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November 11, 2019

Deep Hate

Filed under: hate, politics, Uncategorized — jimwes @ 9:34 pm

“Few people can be happy unless they hate

      some other

         person,

            nation, or

               creed.” ~                                                                                                                                                 ~ Bertrand Russell

Hate is the venom that poisons the soul. Yet, all too often, to hate is human. Why do humans hate? Why does hatred grow as a geometric progression once started? One dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury”

We are experiencing today a worldwide acceleration in the expression of hate. No nation…no human seems to be exonerated from these phenomena. In the Southern United States there is a weed called kudzu originally introduced from Japan in 1876 as an ornamental plant. Its nickname is “the vine that ate the South” because it grows faster than all other plants, covers them completely and causes them to wither and die. Today, kudzu is estimated to cover 3,000,000 hectares (7,400,000 acres). Hate appears to be a kudzu-like human feeling that grows faster than all other feelings, covers them over with distrust and vengefulness and causes feelings like kindness, charitableness and love to wither away and eventually disappear.

Hate starts out as an emotion. Then it becomes a belief. It may stop there or it may grow into a cause. Finally it may take the form of an action against its object or its supporters. Because humans are now more interconnected than ever before, the hate prevalent across the world is readily transmitted instantaneously digitally and visually, thus it can augment itself spectacularly across lands, seas and continents.

We now have progressed to the point that we have hate speech, hate crimes, hate groups and just about all we do falls into some possible category of hate. According to the FBI, hate groups are groups whose “primary (italics added) purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”  Hate often becomes concentrated upon a single individual or a number of individuals with similar beliefs, dress, accents, traditions, customs or conduct.

Since there are many forms of hate it is obvious that there must be a great variety of initiatives that cause it to grow and expand its vile coverage from one human to another, one group to another, one class to another, one nationality to another, one ethnicity to another, one religion to another or almost any other type of associated interest.  Hate thrives on increased feeling of self or others having been wronged, hurt or insulted and grows into more and more animosity, anger and resentment. There is something mysterious that is extremely attractive about having a favorite person, thing, object or class of things upon which to concentrate one’s hate. Today it seems like everyone hates something and some individuals hate many things. Has it always been so?

Deep hate goes even further than a covering and penetrates the full corpus of civilization be it the family, the neighborhood, the city, the region or the state/nation itself. Deep hate knows no limit. It results is overt betrayal of beliefs, friendships, family ties, and the linkages of community, civic and governmental bonds and duties. Deep hate is the hate of the hypocrite, the betrayer, the traitor, the conspirator, the informer, the insider who breaks all bonds of duty, loyalty, decency, and love of persons, communities, cities, bonded groups, and even state/nations. Deep hate degenerates into detestation, hostility, revenge, loathing, abomination and abhorrence. It then is able to justify even more extremely hateful words and deeds. Deep hate seems to be more pervasive than ever as civilization becomes more complicated and frustrating than ever and as organizations in the private, governmental and non-profit sectors evolve into great bureaucracies.

Hate is usually obvious and apparent. It is easily recognized, quickly identified, readily expressed. Deep hate, to the contrary, is characterized by its innate obscurity. It is hidden deeply within. It is anonymous. It is careful. It is quiet. It awaits its proper turn to be unleashed. Then it may surprise its target, embarrass it, humiliate it, and most certainly betray it.

Deep hate is fertilized by contact and communication with other deep haters who form a bond of agreement upon what is to be hated. This bond augments the feeling that something must be done and justifies an act that might not be considered without the feeling of unity of cause. Deep hate is strengthened by the number of deep haters within an organization or group…persons who agree that there is something that must be strongly resisted. Deep hate is very often directed upward toward those in higher authority who may be initially disliked but eventually become despised for reasons that may differ from person to person. The common bond is the excessive growth of the hate impulse among the deep haters who consider their cause just and needed.

Deep hate becomes manifest when someone finally takes action felt to be supported by others as right, correct, just and badly needed. This person relies upon at least tacit support from those who likewise harbor similar hate thus providing a sense of bravado and hopeful security against reprisals.

