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The Old Man, America, and the Sea of Iraq

“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?”

~ Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Biography

The Book of Great of Great Books has the following information about author, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois; died by suicide. Wounded in World War I serving as an ambulance driver with Red Cross in Italy; decorated for bravery. Lived in Paris during the 1920s; Key West in the 1930s; Cuba in 1940-59. Went to Spain in 1937 to report on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) for a newspaper syndicate. Married four times; three sons. Enjoyed a life as a man of action; refused to behave like a “man of letters.” Awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1954.

Beginning Narrative

This short story by Ernest Hemingway begins with an old Cuban Fisherman name Santiago (who narrates the story in the third person) has spent 84 days without catching anything; September being a hard month for fishermen. He sits on the Terrace near the sea with his companion and apprentice, a young boy named Manolin, who has loved the old man since he was five years old. The boy has been with Santiago the first 40 days but has been ordered to stay away and fish on a luckier boat, for his parents believe Santiago to be a ruined and an unlucky fisherman. The other young fishermen tend to make fun of Santiago while the old ones sympathize for him. But Santiago doesn’t mind this as he believes his fortune will turn the next day; he will not allow himself to have 87 days of bad luck like before.

Manolin is always assisting Santiago by bringing fish bait, gear, and food from the local bar while encouraging him. Manolin wonders if Santiago is strong enough to catch a big fish, nevertheless Santiago believes he can through his great experience, for he possesses many tricks of the trade at sea. That afternoon in Santiago’s shack he and Manolin began talking about their favorite Baseball team, the Yankees. The next morning Manolin brought Santiago some black beans, rice, stew, and fried nuts. The two chat about baseball, fish and the great times in Africa, where Santiago remembers when he saw lions roaming on the beach. At night when Santiago dreams of Africa, his dreams block out his other daily desires and anxieties.

The Epic Journey at Sea

On day 85 Santiago wakes up early, knowing that the “early bird catches the worm” (a popular saying of Benjamin Franklin’s Little Richard’s Almanac), and meets with Manolin for coffee. Alone, Santiago rows out to sea with his skiff. At sea he is aware of his surroundings as the many years at sea have taught him to be. He hears the jumping snaps of fish in the water and feels the warm rising light of dawn signaling the morning. Santiago seems preoccupied with his mortal existence—he is acutely aware that he, like his worn out flag and old boat has been battered by time and the sea; he has lived as long life in the water… but for what purpose? Santiago is hopeful for a catch and he has faith in what will come of the day, never abandoning his hope. “Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready,” wrote Hemingway.

He lowers the bait in the water, varying the depth for the full advantage of the current, and waits silently, searching for any signs of fish in the water. “Finally, the strike.” A marlin (large, saltwater game fish) eats the sardines on his bait at 100 fathoms (600 feet) and Santiago hopes desperately that this will be his chance for glory. He feels the extremely massive weight of the beast crash against his ship as it pulls away from the ship. He allows the line to slip through his hands, while giving it more slack and tightening the pressure with his thumb and finger. He attaches more coils and the fight begins. The fish begins to tow the entire little fishing boat out to sea, causing Santiago to try and regain control by raising his fish to surface level, but he is forced to a long struggle. The old man then realizes he needs Manolin’s help for this great challenge. The ‘Great Fish’ as Santiago calls it is an ultimate match for this seasoned fisherman, and like Captain Ahab of Melville’s Moby Dick, Santiago vows to pursue this beast even if it means his own death. Relentlessly the fish intimidates Santiago with its strength by pulling him through the water like a helpless little toy. Thoughts of more triumphal days fill his mind. Santiago ponders the time when he defeated the strongest man on the docks, a Negro from Cienfuegos, in an arm wrestling match. However, he was young and strong then, and beat the man despite this taking all night.

After many hours a strange thing occurs; Santiago starts to bond with the Great Fish; during his struggles enemies begin to get along with one another; Santiago even considers the fish his ‘friend.’ Suddenly, with the collective fury of Scylla and Charybdis, the Great Fish rises to the surface leaving the old man to behold its Leviathan splendor and gorgeous color. It is the largest fish anyone in his village has ever caught. Santiago doesn’t waiver; he continues to pursue the Great Fish with his most dependable strategy, and hidden victory—intelligence. Nevertheless, Santiago’s back aches heavily and his hands burn from holding tight to the line these many hours with no respite. He is very tired, yet the Great Fish denies him rest. The old man begins to speak with the fish asking forgiveness in this struggle and begins to empathize wondering how the beast feels. The two are becoming brothers. Hours turn to a day and eventually days pass as the Great Fish circles around and begins to tire out, leaving Santiago to move in and harpoon it, killing the prized beast. Santiago is now overjoyed with his legendary catch which took a total of three agonizing days.

The Return to shore

Since the fish is larger than his skiff he attaches it to the outside of his boat and sets back to shore after an extensive, hard journey. “Then the sharks arrive.” While he is one hour away from home, the pack of sharks begins to follow the long trail of blood from Santiago’s dead fish. One of the sharks (a large Mako shark) then bites out of the fish. Santiago does not back down from the fierce attack and harpoons the shark, defending his catch from the sharks as he journeys closer to the harbor. With each subsequent attack he skillfully defends his catch, using everything in his arsenal to fend off the sharks. As he nears the shore, regret fills his mind. Santiago now wishes he had never caught this Great Fish. Turning the fury he had against the Great Fish, he vows to fight the sharks to the death. During the night when he finally reaches land, his ship illuminated by the search lights, he realizes that he only has saved the fish’s large naked backbone, the long tail fin and its massive sword tipped head. He feels a profound sense of tragedy as he believes he has been beaten by the sharks while his great catch has been left mutilated beyond recognition. Will Santiago receive glory for this or has the sharks devoured his destiny?

Exhausted from his relentless odyssey and battle with the Great Fish, Santiago collapses in bed. In the morning Manolin notices the old man’s bloodied hands and vows to help him change his luck. Outside the hut, some fishermen measure the Great Fish and call it out to be 18 feet long. Santiago awakens to Manolin and is glad to be around a friend again instead that dreaded fish. Meanwhile, some tourists are surprised to find a trail of blood leading to the beautiful tail of the great fish in the water, which greatly surprises them. All the while Santiago was in doors dreaming of African lions, as Manolin lovingly watches his friend dream of happier adventures.

Modern day significance

As in today’s modern crisis of U.S. involvement in Iraqi War, Part III the Old Man and the Sea is not so different. The old man Santiago represents America under Obama and Bush; despite America being the “Superpower” of the world with unlimited strength, courage, and international obligation to help and prevent global conflicts in different countries, yet America finds herself like Santiago, weak, on the defense, desperately looking some shred of glory by catching the ‘Great Fish.” As Santiago was willing to give all, even his life to catch the beast, will America also involve ourselves in a self-destructive wars on the other side of the world where there are no good guys—Sunnis or Shiites both hate America, Christianity and the Jews. Is this a price our brave soldiers were forced to pay? America in Iraq World War III is this not so different from a vicious gladiatorial pit where it’s every man for themselves. There are no innocent sides, no heroes here within the Iraqi quagmire which has devoured almost 5,000 American troops and injured over 32,000 since Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched by President George W. Bush in 2003. We were promised “Blood and Treasure” yet where is the treasure our heroic soldiers gave their blood for?—the ingrate Iraqis didn’t give America one barrel of oil for the war that cost us over $1 trillion.

