States rights. Right?

 

Last night I was listening to a book on audio. It’s called “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.”
by Nancy Isenberg

Everything I had studied and taken in over the years, up to that point, began to click. It was like watching a mind boggling large jigsaw puzzle suddenly assemble itself and seeing the picture it was hiding when it laid scattered around.

Then I knew.

The first thing I want to make clear is that for some people this won’t be anything new or especially revealing. We’ve seen this coming but not understood what it was or how to address it.

I first became aware when I was arrested for riding a bicycle, legally and safely, on a public road.

That’s when I started researching and studying these subjects. Because I knew they were connected but I couldn’t tell you how they were connected. OR why. It was this jumbled jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces and I had the border done but couldn’t see how to piece together the individual parts which made up the whole.

Mostly it was because I was missing so many of the pieces. Even now I don’t have them all but the picture is complete enough that I can extrapolate the rest and see what I’ve, what we all have been missing.

I am not a writer. Putting this together in a coherent piece is a struggle for me. It’s Thanksgiving morning and a lot of people have willfully chosen to ignore all talk of world doings and politics. If this wasn’t important. Yes, THAT important. I wouldn’t be up at an unreasonable hour struggling to put this together for you. The least you can do is read it and keep  your snide grammar nazi comments to yourself.

Let’s begin.

We are a continually evolving species. This is the epoch of our next painful evolutionary burst.

It started in what is now Europe. People had become overpopulated in each of their individual countries. The wealthy needed to get rid of the poor “waste” people. Prisons were overcrowded and there was a lot of suffering in the streets. Technology had advanced mankind into a more robust species and people were surviving at a higher rate. The age of enlightenment had come upon man and the church could no longer hold full sway over her people. Things had gotten rowdy and quite out of control. In an effort to maintain the old zeal a lot of people were killed through persecution. Whether it be religious, class, or education people who were deemed unfit for society were murdered or thrown out.

Wealth wasn’t something you could acquire, you were born into it.

The discovery of the northern continents was a boon to the evolution of man in many ways. But it was also a hindrance for those who enjoyed maintaining control. How do you control a free society?

People were taught that the word of god was real and infallible. Anecdotal evidence was all an uneducated swath of society needed to “believe.” And believe they did. So much so that they policed themselves and others. The order of law was a religious process, which even then held a tenuous grip.

As our nation grew and we were exposed to other cultures and belief systems, we started questioning our own.

Our founding fathers established this nation on the understanding that it was an infant and would not reach full maturity until a date well beyond their years. The term “nature” and “nature’s god” isn’t one we are familiar with today. Words also evolve over the years and we add new words to our vocabulary all the time. As well as evolve the definition of old worlds to mean something entirely different than its original meaning.

For example: Slut; didn’t always mean a promiscuous woman. Its original meaning was “lazy” and it could be used for both men and women. But that has changed now.

What hasn’t changed is our inherent nature to classify things and hold separate those whom we deem different from ourselves. Namely class hierarchy.

I’d always been puzzled by the Indians. Not Native Americans but Indians in India. They are one race but they have one of the most vicious caste (class hierarchy) systems in place. It niggled at the back of my brain as I studied American history.

We are all one people. We don’t treat each other differently based on the color of our skin. We treat each other differently based on our station in life. Which in America, we are told that each one of us has the potential to reach the stars. But we don’t. Or at least some of us don’t. That doesn’t mean racism doesn’t exist. What I’m trying to say is that the problem we are seeing today is in many ways larger than our outward differences.

The obvious is too obvious.

Like a magician using sleight of hand we are distracted by racism, xenophobia, and sexism. It’s intentional and the intent is to distract us from what is really happening. A lot of people are going to disagree with me and that’s fine. You still need to hear this.

The nations are rising up to make war with each other. America is on the cusp of being disassembled and separated for corporate gain. But also to make us weak and more compliant.

We truly are stronger when we come together as one people and one voice. There is something we all have in common. We are all people and we are all being divided by class. Not gender, not race, not religion.

