American Elephants

So, Just Who is an “Extremist”? by The Elephant's Child
July 2, 2021, 7:13 pm
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The headline at Breitbart reads: “Facebook Asks Conservatives if They (Or their Friends) Are Worried About Becoming an Extremist“. Made me Laugh! No, I’m worried about the extremists running Facebook who seem to have decided that they are entitled to decide what people may or may not say.

The First Amendment reads:

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.

There are a lot of websites that ban the nasty swear words, but clearly Mr. Zuckerberg has something else in mind, like conservatives. We’ve already established, haven’t we, that the June 6 invasion of the capitol was planned on Facebook?

And that’s what the problem is. The idea that you could just have a space where people could converse with each other, didn’t know how to devise rules and regulations to control the conversation, but controlling the conversation sort of messes up the whole basic idea of Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg thought through all the upside, got very rich, but didn’t think through the downside possibilities of encouraging very very public conversation.

Human beings are a very mixed lot. Some are lovely admirable people, Some don’t agree who the lovely admirable people are. We choose our friends, exclude some, which is fine if those we choose to exclude don’t belong to any group that might be offended by being excluded. There are some places where redheads are called “gingers” and if not excluded, made to feel uncomfortable. My mother had gorgeous auburn hair, which I did not inherit, to my dismay. Have you noticed that there is little fuss over other hair colors, (except the obviously bleached blondes) but redheads get all the attention. I think that after the capitol invasion, Congress is terrified that it will happen again. The “invaders” did no damage, but simply scared the hell out of the complacent congresspeople. Being held responsible at the polls is one thing, as is a formal meeting, but … These people are very new at being what? Important capitalists.? They used to use their new wealth to marry their daughters off to English nobility, but that has faded in desirability. Now they just want to run the world.

Good Grief! Leave Dr. Seuss Alone! by The Elephant's Child
March 4, 2021, 9:42 pm
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I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted with cancelling and banning. Dr. Seuss was kind of the last straw. No. Dr. Seuss was not racist. E-Bay has even banned Dr. Seuss’s books from being sold on their website. “Racist” is the latest hot-button and everyone is looking for the slightest traces of it anywhere, since George Floyd’s death, not from police detainment with a Minneapolis-legal knee hold, but from a fentanyl overdose. The trial of the policeman involved is just starting, and Minneapolis is preparing for violence. The Civil War is being re-fought, and army bases named after Confederate generals re-named and of course all statues of Confederates torn down and destroyed. Joe Biden announced before he selected his running mate that it had to be a black female. One would think qualifications might come first, but that’s where we are. We have two political parties very much at odds with one another.

History is what happened in the past. It frequently gets re-written, as the New York Times silly 1610 Project was, but to be fair, it’s also easy to see just where that came from. A quick look at one of my American history books clarified that promptly. A ship of Portuguese sailors had a load of blacks who they sold to Virginia planters for the amount of their passage to America. They had to work off that cost as “indentured servant”s. Indentured servitude was common at that time, as many who wanted to come to America could not afford the cost of the passage. They had to work off the cost. It was not slavery, nor was it looked down upon. Some were well-educated and worked off their indenture as teachers. They didn’t have credit cards then.

I’m not sure that we are teaching our children just why they need to be informed. Why they need history. Why they need to know how to find facts and true information. How to check the so-called “fact checkers.” How to be informed and active throughout their lives. I take back that “I’m not sure”. Of course they do not. More and more pieces online are labeled with the estimated reading time, as people must be persuaded that this bit of information is worth their time, or not. Somehow that is sending the wrong message, and leading to trouble. There are always people out there with different ideas of where the country should be going and developing, what’s right and wrong. You have representatives in Congress to act for you, but are they acting for you? Do you send them any messages beyond whether or not they get your vote? Do they know what you expect and want? Let them know! That’s what they are there for, and if they don’t represent what you want, vote them out. If we do not want a nation run by the occupants of the Washington D.C. swamp, we need to make them know what it is we do want.

Dr. Seuss made funny rhythmic poems illustrated with silly drawings. They delighted kids. Banning has gone way too far, and needs to be stopped in its tracks.

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