Iraq War III represents the Great Fish, destructive and chaotic in every manner. As the fish is a target to be tamed by the old man so is the same for Iraq to America, but this is a fool’s journey. The fish has lead Santiago tirelessly for three days, Iraq has done to America for over 11 years and to no avail for the U.S. The sharks represent the enemies in Iraq (ISIS—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) who use cowardly but effective guerrilla fighting methods, just as the sharks ganged up on Santiago when he was preoccupied with taking his trophy home. Finally, Manolin, the nice boy in the story represents America’s hope for a better more rational way to handle the Middle East—LEAVE THEM ALONE! That’s what Manolin’s parents urged him to do regarding Santiago early in the story. In the book Santiago longed for his companion for help because he rashly went out to hunt the fish by himself. If he had help from others such as Manolin, he might have brought his prized catch home in one piece because his friend could have helped him fight off the sharks. Now the real question is… will America make it out of this Iraqi mess in one piece or will they be devoured by Sunni and Shiite sharks?

Is America still Brave… or have we become a New World?

Dystopia—human baby extraction and incubation

“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth”.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), an English writer, humanist, atheist, and a prominent member of the Huxley family, grandson to Thomas Huxley (1825-95), who was also called “Darwin’s bulldog” because of his fanatical devotion and propagation of Darwin’s theory of evolution, wrote his dystopian classic, Brave New World in 1932 (the year before Hitler came to power); a book that like George Orwell’s two famous apocalyptic novels, Animal Farm and 1984, proposed stark narratives which put recent tragic events of the past (e.g., WW I and WW II)  into a futuristic, atheistic paradigm where the State is the new god and is not checked by moral or religious considerations. Aldous Huxley made this blunt admission about his anti-theistic motivation:

I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves. … For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.

This bleak, dystopian classic begins with the devastating “Nine Year’s War” brought an end to the modern civilization. A mysterious man known as the Director introduces the new year of 632 after Ford, and a new society arises from the ashes of war called the Brave New World, a glorified utopia where all greed, poverty, pain, disease and war will finally be abolished. The leaders of this new society are proud and impressed by their success, but the citizens of the Brave New World are demoralized, hopless and miserable, they live by one motto: “Community, Identity, and Stability.” The head of this society is Mustapha Mond, one of ten of the World Controllers whose characteristics and identity is unknown to all other citizens. Despite this, what is known is that he is a tall, evil and an irrational man who extracts humans hatched from eggs and mass produces them in bottles using a variety of methods such as the Bokanovsky process of human cloning (see picture above).

A worker named Henry teaches interested people about the assembly line of birth and on how a baby is matured throughout its life. The chemical solution involved a concoction of the individual’s DNA whereby these utopians would decide what kind of person he or she will become in society—Alphas, the leaders of the world, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, or Epsilons, the latter being “mindless” working slaves. The students are very curious and always ask about the age of Henry Ford auto industry, a time when women birthed babies from their stomach? Henry became so irritated of those questions that he ignores them. Mestapha Mond, in an imperious manner, watched over several hundred naked boys and girls play elaborate sex games in a dome; perceiving happiness from this perversion which is a venal invasion of privacy. Mond poisoned the minds of learners by reminding them of the old days before the Great War where people had stronger emotional ties through parent-oriented families and society, unlike our present utopian world, was unstable, inefficient and dangerous.

Throughout this Brave New World various cities and buildings have been demolished in the past in order for a large dome to be placed over this new utopian city. A woman named Leina and a certain man, Bernard Marx, of who seeks individuality apart from the mindless slavish citizens, containing “forbidden” emotions such as love, journeys to a secret Indian vacation reservation and meets a man named John along with his mom and a man named Toiken who are from the Brave New World. Leina tutors John, showing him how to read, write and even study Shakespeare. John admired Shakespeare so much he believed him to be a god (his favorite work being Hamlet). Soon the Directory discovers Bernard’s unorthodox behavior and denounces him as a “subverter of all Order and Stability” but John and his mother counter this by declaring the head of the Directory, Tomakin, to be his father, thus causing him to resign from his position in humiliation. John and Linda return to the New World with John disobeying rules and failing to corporate in multiple activities. From this intolerable behavior they address John as “the Savage.”

Later John proposes to Linda in marriage, but is denied as Linda explains how everyone belongs to everybody in society; that individuality, freedom, liberty are dead concepts. As they make love John stops Linda and explains how this type of thinking is dangerous and that they will be punished for these actions. Linda soon dies from a stimulant drug overdose, routinely issued by the government toward citizens to invoke pleasure, causing John to wildly throw cases of the drug out the window in a heated rage over the death of his lover, Linda.

After being captured for this incident, John and Bernard are face to face with Mustapha Mond who interrogates them while at the same time defending the social and political structure of the Brave New World explaining how everyone is happy and that the world is stable under a caste system—which a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy (marrying within a specific ethnic group), social relations and prohibitions based on cultural ideas of purity and pollution. However, John retaliates to this social slavery by explaining how to be human means to have ones’ own free will and desires. He argues for a world which contains all the natural impurities of the old world such as, pain, suffering, anxiety and misery- conditions that were banished in place of a utilitarian, sterile society. Afterwards Mustapha directly attacks John’s philosophy and sends out guards which hunt him down in the streets. After escaping the guards, John settles down in a secluded house far away from the Brave New World. Later on in the story John’s solitude is interrupted by media attraction from an above helicopter along with other citizens gathering around John’s house. In a tragic ending after days of being laughed at by people and transfixed by guilt over losing Linda, John succumbs to anguish and hangs himself, knowing that he would never remain happy in a society which does not understand him; a society that so brutally represses free will, human emotion and individual thought.

Is our modern age so different from the societal disorder of the dystopian era within the Brave New World? It is implied that various key characters are symbolized through famous socialist, communist leaders in history such as Bernard Marx (reflecting Marxist socialism). But the most famous symbolism in Huxley’s work is the current Communist methods across the globe specifically through the Progressives in America. Another connection to our own times in the Brave New World is Bokanovsky process of human baby extraction and incubation both in its imitate details and in the grotesque corollary to China’s One Child policy, due to both forcefully controlling and limiting the growth of their populations.

The secrecy and dominion of the Brave New World means that no one is aware of the hierarchy directing their lives, placing all individuals under a continuous, emotionless spiral of decadence. This example, in a grotesque way reminds me of the infamous Soviet tactics of disinformation where oppressive governments afraid to lose their totalitarian power over the masses use surreptitious cover-up techniques and tactical propaganda to sway the minds of the people away from secret government actions, keeping them all collectively ignorant and hyper-suspicious of their neighbors.

Don’t these Machiavellian ends/means tactics sound eerily familiar to those we are living under in America today? For example, the Obama administration last year concealed the unlawful spying of the NSA on all electronic communications by every American; also the Obama administration’s use of the IRS to audit, and to punish Tea Party, conservative, Christian, patriotic and Jewish groups seeking 501(C)(4) non-profit status. All this is in direct violation of the First Amendment constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, association and expression. 40 years ago the Left created the “Nixonian Era” to denote fascist tactics similar to Obama used by a Republican president to silence his enemies, however, since Obama is a socialist and allied with the media, all we hear today is silence, obfuscation or rationalization by the propaganda press. Truth is irrelevant to the State-controlled media proving Huxley’s quote, “Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth”.

Just as the Brave New World seeks to break the human will and kill individual spirit and shape it according to their evil motives, America is becoming ever more perverted through Groupthink and the rise of liberal-fascism and statism where natural law and the natural rights of man are manipulated or destroyed, and notions of privacy and private property are discarded as belonging to a dead, bygone era of the past.  Now the STATE is god and the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence is DEAD.

