Consent of the Governed

Consent. What does it mean? It means a leader cannot rule without a follower’s commitment. Thus, “consent” and “commit” are bonded pairs of “command.”

When “commit” is not bounded by consent, command deteriorates.  When “commanding” the behavior of others, committed non-deviance evaporates without consent. Thus, even if a command is initially followed, the follower changes what is to be done, with resulting unanticipated or undesired consequences.

Don’t miss the point:  “ruling” is but facet of “leadership.”  Making a decision about what to do  is legislative. It’s not the same as implementing (executing) a decision.

In politics, What truly is “leadership?”

 

N.R.A.

N.R.A. (normal rational analysis)

Parents who have weapons must control the use of those weapons, or face allegations of civil gross negligence judgement or penal gross negligence or recklessness charges.

Someone must be accountable. Shouldn’t the owner of the weapon have some responsibility for its use?

As I recall, in the event of school vandalism the parents of the child caught vandalizing must pay for damage done to school property.

Peace.

Six Steps from Reality

This morning, after checking the news, I realized it probably didn’t matter.

Real time awareness is not recorded video. Life experience is, simply, the story. Media is the story re-sold. By the time you read or hear it, you’re at least six steps from reality.

 

N.R.A.

N.R.A. = NO RATIONAL ALTERNATIVE
N.R.A. = NO REAL ANSWER
N.R.A. = NONSENSE REGURGITATED AGAIN
N.R.A. = NO REAL ASSESSMENT
N.R.A. = NORMAL REVISIONISM AMOUK
N.R.A. = NEGATIVE RESPONSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS
N.R.A. = NO REAL ACCOUNTABILITY
N.R.A. = NOT REALISTICALLY ACCEPTABLE
N.R.A. = NO RESPONSE, AGAIN
N.R.A. = NOTHING REALLY APPEASING
N.R.A. = NO RESEARCH ALTERNATIVE
N.R.A. = NEEDY RIDICULOUS AGITATION
N.R.A. = NOT REALLY AMERICAN

Why?

Let me be clear. Regulation is not negation. It is acceptance, within the bounds of liberty. Administration is control. Management is NOT an obscene or unconstitutional word. Licensing is NOT un-American. Accountability is not treason.  Face the facts. The government of the United States of American already has more weapons that are far deadlier than the civilian population.

To think otherwise leads me to believe that the Second Amendment is simply the acceptable method of birth control that’s sanctioned by some so-called “Conservatives.”

I will say this, however: If all social and political order breaks down and the U.S.A. becomes infested with anarchy from sea to shining sea, and each human being must go for whatever a person can do to survive, those humans in uniform will have more weapons than the others. So, what are we really fucking talking about?

From John Rickford (my friend)

In the many discussions of Trump’s crass and racist comments about Haiti and other countries, I have seen little if any awareness or acknowledgment that the two beacons of national liberation in the late 18th century–the USA (1766) and France (1789)–did not recognize the first Black Republic in the New World (Haiti, 1804) until decades later, and seriously undermined its development. (Compare Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.) The US only recognized independent Haiti in 1862, after the South seceded, and France did so in 1825, after forcing Haiti to begin paying them “reparations” for the slaves and property France lost after the successful struggle of Haitians for their freedom. Those reparations, in today’s dollars, amounted to $21+ billion dollars, and it took Haiti until 1947 to pay off the debt with interest! Imagine if America had had to pay off a similar debt to Britain after 1776. And the irony is that instead of Haitian slaves getting reparations for THEIR years of exploitation and unpaid labor, it was the other way around, with the victims paying the victimizers. Even so, Haiti has gone on to produce some of the most impressive intellectuals, artists, and men and women of distinction in every field, many of them (like my friend #Michel Anne Frederic DeGraff, professor of Linguistics at MIT) helping to give American students the education Donald Trump apparently never had. DT’s ignorance reminds me of Nathanael in John 1:46, who, hearing from Philip that “we have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote–Jesus of Nazareth …” said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” For info on Haitian reparations, see this Wikipedia entry. Michel and others mayl give us deeper historical references:

Haiti’s legacy of debt began shortly after gaining independence from France in 1804. In 1825, France, with warships at the ready, demanded Haiti compensate France for its loss of slaves and its slave colony. In exchange for French…
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