Enlightenment? the antithesis

2012 DNC button

(poster’s update at 3 pm cst, I am editing my initial paragraph in an attempt to better convey my intended message)

Are you appalled when you see this image from the 2012 Democratic National Convention? Does this button exemplify advance in:

  •  learning,
  •  knowledge, or
  •  understanding?
  • I submit this button epitomizes the opposite of learning, knowledge, understanding, or wisdom.

How can we know when something is inherently wrong?  Simply apply one of the “golden rules”:


I don’t know anyone who would not realize if you were to replace the term “black” with “white”, that it would be wrong.  If Democratic delegates proudly wear a button at the Democratic National Convention “Once you vote black, you never go back”, then I ask, what kind of leadership and movement fosters these kinds of displays and actions?

This morning I read an op-ed by “journalism professor” Christopher Swindell.

Here are excerpts from what he wrote, read the entire piece hosted by the WVGAZETTE.COM here.

May 30, 2013
Christopher Swindell: Gun safety debate is B.S.

Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day.

But, the gun safety debate is B.S.

…  the hard right lies and foams.

To let the half-wit half-term quitter Sarah Palin …

And how does choosing a white, rich old man with an offensive degrading speech …

The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad.

We put the president in the White House. To support the new NRA president’s agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason. And many invite it gladly as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights.

Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.

To turn the song lyric they so love to quote back on them, “We’ll put a boot in your —, it’s the American way.”

Except it won’t be a boot. It’ll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won’t do them any good.

Swindell is a professor of journalism.

What is Mr. Swindell advocating?  Hate, Silence, Destruction.

Not Enlightenment.  To enlighten is defined by Merriam Webster as: to illuminate, to furnish knowledge or instruct, or give spiritual insight to.

Why is Mr. Swindell advocating hate, silence, & destruction?  Because others disagree.

The news is full of stories of the IRS suppressing individuals and their companies, “drone strikes” of U.S. citizens, illegal wiretapping of reporter’s communications, of courts ordering google to turn over information to federal government, and the list continues to grow…

What kind of leadership fosters dozens, hundreds, thousands, and millions of people to HATE, SILENCE, and DESTROY other’s?

To VIOLATE: not 1, not 2, not even 3 “natural rights” affirmed in our Bill of Rights, but 8 out of 10…

Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution

Amendment I:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II:  A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment IV:  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V:  No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI:  In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII:  In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment IX:  The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X:  The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

  • What kind of leadership?
  • What kind of movement?
  • What kind of supporters?
  • What kind of group?
  • What kind of people?
  • What kind of person?

Encourages others:

to HATE?  



Not “my people”, not “my country”, not “my future”.  America is:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

May G-d bless America, and “her” people.


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