The critical question for all freedom-loving Americans today is this: How long will you succumb to a daily existence where hedonism and pleasure dictate your thoughts and define your existence within the walls of this dystopian, modern slavish society where government power grows exponentially, leaving fewer and fewer rights and freedoms to We the People? Is America becoming, or is she already the same as Huxley’s Brave New World?  Are most citizens too unaware or ignorant to realize that we are slaves to Socialism, which over the past 150 years has now been renamed under the beguiling façade of “Liberal” and now “Progressive”?

© Stone Washington

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Symposium: The Damnation of Ideas Part 2

In this sequel and review of Symposium: The Damnation of Ideas created by my father, Professor Ellis Washington, we continue to delve ever deeper into the second half of the 10 books written by 10 controversial thinkers whose collective works historically have had a very negative impact on society and Western civilization; whose damnable ideas continues to affect us in numerous and horrible ways in modern times.

Socrates begins the Symposium by welcoming the writers and reminding the audience that we are in continuation of the final five authors (nos. 1-5) whom initiated the battle of ideas over the past 200 years. Socrates asks the dialectical question of why these books are so influential to thinkers and what is the difference between books with a positive impact on society versus books that have negative impacts.

Book Five of our list is by John Dewey, also known as “the Father of public education,” was the main progressive leader of the humanism movement in America which had its roots in the Age of Enlightenment (1600-1800) and culminated in the secular humanist, anti-God, anti-clerical, anti-monarchy genocide of the French Revolution (1789-99). Dewey in his book repeatedly and aggressively rebuked God, morality, and universal traditions such as Christianity and the Bible as being modes of outdated thinking based on mythology and legend which needed to be replaced with scientific evolution and modern “progressive” (i.e., socialist) education.

In 1916 he published his major opus denigrating America’s Judeo-Christian traditions titled, Democracy and Education which expressed his corrupted zeal and sought to replace America’s foundational Christian traditions with his post-French Revolution brand of education atheism along with his Marxist/socialist paradigm, damning any trace of Christianity from the public school system. Socrates interrupts Dewey’s arrogant soliloquy by scolding Dewey’s corrupt ideas of isolating and separating mankind from its’ Creator, separating science from religion within the history of knowledge and the human organism. Dewey’s anti-Christian view of education humanism led to the widely accepted idea of “separation of church and state” (see U.S. Supreme Court holding in, Everson v. Board of Education [1947]). Thus Dewey was the main architect who destroyed the biblically balanced school system by replacing America’s moral education based on God, morality, the Bible and truth with a tedious governmental scholastic paradigm based on humanism, evolution, pseudo-science, bureaucracy, and lies. This is the birth of the secular, humanist, godless public schools in America and we have John Dewey to thank for this abomination.

Book Four: Alfred Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana State in 1948 who published a major “scientific” study called, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, modernly known as the Kinsey Report. This psychotic pervert proclaimed through so called scientific studies that 37% of males prefer homosexuality (even though in 1948 homosexuality was less than 1%). He also studied adolescent boys and shamelessly conflated his sexual perverse ideas with Darwinian evolution to formulate a grotesque, unfounded belief that humans are merely sad, untamed animals refigured through science.

 

Note that both Dewey and Kinsey were fanatical advocates of Darwin’s evolution atheism and tried to justify their prejudice against America’s Judeo-Christian traditions. This estranged evolutional mindset continues to pervert and plague modern day science while at the same time deconstructs culture, society and Western civilization. When will mankind return to God’s transcendent truths? This question pertains to not just Socrates but toward all human beings on earth. Kinsey’s 1953 book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, theorized on such perverse ideas as the sexuality of four-year-old girls and even suggested adult and children sexual intercourse to be beneficial. What a sick scoundrel this man was.  Kinsey was thus the founding Father of sexual deviancy and its acceptance in the name of science thus leading to the golden age of pornography, promiscuity, teen pregnancy, the Gay Movement, the Feminist Movement, leading to the spread of AIDS from the 1960s-80s.

 

Book Three: Mao Zedong was the leader of the Communist Red Army in the fight for control of China against the anti-Communist forces of Chiang Kai-shek before, during and after World War II. In 1949 this Chinese dictator founded the People’s Republic of China which enslaved close to the entire world under a merciless communistic rule. In 1966 he published his book Quotations from Chairman Mao which forced the Chinese Communist party and society to bow down to his destructive will, which in part ended the lives of millions of Chinese citizens in the process. Socrates criticizes Mao by reminding him of the horrors he caused by the genocide of hundreds of millions of his own people during his tyrannical rule (1949-76) and the horrible pain and suffering his atheistic communism is still causing  Chinese citizens now into the twenty first century through policies like his despicable One Child policy, which between 1978 and 2000 has prevented between 250 and 300 million births, and between 1979 and 2011 has murdered over 400 million innocent little babies in China causing a severe imbalance of too many male babies and not enough females for them to marry later in life.

 

Book Two: Socrates next presents the mad megalomaniac, Adolf Hitler, who while a prisoner for a failed coup attempt against the German government in 1925 wrote his Nazi manifesto, Mein Kampf (My Struggle). Hitler unleashed his evil intensions and demonic plots of Ayran supremacy upon the world leading to the dual doomsday crises of World War II (1939-45) and the Holocaust which led to the genocide of 6 million Jews. Mein Kampf served as Hitler and the Nazis blueprint toward complete genocide over the Jewish population in Europe including the domination of all of European countries and Russia. Hitler was the devil in human flesh whose evil intent caused the death of dozens of millions of men and women to be slaughtered while initiating world war against the world, engraving in time a historical tragic apocalypse.

 

Socrates looks to Hitler with disgust and describes his destructive nature which killed Jews, Catholics, Slavs, Poles, Russians, mentally ill, elderly, homosexuals, Blacks, Gypsies, clergy, religious minorities, etc.) and caused violence and racial conflict to continually erupt between various ethnic groups even to this day.

 

Book One: Scientist Charles Darwin unleashed a revelation of damnation through his popular and accepted theory of evolution atheism which since 1859 (On the Origin of Species) has done more harm by turning the hearts of people away from God, even to this day. As if that book wasn’t bad enough to deconstruct society, Darwin, in his 1871 book, The Descent of Man, through his pseudo-scientific book and corrosive lies he has warped the minds and hearts of men and women through the generations.

 

Darwin’s evolution theory removed God from His creation by establishing a theorized belief of an evolved race of man, vanquishing any trace of past relations toward savage man which he compares to “apes” is unbearably deceptive. His constant source of deception which he titles “evolution or progression’’ of humans completely removes any trace of singular genius or exceptional human beings. Socrates concludes his Symposium on the 10 books causing the damnation of ideas by reminding the audience emphasizing the remaining five authors whom ironically were all evolution atheists who all possessed an extreme hatred of the Judeo-Christian traditions that built Western civilization. Socrates asks us all what is the anti-intellectual foundation and primary premise of each of these books? In this dialectical question Socrates is reminding us that all these damnable books replaced Man as the center of all things rather than God… which mankind collectively takes one step away from civilization and one step towards collective damnation.

