Question authority

I was driving by Willy’s Sports Bar and noticed a bumper sticker, “Question Authority.” It reminded me of the rest of the story to last week’s column, “Thank You Governor Bradford.”

I had continued to research the Plymouth Colony and found that it collapsed and Governor Bradford died a rich man while the colonists lived in squalor . How did this happen?

Bradford was a Pilgrim who, in order to maintain power pronounced his Pilgrim church to be a state church funded with taxes. He and his cronies passed laws against non-attendance to church, denial of scripture and criticism of the laws of Plymouth. Fines and whippings were commonplace.

Quakers were particularly targeted as they refused to take oaths or have any hierarchy, believing that their relationship with God was paramount and too personal for such pomp.

Although Bradford accomplished so much in privatizing enterprise in the colony, the power went to his head and he couldn’t get enough. People had tasted freedom and when they were deprived of it they resisted being part of the community.

This is a familiar scenario. The Catholic Bishop of Buffalo, New York just resigned after covering up abuse of authority regarding treatment of children. Jim Jones had a loyal following of believers who didn’t question authority at Jonestown in Guyana.

Beyond that, I read in the paper today that President Trump is considering sending an additional 14,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East to “deter the Iran threat.” Really, Iran threatens the United States? It seems to me it is the other way around. Has Iran imposed sanctions on us? What country has Iran attacked? It is the epitome of sanctimoniousness to claim our moral superiority dictates that we prevent Iran from having nukes when we are the only country who has actually used them. Where are the patriotic Americans who should be questioning our government’s authority here?

It is interesting to see the hoopla generated by a threat to withhold aid to Ukraine as some kind of big deal when any aid “we” give to Ukraine could never be considered constitutionally authorized.

Any foreign conflict we choose sides in creates more enemies and that creates more business. It is a perpetual motion machine, a never ending drain on the American people.

We started out as a community failing for lack of incentive, then we found that incentive when we were allowed to enjoy the rewards of work. Then those who couldn’t find a useful skill or product to trade for a living made enemies of potential trading partners.

It may look like rising prices and low wages but it is waste from a misused and abused welfare/warfare state..

Trump campaigned on a promise to exit the Middle East wars. It is being proven before our eyes that there are other forces at work and there’s nothing he can do about it.

The incentive The Founders had in seceding from England was one of self reliance that has been turned into dependence; a nation of unquestioning sheep.

On another note: Do you enjoy music? Bob Dorr has a great rock and roll history show on Iowa Public Radio. I did a guest appearance playing some of my own records there. The show is on 2 until 5, Saturday December 14 (and every other Saturday, BTW). I will be on the middle hour at 3. In our area 90.9 or 91.5, streaming: . Check it out. The worst that can happen is you shut it off.

Today’s lesson

Today I took part in a long awaited guest DJ recording session with Bob Dorr. He has read The Alternative and often disagrees with what I say. We didn’t call each other names and instead relished in the exchange of information of one of our favorite things, music.

Last week I wrote a letter to the Cedar Rapids Gazette (posted earlier in this blog) about another letter that had been in that paper. The guy never addressed an issue Walter E. Williams had brought up. He simply bashed his column as inappropriate and offensive and called for the paper to fire him.

Let’s be civil and have discussions with a goal of improving relationships instead of making ourselves satisfied like skinheads. Or be pleasant and enjoy life. As Love said in their Que Vida (played today) …. It’s a beautiful day.


From Babylon Bee

U.S.—In honor of Thanksgiving week, the nation’s progressives have begun to give thanks that they have so much to be angry and offended about this year.

“Thank you, unspecified deity who may or may not exist, for giving us so much stuff to be outraged about,” said Staci Walder, 42, of Portland, as she prepared her vegan, kale-wrapped turkey. “I’m truly humbled that you’ve blessed me with the Trump presidency, the patriarchy, the laws of economics, and biological facts to rage against.”

“Every year, it’s important to pause and recognize how much we have to be angry about.”

“A lot of people struggle with gratitude, but I’m deeply thankful that the universe has given us a veritable cornucopia of things to be mad about,” agreed Mary Wallace, 27, of New York. “I know that I come from a place of privilege, and when I think about those poor people who have absolutely nothing to be mad about, I utter a prayer of thanks to goddess.”

Many progressives partake in an annual tradition of writing down all the things they’re thankful to be mad about:

  • White people
  • Pronouns
  • Personal responsibility
  • Satire that does not affirm their viewpoint
  • Billionaires
  • Old tweets
  • 32-ounce sodas
  • Plastic straws
  • People who hold a steady job
  • Appropriating other cultures
  • Excluding other cultures
  • Bush
  • Obama
  • Trump
  • Babies
  • Kanye West
  • America

“If we’d all just remember to count our outrages, we’d have a much worse attitude all the time,” Wallace said as she looked over her own list of offensive things that dare to exist. “We should live our lives as though it’s Outrage Thanksgiving every day.”