Which Men are More Equal than Other Men?   6 comments

It’s a dark thought, but we’re looking into the dustbin of history. The United States of America as conceived by the Founding generation is … well, it isn’t. It hasn’t been for a long time.

Maybe it went away before it even started when our Founders thought it wise to allow some men to own other men … in violation of that First Principle of “ALL men are created equal.”

Maybe it went away when it was newly minted when the next generation thought it wise to remove the Indians from their ancestral lands … in violation of that First Principle of “ALL men are created equal.”

Maybe it went away when my abolitionist ancestors, with the best of intentions, demanded that the government by the people, for the people and of the people force some of the people to give up what they deemed to be their property in order that we recognize that “ALL men are created equal.”

Maybe it went away when a president chose to prosecute a war against those who refused to acquiesce to the demands of my abolitionist ancestors. Which men are more equal than other men?

Maybe it went away when, after the abolitionists won the war, we allowed greedy capitalist bastards to subjugate those states that had lost the war. Which men are more equal than other man?

Maybe it went away when the United States Army massacred American Indians who refused to leave the first set of prison lands we put them on.

Maybe it went away when we didn’t allow Chinese immigrants to become citizens.

Maybe it went away when we set up the administrative state to control our affairs, allowing our servants to become our masters.

Maybe it went away when we interred the Japanese-Americans because we assumed the Japanese part of them was stronger than the American part of them. Which men are more equal than other men?

Maybe it went away when we decided it was okay for convicted felons to be denied the same liberties as those who have never been caught in their crimes. Which men are more equal than other men?

Maybe it went away when men would not allow women to vote or own lands or conduct businesses. Are men more equal than women?

In the litany of abuses of liberty, there’s a pattern. All pigs are equal … some pigs are more equal than other pigs. Yeah, Huxley wrote a fiction hit piece against communistic socialism, but are we in the United States really any better?

In Dearborn, Michigan, non-Muslims complain that they can hear the calls to prayer of their Muslim neighbors. That offends them, they say. We have freedom of religion … unless we don’t like your religion. Meantime, here in Fairbanks, my neighborhood endures another call to reverence about six times a day. Ft. Wainwright Army Base is just a block away and they play music over a loud-speaker throughout the day. Sorry, I don’t know the names of the songs other than Taps, but there’s one to wake up in the morning, one to go to work, one to get off work and one to wind down for the night and one to go to bed and ….

Apparently we don’t mind calls to reverence so long as they’re not Muslim.

I’m free to believe in God, so long as my God believes it’s okay for gay people to fornicate. If He doesn’t, than I should quit believing in Him. If I don’t, I might find myself fined or imprisoned or ….  Well, not yet, but we’re getting there. Is it really any worse than when we said it was against the law for consenting adults to do whatever they pleased in the privacy of their own bedrooms?

In past generations, I would have been told that I was less-than because I’m part American Indian or because I’m a woman. Today I’m told I’m less-than if (IF) I am as proud of my white ancestry as I am of my Indian blood. Don’t I know that being a “person of color” is far more worthy than being a WASP? WASPs are losing power and should. They were so horrible, brutal, tyrannical, murdering, genocidal — see examples above.

Which men are more equal than other men?

Why are we surprised that we’ve come to this position in our history? We’ve always been at this position, depending on what group you belonged to. Indian, black, Southerner, female, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Papist (that’s Catholic for the historically challenged), Muslim, Mormons ….

We have violated our First Principle often and dramatically over the last 240 years. The only difference is that today a minority of one form or another is increasingly subjugating a majority that has never been subjugated in this country and doesn’t know what to do about it. Oh, we’re told it’s for the best of intentions. Don’t you feel all the warm fuzzies? No, me neither.

Are we done or is this just a turning point? Will something better be beyond or will future generations talk about us like we talk about the Roman Empire?

Dark thoughts! How do we get back to our First Principles when we’ve never really exercised our First Principle?

Posted September 29, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in History

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6 responses to “Which Men are More Equal than Other Men?

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  1. “If I don’t [quit being homophobic], I might find myself fined or imprisoned or …. Well, not yet, but we’re getting there.”

    … There is no truth to that statement. Unless you practice homophobia with violence, threats of violence, or denying worker’s rights, the only thing homophobes will have to fear as the years go by is social ostracization for being bigots.

