The Aftermath of the Fourth of July

 

Pitbull partied down on the Fourth, but in a manner that honestly reflected this country’s history. Can the rest of the Country do the same?

Each year on the Fourth of July people throw up the flags, go to a parade, enjoy fireworks, and generally cheer, blindly, about how GREAT the USofA is as a Nation. In light of recent migrant jailing and child separations, Supreme Court’s upholding of the Muslim Travel Ban, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and general hostility from the Oval Office towards anything different (think: “Shit-hole countries”), many in America on the losing side of the culture war seem to feel as if the Country has taken a step back.The Fourth of July felt a little off this year. As best summed up by the Gay Boy, aka Joe Jensen, who was undercover reporting from Mississippi during Independence Day:

Look at this collection of winners. In particular, notice the combo confederate / thin blue line flag on the far left – appropriately hanging on portable shitter – where it belongs. 

Ironically, those in support of thin blue line buck at the notion of infringement of civil liberty. It’s about time we stop being so damn hypocritical as a country and recognize what the thin blue line really means:

Editors note: Some may argue, well surely it is fine, if you are policeman, relative, or family member to sport the thin blue line. Wrong. You are falling into the crowd-like mentality of a gang. The first rule to joining any gang is – don’t rat out your friends. Snitches get stitches. If you are sporting the thin blue line, and following its mentality – you are engaging in a mafioso-style Omerta form of endorsement. The symbolism of the flag means that no one steps over the blue line. It means that police protect their fellow cops by refusing to report or testify against them. This is what we expect from criminal organizations – not tax-payer funded civil servants expected to serve the public. 

We at the Partyblog do not condone the use of the thin blue line superimposed with the American Flag. The Constitution embodies distrust of the police state, while the thin blue line wholeheartedly endorses it.  We at the Partyblog understand the unfortunate reality that large swaths of the population are drinking the kool aid. Most just follows what Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or Alex Jones tell them to think.

We cannot, however, understand how the Stars & Bars can continue to be viewed as an acceptable form of promotion of ideology or community. After all, what are flags other than a symbol of endorsement of the community with which you seek to be associated. It is time for those who fly the confederate flag to understand how offensive it truly is. The “Stainless Banner” aka the “Blood Stained Banner” aka the “American Swastika” shit-flag was the second flag of the Confederacy. It was used during the Civil War and as a result it is a living symbol of treason against the Union in perseverance of the institution of slavery. In the after- math of the Civil War – beginning in the Jim Crow era South and continuing until today – the Stained Banner acts as rallying cry for those opposed to equal rights. The Blood-Stained Flag was flown by proto-fascist, terrorist, militant organizations whose goal was the subjugation of an entire race of people upon whose blood and sweat this country’s was built upon. From the inception of its use, the flag’s purpose and intent was to terrorize those brown people who showed the tiniest sliver of independence, civil liberty or yearning for freedom.  When people say, “it’s our history,” you are correct. It is our heritage – of a racist, decrepit, and shameful past. It is time to accept the truth of our past, not deny the reality of our shameful history of racist impulses, state-sanctioned murder, and degradation.

Shady G reported this Fourth of July from  the Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. His parents – naturalized citizens – were not born with the right to vote.  His great great uncle was lynched. From Shady G:

I was looking at my great great uncle’s name and started thinking about his mother, who I have heard my great grandmother talk about. She was a slave. A legit cotton picking, what you see in the movies slave. She faced horrors that we cannot fathom, but she had hope for a brighter tomorrow. Because of her hope, I am here. Realistically, we may not live to see the changes we fight for. We do it for future generations. Part of being black in America is having to have hope for a brighter tomorrow. What we are seeing now, the backlash, may be a moment in white fragility in America. We are making progress and cannot focus on the dark clouds, but instead must see the sun breaking through. 

Regardless, for us all to move forward as a nation, we must recognize our collective history.  The “ideal” that we assign to the founders and the Fourth of July is itself a myth. Our founding did not provide that all “men were created equal,” other than land-owning white men.  The country’s founders were not interested in equality for all. Inequality was institutionalized in every founding document of our nation. To ignore the stark history and create a noble myth is a problem. The longer we believe the ahistorical ideal that America was founded upon, the harder it is to actually achieve justice and equality. If you look at America from the perspective of a married, inter-racial couple, it’s as if White America cheats on Black America, and then gets mad when called out for its infidelity.

