Martin Luther King Jr. – 20th Century Prophet

© 2020 Jim Spence - When one explores college courses at most American universities regarding the “Bible,” he or she will find it is taught as literature, rather than the “Inspired word of God.” Of course, there are many reasons for this change. For starters, the history of human conduct towards advancing the faiths of both Judaism and Christianity, like virtually all other religions, has not been without thousands of regrettable episodes of violence. Often when actions have been taken, supposedly for the sake of supporting various interpretations of proper faith, the result has been violent deaths. Still, history teaches us that there have been several profoundly wise prophets, who have implored believers to make beneficial changes in behavior, while often deploring the moral bankruptcy of the allegedly faithful.

As an exercise in understanding human nature, briefly consider three prophets. Jeremiah issued warnings to Israel’s leaders of pending disaster. They went unheeded. The changes Jeremiah called for were simply far too unpopular for politicians to embrace. Much later in human history prophet John the Baptist accurately foretold of not just the arrival of Jesus, but of the monumental implications. Regardless of your views on the Bible or Christianity, to say that Jesus of Nazareth changed the world, is no stretch at all. Revolutionary monk Martin Luther was also prophetic. Luther became a catalyst for dynamic changes in Europe. This came after Luther rejected how the Roman Catholic Church, under Pope Leo X, had come to finance an ostentatiously ornate remodeling project of the Vatican, with tainted funds from the proceeds of, “indulgence certificates.” These documents were sold to sinners and their families for cold hard cash, in lieu of repentance. Luther served as a catalyst for changes in the way all Christian churches were administered.

In the end, the prophet Jeremiah was imprisoned and beaten, the prophet John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed, and Christian reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated and threatened with death that forced him into hiding.

This brings us to a discussion of the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. arguably the most important prophet since Martin Luther five hundred years ago. Martin Luther King Jr.’s father, also a pastor, was a great admirer of 16th century Christian reformer Martin Luther, mainly because he revered his courage as well as the logical reforms Luther sought. Lost in the overwhelmingly secular nature of modern American folklore, recollections of Martin Luther King Jr.’s storied life are not always centered, as his life was, on the depth of his Christian faith.

It was Martin Luther King Jr.’s Christian faith that formed the foundation of his vision, not the other way around. King memorized and sang hymns and Bible verses before he was five years old. On many occasions, using his incredibly rich voice, King sang hymns to enthralled church parishioners, while his mother accompanied him on the piano. Though this fact receives no attention in pop culture today, King’s favorite hymn was, "I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus."

In 1947 King chose to enter the ministry at just eighteen years of age. Later in life King would say being a pastor was his chosen way to satisfy his, "Inner urge to serve humanity."

Folklore on King also rarely mentions the fact that he came very close to being part of a mixed-race marriage. During his third year at divinity school King became romantically involved with Betty Moitz, a white girl. It was King’s intention to marry Moitz, however, most of his friends advised against a permanent relationship, telling him that it would provoke animosity within both races and also likely prevent him from ever becoming the pastor of any church in the American south. King’s own mother was particularly adamant in her opposition to the relationship. “We were madly, madly in love, the way young people can fall in love,” Moitz told author Patrick Parr shortly before her death in 2016. The rest as they say is history. Eventually, and with a heavy heart, King ended the romance and later he married Coretta Scott. It would be perhaps the last important “conventional” decision King ever made.

In 1954, at the age of just 25, King began his career as a Christian pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He also actively embraced the fledgling civil rights movement. Gradually, thanks to the strength of his oratorical skills and his vision, King became the face of the cause.

Perhaps the least publicized moments of King’s amazing life as a 20th century prophet, came on September 20, 1958 when he was signing copies of his book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in a department store in Harlem, New York. Izola Curry, a black woman, suddenly and viscously attacked King. She stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. King narrowly escaped death after he underwent emergency surgery and was hospitalized for several weeks.

In many ways King’s 20th century trials and tribulations parallel those of Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and his namesake, Martin Luther. Like each of his prophetic predecessors, King grew up in difficult times, called for radical changes in behavior, and suffered countless indignities.

As a child, Martin Luther King Jr. was forced like all black children of that era, to learn the lessons of a mostly racialized America. Peacemaking does not come naturally to most human beings. When Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy, he began to play with a white boy roughly his same age. His playmate would visit the business owned by his father, which was across the street from the King family home. At age six, living in segregated Atlanta, King began attending a school for black children only. Soon after he began elementary school, the parents of his white playmate ended the two friend’s playtime together, based on the children’s different skin colors. This incident would have a profound effect that served as an early trigger for King’s vision and future hopes and dreams. His initial reaction was not surprising. Much later an adult Martin Luther King Jr. would admit that as a child, his very first reaction to overt racism during his early childhood was to be, "Determined to hate every white person." Fortunately, it was the wisdom and abiding faith of King’s parents that interceded. King received an admonishment for his attitude. King’s parents taught the future prophet that it was his, “Christian duty to love everyone.”

King learned his lessons well. Decades later when he gave his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream,” at the Lincoln Memorial, he echoed the lesson of his youth. It is instructive to revisit King’s remarkable prophecy:

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

It is more than disturbing that King’s non-violent message of racial harmony is in danger of being cast aside, as racial strife is being re-ignited by distinctly political forces in 21st century America. All of America would do well to take a deep breath and remind itself that at the heart of King’s teachings, was his non-violent Christian faith. It was this principle that defined Martin Luther King Jr. 

Advocacy of non-violence won King hundreds of millions of admirers. The Reverend Billy Graham once bailed Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail after one of King’s many arrests and incarcerations for staging and participating in marches against the oppression of Jim Crow laws.