    But that was the only really objectionable bit. Beyond that, I enjoyed reading the realization that America is not and will never be the same America as it was founded. I also like the fact that you note just how often American values have coincided with oppression of others throughout history. To say we’ve never really fully implemented the idea that all people are truly equal is an understatement, but on a positive note, we are always marching closer and closer to truly realizing that dream. It is far from over to be sure, but history has proven that we will shrug the most racist and sexist elements of our culture and our government off our backs slowly but surely. Ending slavery, giving women the vote, growing legalization of gay marriage… all wins for equality and liberty.

    So for that we can thank the wisdom of the almighty divine holiness, the Founding Fathers, for paying lip service to the idea that all people are born equal. And we can thank the many good people who have fought for that lip service to become a reality in this country from abolitionists to suffragettes to gay marriage advocates. We will not be the same America that we were founded as, and in another hundred years, America will hardly be recognizable from what we know today.. and if the general trend of tolerance continues, our future America will be much better off for it.

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    • It’s not homophobia, Brandon. It might surprise you that I count a number of lesbians as friends.

      I don’t fear homosexuals. I have deep and abiding respect for God that calls on me to love my fellow human beings as God loves us. Just because something seems right to humans doesn’t mean it’s good for us and when God says “Don’t do it”, then it’s required of Christians to accept the scorn that comes with being His people and say “God says don’t do it.”

      If you believe as I do that sin — all sin and especially sexual sin (which can be heterosexual as well as homosexual” separates people from God, then there is nothing more loving and less hateful than to warn people that they’re headed in complete the wrong direction.

      And, speaking of tolerance, Brandon, until your ilk is willing to allow ALL believers of all sorts freedom of faith, you have no business even using the word. You don’t want tolerance. You want the right to say what I can and cannot believe from God’s word. That’s not tolerance. That’s tyranny!

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  2. dark thoughts indeed, but true, and worthy of deep contemplation. As a point of interest, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niihau_Incident

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    • I actually had read about the incident a long time ago, but I still don’t see it as an appropriate justification for what the US government did. I understand the perspective, but I would note that plenty of German Americans gave material aid to Germany in the early part of the war, prior to America’s official declaration, and we didn’t round my grandparent’s neighbors up and put them in concentration camps. We did, however, not just lock up Japanese Americans, but we also removed Aleut Indians (who look kind of Japanese, but are not at all related) from the Aleutian Islands and put them in camps as well. We didn’t call them internment camps, but they weren’t free to leave. For years, the US military tried to say it was necessary because of the Japanese invasion of Attu, but we ruined the lives of those Aleuts just like we ruined the lives of the Japanese Americans. They were fellow Americans and they had a right to due process and to be left the heck alone, but because they didn’t look like us, non-ethnic Americans were okay with what their government did.

      We need to admit it and stop making excuses and then WE NEED TO MOVE ON. This generation didn’t do that. I don’t owe any Japanese Americans anything for what my parents’ generation allowed to happen because it didn’t happen to this generation of Americans of Japanese descent. We need to stop demanding retribution and recompence for past mistakes and we need to stop offering apologies and start focusing on what is before us in this generation. Just because we weren’t true to our principles in 1942 doesn’t mean we can’t be true to our principles in 2013.

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  3. If I may, while I do not in any way condone the actions of the US government in 1941/42, I can say without a doubt a bunch of Northeast-easterner Yankees, who no doubt had never met an American of Japanese descent let alone an Aleut Alaskan, would view them as a threat, one would have to admit, understandably one could conceive a threat. [plz see http://www.johnheinl.net/LHserver/JP-german61001.htm ]

    I understand that you are not an intelligence or a security expert, but if I may be so bold to describe you as one who is an expert on democracy and freedom, looking at such things from a perspective of both the oppressor and oppressed, I would assume (plz correct if I am wrong), one who would have a more (for lack of a better term) better point of view.

    Plz forgive me, if I undersell your talents, I am the a most devoted fan, of yours. I read your posts/articles, and debate internally the merits and value of you arguments. Without a doubt, I view your arguments with the highest regards, but it is my duty and my honor to argue your faults, if nothing else to make your arguments stronger.

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    • I have no problem with any arguing or attempting to correct me when I’m wrong. As you might notice, I don’t block any comments (except the obvious spam) and I resist taking down my mistakes (hence the Newsweek cover story still hanging here). I figure I can learn from anyone. And, it’s okay for people who generally agree on things to disagree on others. It’s actually a sign that we’re not all brainwashed. Thinking people disagree on some things. Like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

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