©Stone Washington

Symposium: the damnation of ideas

This article is essay review of my father’s March 2012 Socratic dialogue titled, Symposium: The Damnation of Ideas (Part I & II). Here we will address Part I (Books 6-10). In this epic two-part saga the writer begins by putting the renowned philosopher Socrates in historical context as the narrator and omniscient judge-figure of the Symposium in Athens which is where he taught philosophy in the fourth century B.C. Socrates taught such philosophical giants as Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle by using the method of teaching by leading in questions. His probing, sometimes even humiliating questions are directed to get at the cut of the issue while bypassing political or sophistic argumentation while the Socratic dialogue always stands for VERITAS (Truth).The characters attending this dialogue include – Socrates, Freidrich Nietzsche, John Maynard Keynes, John Maynard, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Auguste Comte, Alfred Kinsey, Jean-Paul Sartre, Adolf Hitler, and Karl Marx/Freidrich Engels.Socrates begins his dialogue by stating what will be discussed through the ultimate question: What is the difference between ideas that uplifts society and those that damn society? He references 10 books which history has demonstrated either damned society or uplifted it. Starting with No. 10 by British economist, J.M. Keynes who wrote The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. This foul book fueled the ideas of the world wide socialists’ nations beginning in his native England, spreading throughout Europe into China, Russia, South America, America, etc…) and inspired the dual insanity of socialist economics and Leviathan Big Government control over the economy and the diminishment of free-market capitalism.Keynes believes in constant government money borrowing, especially during the severe economic slowdowns during his time in the late 1920s and 1930 (i.e., the Great Depression). Socrates cuts in by noticing the Keynesian socialist policies that FDR followed, both of these men are even living in the same time period. Fast forward 80 years to President Obama, yet another dupe under Keynes ideas who has single handedly sent America into a debt of over $4 trillion in his term alone totaling a national deficit of $17 trillion dollars (more than the previous 43 presidents combined!!)

Next comes book 9 by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who believes that everyone has their own will which can be enabled to gain power for himself and surpass God. He called this philosophy “Will to Power.” Nietzsche was an atheist whose greatest book, “Beyond Good and Evil” (1886) proposed the blasphemous “God is dead” idea. His belief was that Christianity was for the weak minded (“slave morality”) and can be trampled by strong superior individuals (believing himself to be one). Socrates challenges Nietzsche’s ideas which he conceded were brilliant, yet history shows that they imposed nothing but insanity and cruelty to humanity. Of course these ideas reached the bowels of Germanic belief leaving the dictator Hitler unbound, killing countless innocent Jews and initiating the crisis of World War II. Ironically, the man who gave the world Ubermenchen (Superman) would be found mentally enfeebled late in his life. Thus Nietzsche met a horrible end himself, enduring an11-year Sisyphus-like existence; rotting in his own evil intent.. the pitiful victim of his diabolical ideas from 1889 to his death in 1900.

Next we have book 8 by the French Philosopher Auguste Comte who abandoned a wealthy prosperous life and comes from a Royalist Catholic family whom survived the French Revolution. His opinions and thoughts are contained in his 1830 book: The Course of Positive Philosophy. He like many other scientific superficial cronies believes that it is natural to worship the Lord, but “to believe in history through science is above Christ.” He believes humans to have evolved past natural thought and developed “metaphysics” which is defined as understanding everything without the Bible.

In book 7 by Jean-Paul Sartre wrote his most important writing on philosophy titled, Being and Nothingness. This book contains many paths toward non-existence thus portrays an existential, meaningless lifestyle which glorifies futility. Sartre believes that we created ourselves, we are born from our actions and we are responsible for anything we individually caused which is summarized in one of his famous aphorisms – “The destiny of man is placed within himself.” Socrates then takes the stand by reminding us that it was Barack Obama (echoing Sartre) who arrogantly shouted that “We are the people we have been waiting for.”

Socrates next confronts in book 6. Karl Marx who wrote “Das Kapital” in 1867. Marx believes capitalism to be an exceptional lie behind labor, exploiting it and disgusted by it. His sole view and purpose in life was based on his materialistic theory of history which he violently confused many modern day leaders and people. Throughout Das Kapital Marx slanders the business owner (bourgeoisie) and capitalism by perverting its true meaning and effect while deifying the worker (proletariat) and the communist idea of abolishing all private property and land ownership. Socrates asks the reader how do each of these books relate to anti-intellectual thinking today? Socrates finds that these 5 books and the heretical ideas they promote all stand against the morals of God and focus the attention on us humans, believing that we cause our own nature, our own existence, our own capabilities and even our own creation. But one thing most readers carelessly miss when reading all these books is that they all follow Darwin’s preposterous beliefs on evolution – that natural forces, not God, created all living things including mankind.

My fellow readers, notice the beautiful etching of Lucifer’s descend from heaven by Gustave Doré; who else except for the king of hatred, the father of lies and of evil and cowardice to cause all of this anti-intellectual madness that has historically done such great harm to society. These 5 books by writers like Comte, Marx, Nietzsche, Keynes and Sartre have created and furthered a demonic purpose for who have changed the truth of God as the creator of man and all things to the secular humanist Big Lie – Man is the measure of all things.

Will America continue to deify fascism, socialism and totalitarianism contained in these 5 books, or will we through repentance, faith and reason find freedom, natural law, justice, morality in God?

This is the ultimate dialectic question my father’s essay on The Damnation of Ideas speaks about and the answer is that nothing but truth and justice shall ultimately prevail no matter how popular these authors and the pagan ideas they propagated become. In part one of this two part epic people will begin to find connections in their choice of belief and question the statements by the 10 authors who have damned America’s well-being. It truly is sad that we have allowed ourselves to even consider any of these false prophets and their dangerous ideas that over the centuries have damaged families, damned American society and created human bondage against Christ and the Bible which is the standard of all Veritas (truth).

At Socrates’ next Symposium we will unravel the twisted factors the final five books and how they have deconstructed American society, Western Civilization and destroyed the world. Until then have a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

© Stone Washington

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Crime, Punishment, and the Sins of the Western Man

We have facts,’ they say. Facts are not everything – at least half the business lies in how you interpret them.

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment (1866) is the classic story about a young man who executes the “perfect crime” (or so he thought) yet is tortured by constant feelings of guilt and suffering from the senseless murders he has committed. Hence, there is a cause and effect, a “crime” and it’s inevitable “punishment.”

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-81) wrote this great work after 10 years imprisonment in a brutal Siberian prison and it is the first work of his mature period. The impetuous protagonist Raskolnikov is an impoverished ex-student living in St. Petersburg. Although he is very poor and lonely he is not lacking in humility and thinks of himself as an extraordinary human being who due to economic injustice he is temporarily forced to give up his studies. Despite embracing his mother and sister’s support his bitterness and envy of the wealthy classes overwhelms him and compels him to obsess on crimes he intends to commit to alleviate his poor economic condition, yet he is unsure of how he will do this.

One day while walking aimlessly through the city, he walks into a dirty, smelly pawnshop; the pawnshop owner, Alyona Ivanovo, is a mean old woman. He leaves the shop having a disgusting, confused feeling within him. Next Raskolnikov meets a drunken man named Semyon Marmeladov in a tavern whom he feels great compassion for after hearing about his current struggles.  Raskolnikov is then troubled to find that his sister, Dounia wants to marry a wealthy man name Luzhin, not out of love, but particularly for the purpose of supporting the family. Raskolnikov is outraged, and warns her not to do it. That night Raskolnikov has the “accursed dream” he had in his childhood where the dream character, Mikolka mercilessly beats this horse to death. The next morning Raskolnikov learns that the old pawnbroker will be alone the next evening, causing him to believe that this fate has taken away his “freedom of thought.”

Raskolnikov has a diabolical epiphany. He believes that in killing the pawn store clerk and using her money to complete his college studies is for the sake of humanity and therefore is a good deed. This perverted logic is reminiscent of arguments made in Machiavelli’s “The Prince”—the end justify the means. The next morning he takes the caretakers hatchet with him to the pawn shop. When the old woman lets him in he immediately axes her to death and with bloody hands steals her most expensive items including her purse. Afterwards her sister Lizaveta enters the store unexpectedly and is axed to death by him as well. Next Raskolnikov rushes back to his house in a feverish, excited state carefully checking his clothes for blood while hiding his stolen objects.