Understandably, King was not as popular in some quarters. In some segments of American society that now claim to have endorsed his efforts and his legacy, there is no acknowledgement of transgressions. Nation of Islam member Malcolm X, was not a fan of King. Malcolm X called King’s historical March on Washington, where he gave his infamous, “I Have a Dream” speech, the "Farce on Washington." Malcolm X and other leaders of the Nation of Islam went so far as to forbid its members from attending the march. In short, Malcom X, now seen as a folk hero by pop culture, was strongly opposed to the prophecies of King.

King delivered another prophetic address during his short life that became known as his, "How Long, Not Long," speech. Profoundly, King accurately foretold the victory of the civil rights movement. He shrugged off the slowness of America requiring one hundred years for that victory when he wisely reminded us that the pace was slow, "Because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

King’s final and most prophetic public statements were made in Memphis, Tennessee in his, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," speech. Fittingly, he gave this address at the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. The background was that King's flight into Memphis had been delayed by a bomb threat. King said the following to his listeners:

“And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats, that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

He was murdered a short time later.

Please consider the noblest intentions of this great 20th century prophet. Martin Luther King Jr. through the essential elements of his legendary teachings, reaffirmed his mission just prior to his death, when he said, “I just want to do God’s will.”

What did King mean by this?

King’s favorite church hymn was, “I Want to be More and More Like Jesus.”

At an early age he embraced the instruction of his Christian parents that he had a duty to, “love everyone.”

King chose a career in the Christian ministry to satisfy his, "Inner urge to serve humanity."

Most important to 21st century American context, King’s dream reflected devout faith. He utterly rejected all forms of violent conflict. In his own words he dreamed of the descendants of former slaves and former slave owners, “Sitting down together at the table of brotherhood.”

His dreams also included the hopes for his children and all others to be judged solely by the, “Content of their character.”

King called only on America’s best instincts when he expressed the hope that “Little black boys and black girls would join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

It is no accident that King declared his faith on the eve of his death, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” he said in Memphis on that fateful night.

It would seem, with violent re-racialization riots breaking out all over the nation, as well as racially motivated attacks on innocent victims, it is going to once again be up to believers of all races, to rescue this nation from its lowest impulses.

Finally, there are no “sides” to be chosen from in America, as indicated by those hoping to re-racialize the psyche of the nation for political purposes. As violence continues to be the result of organized efforts to perpetuate the idea that we all must re-racialize our thought processes, the legacy and memory of the great 20th century prophet Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he accomplished decades ago, is truly being betrayed. Fittingly, it will be up to all of us who believe, as Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta King did. It is our Christian duty to "love everyone." We should pray for guidance, and do everything we can to continue to maintain the fulfillment of his dreams, instead of watching idly while others destroy them.

Not surprisingly, King’s final words in life were also incredibly prophetic. On the balcony of his hotel right before he was killed, to musician Ben Branch, King said, "Ben, make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord' in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty."

Branch was scheduled to perform, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” a song written by Tommy Dorsey:

Lead me on, let me stand

I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m lone

Through the storm, through the night

Lead me on to the light

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home


When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near

When my light is almost gone

Hear my cry, hear my call

Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears, and the night draws near

And the day is past and gone

At the river I stand

Guide my feet, hold my hand

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home


Precious Lord, take my hand

Lead me on, let me stand

I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m lone

Through the storm, through the night

Lead me on to the light

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Indeed America, it is time to be once again be led back to peace and brotherhood instead of being encouraged to re-racialize and tear ourselves apart. After all that Martin Luther King Jr. sacrificed to get us to this point, how can we chose to simply abandon all he accomplished and pretend he failed?

Don't do it.


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The Re-Racialization of America Movement

© 2020 Jim Spence - The presidential election is just four weeks away. The Movement to Re-Racialize America is my pamphlet. Click on it for extensive documentation of the extraordinary circumstances facing America. Those wanting to make sense of current events and help others understand them, should share this comprehensive look at 2020 America with other adults. Remaining ignorant of the realities of what is happening will have catastrophic consequences for all.  

 


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Learn from the best

© 2020 Jim Spence - Recently I have a very unpleasant experience on the golf course with a young man I very much admire. He is the father of three little girls, an entrepreuer, and a good player. We had enjoyed many rounds of golf together this spring and summer and he was my opponent when I fired my career low round, a two under par 70 on a pretty demanding course in suburban Denver. He shot 71 that day, which also happened to be his career low. On our last outing I made the mistake of speaking my mind to him after he began to talk about the NFL salvaging their season. Readers of this column understand that I have spoken often about the likes of Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, and others of their ilk, who take a knee during the national anthem and whine about social justice. However, this young man had no idea about my philosophies, let alone where they might come from. Golf is not the time or the place to discuss politics. Unfortunately, most of the professional sports leagues have shoved politics into our faces and their opinions down our throats, so I negligently walked into the trap and spoke my mind. Once this young man heard a snippet of my views between holes, he suggested that I had no idea how ignorant I was, and added that it was clear I had a closed mind when it came to the riots and protests. Needless to say, I did not refer to the primary sources for my opinions, nor did I continue to opine on a subject that is clearly worn out.
Here a link to the Walter Williams website (Williams is pictured above). Williams has been a hero of mine for forty years. Twenty years my senior, Walter Williams has seen it all and he is as intellectually astute as many man I have ever read. Most of my opinions on race, equality, and social justice, have been formed after reading Williams views along with those of his good friend, Thomas Sowell, who recently retired from writing columns. Sadly, and thanks to a grossly biased media, education system, and entertainment segment of the population, these men are not heard by the masses. What a pity. You can visit Walter Williams by clicking HERE and learn what a profoundly wise man thinks all this burning, looting, and murder (BLM) is about. He makes the case much more articulately than I do.
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Want to grieve? Nykea Aldridge deserved better

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Just over four years ago (late August of 2016), it was back to school time. It was then that Chicago police arrested two brothers in connection with the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge. Eventually, career criminal Darwin Sorrells Jr. pleaded guilty after being caught on film committing Aldridge’s murder. Sorrells went back to prison after he was sentenced to 27 years for killing the innocent young woman.

