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“In one of my antislavery campaigns in New York five and thirty years ago I had an appointment at Victor, a town in Ontario County. I was compelled to stop at the hotel. It was the custom at that time to seat the guests at a long table running the length of the dining-room. When I entered I was shown a little table off in the corner. I knew what it meant, but took my dinner all the same. When I went to the desk to pay my bill I said, ‘Now, landlord, be good enough to tell me just why you gave me my dinner at the little table in the corner by myself.’ He was equal to the occasion, and quickly replied, ‘Because, you see, I wished to give you something better than the others.’ The cool reply staggered me, and I gathered up my change, muttering only that I did not want to be treated better than other people, and bade him good morning.” – The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Page 331
My, how times have changed. But then again, Mr. Douglass was concerned about equality and liberty for him and his people within the American Experiment. His cloak is worn today only as camouflage by those forces intent on grinding the American Experiment into the dirt. As seen at Powerline (Through Douglass’s Eyes), the deception is only in the visual:
By contrast with the stupidity and ignorance of the cultural revolution that stares us in the teeth, Douglass’s eloquence, subtlety, largeness, and insight are enough to make one weep.
“Largeness” indeed. (In reality and not just by comparison to the smallness of Obama’s (ala Frankenstein’s) Monster that now terrorizes the streets of many a city. Small, intellectually, is all it really could ever be. But I digress.) But the anti-American forces behind today’s movement are still making effective advancements for their evil…and clearly not sane…cause:
I confess to being nonplussed as to why America is allowing itself to be bullied by people who are at best ignorant and hateful, and in many cases not in full possession of their faculties. … But it is disheartening that in the war between the sane and the insane, America’s educational institutions can’t find the wit or the courage to stand with the sane.
But insanity rules the day. Witness the Lincoln County, OR, commissioner “who mandated that face masks are required, but only if you’re white” (@rightangles). Then, to amplify the stupidity and ignorance of the whole situation, this was rescinded not because it was clearly racist but because the reaction to it was “racist” (@spin):
“We are shocked and appalled at the volume of horrifically racist commentary we have received regarding this policy exception,” that statement said in part. “The expressions of racism regarding the exception has created a ripple of fear throughout our communities of color. The very policy meant to protect them is now making them a target for further discrimination and harassment.”
That brings us to this morning’s post by @flicker that forewarns the near future where companies blacklist individuals for perceived political incorrectness…and extend the punishment to their families:
If I wanted to leave Gab tomorrow … and start a lemonade stand I wouldn’t be able to obtain merchant processing for it. Simply because my name is Andrew Torba. If my wife wants to start a business she won’t be able to obtain merchant processing because she lives at the same address as me and would be flagged by Visa.
This is obviously very concerning. We have done nothing wrong. Gab is and always has been a legally operated business. … My personal credit score is in the 800’s. I pay my bills. I have a wife and daughter to provide for, yet we are all being punished and defamed because someone at Visa has it out for me.
We were told that Visa has someone camping on our website watching our payment processing. As soon as we get a new processor up they find out who it is on their end and contact them.
(It may be a good time to be at least somewhat “hidden behind a fake name.” NOTE: Don’t feel the need to bend to the pressure of the stoolies in our midst on this issue. But I digress.)
It will be interesting to see how this kind of thing is greeted by the public and the market for the businesses who chose to play this game. Does half the country cancel their Visa card and move to a platform (existing or new) that is more…well, pro-American (or at least not overtly anti-American)? While the social fabric of the nation continues to rip apart, does the country also proceed to divide into two separate entities occupying the same landmass? A year from now will the two sides be shopping at separate politically specific grocery stores and gas stations, seeing separate politically specific doctors and dentists, carrying separate politically specific credit/debit cards and using separate politically specific bathrooms and drinking fountains? Progress in this anti-intellectual era sure does have a familiar stench to it.
This is not the stuff that generally results in a “healing.”
Welcome to the era of conspicuous American anti-intellectualism…with Visa and the Ivy League leading the way. Welcome to the abyss.Published in