Logic And Reason vs. The Immovable Iron Curtain Of Emotion

Sometimes when you find yourself on the logic and reason side of an argument, which is hopefully most of the time, you have to learn when to pack it up and call it a day. Because at some point you enter into the territory of hurt feelings and worse when the side of emotion feels they are being attacked or ganged up on. It is up to those of us who value logic and reason to recognize this, and then politely change the subject. Yeah, I know this is a counterintuitive, because after all, if not for logic and reason how will we ever solve problems and move forward. But when you encounter the immovable iron curtain of emotion, there is no amount of logic and reason that will overcome.

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The Untenable Yet Persistently Pursued War On Drugs

The United States spends over $50 billion per year to wage a war on drugs. Our prisons overrunneth with non-violent drug offenders, their sentences varied, but all assuming a life-long second-class citizenship status once they return to society. This creates a cycle of repeat offenses because it’s harder to earn a living when many companies won’t hire a person who has served prison time. These repeat offenses are a burden on our judicial system, costing taxpayer dollars, and made worse by conflict-of-interest ridden for-profit prisons, who would like to see higher recidivism rates. With over two million Americans incarcerated, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. All of this in a country where a “dangerous” drug called alcohol is legal. And the argument in support of the drug war is that drug legalization would exact too high a cost on society. If you ask me, we are paying a pretty hefty price already.

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Ferguson And The Event That Changed Everything

9/11 changed everything. – That is the refrain we heard over and over in the years after that tragic, but singular event. Why people felt the need to use that phrase escapes me now, but I think at the time I subscribed to that thought process. My cerebrum has since awoken, but many others have not quite let go. What exactly changed? The threat that existed pre-9/11 was always there, so in many ways what changed was our awareness. But what also changed is our fear-fueled response. It turns out 9/11 changed everything because we allowed it to. And if there was ever a time when “the terrorist won” rhetoric should apply, this would be it. How does this relate to the events in Ferguson, Missouri? Because we believe 9/11 changed everything, we decided militarization of our police forces was an acceptable curtailment of our civil liberties. And we our witnessing that abridgment of rights at this moment in Ferguson.

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Why Do Police Officers In The Suburbs Wear Camouflage?

On Saturday’s MHP show on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry asked, “Why do police officers in the suburbs wear camouflage?” I will add a few more questions. Why do police officers in the suburbs need an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle? Why do police officers in the suburbs point their loaded weapons at a crowd of peaceful demonstrators? Why do police officers in the suburbs treat the citizenry as a war zone threat that must be neutralized? Why do police officers in the suburbs closely resemble American forces in Iraq or Afghanistan? And last, why are so many Americans indifferent to these questions?

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Liberals Are Lame

Yes, you heard me, liberals are lame. The problem with many fellow liberals is that they are not motivated enough to pay attention to what’s going on, and more importantly, vote. And you know what, I’ll even include myself in this critique, because I can be lame too. Sometimes you just have to disengage. But that’s still no excuse for not voting. And now we are hearing talk of the possibility of Republicans taking control of the Senate and that is all the evidence I need to posit once again that liberals are lame. If we actually went to the polls in mid-term elections, maybe we might get election outcomes that better represent the will of the people. Instead, liberals don’t show up, allowing a low voter turnout comprised of circus clowns, civil war reenactors, and loony bin escape artists, to set the agenda for years to come. And then when we do engage, because we’ve allowed this to happen, we feel the need to punch the lamp off our desk in frustration, which then causes us to disengage once again, and then sit out the next election. Somehow conservatives don’t seem to suffer from this affliction. They dutifully turn out to vote in each election. We could match them, and then raise them, but we don’t, because liberals are lame.

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Governmental Abuse Of Power

With today’s news that Texas governor Rick Perry has been indicted on abuse of power charges, a thought crossed my mind. It seems we can expect Republicans to set aside their usual big government rhetoric and come to the defense of Perry, but of course if this was a Democratic governor, Republicans would hold this up as yet the latest example of big government corruption. And that usual rhetorical refrain from Republicans implies that government is somehow more corruptible than some other entity like private enterprise. Is that really true? Is the public sector inherently more corruptible than the private sector? Or, is it that the public sector is held to a higher standard? And if it’s the latter that is true, it seems to me the ideological radar of many conservatives is candidate for a long overdue calibration. After all, if conservatives praise the private sector as the shining example of how to accomplish things efficiently and cheaply, why is it the public sector is held to a higher standard? And could it be true that the private sector is equally as corruptible, only, since it’s the private sector, we don’t know about it?

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Dehumanizing The Citizens Of Ferguson

When a St. Louis County police officer can be heard on camera calling protestors “animals,” that is a police officer who has stepped outside his professional training. He has now ventured into the dangerous territory of dehumanizing members of the community. And regardless of what those protestors were saying or doing, if they weren’t breaking the law (or even if they were), the police can never do their job correctly if they are equating human beings to animals. You cannot possibly see the point-of-view of another human being if you have extracted their humanity from your mental assessment of the situation.

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Police Department or Militant Cabal?

In the 13 years since the events of 9/11, police departments across America, from large cities to small towns, are increasingly resembling military personnel in Iraq, not the friendly neighborhood police force they should be. I mean, what the hell are small town police forces doing with MRAP (Mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicles anyway? Yes, they’ve got ’em. While we were busy worrying about our personal finances and holding on to our jobs, the police slogan “to protect and serve” was beaten over the head and dragged through the streets until it resembled something more like “to harm and harass.” And the constitutional rights of citizens and journalists are in jeopardy when the police decide they need to use force, which it seems is happening with greater frequency. Police departments are using violent force in response to events and protests, force that is not justified or equal to the facts on the ground. Is this really the land of the free? Or is this just a continuation of a shared experience of minorities in this country, since it’s founding, that now knows no racial border? Are white guys like me simply waking up to a reality that has long existed in this country for racial minorities? But even if that is true, I still feel as if something has shifted for the worse when we decided as a country to militarize our police forces in the aftermath of 9/11.

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You’re intolerable

To ascertain if a person is intolerant, you must first understand that human rights come before beliefs. If my intolerance towards your beliefs is in defense of a human right, then the only intolerance that matters in this scenario is yours.

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