Soon Raskolnikov falls ill for a few days and entrusts his friend Dmitri Prokofite Razumhin to care for him. After he revives Raskolnikov awakens to be invited to this party that Porfiry Petrovitch, the head of the police department and Luzhin are invited to as well. Raskolnikov is not at all impressed by the pompous, ignorant and selfishness of his future in-law and chases him away after the two argue. Raskolnikov is horribly haunted by his recent double murder and is in constant torment with agonizing sensations of guilt for the crimes he committed.

After explaining to Razumhin about wanting to explain himself before the police chief and repurchase the items he has pawned, in his narcissistic delusions and ignorance of the law, he plans to present himself innocently. When the conversation heats up to talk about the crime, Raskolnikov mentions a theoretic philosophy about dividing people into two groups—the extraordinary people who have the rights, and the others who do not count, who can be “eliminated” at will. That night, after awaking from a nightmarish replay of his murder of the pawnbroker, he awakes and alerts Razumhin that he must immediately leave. But after carefully looking his friend in the face, Razumhin realizes that his friend is the murderer. From this he watches over Raskolnikov’s Mother and sister, “as a son and a brother.”

The next day Petrovitch requests to see Raskolnikov for “some inquiries.” After he arrives, Petrovitch creates a hoax of an insane artist who just confessed to the all the crimes (obviously designed to gauge Raskolnikov’s reaction).  Dostoyevsky leaves this episode open ended in that it is unknown of whether anything happened from this ploy. Later on after Sonia, Raskolnikov’s love interest, flees in despair, Raskolnikov comforts her and explains how he is the murderer. Afterwards Sonia demands that he turn himself in to the police, to “suffer and expiate” his sin. Upon meeting with Porfiry, Raskolnikov is warned by him to turn himself in, after the investigator also deduces that he committed the crime. The noose tightens. Porfiry is shrewd, he realizes that he doesn’t have enough evidence to arrest Raskolnikov yet, so he uses psychology to sympathize and empathize with Raskolnikov and promises to help lessen his sentence. Raskolnikov, full of anger and pride refuses him and abruptly leaves. Raskolnikov then admits to his sister that he has decided to give himself up. He claims that he has “taken up the cross.” Eighteen months later Raskolnikov is serving a “merciless” eight year sentence in Siberia. In the end Sonia visits Raskolnikov and they clutch each other in happiness. Now the past is behind them and they love each other, looking towards “the dawn of a new future, of resurrection into a new life.”

What lessons does Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece teach us in modern times? There are many lessons. First, this story is demonstrative of the existential fear, depression, isolation and alienation of the individual in the huge, modern industrial age. Raskolnikov feels alienated and affronted that society has ignored his brilliant intellect, thus he isolates himself from the rest of society while placing himself above the law in order to avenge the wealthy of society whom in his delusional mind have betrayed and persecuted him. His crimes bring him no solace but only increases his alienation and depression due to his theory of crime as isolating one’s self from society. But this isolation only causes him to fall into a death spiral or what Dostoyevsky calls being “imprisoned within himself.”

Ironically Raskolnikov finds himself content to be imprisoned in a physical jail and away from his self-imposed psychological prison which only tormented him ceaselessly. In this novel the genius of Dostoyevsky shines in bright relief creating the protagonist Raskolnikov to represent the “abhorred” beliefs of the Western man that disgusted Dostoyevsky. Raskolnikov is wholly accepting of his superiority but doesn’t realize his reckless instability which compels him to think and behave irrationally, thus we see how he murders people capriciously without any logical planning. This is due to a character flaw rooted in his deranged superiority complex that allows him the “right” to murder an evil old woman (the pawnshop keeper) because in his mind she is meaningless due to her poor economic status.

Thus, in a paradoxical sense when Raskolnikov by moral “right” kills the poor; he is emulating the economic principles of Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto” (1848) which 18 years before Dostoyevsky’s work likewise argued that modern man is alienated, his spirit crushed in the bowels of the industrial revolution, therefore the worker (proletariat) must rise up in righteous indignation and crush the greedy rich people (bourgeoisie) and the evil capitalist economic system. As my father often quoted the original intent of Marx as the father of communism and socialism—“My life’s goal is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” Raskolnikov on a micro level emulated Marxism and communism nihilist principles of killing the innocent for a delusional, self-righteous cause that could never be fulfilled.

Dostoyevsky analyzed how Raskolnikov accepted strange ideas that were “incomplete,” which “floated on wind” as he put it, and that strongly reflected socialist tendencies of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. This confusion of conflating human life for some abstract, narcissistic reason is a key element in the diabolical nature of today’s Democratic Socialist Party. Liberals (led by President Barack Obama) especially fail to discern the true spiritual meaning of human life, nor appreciate the dark depths of human nature specifically when they stand behind socialism, progressivism and postmodern thought which justifies and celebrates for example the summary execution (abortion) of almost 60 million innocent babies on this the 40th anniversary year of the Supreme Court corrupt legalization of infanticide in the case of Roe v. Wade (1973). It makes no difference whether you discuss Dostoyevsky’s dark, brooding work of murder and despair, or the modern arguments on the abortion question or Obamacare which forces churches and faith-based healthcare providers to be complicit in the machinery of infanticide. In either case you can hear the delusional psychotic rantings justifying his will over others: ‘We have facts,’ they say. Facts are not everything – at least half the business lies in how you interpret them, as Dostoyevsky wrote.

Machiavelli was wrong: The ends do not justify the means! This amoral philosophy only creates genocide, political revolution and societal chaos. So remember no matter what day or age you live in, no matter what status you hold in society, there shall always be a punishment that avenges every crime… someday.

Stone A. Washington

Now go, go and take America!

swashington-130712“Beware The Court of Owls that watches all the time, Ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime.

They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, Speak not a whispered word of them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.”

~The Court of Owls proverb

Prologue

Since my first Halloween costume at age 4, I have had a healthy obsession with Batman. I’ve just finished reading the epic book, “Batman the Court of Owls, Vol. I” – where the Dark Knight is unremittingly assaulted by a secret society – an evil cabal known as the Court of Owls. Since the time of Bruce Wayne’s great-grandfather in the late 1800s, these unwelcomed squatters have secretly hidden themselves inside the thirteenth floor of Wayne Enterprises – a floor that doesn’t exist. This covert cabal of men and women has ruled Gotham for centuries, even before the city’s existence… from the shadows. As I read this book, I couldn’t escape the historical irony that this story of Batman is not so different from the current political narrative of our country…the many, secret enemies of the United States of America.
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The Demigod: Ahab, killed by Moby Dick or his obsession for revenge?

stone-moby-dickAhab is a strange man who lost his leg to a monstrous whale on his last voyage. Confined to his cabin due to a strange sickness, the captain has been in a savage mood since his encounter with the whale. Ishmael points out that the biblical Ahab was an evil man, but Peleg says that, in his opinion, Ahab is a good man: “He’s a grand, ungodly, godlike man” who is “kind of moody-desperate moody, and savage sometimes.”

—Peleg, from Moby-Dick

The narrator, Ishmael, begins this legendary classic epic of an obsessed man and his Leviathan foe, the great white whale Moby-Dick, with perhaps the most famous opening line in all of English literature—“Call me Ishmael.”

