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America The Beautiful

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

– Martin Niemoller

 ****

America, you’re sick.

There is much about you which is beautiful. But a part of you is diseased.

It’s the part which speaks about being “pro-life”, but then casts aside those who are already here.

It’s the part which sees someone different than you as a cancer to be cut out.

It’s the part which revels in violence, both at home and abroad.

We’ve had Trayvon Martin. We’ve had Mike Brown. We’ve had Eric Garner. And each time justice was denied.

But that’s okay, isn’t it? It was “them” who got it. “They” deserved it. “They” always deserve it. They’re lazy. They’re thugs. They don’t respect themselves. They’re animals.

But “they” is a funny idea. You can go along your whole life, confident in the notion that you’re “one of us”, that you’re of the elect, that the world is made to cater to you. And then, suddenly, one day, without expecting it, you’re no longer “us”. You’ve become “them”. You’re no longer needed. You’re expendable.

You weren’t a communist. You weren’t a Jew. You weren’t black.

But if you think that those who stoke racism to remain in power actually care about you, you haven’t studied history. (Of course you haven’t studied history. That’s also part of the plan.)

You can pretend you’re part of the Elect. You can pretend that nothing will change for you. You can pretend all this, as you work for Walmart, as your schools fall into a chasm, as your children have fewer opportunities than you. You can pretend all this as your water is poisoned, your air is fouled, and your health is disregarded. You can think that you’ll be taken care of, when all that’s happening is that you’re being taken for a ride.

Those of you who think “they” got what they deserved should realize that eventually you’ll be one of “them”. You’re useful now. You vote in those who plot your demise, gladly, with songs in your heart, because “they” will get what’s coming to them.

But when “they” are gone, when “they” are beaten down, do you think you’ll escape unharmed?

Either “they” will rise up, with nothing left to lose; or those whom you so blindly follow will put the final touches on the Great Work. You will find out that you were never really part of the club, but useful idiots, used to kill yourselves, used to kill what used to be a moderately good country.

When the niggers and the kikes and the fags and the chinks and the spics and the towel heads are all put in their places (maybe even beneath the ground), do you think you’ll escape? Do you think you’re that special? Do you think you’ll get all the goodies that you denied them? Do you think you’ll move out of that trailer park to a grand mansion?

You probably do. And that’s why you’re idiots. Useful, but idiots. And no one will speak for you, because those who should have been your allies will be gone.

There is an “us” versus “them” in this country, and you have it all wrong. You’re not on the winning side. The Kochs value you only for your acquiescence. Once that’s no longer required, expect the deluge. And you’ll wonder how things got so awful. The mirror will give you your answer.

If this country has any hope, it has to get the “us” and “them” right. The “them” are the few who think that the world is theirs by right. The “us” should be the mass who shouldn’t want to see a world not imagined by the most fervent dystopian writers.

But “they” know how to keep us separated. It’s so easy. It’s God and culture and tradition. It’s fear.

Fear is the soul killer. It has to be confronted and rejected. It has to be thrown back in their faces.

In these latter days it’s difficult to keep up hope. I find it difficult. But what else can we do? As the great Stephen Hawking said: “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Hope is our greatest weapon. We have to keep using it.


105 Responses to “America The Beautiful”


    • 2 isonprize
      December 3, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I hope that is well with my TOD family. I’m not happy that “I’m first” I’m pretty close to despair for our country. This country that I love. We have GOT to fund a way to do better.

      It truly is “WINTER IN AMERICA”

  1. December 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    WOW..LL thanks for this fine essay and powerful reminder to those who seem to not think (or know) that these grave injustices are about them too…

  2. 6 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Did you all see the video of Tamir Rice’s teacher at the funeral today? I saw it on Maddow tonight and the teacher was talking about what a joyous child he was and how protective he was of his mother. She broke down trying to say, “He never missed a day of school.”

  3. 8 Carole
    December 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted before but for those who are on twitter, check this out….#crimingwhilewhite;
    I have seen some comments that were posted on the Justice for Trayvon Martin facebook page. I pray that those who “had no idea” will get a clue!

  4. 9 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Indeed.

