We The People…

Prompted by some dialogue recently, regarding the kneeling during the National Anthem, I took some time out to read the Constitution. I recommend everyone takes some time out to do the same. I think Thomas Jefferson had a great idea when he wrote it. A system, constructed of the people, by the people, for the people. Looking over men and women, all equal. Reading the constitution shows me what the United States of America is SUPPOSED to be.
 
The system, however, has become disconnected, as it has been repeatedly led by persons, of the people, by the people but not for the people. The “for the people” seems to have been distributed to the people, living within the Liberty of the Constitution, in such a way to cause deliberate division, nothing like what Thomas Jefferson had in mind.
 
As I read Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, I see scary resemblances of times past, where the system has separated itself from the people, yet still controlling the people, leaving the path clear for revolution. Jefferson’s idea of Love and Unity has descended to a Tweeting laughing stock. There seems to be very little done for the people but much done for the betterment of society’s controlling systems, towards an agenda the people don’t know.
 
An aide to Thomas Jefferson is quoted to have said, “Whether it is the courts of King Louis XVI or Robespierre’s Revolutionary Committee, no government that asserts its power in the form of public exhibition can gain control of its audience’s reaction.”
 
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee, during the National Anthem, he was exercising his right to the First Amendment.
The First Amendment isn’t the right to protest a group of people, remembering that Thomas Jefferson’s idea was for all men to live in tranquility. Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have an issue with white people. Neither does he disrespect the flag, country or military, as he has said many times. The First amendment is the right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” He is pointing out that those who police the parameters of Liberty and those that execute the various articles of the Constitution are doing so unfairly and that, as a result, people, Americans, are suffering.
 
In Jefferson’s mind, this situation is supposed to see a man, making such a bold statement, heard, as the preamble to the Constitution indicates, “We, the people” will look out for the general welfare of the people.
In Jefferson’s world, the people would have come together to alert the system to the fact that it isn’t doing what it is supposed to do. It isn’t holding up ITS end of the bargain but this hasn’t happened.
 
Divide and conquer will always remain the art of war.
 
In the conversations I’ve had about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling, I’ve come to see that there are people who genuinely cannot see why he’s kneeling and this is where we have the problem.
You see, the system has made a great job in dividing the people. The system has divided the people and then made one portion of the people feel that they are living according to what the system should represent. Now, not only have you broken society into smaller pieces, making them easier to control, but you can set the status quo and have a portion of them support you, for reward.
Leadership then went on to fashion further supporting systems, such as the education system, legal system, strengthening itself with the media, all towards its own agenda. We need to come together, in love for one another, to question what this agenda actually is.
 
The simple fact is, our current leadership relies on the separation of the people, in order to advance towards its own goal. If unity were important, Colin Kaepernick would have been heard. Has anyone asked themselves why we have stopped hearing his name?
The system created its own All Lives Matter approach again, this time by creating MANY Colin Kaepernicks, doing the same thing but for a different reason. Colin gave voice to those wanting equality. To those wanting “We, the people”. The many that we see kneeling now do so to spite the President, on behalf of the NFL, just another system of the system. How gullible we all are to simple diversion.
Colin’s voice has been drowned out with many voices and clamour, created by diversion and we’ve all fallen for it.
 
As I write, I can see where there are so many subjects that need to be addressed but those can be addressed another time. One of the big elephants in the room, I feel, is the requirement of black people to be grateful and, yet another, is gullibility where the media is concerned.
 
The way that I see it, there is a call, from someone feeling there is inadequate love being apportioned. If we can answer this call from other countries and even animals, we can answer this call from a man who, believe it or not, like it or not, IS one of us…
 
You can read The Constitution HERE
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Proverbs 29:25

At times, it’s easier said than done, to put aside the fear of what humanity can exact on you. When I take time to think of what some of these type of scriptures entail, it doesn’t always evoke the warm, fuzzy feeling inside. For example, how easy is it to put aside the fear of what humanity can do when your job is on the line?
It’s always important to assess communication from what is meant, as opposed to what is said.

Tragic: Deidra Del Angel

There is a different angle given to reading when the author is a friend. When you read, it’s like you can hear their voice and then there are times when you can read parts of their presentation and know that they are actually putting themselves on to paper. I’m in no doubt that this book is very close to Deidra.