How and why did this senseless killing happen?

Tragically, Nykea Aldridge was killed when she was hit by gunfire while pushing her infant child in a stroller near the Dulles School of Excellence on Chicago’s south side. Local police reported that Darwin Sorrells and his brother started firing weapons after they "exchanged looks" with a man who was dropping off a woman near the school. It seems that both Sorrells brothers knew the man was not from the neighborhood. They thought he might have been armed, so they opened fire. Nykea Aldridge just happened to be near the school where she was planning to register her children for the upcoming semester. Aldridge was hit in the head by stray bullets fired from the guns of the Sorrell brothers. She passed away 45 minutes after she was taken to a nearby hospital.

Nykea Aldridge
Because Nykea Aldridge was the cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade, her murder received very brief coverage by the national news media. However, the national and local media quickly lost interest in a tragic story with huge implications for America. In the end, the shooting death of a woman pushing a baby stroller in front of a school in the south side of Chicago was dropped because it could be categorized by news editors, as just another in a long series of local killings of people of no historical significance.

Perhaps it might be useful to contrast how the awful story of Nykea Aldridge’s killing went virtually unnoticed, versus how the media, the politicians, and subsequently millions of Americans, said goodbye to one of our "best" sons in 2020.

The deceased was buried in a golden coffin in a coach pulled by 4 white horses while thousands of mourners sobbed uncontrollably. The mayor of the city where the deceased lived, was captured on film sobbing while clutching the magnificently expensive coffin. Clearly this coffin must have contained the body of one of the finest citizens ever buried in America. It was a nationally-televised funeral fit for a king. Literally choking on her own saliva, the ex-wife of the deceased was filmed while weeping uncontrollably over his coffin. It was a heart-rendering scene, though curiously the victim’s ex-wife had not actually seen the deceased for six years. It had been six years ago that the deceased abandoned his ex-wife and their three-month-old daughter. Even more odd, though the deceased was worshiped by millions after his death, he rarely provided much if any financial support for his wife or their child during his lifetime.

Thankfully, in the wake of the deceased’s death, thousands of compassionate people from all over the world, raised an amazing sum of money for the deceased’s ex-wife and her child. She has now received nearly $20 million in donations. The money continues to roll in and the outpouring of grief is not limited to financial relief. The University of Massachusetts has actually established a scholarship in honor of the deceased.

Our politicians were seemingly grief-stricken too. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives mourning elected officials went to their knees for almost nine minutes to honor the victim. Presidential candidate Joe Biden was also filmed on his knees lamenting the victim’s passing. If only dead soldiers were honored in such fashion.

It did not stop there. A 17-year-old girl was beaten and raped by “mourners” claiming they were terribly upset over the victim’s untimely demise. Hundreds of buildings have been burned. Cars, streets, police vehicles, public parks and federal buildings have been torched. Historical statues, including the Lincoln Memorial have been damaged by violent mourners.

As tens of thousands of mourners continue to take to the streets, seemingly to express their heartfelt grief, they continue to engage in arson, looting, and senseless acts of violence including murder. Many areas of America’s largest cities, including Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and many others, have now been destroyed. Hundreds of police officers have been injured and some have been killed.

Multi-millionaire players in professional sports leagues have decided to show their grief over the death of this victim. NBA players directed their angst towards the national anthem. They have also refused to play in games to protest his death. Major League Baseball players, also with the full support of league officials, have staged a variety of protests for the cameras. No doubt when the NFL begins its season, fresh protests will be directed towards the national anthem and towards law enforcement officials. It would seem that America’s despicable tolerance for social injustice is to be blamed for the untimely demise of the martyr in question.

A question comes to mind. What made the death of this man’s passing more significant than the death of Nykea Aldridge and thousands of others like her?

After doing some homework it is clear it was not the generous marks this male victim left on society during his crime-filled lifetime. George Floyd had a long and very serious criminal record. His arrests and convictions included a long list of armed robberies, drug trafficking offenses, and violent assaults. His most recent crime involved holding a pregnant woman by the throat (not his ex-wife) and putting a gun barrel to her belly while demanding money. Floyd did manage to get his sentence for that crime reduced, when he named all of his accomplices for police investigators. He may not have been the world's worst villain, but he certainly was not hero material either. Yet his funeral was staged in a way that would suggest he was an apostle of virtue, a role model for all.

After his death, Floyd's autopsy revealed large volumes of dangerous drugs in his blood. According to toxicology findings, the martyr was jacked up on fentanyl when he was allegedly killed by rogue police officers.

With all this information readily available to those interested in facts, it was George Floyd in 2020 and not Nykea Aldrige in 2016, who was to be the recipient of such grieving outpourings. Inexplicably, Nykea Aldridge and thousands like her, will never be characterized in so much as a footnote, by those writing American history.

Doesn't all of this seem at best extraordinarily disproportionate, and cynically contrived and manipulative at worst?

There was no grief or mourning on display in the U.S. House of Representatives for Nykea Aldridge. Why not?

There has been no outrage expressed over the horrific rapes and assaults committed by the supposedly grieving mourners of George Floyd. Why not?

The owners of businesses, whose life-long dreams have been torched in inner cities by Floyd's “mourners” go mostly ignored by politicians and the national media. Why is this so? 