The opening scene takes the reader to a cold Saturday night in December. With no one around, Ishmael goes to the Spouter-Inn in New Bedford Massachusetts, on his way to Nantucket, where he hopes to join a whaling ship and go to sea. He is disgusted when the inn keeper tells him he has to share a bed with Queequeg, but all too quickly they become friends. Queequeg is a cannibal that eats raw meat, worships a Negro idol and is not Christian. The next morning Ishmael and Queequeg attend a prophetic sermon in the Whalemen’s chapel. The preacher reminds his listeners to reject sin and to fight evilness and falsehood with truth. He recounts the dramatic biblical story of Jonah’s struggle with the whale and stresses that man’s greatest achievement and success in life come in acknowledging God above all else: “If we obey God, we must disobey ourselves.”

Soon the two leave for Nantucket in search for a whaling ship and Ishmael picks the Pequod ship for their journey. Though they manage to find a nice ship, the captain of the boat: Ahab, was a very weird man. “Ahab is a strange man who lost his leg to a monstrous whale on his last voyage; he has been in a savage mood since his encounter with the whale” explains Peleg, one of the owners of the Pequod. Ahab harbors a deep hatred for the large whale and intends to capture and destroy the beast along with all the evil that plagues the world. During the voyage, Captain Ahab emerges from his cabin. Ishmael trembles at the sight of the awesome captain who bears a jagged white scar on his face, and a white peg leg. Soon on their voyage, the crew encounters Moby-Dick, an enormous, blood thirsty beast. Despite encountering a devastating typhoon along the way, Ahab pushes on with his rapid chase for the leviathan albino whale as it swiftly whirls through the water, “as Ahab and his men are closing in on Moby Dick, the pace quickens,” Melville writes.

Finally Ahab’s eyes locks onto to the pale, rough whale, beginning the legendary three day chase. On the first day of this epic adventure, Moby-Dick is harpooned. But despite this seemingly fatal wound, Moby-Dick aggressively counterattacks, and smashes into the Pequod; escaping in the process. On the second day the whale’s sides are gashed by the combined harpoon attack of the three whale boats. In retaliation, Moby-Dick smashes the boats of Stubbs and Flask, two of Ahab’s crew members, and everyone is saved from the attack except for Feddallah, another crew member. After the smokes settles on the third and final showdown, Ahab shoots another harpoon into Moby-Dick. But despite the captains courageous efforts, the enraged whale reacts by crashing through the Pequod, killing all the crew members. Ignoring all cries of reason, forbearance and self-preservation, Ahab throws one last harpoon around Moby-Dick, but the rope of the harpoon catches Ahab around the neck and Moby-Dick plunges downward into the depths of the ocean, dragging Ahab down into a watery grave of his own hate-filled revenge. In the end everyone is found to be dead… everyone… except for Ishmael, who lived to tell this legendary tale.

Moby-Dick has important lessons for Americans in modern times. Captain Ahab, an atheistic, immoral, revenge-crazed madman is driven to the point of obsession as he constantly chases after the legendary Leviathan white whale seeking to slay the beast and (in his mind) rid the world of this singular evil and all other evilness, despite the paradox that he dedicates himself to the devil, the father of evil! Not surprisingly Captain Ahab’s motives darkly reflect today’s amoral political landscape in America of a party with a horrible past that it tries to escape from. A political party that made its name making slaves of others, held a traitorous loyalty to our English colonizers (e.g., “loyalists”), in the eighteenth century their political descendants would freely embrace and propagate such destructive philosophies as: Marxism, Communism and Socialism. I speak of the Democratic Party and their current “Ahab” President Barack Obama who, though he professes to be a Christian, repeatedly covers up religious symbols of Christ at speaking venues like Georgetown University, a Catholic school. He is so pro-abortion that he even pushed for policies to allow babies born alive as the result of a botched abortion, to not be resussitated by the doctor, but to die a cold, merciless death of starvation on the table.

Looking further back at the notable wicked men in history, I have discovered another definite match for Captain Ahab: Adolf Hitler. The most noteworthy similarity between the two odious men would be Hitler’s demonic quest to exterminate all Jews and Ahab’s misguided quest to slaughter Moby-Dick and satisfy his own misplaced ego. Sinisterly enough, both men sought to rid the world of evil starting with the most malevolent thing they saw in their eyes. For Hitler, it was the Jews and for Captain Ahab, the enormous whale, Moby-Dick. But both men didn’t realize that the same evil they sought to remove from the world was the very evil that afflicts these men’s souls—foolish pride, and selfish ambition—the demonic intent to reign supreme over the world they neither understand nor can control, which makes them unwitting (or witting) dupes to carry out the devil’s will over the affairs of men.

In conclusion, evil demigods, dictators like Hitler and Ahab still exist today. In modern times, Obama and the Democratic Party lives only to deconstruct America’s proud Constitutional heritage and to eradicate all that is good, worthy, Christian, and true. We the People, America, must not fall victim to Obama’s destructive plans for progressive/regressive demonization of this country’s great historical legacy: for us and for all humanity, but to learn the valuable lessons from Captain Ahab’s lethal follies and not fall prey—to reject the paradigm of death represented by the eternal hatred of Hitler, the obsession of Ahab and the anti-constitution, anti-American policies of President Barak Obama.

Originally posted at Global Politician

Stone A. Washington
Sophomore, Grosse Pointe South High School

Letter to Generation Y: Live the Classics

booksIntroduction: My father is Professor Ellis Washington, a legal commentator. In his 2011 WND.com article, “Letter to Generation Y” he is trying to help his professor friend, Professor Leonard McCoy’s son, Rashaan Thompson, a member of Gen. Y, to get back on the right track so he can go back to college as a freshman and have a successful career and a beautiful life in the future.

My father also has used me as a case study to develop my intellectual abilities by critical reading of the classics and essay writings based on these enduring works of the Ages. In this article my father tries to explain various literary techniques based on reading the classics that can help Rashaan be accepted back into college through improvement of his character and critical thinking skills.

Read & Live the Classics

My father also references some of the greatest authors in Western Civilization that are found in The Book of Great Books by Dr. W. John Campbell with their astounding views on society told in the worlds classics. When I was 12, my fathers made me read, and write essays on the 100 classic books in The Book of Great Books, which mirrored the traditions of Dr. Ben Carson’s mother to young Ben and brother who lived in the ghettos of Detroit as my father did. My father pushed me to write detailed summaries of all 100 books on a daily basis. This project took me approximately 2 years to complete. Though this grand task was greatly fulfilling, I wasn’t satisfied with just this conclusion of my work and on my own I endeavored to write essay analyses of some of my father voluminous number of essays so that I could become a more intellectual, and scholarly student.

My father even states the political views of President Barack Obama which he believes often appears ignorant, ill-informed, partisan and demagogic; that his radical views and policies are sympathetic to Marxism, communism, socialism, progressivism , liberalism, humanism and hedonism. The latter being the love of pleasure and self-absorption, has during his presidency been most destructive to America. This state of affairs connects directly to Generation Y who voted for Obama disproportionately than other demographic groups . Gen Y (perhaps Rashaan) should not follow the path the president has started but instead should follow the great thinkers of Western civilization who have made America famous for its excellent literary style, politics, economics and history.

In the beginning of the article you will see a picture of Casey Anthony who is a Generation Y member a.k.a. “Echo Boomers,” or “Millenniums” (1977-1994) but is unconvicted of murder in 2012 when she has clearly murdered her young daughter, Caylee. Casey outrageously, has inked a tattoo on her back which reads “beautiful life” just weeks after the death of her daughter, and in a sense shows that she is overjoyed over the horrible incident as she lives a “better life” without having to worry about taking care of her little baby any more. Now she could “party like its 1999” homage to music icon “Prince”). My father uses her as an example to show how corrupted Generation Y members can be if they choose to blindly follow their peers, break God’s Commandments through narcissism, self-will and materialism as examples of why Rashaan should stay on the right track and push for excellence, sever the restrictive slave chains of Generation Y members.