Deep hate may simply be an action of rejection or opposition to higher authority or it may become an attempt to overthrow it. The more individuals that share the same deep hate, the more likely overthrow or severe embarrassment to higher ups. Needless to say, the greater the bureaucracy involved, the greater likelihood of a wide acceptance of similar deep hate. As a result we see the most glaring cases of deep hate involving labor/management issues and political issues.

Hate is somewhat ethical. It is usually open. It does not deceive nor hide. It opposes but does not betray. Deep hate takes unethical advantage of the trust with which it has been endowed. It opposes by unexpected betrayal.

Once unleashed, how can deep hate be eliminated, minimized or changed into more positive efforts and results?

That is a problem yet to be addressed subtly, carefully and gently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 23, 2018

A 21st Century Declaration of Independence

Filed under: Honor, politics — Tags: , , , — jimwes @ 3:57 pm

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the informational bands which have connected him with the present Current Media and to obtain from among the powers of the earth, a separate and equal source of knowledge to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle him, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that he should declare the causes which impel him to the separation.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created intelligent, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Truthful Information and the pursuit of Honest Knowledge. — That to secure these rights, Instruments of Truthful Unbiased Media are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Readers/Viewers, — That whenever any Form of Media becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to avoid or to ignore it, and to institute new means of obtaining news, data and information, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such a form, as to him shall seem most likely to affect his Integrity, Safety and Happiness. The history of the present Current News and Information Media is a history of repeated lies, distortions, injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the receipt of Truthful News, Data, and Information. To prove this let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

The Current Media has ignored its own time honored principles and practices of Ethics and Honest Reporting.

The Current Media has often published Fake News, Distorted News, Biased News, and Wholly or Partially Untrue News.

The Current Media has ignored and not published, or conveniently and carefully obscured news with which it disagrees.

The Current Media has Viciously Attacked those with whom it disagrees.

The Current Media has spun the news and manipulated data to the benefit of ends that it supports.

The Current Media has united to form a Monopoly of Untruthful and Exaggerated Accusations.

The Current Media has persecuted unmercifully those with which it disagrees and/or hates.

The Current Media has Lied Over and Over relying upon such False Repetition to eventually be accepted as Truth.

The Current Media has lost its credibility by betraying the faith once trustingly placed upon it by myself and others.

I therefore, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of my own human rights, solemnly publish and declare, That my sources of information and news ought to be Free and Independent, that I am hereby Absolved from using all currently biased political and informational media sources and all political and informational use of printed, visual and digital Current Media Sourced Data, News and Information.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I pledge to the public that I will avoid and ignore all Vengeful, Distorted and Untrue Media, upon my own Life, my Fortunes, and my sacred Honor.

     James Pickett Wesberry, Jr.

Citizen of the United States of America

 

September 21, 2010

KLEPTOCRACY RISING

Filed under: Corruption, government, Honor, Integrity, kleptocracy, politics — jimwes @ 3:49 am

The greatest enemy of Democratic government in the world today is Kleptocratic government.  Kleptocracy is a worldwide phenomena and a worldwide threat to Democracy.  

Today we are witnessing a growing tendency toward abstinence from accountability…the refusal to recognize that one is accountable to any higher authority.  This is the seed of Kleptocracy, planted by the irresponsible – the unaccountable, fertilized by human greed and watered by a flow of untruth, that grows as the roots of corruption reach deeply into the fertile soil of human culture producing the fungus of corruption that rapidly covers all it touches with the invisible slime of unbridled evil. It can stealthily displace any and all political ideology or form of government.

Kleptocracy comes to power neither by force, nor by ballot.  It simply grows like a fungus corrupting more and more persons until it takes control.  Almost everyone then becomes corrupted as corruption becomes a way of life, payoffs become salary supplements, collusion spreads because everybody’s doing it and gradually the entire country, or at least its business and governmental leadership and its public service becomes corrupted.

The great poet Alexander Pope described this process aptly when he said of vice and corruption:

Vice and Corruption

“Seen too oft,

familiar with her face,

          we first endure,

               then pity,

             then embrace.

