Critical Race Theory: The Paradox is DeSantis

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

At the instigation of Governor Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education has banned Critical Race Theory from public classrooms in Florida. He wants to confront students “with [his and his kind’s] facts rather than trying to indoctrinate them with ideology.” Is the man afraid that American schoolchildren might know too much, ask awkward questions, or even end up becoming Marxists? It is preposterous.

From the historic standpoint, it is hard to deny that the United States of America was built on the oppression of others. From the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, only one never owned a slave (John Adams). Writes US-Historian Edmund S. Morgan: “To a large degree, it may be said that Americans bought their independence with slave labor… The paradox is American, and it behooves Americans to understand it if they would understand themselves”.1

Morgan also wrote: “For the historian it poses a challenge to probe the connection: to explain how a people could have developed the dedication to human liberty and dignity exhibited by the leaders of the American Revolution, and at the same time have developed and maintained a system of labor that denied human liberty and dignity every hour of the day.”2

Twelve Nazi years of my native Germany have profoundly damaged our history forever, and in school it became the core of our consciousness – the unimaginable atrocities committed in the German name. The nation of inventors, innovation, poets and thinkers. Should the Germans remain the only nation today to thoroughly come to terms with their past? 3

Of course, remembrance and admonition of evil must nowhere take a back seat – we owe that to the victims, no matter which country it concerns.

Racism is an unpleasant topic and does not lend itself to desired images. Yet, righteous Americans must be careful, not least in light of what continues to happen in their country, that they and their own history are not completely muzzled. Florida’s Governor is one of those dangerous, power-obsessed people who want to distort facts in order to make their own people compliant under the guise of a misconceived patriotism. This no longer has anything to do with freedom and democracy – it only deepens the division of American society.

Notes:

[1] See Edmund S. Morgan: American Slavery, American Freedom, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1975, pg. 5.

[2] ibid.

[3] For the sake of historical-political truth, it must be mentioned here that one of the main interests of the communist leadership in East Germany (GDR) was to address the crimes of the Nazi regime down to the smallest detail. After all, Nazis and Communists had been ideological mortal enemies since the Weimar Republic. In contrast, in the other part of Germany – the Federal Republic – the society struggled of coping with German Nazi history until the 1970s, not least in public schools.

The Church of Slaveholders: Die-Hards at the Lever of Mass Psychosis

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

You have to let it roll off your tongue: Founded as the Church of Slaveholders in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention today forms the largest Protestant denomination in the United States of America. If there was a government-functioning legal system in the US, this Baptist Sect in the South would have been banned as a racist organization long ago.

That the rule of law is seriously lacking in this country is evidenced by the unwillingness to look into the true background of January 6, especially among most Republican members of Congress, who publicly place themselves above the law without being bothered in the least for it. One would not even think such a scenario possible in a true legal system – but that is the way things are.

On a very similar level, today there are business-oriented leaders as successors of slave drivers in this Southern Baptist Sect, adapted to modern times only to an extremely limited extent, who would prefer to impose on society their own ideas on the subject of abortion. The brazenness of hypocrites and agitators in the name of their God knows no bounds: Those who should be hiding from shame for moral reasons open their mouths the widest. Their perversity, including the danger especially for adolescents being exposed to extreme pathological ideologies, can only function because nobody seriously intervenes against it. On the contrary, everything the tax evaders say falls on open ears and wallets.

What is most frightening is the extent of stupefaction of the people. This is the pathetic contribution of the “Christian” die-hards, political arsonists and Trump-supporters, who for reasons of self-interest and greed of power are primarily responsible that society in their country is drifting further and further apart and will probably never find peace.

DeSantis, the Story Teller

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

“The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful, I’m sorry our founding fathers did not believe that.”

It’s laughable: These words actually came out of the mouth of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday in Surfside, Fla, in the presence of Florida Legislature and leaders in the local Jewish community. The background is that starting next school year, all public K-12 schools in Florida will be required to hold a moment of silence at the beginning of the day. The phrase “Moment of Silence” clearly replaces the intended wording “prayer” to circumvent the American Constitution. DeSanti’s own, historically untenable commentary unmasked the true intentions, allowing no other conclusion.

