My First Exposure to the KKK

With the KKK/Neo-Nazis violence in Charlottesville, VA, it got me thinking of the first time I heard of the Klan.  I was 7 years old watching TV and a news break comes on.  I thought, “Oh this should be over in a few minutes and the show I was watching would come back on.”  It wasn’t a short news break.  It went on longer than that.  I change the channel and on 3 major networks were reporting it.

What I was seeing was the Klan starting a riot.  They were dressed in black wearing motor cycle helmets, carrying round black shields with “KKK” in white emblazoned on them, and carrying clubs.  Then they showed other people against them dressed in normal clothing protesting.  I saw them taking one person injured and bloody being taken way by paramedics.  Then the police came and started shooting, andthat scared me.  I turned off the TV and did something else.  Came back to the TV and they were still talking about it.

This planted the notation that there were people in this world, adults, that are scary, and what to hurt others.  It also made me curious who they were and what they were about.  Over the years I would do some research, and it all painted it in a negative light.  This is why I am against the racism and a liberal.  Because a lot of right-wingers are BULLIES.

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Yes I am a Slackivist and Other Political Views

I am a fan of Political Compass because it gives an in depth look into what your political stance is with a questionnaire that doesn’t let you choose “no position”.  Instead of using a single axis of Left and Right it uses two.  A left-right (Collectivims thru Neo-liberalism) economic x axis and an authoritarian-libertarian (Fascism thru Anarchy) social y axis.

Here is what I scored after taking the questionnaire.

Bill's Political Compass

I am Libertarian Left.  Which is odd because when I took it in the past I have been closer to the middle.  Now I am in my 40’s and it has drifted farther to the left instead of going right.  For one it might be that the political climate in the US has changed and went to the right and that I am rebelling against it in my own mind.  I know that it won’t always work, so I do try to be pragmatic, but I am lazy just posting my politics on Facebook. (a.k.a. Slacktivism)

I want to show the political compass for the 2016 US Presidential Candidates.

us2016

If you look at the Republican candidates and they are in the extreme corner of the Authoritarian Right. Hillary Clinton is in the Authoritarian Right but not to the extreme with the GOP.  This is why Republicans call everyone right of center of in the middle a liberal. Look at Bernie Sanders who is just left of center and they call him a Socialist when he is more of a Social Democrat like in Scandinavian countries.  That is how screwed up US politics is.  It is the conservative Democrats and the reactionary Republicans.

I wonder where it all went wrong?  I am a Gen X’er and grew up during Reaganomics.  Growing up I saw the slide of society turn to this pro-privatization neo-liberalism and the War on Drugs. (Which we are still fighting) In the 1992 when I was old enough to vote I wasn’t going to see another 4 years of George Bush/Day Quayle.  Voted for Bill Clinton and he did some positive thinks like rise taxes on the top tax bracket and rise the minimum wage.   He did setup some changes would make a turn to the worse.  First was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that shipped jobs to Mexico and created a series of free trade agreements that shipped jobs to other foreign countries.  Then there was the repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act that made the housing crisis of the early 21st Century.

Now how do we change it for the better?  One is supporting the Occupy Wall St. movement that is still going on.  There are many online efforts you can support.  Here are a few links.

MoveOn.org

Daily Kos

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Americans of Tax Fairness

CREDO Action

I also want to get a shout out to a blog of an old college friend called Pennsylbama Rising.