Nothing Changes

As long as Firearms circulate in the U.S., Mass Murder will continue

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

What are stricter gun laws supposed to accomplish? Weapons are in circulation in the USA like toothbrushes. On that note, any restriction of certain types of weapons will not solve the deadly problem – unless the rate of fire leads to the macabre conclusion that the Boulder murderer merely would have had enough time to shoot “only” five people instead of ten.

Only a single, unambiguous and uninterpretable law could at least curtail these acts – an absolute ban on firearms to tackle the profusion of any kind of guns in private hands. But such a common sense step will never happen in a country with a culture of shooting and killing, framed as a fundamental right to self-defense – not even in the light of supposed Christianity and the unspeakable suffering of victims and their relatives.

There is no other modern western country where people shoot each other to such an extent as in the United States. This is not related to the reasonableness of the people in other civilized parts of the world, but rather to the existing legal order. If something is found to be wrong, then a government must implement laws that at least provide relief. That is what a democratically elected parliament and the executive authority are for. These mass killings in the USA are not only gruesome – they are also an expression of an all too liberal, flawed system of justice.

Yet, President Biden once again wants to regulate firearms ownership more strictly, including certain types of guns, but this sounds more like an act of stalling perplexity. Someone who intends to go to a shopping mall to shoot people has very likely finished with himself and the rest of the world; in any case, he will no longer be bothered by any restrictive laws. Much less will he have trouble getting a gun in the U.S., even if he has failed every background check.

Nearly unbridled support for the weapons insanity also arrives from the same side, which later officially laments the victims: There are public backyard areas in the U.S. where elected officials in neighborhoods with pure poverty not only spend vast sums of tax money on a shooting range, but seriously agree to demands that their county should be declared a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Any attempt to convince people with such a disrupted mindset of the opposite is likely to be in vain.

Some particularly highly intelligent people manage to argue as follows: It is not the gun that kills, but the person who handles it. This eminently remarkable view is as ingenious as it is undoubtedly correct. For the very same reason, firearms do not belong in private hands – particularly not in a country in which an obviously not insignificant ratio of the population exhibits mental deficits.

But, nothing will change to prevent the gruesome consequences of gun insanity in the future. The lobby of profit-seeking gun advocates, like the National Rifle Association (NRA), is too powerful. Human life, on the other hand, does not count. As long as that doesn’t change, it will be the same as always.

And thus, when the almost routine horror and grief have given way to everyday life, it will continue as before and straight on to the next massacre. And the blather of tougher gun laws will erupt again.

It almost looks like a calculated strategy.

Praying and Shooting

From my Writing Room

Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Once again, the good Lord had one bad day after the other, just like on most other days in human history before. And no – the murdered people of the most recent mass shootings (seven in seven days) had no choice; they were innocent people who showed up at the wrong place at an unfortunate time. It could have been anyone. And the insanity will continue because guns are as commonplace in the U.S. as the use of toothbrushes.

Legalized criminal organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) have successfully manipulated the original intent of the Second Amendment for pure profit, and the mass of Americans buy into it because they allow themselves to be systematically brainwashed.

It was no accident, but a logical consequence that a character like Donald Trump could become president.

Change the Paradigm

The President indicated those “on the top” should pay higher Taxes

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

He did not know that 20 years ago?

The new president, two days ago, talked about the trickle-down effect: “We’ve seen time and again that trickle-down doesn’t work.” He was alluding to the huge tax cuts for “those on the top and [the hope] that the benefits they get would trickle down to everyone” – tax giveaways granted the richest people and enterprises over the past 15 years (it was most likely a few more years, probably reaching back to the Reagan-Administration). He now sees a need “to change the paradigm.” That’s correct.

“Eine Kraehe hackt der anderen kein Auge aus”, as the old German saying goes. Freely translated: There’s honor among thieves. Because representatives of both parties are able to wheel and deal with lobbyists from the “very top”, my fear is that in the end not the billionaires, but representatives of the higher educated class will have to pay for the bulk of a new tax burden. In other words: those who were not eligible for the latest stimulus check because they are above a certain income level. If this happens, it would be a serious mistake by the Biden administration – because it would hurt America’s innovative future.

What Joe Biden did not say last Friday in the Rose Garden is the following: It is a misconception to assume that a national economy regulates itself in such a way that there is justice in the end for the many. From this follows what already John Adams and Teddy Roosevelt knew: The state needs to implement government power to tame nefarious profiteers permanently (the true “top”, which I hope Biden meant) and protect those Americans in their rights that are toiling day after day at the edge of the society to no avail. Will it take another 20 years before a majority of Americans come to this realization?

Because he left this part out, Biden was only talking about half of a plan that would really improve the livelihoods for the majority of Americans. Or did he omit this part on purpose and is clandestinely already on a path to “social democratize” the United States – a path that most Americans seem to confuse with “Socialism?” Has anyone actually realized that the Corona crisis is the last point in which it becomes clear that the United States, with all diversity and disparity, cannot go on as before if it wants to be prepared for the future?