Class.

The haves vs. the have nots.

The GOP has taken over the Senate, the House, and the Oval Office. They will nominate conservatives to our Supreme Court. That is on the federal level.

Each state has a constitution and the 10th amendment grants each state their rights to govern individually.

Title 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.”

     “The Tenth Amendment was intended to confirm the understanding of the people at the time the Constitution was adopted, that powers not granted to the United States were reserved to the States or to the people. It added nothing to the instrument as originally ratified.”1 “The amendment states but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered. There is nothing in the history of its adoption to suggest that it was more than declaratory of the relationship between the national and state governments as it had been established by the Constitution before the amendment or that its purpose was other than to allay fears that the new national government might seek to exercise powers not granted, and that the states might not be able to exercise fully their reserved powers.”2 That this provision was not conceived to be a yardstick for measuring the powers granted to the Federal Government or reserved to the States was firmly settled by the refusal of both Houses of Congress to insert the word “expressly” before the word “delegated,”3 and was confirmed by Madison’s remarks in the course of the debate which took place while the proposed amendment was pending concerning Hamilton’s plan to establish a national bank. “Interference with the power of the States was no constitutional criterion of the power of Congress. If the power was not[p.1510]given, Congress could not exercise it; if given, they might exercise it, although it should interfere with the laws, or even the Constitutions of the States.”4 Nevertheless, for approximately a century, from the death of Marshall until 1937, the Tenth Amendment was frequently invoked to curtail powers expressly granted to Congress, notably the powers to regulate commerce, to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, and to lay and collect taxes.

States retain a significant amount of sovereign authority[p.1516]“only to the extent that the Constitution has not divested them of their original powers and transferred those powers to the Federal Government.”57 The principal restraints on congressional exercise of the Commerce power are to be found not in the Tenth Amendment or in the Commerce Clause itself, but in the structure of the Federal Government and in the political processes.58 “Freestanding conceptions of state sovereignty” such as the National League of Cities test subvert the federal system by “invit[ing] an unelected federal judiciary to make decisions about which state policies it favors and which ones it dislikes.”59 While continuing to recognize that “Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause must reflect [the] position . . . that the States occupy a special and specific position in our constitutional system,” the Court held that application of Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime provisions to state employment does not require identification of these “affirmative limits.”60 In sum, the Court in Garcia seems to have said that most but not necessarily all disputes over the effects on state sovereignty of federal commerce power legislation are to be considered political questions. What it would take for legislation to so threaten the “special and specific position” that states occupy in the constitutional system as to require judicial rather than political resolution was not delineated.
Cornell University Law School

Conservatives and Libertarians are seeking to rend the fabric of America. The threads which bind us will soon be cut.

As I’ve stated previously and it’s common knowledge; the GOP now controls all branches of Government on the Federal level. But being that we are granted state rights we should consider ourselves safe.

NO!

32 states now have a Conservative governor and it’s worse. 45 states have a senate controlled by the Conservatives.

I’m going to start using Conservative with a capital “C” to delineate the mad men from the truly liberty loving in this country.

I’ll give you some examples.

1) One who espouses a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.

2) One who believes in less government being better government.

3) One who believes in such “outmoded” ideas as civil liberties (freedom of speech, separation of church and state, right to keep and bear arms, that kind of thing)

4) One for whom the Republican Party no longer truly speaks.

5) a word that today’s so-called “conservatives” don’t know the definition of.
“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.” — Barry Goldwater

Urban Dictionary

AND

This article from The Atlantic. Which I’ll give you an excerpt.

Roughly two-fifths of Americans call themselves “conservative.” What do they mean by the word? It depends. And during a Republican primary, that can be problematic. Every candidate is vying to be the standard-bearer for conservatism, and exploiting the fact that its meaning is variable.

Conservatives have taken over both the Republican and the Democratic parties.

