human rights program in my college

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Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

I do not mince words. There is a reason why ‘human rights’ is written in quotation marks. I want to explain what is the goal of the ‘human rights’ program in my college. I am not going to mention the name of my college for obvious reasons but it is one of the few colleges in New York City that has a ‘human rights’ program at the undergraduate level. The ‘human rights’ program is for students to either earn a minor or for the more advanced a certificate. A few months before transferring to this specific college, I went to a transfer student fair. There was a wide array of tables filled with many majors and programs being offered by the college. I was immediately drawn to the ‘human rights’ table. My intentions were good when I enrolled in that program. I was aware of many injustices going on in the world through my news subscriptions which included Vice News, Huffington Post, The Young Turks and others. Do notice how I mentioned the world and not the United States of America. I will make a point about this later on in this post.

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Where is Infowars?

My first semester I took two ‘human rights’ courses as required for the certificate. One was called “Introduction to Human Rights” and an English course titled “Utopian Fictions: Human Rights and Literature”. The intro course for ‘human rights’ was heavy on reading human rights cases, reading international human rights laws and learning the history of the laws of war. On the very first day of class, students were required to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UDHR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 and is not legally binding. I have no complaints about the course overall. The course was great and very leftist bent when cases were discussed. I met people in that class that made me wonder about their mental health. One person in particular was a girl from Tibet who expressed throughout the entire semester her hatred of the Chinese government and its relentless program of committing cultural genocide. This young woman told me that she wanted to slit her wrists in front of the Chinese consulate. I told her that will not free Tibet or receive attention from the Chinese government. It will land her in a psych ward or on a hospital bed. However, this was the course where I criticized and attacked the BLM movement in a final assignment and the professor did not penalize me for it. I was shocked and grateful for the fact that he liked my essay and appreciated a different view of the movement.

The Utopian Fiction course was also great because I read a lot of literary works. When I enrolled in this class, I automatically assumed that my class was going to read the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and others. That specific work of Vonnegut’s is one of my favorites because of how it equality was depicted in a negative light. Nope. There was no Science Fiction in this course. Many of the books, short stories and plays, were works of fiction but nonetheless interesting.

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Disgrace film based on J.M. Coetzee’s book of the same name starring John Malkovich. The film trailer is here:

Some of these works included South African author J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. Disgrace takes place in South Africa after the end of the apartheid period. One must have some good historical background knowledge of South Africa in order to understand the intention of the book. South Africa was once a Dutch colony and its lands were dominated by the Boer farmer. After a series of wars against the British known as the Boer Wars, South Africa became a British colony. The apartheid policy in South Africa was implemented in 1948 while countries in the African and Asian continents under European colonialism were experiencing independence movements. A variety of crimes were committed during the apartheid period that lasted until 1994 between whites, blacks, Indians, and ‘colored’ people. Being ‘colored’ in South Africa was very different from the American definition. As my English professor described it, being ‘colored’ meant being negated since it meant being a black and white mixture. Discrimination against ‘colored’ people was much worse and open than foe other groups. There are many figures that had some kind of involvement and influence in apartheid policy and history of South Africa in general. These include significant figures such as Jan Smuts, Winston Churchill, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, John Cecil Rhodes, Mohandas Ghandi and others. I can write about South Africa and my knowledge of the country one day in a future blog post primarily focusing on Jan Smuts, Holism and Apartheid policy.

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J.M. Coetzee, South African author of Disgrace 
and an indirect critique of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje, 2000.

Another book that was read in this class is by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje. The book tiled Anil’s Ghost is about a forensic anthropologist named Anil Tissera who returns to her native Sri Lanka. Anil was in Sri Lanka as part of a United Nations Human Rights Investigation. Sri Lanka had been going through a civil war after it received its independence from the British Empire in 1948 and again in 1972. The civil war was fought between the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups. Anil’s Ghost takes place during the height of the conflict which lasted from the late 1980s until the early 1990s. 

The course focused on human rights issues as they were being portrayed in these written works and focused outside the Western world during postcolonial times from 1945 until present. These countries include Afghanistan, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Botswana and others.

 

 

These two courses, although I enjoyed them, were a glimpse to what the ‘human rights’ program was about. Now I will be going back to the point I made earlier regarding the injustices around the world. If these two courses made me realize one thing, it was that the ‘human rights’ program will primarily focus on issues outside of the United States and the Western world. This was and still is problematic for me. It is as if the ‘human rights’ program refuses to acknowledge that there are legitimate issues in the United States and the West. The U.S. is no utopia and is not immune to social ills. Why should these ‘human rights’ students want to focus on the ills of their backyard? There can be a variety of reasons to answer this. It feels better to help starving people who they may never meet by donating money to a charity. Perhaps sending them food and supplies. Even posting a link on their social media accounts to raise awareness of a multitude of issues and get ## number of likes, comments filled with praises.

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Syrian refugees Photo Credit: ABC 7 Chicago

These are the same type of people that would rather raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees versus the starving homeless family in a Manhattan street. Also the issues of a Chinese sex trafficking victim that was brought to Australia is more important than an American mother whose teenage daughter is missing. ‘Human rights’ ought to not be applied to Americans, according to leftist logic and feelings, because this is a rich and powerful country. Problems that Americans have will go away quicker and are less relevant because of its privileges. Not trying to deter from the main topic of this post on ‘human rights’ but this is one of the reasons why Trump won the presidential election.When the federal government, through federal programs, prefers to provide services to illegal immigrants over American citizens or Veterans there is a problem.

This attitude of fulfilling the needs and wanting to assist outsiders over fellow citizens by leftists is symptomatic of globalism. Leftists care more about the needs of foreigners before their own fellow neighbor. This kind of behavior is fueled by pop culture where celebrities would rather adopt children from developing countries instead of those in their own countries. These public and private schools are no longer a place of education but indoctrination. If and when someone mentions how they would rather fix issues in America before Papua New Guinea, a leftist will call this person a racist. This is called ‘Cultural Marxism’ and I heard this term uttered by Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart News, in a speech addressing a student.