Not a single house member of the U.S. House of Representatives decided to kneel after the horrific death of Nykea Aldridge, not even for five seconds, let alone for nearly nine minutes. Why not?

The real tragedy in America is that the Nykea Aldridge murder is the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to describing what goes on in most large cities around the nation every day. And this raises serious questions for Democrat Party leaders who have held political strangleholds on virtually all major cities in the U.S. for many decades. What makes George Floyd’s passing so much more heart-breaking and important to Democrat politicians, than the abrupt ending of the life of Nykea Aldridge? What do they have to gain by this puzzling reality? These are serious questions begging for answers.

This week while playing golf with a young man who most likely never heard of Nykea Aldridge, I was asked if I could not possibly see "legitimate reasons" for the often violent protests associated with the death of George Floyd. I had already thought about that question and contrasted it with the reactions to the horrific death of Nykea Aldridge and so many like her. The inescapable answer to the Floyd question was a resounding “NO.” All premature deaths are tragic, but only some are useful for political purposes. The timing of all this violence is not coincidence. 

My response to the "legitimate" reasons question was not well-received.

Of course, there is no question that rogue cops should face harsh penalties when then are convicted of crimes. However, there is only so much time and energy available for grieving and emotional outpouring when it comes to crime victims. Grief should be reserved for mothers shot in the head while walking babies in strollers in front of schools, not for career criminals like George Floyd. Again, in no way does this excuse criminal conduct by rogue cops. That is why the cops in the Floyd case will go on trial. Both George Floyd's and Nykea Aldridge's assailants were arrested. Yet only one victim will become historically noteworthy. Nykea's death was long ago treated as being insignificant. And that won't change.

On the other hand, George Floyd's death is being used as an excuse to condone burning, looting, and murder (BLM) And the feeble-minded will attempt to conjure up images of Martin Luther King Jr. when discussing the passing of Floyd. This is twisted. This is blasphemy.

We should respect all life. But we should ALL be much more concerned with Nykea Aldridge’s death. Either 1) her passing was an infinitely more compelling incident that should have triggered national outrage and emphatic protests, or 2) those who think this is true, are simply ignorant and close minded about the entire perplexing paradox associated with George Floyd.

Considering the evidence associated with those present when Floyd died has not even been presented to a judge and jury yet, the whole sorry chapter of history has been staged as political theater. It involves the lowest instincts of those seeking acquire more political power.


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Connect the dots before it is too late

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Understanding the present is often an exercise in connecting the dots of our historical past. In 2014, author Peter Lavenda’s book, “The Hitler Legacy.” was published. In this chilling account of history, Lavenda documented the fact that Adolf Hitler became enthralled with radical Islam, primarily because of its embrace of blind Jewish hatred. Lavenda’s book is a frightening read, simply because of its unmistakable ties to current events. Let’s connect some important dots.

When Hitler came to power in the 1930’s thousands of frightened Jews fled to the Middle East. There they were greeted by the hatred of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseini. As the exodus of terrified Jews increased, al Husseini relentlessly increased his incitements of violence and terror. It is telling that in al Husseini’s violent world, moderate Arab residents were quite suitable targets for attack. When any death and destruction under Husseini’s direction took place, al Husseini simply blamed the Jews for the damage and deaths. It was textbook execution of how terrorism disguises its political underpinnings. This is something that continues to this day. Inciting violence and blaming it on your opponents is not new.

In late November of 1941, al Husseini traveled to Nazi Germany to meet with Hitler. This was just a couple of weeks before Hitler’s declaration of war against the United States. In Berlin, al Husseini also met with Nazi henchman and notorious mass murderer, Heinrich Himmler. Together Himmler and al Husseini began to coordinate the Nazi war effort. They focused on the Middle East in general, and Palestine in particular. Like Hitler, Himmler was also fascinated by al Husseini, and promptly put him on the Nazi payroll.

Doing his part in the fascist cause, al Husseini recruited thousands of Muslims to serve in special divisions of the S.S. and kill Jews during the war. Broadcasting radio messages in Arabic from Berlin, al Husseini encouraged Arabs to take up arms and join the Nazi fight against Jews and the allies. He cited the concept of “Jihad” from the Koran, as religious justification for global terrorism. Calling his urging a, “Holy War,” al Husseini insisted that the slaughter of Jews was the solemn obligation of all Muslims.

Collaborations between Adolf Eichman and Amin al Husseini on the total extermination of Jews in Arab countries, are now part of the historical record. At al Husseini’s urging, “mobile gas chambers” were shipped from Germany to North Africa during Erwin Rommel’s campaign. There they were used to commit genocide of the Jewish population, just as was done in Poland, Ukraine, and the Soviet Union. It should come as no surprise that Hitler’s treatise on murder and terror, “Mein Kampf,” which was translated into Arabic in the 1930’s, continues to be a best seller in the Middle East to this very day.

In Dr. Mattias Kuntzels’s book, “Jihad and Jew-Hatred,” it is made clear that the violent doctrines embraced by al Queada, Hamas, and Hezbollah, can be directly traced to the Amin al Husseini and his Nazi connections. How does Kuntzel connect the dots?

Even in the aftermath of the Germans defeat in WWII, al Husseini continued to be hailed as the leader of radical Palestinians. In 1946, he was arguably the most famous Arab in the world. After the war, former Nazi henchmen fled to Egypt, converted to Islam, and took up terrorist attacks against former WWII allies. Perhaps the most ruthless of all the former Nazis fleeing war crimes prosecution, was Otto Skorzeny. Skorzeny, known as Hitler’s favorite commando, was an expert on terrorism. When he arrived in Egypt, Skorzeny began training tens of thousands of radical Muslims in ways to commit acts of terrorism on innocent people. Skorzeny’s legacy of instilling hatred of the former allies of WWII, engineering senseless acts of violence, mass murder, and property destruction, continues to this day. It is within this scary historical background that Americans need to understand the roots of domestic terrorism, and connect the dots regarding what is now playing itself out in the open in 2020 in large cities all over America.