Kleptocracy is “government by thieves.”  There is nothing new about it.  Kleptocracy may in fact be the world’s oldest form of government.  It simply consists of the institutionalization of one person’s or one elite group’s greed for resources and power in the form of the apparatus of the state.  Most monarchies deteriorated over time into Kleptocracies.  Most great empires were driven by Kleptocracy’s inspiration. 

The plunders taken by conquering armies in times of war and the hated tributes extorted by tax collectors in times of peace…all in the name of government…permeate the pages of the history of our so-called civilization.  Karl Marx saw the Capitalists as the most horrible of Kleptocrats exploiting natural and human resources driven by greed.  But his own disciples did exactly the same…even as they praised his name.

We have seen the domino effect of the people’s disgust with Kleptocracy among the former Soviet states. But the disillusionment expressed by many former communists has not so much been with ideology but with the corruption which discredited the utopian promises and their promisors.

It became apparent to the world in the last decade of the 20th Century that Kleptocracy had actually displaced Communism in a number of countries.

Beware!…it can displace Democracy just as stealthily.

The big challenge to democratic  governance today is how to protect itself  from Kleptofungus, perhaps now dormant, but still permeating a society which has become accustomed to it.  Often throughout history one Kleptocracy has been overthrown by disgusted citizens only to be replaced by another under another brand name…then by another and another for years.

Kleptofungus is invisible.  It grows anywhere there are human beings. In its early stages it is unnoticed.  At midgrowth it begins to get hold of every possible activity.  In its later stages it reproduces with geometric progression so that it quickly takes complete control before it can be stopped.

The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson said

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is

before they  shall have gotten hold of us.”  

We are now seeing the late stage of the growth of Kleptofungus throughout many countries of the world today – the geometrically progressive stage.  It has already gotten hold of us, especially in the world’s major cities…and in quite a few countries.

Once in control Kleptocratic power tends to become more and more centralized in one person or group which holds the franchise on all forms of corruption.  Lower level concessionaires become the economic slaves of the rulers passing them ever larger amounts of graft which must be financed by squeezing tighter those below.  The  Kleptoconstrictors continually apply more and more pressure until the lowest levels rebel in desperation or are saved by an outside force.

We have much to learn from the real life illustrations of the astounding vitality of Kleptocratic menace which are reported daily in the media.  History is filled with case studies of kleptofungal growth and domination.  We need a scientist who can invent an effective Kleptofungicide!

Sadly, science never seems to solve human problems.  The solution to Kleptofungal growth lies within us.  We can prevent Kleptocracy.  We can control corruption in government.  But we can do this only by changing people…seeing that they accept their duty to be accountable…that they restore honor as a goal in human behavior, integrity as a prerequisite to respect and admiration  and doing our best to decontaminate the culture around us.

Integrity and honorability constitute the real Kleptofungicide

By recognizing the importance of integrity and honorability we cannot eradicate corruption from our planet, but we can control it, prevent much of it, discover most of it and take more effective and immediate measures to punish those responsible for it.

But if we are to win over corruption we must determine to whom we ourselves are accountable. If we are to defeat corruption we must first recognize that we are accountable to our Creator, our family, our nation, other persons and our own selves, then, and only then, we will have the right and duty to insist upon accountability by others.

To accountability we must add integrity, to integrity we must add honesty, to honesty we must add ethical conduct and to ethical conduct we must add credibility through truthfulness and transparency. Then we will merit honor…and we must not let honor fade away.

Integrity and honorability can overcome Kleptocracy’s  corrupt and dishonorable threat to Democracy

October 13, 2009

Mega-Malapportionment of the US Congress

Filed under: government, politics — Tags: , , — jimwes @ 3:37 pm

The following is a letter I wrote to the editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a result of two pro and con articles published on Oct. 12, 2009 titled:   “Should undocumented aliens be counted in the 2010 census?”

See original article at http://www.ajc.com/opinion/pro-con-should-undocumented-161139.html

Dear Mr. Editor:

I believe that I hold an unusual point of view on this issue because:

  • I am a documented alien living in Ecuador where I am retired and under its new constitution am counted in the census and can even vote after 5 years’ residence.

