Archive for June, 2015

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I’ve gone from one draft to another, trying to find an effective way to articulate my words. It seems at times, I have so many thoughts running through my head, it’s hard to categorize or pick one from another.

Racism isn’t about the Confederate flag or social injustice. Its about the heart. I should know. I’m a reformed racist. If there is such a thing.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immortality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Matthew 15:19

Sure, the Confederacy owned human beings they called slaves, but you go back further than that, and a lot of our founders owned slaves. In fact, during the Civil War, blacks weren’t even allowed to fight. I’ve even heard historians claim that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the abolitionist history books purport him to be.

In recent days, we’ve seen Hillary Clinton grand stand and proselytize that America has a long way to go when it comes to race. She’s even said that we would’ve thought that America had turned a page in the chapter since electing our first black President (he’s half white). Can anyone see or say the obvious? Hillary Clinton is using this event as a launch pad to her presidential run.

When it comes to morals, Bill and Hillary need to put down their stones. After all, during his impeachment process, Bill Clinton ordered a three-day bombing campaign on Iraq, under the guise of U.N. sanctions violations. When the impeachment came down, the bombing stopped. What a coincidence? The Clinton administration has blood on its hands and is responsible for the mass murder of more than 600,000 innocent Iraqis-deaths that Madeleine Albright said were “worth it.”

But back to racism.

You know, I couldn’t disagree more with Hillary. I think the United States has come a long way since slavery, Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights movement. Today, we have black men and women on the upper echelons of industry, entertainment and sports. People of different color have let down the race barrier and have assimilated. Sure, we have turbulent times now and again. But even that isn’t enough to justify the indictment of the Confederate flag and the entire white race-all because of a lone-nut assassin.

You know, you can take an ideology and attach it to any flag you want. Adolf Hitler took the swastika and flipped it around. But when you look at the Stars and Stripes, what do you see? Do you see “the freedom for which she stands?” G.W. Bush? Barack Obama? Or do you see one of the lesser known topics the government would rather not talk about?

Here’s a better question: when the world looks upon the flag of the United States of America, what do they see?

We can blame the Confederate flag all day long for the Charleston massacre, because it’s something real-something tangible. But it’s not responsible for Dylann Roof’s actions anymore than what it was when Fort Sumpter was fired upon. From 1861 to 1864, the Confederate States of America had a short lifespan. And like it or not, Confederacy history is American history. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our history, nor should we shy away from it. We should uncover it, no matter how unsavory the truth will be.

Dylann Roof will spend the rest of his life in prison, while victims families will have a chance to make an impact that far outweighs his actions. Services at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church will thrive. In time to come, South Carolina will have to make a decision about their state flag.

Perhaps it’s time to move on.

All man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 21:2

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A couple of years ago, I went to a church where-if they did anything right-it was allowing members of the congregation to give testimony. I gave a few. But, as with everything else, there are exceptions to the rule.

There was a woman who would get up in front of the church, week after week, and she would give testimony. Now, I’m a firm believer that the Holy Spirit gives gifts as He sees fit. Some have the gift of tongues. Some have the gift of prophecy. Others healing. So on and so forth.

But this woman was an all together different animal.

It was sort of expected that she would get up, stand beside the podium and say this: God gave me a vision. Imagine hearing that for over a year. And it got to a point where her “visions” really had a sameness quality. Eventually, I tuned her out. The last person that I know of that God gave this many visions to was the Apostle John when he was exiled on the island of Patmos. It was at this point that I came across a scripture out of Ezekiel 13:

They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

I say that to say this: in the coming days and weeks, (whether private or public) people will say of the Charleston church shooting, “God has a plan (or reason) for everything.”

God does have a plan and a reason for everything He does or allows. Why? I don’t know. I’m not God. And I’m not going to offer some fleshy, half hearted excuse that doesn’t console a person’s soul. Could the shooter have been racist? Absolutely! Could he have been a Satanist? Its a possibility.

But all of these are folly until we know the man’s motive. The only consolation we have in this life, and the families of that church have is Hebrews 4:15:

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one that has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.

And John 16:33…

For I have told you these things that you may find peace in me. In this life, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!

Jesus Christ was dipped into the depravity of man kind to experience what we experience. He was hungry, tired, weary-He felt anger! Whether you’re a family or friend of the victims in Charleston, He knows how you feel all too well. Or, if you’re like me, and are saddened for the ones that this heinous crime was perpetrated on, He knows how you feel, too.

I will say this, though. That shooter deserves the death penalty.

Athiests will look on and say, “where is your God? Why does He allow this?”

I don’t know why He does. But as He knew all nine victims before they were born, He was right there to welcome them into Heaven with open arms.

Don’t argue with an atheist. If you want to offer up anything, offer up a prayer.