This feeble-minded person should receive some history lessons, whether with or without silent remembrance – about the past of his own country. For the “Fathers” during their constitutional convention from May to September 1787 in Philadelphia left the question of religion completely aside to not to prefer one religion over another. For similar reasons, the word “God” does not appear a single time in the American Constitution, on the contrary: The framers of the Constitution in their First Amendment’s Establishment Clause explicitly excluded any endorsement of any specific religion over another as well as the preference of religion over non-religion on the side of the polity, thereby establishing the American Republic de facto as the first secular state in the modern Western world.

DeSantis should quote the founders of his own country instead of putting words in the mouths of the dead. But these lies are purely intentional: American adolescents are to be brought into line before they can even read and write properly. Of course, the better one succeeds in controlling the thinking of others, the better such tactics serve to achieve one’s own goals. Liars like DeSantis have no qualms about hoodwinking the Americans, and they don’t even shy away from children and teenagers. And clearly – “provisions” like the one announced yesterday bring easy votes from the clueless.

Not even the communists in East Germany lied to me to such an extent as Americans lie to their own people.

What Did Ronald Reagan Say?

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

“Beyond the Elbe River begins the forecourt of hell.” The man who allegedly said this was Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the USA.

What he meant was the sphere of influence of the communist Soviet Union east of the Iron Curtain in postwar Europe. The Soviet Union – the decisive factor in the war against Nazi Germany – was the ally of the USA in World War II from 1941 to 1945. Only two years before the alliance came into being, Stalin was allied with Hitler’s Third Reich; together they invaded Poland and divided the country and the Baltic States among themselves like hungry predators. The sinister nature of these links can only be guessed at – links to dark forces presented in historiography as a necessity of the time. As is so often the case in normal life, it’s not quite so simple on the big stage, either. Rather, it is probably true that they all had dirt on them – not only Hitler, not only Stalin.

Unless Reagan’s statement from the 1980’s was of a symbolic nature, he was of course not quite right geographically – for the Elbe flowed for the most part on both sides of its banks through GDR territory. Only for a length of 58 miles did the river form the inner-German border (between Schnackenburg and Lauenburg)1, which was 855 miles long in total between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). This border was also the interface of the Cold War.

Happy to be who I am – for I was born in 1961 just west of the Elbe River, albeit only by four kilometers (2.5 miles). Otherwise, loosely based on Reagan’s thesis, I would probably still resemble the devil incarnate. Unfortunately, these four kilometers were not enough to bring me to the free West, for the area near Magdeburg belonged to the sphere of influence of communism – left to the Soviets by their American friends after the end of World War II, only 16 years before my birth.2

Notes:

1 I sailed on my small cabin boat downstream on the Elbe River from Havelberg to Doemitz in 1997. The Doemitz lock had been closed during the Cold War; had I been sailing the same route at that time, I probably would have paid for it with my life.

2 By the end of World War II, American troops had advanced farther toward Berlin than had been agreed with the Soviets during the Yalta Conference. As a result, Magdeburg and my later birthplace Wolmirstedt were initially occupied by the Americans. Against the advice of Winston Churchill, the U.S. troops withdrew to their agreed zone of occupation in July 1945. Thus, the entire Central Germany fell into the hands of the Soviets.

Dangerous Mixture

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

The remaining Republican constituency, however numerous, has solidified into an unsocialzed, deluded bunch over a laughingstock like Trump: His followers are filled with a pathetic, populist mindset camouflaged as patriotism, fed by fabricated catchphrases that even the mentally deficient can easily memorize and then parrot as the familiar bird can.

Thematically, most can hardly produce anything coherent from their own thoughts that would make any sense to support their views. Apart from repeating propaganda platitudes, they do not provide any answers to problems that exist in reality. An own fact check with appropriate background knowledge does not take place, because the mental energy is missing and often probably also an honest intention.

It is frightening to observe how much this propaganda-pushed mentality is becoming entrenched in other developed countries as well – but nowhere else as intensively as in the USA. Trump embodies the intellectual decay of much of American society.

There is no end in sight to the dangerous blend of misinformation, lies, conspiracy theories, not-knowing, misdirection, and delusion. For there are millions of people who blindly believe every claim, no matter how abstruse, as long as it only corresponds to their own paranoid fantasies.

Savior on the March

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

There is great news: Now two saviors are on their way to rescue humanity. One has been on the road for nineteen hundred and ninety-one years and is running a little late. The other is expected back this August – reinstated at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Judging by the mental state of a not inconsiderable part of the population and what was experienced under the previous government, nothing would surprise anymore. At this point, however, the smile already ends. There is a possibility that something much worse than January 6 might happen – the lethal mix of gun mania and delusions of lunacy make it possible at any time.