Now, there may be some benefit in seeing the country’s founders today in a mythical quality. It provides citizens with a set of common goals to work towards beyond self-interest. However, when one-half refuses to acknowledge historical reality, it keeps all of the country mired in a zero-sum game.The longer we hold onto the notion that the founders were completely just and honorable, the harder it will be for those disenfranchised by the country to buy in.  If the reality of our past is built upon a lie, claiming that the country was based upon a notion of equality for all when in fact it institutionalized slavery and degradation of fellow man, we cannot move towards the ideal that this country may still become.  Upon recognition and acceptance that all people are truly equal, “zero-tolerance”  is not a winning argument.  We may “today” ascribe a progressive vision to the founders’ view that their intention was for all people to be “equal” in the future, but the reality is the founders legalized a system that resulted in massacres of “savages” and enslavement of millions of people. So instead of prescribing idealism to the founders – we must recognize the idealism in ourselves. We must repatriate the view of the founders and make it our own, as oppose to ascribing universal freedom and liberty to men who were to beholden to wealth, pressure, and mercantile / capitalistic impulses to make it a reality. “If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves”  -Thomas Day, 1776

So next time the Fourth of July rolls around, we should view it as a memorial, not simply a blind, bro-ish celebration to blow up as much shit as possible. Our country is founded on a compromise that resulted in the royal mistreatment of a lot of people. So now we have to make up for it. Time to admit to the sins and abominations and move forward. There are two potential solutions: 1) put high doses of liquid LSD in Busch Light so that White America can have a collective out of body experience and view the world from a different perspective (see Party Tips, No. 6) in the or 2) start to support a form of pay-it-forward, truth and reconciliation, and a real form of reparations that can help all of those whose families were totally screwed improve and build upon the future through education and enlightenment.

We are talking about free public tuition for all ancestors of indigenous peoples and slaves. If you can trace your lineage, you get free public college. It shouldn’t be that hard to sell. We also believe that public college should be super cheap for everyone. But for a small percentage of the population, whose families got screwed, it should be completely free.

Did you say make billionaires pay for it?

While we are at it – let’s reduce our defense and NSA spying budget, use that towards infrastructure improvements, and suddenly we have a Fourth of July the Partyblog can celebrate with a huge bonfire on Ron Paul’s lawn and roasted marshmallows with Rene Boucher (see Party Tips, No. 5).

Which brings us back to Pitbull’s Fourth of July Concert. If you are going to party on the Fourth of July, do it like Pitbull.  Excuse the Facebook video. Facebook is the worst video platform imaginable. We need to make a rule that organizations and people just post to Youtube. I don’t want to see Russian fake news when I click on a video. But this clip was not available elsewhere.

"Let's help each other, not divide each other. Let's unite each other." Thank you, Pitbull for an amazing and memorable Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Parkway. You're always welcome in the 2-1-5! Relive all the coverage: http://on.nbc10.com/1nlsB41

Posted by NBC10 Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pitbull understands the ideal that we can achieve today. The founder’s view was imperfect. Pitbull’s view is not. Pitbull is the real leader of the free world. The Party World.

Final Note: at the end of the video when the crowd starts chanting “USA! USA! USA!” most of the POC’s look around uncomfortably. It’s probably time to retire the “USA! USA! USA!” chant. It was cool when it was chanted against the Iron Sheik in WWF wrestling matches. But the Iron Sheik is retired. And he lives in Georgia, USA. If you see the Iron Sheik, by all means…yell in his face “USA! USA!” Otherwise, it is reminiscent of a 2016 RNC thing. Like the person chanting is taking ownership over the USA. The USA does not belong to anyone. Except for billionaire Republican donors. This is whom “our” country’s founders were protecting.  So remember the only people who can credibly say “my country” and “my history” are the billionaires who want to keep this country, and this world, all to themselves, and divided so that one half will support their kleptocracy by way of identity politics. To get the country – it’s going to require reconciling with the past and the foundation this country was built upon. Once we can do that, then we really are the same. We are united against the rich capitalist bastards who want to steal our country and our Party – in whatever form it takes – and keep it to themselves. 

