Prophecies of the Present (a poem)

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Prophecies of the Present

The world having traversed a third of its heavenly course 

The Platonic year near complete

The gods, infernal and divine stand ready to unleash prophecies long forgotten

Of Dido and Pygmalion

Of Memnon and Andromeda

Amongst the stone & rubble Albion’s children will remember the ways of Eirene to late

Having dwelt in their hubris to long, they ran dancing to their own ruin

The lion, the leopard, the rooster joined by the compass

Look on disconcertedly as the bear, faux naïf cleverly pulls the strings of the arrogant eagle

Gog and Magog snigger as Riphath and Tarshish decedents are duped

The dragon ever wise watches, keeping the goshawk perilously tethered

Arimu in turmoil may cause the blue turban to rise from Ishmael’s seed

All the while from with in the bowels of the behemoth you hear the Kushite’s muffled cries for justice

The Wolf or the Fox, Shatan or Lucifer, The Adversary or the Liar

prag·mat·ic

praɡˈmadik/

adjective

adjective: pragmatic

  1. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

 

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

synonyms: practical, matter-of-fact, sensibledown-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheadedno-nonsense;

informalhard-nosed

“she remains pragmatic in the most emotional circumstances”

    • relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
    • antonyms: impractical

I always tell people I’m a pragmatic voter and I’ve been moved to write this blog after seeing and hearing so many varied political views and opinions on the 2016 election. I perhaps may have written this to late, it being the eve of one of the biggest elections in the U.S. history but nevertheless I’m writing this to briefly explain my political philosophy.  I tell people if you’ve ever voted for any political candidate in any election you’ve voted for a lesser of two evils. This is even more so a fact if you are African-American. For us  it has always been a choice between the “Wolf or the Fox.” This terminology was 1st brought into popular usage by Black activist Malcolm X. African-Americans coined the term “the wolf and the fox” in allusion to the nature of northern Whites towards Blacks in comparison to southern Whites. Northern Whites were regarded as “foxes” because they are thought to be more subtle about the racism or implicit bias they may posses whereas southern Whites in general have more open and  aggressive racist attitudes. Saying this it’s obvious there are both wolves and foxes in the north and south but this is the general view taken by conscious Blacks. Malcolm X was alluding to liberal Whites as foxes and today the term “wolf and fox” is applied to conservatives and liberals respectively.

Malcolm X –https://youtu.be/FU5ogqvDl9Y

Malcolm argued the liberal is the fox and unlike the wolf you can’t see the fox coming. This can be true but I will argue that the wolf is ravenous and will utterly devour you whereas long as you are aware you are dealing with a fox and treat he or she accordingly you have enough time to strategize a plan for victory when dealing with the fox. This is where education and consciousness is key. We must be educated and socially conscious to function successfully in this American system because every day we deal with wolves and foxes on varying levels.  (I will build on this more in-depth in the future).

My political philosophy is to engage the fox with full awareness of the fox’s nature in order to avoid direct aggressive oppression from the wolf. The fact is we have no other choice other than disengaging from the political process all together. I believe we have voting power but we have yet to fully muster its total strength. Evidence of this political power is the fact conservative Republicans have attacked voter rights throughout the U.S.

http://libertytreefoundation.org/news/naacp-states-systematically-taking-away-voting-rights-blacks-and-latinos 

These “wolves” would not be making it difficult for minorities to vote if people of color had no voting power. As for the presidential candidates this election and  my views on their candidacy I will briefly break them down accordingly and explain why I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton

1st we will deal with the “Wolf”. The indomitable Donald Trump is a car wreck that has taken place already but is threatening to cause a major severe 50 state car pileup. The very fact such a blatantly racist demagogue could possibly become our chief of state should scare all decent Americans (and I’m writing this a day before the election so orange Hitler might be our head honcho by the time your reading this) I won’t go through all of his questionable deeds done and the asinine words spoken but it been well documented herr Drumpf is clearly unfit to be commander-in-chief. 

http://www.wsj.com/video/clinton-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief/3D34320E-AC22-43B6-9E3C-521080B4D8F4.html
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sdut-donald-trump-commander-in-chief-2016sep08-story.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-gates-donald-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief-election-2016/

