Don’t All Lives Matter?


During the penultimate height of the #BlackLivesMatter movement some years ago, I bought a t-shirt with #AllLivesMatter. I knew it was in bad taste then, and didn’t end up wearing it, but the act in itself served to perpetuate something evil – ignorance. In the context of humanity as a whole, it’s true – all lives matter; however, in this time and this place, black lives matter. I didn’t agree then with the BLM’s tactics. To some extent, I still don’t, but that’s not the point. In the words of General George S. Patton, “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” Yes, there is looting and assault of civilians, and that’s not okay. The ends don’t always justify the means, but despite the means, the ends are this – liberty. With some exceptions, the police will not help us now as they seek to stamp out the protests in their tracks. The us vs. them has never been race, white vs. black – It’s been power, people vs. government. Not just the police as the police are government, but government as a whole. In the words of George Orwell, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” What I don’t understand is why people don’t get that African American’s are fighting a war for their liberty, just like our nation’s revolution. Some people will take exception to that comparison, but likely those people don’t know what it’s like to be black in America. I surely don’t.
A friend posted on Facebook, “What would compel you to get out on the streets and protest?” The answer given was if one was persecuted to the point of African Americans. But American’s are living in tyranny. Color should make no difference, but it does. What doesn’t make a difference is who we vote for. On one side, we have a president that has violated the constitution and done his utmost to divide the country. On the other side, we have a presumptive democratic candidate that co-authored the various crime bills that have put us on our present trajectory. I see no saving grace in government. In the words of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, “We can unite without [Trump], drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society.” It is confounding that those who so solemnly defend second amendment rights show such disregard for first amendment rights. During the anti-quarantine protests in Michigan, protestors showed up in force, heavily armed, in the name of liberty. My work, my books, my ideology is in opposition to tyranny, and for the cause of liberty. American liberty is threatened again. This is your call.

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