One of the strangest things that I hear from folks these days who seem to believe that I have a problem with living in the US, is this,
"If you don't like it here, then leave, go back to Africa or some other Socialist Country."
I say to them.
My response, "can all those folks who told me to leave the US, pay for my airline ticket to Ghana?"
So let's first start with the definition of Socialism.
Definition of socialism
1: any of a various economic and political theories advocating collective or any of governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Too bad we have people living in the United States who are unaware of the way their country operates. There are so many governmental fingers in every aspect of the production and distribution of goods. Particularly as it relates to rules and regulations to the point where the government can confiscate your business, regulate your business, demand you get a business license, shut your business down, deny you access to trading with other businesses, foreign and domestic, prevent you from competing in certain markets, force you to comply to governmental regulations in the manner you handle your business, or prevent you from even establishing a business at all, due to the many laws, regulations, codes, and fines that a person may incur. In the US the energy services are provided by big corporations who become monopolies over time, squeezing out the small guy. If this country was ever purely capitalist, that has certainly changed over the past hundred years.
2a :a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
Is there really any private property in this country? How can that be when there is the concept of Imminent Domain and Asset forfeiture? In other words, if the city, state or federal government decides to run a highway through your neighborhood, you can no longer claim a hold on your property as the government own the ground your property sits on, and the bank owns the mortgage.
So let's look at this concept of Eminent Domain.
"Federal, state, and local governments may take private property through their power of eminent domain or may regulate it by exercising their Police Power. The Fifth Amendmentto the U.S. to the U. S. Constitution requires the government to provide just compensation to the owner of the private property to be taken. A variety of property rights are subject to eminent domain, such as air, water and landrights. the government takes Private property through condemnation proceedings. Throughout these proceedings, the property owner has the right of due process."
"Asset forfeiture or asset seizure is a form of confiscation of assets by the state. It typically applies to the alleged proceeds or instruments of crime. This applies, but is not limited, to terrorist activities, drug related crimes, and other criminal and even civil offenses. Some jurisdictions specifically use the term "confiscation" instead of forfeiture. The alleged purpose of asset forfeiture is to disrupt criminal activity by confiscating assets that potentially could have been beneficial to the individual or organization."
In other words, whenever the state which is government, decides to seize an individuals assets they have the right to do so based on their conclusions that they are within their right to do so. So out the window goes the notion of "private property" and a nicely veiled socialistic policy conscripted within the laws of this nation.
We can also take a look at the IRS which is a governmental agency that has the right to "seize" the product of a citizen of the US's labor through taxation. In other words, your earnings, or assets, are not totally yours but are taken from you without your consent.
b :a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
This is a hot topic for many especially with Google, YouTube, Facebook who on their face appear to be "private" companies but have the right to determine, in collusion with the government, what is real news and safe to allow on their platforms. If these entities were truly free, they would not have to comply for fear of facing any penalties, loss of revenues or pressure from governmental agencies, lobbyists and the like.
We also have the FCC which regulates what comes over the airwaves via radio and television broadcasting. They spend a great deal of time determining and re-determining what is fit to air and what is not according to governmental regulations. Thus we have government regulations effecting the means of production, making government in effect, in control of production.
At the risk of making this part of the video too long, I simply ask citizens of the United States to take a good hard look at how their government runs their lives and then make a honest determination if this is or is not ALREADY a socialist country.
Man, 50 years ago, black folks may have been insulted when they told our parents to go back to Africa, where you came from. Heck, I heard that when I was a little girl in Catholic School, but honestly, nowadays, all we need is an airline ticket. And Ghana ain't too expensive to live there. One USD is = to approximately 5 of theirs mas o menos. They are very hospitable, will feed you before they feed themselves, they love Americans, and as long as you are humble and respectful, they will let you stay with them. They are wonderful people. But my first choice of all time is getting off this Godforsaken planet altogether, but Scottie ain't been gettin my messages. These folks don't know, they ain't saying nothing slick, telling me to get out the country! They ain't hurt none of my feelings.
The other thing I don't understand about this mentality, is why does leaving the US have to even be an option?
If folks are not happy here, how will leaving make things better? or make "you" happier, or maybe make "them" happier? I'm confused.
I mean, I don't like living here for a lot of reasons, but there are some folks who live here who don't like it and want to change it. Bless their little fatally optimistic hearts.
So leaving is simply not an option for them, they want to change it!
Telling someone to leave as an answer to someone's discontent about how things are ran here, just tells me that this person doesn't want things to change, at least not while things are going in their favor.
But one day, they too may become discontent. Will leaving be an option for them? Funny thing is, where would they go? They're so stubborn about being an American, where would they go??
Bottom-line; we are all in the same boat, I don't know how many of us are of pure blood. White folks have mixed blood to, from various different heritages, so which one would they choose, and there are some of them that, just like black folks, don't even know where their ancestors came from passed their lineage going back to the settlers.
Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Shows Concern For “Legitimate Issues” and he wants to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. His supporters who share his concerns want to kneel too. Folks are angry, up in arms calling him and others "son of bitches" all in the same breath calling themselves Christian. And I wonder how many of them stand in their viewing rooms at home? Not to mention the number of folks who are in the stands and don’t stand during the National Anthem. Besides, is it in his contract that he should stand for the pledge of allegiance?
