Evoking Lincoln: The Internet Address

19 11 2013


Eleven score and seventeen years ago, our political leaders brought forth on this continent, a new system, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing whether that system, or any system so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great platform of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of that platform, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that system might change. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we cannot consecrate – we can not hollow – this platform. The brave people, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or retract. The world will note, and long remember what we say here, and it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, too, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is now for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from all honored dead we take increased devotion to the causes for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that the dead will never die in vain – that this system, with empathy, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that system of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the universe.

A Culture of Because

1 10 2013

i+best+be+getting+a+doot+doot+sometime+soon+or+_d6f2ed4777f6d7e24af6acf983c1688fI was thinking recently about how we solve conflicts as human beings, particularly in the west. We end conflicts through force, hostility, war. We end conflicts in punishment. We end conflicts in revenge.

These concepts are all weirdly capitalistic. An action as a cost. You do something wrong, you must “pay the price.” There are a lot of weird economic phrases when it comes to talking about “justice,” and that makes me think it isn’t justice at all.

Because I’ll show you, not because I said so

The Limitations of Language: High School Students Recite the Pledge in Arabic, People Piss Themselves.

30 01 2013

I try not to be terribly combative in real life. It’s a struggle because I have a temper. I have discovered an activity that helps me be more patient and also helps me analyze political and social issues to a much more fine degree.

I read Todd Starnes’s Fox opinion blog. It’s kind of like a conservative gawker in a weird way. His posts are very short and generally express anguish over something somebody else has done. He also enjoys declaring wars for others, like a liberal “war” on Christianity, or whatever.

So, some Colorado students as part of a multicultural club decided to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. People would’ve likely not gotten too upset if they had not used the  Arabic cognate “allah” instead of “god.”

Where my education lies, however, is not with Starnes, but with the comment section (I was recently banned; a revelation of how variations on the “report” button make it easy to censor alternative views). It was an opportunity for me to converse with those who disagree with me over almost everything. People get very upset with me in conservative forums and comment sections. They attack me, are sexist, degrading, threatening, or insult me for having gone to Berkeley. I’m kind of used to it, unfortunately.

Where I learn things, however, is in my use of Aristotelian rhetoric. I simply ask questions.

pos neg

U Mad?

Time vs. Money vs. Effort: DIY and the Modern Era

22 10 2010

I am really not the type of person that muses on “the good old days.” I was born in 1988. The “good old days” for me included the Spice Girls.  So, really, I’m all about progress.

I do somewhat often muse on a three-pole dynamic of the first world: whether things should take time, money, or effort.

Effort to click

Nobody else is Hitler and Stalin Killed people.

4 03 2010

A while back on Sproul Plaza at Cal I had an encounter with some Larouche Underlings and a couple members of the defunct Communist party. Somehow they both managed to horrify me to my deepest core.

The Larouches sported posters of Obama with a Hitler ‘stache and attempted to explain to me that because of his supposed “imperialism” in expanding the war (don’t mistake me for a warhawk, I’m not) Obama is Hitler. Somehow this president who has been accused of socialist anti-Americanism with his stimulus package and attempts (maybe hopeless) at healthcare reform is JUST LIKE OMG Adolph Motherfucking Hitler.

This is not a new tactic. But I would like to say Obama is not like Hitler. Obama is not an insane sadistic genocidal maniac. It is offensive and horrifying to compare any little old politician to one of the worst people to have ever lived; whether it be Obama, Bush, or anybody else of any party affiliation.

In conjunction with this encounter some young woman from the communist party with the face of a leather sack approached us and began to explain to me how the Larouches were right. Ok…So the commies are on board with that one. When they commented that it’s okay to draw historical comparisons between figures I agreed. I said that, indeed, when you have an incredibly mean personality and force such as Hitler it’s only intellectual to draw comparisons with equally (or maybe worse) people like Stalin, but that Obama really hadn’t done enough or been around long enough to warrant such a comparison.

That’s when the borscht hit the fan. Miss Leathercommie asserted that Stalin should not be compared to Hitler. Say what? She asserted that the claims of the mass murders across the USSR were indeed fabrications.

Holy Shit

I was standing in front of an honest-to-Trotsky Stalinist in 2009.  I asked her if she’d like to take a trip into the history books at the Library or if I should bust out my computer to find some sources to the contrary. She then asserted that all the sources are lies. So she believes in Stalin’s innocence despite all evidence to the contrary.

Sound like a Holocaust denier?

Basically, to me, if a person believes that any modern politician (or Obama) is just like Hitler or that Stalin didn’t kill anybody they either need to hit the books or be hit with a brick. Preferably the latter by me.

In reaction to this I had a conversation with my father. Out of that I made this film:


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