Look. So here is the final word. On Some Supreme Court

An explanation on the following entry. The original post – linked at the bottom as “The Coward, Ted, and the Brave Man – was originally written in the aftermath of the WDAS Presents the Philly Block Party (which was awesome by the way. When Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris did a shout out to “everybody make some noise if you were born in the 60’s” there was applause up front in the expensive seats. ” Make some noise if you was born in the 70’s…” Louder…but more spread out towards the back. “…if you were born in the 80’s…” This was the loudest – but mostly towards the back and the cheap seats. So yes, it is true that elderly in America are rich and it trickles down from there. “…born in the 90’s?” A few cheers – all in the back by the lawn. “What if you were born in 2000 or later.” [Dead Silence.] So yeah. We gettin’ old.  And to top it all off, we will not have social security to support us. Basically, this country is on the fast track to the idle rich having fun and everyone else working their butts off until death…but I digress.). Partyboygeez had been partying for about 7 hours straight with no chaser throughout the Block Party (that’s how we do). Instead of going to bed next to a fine woman, I decided to drunkenly drivel on a page. The point / or the intention – which is impossible to appreciate without explanation – was to try to explain what exactly this all means.  Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Anthony Kennedy is  described as the “Wild Card” on the Supreme Court. He is often (misdiagnosed) as the great moderating factor on the highest court of the US of A. This is false. Kennedy is a conservative by all means. He originally was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in Casey v. Planned Parenthood but switched at the last minute according to lore – which Kennedy refuses to officially confirm or deny. So this so called “moderate” really wasn’t that moderate. He did on a few occasions side with an individual’s right to liberty and privacy.  Nevertheless, he was VERY successful at pissing off the right (because he did not give them everything they wanted, like two-year olds in the midst of a temper tantrum, a sound analogy for the right as a whole). You can see why exactly Kennedy pisses off the Right in the following  article from the baloney Weekly Standard (PS I don’t know much about the author John McCormack, but he’s clearly insane):

“Then, apparently on a whim, [Kennedy] changed his mind on a fundamental matter of constitutional law and human rights. And following this period of indecision, he chose not to restore the constitutional right of the American people through their duly elected state representatives to regulate abortion, but arrogated that right to himself.”

The above is also a good summary of how insane the Right is when it comes to Constitutional Law.  The right views Constitutional Law as something that needs to be protected by elected state officials through the enactment of laws restricting personal liberties, such as the decision (which cannot be more personal) to start a family. That’s. Not. How. This. Fucking. Works.  The role of the Supreme Court, traditionally, is to STOP the state from acting in ways that violates your personal liberties. Such as a law written whereby police can break down your door, sleep in your bed, and drink your beer. (Cue the Fourth Amendment). Samesies with a law that criminalizes abortion. This is a violation of privacy. Medical decisions are a private matter. The State cannot dictate what medical procedures a person of the majority age decides to do with one’s body. The State cannot force you to start a family or get married. Whether you like it or not (morally), to criminalize abortion is akin to an illegal search and seizure.  Abortion was (when Roe was decided) and is a developing medical procedure. It did not exist when the Constitution was drafted. However, there are many medical procedures that did not exist. If States wanted to ban, for example, prostate removal surgery for those with prostate cancer, because we cherish erect penises as a society, that too would be a violation of 14th amendment right to privacy, liberty and due process. Again, the body, for all intents and purposes, is considered the same (or should be) as the home. It’s an easy concept to understand.

Anthony Kennedy also sided in favor of basic civil and civic rights for gays in the arena of marriage and civil partnerships. Again, these are private matters in which the government HAS NO BUSINESS TO interfere (Isn’t this what the Conservative Right supposedly supports – personal liberties? Small gubment? Get out my damn house and give me back my Natty Light Officer McShmeckels).  So – hypocritically – because of two issues where Kennedy favored individual rights (which conservatives supposedly support), he gets panned by the Right and called (wrongly) a moderate.

Now, that he’s leaving, the Right is trying it’s hardest to quash these two issues of civil liberty- gays marrying and abortion – with a new Supreme Court pick from its dictator-loving, philandering Champion. 

The Right is not going to be happy until Obamacare is completely outlawed (even though it clearly relates to market-regulation. Regulating the insurance market is clearly constitutional as it relates to the movement of things and people.  It used to be that matters such as kidnapping, movement of guns over state lines, tobacco, drugs and alcohol were clearly within the purview of the feds. Health insurance is no different. That is, until it got political.)  Outlaw abortion. Outlaw gay marriage. Allow dumping of toxic sludge into the rivers and toxic fumes into the air. We at the PartyBlog conclude that the Right is not going to be happy until they get everything they want, like a screaming toddler. Regardless if this has a benefit to society or extends humanity’s time and success on Earth.  The PartyBlog supports laws and rules that promote human health, therefore extending the party. We also support laws that promote unity and celebration. Two loving people being married is something to celebrate.We also support personal freedom and liberty.