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On January 21, 2008, when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, my mother sent this text message: well, we’re looking at the anti-Christ. Despite the tumultuous, disastrous eight years of the Bush administration-misinformation to the public, two failed wars with no exit strategy, sanctioned torture, and a White House that seemed untouchable-Barack Obama was the anti-Christ.
Granted, I’ve never been a fan of the President, but I’ve never likened him to the abomination that causes desolation, as spoken of by the prophet Daniel.

If the two-party paradigm has taught me one thing, it’s that they are a one big dysfunctional family. It seems that politicians on both sides of the aisle snipe for political leverage. One has to wonder if-during the presidential campaign season-members of the same party actually like one another.

Take for instance birthers. You know those people, right? The ones that said the President was born and raised in Kenya. (If I ever, in the six years of this blog’s existence, posted anything remotely close to the “birther” conspiracy, I don’t recall. But more than that, I don’t recall ever believing it.)

One of the people that seemed to grab hold of this theory was Sean Hannity. If there were a person that needed a fact checker in demand, its him.

Numerous times Hannity has fueled the flames of the birther theory, even denying that Obama has revealed his birth certificate. In March 2012, he had this to say:

Look, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Qur’an, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.

Now, I can’t deny that prayer at sunset is a beautiful thing, because I’ve never done it. In fact, my prayer life right now kind of sucks. However, at times, I’ve found pulling the hood of my sweatshirt over my head helpful. I’ve even contemplated buying a Jewish prayer shawl. But it’s an illustration of Hannity’s unbridled man-love for George W. Bush (heaven help us if Jeb is elected President) and his seething contempt for Obama.

In March of this year, Hannity sat down for an interview with Ted Cruz about his eligibility status to run for President.

There have been issues. You were born in Calgary, in Canada. Is there a birth certificate issue? Hannity said. I don’t mean to-I did look at social media today and it did come up a number of times. I want to give you a chance to address it.

Look, there’s political chatter on it, Cruz began. The facts are clear. I was born in Calgary. My parents-as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth. And it’s been federal law for over two centuries that the child of an American citizen born abroad is a citizen by birth, a natural-born citizen which is what the Constitution requires to run and several prior candidates have had this issue: John McCain was born in Panama; George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was born in Mexico, when his parents were Mormon missionaries down there and actually, Barry Goldwater-a lot of people don’t know this-was born in Arizona, before Arizona was a state. And so as a legal matter, the issue is quite straightforward, that if you or I travel abroad and we have a child that’s born abroad, and we’re American citizens, that child is a natural-born citizen.

Just to clarify, John McCain was born to parents that were both American citizens, while his father served in the military, on a military base. Ted Cruz’ father is Cuban and his mother, as previously stated, is American. Having one parent a natural-born citizen and coming into this world in another country, does not make you a natural-born citizen!

But, hell, let’s let the Constitution say it:

Section 1, Article 2: No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither neither shall any Person be eligible of that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

As you can imagine, Hannity didn’t press Cruz on the matter. Has he fanned the proverbial flames of President Obama’s legitimacy for the sole purpose of political pandering? Or is Sean Hannity a closet conspiracy theorist?

As in the case with my mother, people dig themselves into their respective trenches, where they love the one and despise the other.

It has only been recently that Senator Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship in hopes of attaining the nation’s highest office. In my mind, a natural-born citizen is someone who was born within the boundaries of the United States, or one of its respective territories.

One parent American? One parent not? Born in another country. What do you think?

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Something Feels different. As I sit here at the keyboard-almost one o’clock in the morning-something feels completely and irrevocably different. Sweat forms on my brow as I struggle through writer’s block in search of my next sentence.

Writer’s block is maddening, you know. To have an idea or something as simple as introducing yourself to a new crowd of bloggers, to have that next word on the cusp of your fingertips, and yet-nothing.

See what I mean?

Oh. There you are. And here all along, I thought I was just talking to myself. Already, I’ve read and reread my introduction several times, because I want you to like my blog, reader. Yes, I want you to like it. You may not agree with my politics or conspiracy theories, but I want you to like it.

Some people take politics too seriously, I think. After all, I should know. At the height of my glory (cough), I was obsessed with not only politics, but conspiracy theories. For days, fictitious arguments with other people would rage in my head (I wish I were kidding about this part). The Kennedy assassination. 9/11. Bilderberg. The Council on Foreign Relations. How could someone not connect the dots?!

The world seemed to be an abysmal failure in my mind. And then, something happened. My marriage hit a brick wall. So I stepped away from this place and allowed us the time to heal-or, for me, the time to pray and hang on! But, as time passed, my blog seemed less and less relevant to the demands of my family. But here I am. I missed this place.

Do you like to read? Fiction or non-fiction? Personally, I prefer fiction. Non-fiction takes me too long to get through. But eventually I get there. Be that as it may, reading does something for me that this blog also does-it takes me out of my life and puts me in another universe.