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Andrew Breitbart

How can one want to change the world if they refuse to help their own country, home state, city or their own neighborhood? How can anyone want to help someone else when they refuse to help themselves? This is one of my many problems with the ‘human rights’ programs in academia.  They would raise awareness of issues in Haiti, South Africa, Pakistan, Colombia but developed countries simply cannot experience these issues.

“This is why you must reject post-structuralist thinking. No offense but you are the definition of the indoctrination and you don’t even understand what you are saying”.– RIP Andrew Breitbart 1969-2012

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‘Human rights’ program aims to selectively raise awareness of violations that occur to certain populations i.e. Muslims, LGBTQ, women, children, disabled, and others. However, Christians are being persecuted across the globe and even in America. There was a case of a bakery that refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple. The lesbians wanted to show how progressive they were, filed a lawsuit against them that drove them out of business. These women could have opted to buy a wedding cake elsewhere. It seems as if this lesbian couple did this deliberately. 

What about the poor Whites that live in the Appalachians that are dirt poor? These poor Americans do not receive much government assistance because of this false white privilege. Social ladders are non-existant for these people.  Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, reported on the poor, White people of Appalachia on a special 20/20 report back in 2009.

Feminists in the Western world whine and complain about not having rights as a woman and do not realize how blessed they are. There are women in the world who cannot work or go to school. Women cannot be seen in public without a male companion. Sometimes these women and girls are rape survivors and are blamed on the victim and stoned to death. These are practices in the Islamic world. Western feminists do not raise issues about these atrocious acts because they simply do not care. Western feminists’ needs are greater than the other. Having access to birth control is more important than trying to save a young female from female genital mutilation.Notice the Women’s March in Washington (I jokingly called it the THOT patrol because these whiners do not represent all women) was spearheaded by Linda Sarsour who supports Sharia Law. Sharia Law is the very set of laws that DO NOT give women rights. Do not believe me but look at what is going on in Muslim majority countries.

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Poor White Appalachian Boy, Rural America

Members of the LGBTQ community complain about not having rights in the United States and other Western parts of the world because of stupid marriage or ability to adopt. I tell them directly that not to complain because in Muslim majority countries, a mere accusation of homosexuality can lead to people being tossed off of buildings or imprisoned. Look at how male children in Afghanistan are victims to a cultural practice known as a bacha bazi. These young boys are dressed as females, wear makeup and are taught to dance. They are repeatedly raped by men who rent them for their services.  This practice is known by American military men whose commanders tell them in advance to ignore their screams for help. An Army Sargeant named Charles Martland beat up a man who was an alleged child rapist while on duty in Afghanistan. Thankfully Martland did not lose his position in the American armed forces.

 

Many of these students in the ‘human rights’ program are only in it simply to look good in front of their peers. This reminds me of a white woman in an introductory anthropology course I was enrolled in many years ago who bragged about braiding a black girls hair in Tanzania. I also recall another account of a male classmate of mine bragging about how he taught a village of seven children some certain English words. The point of these stories that I have mentioned is that these people, especially these who come from privileged backgrounds, is to look good.

Outside of ‘human rights’ courses, I have interned in various non-profit organizations in New York City. These non-profits focus on a multitude of issues for specific interest groups. In order to volunteer or intern in any of these during the summer months, you would have to be lucky. A native New Yorker would be competing with out of town students from Ivy League and private colleges across the country such as Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and others. Again these students do it to look good for graduate school or job opportunities. To provide their parents or guardians with bragging rights at dinner parties or work functions. ‘My child is so wonderful. She is volunteering for a non-profit organization that raises awareness of child labor exploitation in Guatemala. Now she officially speaks conversational Spanish and has raised a few thousand dollars to help build an orphanage…’ I have heard conversations like this and more.

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Does ‘human rights’ exist and if so for whom? It is quite obvious that this idea only applies to certain humans. This is another problem I have with the term ‘human rights’ which is misleading. It is not as all encompassing as it pretends to be. There is so much historical evidence that can be used for this argument and I will use a few. For instance, the United Nations has dark origins that are lesser known. I can elaborate on that in another post. The organization was formed for various reasons one of which was to prevent acts of genocide that occurred during World War II. Sadly there were a lot more genocides in the postwar period because of non UN intervention most notably the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica in Bosnia and Pol Pot’s Camboda to name a few. The presence of UN peace officers were in Rwanda and Bosnia BUT nothing was done. Also how the term genocide, as was defined by Polish Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin, purposely omitted political and social groups. American and Soviet government officials that lobbied at the United Nations headquarters wanted to ensure that those groups were not incorporated in the definition of genocide. If political and social groups would have been added to that definition of genocide, both the United States and the Soviet Union would have been on trial for war crimes committed during WWII. Stalin killed way more people than Adolf Hitler and began his mass killings in 1929 with systemic famines. A book that discusses the history of the United Nations definition of genocide and Stalin’s crimes is titled ‘Stalin’s Genocides’ by Norman M. Naimark.

Here in this section I am going to discuss ‘human rights’ theory as I have learned in my English class. Giorgio Agamben, an Italian political philosopher, wrote and published a work titled Beyond Human Rights. Agamben argues that the idea of human rights is very much tied to citizenship. He, too, uses many historical examples such as the homo sacer which is a term used to describe a non citizen living in the Roman Empire. Any crime can be committed against him or her because they have no right or ties to the Roman state. Another example Agamben uses to strengthen his argument is of how many refugees who flee their countries due to political or religious persecution seek asylum and then eventually become a citizen of the nation-state they fled to. Mark Mazower, historian wrote a book titled No Enchanted Palace, where he discusses the dark historical origins of the United Nations. Mazower’s book supplements Agamben’s theory of how human rights are tied to citizenship. He uses the historical account of how German Jews were denationalized and denaturalized, meaning they lost their rights as citizens and their citizenship, before being sent to concentration and death camps. Since these German Jews were no longer citizens, their ‘human rights’ had been stripped away leading many to their tragic deaths.