A conservative Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party in the United States who holds conservative views on social or economic issues. Despite that party’s longstanding reputation as a liberal political party, the Democratic Party has always had a conservative wing.
Conservative Democrat – Conservapedia
www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Democrat

See also: Blue Dogs.

There is an emerging Alt-Left but Hillary Clinton isn’t the embodiment of it.

Here is a Daily Kos article from someone who is a liberal and has experienced the Alt-Left.
Here is an example of how the Alt-Right are trying to define the Alt-Left. It’s important to note that the Alt-Right is labeling anyone who cares about those who are different as Alt-Left. Telling a baker they can’t discriminate against a gay couple isn’t Alt-Left. But this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers the Alt-Left is.   <<< This is NOT Alt-Left but this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers, so be aware.

My own experience with the Alt-Left came when I was attacked and besmirched by bike lane loving cyclists. Nothing screams LIBERAL like talk of bike lanes. Right? Then how in the world would these same people attack me for riding a bike? Because they are Alt-Left. A mirror image of the Alt-Right. Equally pervasive and dangerous.

Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of people who want a progressive, apple pie loving, gentle America. You can disagree but in this age of propaganda paraded as “fake news” and fake news paraded as “News.” You really need to reconsider your position.

I saw this coming but I couldn’t name it or explain it. I was confronted with it up close and in my face. But it was so close to my face that it was blurry and undefined. Everything else has been out of the corner or my eye. By taking a step back and looking around, the picture has come into focus.

But I digress.

Conservatives and Libertarians.

The two sides of one evil.

I will state plainly now the intention of our president elect.

Control of Government will go solely to each state. I suspect but have not found evidence that states will be divided into groups. If my hunch is correct then I believe it would be along judicial lines. Here is a map.

The federal government will be dismantled under the excuse of “Article X.” But that doesn’t mean he won’t retain control of power. What it means is he will do exactly what he has said he would do and run America like a corporation. Each state or the circuit court boundaries of states would be like a manager. Then the chain of command would tree out just like in a corporation. The right of the people to redress their government would be removed because their wouldn’t be a government to redress.

If you read the “Federalist Papers” you will see that there is a homogeneous reason for having a United States. The freedoms we have come to enjoy would be wiped out. All progress gone. Child labor? Yes, that’ll be a thing again.

All of the rights which we now enjoy and take for granted will be wiped out under this administration. Women will be the first target. They will keep the obvious obvious as a subterfuge to that which is not obvious.

This is also a global movement. Brexit wasn’t the first. I think Poland was the first.

Read this: As long as America B is left in the lurch by what passes for modernity, it will inevitably try to pull the entire country back to some imagined golden age of the past before all those “others” hijacked the red, white, and blue. Donald Trump has hitched his presidential wagon to America B. The real nightmare, however, is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if a far more capable politician who embraces similar retrograde positions rides America B into Washington.

This article was written with the assumption that Trump would not win and that a worse fate awaited America in 2020.

I told my friends and anyone who would listen that if Trump won the primaries he WOULD win the General Election. I was told I was crazy. Then he won.

I told my daughter. I was too afraid to labeled a crackpot to speak openly about my fears. I told her that if Trump won the General Election we would be in a serious time of trouble and people would die. Maybe even us.

But that if Hillary won the General Election we would have 4 years to prepare.

Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin was that time to prepare but I didn’t see it. It was too close to my face. What happened to me in Kentucky is going to happen to a lot of people. White people will not be safe. Black people will not be safe. Religious people will not be safe.

To be safe you have to be the “right kind of white and have the right kind of religion.”

No Lubbers, Crackers, Clay Eaters, Niggers, Spics, Muslims, and etc.

It’s going to get that bad.

Seriously.

READ! BOOKS!

The overriding goals of Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are the same as the goals of the conservative movement throughout the modern era: to expand the wealth, status, and power of the privileged few at the expense of everyone else. That’s why big tax cuts for the rich are the top priority.

