Return of the Carpetbagger

Carpetbagger

A certain Hawaiian carpetbagger once rode his surfboard into Chicago. The surfer dude from Hawaii became senator. And now that same surfer dude is the U.S. President! (Background: Fine City Up For Grabs, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 31, 2015.)

The surfer dude is not the first of these carpetbaggers, however. Once an entire phalange of carpetbaggers swarmed into America’s South! The term carpetbagger was a pejorative term referring to the carpet bags which many of these newcomers carried. “In modern usage in the U.S., the term is sometimes used derisively to refer to a politician who runs for public office in an area where he or she does not have deep community ties, or has lived only for a short time.” [1] The surfer dude, for example, came from Hawaii to Chicago, coasted on to Washington, DC, and heads to California once his presidential term expires.

During the American Civil War, “Union Leagues” had been formed. They had been established partly in reaction to Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) and secret Copperhead groups operating in the North. After the Civil War ended and the South was defeated, the Union League was involved in dispatching agents to the South. These agents were tasked with turning newly emancipated slaves against Southern whites. Part of this involved organizing the “freedmen” (as they were called) into secret clubs. [2]

The freedmen were to be “taught to hate – and teachers of hate were plentiful.” The freedmen were sometimes told “that the Government required their enrollment in political clubs.” Passions were aroused with incendiary speeches. A “Colonel” James Sinclair, the “fighting parson”, “urged the negroes to hate their former masters and treat them with insolence and contempt…” The “passions, cupidity, [and] hates of the negroes were being aroused and constantly fed.” [2]

Sound familiar? On or about March 22, 2015 a black man, Otis Byrd, was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Even though the FBI pleaded for patience as it investigated whether Byrd had been lynched by “white crackers” or had committed suicide, many “news” outlets used the tragedy to feed the “passions, cupidity, and hates” of Americans. The FBI pleaded for patience and the story about Byrd’s death has evaporated. USA Today reported on March 23, 2015 that “signs” in the Mississippi hanging point to suicide. [3] However Workers World, a Marxist-Leninist communist party publication, as of March 31, 2015 confidently reports “the recent lynching of a Black riverboat worker, Otis Byrd, in Port Gibson, Miss.” as if it is an established fact! [4] And the FBI which pleaded for patience while they investigated? Where are they?

Otis Byrd was just a random event latched onto by the “news” fakers for the purpose of implanting an image of “white crackers” on the prowl, apparently. Maybe, someday, the FBI will announce the results of their investigation. And maybe the “news” outlets will loudly trumpet the actual results as they did the initial incident. Or maybe the “news” outlets will bury the story if it does not conform to the “white crackers” narrative.

Teachers of hate were plentiful. (And hello to you, “news” fakers.) A shift this week has been to a new “drive by” onslaught by the “news” which focuses upon a Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. Mother Jones, like Workers World another fringe-left publication, suggests the Indiana law will give businesses the option to discriminate against Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) customers on religious grounds. [5]

Nothing ever gets resolved. A fortnight ago it was Otis Byrd. Now it is the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Nothing gets resolved, but the “passions, cupidity, and hates” are being aroused and constantly fed.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Carpetbagger”, Wikipedia, April 1, 2015.
[2] Bowers, Claude G. The Tragic Era. (1929)
[3] “Authorities: Signs in Miss. hanging point to suicide”, by Therese Apel. USA Today (online), March 23, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/23/fbi-bringing-in-profilers-on-the-otis-byrd-hanging-case/25209183/
[4] “Why the April 2 People’s Tribunal is timely”, by Editor. Workers World, March 31, 2015. http://www.workers.org/articles/2015/03/31/why-the-april-2-peoples-tribunal-is-timely/
[5] “Here Are All the Athletes, Celebrities, and CEOs Joining the Indiana Backlash”, by Samantha Michaels. Mother Jones (online), March 31, 2015. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/indiana-backlash-pence-religious-freedom-lgbt

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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