This has been some of my experiences in the ‘human rights’ program in my college campus. I may have generalized but in all honesty I am sure my campus is a microcosm of what goes in liberal colleges in America and other Western countries. Although I have been harsh and critical of ‘human rights’, I have met people who are genuine about trying to make the world a better place. That is admirable but like I have stated some needs are more important than others. It is just as important to volunteer in an after school program in an inner city community than it is to tutor kids in Somalia. I am just saying.

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USA for Africa or Phil Collin’s ‘Another Day in Paradise’? I would choose the latter.

This post went from attacking the ‘human rights’ program to discussing ‘human rights’ theory.

Human rights in my college will be continued in another post. I only got to describe one semester.

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Multiculturalism and the inevitable doom of Europe

In New York City, multiculturalism is celebrated and fetishized by everyone. The influences of this are the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood. Only in a multicultural epicenter can one be able to eat samosas while listening to merengue and wearing a kimono while being a black Transgender female and drinking Vietnamese iced coffee. There are aspects of multiculturalism that not even conservatives could deny such as the food, music, clothing, etc. It is as if the whole idea of being a human being should not be limited to these differences and others such as religion or music but I will argue that it must.

When Hollywood loves discussing the mixture of people or how beautiful it is to be mixed, one must realize that Tinsel town is playing at the hands of the elitists. Although I have seen a variety of couples in my life, I have only seen some biracial couples that are more genuine than most. Some do it to show their parents how ‘progressive’ they are or how rebellious too. I had an Albanian associate who is a female. All she dated and engaged in sexual relations with were black men. Although I understand that she hates Albanian men, she loves black men. Based on what she has told me I think it is more of a rebellious act than anything else.

Back to multiculturalism. For someone to be against multiculturalism means that they are racist, close minded, and hates themselves and the world. That is not the case. There are many clear and present dangers when it comes to multiculturalism. One of them is the inability to get rid of political correctness. This is a problem because regardless of how diverse a place may be, people’s actions and behaviors need to be called on. So in Islamic societies things such as female genital mutialtion, child marriages, imprisonment and persecution of LGBTQ, normalization of pedophilia, etc are not compatible in Western Civilization. Those that come from predominant Islamic societies are a danger to us all. If anything, how good can Islam be when these immigrants have to come to America.

When looks at multiculturalism there are a multitude of issues that comes with it. There are many cultures in NYC and other diverse centers such as London where the white male is officially a minority. Multiculturalism is fueled by thise who hate the West and it’s Judeo-Christian values. These main groups include the left and Mohammedans.

It is unacceptable for Mohammedans to kill victims of sexual assault because they have brought shame and it must be done to protect their honor. At the same time, the person who committed an act of sexual perversion would be vilified and can even be killed in Western civilization.

Most of the ‘Syrian refugees’ are young and horny men just like Milo Yiannopoulos has stated in his lectures. Many come from as far from Indonesia and purposely land on the most socialist country to leech of the welfare programs. If these men claim to be real men, they would go back to Syria and fight ISIS and Assad since he is so terrible. Instead they come to rape the European women. This behavior by Mohammedans is excusable because they can rape, murder, assault an infidel. Political correctness has allowed for these crimes to happen. There has also been an increase of terrorism in Europe because of open borders and cultural enrichment. 

Notice how the mainstream media did not ever at one point report the crimes by the Syrian refugees in Europe. Two muslim refugees that entered American spil raped a handicap young girl in the Midwest and we’re not convicted. This has been covered by Pamela Geller, the founder of American Freedom Defense Initiative. 

The nation state is sacred and must be protected. Globalism is going to win in the end of the day just as it has been prophesied by the HOLY BIBLE. Even if one is not a Christian there is a load of evidence that demonstrates that this oneness is trying to have the world under one world government. This is why globalists and other elites are trying to promote open borders. All one has to do is look at the importance of vetting people and accepting people who are willing to assimilate. Teddy Roosevelt, former president of the United States, wrote about the importance of people immigrating to America and assimilating.

History of Islam 1400 years of terrorism as discussed by ACT for America’s Brigitte Gabriel:

Planned destruction of the United States through the Muslim Brotherhood written in 1991 as read by Brigitte Gabriel.

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Merchants of Death and American involvement in WWI 1914-1918

Ladies and Gentleman – WWI shaped the 20th century

It is 2017. In case you may or may have noticed there was and will be a series of books written about World War I. Many Historians, Political Scientists, Economists and others that specialize in the knowledge of this conflict are going to write books. Publishing companies know this especially since it has been over 100 years since the conflict began. I have finished reading Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Armament Industry written by Frank Hanighen and H.C. Englebert. The Merchants of Death book is about the international armament industry of WWI and it attempts to historicize it. The label of ‘merchants of death’ was used to attack industries and bankers who backed WWI and was coined during the 1930s. The ‘merchants of death’ label was used by both left and right wing anti-war politicians during the US Senate hearings in 1936 by the Nye Committee. The Senate wanted to investigate thoroughly how much influence did these armament industries have on Wilson entering the conflict. Though the book was published in 1934, it is still a significant work of history since it is one of the earliest works of literature to demonstrate how heavily involved the munitions industry was in the conflict.