Talk Poverty

I’ve explained this badly. I feel that I have. But I also think that there is enough information out there that if you cram over the next month. You’ll get caught up and see what I’m seeing.

So Book lists!

Read these books.

6-books-to-help-understand-trumps-win

Also read:

12 books and you’ll be fully up to speed.

The last thing I’ll add is that this is also going to be a religious movement. Churches will be taxed and active participants in Government or whatever new form of Government they are cooking up.

I prognosticate that the events we see unfold over the ensuing years will be so wretchedly horrifying that it will be an end to religion once and for all.

Part of me wonders if we aren’t entering into the birth of a new era. One which will see the old fade away and be replaced by something entirely new. But what will that be? Will it be good, better, or worse?

Only time will tell.

The only thing I can say with any positivity is that if we don’t fight. If we don’t get involved. It’s over and it will all have been for nothing.

 

Further reading.

These assholes. The Federalist Society.

Liberals are an endangered species.

White Nationalists world wide.  Read “White Trash: 400 years of untold history” to understand how this is relevant.

Form local action communities. Start preparing for resistance.

The fact that this happened on this election cycle gives me hope. But we have to start at a the local level. We have to start at the bottom and work from the ground up.

 

Motor Mania, White Supremacists, and Bike Lanes

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What in the world could these three topics possibly have in common?

A lot actually.

On an evolutionary scale humans are not well adapted to motor vehicles. Which is why; after all the money poured into safety programs to make roads and cars safer; we still have an astonishing death toll and injury rate.

Technology has far outpaced our ability to adapt to the high rates of speed. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. But it certainly does mean we should be more judicious and realistic in our expectations.

The auto industry lobbyists have created a political environment which is designed to encourage auto use.

Where the roads are designed and engineered for a human pace, we will still find destructive drivers. It’s not the roads or even the cars which give us so much grief. It’s the people.

Which brings us to white supremacists. The desire to cluster in groups and classify people based on outward appearance is detrimental to our ability to evolve and move forward in society. As long as we think in terms of “them” and “those people” we are fucked.

White supremacists have an inherent taste for Ford Trucks. This isn’t by accident. Henry Ford was a classic white supremacist and anti-Semite. He purchased a newspaper for the sole purpose of having an editorial section which would “expose” the “Jewish Conspiracy” and expel both Jew and those who were Jewish sympathizers out of the country. It is worth mentioning that the editorials were based on a fictional story. But Henry Ford “believed” them to be true. He blamed his distaste for reading on his willful ignorance. Highly praised by Hitler, Henry Ford and is brand of vehicles were soon to become a symbol of nationalistic pride. Even their t.v. commercials, radio ads, print ads, and social media ads are worded to reinforce a sense of the “white” working man’s conservative pride.

When it comes to cyclists and harassing interactions with motorists, Ford Trucks rank high on the list of drivers most likely to harass and victimize someone riding a bicycle.

It is the supremacists desire to eliminate anything and anyone whom he/she perceives as a threat to their kind. Telling cyclists to behave under duress, to just “smile and wave” as some asshole comes along and threatens your life, is internalized racism against your own group. It’s a classic sexism that women deal with on a daily basis and men practice it on each other, most often when they are cyclists.

Which brings us to bike lanes.

I bet you’re wondering how I’m going to tie all this together. I hope I don’t disappoint.

Nobody likes to be harassed while exercising their basic rights. The desire to enjoy a stress free commute or bike ride is something that anyone who rides a bike desires. Even myself. Segregation is  a word which is often used by white supremacists and cyclists alike.

Each group has something in common. They all want to be separated from each other. Whites from blacks and auto drivers from cyclists.

Sharing the road in its basic sense is saying “To move forward in society, we must all get along.”

And it’s right. We can not reasonably separate (separation is a more appropriate word than segregation) everyone at every point in the road. There is some point where we are all going to have to get along. We don’t have to like each other but we can respect each other.

