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Above: Lake Geneva, Switzerland. At Montreux.

Fodderize v.t. 1. To break down individual components; to make fungible; to disregard difference; to render one easily substituted for another 2. To impose sub-quality goods or services upon, with little recourse 3. To cap role choices, hinder access to resources regardless of merit, and so avoid competition 4. To manage perception by propaganda-spin techniques, while concealing dispositive facts 5. To manipulate, lure, exploit, deceive


Saturday, June 20, 2015

South Carolina, Tear Down This Flag.

The Confederate Flag.
Mother Emanuel remembered.

The old tree, like the flag, haunts and serves only as a looking post for birds, a source of bugs. And a danger when winds blow.

Consider it as part of the old Confederate landscape. Barren.  Is that so?

Still, hallowed in stubborn and wishful memory by those whose forbears exploited it freely, and made it so. Consider: Old 1800's ideas.  Old ideas are like contemporary footwear:  Once useful items that no longer fit, if they ever did, for more than the elite few intended to benefit.

So go ahead, Confederacy buffs. Hold on to the old ideas, over and over. Are your feet sore yet?  Wear them around, so long as you do not make others do it. Do the old ways really still fit?  Were there, really, any good old days? 

Waving old idea Confederate flags on government property is like force-feeding geese. The view can't be avoided.  Tasty result for some, physical, and political death to those so fed.

So, never send a child to West Point.  At West Point, subversive ideas of ethics for humanity, cultural and history appreciation -- and not just distorted repetition of spin and gripe -- hold sway.

Viewing the old Confederacy symbol set as honor on government ground?  South Carolina. Tear Down This Flag.  Honor our national values.  South Carolina, tear down this flag. To the world it means slavery. Honor your forbears for other reasons. Change the symbolism.  You might want something like this in place of that flagpole.