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Perspective and Context

Finally, tax season is over! The feeling of relief surging through me is difficult to explain but as real as it gets. I can now devote more of my time to writing about things that, to me at least, matter.

After sixteen years doing taxes for the largest retail tax preparation company around you learn how to listen to people instead of just hearing people talk. I’m certain my listening skills were further developed during my stint as an armed security officer. As one of my Chief Petty Officers in the Navy used to say, “The best weapon/tool you will ever employ is between your ears.” He was so right it is scary. People will nearly always tell you exactly what they want or what their issue is if you know how to listen. Take the “mainstream” media for example.

To an objective observer it is painfully clear nearly every source of news pushes its ideological perspective. Little or no context or perspective is included in the “news” today. News without perspective and context is not news, it is simple propaganda. Nearly all news today fits that description. For the record I exclude those purveyors of news/opinion who clearly identify themselves as such, (Me, Rush, The Blaze and even one of my long time favorites, Paul Harvey.) The organization/person who clearly identifies his ideology may also provide news but the reader/listener/viewer can evaluate such news through the filter of the presenters known bias. Those who present ideology as unbiased news or fact and deny doing so (ABC, NBC, CBS, N.Y. Times, Time, Moveon, Salon etc) are simple propagandists and should be clearly labeled as such.

Black Lives Matters is a prime example of an ideology desperate to avoid perspective or context. Does anyone really believe todays average inner city dwelling black man with his government sponsored apartment, ability to travel at will, generous EBT card, free health care, $200 Air Jordans, cable fed 42inch flatscreen tv, $600 Iphone booming out the latest in rap music and free legal counsel is worse off than he would have been as a slave a 160 plus years ago? These “poor” black men risk being killed by their black brothers at a rate orders of magnitude higher than they would have been exposed to as a slave. But, but I hear the peanut gallery exploding, slavery is evil and wrong. Indeed it is and no sane person would argue otherwise but there are some basic facts, perspective if you will, that BLM and their endorsers either do not or will not accept.

At slavery’s height only 1.6% (interestingly that is also the same percentage of Americans that identify as homersexual, I wonder if there is a correlation) of southerners owned a slave. The fact is that outside of plantation life few southerners had any direct experience with slavery. Does that make the evil of slavery any less then? Of course not but it does provide a level of context concerning slavery that undermines BLM’s very existence. But, but the peanut gallery gasps, what about racism? Just because you didn’t own a slave doesn’t mean you weren’t racist. That is true as far as it goes but honestly, it doesn’t go very far. How then do the BLM race baiters explain the thousands of publicly known Abolitionists (and thousands more who remained hidden from public view) in the south that worked diligently and bravely to end slavery? There were certainly many men of wealth who chose not to own slaves. Were these folks racist also?

But, but the peanut gallery explodes, wasn’t the worth of a black man set as three-quarters of a man? To believe that one must remain ignorant of history and avoid factual context at all costs. The three-quarters number was a method devised for the purposes of limiting the number of House Members in congress from the southern states. If slaves had been counted individually the north would have been, politically speaking, outvoted regularly by the southern states. The three-quarters “rule” was a simple math solution to balance political power. It was never engendered as an actual measure of worth. That was a lie told in the Gobbels tradition, long and loud.

But, but the peanut gallery interjects passionately, that was then, this is now! BLM claims that even today blacks are routinely executed by police. While it is not difficult to argue with someone so comfortable in their delusion that reality takes a back seat it does sometimes get tiresome. I wonder sometimes if such people have just decided to be stupid longer than I can be reasonable, thus “winning” by default. Still, according to the Justice Department cops kill nearly twice as many whites as blacks every year. I guess the police have not gotten the memo about killing the “wrong” color people.

But, but, the peanut gallery whispers sincerely, seemingly desperate to prove some point, any point, no matter how small, of their ideology correct. Blacks are routinely given more traffic tickets than whites. That “proves” racism by law enforcement. Well, its true there are stupid people in every group but I believe law enforcement weeds them out faster than most. Still, perspective blows this “tragedy” into the overflowing dust bin of stupid liberal ideas. According to a study commissioned by the New Jersey Attorney General and later leaked to The New York Times, blacks make up 16% of the drivers on the Jersey Turnpike but 25% of the speeders in the 65-mph zones. In the study a speed camera was set up. The sole purpose of the camera was to photograph cars passing it recording both the driver and the vehicles speed. The number of blacks photographed speeding was nearly identical, as a percentage, to the number of tickets issued to black speeders. To your average BLM type this proves only that speed cameras are racist.

The keystone in the destruction of context and perspective is the overriding and fiercely burning desire of liberals and progressives to erase history and replace it with their preferred narrative. Few examples better illustrate this than the flap over the Confederate flag. The Confederate Battle flag, popularly known as the stars and bars, was never the official flag of the confederacy. The simple fact is that the “national” flag adopted by the southern states looked so much like the American flag that soldiers on both sides suffered serious confusion under the stress of battle. The confederacy adopted the stars and bars as a battle flag to eliminate that confusion. A symbol of racism? In a tertiary sense perhaps but to the student of history and the vast majority of the confederate army it was just a symbol of states rights.

Even so, it is not just ideologies or symbols that must be deprived of context and perspective. People too must be sterilized, sanitized or even eliminated from history. Such a fate has befallen one of my earliest heros. His name was Milton Friedman and he won a Noble Prize in Economics. Precious few “college” students even know his name. Those who dare bring him up as a defender of capitalism routinely hear him being derided as the crazy old uncle every family has. Nothing could be farther from the truth. His brilliant and simply explained destruction of every tenant held dear by liberals, progressives, communists, socialists and social justice warriors made him the all time public enemy number one. To understand just how potent a threat he was to the aforementioned busybodies you should watch him on Youtube. Prepare to be amazed.

Today Ivy League and city colleges are filled to the brim with well-indoctrinated perspective and context free automatons given the tragically inappropriate name of student. This is a generation that has accomplished nothing more than the perfection of narcissism, self-absorption, mindless entertainment and the abandonment of virtually everything that made America the greatest country in the history of the planet. This generation is so devoid of actual accomplishment that they must make up tragedies to overcome. Micro aggressions, mansplaining or safe spaces anyone? On some level I believe these purveyors of social justice sense the destruction they have wrought. I believe this explains their passion and devotion to their frankly insane ideologies. They seek, on some level, to absolve their guilty consciences by riding their white horses to the rescue of, insert your favorite grievance here.

To these thin skinned heros of the revolution context and perspective are dreadful impediments that must be overcome, banned and discredited. No safe space can harbor intellectually honest perspective and context. The twin evils of perspective and context require thought and after all, thinking today is a lot harder than it should be. Thus it must be this way because perspective and context destroys the current popular narrative. Whether it’s the war on women, religious freedom, global warming, terrorism, gay rights, the cult of islam, gun control, equal pay for women, transgender equality, Planned Parenthoods mythical mammograms or the neighborhood pedophiles right to use the bathroom/shower of his choice, perspective and context must eliminated.

As one of the leaders of their revolution Hillary Clinton once said, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” Glad we got that straight.

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