Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Truly Entitled"

I just saw a meme on Facebook which I immediately wish to give the author and poster, credit for, this wasn't my idea but I want to explain in my own words, for anyone who doesn't understand, just what it means to me. Here is the Header and Meme:

First, for those who aren't aware completely what the term fascism really means, then, I would defer to the writing "The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism" by Dr. Lawrence Britt, and please read the first  three closely, as it refers to the Meme's intent posted above. They are,
"...1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc."
which all are rampant in Republican campaign speak, read it yourself, all the time they spend trying to say (Number 3) that the president or anyone else they oppose isn't "the right kind" of person, eligible through birth, etc. (While backing Ted Cruz who isn't eligible to be president through the Natural Born Citizens Act.), like them, to represent them because they want to get reelected, so they champion themselves as the defenders of the constitution while tramping all over it, trying to deny half the population the right to vote. The polite term is disenfranchised, but the correct term is "screwed over by corrupt legislators".
AND, does anyone remember the stink they raised the first time Barack Obama stepped onto the national stage and wasn't wearing an American Flag Lapel Pin? (See number one.)
That is truly what the "entitlement" programs are and they are for the ones who consider themselves "aristocracy" and entitled, while calling anyone with an education that doesn't buy their bullshit, "the elite".
As I said to someone who asked recently, they are SELF DELUSIONAL. They delude themselves into believing that they are truly more than human (They believe this because they are told that they are "the right kind of" religion, skin color, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. by leaders of the "aristocracy societies".)  instead of what they say, which is that others are less than human. And, as we all know by now, what delusional means... de·lu·sion·al [dih-loo-zhuh-nl] adjective maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness (Which means the present form of "conservatism" is a form of mental illness and there is no treatment for that illness that doesn't require that they, the sick ones, be confronted on their sickness instead of allowed to continue being crazy by using the rationalization that "They are entitled to their opinion" because hate and loathing are emotional responses, not opinions. Just like the diseases of alcoholism and addiction, being able to function and becoming successful in their own community, doesn't keep one from being ill. The disease knows no boundaries.) Then they repeat completely ignorant ideas and smile and act like they expect everyone to smile and nod agreement while most of us are shaking our heads and wondering what the hell they are thinking.
The supposed conservative news stations and conservative editorialists are nothing more than news trolls who spread hate and loathing and unrest in the United States for their own profit's sake. Remember, the next time you hear your crazy neighbor or relative spouting this stupidity, let them know in no uncertain terms, "That isn't opinion, that is hate and loathing."
Thank You,
Have a wonderful day,
The Arizona Mildman

Friday, August 15, 2014

Superstition and Ignorance

Today I am asking something new of everyone who reads this. Please educate yourself in what is going on in the world and decide what effects you. Please, from a standpoint of being knowledgeable, make informed decisions based on your own research. And the second part of this is, DO NOT let other people who believe in superstition and fear let their thinking have even the slightest bit of respect being shown by you because when you do, you are condoning ignorance and superstition and right now we can't let ourselves allow that. We must insist on education of everything in science and nature to be a matter of public record and not allow anything to distract from that. 
In the spectrum of everyone else's lives, we must deal with all societies and the evolution of knowledge. A society, as defined in the dictionary, is: "... an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes."  That is where psychologists and sociologists differ. Only one of them takes into account that a society is not the giant microcosm of people on the planet but is a small organized group. So, we live in a mixture of many societies that all supposedly have to live, as it also says in another part of the dictionary, as "...a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members" (as in American society.).
I refer once again to the quote from Isaac Asimov, the science fiction writer and philosopher (See what Ayn Rand started?) that goes: "“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
What Asimov didn't define was what types of ignorance that he was talking about. I contend that in our lives, we have to be the ones to live this life to the best of our abilities and that would include the parts about "community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for it's members." 
In order to do that successfully we must become a national entity and that is intolerable about ignorance being touted as something worthwhile or to respect. We must wipe the ignorant while dangerous quote from our vocabulary that says,  "You have a right to your opinion." Ignorant opinions can kill. But some people imply that opinion and knowledge are the same thing. That myth must be debunked. That is incorrect because if your opinion is based on ignorance or superstitions (no matter if the superstitions are supported by numbers of people) instead of knowledge, then it is worthless. That implies that any society contains members who unanimously agree on everything and that is incorrect, as well. So, how do we define the proper way to look at things? What is the bottom line?
Ignorance and superstitions, of any kind, are not worthy of being respected as opinions for that exact reason.