Choosing how you talk to someone is a huge part of that cohesiveness. Communicating by hand signals, revving engines, honking horns, and vocalization can all be used to harm or clearly express an intention. The former is most frequently seen in the social misfits of society i.e. the white supremacists. The later is to simply convey a message and show courtesy to your fellow road travelers.

Telling people that segregation isn’t going to solve their problems will continue to fall on deaf ears. If you don’t believe me just talk to an advocate for bicycle infrastructure. Telling them that segregation/separation can make motorist and cyclist interactions more strife filled will have them spouting off a litany of phrases which can almost word for word be matched to the speech of your average racist.

So how then can we bring together better infrastructure without the taint of racism?

  1. Remove all mandatory use laws from legislation.
  2. Remove all language which implies that bike infra is require, superior, or necessary for safe cycling.
  3. Educate drivers that they are required to yield to pedestrians and cyclists; when appropriate.
  4. Mandatory cycling education for drivers and students. This can be a classroom experience for those who are physically unable to cycle.
  5. Lower speed limits.
  6. Reconsider zoning laws to increase construction which promotes walking and biking as the main form of transportation.
  7. Quality Bikeways which give a sense of expected and respected to the cyclists who are using them.

A bikelane is a gutter paint strip. A bikeway is carefully thought out, designed, and engineered highway for the exclusive use of cyclists.

The majority of it will always boil down to education. Truly the best way for us to overcome systemic racism is education.

Education, Legislation, and Infrastructure.

Tokenism & Moral Licensing

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to·ken·ism
[ˈtōkəˌnizəm]

1. the practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing, especially by recruiting a small number of people from underrepresented groups in order to give the appearance of sexual or racial equality within a workforce.

The fruit of moral licensing is hypocrisy.
When I first took up cycling for transportation, I was vastly naive about the realities of humanity. I’m not naive anymore.

Trump has fired his campaign manager. Some reports are that the kids didn’t like the campaign manager, some reports that Trump is changing direction, and some reports that Trumps candidacy is in disarray.

Trump is the king of notably offensive token gestures. Taco Salad in Trump tower being only one of many.

But how does tokenism reflect on the situation at hand?

Trump needs the endorsement of the Republican demi-gods as much as Hillary or Bernie do from their own Democratic demi-gods. Object to that idea? Then change the primary process to reflect the will of the people.

I suspect this is a strategic move to sooth the ruffled feathers of the GOP in as much the same way as his Q&A session was with the religious right. Oh who are we kidding. The GOP has become the religious right and we’d do well to remember that.

Conservative motorists and conservative cyclists were the push behind crucifying me for legally and safely cycling on a public roadway.

What if Trump, after all his “winning”, ends up losing the primary?

The question I would ask myself is “who would the GOP chose to take Trumps place?”
If the religious right refuse to christen him with the GOP nomination then who will they pick? I suspect we haven’t heard of him if he does, in fact, exist.

I personally don’t know. But if you have any thoughts on the subject I’d love to hear them.

Trump is as notorious for his xenophobia and racism as he is for his sexism.

So let’s talk about women.

Women in cycling is not the gender barrier breakthrough that anyone could hope for and in the world of cycling advocacy; a few token black people advocating for or cycling isn’t any better. We need more blacks competing in the Tour de France. We need women in there too. Our diverse cultures are not represented in the cycling world and you can see that best in Cycling magazines. Our cycling magazines are still predominately male and white, just look at the advertising, and our large advocacy groups are made up of the same vanilla male types. Sarah Goodyear of City Lab writes about “The Surprising Diversity of the American Cycling Community,” you’d thing the problem of encouraging non whites to cycle is over. Sorry Buttermilk. It’s only begun. It’s only begun because Marshal Taylor was not given the respect he deserved as a black cyclist and too few blacks know of his existence. I want you to be mad and fired up if you’re not a white male, and even if you are, I want you to get out there and demand your right to cycle and be a human being. Ultimately that is what we all are, human beings.

Racism and sexism are on the rise in America and the rest of the world.