Also what Trump represents is the empowerment of the most ugly aspects of American culture. His candidacy has shed light on all the ugly unsaid sentiments of far to many members of this society. If he were to win it would validate all the bigotry this country has attempted to rid itself of for the past 50 yrs. Trump has so many parallels to Hitler its frightening that this phenomenon is occurring in the so-called land of the free. All of the systemic racist policies pushed by the Clinton’s will pale in comparison to what this egomaniacal blow hard will implement. Trump is supported and endorsed by the alternative right/White Supremacist for a reason. He is preaching their gospel. We cannot allow this into the oval office.  Remember this is a man who took out a full-page ad in the New York times calling for the execution of 5 innocent Black youth wrongly accused of rape. Trump has yet to apologise for the part he played in their wrongful conviction. Imagine this man with the power to implement policy? Clinton’s crime bill will look like voters rights act in comparison.

Now as for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I wont attempt to defend the racist inferences she’s made nor the deadly policies her husband put into place that set so many of my brothers and sisters in prison. 

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/04/bill-clinton-and-the-1994-crime-bill/

Again I understand she is the fox. Again this whole system has been set against us from day one. In fact her husband Bill Clinton put those policies into place under the advice from a conservative Republican and yes he did it for political gain after his sex scandal with Paula Jones jeopardized his political strength and any future re-election.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/04/the-untold-story-of-bill-clintons-other-crime-bill/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/politics/bill-clinton-crime-prisons-hillary-clinton/

 The thing is that in regards to the issues that effect Afro-Americans one can work with Hillary far more so than Trump. Hillary meet with Back Lives Matter but this is something Trump as yet to do and I doubt he ever will. In the presidential debates when asked about racial relations between Blacks and police Trump’s first words were “Law and Order”.

https://youtu.be/84jlmA__SdU

This infers he doesn’t see the epidemic murders of Afro-Americans by police through out this country as a problem. In fact it infers he would like to see more of the same. he would like to see the hands of the beast squeeze upon our necks until we shut up and stop crying for justice. He is advocating for more Gestapo police tactics such as “stop and frisk”.  How is this supposed to “heal” race relations  between Blacks and the occupational force in our neighborhoods we call the police? This is the ravenous wolf and there is no bargaining no parlaying with such a creature.

As for the two other candidates I call the “Rabbit and the Dodo” Jill Stein and Gary Johnson respectively they stand no mathematical chance to win this election and in fact any Black vote going to them benefits Trump and again the wolf cannot be allowed into the White House. Pragmatic voters do not waste their vote on a fruitless protest. screen-shot-2016-06-18-at-7-47-42-am

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/wrong-eleciton-to-vote-third-party-gary-johnson-jill-stein

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/jill-stein-2016-hillary-clinton-republicans-214146

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein-5952.html

 

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In fact I can’t even find Jill Stein on any major polls.

The thing is I must admit If you have the  good sense not to vote for the “wolf” Trump but can’t bring your self to vote for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I’d say cast your vote for the “rabbit” Jill Stein. I most definitely respect those who for religious or philosophical reasons choose to vote for her (but I hope I sway you to my view of politics) As for the  “Dodo” Gary Johnson has no clue as to deal with the racial issues in America today

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/gary-johnson-libertarian-racial-discrimination-226652 

In fact some of his policies are conservative leaning and conservatism is the philosophy of the wolf. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-gary-johnson-economic-conservative-zorn-perspec-0930-md-20160929-column.html

Also Gary is not the brightest bulb on the tree.

http://thedailybanter.com/2016/10/youre-voting-for-a-great-big-idiot/

The fact is that we must not only vote but we must hold our elected officials accountable and we must begin to lobby in Washington DC to flex our full political might. Other groups vote and finance politicians whereas at this point we only vote. Nevertheless this is our chief political power and by all means we must use it.

So by all means vote but I hope you do so “pragmatically”.

Make your vote count.

Why are conservatives so angry about Welfare?

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Welfare is a hot button issue. Id like to try to explain how I look at the welfare system and why I see it a bit differently than others. I also will touch on why I think so many conservatives have such a negative attitude towards it.