The churches in particular have supported Trump and hatefully painted the specter of Socialism on the wall, fearing that Satan in the form of a Democrat might come after them, brandishing the tax bill with glowing eyes. Unfortunately, it is to be feared that hardly such a thing as taxing the churches will occur, although the President also said the following: “By the way, we don’t have anything against wealthy people. (If) you have a great idea, go out and make millions of dollars, that’s fine. I have no problem with that. But guess what: You’ve got to pay your fair share.”

Amen, Mr. Biden.

In the Name of Christianity

The History of the Church is the Story of Moral Failure and Crime

From my Writing Room

Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Particularly since the beginning of the second millennium Anno Domini, it was the Christian church that commissioned whole armies of knights to plunder and murder their way through the history of the world. At no time since has there been another institution in mankind, so blatant, so full of insolence, treachery and mendacity.

To make a complete list – if such an undertaking is possible at all – of the Christian essence would mean to fill whole volumes. As a logical consequence at the previous end, it is no coincidence that churches in the United States are the stirrup holders of a character like Donald Trump – basically, they were and are his principal base. In this, the churches have remained in their millennia-old tradition of moral failure: Trump could talk as often as he wanted about “if you have money, if you are famous, you can grab every woman between her legs”; he could pay hush money to “adult actresses” as often as he wanted, or state “I could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and still not lose voters” [1] – the overwhelming majority of the church people voted for him anyway.

As if that wasn’t already enough: Most of them still support him. And it was the churches and many of their blatherer that actively brainwashed their sheep in the decision-making process.

We deliberately are not mentioning here the storm on the Capitol. We are talking about historic facts, in this particular case the most recent ones included, to emphasize the path leading to the insurrection of 6 January 2021 and that this path, although not predictable from the outset, nevertheless was not an absolutely surprising element for all those who have followed Trump’s presidency attentively and with an impartial mind, including the words he used in conjunction with racism and radical, militant groups on the far political right. [2] All this did not keep millions of church people from praying for “our president Donald Trump.”

To return to the topic at hand: “Criminal” is not a foreign word in connection with churches – it is, at the same time, a rather very mild description for the work of the churches. Their involvement in criminal activities is as old as the church itself. To this day, the history of the Church is the history of mass stultification of the people for the purpose of self-enrichment and plenitude of power; it is a history of lies and hypocrisy, of oppression, exploitation, and extermination; it is the history of persecution and murder of dissidents, the history of the cruelest wars of conquest in the name of forced Christianization. [3]

Christianization, conducted in brutal, bloody campaigns by church warriors like the chivalric order with the cross on their rear, was a common method in the early medieval Europe and later in the New World (America) – and, in each single case, the crusades were nothing else but ruthless wars of conquest under the guise of God; with the Cross in one hand, and the Sword in the other, translated to the enslaved precisely as follows: ‘If you refuse to accept the former, you will get to feel the latter.’ It was not millions, but billions who suffered under the cruelty and brutality of the Christian cross – to the extent of seismic proportions. One Holocaust took place after the other, and no God to this day has ever intervened.

The churches justified slavery and told people that were treated like cattle to obey their masters. And, it is the church’s history of chumming up with dictators like Adolf Hitler; the history of scandals, of cover-ups and corruption up to the systematic rape of Altar boys; and it is also the history of tax avoidance for their own benefit while evincing charity to the justification of their purpose; it is the reality of the churches being the largest fan club for a demagogue and pervert like Mob-President Donald Trump.

The church as a whole has never been judicially indicted for its ruthless criminality, let alone convicted – as, on the other hand, has occasionally happened with other criminal organizations. It is as if Adolf Hitler with his National Socialist Workers’ Party (NSDAP) had never ceased to exist – and everyone today is kindly invited to participate. This is the church.

Notes:

[1] Donald Trump, 23 January 2016, at a campaign rally in Iowa. – Americans voting for Trump must have been well aware what they were doing, unless they were completely out of their mind.

[2] “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.” Donald Trump during the first presidential debate on 29 September 2020, when being asked if he is willing to condemn white supremacist and militia groups.

[3] To give an example: The Pruzzen, the “Old Prussians (Alt-Preussen)”, were a tribe on the Amber Coast between the estuary arms of the Vistula (Weichsel)- and the Memel Rivers into the Baltic Sea. They resisted forced Christianization by the Teutonic Knights in the 12th/13th century and were subsequently almost completely exterminated. In the following period settlers from the Holy Roman Empire migrated into the Pruzzen’s territory (note the similarity of the Christian conquest of the North American Continent) and astonishingly assumed the name of the “infidels”. – The terms “Prussia” and “Prussians” result from this historical context. Technically speaking, the “real” Prussians as they became known later on, virtually never existed; for they had long since been exterminated. – My later ancestors descend from the former area of the “Old Prussians”.