  5. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    December 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Eric Holder will pursue a civil rights case re the violation of Eric Garner’s civil rights. I hope this is done very quickly and the conclusion comes sooner, rather than later.
    politicususa.com/2014/12/03/eric-holder-announces-doj-investigation-violations-eric-garners-civil-rights.html

    • 11 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      AG Holder will be in Cleveland tomorrow.

      PBO mentioned on Monday that AG Holder will be traveling across the country to collect information for the Commission report “action plan” that is due in 90 days.

      As I said on the last thread, the underlying problem is our out-of-control police forces that resemble fascist armies rather than law enforcement.

      While AG Holder is criss-crossing the country, Loretta Lynch will be confirmed as AG — she has a track record of being the fiercest prosecutor in the US.

  6. 12 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    the teabagging nuts, who say ‘well, he should have just obeyed the officer’s orders (however illegal and unjustified they may be), are the one constantly yelling about freedumb and want to drown the gobinment in a bathtub. The CD is mind blowing.

    • 13 Jeff
      December 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I watched this movie called Complacency and was interested to note that it was based on a true story. While many were saying it was unrealistic, it actually happened and shows the dumbness of Americans when it comes to police.

  7. 14 a4alice
    December 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    thanks LL.

  8. 15 Jeff
    December 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Expressing how I feel right now. 😦

  9. 16 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Wow.
    NW wrote hers and I was crying and now, here comes LL with another gut draining and heartfelt post. I can’t even see clearly through my specs now. Beautifully written. Thank you LL.

    I am bidding you all G’Nite now. My sore eyes and running nose are just much for me.
    Thank you TOD for being a place that Comforts the soul. Thank you Chips.
    Good Night Community.

  10. 17 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    smile america. you are famous all over the world now.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30317807

  11. 18 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    It’s God and gun culture and tradition. It’s fear.

  12. 19 arapaho415
    December 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    SoCal weather report.

    The rain that was forecast for today never materialized, but it’s raining now — not good news for those areas beneath recent wildfire areas (Camarillo Springs in Ventura county, Silverado Cyn in Orange County and Glendora in LA county).

  13. December 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for posting Chips. Thank you all for reading.

    Off to listen to some Antony and the Johnsons. His voice always soothes me.

    See everyone tomorrow.

  14. 21 FoxfireTX
    December 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Nerdy, I cry with you but thank you for your ability to put your pain in words. LL, I posted the Niemoller quote on my FB page after the Brown “no indictment” and added at the end “And then they came for black people, and “patriots” said nothing because they weren’t black.” We all have to keep speaking out wherever and whenever we can. And I think it is pretty clear at this point that our CJS MUST be reformed. The prosecutors simply cannot avoid the inherent conflict of interest when they work with these cops day in and day out.

    There are two very simply ways to make the system work the way it is supposed to and with more transparency. There are two legislative provisions that could be enacted:

    1. In every instance where a citizen is injured at the hands of a police officer, the Governor shall appoint a special prosecutor from outside of the jurisdiction to investigate and determine if charges should be pursued against the officer.

    2 In every instance where a citizen is injured at the hands of a police officer, in the event the special prosecutor determines there is sufficient evidence to pursue charges, the charges shall be brought in a court of law through a preliminary hearing in open court to determine if probable cause exists for charges.

    These are state law matters and thus the changes will have to be made in each state legislature. While that may be extremely difficult in states like TX, I would think in quite a number of states these types of statutes could be enacted with a concerted lobbying effort. It would be interesting to see if the ACLU or other organization has considered something like this. I have a friend who used to be very active in the ACLU. I may check with him to get his thoughts.

    • 22 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Good suggestions, Foxfire — would not be surprised if these are among the action items that the Law Enforcement commission report will include — PBO said it was due to him in 90 days, so we can expect hearing about this action plan in early March.

      It occurs to me that after Loretta Lynch is confirmed as AG, Eric Holder might be given the responsibility of enacting the Commission’s action plan.

      Wouldn’t *that* be something, and would make RWNJ’s heads explode. Teehee.

      That’s our President. About 500 chess moves ahead of the MSM/GOP/Comcast.

      #POTUSunplugged

  15. 23 GGAIL
    December 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    How many more years will White America keep its head in the sand and not see violence coming because of their denial and refusal to stand up for those of us being killed?

    I’m in a very dark place right now.