In conclusion, my father also references how the younger generation have no moral code or intellectual foundation other than hedonism (lovers of pleasure and materialism). My father taught me that Life is a war and those who have no knowledge of war strategies and tactics as cited in two war classics—Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War’’ as well as “On War” by the polish General Carl von Clausewitz (1780 -1831). As I end this summary of the article “Letter to Generation Y” I suggest that you critically study and learn from the various strategies gleaned from the classic; ideas that my father has affirmed in his original article and apply them to everyday life.

In my opinion I believe my father’s article is outstanding! Throughout this article I have gathered important knowledge on Generation Y’s struggle, including all the current dangers that threaten them. I have also learned a great deal about classical literature, politics, philosophy, history, law, economics, war tactics and strategies that everyone in the world should utilize. Americans must regain our greatness and then we shall become the victors over life rather than its pitiful victims. It is my enduring prayer and hope that Generations X, Y and Z (my generation) will follow the strong educational path and enduring lessons the classics have to edify us, instead of the corrupted path president Obama has left rooted in making one group, class or racial group constantly fighting each other.

Conclusion

In recent conversations my father had with his former university colleague, Professor Leonard McCoy, we are happy to report that his son Rashaan has made a personal transfiguration from his earlier character missteps and after paying for his juvenile indiscretions, he has reenrolled at Georgia Southern and possesses an “A” average. He has a part-time job and is really focused on his destiny at hand which is reminiscent of the wise admonition of black conservative icon Booker T. Washington –Do all you can with what you have and never be satisfied.

Although I am not a member of Generation Y, I being born in 1997 am a member of Generation Z, nevertheless, I urge all of my Gen. X, Y and Z brethren to follow these 3 important life principles: 1) Love the Lord, Jesus Christ our Savior above all else and follow His Word; 2) Love America by following the Constitution and supporting the original intent of the Constitutional framers who helped shape America’s foundation; and 3) Do not allow yourselves to be tempted by Satan to commit any sins against the Lord, including the betrayal of your fellow country from corrupt politicians pushing Darwinism, Marxism, communism, socialism, progressivism and liberalism.

If we do this, then (and only then) can we make this metaphysical journey truly be a Bella Vita – a beautiful life.

Originally Posted at Global Politician

Dr. Carson’s Remedy for Obamacare

“I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading, but you know, we can fix it.”
– Dr. Ben Carson

On Feb. 8, 2013, Dr. Ben Carson, the famous neurosurgeon and head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, gave a speech for the ages on the storied history of America and how Obamacare fails short of that history and our sacred ideals. He began his speech by retelling the birth of America against all rational hope of defeating the great British Empire, then the superpower of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the Revolutionary War (1775-82), and again in the War of 1812. In the latter war, General Armistead protected Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, where piles of bodies lay at the foot of that famous flag he commissioned, and where heroic soldiers rebuffed any and all threats from our English combatants who would cause our flag to fall to the ground, giving rise to poetic inspiration by Francis Scott Key who personally witnessed that battle and wrote these immortal lines of the Star Spangled Banner:

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…

Next, Dr. Carson presented a stirring account of how he arose from being a lazy, uninspired student shackled in crushing poverty in the ghettos of Detroit in the 1950s to become one of the most renowned surgeons in the world. I’ve read Dr. Carson’s autobiography Gifted Hands, and since age 12 my father, Professor Ellis Washington, following Mrs. Carson’s parenting techniques, made me read all of the literary classics called “The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics” by Dr. W. John Campbell and to write my own detailed, summary analysis of each book. As of two years ago, I have written 100 essays on every one of these classics, about 30-35 as expanded, singular essays which I plan compile and publish as a future book.

Next, Dr. Carson gave an exciting recounting of the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville and his eyewitness account beginning in 1831 when he came to study America firsthand, writing his famous two-volume book, “Democracy in America.” The Europeans were fascinated at this phenomenon. They marveled: How could a fledgling nation, barely 50 years old, already be competing with them on virtually all levels?

Next, Dr. Carson moved to our unjust, progressive tax code, which penalizes the earners over the takers. Carson said, “What about our taxation system? So complex there is no one who can possibly comply with every jot and tittle of our tax system. If I wanted to get you, I could get you on a tax issue. That doesn’t make any sense. What we need to do is come up with something that is simple.”

According to Dr. Carson, the government creates numerous loopholes and complexities in our tax code to placate lobbyists and special interest groups. This “progressive” tax code is grossly unfair, pitting U.S citizens against each other, with the top 1 percent of taxpayers paying almost 40 percent of federal income taxes, and the top 5 percent of taxpayers paying almost 60 percent of federal income taxes. 50 percent of taxpayers pay no federal income tax. This is TREASON! Our tax system must be reformed and simplified, removing all class warfare penalties and socialist policies. In place of this bloated beast, a flat tax or consumption tax should be instituted across the board at the same rate for all. Carson continues:

    When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the Universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe. Now we don’t necessarily have to do it 10%, but it’s the principle. He didn’t say, if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithes. He didn’t say, if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion dollars you put in a billion. You make $10, you put in $1 – of course, you gotta get rid of the loopholes, but now some people say, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion dollars as much as the guy who made $10. Where does it say you have to hurt the guy. He’s just put in a billion in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him.

When Dr. Carson says, “We don’t need to hurt him” – contrary to the view of so many that we must hurt someone just because they make more money than others – he’s underscoring the jealousy rooted in class warfare, envy, and laziness that will only result in economic feudalism, Marxism, socialism, and societal chaos America is trapped in today. By paying a proportional and equal tithe (=10 %) of one’s annual income, America can balance out any economic failures and have a tax system in America based on market capitalism, morality, and biblical principles.
Dr. Carson continues his speech by proclaiming,

    It’s that kind of thinking – it’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here, building our infrastructure and creating jobs – and we’re smart enough – we’re smart enough to figure out how to do that. We’ve already started down the path to solving one of the other big problems, healthcare. We need to have good healthcare for everybody. It’s the most important thing that a person can have. Money means nothing, titles mean nothing, when you don’t have your health, but we’ve got to figure out efficient ways to do it. We spend a lot of money on healthcare, twice as much per capita as anybody in else in the world, and yet not very efficient. What can we do?

Dr. Carson stresses the extreme importance of healthcare; everyone needs it. Our dependence on healthcare outweighs most of America’s other issues. We need a proper healthcare plan, especially when Obamacare is currently ravaging America’s healthcare. Dr. Carson delivers his solution to this healthcare mess:

    Here’s my solution. When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account [HSA], to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you’ve got 6 diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and nobody is talking about death panels. That’s number one. Also –
    For the people who are indigent, who don’t have any money, we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money instead of sending it to bureaucracy – let’s put it into HSAs. Now they have some control over their own healthcare, and what do you think they’re going to do? They’re going to learn very quickly how to be responsible. When Mr. Jones gets that diabetic foot ulcer, he’s not going to the Emergency Room and blowing a big chunk of it. He’s going to go to the Clinic. He learns that very quickly – gets the same treatment. In the Emergency Room, they send him out. In the Clinic they say, now let’s get your diabetes under control so that you’re not back here in three weeks with another problem. That’s how we begin to solve these kinds of problems. It’s much more complex than that, and I don’t have time to go into it all, but we can do all these things because we are smart people.