The book is a synopsis of a young girl, growing up and going through things that most of us would never dream of. Sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and it seems to be an introduction, leading to further books that Deidra has in the pipeline and in her mind. I’m definitely proud of my friend and I know that this first step of being published has taken so much more than time, pen and paper. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow as an author, as she grows as a person.

I’d like to see Deidra supported plenty. You can find her book on Amazon HERE

Howl’s Moving Castle: Diana Wynne Jones

I asked my girlfriend what her favourite film was ages ago and she told me about Howl’s Moving Castle, a Studio Ghibli/Disney presentation. We watched it together and I really enjoyed it! The way that anime and fantasy combine intrigues me, along with it’s animation and very interesting story lines. Howl’s Moving Castle, of the Ghibli releases comes a very close third, behind The Wind Rises and Spirited Away. When I realised it was a book. I had to read it!

The book lacks the traditional Ghibli approach of combining time periods and fantastic flying machines but that isn’t a bad thing. What I did love was how the oldest of time periods merged with modern day Wales. I was pretty gobsmacked when Sophie ventured through the castle door, black blob facing down and found herself in modern day Wales! I loved how she was mortified by the noisy, horseless carts (Cars) and fascinated by the picture frames of moving pictures, connected to the wall by a white, flexible cord (TV)!

Reading the book took a little getting used to at first, as I had just finished Romeo & Juliet, with it’s totally different focus on audience and, obviously, totally different style of writing. Howl’s Moving Castle is a children’s fantasy book so the language was much less complex and the sentence structure very punctual. Even so, though, it was very easy to be whisked off into the worlds she was describing.

It’s actually difficult to explain what the book is about without giving the plot away, because of the interconnecting worlds, time periods and characters so here is the blurb from the book itself:

“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl – and herself – than first meets the eye.”

I highly recommend this read!

Samuel Adams vs. Colin Kaepernick

On December 16th 1773, Samuel Adams, et al, dressed as Native Americans, threw 300+ chests of tea into Boston’s harbour. They felt the tea was representative of injustice and, risking the outbreak of war, they threw $552,000 ($18,000 in 1773) into the sea. Today, they are considered heroes. It needed to be done. They had to give voice to those that never had one. What more poignant way of being heard than to take a firm stance against the status quo? In order to take this stance, he and others from his underground resistance movement carried out what was, by definition, an act of terrorism.

On August 14th 2016, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. He felt that, what the National Anthem stood for wasn’t afforded to him or people like him. The liberty it represented and the freedom were not fairly distributed to men who were not white. He also mentioned the police brutality and the killing of unarmed individuals. What more poignant way of being heard than to take this firm stance against the status quo?
During his protest, he remained within the law and caused no physical harm or damage. In order to make a stand, he risked nothing but his own career, which he has all but lost.

When we discuss Samuel Adams, maybe sipping some of his famous beer. A business he was able to develop after his heroic acts, we always discuss the why’s of his actions. Why it was necessary to break the law and cause much physical and fiscal damage. It’s a necessity to face and deal with injustice.
But we don’t give Colin Kaepernick the same reasoning. Why is that? He wasn’t kneeling to be disrespectful to his flag, anthem or anything else. Just like Samuel Adams, he used his platform to give voice to those he felt didn’t have one and he took a stance against the status quo in order to make sure they were heard.
Just like Samuel Adams, he has a standard. He didn’t wait to be told it was OK to protest. He operated according to his standard.

We need to ask ourselves why it is, marching in protest, carrying torches and semi-automatic weapons, in support of Confederate ideology, is seen as exercising the right to protest (Anyone heard much news of the man that drove through the crowds, killing a woman, that day?!) but a man kneeling during the National Anthem is deemed disrespectful to the morals of the country and loses his job.
We also need to ask ourselves why it’s disrespectful to kneel during the National Anthem but OK to loudly boo those that kneel during the same said anthem, if all ill-feeling needs to be put aside for that moment.
Finally, I think we should ask ourselves why it is we afford black people the adjective ‘African-American’, remembering that slavery is a thing of the past and all are now born in America. The use of a hyphen and descriptive language allows us to describe something that is LIKE something but not the something itself. Or is this the status quo that we need to keep in place?
However this post is seen, I’m still asking myself why we haven’t discussed, and continuously avoid discussing, the why’s of Colin Kaepernick’s protest, just like we did and do for Samuel Adams.