  16. December 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    LL, you also render me speechless and tearful just as Nerdy did in the previous post. The seedy underbelly of America is hoicked up for the whole world to see. And it’s ugly ugly!!!

  17. 26 sherijr
    December 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    thank you LL. Good night all~ take care.

  18. December 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  19. 28 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  20. 29 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  21. 31 FoxfireTX
    December 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    One additional thought on body cams. While this will not solve the problem, studies have shown they definitely help. There is a difference in the videos we’ve seen to date and body cams. Part of the purpose with body cams is DETERRENCE with the officers when they know they are being filmed. Not sure the officer here, and certainly with Tamir Rice, KNEW the cameras were running. I suspect this officer’s actions would have been different if he had a camera on and knew his actions with the choke hold would be reviewed.

  22. 32 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

  23. 38 yardarm756
    December 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    As I go to my room, I can’t help but wonder where those Bible thumping, “GOD fearing”, followers of Jesus and spiritual leaders are residing tonight…..Sleep well!

  24. December 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Everyone have a bless night. Good night.

  25. December 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    • 47 99ts
      December 4, 2014 at 1:22 am

      I really didn’t need to see that pair Bob – and Tony Blair had the intelligence to KNOW this was so wrong – GWB was simply too dumb to understand.

  26. 48 Dakota
    December 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Can’t even begin to speak on how I feel tonight. I have two cousins that are retired law enforcement in the S.F. Bay Area, one’s Black and the other is Latino. With a combined total of 57 years on the job, neither of them have ever shot anyone. Yet they bleed blue and are defending these decisions. One of them I might have to disown… Jesus take the wheel.

  27. December 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  28. 57 vcprezofan2
    December 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    G’Night;I ‘m turning in too as I have nothing positive to share.

  29. 58 MightyPamela
    December 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    {{{{{TOD}}}}} Keep You The Heart, my beloved brothers and sisters, the Work is being done, we are all doing what we can, together. Remain steadfast in your Hearts, you are loved. Goodnight. A new dawn arises. Will give the data on the approaching full moon when I log in tomorrow. God Bless Us. God Bless our POTUS, and the strong alliance working with him.

  30. December 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Humanity has a long way to go before it’s civilized, but I think the power of those on the side of justice will prevail no matter the scale of evil that must be vanquished, because ….

  31. 64 Asher in Boston
    December 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    So, beautifully written, LL. It touched on all issues. My heart is heavy. What also, is so sad, is that even the worst of all evil dictators are using these kinds of injustices to tell their citizenry how racist Amerikkka is. “You see, they don’t treat their people the way they want to preach we should treat our people” This hurts so bad. When you feel your own country treats you as a non-factor, not deserving of justice, it cuts to the core. All in all, thanks for this lovely TOD oasis. This site keeps many of us sane.

    • 65 jacquelineoboomer
      December 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      This site keeps many of us sane, no matter what country we’re in, or where we are on the disgusting color wheel of privilege that people have crafted ~ and continue to worship to keep humanity insane. No sense worrying about climate change, when we’re all inching closer, tragedy after tragedy, to just dying quietly of broken hearts.

  32. 69 daisydem
    December 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I haven’t been around much lately. I am so tired (of all of this). I am crying tonight and my heart is heavy, heavy. I had put myself on a news blackout a few weeks ago, but my son told me about this. He is a young angry white man and I am proud of him for being so but then we were young and angry in the 60’s and 70’s and thought we had effected the changes … Alas, not so much. I do not even know what else to say. LL: I love you. All TODers I love you all. Chips, thank you. I will be praying and crying.

    • 70 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      It has been a continuing struggle, made worst by GWB/Cheney’s fear-based response to 9/11, which gave us the PATRIOT Act and encouraged the militarization of our police.

      The recent deaths of these boys and men at the hands of the police have been horrific, but sadly is a continuation of our country’s shameful history.

      We can’t bring these lives back, but please don’t despair. PBO will impose much-needed changes on police forces nationwide, despite the MSM/GOP/Comcast refusal to inform Americans that this is occurring. See my previous comments about this on this and previous threads this evening.

      Good to see you, DaisyDem.

  33. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I believe this to be true.

  34. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2014 at 12:37 am

  35. 75 Claire
    December 4, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I apologize if this has been posted. I’m only posting a short portion, however the entire letter is worth reading.