In his conclusion, Dr. Carson has an answer for the poor who cannot pay for health treatment. We can make donations to their Healthcare Saving Account (HSA), thus avoiding the economic suicide of sending all of our of money to a faceless, incompetent bureaucracy, hoping that the money will be there when we “retire.” Also, Dr. Carson’s expresses disdain for emergency rooms in some hospitals that inadequately address patient’s needs. He explains how the clinic will properly treat patients’ inflictions and make sure they will not come back with any more problems than before.

Fidelity to the constitution, fiscal discipline, and individual responsibility are how America will solve our current healthcare issues through the private treatment of patients by clinics and the free market capitalist system of donating to others via religious charity, as we did before the rise of FDR’s “New Deal” welfare-state programs of the 1930s and 40s, and LBJ’s “Great Society” anti-family programs of the 1960s. Finally, HSA will restore to people the dignity of taking care of themselves, cutting government waste, fraud, and abuse, especially the horrible corruption of Obamacare, which nobody understands but everybody realizes will quickly kill off infants and cast aside the elderly and the sick who fall prey to the many socialist tentacles of Obamacare.

Stone Washington is a sophomore at Grosse Pointe South High School, in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.

45th Anniversary—Dr. Martin Luther King in Grosse Pointe

Every city in our country has this kind of dualism, this schizophrenia, split at so many parts, and so every city ends up being two cities rather than one. There are two Americas.”

–Martin Luther King, The Other America (1968)

My name is Stone Allen Washington. I am a sophomore at Grosse Pointe South High School. Three years ago I was first told by my seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. Tamara Duffield at Brownell Middle School that the famous Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech at Grosse Pointe South High School back in the 1960s. When the anniversary of that famous occasion came this year my father, Professor Ellis Washington, did some research and indeed verified that Dr. King came here and that this year marked the 45th Anniversary of when Grosse Pointe South High School hosted this landmark speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before his assassination on the second floor balcony the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee—April 4, 1968.

This was not King’s first time speaking in Michigan for five years earlier Dr. King had already visited our neighboring city of Detroit on June 23, 1963 and led a march for racial equality in downtown Detroit where he gave an early version of his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech (August 28, 1963).

On a somber and stark winter’s day 45 years ago on March 14, 1968, 2,700 people gathered in the gymnasium to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak at my high school—Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. His speech was titled, “The Other America,” in which Dr. King contrasted the lofty language of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence which proclaimed, “That all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…” In contrast, King asserted that truly there are two Americas—one black the other white. In the other America speech King spoke about the America for the black community, where multitudes of black people in America were unjustly shackled down and held back from enjoying the American Dream by racial segregation and corrupt Jim Crow racial laws.

Dr. King revealed to the audience the good America, an America that is prosperous, plentiful and where people in this good America have the freedom to pursue whatever dream they have in this country. But he reminds everyone of the bad America, an other America void of freedom, justice, and equal rights under the Constitution. Throughout this exciting speech Dr. King courageously champions the cause of black people… his people who in 1960s America were suffering in constant agony, white racism, and economic injustice manifested by the poverty-stricken and servile jobs they are forced to take even those growing numbers of black people who possessed college degrees because of racial discrimination were forced into servant jobs. This injustice caused many black people to view their lives as hopeless; and they began to be seduced to give up on their family, careers, and their futures.

For too long, Dr. King intones, America has closed its eyes to its Black brothers and sisters. America has failed to realize the deep hatred toward the black community, a hatred which clouds the freedom and rights promised to them through past battles and wars. Dr. King said:

And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear 3 out of 8 that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

Dr. King warns that as time passes, as America continues to ignore and deny these tribulations that have been pushed onto the oppressed lives of black people, these problems of racial injustice will lead to societal destruction; this division between the races will only grow worse and result in continual hatred, moral and political war with all humanity. Dr. King further spoke:

Our destinies are tied together. Whether we like it or not culturally and otherwise, every white person is a little bit Negro and every Negro is a little bit white. Our language, our music, our material prosperity and even our food are an amalgam of black and white, so there can be no separate black path to power and fulfillment that does not intersect white routes and there can ultimately be no separate white path to power and fulfillment short of social disaster without recognizing the necessity of sharing that power with black aspirations for freedom and human dignity. We must come to see… yes we do need each other, the black man needs the white man to save him from his fear and the white man needs the black man to free him from his guilt.

According to Dr. King’s speech Blacks and whites are bound together by destiny. In other words, all races will rise or fall together unless the race question is finally dealt with in a equal and just manner. Every white person has something in common with a black person. We are all similar in biology, culture, ethnicity and language. Dr. King explains that there can be no fulfillment in the paths of both races if they do not first recognize their relations with each other and their intertwined fates as Children of God. The black man needs the white man and the white man needs the black man, together they shall prosper, apart they shall fall. Dr. King gave a poetic history of the black man and the white man in America and said:

Before the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth we were here. Before Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence we were here. Before the beautiful words of the Star Spangled Banner were written we were here. And for more than two centuries our forbearers labored here without wages.

We are going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the Almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands. So however difficult it is during this period, however difficult it is to continue to live with the agony and the continued existence of racism, however difficult it is to live amidst the constant hurt, the constant insult and the constant disrespect, I can still sing we shall overcome.

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.

I remember studying in my AP America history class that Blacks were physically in America as early as 1502, just 10 years after the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. However, further research alerted me to the fact that a black man had served as Columbus’s chief navigator and that there were other blacks in America long before Columbus arrived according to Professor John Jackson’s important book, Man, God, and Civilization. Professor Jackson wrote:

… [I]n 1492 when Christopher Columbus was approaching the shores of the Americas, his Chief Navigator was a Black Moor from Mauritania name Don Pietro Olonzo Nino, Captain of the Flag ship—Maria, who logged in his diary as their ships approached the shores of the Americas, seeing Black Africans on land, as well as some sailing in large canoes leaving the shores of the Americas, heading out to sea in the direction towards the African Continent (John G. Jackson, Man, God, and Civilization (1972, reprint 2008), p. 286.

Dr. King said that black people set foot on American soil way before America even had its name and we were here way before Americans were recognized as a people under a free country separate from the British crown. Blacks inhabited this country before the Puritans and the Pilgrims came her in the early seventeenth began a new civilization under the Word of God. Blacks inhabited this country before Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, declaring America’s independence separate from the tyranny of King George III and the British Empire’s control. Dr. King states that the black race will win its freedom because of their sacred heritage throughout past centuries and God’s almighty power that is embodied in the echoing demands of his children.

In conclusion, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his profound final words to the astonished audience at Grosse Pointe South High school with a collection of civil rights hymns, Bible quotations and a poetic rhetorical flourish:

We shall overcome because the Bible is right. “You shall reap what you sow.” With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

Indeed, we shall all reap what we sow, in life and in death. With the powerful faith that Martin Luther King Jr. upheld, he and the black community were able to undermine the evil hatred brought upon them by racist whites and systematically eliminate the tyrannical segregation imposed on blacks that has festered on earth for hundreds and hundreds of years in the form of malicious enslavement. In King’s last words he pronounces that these transcendent prophesies imbued with faith in God, hope for all humanity and confidence in man to create a more just society for all races of people—Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indians and all people of color. Dr. King ended his lengthy yet profound speech with a victorious crescendo of declaration that truth, justice, peace and love will one day triumph over lies, injustice, racism and hate. Dr. King’s concluding words to his famous The Other America speech was spoken for the ages:

With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all of God’s children all over this nation – black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, “Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free At Last.”

Sophomore, Grosse Pointe South High School

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Originally Posted at Global Politician