Kennedy was holding the Right in bringing the country back to the 50’s…. The 1850’s. The right twists it as — we just want people to follow the laws.  “Following the law” 60 years ago looked like segregation of races, arrests of gays for engaging in relationships deemed illegal by states, and no right to vote for blacks and other people of color. These are the laws that the “States” gave to non-whites. It is happening now through voter ID laws and purging of voter registration rolls (Thanks again Kennedy).   It makes us wonder if the Right would take all votes away from people of color unless they conform like fucking Diamond and Silk.

Kennedy was not conservative enough. We just want someone to follow the laws. Our laws.”

 Abortion – bye. Gay rights – bye. Whatever remains of the civil rights act and voting laws – bye. Some type of campaign finance reform – bye. The corporate big money backers sell 45% of America on social issues.  Americans buy-in believing that our religions tells us this the right thing to do. Go conservative. Support your president. Corporate Big Money then ass fucks the entire country on everything – wages, worker’s rights, environment, you name it – yeah fuck me harder Koch twins. The Right finally gets what they want, or what they think they want. Social conservatism at its pinnacle and we have moved back in time 70 years socially and racially.  But what do we really have? Economically nothing. We are left with plutocrats enslaving white men through brain wash and social messaging – in turn enslaving their white wives – in turn enslaving everyone else.

For once, ironically, PartyBlog wishes that Alex Jones was telling the truth:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/2/1777364/-Alex-Jones-Democrats-are-Launching-a-Civil-War-on-July-4th

How far have we gone under the “balanced” decisions by Kennedy over the years, and conservatives still believe we have not gone far enough?  Gutting Voting Act – check.  Gutting campaign reform and allowing endless corporate dark money into any political elections. Check. (Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Corporations are people, clearly have First Amendment rights, and all hail our Corporate Overlords. Question: Who wins in a fight? Ayn Rand or Jesus. Answer: Ayn Rand is Jesus.). Union Busting – check. Banning class actions suits for harassment / discrimination or wage theft in the work place – check.  Gun rights – check (voting with the conservative block in DC v. Heller, written by the beloved Scalia).  Interestingly, Scalia means “Staircase” in Italian … and if you’ve seen the Staircase … it’s creepy …   

Scalia means “Staircase” in Italian. Staircase the show is seriously creepy. Scalia is seriously creepy. Coincidence? We think not…

Thanks to Kennedy, the current Constitutional Law on guns is that an individuals’  private right to hand-gun ownership outweighs a city’s or state’s ability to regulate said gun in certain circumstances. Look – I can’t whip out my dick in public. That’s basic decency, part of living in a civilized society. Why not ditto on guns? While it is unclear at moment what exactly a government can do in the realm of gun control, Kennedy (and his buds) gave the NRA and its backers a private, definite right to own a loaded gun in one’s home. However, per Kennedy and his buds, it is still illegal to own a loaded joint in one’s home.

Does not matter that the actual text of the Second Amendment reads like a Victorian novel (rights of a state to maintaining a well-armed militia, blah blah blah) and was drafted when high capacity magazines, semi-automatic rifles, etc., were about as real as Doc Brown’s time machine. “Fuck that – I get to own a fucking AK 47 with armor piercing bullets NOW b/c George Washington says so … SUCK MY DICK OBAMA (but not in a gay way or nothin’).”  And you know who doesn’t give 2 shits that gun violence kills over 30,000 people per year…5 powerful Right dudes on the Supreme Court. “AND MY DICK!” 

The great “moderate” Supreme Court Justice, in his final, important, split decisions  was four for four (fo’ fo’ fo’***) in favor of conservative ideals. Namely, taking away the rights of people, voters, and workers. (See Abbott v. Perez – in favor of shameless political gerrymandering; Trump v. Hawaii – in favor of Muslim Ban; Janus v. AFSCME – Public Union busting; and Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis – barring employee’s class action rights via arbitration). Kennedy, time in time out, delivered big wins for the Right. Throw in for good measure an extra time goal (World Cup reference) for religious anti-abortion pregnancy centers, who also are people with First Amendment rights (Wait – Scalia said, in DC v. Heller, the gun case, that the Amendments only protected people, so by that logic, a pregnancy center would not be a person so why…? Ehhhh fuck you and your logic. It’s not my problem).

***Moses Malone also went fo’ fo’ fo’, but in a good, liberating way, such as beating the piss out of the evil Lakers (screw the Lakers and screw Lebron for leaving Cleveland). This is good thing – as in good triumphs over evil – the exact opposite of a bad thing, like screwing over the American worker in favor of Massa’…

FO FO FO – but in a good way…

It’s not bad enough that SCOTUS’ conservative majority consistently handed down epic anti-worker; anti-labor; anti-voter decisions (it’s been a consistent pattern over the past few years).  It’s not bad enough that the Right abdicated it’s Constitutional obligation to consider Merrick Garland to the Court two years ago, in the Senate’s version of Heads I win, Tails You Lose.