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“Merchants of Death”

 

The First World War, also called the Great War, lasted from 1914 until 1918. The powder keg that led to this conflict was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This assassination of Ferdinand is sometimes considered to be the official end of the 19th century for many reasons. A main reason is because the conflict destroyed the old ways and has had an impact in world politics as it can be witnessed today. That topic will be a potential blog post in the future. Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist who lived in Bosnia, carried out the assassination with the terrorist organization the Black Hand. The main belligerents in the conflict were the European powers, Austria-Hungary, Russia until 1917 due to their Communist Revolution, Germany and Ottoman Empires; making the conflict a European affair. While WWI ensued, American foreign policy at the time was of neutrality, that meant no involvement in the conflict whatsoever. However, the United States federal government entered WWI because of their interest in ensuring British and French victory, German provocation through their and President Woodrow Wilson’s desire to make the world ‘safe for democracy’. American involvement in WWI is significant because of its impact in domestic politics and shaping the role of the United States as a world power and of President Wilson.

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Newspaper article reporting the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in June of 1914.
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Gavrilo Princip, member of the terrorist organization Black Hand. The young man who started WWI with shooting Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914.
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Map of the Empires before their fall during WWI

One of the reasons the American government became involved in WWI was because of their interest in ensuring British and French victory. American business owners had provided both sides of the conflict with arms and other supplies. At the time the American federal government was explicitly pro-business and would work together. There are many theories as to why America entered the conflict and one of these includes the fact the country was going through a recession. These investors in the international armament industries were known as Merchants of Death.

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Artistic depiction of the Sinking of the Lusitania

Another contributing factor to American involvement in WWI was German provocation. During World War I, the Germans’ policy in naval conflict was known as unrestricted submarine warfare. The Germans sunk many ships regardless of them being involved in the conflict in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. On May 8 1915, the Lusitania, a British commercial ship was sunken by German submarines killing 158 Americans. This act by the Germans angered the American people. The German government promised to halt unrestricted submarine warfare and did not comply. Although the sinking of the Lusitania did not immediately cause American involvement in WWI but did cause tensions to flare against Germany.

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Zimmerman Telegram, 1917

The Zimmerman Telegram was a telegram sent to the Mexican government in 1917. The German government asked the Mexican government to form an alliance during World War I. If the Germans were to be victorious, they promised to return American territories that were lost by Mexico in the Mexican American War. The Mexican government refused since the country had experienced devastation from a war they fought earlier.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson, who had been elected for his second term in 1916, with the campaign slogan ‘he kept us out the war’, went before Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. Wilson cited many reasons for this which included German submarines sinking ships in the Atlantic and the need to make the world safe for democracy.

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President Woodrow Wilson

The conflict impacted domestic policies in America. Americans had been aware of the horrors that were going on in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. American involvement in the conflict was very unpopular and it inspired American dissent. In response to the protests, pamphlets and other anti-war sentiments the government responded with the Espionage Act of 1917. The act made it illegal for any American speaking against its involvement in the war can be imprisoned and/or fined. During times of war, rights of people can be taken away only if it is for the welfare of the country and rhisnis something that has repeated itself even after this conflict. This instance of the American government passing the Espionage Act demonstrates how it became a surveillance state. It is not coincidental that these developments led to the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI that was headed by J. Edgar Hoover.

American involvement during World War I led to the creation of the Committee of Public Information or CPI headed by George Creel. The CPI spread vast propaganda in the mainstream media in order to make American participation in WWI feel justified to the American public. The CPI was also responsible for spreading anti-German sentiments which led to German-Americans being lynched, tarred and feathered as it was done to British tax collectors before the American Revolutionary War.

In 1918, Wilson spoke before Congress where he read his speech the Fourteen Points. The Fourteen Points was Woodrow Wilson’s vision for the world to establish peace after the conflict which will lead to the creation of the League of Nations. The League of Nations was created after WWI to ensure that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles of 1918 and other peace treaties were enforced. It was an intergovernmental organization consisting of many countries that were the victors. Wilson wanted America to become a member of the League of Nations and it needed the permission of Congress. Wilson was met with opposition to this by members of Congress particularly by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge who expressed concerne about American membership to the league. Lodge did not want America to be involved in a conflict if there was no benefit for them.  His main issue was with Article X of the League Charter. Article X asked that if any member of the league was to be threatened, attacked, or in the brink of war, other members would have to defend it. This posed as a problem for Lodge because only Congress can declare war as it is stated in the American Constitution. Lodge and other Congressmen did not want to give that power to the league. Cabot asked Wilson to amend Article X and Wilson refused. America never got to join the League of Nations and the organization crumbled after that.

In retaliation, Wilson who was considered a hero by many people, spent many months campaigning for the League of Nations to be established. Wilson went campaigning across the United States to promote the league and to remove members of Congress who opposed him until he suffered a massive stroke.

American involvement in the Great War was primarily due to economic interests of American businessmen, German government provocation and Wilson’s desire of making the world safe for democracy as he stated in his speech to Congress, the fourteen points. WWI had impacted the United States domestically. The progressive reforms in America had expanded into the international sphere. This was demonstrated when Wilson took the initiative of trying to establish an organization for the greater good of the world.

This 6 April 2017 was the 100th anniversary of American involvement in the Great War. Many American lives were lost unnecessarily because of the interests of the wealthy elitist bankers. 50,000 American lives were lost due to the conflict. Americans had been warned about the interest of bankers and business owners when it comes to conflicts. At the height of the Cold War during the 1950s, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower did warn Americans about the military-industrial complex. Dick Cheney, former vice president of the United States, made billions off of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The munitions industry was and is still a motivation for governments to get involved or create conflicts. 

The Dangers of the Crab Mentality in the Ghetto, Part I

The public school education system in the ghetto is like no other. Not only does the crab mentality exist on fishing boats but also in the inner city. When sea creatures that have been captured by man, they will never allow fellow creatures escape in the bucket. Crabs are known for this and this form of fallacy is extended to humans too. For those not familiar with the crab mentality, it is defined by this phrase ‘if I cannot have it, neither can you’. Not only is the crab mentality true but it is amazing how I can recall many stories demonstrating how true it is.

I think one of the earliest times I witnessed this was when I was in a middle school that was public. This particular middle school in the South Bronx was notorious and had been closed down many times. It was obvious that many of these students came from tough backgrounds although their behavior was inexcusable. There was so much misbehavior and craziness going on in the school that it needs its own blog post.