People around me think I’m crazy for liking movies that don’t have a “happy” ending. Let me put it this way: if a story can bring me to tears or provoke me to thought, then the writer has done their job well. I can’t stomach the work by Janet Evonovich (I think that’s how you spell it) or James Patterson.

Have you tried reading either one’s work? Fragmented sentences. Character descriptions in a paragraph. Chapters, like, two or three pages long. Suffice it to say, I don’t like commercial fiction all that well. But if you do, more power to you.

Now, look at this! You’ve caught me rambling. Have I explained why something feels different?

It’s simple. In the four years I’ve left Waylon’s Revolution dormant (albeit with the occasional posting), things have changed. WordPress has changed. The world has changed. Politics, even, have changed. Has the blogging atmosphere changed?

After more than six-hundred posts, I have earned twelve followers. And in these last few days, I have gone through my comments and those who are following my blog, and I have come across a mystery. Most of them have vanished. I mean, they weren’t like myself. I gave a word of caution. I said that I was going away and didn’t know if I’d be back. But nothing from these people. A post one day, nothing the next. Where did they go?

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I’ll leave you today and end this post with a final thought. If the midterm elections brought us anything besides the hilarious antics of Christine O’Donnell, I would’ve been happy. It was disheartening to see a woman whom espouses some of the same beliefs that I do fall under so much criticism. However, she had that same hokey, don’t cha now persona that Sarah Palin embodied. And I just couldn’t get behind that. Come to think of it, you don’t hear much from either one anymore.

In October 2010, I made a post titled Christine O’Donnell Ain’t No Friend of Bloggers. This is what she had to say:

What makes bloggers good makes them dangerous. They don’t have to answer to anybody. They can give a local story attention, but they can also publish rumors with no accountability. (Wilmington News-Journal, 1/7/07)

I argued then, as I do now, that others having the same blogging rights brings a natural balance to the blogosphere. And I questioned what that “accountability” would be. Can we really trust the government or some blog censorship to be impartial and respectful of the First Amendment rights of all?

As I said, the world has changed, WordPress has changed, my followers have changed (vanished), but my belief that blogs are one of the few places where the First Amendment is fought for in the trenches of free speech, still persists.

(In case some of you were wondering, according to Wikipedia, Christine O’Donnell works for the Washington Times.)

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This an issue that infuriates me to no end, and it is one that the corporate mass media helps to fan the flames.

A few years ago, a woman was walking her thirteen-month-old baby home from the post office. Two black youths approached the woman and demanded money from her. When she said she had none to give, they shot her in the leg and murdered the sleeping baby by shooting him in the head. Not long after that, a relative to the black men told the family not to cooperate with the police investigation. He was charged with obstruction of justice.

The white community surrounded this woman and supported her. Being a father myself, my heart broke when I watched the news video and saw this woman’s pain. There were no protests. No riots. No calls for justice. Everyone’s lives went on. Except this woman’s.

However, should this woman and her child been black, you bet your ass that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their ilk would’ve been calling for the white youths lynching on a courthouse lawn. The liberal apologist alarmist Nancy Grace would’ve called it a “crisis”-coming short of asking President Obama to declare a state of national emergency.

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Now, racism is an unavoidable fact in America, and it is one we have to deal with. Our history is saturated with the blood stains of those who have fallen because of it. But as I have said, those who cry racism, are racist themselves.

Not long ago, I saw a segment on the morning news that said due to scrutiny that police in Baltimore (and all over the country) have found themselves in, crime has risen, while police arrests have fallen. What do you expect when you vilify an entire force thanks to a few. So what was the black youths response to the travesty that occurred? They riot. They loot. And like Ferguson, Missouri, the innocent majority suffer because of one cop and one black teen.

Kanye West says he’ll leave the United States now, because of racism. After all, he has enough money to buy a small island. In case people don’t realize this, racism isn’t just centralized to the United States-it’s all over the world! But there again, those who cry racism are racist themselves.

Take for instance Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Grammy awards. Granted, I think her popularity is bloated, but she’s white. And don’t forget he intended to do the same to Beck before Kim and others called him back. When asked later about it, Kanye said that the Grammys have got to stop playing with them and put up people with real talent. (I’m just paraphrasing here). In essence: the Grammy awards have to got start recognizing black people over white.

He is quoted as asking how he’s going to explain to his little girl how fucked up the world is? Which, by the way, how narcissistic can you be by having the last name “West” and naming your child after a direction on a map? What’s your name? North West.

But Kanye isn’t the only celebrity to have made a threat along these lines due to some worldly injustice. Rush Limbaugh, back in May 2010, said that if the healthcare bill was passed and implemented, he would leave for Costa Rica. Obviously, he didn’t.

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And just like Kanye’s pretentious “no-smile” persona, the threat to leave the United States was nothing more than an ploy to bring more attention to his already over exaggerated fame. But if he would, I for one, won’t miss him.

But he ain’t going anywhere.