Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Webster Knob



Webster Knob, Acrylic, 11x17"

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Basket of Deplorables

And when, just after the noonday dinner, the goodwife gave him a basket of kittens to drown, he did resign. At least he was just going to resign--for he felt that he must draw the line somewhere, and it seemed to him that to draw it at kitten-drowning was about the right thing... 
-Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper 

You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it
 -Hillary Clinton, speaking at a fundraiser, September 9, 2016 

…the concept of “White Privilege,” the notion that whites—the dominant group in capitalist America—are irretrievably racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, fill-in-the-blank-ophobic, imperialistic oppressors who exploit everyone. Whites are the only true evil in the world and should be exterminated.

 -James Simpson, writing for Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism, January 12, 2016 




 HRC’s comment back in September continues to intrigue. For me, “basket of deplorables” conjured up the mental image of a basket of kittens destined for drowning. And somewhat akin to Twain's character, I drew the line between myself and political correctness after political correctness started handing me "baskets of kittens" to drown. I refuse to do it. 


Many others writing on the web have conjectured about the original source of the "basket of deplorables" phrase, and there seems to be no clear precedent for the term. 


However, HRC’s list appears to be a different matter. I was reading James Simpson’s article, published eight months BEFORE the notorious fundraiser comments, and thought that his list sounded familiar. Sure enough, HRC uncannily echoed the list that Simpson used in his account of the “White Privilege” concept championed by Noel Ignatiev as far back as 1967. 


The chances are slim that HRC would have ad-libbed her statement, and even if she had, what are the chances that it would so closely repeat the Simpson passage? So, did HRC’s speechwriter plagiarize Simpson, or by mere happenstance string together the same words in the same order? 





In any case, it is rather amusing, seeing as how the Simpson article, “Reds Exploiting Blacks – The Roots of Black Lives Matter,” uncovers many of the rhetorical and strategic devices employed by the Clinton campaign and the larger leftist/progressive movement. 


Let’s examine one more odd, or not so odd, coincidence. Simpson explains that “white” doesn’t necessarily mean “white.”  


 “White” in radical construction means anyone of any race, creed, nationality, color, sex, or sexual preference who embraces capitalism, free markets, limited government and American traditional culture and values. By definition, these beliefs are irredeemably evil and anyone who aligns with them is “white” in spirit and thus equally guilty of “white crimes.” 


HRC followed up her “basket” comment with this dismissal of Trump supporters, borrowing from Simpson once again: 


Now some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. 


Just this week, in a local newspaper, one letter writer admits to being “someone who is regarded as white” and goes on to suggest that “the whole notion” of race is an artificial construction, while emoting the requisite sentiment of peace-and-love and exploiting Jesus as the poster child for the virtue of non-whiteness.  "Take THAT, you ignorant redneck Bible thumpers!"


One might hope that race is an illusion, especially if being regarded as white is grounds for extermination: 


A Raleigh activist and bookstore owner told a panel at Howard University Law School on Oct. 14 (2005) that the solution to many of the problems faced by black people is the extermination of “white people off the face of the planet.” 


Dr. Kamau Kambon, who taught Africana Studies 241 in the Spring 2005 semester at North Carolina State University, also said this needs to be done “because white people want to kill us.” 


Addressing a panel on “Hurricane Katrina Media Coverage,” broadcast in its entirety on C-SPAN, Kambon told the audience that white people “have retina scans, they have what they call racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the one person from coming up with the one idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem.” … 


Prior to his call for genocide against white people, Kambon, who owns Blacknificent Books in Raleigh, told the panel that “we are at war.” He said that white people had set up an “international plantation” for blacks, which made “every white person on earth a plantation master.” 


He said that, “You’re either supporting white people in their process of death, or you’re for African liberation.” 





I would add this note to Dr. Kambon's lengthy resume, "Your tax dollars at work."  Strangely, he is so inoffensive in the manner in which he makes his case (in the C-SPAN video) that when he comes to the part where he says "the only nigger is the white man" you are almost ready to agree with him. I see him as a performance artist with a satirical Jonathan Swiftian bent.  But perhaps he has actually bought into his own "modest proposal."  