I was in the sixth grade during the 1999-2000 academic school year. This transition from elementary to middle school was scary. I never witnessed so much students pulling the fire alarm, smoking cigarettes in the classroom, girls cutting classes and getting their hair braided, throwing milk into the street from windows and other craziness. The misconduct of the student body had gotten so out of hand that the school began providing students with incentives for good behavior. These incentives did not always work so sometimes principals had to come in a classroom and sit there assuring their behavior. This was true when visitors from the state came to the school building. These forms of incentives did not always work just like the classic ones such as a teacher bringing kids candy on the first day of classes.

Anyway there were kids that were being rewarded while being monitored. There was one student who was just notoriously bad and was a special education kid. Everytime he misbehaved he would say things to justify his bad behavior. He would say things like he cannot help it because he is black, he did no eat  all day or the best one that he did not take his medication. This kid went from bad to good in a matter of weeks. It seemed as if he had starred in an episode of scared straight.

We are going to call this kid Ray. Ray behaved so good that he won a free pass to Sony Wonder and a gift card. He was envied by everyone because he went from 0 to 60 in a matter of months. That good behavior began to change after he formed a bond with a kid named Nathan. Nathan was bad and the girls still liked him. Nathan was the type to bring cigarettes, beer and all forms of contraband into school. He was funny and a jerk BUT deep down he was a nice kid. Ray and Nathan had become inseparable especially when the weather got warmer. They would leave the school building well before 3pm, the time the school bell would dismiss the class.

One day Nathan and I overheard a teacher saying that Ray was going to win the prizes for his behavior turnaround. That was when I noticed Nathan acting different and even behaving worse in class. I am not too sure if his bad behavior was to impress a girl he had a crush on or to influence and eventually sabotage Ray. It seemed that he envied Ray for the attention of the teachers he was receiving. He earned praise from everyone including the teachers and principal. They both began to change toward one another. Nathan and Ray cut school at around 1 pm but the kids were returned to school building by 1:30 pm by police officers in St. Mary’s Park. I remember the school dean coming into the classroom and telling the science teacher that Nathan and Ray were skipping class and smoking weed. Nathan and Ray sat at the dean’s office and while the situation amused Nathan it upset and angered Ray. Ray was so angry at himself but he knew through that experience that Nathan was never his friend. Ray gave in and fell victim to Nathan’s claws while losing his incentive. So Ray remained ‘good’ for the entire school year behaving but not being rewarded for nothing. All of those points he earned to get those rewards were lost. The prinicipal told Ray that either he get suspended for 5 days and complete an after school program or to sacrifice all of those good points and start anew. He chose the second option. Ray and Nathan were never friends after that especially when it became obvious that Nathan envied Ray.

That was an example of the crab mentality in the ghetto. This crab mentality comes in other forms as well. The death of high school seniors who aspire to go to college die at the hands of bullets not meant for them. Also youth who receive an academic or athletic scholarship die too. A woman who had a promising modeling career was stolen by a bullet meant for her. Although the ghetto is plagued by socio-economic hardships, it does not excuse the victim narrative that is fueled by the liberals. There are too many people who are lost and do not work or go to school on purpose. What I mean is that there is no productivity in their lives. Based on my experiences the victim narrative promotes laziness, less merit,  and paves the way for more inexcusable behaviors etc. Those that follow and fuel victim narrative believe in blaming others of their shortcomings but not themselves.

Ray fell victim for the crab mentality but hopefully he learned that sometimes those closest to us do not wish us happiness. People are envious of others especially in the inner city. If Ray was not wearing the most recent pair of Jordan’s, he would walk around with a cell phone, he had many cd player’s etc. Owning a pair of Jordan’s can get someone killed in the ghetto. People in the ghetto (I am generalizing a bit) would rather line up for Jordan’s before a job, or government cheese or similac.

Misery loves company and that includes ghetto trash people. I liken ghetto people to social justice warriors. These two groups have many similarities aside from just being pawns and puppets of the globalist elite. They also are walking and contradictory hypocrites. Look at the social justice warriors and their expensive iPhones or Android device while they have a sticker on their laptop saying ‘capitalism sucks’,‘greenpeace’, Pikachu, rainbows to express LGBTQ solidarity, amnesty international, or the sickle and hammer meant to represent communism. These social justice warriors preach socialism but buy products manufactured and assembled by dirt cheap labor which ought to be considered slave labor. In the ghetto they will receive social programs to assist them with rent such as Section 8, DRIE, SCRIE while being able to afford Louis Vuitton or Coach handbags. It has gotten ridiculous.

At hindsight it makes sense why my parents always grew up telling me not to share my happiness with people in the community I reside in. The happiness must be held privately. Happiness comes in the forms of spiritual salvation, relationships, health, wealth, beauty, education and those who do not have it dislike you and want to take it was away from you.

So do not have kids out of wedlock, do not seep with a married man, do not blame the white man for social ills, do not spend hours waiting on line trying to buy Jordan’s. As a matter of fact stop with the Jordan’s because ghetto people need to understand that Michael Jordan and his wealthy self does not give a shit about ghetto people. There is a huge abortion problem in the inner city among blacks and Hispanics. I propose Jordan makes his own brand of condoms and watch safe sex rise at an all-time high in the ghetto!

I will write more on the crab mentality in the ghetto and how it is fueled by the Democratic Party in the USA, Hollywood, Mainstream Media and Academia.

Thanks.