Blatant racism is easy to spot and easier to confront. Casual racism is not. It is often inherent and we feel morally justified when we practice it because after all we don’t support racism. The same is true of sexism. For this topic I want to hand the reins over to a man. Not because he’s a man but because he is qualified to to talk about this and has done so eloquently. It’s 30 min long and worth every minute.

Does that open the world up for you?

I certainly hope so. Because the rest of this wont make sense unless you heard the podcast and more importantly took it in.

To defeat racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and all other isms and phobia’s we need a bridge. We need someone who reflects our values, who get’s us, and represents those people whom we need to hear our message. To a woman listening to another woman complaining about the glass ceiling, she get’s it. But to a man with sexist leanings, it sounds like bitching. Take that same man and let him hear the same thing from another man and he gets his “aha” moment. We need ambassadors to bridge the gap and to bring us over the chasm of the various societal ills.

If Hillary Clinton wins POTUS it could very well be the door closing and locking the rest of us out. If Trump wins POTUS it will be a disaster. But if we could get Bernie Sanders in and he were to build that bridge, the next woman to run for POTUS would have the platform to forever throw open the doors of diversity and welcome all of us in.

Women who bash men for supporting Bernie are just as bad as men who bash women for supporting Hillary. Anyone who supports Trump is either not paying attention, brain dead, or wants to watch the world burn.

Bicycles are the means to a better future for everyone. Even those who will never ride a bicycle.

In much the same way that Bernie is encouraging people to run for office and take over our local politics. I have encouraged (for anyone who has followed me on twitter) cycling advocates to get into open positions with the transportation cabinet both locally and nationally.

I’ve never asked to be the representative of cycling. Nor have I asked to be the face of cycling for transportation. What I’ve asked is to be supported by everyone, cyclist or not, who supports freedom, civil liberties, and respecting others. Sadly rape culture exists in cycling advocacy beyond high vis. clothing and victim blaming for not wearing a helmet. There is this thing called consent and no one asked me if I consented to being thrust into the spotlight like I was. Yes, I did want people to be aware of my situation. But I wanted them to know about it so that they would help pressure the police and county attorneys office to stop harassing me. I wanted to be in the crowd. Not the leader of the crowd. Consent isn’t just a teenage male issue. Women struggle with the basic concept of consent as well.

The sexism I’ve come across in the cycling community has been astounding. I can feel empathy for Hillary Clinton on that count. As someone who has been disenfranchised by her and her husbands conservative placating policies, I can not and will not accept her nomination for POTUS. If you heard the podcast then you will understand my concerns on a deeper level. I’ve met a lot of women who want a female president but not Hillary for that female president. It’s OK to pass the baton to someone who is capable of ethically uniting everyone. I believe that doing so will not only break the glass ceiling but will tear the door blocking us from diversity off its hinges.

I am not the belle weather and neither is Hillary.

We must unite to defeat Trump but we must also unite to protect more than women. We need to unite to protect the diversity of humanity which also represents women.

Hillary Clinton is not as strong as her supporters are making her out to be. I am very concerned if Trump does and does not become the official nominee of the GOP. There are so many variables to the Trump situation and I won’t be able to focus on his weaknesses, mainly because he as so many, until I know for sure that he clinches it. But if Hillary gets the nomination I can accurately predict that it will be a nightmare four years and she could end up impeached like Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president.

I’m also asking you to start a bike group in your local area. Make it a social bike group. Ditch the male roadie culture and start one of your own. Be women on bikes. Be women of color on bikes. Be anyone who isn’t a white male on a bike. But above all find your bridge makers and join the local politics. Make positive changes. Focus on Education, Legislation, and Infrastructure in equal measure. We need that perfect storm to establish a cycling culture to rival all others in America.

I wish it were in my lifetime that the glass ceiling was smashed to bits and the door barring diversity was ripped off its hinges but if we all work together then it will be in our children’s lifetime and that is good enough for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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