Let’s return to the conclusion of Simpson’s article, the one plagiarized by HRC for her “basket of deplorables” spiel. (Looks like the Clintonistas have been borrowing from Vlad Lenin, as well.) 

Intellectual Genealogy of Black Lives Matter 


“We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth… We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”—Vladimir Lenin 


That quote from the Soviet Union’s first leader captures the entire essence of the Left’s strategy. No matter what the issue, no matter what the facts, the Left advances a relentless, hate-filled narrative that America is irredeemably evil. and must be destroyed as soon as possible. 


The BLM movement is only the latest but perhaps most dangerous variant on this divisive theme. Communists use language and psychology as weapons. Their constant vilification is a form of psychological terror. It puts America and Americans on trial. The verdict is always guilty. Facts don’t matter because the Left does not want to resolve the problems they complain about. They use those problems to agitate and provoke, hoping conflict becomes unavoidable—thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Their hatred is tactical. 


Obama’s favorite Harvard professor Derrick Bell devised Critical Race Theory, which exemplifies Lenin’s strategy as applied to race. 


According to Discover the Networks: “Critical race theory contends that America is permanently racist to its core, and that consequently the nation’s legal structures are, by definition, racist and invalid … members of “oppressed” racial groups are entitled—in fact obligated—to determine for themselves which laws and traditions have merit and are worth observing…” 


 Bell’s theory is in turn an innovation of Critical Theory—developed by philosophers of the communist Frankfurt School. The school was founded in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923. Its Jewish communist scholars fled Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s, relocating to Columbia Teachers College in New York. 


Critical Theory—which discredits all aspects of Western society—rapidly infected the minds of newly-minted college professors, who then spread its poison throughout the university system. We know it today as political correctness. 


White Privilege 


The “racist” narrative was turbocharged with the concept of “White Privilege,” the notion that whites—the dominant group in capitalist America—are irretrievably racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, fill-in-the-blank-ophobic, imperialistic oppressors who exploit everyone. Whites are the only true evil in the world and should be exterminated. 


The “White Skin Privilege” idea was created in 1967 by Noel Ignatiev, an acolyte of Bell and professor at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute (Du Bois was a Communist black leader who helped found the NAACP). Ignatiev was a member of CPUSA’s most radical wing, the Maoist/Stalinist Provisional Organizing Committee to Reconstitute the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (POC). POC was the intellectual forerunner to FRSO. 


Writing under the alias Noel Ignatin, Ignatiev co-authored an SDS pamphlet with fellow radical Ted Allen, titled White Blindspot. In 1992 he co-founded Race Traitor: Journal of the New Abolitionism. 


Its first issue coined the slogan, “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.” Its stated objective was to “abolish the white race.” 


More specifically, the New Abolitionist newsletter stated: “The way to abolish the white race is to challenge, disrupt and eventually overturn the institutions and behavior patterns that reproduce the privileges of whiteness, including the schools, job and housing markets, and the criminal justice system. The abolitionists do not limit themselves to socially acceptable means of protest, but reject in advance no means of attaining their goal (emphasis added).” 


But do not be confused; “White” does not mean white. “White” in radical construction means anyone of any race, creed, nationality, color, sex, or sexual preference who embraces capitalism, free markets, limited government and American traditional culture and values. By definition, these beliefs are irredeemably evil and anyone who aligns with them is “white” in spirit and thus equally guilty of “white crimes.” 


Ignatiev still teaches, now at the Massachusetts College of Art. The Black Lives Matter movement carries this narrative to unprecedented heights, claiming that only whites can be racists. And while justifying violence to achieve “social justice,” the movement’s goal is to overthrow our society to replace it with a Marxist one. 


Many members of the black community would be shocked to learn that the intellectual godfathers of this movement are mostly white Communists, “queers” and leftist Democrats, intent on making blacks into cannon fodder for the revolution. 


- James Simpson is an economist, former White House budget analyst, businessman and investigative journalist.