Ironically, thousands of domestic terrorists in America now refer to themselves as members of “Antifa,” which is short for anti-fascism. These arsonists, looters, and killers are not against fascism. Instead, they are the complete embodiment of fascism. Like the Nazis that fled to Egypt in the aftermath of WWII, members of Antifa in the U.S. commit themselves to senseless violence, arson, looting, and other forms of theft and property destruction. Like the cowards they are, they wear masks to conceal their identities just as the former Nazis changed their names.

Sadly, these domestic U.S. terrorists have friends and accomplices in high places in America. Consider anti-Jewish Congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Talib of Michigan, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Omar has had the temerity to introduce many blatantly anti-Semitic resolutions in Congress. And the cold and politically calculating Nancy Pelosi, has straddled the fence on these Jew haters. Not only has Pelosi accommodated Omar as well as Talib and Ocasio-Cortez, she has allowed most of their hatred-based resolutions to come to a vote in the U.S House of Representatives. Occasionally, Pelosi will mildly condemn these dangerous people simply to appear to be more reasonable.



Each of the three congresswomen (Omar, Talib, and Cortez shown above) resides in house districts that contain many of the most violent criminals in the domestic terrorist movement. Earlier this week, we saw paid rioters from Antifa, step up their violent attacks on helpless Americans, many elderly, who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or worse, disagree with Antifa's radical views.

Here is the scary part. While all reasonable people have condemned the senseless violence and property destruction, which is ruining neighborhoods all over America, Democrat Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris has refused to call for an end to these domestic acts of terror. Instead, Kamala Harris is on the record as saying these riots, which are crassly referred to as mostly peaceful protests, “Will not stop…..and should not stop.”

This raises a serious question. Is Kamala Harris the kind of person Americans want to be taking over the presidency when Joe Biden is finally committed to a memory loss unit where he belongs?

Sadly, there is now a very DIRECT tie between these violent domestic terrorist criminals, and the Democratic Party leadership. And oddly, this link seems to be necessary in the minds of power-hungry Democrats trying to regain control of the U.S. government.

Since Democrats have no interest in keeping the nation united and more involved in solving real problems, they believe their best hope for regaining complete control, is to embrace the mindset held by those actively embracing the terrorists legacies of Amin al Husseini and Otto Skorzeny.

As hatred and violent acts continues to erupt all over the nation, Democrats pretend it is all about “social injustice” and their evil opponents are to blame (Trump). Make no mistake, the philosophical connections between the likes of Omar, Talib, Cortez and international terrorist organizations are very real. Kamala Harris and the hapless Joe Biden’s obvious tolerance for senseless violence and property destruction is very real.

Wake up America. You are not required to “like” Trump to understand that these riots are not about racism. They are simply about who and what Democrats are willing to embrace, whenever they think it can lead to an election victory. Their lack of a sense of proportion knows no boundaries. And with this they abdicate all sense of decency.

Author's note - Share this with those who you suspect might cast a vote for Joe Biden. They must be helped to understand what they are doing.


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Are we going to stand for this?

 

© 2020 Jim Spence -  America is being played like it has never been played before. Ambitiously political Democrats, with no plan, are, through their wealthy surrogates, actually “paying” people to riot, destroy property, and beat up innocent people.

Democrats claim their newest “heroes” are two career criminals with rap sheets that “were” nearly as long, as the list of lies Nancy Pelosi has told during the calendar year of 2020. Let’s not mention these “heroes” by name as we all know them, thanks to relentless stream of shameless propaganda segments run by the Democrat-dominated media.

Sadly, big Corporate America has taken the bait, as have ALL the major sports leagues. Just this week during a search for the NHL playoff games, it was learned that they were postponed, to protest the death of a career criminal, who was shot while rioting, looting, and beating up innocent people. The guy was doing what he always does.....engaging in criminal behavior. The latest Democrat hero, the prop for more cries of injustice, had outstanding warrants for his arrest on sexual assault charges. These are merely more charges that would have been added to the long list of crimes he committed, before his demise, while committing arson, theft, and more assaults.

Maybe some will continue to allow professional sports leagues and naïve chumps playing individual sports like Naomi Osaka, to pretend criminals are heroes. Many find it is amazing to see grown human beings walk away from their responsibilities to support violent criminals you would NEVER want your kids to be within ten miles of.

The sports leagues should know that many of us who pay their bills will no longer give a pass to these gullible fools. A long time subscriber to NHL Center Ice, this week the NHL followed in the footsteps of the NFL, NBA, and MLB by pretending arson, violent assault, and theft are pretty much fine with their fans. Who's next? The PGA? Don't play us for fools!

Those of us paying attention already have our heroes. And they come in all colors. Some of my heroes include Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, Larry Elder, Armstrong Williams, and many others. Their virtues have been extolled on these pages for decades. All are deserving of accolades, However, none are given the time of day by Democrats in the media because these real heroes know socialism does not work.

There should be a strong message sent by voters in November as the Democrats literally try to extort their way to victory. They have no ideas to solve problems. So their message is to suggest senseless violence and destruction of neighborhoods will only stop if they win. They claim they are for "justice." Nope, they are for injustice.