Those who voted for Trump had to know what they were doing. It did not take any special intelligence to realize the potential danger they were exposing their country to. It was and continues to be the danger of putting democracy at risk. The responsibility lies with each individual who supported this lunatic with their vote.

Right now, it doesn’t look like the Republican Party is coming to its senses. Even the use of violence seems to be an option for some of their leading people. In a parliamentary democracy, this attitude alone, including the public call for an armed rebellion, is to be considered as an attempt to legalize criminality – whether one wants to admit it or not.

Who on earth can seriously approve of such a thing and support such politicians? Actually, only those people who are either used to doing crooked things themselves in their lives – or those who are not in possession of a halfway clear mind. People who believe in all possible conspiracy theories, no matter how absurd they may be – from rigged elections and blood drinking politicians to the danger of socialism in the USA.

They may be reassured: Not a grain of socialism is present in the United States of America, not in the form of an Antifa or any other phantom. And as long as the masters of both parties, people like Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer, draw their money from identical sources and the same donors, there will not be even a glimmer of a social market economy in the U.S. Switching to such a system would cost Corporate America far more money than the usual bribing of politicians, for it would be the broad swath of the population that would benefit instead of upper-class individuals. But Christian charity does not go that far.

It is eminently notable that in the face of this craziness, wheels are still turning at all in the land of unexpected possibilities.


Work Ethic is Dying?

It doesn’t get any more cynical than this

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

See the image below:

This person unknown to me is much better than I am at expressing the American problem in a few simple words. The irrefutable facts he mentions apply to more than half of the US-population with rising tendency, even though the wealth in this country exists to provide remedies that would benefit the society as a whole. To deny this would mean to dispute reality. I’ve been there, I’ve worked at Walmart for eight years, with great difficulty trusting my eyes and ears and at the same time knowing that I’m in the United States of America, which (almost) everyone in Europe considers the leading country in the world.

It should not go unmentioned who pays for said food stamps. Not Walmart, not Corporate America, who are shirking their responsibility because they cannot get enough down their greedy throat. It’s the common taxpayer, you and me, which makes it doubly outrageous. This is how Americans in their own country are being cheated good and proper, and they’re letting it happen to them.

Of course, politicians have a moral obligation to intervene through regulation in the interest of the common good. Multi-billion corporations should pay their employees decent wages, so that no public tax money has to be spent on food stamps. Ration cards came into use elsewhere in post-war times – not at all in the 21st century.

And where are the Churches? Here all of a sudden, where it is about the real, earthly problems of the little man, they do not interfere in politics – that is very strange. Are they afraid of having to pay taxes like their flock of sheep, so that their hypocritical business will no longer yield enough profit? You don’t have to open your eyes too wide to see how representatives of politics and the clergy work together hand in hand to play the little man for a sucker and line their own pockets. This is arranged to keep the masses in line.

After all, one crow does not peck out the eye of another. Amen.

Calling for more Violence

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

In light of recent developments, the likelihood of an increase in politically motivated violence in the United States is becoming more and more realistic. The refusal of the predominantly Republican members of parliament to set up a commission of inquiry into the events of January 6 is clear evidence that large sections of them are prepared to at least approvingly accept violence even against state institutions and the security agencies that protect them. This is unprecedented in a constitutional democracy.

A bipartisan investigation could also have provided final clarity and evidence on the political background comprising the mob that invaded the Capitol on January 6. Reportedly, more than half of Republican supporters believe that Antifa was behind it as well as other radical left-wing groups, organized by Democrats to “make Trump look bad.” This statement is of course absurd, if only because there is no significant radical left group in the U.S. organizationally and logistically able to plan and implement an action of such magnitude as the capture of the parliamentary seat in Washington D.C. The assertion is one of the usual catchphrases coming from the right-wing political camp, whereby the senders know only too well how unlikely it is that any of the Trump supporters would be able to explain impromptu what Antifa actually means, not to mention the historical context.

The delaying tactics of officials who are responsible for their country and were elected to serve law and justice, sends a pernicious and dangerous signal to the American public because it de facto normalizes violence as a means to achieve political objectives.

What halfway sound person can seriously want that for his or her country? It should be readily apparent how little such an approach can serve the good of the United States.

This is the true consequence of the fact that someone like Donald J. Trump could become president in this country. And there are too many leaders in the Republican Party who will not stop the further courting of an insane man. The question is at which point on the priority list is the interest of their country.