  • I was principal plaintiff in Wesberry v. Sanders (376 US 1), the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding apportionment of the US Congress that gave a second Congressional seat to the Atlanta area and ordered national apportionment according to the Great Compromise of 1787 embodied in the US Constitution.

  • I served as Georgia State Senator from Fulton County during 1963 – 67 (then the 37th District).

  • Through marriage at present I have about 12 documented alien relatives in the US.

  • I am a CPA and specialist on Governmental Financial Management having dedicated my entire career to that field in the US and Latin America.

In my opinion, the official census count of undocumented aliens should have nothing whatsoever to do with the distribution of Federal funds or the apportionment of Congressional Districts.  They should certainly be counted, but separately from citizens and documented aliens and their numbers should not be used for apportionment or funding purposes unless constitutional and provided for by law.

The US Constitution is unmistakably clear in setting forth how Congressional districts are to be established.  Its provisions were ignored for many, many years until our case was adjudicated in 1964.  The resultant malapportionment deprived the voters of Atlanta and many other metro areas of equal representation under the Constitution. In Georgia this was even worse due to white primaries and “county unit” voting.

We achieved great victories in our state in the 1960’s when these evils were eradicated and the principle of “one man, one vote” was established.  This clearly means, until the Constitution states otherwise: “one citizen, one vote.”

If undocumented aliens are to be counted, then the Constitution should be amended to so state.  That is why our founders provided for the Constitutional amendment process.

If additional funding to the states is needed to provide for undocumented aliens, then the Congress should so specify in appropriations laws.  That is why we have a Congress.

But let me conclude by telling you that the malapportionment situation is even worse than ever.

I and other US private citizens residing temporarily or retired abroad are not to be counted in the 2010 census, thus not provided Congressional representation in the reapportionment process.

These two policies now being executed for the 2010 census:

  • counting undocumented aliens within the country, and

  • not counting private citizens living abroad

nullify the historic Supreme Court decisions of the 1960’s and result again in a malapportioned Congress as we had before.

It seems that in Congressional malapportionment as in many areas of life, what goes around, comes around.

October 11, 2009

Political Hatred – Good News?

Filed under: government, hate, politics — jimwes @ 10:40 am

I and many others have been thinking and writing recently about the growing political hatred being expressed in the US and the world.

Well maybe I have some good news…political hatred has been with us forever.  Maybe it is not really growing after all.

Why do I say this?  I just read the book Triumvirate, The story of the Unlikely Alliance that saved the Constitution and the Nation by Bruce Chadwick. It refreshed and added to my memory about the kind of political hatred that was going around as the United States was been founded.  It was tough.

Not only was  hatred spewed between the loyalists (to Britain) and the breakaway colonists, but once separation began the new Americans themselves fought verbally and in writing just about the same as our politicians do today.

During the period of the ratification by the states of the new constitution, that document, today so revered, was covered with everything from hate to lies to exaggerations.  And so were its supporters and opponents.  The haters on both sides were the heroes of the American Revolution and the men we today call our founding fathers.  No one, not even George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, were exempted from being objects of hatred.  Patrick Henry and George Mason were among the greatest opponents of the constitution. Many opponents said that if ratified civil war would be the result. Many supporters said that if not ratified the same would happen.

It is hard to believe but all the folks we admire today were involved in the same kind of political hatred that we abhor today.

I guess that’s good news in a way.  We aren’t getting any worse.

August 25, 2009

Hatred Breeds Threats Against the President & Others

Filed under: hate, politics, presidency — jimwes @ 12:38 am

More thinking about hatred is disgusting but now we are forced to do so.

A nationally known newscaster said a few days ago that he does not remember any time in his career when political hatred has been so high.  Media sponsors are getting nervous.

Clorox announced last week that it was pulling its ads off all political talk shows saying  “We do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show host.  After a comprehensive review of political talks shows across the spectrum, at this time we have made a decision not to advertise on them. Clorox has done very little advertising on political talk shows overall, and given the sometimes inflammatory nature of these shows, we feel our advertising investment is best directed elsewhere.”