This is not exactly a message that is being communicated by heroes. In fact, what Democrats are doing in a asinine effort to try to "get out the black vote," is lame. Suggesting career criminals should be allowed to commit arson, loot stores, and beat up people to.......combat “racism” should be treated as the ultimate insult towards all Americans.

Democrats have been polling poorly in the black community for several years. Now they are attempting the most despicably cynical political ploy anyone has ever seen. Are we going to stand for this? Are blacks who want a safe place to raise their kids going to buy into this con job?

Biden Fighting for the Soul of America


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A Long Look at "Stupidity and Ignorance"

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Do you remember the Jay-Walk segments on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno? You can probably do a search online and find them on Youtube. In these hilarious segments, Leno would walk the streets of Southern California and ask random people a few shockingly simple questions. The answers Leno’s crew recorded on these segments were often nothing short of stupendously stupid. Most certainly, some of the segments were cherry-picked when it came to deciding which interviews to air. After all, many of your average Joes and Janes realize they cannot get on television, if they do not say something stupid while the cameras are running. However, based on personal experiences and the volume of segments like these shown on other programs, there is no shortage of stupidity and ignorance out there in the general population.

When one examines the abundance of ignorance and stupidity it seems clear that intellectually speaking, they are first cousins. Ignorance suggests one has not learned anything meaningful regarding life. Stupidity is different. Stupidity is an inability to process basic information and draw simple inescapable conclusions. All two-year olds are ignorant, many baby boomers are stupid and ignorant. Some observers suggest this intellectual plague (ignorance and stupidity), afflicts those being taught things by public and private educators that are simply not so.

Ignorance and stupidity bloom like flowers in the springtime during election seasons. Every two years we see trillions of dollars poured into absurd advertising by career politicians with vast fundraising power to influence the ignorant and the stupid. This incredible mass spend of other people’s money reflects the ultimate effort to control the vast resources and borrowing power of the federal government. The game is insidious. 24-7 and 365 days a year, incumbents collect a steady flow of tribute (campaign contributions) from those encouraged to believe their congressmen and congresswomen have a say in public policies that can either make it harder or easier for donors to go about their business. This process is so predictable you can set your watch by what is going to happen as elections approach.

Every two years Democrat politicians, with a huge assist from buddies in the media, begin to search high and wide for “incidents” involving white versus black “racism,” as well “incidents” that can be twisted to appear to involve white versus black racism. The education system, the entertainment industry, and most of corporate America goes along with the twists for a variety of reasons. Together these entities actually fan the racial paranoia fires all over the nation.

Sadly in 2020, there have literally been real fires lit. Billions of dollars in property destruction, both public property and private property is currently ruining hundreds of neighborhoods and driving up insurance costs and transportation costs for everyone.

Democrat politicians seem to be ok with this. The violence against innocent people, and widespread looting is merely collateral damage associated with implementing their race-baiting strategy. From the top to very bottom of the party, elected Democrat officials wink and nod before adoring news anchors, while pretending a handful of ignorant/stupid cops is the biggest problem facing Americans.

The sheer power of progressive’s intellectual oppression is laid bare when a phrase like, “All Lives Matter,” is deemed “racist” by the 21st Century version of the Inquisition.

Let that think in.

The thought police have decided that the phrase “all lives matter,” is an ignorant and stupid thing to say that suggests racism. The price to pay for heresy against the progressive church on this scam is relentless character assassination including boycotts, loss of jobs, etc.

Make no mistake, the cynical schtick being deployed here is ironic, because it is the exploitation of stupid and ignorant people using stupidity and ignorance as a substitute for logic. The Democrat politicians play book is to stir up enthusiasm for hatred of anyone they accuse of being guilty of heresy. And in the Democrat primaries, phony people like Kamala Harris do it to phony people like Joe Biden.

Sadly, there are certainly more than a few ignorant and stupid people out there that embrace racism. However, this seems irrelevant because we will NEVER stamp out all ignorance and stupidity. It comes in all forms. Politicians praying on the ignorant and stupid, who are willing to tolerate criminal behavior that involves destruction of property, severe injuries including the death of innocent people, and looting, is itself a criminal act.

Of course, the schtick requires progressives to “pretend” that most powerful and influential people in society who are white, are afflicted with the ignorance and stupidity that defines racism. Sorry folks, this is all nothing more than a big lie. People with power and influence will see their power evaporate at warp speed, if they make their decisions based on stupidity and ignorance.

So, what are we left with here? People who embrace the stupidity and ignorance of racism are as stupid and ignorant as those on Jay-Walk. And they are most certainly not powerful and influential. Still, we see the seemingly compelling signs held up at violent protests that demand we all join together and, “End Racism.” This is dumb. The good news is the "influence" of racism ended long ago. However, the remnants of racism which are now superficial, will be here 1,000 years from now.

Fortunately, most racists are ostracized in America. Still despite the fact most of us are doing the best we can, ending all forms of ignorance and stupidity is impossible.

Fortunately, America is profoundly tolerant. A good example is how we are "sometimes" way too tolerant of racists. Just Friday night we saw an example when NBA fans watched L.A. Clipper Montrezl Harrell call Luca Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks a “Bitch-Ass White Boy.” This blatant racial slurring incident was caught on film on national television. There was zero outrage.

Some might ask, should all white people be offended because a gross slur was directed towards Doncic? The best answer to this question was offered by the Eagles in 1994, when they recorded their classic hit, “Get Over It.”

We all know there will always be people like Montrezl Harrell. People who are stupid and ignorant say stupid and ignorant things. There are bigger questions that are NEVER asked that really should be. The NBA, with teams in America and Canada, features a pay scale that averages $7.7 million per year. Why are 98% of the NBA players kneeling for the U.S. national anthem, pretending America is unfair when the majority of NBA players are not white? Is it because they are very upset that there are still ignorant and stupid people roaming around? Or is it because Democrat politicians are successfully jerking their chains and getting them to serve as props?