These people are so hyped about him not complying and standing but they claim that they don't worship Idols, but isn't pledging allegiance to a flag, Idol worship, particularly if folks are willing to die for the flag. What does it symbolize to them if not something they have given honor, respect, admiration, recitation, saluting, folding in a certain way, reverence, etc….. They don't give that much reverence to their churches. These Christians also rally around statues, hoist their flags on Holidays, and then go to Church on Sundays where the preacher preaches against idolatry, magic, witchcraft and soothsaying.
So, let's look at the definition of "idol"
"an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
synonyms: icon, representation of a god, image, effigy, statue, figure, figurine, fetish, totem; a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered. synonyms: hero, heroine, star, superstar, icon, celebrity."
Your Christian God says set no thing beside me, that includes all of the above. Therefore, my question is, are you a Christian? then what's with the idolatry? Flag, statues, etc. And dying for one?? yeah that sounds like idolatry to me.
Then a Patriot says in defense of this, what I call "idol worship",
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him. -Mark 12:17 KJV"
And my response to this is,
"Excuse me? Caesar? the brutal-dictator? Didn't he have something to do with getting Jesus Killed? I have no respect for that man. How can anyone who claims to be a Christian? What about morals? If government says give me all your guns, are you gonna render them too?"
There must be some serious cognitive dissonance going on here, when these people speak so highly of a flag, die for it, honor it, and at the same time say it is not idol worship. The flag is a symbol, it's an idol, it's an effigy, it represents something that is behind it, it has power to illicit tears and battle cries, it has had songs written for and about it. It sails on all governmental buildings in the US. There are laws against the desecration of it. It must never hit the ground, and when a famous government official dies, it flies at half mast. I mean what else can it be but an idol??
Then they say, we stand because of the men and women who fought for our freedoms in this country. And I'm like what freedoms? The men and women defending this country have been duped, they are protecting opium and oil fields and the petro dollar. They are slaves who have been brainwashed. The argument is mute, if you say freedoms are not granted by governments, they are given by God, then how can anyone take them away and why do you need to fight for them? I'm confused.
"Who the frick and frack dies for a flag?"
And those poor soldiers are not protecting my freedoms either. The cause they are dying for is far from noble.
No one can grant me freedoms!
No one has that kind of power over my life. I need no Constitution to grant me anything. If the Constitution can grant something then it can take it away. That's too much power for anyone to have over another, unless they are Almighty God. They're not, just government.
Besides, if freedom is so free why are there so many laws? You gotta have a license to do just about anything in this country, fish, hunt, swim, marry, divorce, teach, practice medicine, law, social work, cook, clean, deliver the mail, drive, be an electrician, plumber, carpenter..etc., how is that freedom?
Don't folks realize that what we have here are considered privileges and that they can be taken away at anytime? Besides, those soldiers, at a rate of 20 or so per day, are killing themselves, for a lie, or should I say many lies.
This and much more should make everyone take to their knees.
The idea that I want to stay here under this intolerable regime is laughable to me, as they think they are insulting me or threatening me by telling me to "Go Back to Your Homeland" and let me keep mine.
I just don't get it, how in the world did they come to that conclusion that this country is their homeland, or better yet, that it is more their homeland than mine.
So that's why I say, give me an airline ticket and I will be out of your hair in a heart beat!! For sure.
And while we are on the subject of Colin Kaepernick let's take a look at this recent article in Atlanta Black Star entitled
"Why Jesse Williams Calling National Anthem a ‘Scam’ Isn’t Too Far Fetched"
Count Jesse Williams as one of the proponents of protesting the national anthem at sporting events. The political activist and actor spilled some truths about the long-time tradition that could blow the minds of self-proclaimed patriots. As it turns out, those boycotting the NFL over athletes kneeling during the anthem may want to read up on where that tradition came from to begin with.
“It’s important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam,” Williams says on “MSNBC Live” Sunday, Sept. 24. “This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 [by] the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment to get more people to go off and fight wars to die. This has nothing to do with [the] NFL, or American pastime, or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They’re marketing. They’re pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.”
Williams is referring to a 2015 Senate report that detailed the Department of Defense spent $53 million “on marketing and advertising contracts with sports teams between 2012 and 2015.” A huge chunk of that money — $10 million — went toward the NFL. Contracts for “paid patriotism,” as the report referred to the findings, called for national anthem performances, field-sized American flags, on-field color guards and tributes to wounded war heroes. The DOD admitted that the contracts were meant for recruitment, but didn’t indicate how the activities impacted recruitment.
“Given the immense sacrifices made by our service members, it seems more appropriate that any organization with a genuine interest in honoring them, and deriving public credit as a result, should do so at its own expense and not at that of the American taxpayer,” the report said. “Americans deserve the ability to assume that tributes for our men and women in military uniform are genuine displays of national pride, which many are, rather than taxpayer-funded DOD marketing gimmicks.”
This divide and conquer strategy that is in full swing is so ridiculous and counter productive.