Deplorable M

Public History: The meaning of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park and the irony

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Pepsi-Cola sign in the New York City borough of Queens

***Note: Occasionally I will be making historical/political blog posts on historical monuments across NYC. This will be part of my public history series.***

Last summer I enrolled in an introductory American history course that covered the Civil War period until present. Although I am an advanced history student, I was compelled to take this course for some reasons. I needed to brush up on my knowledge of American history especially since the presidential election was closer. I was versed with American history but had been told before enrolling in college that American history, even the introductory courses goes into greater depth. I, nonetheless, was not warned about their potential leftist slant. This course was a necessary refresher especially since this presidential election inspired me to and a quick GPA boost. While taking the course, I had an assignment where I was asked to choose one of four historical monuments in New York City. The assignment asked to discuss the monument, its historical context, how public history is depicted and whether or not it fulfills its message. I chose Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park. I had been hearing nothing but fantastic things about Roosevelt in my human rights program. He is a celebrated figure for many reasons outside of his presidency, New Deal programs and his leadership during World War II. I wrote an opinion about the monument dedicated to Roosevelt hinting at some of my political views. I have edited and strengthened this essay for this blog but before I get there, I want to talk about my experience at Four Freedoms Park.

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United Nations Headquarters from Roosevelt Island view

My classmate and I went to Four Freedoms Park and there was nothing awe or inspiring about the monument. It was the first time I had gone to Roosevelt Island and had only seen it through passing when I would ride the F train. This monument feels as though is only meant to attract a certain visitors since its location is so out of the way. Another thing to consider is that there is limited sources of public transportation to get there. It was a beautiful, hot and humid day in late June and the skies were clear. As we walked to Roosevelt’s monument, I kept looking to my left and to my right. At one point my classmate noticed the Pepsi Cola sign to his left and to his right the United Nations. He stated ‘Wow! Look at the Pepsi-Cola sign and the United Nations. These two things oppose each other’. I immediately responded ‘you have NO idea what you just said. One enables the other so try figuring that out for yourself’. Globalism! I did not want to debate or argue with my classmate because I would rather he research before I started talking to him about globalism. Little did I know that the statement he made would later inspire the thesis of that paper as shown in this blog post on Four Freedoms Park.


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Aerial view of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt Island in New York City by architect Louis I. Kahn
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FDR’s Four Freedoms depicted in Norman Rockwell paintings circa 1943

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park is a monument dedicated to the former president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park, located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, lies between the island of Manhattan and the New York City borough of Queens. Roosevelt Island, also named in dedication to him, has the FDR drive and the United Nations headquarters to the East. Roosevelt had a significant impact in its founding of the United Nations. The Four Freedoms Park is named after Roosevelt’s 8th State of the Union Address made to the United States Congress on 6 January 1941 during World War II, an international conflict that lasted from 1939 until 1945. The Four Freedoms speech addressed what Roosevelt hoped for the world, which was freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. As a monument, the Four Freedoms Park fails to represent the meaning of Roosevelt’s speech. The placement of the monument in New York City represents the trajectory of American history and the history of the struggle between ordinary working people trying to fight for their economic rights against a government that was extremely pro-business. American government, being explicitly pro-business, was put to a halt under Roosevelt’s presidency in 1933 and has gone full circle back to the economic dynamics that occurred before him. Therefore, the Four Freedoms Park fails to represent Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech.

Before Roosevelt’s presidential victory in 1933, the American government was explicitly pro-business. Specifically, in 1928 Republican nominee Herbert Hoover was elected President of the United States and too was pro-business. Unfortunately, less than eight months into Hoover’s presidency the Stock Market Crash of 1929 led to the Gross National Product dropping  from 104 billion to 59 billion leading to a global depression. Hoover used whatever methods to deal with the depression and encouraged business owners to cut off wages or lay off workers. Hoover assisted American businesses during the Great Depression by passing the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act in 1930 and by establishing the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1932. The Hawley-Smoot Act raised American tariffs on imported goods and forced Americans to only purchase domestic goods. The RFC was founded in order to provide financial support to local and state governments and to assist businesses leading to 300 million dollars given to subsidize big and small businesses. American business owners were considered robber barons, a derogatory term used to describe ruthless and unethical tactics in acquiring more wealth and buying out competitors. These robber barons thrived due to absences of government regulation in the financial markets.

Who_benefitted_from_the_new_dealRoosevelt was born into privilege and had established a reputation as a politician before he was elected President of the United States. He was governor of New York City from 1929 until 1932. The United States suffered heavily from the Great Depression. Homelessness, unemployment, starvation, natural disasters spanned across the United States and Roosevelt sought to alleviate the crisis. In order to resolve these issues, Roosevelt created a series of reforms known as New Deal programs. There were various reforms passed by the New Deal programs such as the creation of the FDIC, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where if a bank went under, then individuals with bank accounts would be insured by the federal government up to $5,000. (Not sure if this amount insured isfrom the New Deal Program period or today) However, it is important to take into consideration that Keynesianism was very popular during the 1930s. John Maynard Keynes, an influential English economist, believed that if governments used deficit spending to put an end to recessions would then spur the economy and make the economy grow. Roosevelt envisioned a society where government was in people’s lives and made their lives better. The excess of capitalism and the government’s inability to reign in capitalism is what led to the United States being on the brink of disaster. Roosevelt was very important in this era because he envisioned a larger government that would “save capitalism from itself”. After all there is a little known fact that America was on the brink of becoming communist. Notice how in Europe the global depression ans other factors made cointries become radically left or right wing. If one is familiar with the historical developments of that time Europe was falling to fascism. A book by Mark Mazower that discusses this is titled The Dark Continent. Fascist dictators such as Adolf Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, and Francisco Franco of Spain praised Roosevelt for what he was doing to alleviate the hardships associated with the depression in America.