Montrezl Harrell still makes $6 million per year while being allowed to yell racial slurs that are both stupid and ignorant. A play-by-play announcer was fired for suggesting that all lives matter. Harrell belongs on Jay-Walk. However, there’s just not enough time for everyone who deserves to be exposed to be…..well…..exposed.

The issue here is the reality of stupidity and ignorance. One NBA millionaire hurling racial slurs at another is not the big issue. Looking the other way on violence, deaths, property damage, and theft is the big issue. This has nothing to do with the fact there are stupid and ignorant people out there that come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Everyone should realize there should be some other way for Democrat politicians to produce a higher voter turnout. Democrats need to find some idea that does not involve encouraging people to protest stupidity and ignorance while acting stupid, ignorant, and violent.

Democrat politicians will only stop winking and nodding regarding those who perpetrate violence in the name of BLM when they realize it is hurting their constituents and more important to them, their results in the voting booths.

It is time for voters of all colors to stop being stupid and ignorant about what we can do about stupidity and ignorance.


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Don't be a gullible fool

© 2020 Jim Spence There are two great stories out there in American folklore that need to be re-told to the American public. Both are true stories of amazing women born into poverty in America, who made it big in terms of both fame and fortune.

The first astonishing rags to riches American success story begins with a little baby girl born in the south in the middle of the Great Depression (1932). She is the older of the two future stars. She was the oldest daughter of eight siblings. This young lady grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky. Her parents were uneducated people of very modest means. Her father worked as a laborer and her mother worked odd jobs while raising eight children. Both parents and the older children in the family worked daily during the growing season at subsistence farming, just to make ends meet.

The youngest of the future stars was born during World War II (1942) in Memphis, Tennessee. She was not born in a hospital, but rather in her own family's home. Her father, originally from Shelby, Mississippi was a Baptist minister. This future star grew up as part of a merged family. Both her parents had children from previous relationships in addition to the four children they had together.

Both of these young ladies sang in choirs at their churches, though neither was necessarily recognized early on as having world class vocalist talent. Each of these young ladies also relocated to the north and to the northwest before they were adults. The eldest moved to the state of Washington, and the other to Buffalo, New York before going on to Detroit, Michigan.

Both women lost a parent young in life. The eldest lost her father to lung disease when she was 26 years old and he was 52. The younger future star lost her mother to cancer when she was just nine years old.

Neither woman was an overnight success. Both paid stiff dues to climb the ladders in their singing genres. However, decades later when their professional careers wound down, they were awarded Grammy’s for Lifetime Achievement to go with all the other awards, honors, and trophies on their mantles and in their trophy cases.

The eldest superstar remains alive today. Loretta Lynn, the "Queen of Country Music," is 88 years old. Lynn's net worth is estimated at $65 million dollars. Lynn, a coal miner’s daughter continues to live the great American Dream.

Sadly, the younger superstar died just two years ago at age 76. At her passing, Aretha Franklin, The "Queen of Soul," had also lived the American dream. Franklin's estate was estimated to be $80 million.

From very humble beginnings both women brought the ultimate combination of intangible advantages to their lives. Both had the opportunity to develop their singing voices in church and then in very modest surroundings before ascending to the highest status of their profession. Both worked hard, took risks, sacrificed, and overcame what might seem to some like impossible circumstances. Only in American can young women from the poorest of American families in Appalachia or Detroit become real life queens.

Anyone who has seen the devastating poverty that comes with all large families of modest means, whether in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, or Detroit, Michigan understands the numerous adversities both these women faced.

Yet like so many women who have come since the rises of Loretta Lynn and Aretha Franklin, millions of American females in one form or another, have enjoyed the American dream thanks to talent, drive, persistence, and making enough good choices.

The lesson here should be simple. The American dream is not some sort of monolithic set of circumstances with determinant outcomes. The American dream does not have to lead to net worth totals of somewhere between $65 million and $80 million dollars, let alone all the luxuries that might come with those extraordinary sums of money to still be quite be extraordinary.

Yes, the American dream means many things to many people. However, the common thread in the American dream is being able to see how far your talent, ambition, drive, and persistence can take you based on where you want to go.

The idea that somehow “privilege” based on a certain "race" is required for any American boy or girl to successfully pursue the American dream, is the biggest lie foisted on the public in decades. This horrific lie, which is quite sadly, fundamental to the Black Lives Matter narrative, is deeply political in its very nature. And anyone who is buying what politicians are selling, whether they be white, black, brown, or otherwise, are swallowing what cynically selfish politicians WANT THEM TO SWALLOW.

There is a phrase that describes these purchases: It is called...simply being a gullible fool.


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Believe the immigrant of color narrative