Now, only a few days after the Muslim ban is upheld by the Trump v. Hawaii’s decision, the other shoe drops by way of a back door (Trump voice: mmm love the back door) off-record meeting between Trump and Kennedy, culminating in Kennedy’s announced retirement.

Trump probably comes onto Kennedy all creepy – Stormy- style full press, buttering up Kennedy with whatever Supreme Court Judges crave: weird flattery, French cuisine, and imported sparkling white. Picture a PG all male, Seventies-something, it’s just lunch.  ***HHCICSMMSCR*** “You’ve done such a great service to the Country. I’ll make sure to replace you with someone in your mold – who put truth above the fray.” Wait, no, Trump would not say sophisticated phrases like “truth above the fray.” Drumpf says. “I’ll put in someone who could never be as good as you, because you’re the best, but maybe just as good, since I’m doing the nomination, so it’ll be better than you, but not really. But it’s the best replacement, Can’t tell you who. But stay tuned. It will make Supreme Court Great Again. MASCGRA. More Escargot mon amigo? MAGA Escargots with MEGA amigos. More Moscato? Even though I could never beat you. You’re great. The best. Best judges. Best buds. We’ll have the best judges. Try this spotted dick. I have the best spotted dick.” 

***Hot Horny Commander in Chief Seeking Male Moderate Supreme Court Retiree***

But really – all of this has been said, and better than I ever could. “Kennedy wasnt a moderate,” good analysis by . There is also Will Bunch’s,  Borked!! GOP’s long game finally bringing nightmare of Robert Bork’s America to Supreme Court (providing some historical context to the despair felt by the majority of the country). And of course, Kennedy’s retirement announcement comes after the beginning of the rumblings that maybe, just maybe, putting kids in cages means we have had enough. There is a “crisis of democracy, not manners” (credit to the Time’s Michelle Goldberg), and maybe it is time forget about civility.

What Kennedy’s retirement means, potentially, is the final straw for liberalism in America. Fascism here we come – full bore. The original post which follows, first posted at 2 AM ET (after approximately 3 hours of writing) on July 1, 2018, was intended to somehow comment on all of the above, mirroring Becket’s existentialism – akin to waiting for Godot. The feeling that potentially we / it is coming to an end, the society as we know it. We cannot avoid but to see our inevitable demise. We are just waiting, with hints of the downfall in Kennedy’s retirement. The despair we are all feeling, due to the loss of what we were taught as children was a great democracy. Robert Bork’s America. There is nothing left but this powerlessness. How do we overcome it?   

Yeah, that’s what I was going for at 2 AM after 3 Captains, 5 pints of Hop Devil, and no dinner. The following utter nonsense seemingly written by one of the Russian bots that have spammed my computer by way of the over 120,000 unapproved or blocked comments to this blog (none of which have ever been approved) was actually quite well thought out in retrospect. Some bots claim to be selling drugs. Some bots claim to be selling sex. All bots lead down a rabbit hole of computer virus-laiden identity theft. Except for one bot – Mamukbu – whose comment  we almost approved (but did not out of fear that merely clicking on a comment for approval might result in identity theft, surveillance and Putin poisoning). And Mamukbu’s message:

“Molecular and func- tional changes in voltage-dependent Na+ channels following pilocarpine-induced repute epilep- ticus in rat dentate granule cells. Molecular markers resolve take able a greater potential to delineate sub- groups within histological types as demonstrated in return high- estate serous carcinomas 4, 55]. The participants were bestowed” Thanks Mamukbu! 

So in reality – there is no message – no hope for the future – Mamukbu, the modern day Becket, is the inspiration. Just random word generated gibberish. It felt like that at 2 AM after a night of beautiful music and drinking, that reality set in and we are just at a desperate place. Even though conservative America has won so many of the culture wars, it’s still not good enough. While conservatives may be winning the culture wars in the courts, we all lose our rights to fair wages. Because the conservative judges follow the direction of their corporate overlords. Accordingly, we must continue to fight the good fight, so that we do not end up like quasi-conscious drunk sub human robot random word generating beings. And if we the People do not take our country from the oligarchs and their brainwash (successfully causing social wars so that fellow citizens fight each other for and over civil rights instead of fighting the rich oligarchs that have never had our best interest at hand), and save our country and world from the brink of environmental destruction, inter-party civil war, and capitalist-slavery, we all doomed to become:

The Coward, Ted, and the Brave Man.