, let the chips fall where they may. We want all the evidence and all the facts to see the light of day in an open and unblinking inquiry. How come so many politicians, who are not supposed to accept gifts or bribes, suddenly end up being millionaires when their government salaries don't support it. They got their money from SOMEWHERE illegal!

3. If these are such tough financial times, why does the bailout package have so much EXTRA spending in it? Cut out the pork! If a financial bailout is necessary, let's not spend any more than is necessary. This shouldn't be a free-for-all where everybody gets a free lollipop.

4. Where did we come up with 700 billion dollars all at once? This tells me that we have been WAY OVERTAXED. Cut the taxing, cut the stupidity with money, cut the assault and the punishment on the productive citizens.

5. Wouldn't eliminating all the illegal aliens and closing our borders reclaim most, if not all, of the cost of this financial bailout? We are losing millions of dollars supporting people who are law-breakers, who do not have any right to be here, and who siphon money straight out of our economy. Correct this mess and we wouldn't mind so much having to fund this bail-out by our own sweat and labor.

Do the right thing!