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In this respect, the Four Freedoms Park is a noble monument with noble intentions. Though, it has become ironic to place such a monument in a city that has come to embrace the opposite of Roosevelt’s social programs and visions for American society. The idea of large government and Keynesianism itself came under heavy attack during the 1970s when new economists, labeled the Chicago Boys led by Milton Friedman from the University of Chicago, sought to reduce the role of government in the market and instead espoused the importance of having a free market. This was in some ways a return to the concepts of laissez-faire capitalism, a kind of capitalism, that Roosevelt meant to control with his reforms to government. New York City was at the center of this struggle between these competing economic ideologies. History and the present has demonstrated that the free market ideology would win in New York City. The 1970s in NYC was defined by a financial crisis that would forever shape the city. Abram Beame, mayor of NYC and Hugh Carey, governor of New York visited then President Gerald Ford in Washington, D.C. in May of 1975. Beame and Carey asked President Ford for federal assistance to NYC’s economic crisis. Ford refused to provide financial assistance to NYC and it made the cover of the NY Daily News with the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead”. The economic crisis in New York City led to a series of changes that would last forever. The City University of New York, or CUNY is one of the largest public university systems in the United States and ceased to provide students with tuition-free education by 1976 due to federal government pressure. Before learning about the NYC fiscal crisis, CUNY charging its students tuition was racially motivated. This is false because although minorities were applying to CUNY, the fiscal crisis in the city occured coincidentally. New York was once a manufacturing city with its working class living in the city proper (Manhattan). This city would be transformed into one with Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate or FIRE as its main industries and Manhattan, like many parts of the city would get rid of its working classes, instead making the city into a playground of the rich. This has great implications for the people living in this city. The Four Freedoms speech mentions freedom from want. It is interesting that this monument would then be placed in an island that has dedicated much of its recent construction to luxury housing amidst a crisis of affordable housing and homelessness in the city. It is no secret that many of these luxury housing developments in the city remain empty, because they are used as investments and tax shelters for wealthy foreign millionaires and billionaires. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg once boasted that he wished all of the world’s billionaires would buy property in New York City.

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CUNY students in 1976 protesting having to pay tuition due to NYC fiscal crisis

The reality is that the Four Freedoms speech by Roosevelt is incompatible to the society Americans live in now. President Roosevelt managed to create a robust government to help people instead of capital. Roosevelt’s reforms however are under attack still; as we can see in the debates that took place for American presidential nominees about privatizing social security. It is a hollow feeling seeing the Four Freedoms Park knowing that the government has essentially turned its back on Roosevelt’s envisioned society for one that is closer in ideology to the time of robber barons. It is evident with the increasing rate of homelessness and the city’s prioritization of building luxury residences.

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Articles for those interested in learning more about the NYC fiscal crisis:

https://www.thenation.com/article/legacy-1970s-fiscal-crisis/

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-night-new-york-saved-itself-from-bankruptcy

https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/when-new-york-branded-its-way-out-of-crisis/?_r=0

Why Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron is one of my favorite short dystopian stories of all time

When a short story begins like this…

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal 
before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter 
than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was 
stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 
211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing 
vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

You often wonder if it can happen in America. All I can say is that after reading this short story, my point of view on equality has changed drastically. 1 on 1 is equal. It sounds simple enough but it is not. When people think of equal, they think about sameness, similarity but what if equal does not necessarily have to mean balanced? Even concepts of equality can be exaggerated if one thinks about it. Vonnegut demonstrates that notion in this short story that was published in 1969 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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Background

Hello my name is Deplorable ‘M’ and I am going to write an honest post. Without being too detailed in this account, I will briefly explain how I became a staunch conservative/libertarian residing in New York City. Sometime in the future I plan on writing a more detailed account of this political, social and spiritual shift in the future. I can honestly say with confidence that I am every leftist’s nightmare. The reasons for this are because I am a Latina/Hispanic, female, from the South Bronx, not a welfare recipient; high school diploma recipient, college educated, childless, single… this list can be endless. As I stated, I can get specific about these reasons in the future. I want to make it known that I was not always a right winger. I used to consider right-wingers as being too traditional, angry, ignorant, and repressed in many aspects. Some of these beliefs I once held have been used to verbally assault right wingers and still are today. Both sides of the political spectrum have used ad hominem attacks the most but I notice it more with the left.

Over a decade ago, I considered myself an atheist while simultaneously acknowledging a spiritual void. I do not know what it was for me at that time but turning 18 years old made me think a lot about life. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Do I even have a purpose? And many other questions that have the human mind since creation. I at the time was a liberal who supported homosexuality, abortion, and anything that was ungodly according to the bible. I was also a very depressed person who had severe self-hatred. Many of us have and still continue to feel this way about ourselves. There were times when something good would enter my life and I would deny it. I knew innately that I could not be an atheist for long and always believed that there was a creator. I considered Buddhism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witness at different points in my life but no avail. In 2010, I declared myself a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I became a Christian. Even I was shocked because I had been annoyed at how Christians used to attack me for my atheist views years before. I am still a lukewarm Christian trying to become more spiritual and trying to depend less on worldliness.

Christianity and how I fell for liberalism

The same year I became a Christian, I began my first year in college. I was excited and nervous because it had been a long time since I sat in a classroom setting. I was scared because of my newfound faith and how it would be challenged in academia. I was even warned by a friend to not believe everything that I was being taught. I took that warning very lightly because I appreciated everything I was learning and was even falling for it. After my first year of college I can honestly say that I did not take that advice to heart. I became a leftist officially during my spring semester of 2012. It took almost two years for me to convert into this line of thinking. At hindsight, I think I had succumbed to the peer pressure of the college campus and its faculty, staff and students. Peer pressure is not exclusively limited to children and teenagers it exists in adulthood.

Liberalism was everywhere in college campuses with rainbow flags celebrating LGBTQ which even I found offensive. The rainbow holds a significant symbol in the bible where in the book of Genesis, God made a covenant to never destroy the earth with water again. When I read that verse, I felt a chill down my spine and that was when I knew that my God was real. Also I did not know what feminism was except that it had to do with gender equality. Feminists always complained about the gender pay gap, oppression and more of their whining which is false. They celebrated women who had abortions, refused to wear makeup, or traditional women’s clothes. These are some of the many groups of people I have encountered in college.