The Grand Old Party, if it indeed remains on this path, will continue to cultivate the crazy, so they can get elected by the crazy. Are there really so many ideologically blinded, pretended patriots in this country who are unable to put one and one together?

Twisted Talent: DeSantis for President

The Man who invented Germany in the Middle Ages

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Ron DeSantis is an especially known interpretative twister of facts – obvious at least for those who scrutinize his claims -; and he is somebody who has been talking after Trump’s mouth. He is not bothered by any nonsense he utters because he knows that his willing audience will accept anything.

But maybe someone should give him some private lessons in history, because when he tells a certain story with a religious tinge of the three masons “in Germany in medieval times”, all his ignorance comes through.

True, it’s a brilliant story he’s spinning – but unfortunately with a little flaw: For in the times of the Middle Ages, not only did Germany not exist, neither as a country nor as a unified nation – hardly anyone would have known what to do with the term “Germany” up to the 15th century. DeSantis, however, seems to like Germany, because he mentions the country quite often – unfortunately never in a logical context.

With this in mind: What kind of political leaders are these – in this case an acting governor in Florida – who open their mouths and don’t know what they are talking about? Before one speaks, one should know.

Probably this figure also wants to become the next president of the United States of America.

Remark: The first German nation-state was proclaimed on 18 January, 1871, in Versailles; its founder was the Prussian Prime Minister and subsequent Reich Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The “Germany” to which DeSantis wishes to refer was, from the 9th century onward, called the “Holy Roman Empire”, later of German Nation – a loose, often obscure association of kingdoms, counties, duchies, numbering 330 in the 18th century and often in enmity with each other. For a long time, Austria-Habsburg was the leading power. – This political entity came to an end only late – in 1806 with the Prussian defeat by Napoleon.

“Far-Left, Radical Socialist Policies”

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Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Under the influence of a primitive demagogue, the Republican Party leadership continues to feed its base with whopping lies.

After Trump’s presidency, many Americans believe that the current administration is destroying cherished American values and drives the U.S. toward socialism. In this context, Elise Stefanik, chair of the Republican House Conference, uttered a phrase that makes a person who had lived involuntarily in a socialism for almost thirty years cringe:

She called the agenda of the current US-Administration “far-left, radical socialist policies.”

At this point it should be noted: Whoever uses dull slogans exposes himself to the suspicion of wanting to take others for fools; he also reveals that he might be unable to contribute any conclusive arguments for the solution of real problems. By no means for the first time in its history is the GOP summoning the specter of socialism to scare Americans away from any acceptance of policies other than its own.

In contrast to Stefanik, this writer experienced socialism firsthand, opposed it in the GDR (“East Germany”) with modest means as much as possible, put up with personal disadvantages in the process, and experienced with millions of others the fall of the Berlin Wall as a result of a peaceful revolution.*

I can say with certainty: this woman has not the faintest idea what she is talking about when she mouths the word “socialism.”

I repeat here what should be easy for even the average person to understand: Socialism is when the means of production are not in private hands, but in the hands of the state. Period. There is not even a hint of a precondition in the USA that can bring the country toward socialism.

What the country lacks are accompanying governmental measures to curb social injustice, which cries out to heaven in the United States. Previous presidents have already denounced this and/or used government power to fight social injustice: from John Adams via Teddy Roosevelt (by the way: a Republican), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman to Lyndon B. Johnson.

None of them was a socialist because of it.

Whoever manages to compare a policy of social justice with socialism, and in doing so also falls on open ears among the population, is in my eyes an unscrupulous populist. A person who has a minimum knowledge of history and is still of sound mind, will not follow these pipers.

By the way – anyone who fobs off his own base (de facto: his own family) with cheap, propaganda-ridden phrases should not deserve to be elected to any responsibility whatsoever.

What has the Republican Party turned into?

Notes:

*I was born in 1961 at the junction of the Cold War, just 21 miles from the deadly border that once separated Germany. Bear in mind that I grew up behind barbed wire not because of a non-functioning socialism (which we did not want), but as a direct consequence of World War II sparked by Germany. In the further historical development, the inner-German border was built by communists in the midst of increasing tensions and the collision of interests between the U.S. and its erstwhile ally, the Communist-Bolshevik Soviet Union, which eventually morphed into hostility. – Without this illegal, impenetrable border, millions more people would have fled from the Soviet sector to the free West than had already done so before 1961.