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I will begin by stating one of the perhaps more radical views I have on Welfare recipients. It is simply this – If a person is happy living off the tuna can existence Welfare and Food stamps provide why would I be upset at them for being slackers? Its not like they live on the same level of existence I do on my meager 51k a year income? In cities that dole out the higher amounts of aid recipients get about $400.00 bucks a month plus about 180 in food stamps. If giving a family food stamps stops them or their kids from committing crime I think it would be all the better.. Now this is just one way I look at the issue of welfare but I think it is pertinent. Especially in the face of so many angry Americans who act as if that $400.00 dollar a month aid comes directly out of their personal accounts. As if they each pay $400.00 bucks a month to support a slacker not the reality that Welfare to families cost tax payers more like .013 cent on the tax dollar. .013 cent. http://myesoteric.hubpages.com/hub/How-Much-of-Your-Tax-Dollar-Really-Does-Go-to-Help-the-Free-Loading-Indigent-Ought-to-Get-a-Job-Americans Is this what all these people are so angry about? Well sadly we know this is not the full case. Unfortunately attitudes towards race have been manipulated so even though Whites receive 69% of available federal aid its an image of a fat Black lady with screaming rug rats as your stereotypical welfare queen.

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I will admit I believe Welfare has stagnated many peoples and I of course would like to again point out the higher % of those stagnated people are Anglo Americans.

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/who-benefits-from-the-safety-net/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Personally id like to see long term job works programs tied into welfare & by long term I mean job works plans that provide employment for 5 to 10 years. There’s enough dirty streets & cracked roads to demand attention for this long. Also we don’t need welfare to work programs that pays the recipient minimum wage or less & causes more hardships on a single parent than the job benefits can offset(such as finding & paying for childcare & transportation cost)

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Another numbers trick is that when looking at the Federal Budget it appears that Welfare cost the tax payers only a few billion dollars less than our defense budget(which we are in so in need of increasing due to terrorist and rouge nations we could scrape the turf with using tech from the 1970‘s) The truth Welfare to families cost the government about 275 million. A pittance compared to our defense budget.

 

Projected Federal Budget showing total Welfare budget to be less than half of the known Defense budget. When adjusted for what actual goes to families Welfare is less than 5% of the total "known" military budget

Projected Federal Budget showing total Welfare budget to be less than half of the known Defense budget. When adjusted for what actual goes to families Welfare is less than 5% of the total “known” military budget

Not only Whites but many Blacks and other minorities have been bamboozled into thinking Welfare recipients are a bunch of loafers and that they are some sort of crucial drain on our economy. Instead of having the moral empathy to support our fellow Americans in need we’ve turned them into unwanted scapegoats.

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I would like to leave you the reader with a list of 5 common Myths about people on Welfare courtesy of Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte News

http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/poverty-in-america-myths-about-welfare-recipients/

Myths About Welfare Recipients

5. People who receive welfare are lazy and do not want to work.

Fact: The majority of people who are on welfare are able-bodied and want to work, however they can not find stable employment. Still, many work irregular, low-wage jobs in between receiving welfare.

4. Welfare recipients “milk the system” and fraudulently obtain benefits.

Fact: “The Welfare Queen” was a term first used by President Reagan. Reagan talked about how a Chicago woman abused the system and had 80 different identities and was receiving around $150K in benefits each year. The image portrayed was that of a black woman. Here’s an interesting fact about “The Welfare Queen,” … there is no proof that she ever existed. It is believed that Reagan either falsified the entire story to gain support for his belief that welfare benefits should be reduced, or that there was some truth to the story, however Reagan drastically exaggerated the level of welfare abuse.

3. Most woman on welfare continue to have babies so that they can maximize the amount of benefits that they receive.

Fact: The average family on welfare has 2.8 children. Furthermore, only one out of every 10 mothers on welfare has more than 3 children.

2. A lot of welfare recipients are drug addicts and alcoholics and they stay poor as a result of their addictions.

Fact: Most often, poverty in itself is not caused by addiction, but rather an addiction is the result of falling into poverty. Furthermore, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds suffer from addictions.

1. Most of the people on welfare are African-Americans.

Fact: Think again! The margin between Caucasians and African-Americans who are on welfare is extremely narrow — 38.8 percent of Caucasians, and 39.8 percent of African-Americans are on welfare.

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