    Kenny Smith’s open letter to Charles Barkley about Ferguson

    Dear Chuck,

    ….

    However, what I consistently find interesting is how writers and media members view your insights in politics, and now race relations, with the same reverence as your insights in sports.

    They did it in the Trayvon Martin trial and now with Mike Brown and the decision in Ferguson. It’s not that you shouldn’t ever have an opinion, but you are often quoted alongside the likes of Al Sharpton and even President Obama. I would hope that Sharpton or President Obama would never be referenced with you when picking the next NBA Champs!

    The body of work that our Black Civil Rights leaders put in by planning, executing and activating does not justify you being in the conversation. While your body of work on the court very few compare to nor should be mentioned when you are giving your expert analysis. Again, I respect that you have an opinion on Ferguson. And here’s mine.

    The question must be asked: Why is there so much distrust in the police and the legal system from the African American community? Without manifesting what the effects of slavery still have today, Dec 1st still marks only 59 years since Rosa Parks sat on that memorable bus. Many of our parents and grandparents have lived through those times and have passed those stories on to all of us. Those civil rights changes were at one time the law! They were not illegal.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/12/kenny-smith-charles-barkley-ferguson-open-letter-exclusive

    • 76 Mellesia Barnett
      December 4, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Charles Barkley needs to get his head examined.

    • 77 99ts
      December 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

      I am rather sick of hearing “there are great police officers… but” – as at the end of this piece

      “let’s not discredit that there are great police officers in all neighborhoods, ” – I haven’t heard of ANY great police officers in Ferguson

      • 78 jacquelineoboomer
        December 4, 2014 at 2:15 am

        No matter how angry we all get, let’s keep it a little in context. Otherwise, we’ll have a tendency to go after all of the people in a group (for instance, as racists and/or dumbed-down Republicans, et al., do ~ and I don’t mean that as snark), rather than just the “bad actors” and their leaders and other elected officials who allow the bad acting.

        Yes, there are great police officers, and bad police officers, all across the country. The Fraternal Order of Police, their national union, says it has a membership of 325,000 police officers … in context, I think Ferguson employs 50+ in their police department.

        Maybe some on TOD are related to police officers, or have them as neighbors, or have personally interacted with them. Some really do seek “to protect and serve.” I am no apologist for police officers who have misused the public trust. Convict them! But if we detest all law enforcement, we’re sounding like teabaggers who hate “the government.” The good ones are the ones we expect to show up, after we’ve called #911 – and who among us hasn’t called #911, some because of life-threatening situations. I’m not giving up on all of them, just the abusers and losers.

        We haven’t heard of any “great” police officers in Ferguson ~ in any event, that entire department needs to go, because they are all discredited – but there are some good ones who’ve visited … and there’s always HOPE, especially since the light of day is finally hitting that town and other towns:

        • 79 99ts
          December 4, 2014 at 2:59 am

          They all support those who do wrong JoB – happens in my country as well – when I hear a police union support action against an officer for what has been done – then I will believe – at the minute – I do not.

  36. December 4, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Simply ….

    …. NO ESCAPING IT WHITE AMERICANS … #ItsOnUS

    Yes We Can

    good night TOD

  37. 85 99ts
    December 4, 2014 at 1:40 am

    And the US media continues to interview and quote the police who are not held responsible for the deaths they caused. The media is SO responsible for the racism that has risen over the past 6 years – they revel in it, support it and aid it.

  38. 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

  39. 89 carla4obama
    December 4, 2014 at 1:47 am

    America…… can’t breath…………………………………………… …….. … .. . .

  40. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Goodnight, TOD. Keep in mind that when we wake up tomorrow, Barack Obama will still be our President, so there is still HOPE to be found for the future.

  41. 91 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

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    December 4, 2014 at 3:07 am

  43. 93 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:18 am

  44. 94 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

  45. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2014 at 3:24 am

  46. 96 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:34 am

  47. 97 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:45 am

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    December 4, 2014 at 3:46 am

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    December 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

  50. 101 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:49 am

  51. 102 Dudette
    December 4, 2014 at 3:51 am

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  53. December 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Another day of action for fast food workers. We have got to improve the earnings of the 99%.


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