© 2020 Jim Spence It seems that we are going to have to choose between two narratives being presented to us. Oddly, these two views, BOTH presented by our “progressive” media, CANNOT POSSIBLY BOTH BE TRUE.
This contradictory situation creates an almost comical dilemma for popular culture in America. However, very few people dare to talk about the CONTRADICTION.
The first narrative is now being jammed down our throats every single day. The vast majority of news outlets in our country simply pound this viewpoint into our heads. Nearly all American-based news outlets try desperately to convince all of us that American culture is both intolerant and despicable. And because they claim this is true, major changes are in order. Those changes will be made by politicians.
For the last few months, we Americans are encouraged to see ourselves not as individuals, but as members of separate monolithic “groups.” Within this construct, the drumbeat is constant. All “group members” are to take their cues from NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and most of the local television, radio, and newspapers around the country. The major idea they attempt to foist on us is simple. We SHOULD NOT think of ourselves as all being unique individuals, with one-of-a-kind blends of: personality, talent, ambition, drive, and flaws. We should see ourselves first and foremost, as merely members of one group or another.
Amazingly, this has become the dominant popular culture viewpoint thanks to persistent indoctrination in the media and in public education. The end goal is to convince us that the country has gigantic fairness problems, because America is plagued by both systemic racism and widespread social injustice. These plagues are now cited as reasons to justify mob violence, arson, rioting, looting, and the shameless smearing of another group.....the group known as "law enforcement officials."
Make no mistake, this narrative, which is embraced by 90% of all journalists, can be summarized in one sentence. There are just too many Americans who do not feel “Black Lives Matter.”
It is a puzzling process. Free speech is not permitted. There can be no debate on this narrative. Anyone working in the media, who goes on the record daring to utter the fundamental truth that, “All lives matter,” is promptly branded as a racist and fired.
In the end, we are led to believe that people of color, unlike all whites who enjoy “privilege,” have almost no chance to succeed in this country because our insidious system holds down the achievements of all members of minority “groups.”
These ideas have attained widespread credibility. Ironically, they are vigorously promoted by high-profile American-born people of color like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, and Robert Johnson. These phenomenal American success stories are merely the most visible people claiming grievances. However, in the meantime there are millions of other people of color, who have also achieved the so-called American dream in one form or another. They may not be billionaires too, but they live the dream.
Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of this narrative is that somehow Robert Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan, in the wake of their fame and fortune, summon the personal panache, to go before adoring reporters, and suggest it was nearly impossible for them to do what they did, due to the total lack of social justice and equality in the nation where they did it.
Let that sink in.
Does it ever occur to anyone that Johnson, Winfrey, and Jordan themselves, are living breathing contradictions of what they say? It does to some. However, their obvious contradictions go ignored and their assertions are cited and taken as incontrovertible facts by virtually all Democrats.
The drumbeat of this narrative is more intense than ever these days. The heartfelt concerns of “social justice warriors” are highlighted in the media and on sports channel “news tickers” 24-7. The persistent insistence that America is defined by systemic unfairness is apparently quite compelling to many viewers. The professional baseball season resumed just last week. Two teams (the New York Yankees and the Washington D.C. Nationals) sporting combined annual payrolls of nearly $500 million (for mostly minority members), collectively decided to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The problem with the national anthem seems to be that it is played to “Honor America.”
Let's put this grandstanding succinctly, these baseball players continue to cash their weekly UNEQUAL paychecks, which amount to much, much, more than most Americans make in a year, thanks to their marketable skills that include throwing, catching, and hitting a baseball. One would love to hear the debates that led to these players to join together and protest America’s horrific system of……“inequality” as it applies to them.
Then of course there is the currently NOT talked about other side of this story. And here is where the conflict comes to a gigantic, pulsating, and CONTRADICTORY head. The other side of the story does NOT involve the symbolic actions of millionaires and billionaires of all colors who cash out-sized paychecks each week. Instead, it involves millions of other global citizens of color, who most likely will never ever market their less valuable skills in exchange for paychecks involving millions of dollars per year.
The people referred to on the OTHER SIDE OF THE NARRATIVE, would be the MILLIONS of desperately hopeful immigrants wanting to come to America. So desperate are they, if they cannot get here legally, they are willing to do so illegally.
While the progressive media embraces the plight of all immigrants, it never quite gets around to mentioning WHY these millions of people are desperately anxious to GET INSIDE THE BORDERS of this nation.
One must infer by the ACTIONS of immigrants and not by their WORDS, they do not believe the narrative that insists that America is plagued by systemic racism and social injustice. For this reason, millions of would be immigrants are not useful to the progressive media for the moment. They are not useful because it is obvious that they refuse to take their cues from the mind programmers in the global media, who like their American counterparts, also take cheap shots at the United States. Instinctively, millions of aspiring immigrants know that millions of Americans of color, who never had to sneak past the U.S. Border Patrol or fabricate a story asserting the need for political “asylum,” are the tip of the vast opportunity iceberg that best defines America.
Immigrants know that high profile American millionaires and billionaires of color, applied themselves, practiced hard, built their skills, and took advantage of the level playing field in the U.S. to accomplish their extraordinary successes.
Americans of all colors should take in these two narratives. One is true and the other is bogus. We should not fail to capture the essence of the so-called Black Lives Matter con job. This politically motivated sham has used smoke, mirrors, isolated situations, and half-truths to dupe half of America into believing the American system is rigged. Sadly, most of the major sports leagues and many large corporations in America have caved into these ridiculous narratives rather than take the risk to point out the fallacies.
In the end we should ask questions. Who are we to believe? Are we to believe the risks taken by desperate would be immigrants or the millionaires playing baseball for the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Many of these baseball players are immigrants who were flown first class into this country with prearranged visas in hand, to cash in on the opportunities provided here.
Alternatively, poor immigrants of color, risk all they have in terms of their resources, their lives and limbs, and the lives and limbs of their family members to get here and start at the bottom.
Let us be charitable to all of America’s millionaires of any color who make false claims about social justice and systemic racism. It is popular, fashionable, and seemingly risk free to bash America these days. Free speech is another wonderful feature in America.
Put me down in the desperate immigrant camp. People of color from other nations, who wait in line at our borders, or try to sneak into this nation illegally, have it right. Their ACTIONS speak much louder than cheap and risk free “words.”
Those posing and posturing for fake virtue as they bash an extraordinarily fair system that feeds them wealth and fame beyond their wildest dreams is nauseating.
We are being played.
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