The US Secret Service is in a crisis mode as it must protect the President and his family.

The following video illustrates the worsening situation.

Threats Against the President

Unless this situation is cooled down quickly some incident is going to occur that will cause the present economic and financial crisis to explode into a political and racial crisis!  PRAY!

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June 4, 2009

What killed George Washington may kill the country he fathered

Filed under: government, politics, Public Debt — Tags: , , , — jimwes @ 3:05 am
I was thinking about the father of our country and the present rec/depr/ession.  George Washington apparently had pneumonia but what killed this tall, strong leader was “bleeding,” a common remedy relied upon for centuries by well meaning but  misguided doctors.  He bled to death!I can't believe it!

"I can't believe it!"

 

The same thing is happening to the USA.  It is bleeding to death…green blood. Unchecked and unprincipled spending prescribed and voted by our well intentioned but misguided “doctor” legislators from both parties over the past six decades has resulted in a steadily weakening patient.

The prescription for green bleeding came soon after World War II and it continued to be represcribed every year by Congress, often at the proposal of our Presidents. And just as in the cases of prescriptions for red bleeding decades ago, as the patient got weaker, more green bleeding was prescribed.  

How many patients died from red bleeding over the centuries before medical practitioners realized it was killing folks?

How much longer will our green bled patient-country be able to survive?

With a debt of about $566,668.00 per household, far more than the average home mortgage, can the red, white and blue patient stay alive.  Is there hope that our Uncle Sam might recover?

Not if we keep up the green bleeding.  Let’s stop it!

May 1, 2009

Political Hatred Getting Disgraceful

Filed under: government, hate, politics, presidency — jimwes @ 12:57 am

Over quite a few years I have observed the growth of a phenomena that I can only define as “political hatred.”  I suppose it began with the birth of politics and has been a part of our entire history as a nation, but during my adult years I have seen it spread like a contagious disease…and that’s really what I think it is.

I remember when folks criticized President Harry Truman; everybody liked Ike; Kennedy and Ford too mostly; but where I began to notice real hatred was with Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  They were mercilessly publicly detested in a way that seemed more spiteful than ever.  Jimmy Carter did not suffer as much outright hatred, though he was roundly criticized and often ridiculed. Ronald Reagan was very popular but a small vocal group seemed to really hate him even more than the others. Bush 41, a true gentleman, got off light compared to the others.

Then the hatred began to really accelerate.  Bill Clinton was not a good moral example and the combination of his personal failures and some of his politics apparently caused things to degenerate into a bitterness I had never before seen in US politics. And it was contagious. Bush 43 came along and was hated even more, perhaps mostly due to the war (as was Johnson) but his denigrators’ speech and actions seemed to get even more vitriolic.

Now a man, Barack Obama, who wanted to govern differently and achieve consensus according to his book and political campaign statements, is the recipient of an incredible amount of virulent acrimony…it seems to me even more than ever before.

Certainly folks have a right to criticize the president in a free country, but at this moment we are facing a greater number of interacting crises than perhaps ever before in the history of the nation.  There are times when criticism is very useful, especially when it is positively based.  And there are times when inimical criticism is uncalled for and can become dangerous to the entire country.

I think that now is not the time to foment political hatred of the president, yet I see many persons doing just that.

This president has more weight on his shoulders than any president since Abraham Lincoln.  He will do things that  some of us disagree with.  He will make mistakes as all before him have.

But with the United States of America in perhaps the most perilous position since the revolution, faced by external and internal violent terrorists, an axis of evil nuclear ambitious despots, an impending second great depression, a potential life threatening pandemic, a declining moral culture, increasing crime and corruption, global climatic change, burgeoning environmental and moral pollution, a diarrhea of public spending that has created deficits measured in digits too large to comprehend, and many other crises, I think we should all calm down and either support the president or at least avoid the disgracefulness of a public loathing that in the eyes of the world will disgrace and damage our own country while severely weakening its financial, moral and physical security.

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