I saw a lot of hypocrisies with the leftists I encountered in college. They are all for diversity of cultures, foods, clothing but not with ideas especially those that oppose theirs. I have seen instances where an individual with conservative stances on gay marriage, abortion, open borders, and other dissenting opinions get attacked. The person will not be challenged by using logic or facts but via ad hominem. Statements will be made such as ‘you are probably a closeted homosexual’ or ‘you are an ignorant son of a bitch’ and every other insult with suffixes such as –ist and -phobic. As a staunch leftist at the time, I did not agree with these tactics against right wingers. Even I experienced attacks from fellow leftists for stupid reasons such as being a Christian, exclusively dating white males, listening to classic rock tunes etc. I had been accused of trying to be white.

Even then I knew that some of my beliefs held a lot of contradictions. For instance, being a Christian and a liberal was like mixing oil and vinegar. Of course I had not even thought about working on determining what my views were authentically because like most leftists, I was arrogant. I thought that I knew it all. I always took pride in my knowledge because I work damn hard to know the things I know. When I was a child, I was insecure about my looks. I was even told that I was never going to get married or have children. Since I was told that I lacked aesthetic qualities, I thought why not be intelligent. After all some of the people I admired and still do are very knowledgeable people.

Swallowing the redpill capsule

By the time I had graduated my college which was a community college; I went on an adventure where I had life experiences that have molded me to reconsider my political stances on varying issues. Thankfully it was nothing traumatic but significant enough to plant seeds in me. I returned to college the same year and enrolled as a history major and in a human rights program. I was disgusted by many of the social justice movements that were promoted by the human rights program due to police brutality. I hated and still hate the Black Lives Matter movement.

As a resident of the South Bronx, I knew some black males that had passed or were injured due to gun violence. These tragic deaths were committed by other fellow black males and yet did not cause national outrage. Then it is funny how I noticed white and Jewish liberals protecting for black lives matter when they live in affluent and safe communities in the city of New York and upstate. They have no idea what it is like to see junkies in their pathway, drug dealers fighting, loud rap music when people are trying to go to sleep or gunshots. I want to ask these BLM supporters a lot of questions. What about the black children that get wounded or killed by bullets that was not intended for them? Where is the outrage???What about the black fetuses that are aborted across the United States? Don’t those black lives matter too???!!! How is it that this movement is spearheaded by three black lesbians who have very little to no interest in even creating black lives???!!!! This movement was not created by black people but it was created by George Soros. Soros, like many globalists, would donate to causes that are used to cause turmoil and in turn provide him with profits. I hate throwing this name to people and yet refuse to do research on who he is and his influence in world affairs. Soros has even stated that blacks are very easily manipulated and he is right! The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others were tragic but could have been avoided if blacks in America were not in a culture that promotes violence against each other and to have a deep hatred toward the police. Martin could have obeyed Zimmerman instead of behaving like a spoiled brat. Wilson may not have shot Brown if he had not been physically attacking him. Garner, who has a lengthy criminal record, would not have died of that chokehold if he just would have not resisted arrest. The mainstream media purposely hid facts about these and other cases to fuel the narrative of white cops versus black criminals and law enforcement versus civilians.

I had a class assignment that questioned the legitimacy of the BLM movement and how the police can be weakened. An hour after emailing that assignment, two NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Weng-jan Liu were shot and killed by a crazed black gunman. His YouTube subscription contained saved videos from The Young Turks, a news organization that is named after a nationalist terrorist group that formed in the late Ottoman period. TYT news network has been rumored to be sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government according to Alex Jones of Infowars. I can write a book about the issues in the black community and I will elaborate on BLM at another time.

The final straw was Islam. I had always defended Islam although I only knew some of the verses that existed in the Quran and the Hadith. When I was a leftist, I thought that anyone who attacked or spoke ill of Islam was only influenced by the September 11 attacks. Now I have also taken three courses that had to do with Islam which include History of the Modern Middle East from the founding of Islam to present, History of the Ottoman Empire, and History of Women and Gender in Islam. Another history course that I took that made me understand Islam more was History of the Balkans during the 20th century. The Balkans, located in Southeastern Europe, was under Ottoman control beginning with Battle of Kosovo in 1389 until the late 1800s. After having taken that course, I realized that my conservative friends had been telling me the truth about Islam all along. It was not a peaceful religion but ‘piece-ful’. Many of the college professors that taught these courses were apologists and wanted to depict this political ideology that is cloaked as a religion as peaceful. I can elaborate on my views of Islam and how I came to learn the truth about it at another point. I will say that it was at least six months before the presidential election here in the United States that I came to realize how dangerous it was! I must elaborate on Islam because this ideology is such a threat and this death cult had and continues on terrorizing the world since the 7th century.

I can honestly say that the history courses I have seen and the stupidity of the human rights program pushed me to become a right winger. The icing on the cake was when Donald J Trump announced that he was running for President of the United States. I admired his speech because it was honest and brutal. It was coming from a genuine place especially since Trump comes from the old school where he does not have a filter. No one can blame Trump for being such a straight shooter especially since he is no politician that got him elected and his bravado that demonstrates his New York City upbringing.

This political shift has improved my well-being spiritually and emotionally. I no longer play the victim narrative or anything of that nature. I am also happier and more optimistic about my future. It is as if I am finally beginning to understand what it is like to be an adult. An individual turning 18 years old makes someone an adult legally but what about emotionally, spiritually or mentally?

I do not believe in identity politics but I have to let you readers know that I am a Latina female who has swallowed the redpill. I lost friends due to this political climate and gained more friends. My support of Trump has made me have a better understanding of the American political system, its history and why I consider the United States to be the greatest country in the world. I see nationalism as a necessary evil and sacred whereas globalism destroys individuality and creates a oneness that ought to not be shared with some cultures i.e. Mohammedans.

Thanks for reading my article!!! There will be more to come.

Deplorable ‘M’