A reposting of the Page, "The Birth of This Blog," by the original Joyce, Jnr., before his death.
The Birth of This Blog.
As a survivor of three bouts of cancer over the past two years - prostate, skin, bladder, and kidney (resulting in the surgical removal of my left kidney a few years ago) - pre-diabetic, afflicted with COPD and high blood pressure, and well advanced in years to be a long-time recipient of a lowly $1,341 Social Security monthly income, I was a lifelong Republican, solely attentive to all things NFL, and considered a life long Republican in thought by my children and friends.
During the recovery period from my nephrectomy, I was browsing through my grandson's *The Cartoon History of The World* (Volumes I, II, and III), and midway through Volume II, ("From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome") I was struck by the epiphany that was to change my views of representative democracy and party politics completely - the discovery of the criminal conspiracy called American Conservatism.
Following further reading and thought, I found it impossible to ignore the body of evidence showing why our country had been going to hell in a handbasket, to use the vernacular. The "vast right wing conspiracy" described by Secretary of State, Hillary R, Clinton, and never mentioned in the mass media despite mountains of evidence, was in actuality a fact.
Not much of a reader after high school, what I learned about the Rise of The Holy Conservative Empire came about from further readings, borrowed from the public library, of works by such writers as Gibbon and Churchill, Jefferson (especially his observations on wealth), Paine, and other Founding Fathers. And works by members of the Republican Party such as Vincent Bugliosi and John Dean were not overlooked.
I tried to ignore the feeling that after almost 250 years our democracy had failed, and that we were at the beginning of a dictatorship in the making, but in page after page and document after document, it would have become obvious even to a witling that something was amiss: since the takeover of our institutions and our society from the day I cast my vote for Richard Milhous Nixon for the office of the Presidency in 1972 to the present, the rich had gotten richer and the middle class had been inexorably decimated in the same proportion while the number of poor and homeless had increased - and not by accident.
The leaders of the Conservative factions had slowly eliminated the democratic institutions created by our Revolution, and I saw that we were nearing the end of their decades-long program to achieve a permanent aristocratic government, run by the rich for the exclusive benefit of the rich. We had been duped and misled for years by one of the most vicious, corrupt, and powerful of criminal forces the World has ever known - the American Conservatives.
Their crimes are crimes against the laws of the United States and international law; they have broken laws and moral precepts shared by all humanity, independent of culture or creed. Even now, some of the most prominent of them have been convicted of crimes in courts throughout the world and could travel to these countries only at the risk to their own lives or freedom. By commandeering our courts and our churches, our regulatory agencies and our legislatures, all attempts to attain our Founding Fathers' dream of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" have been halted.
From Bishop J. Swift's (D.D., Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin) multicultural review of "various travels into several remote nations of the world" to Thomas Jefferson's brilliant Notes On The State of Virginia, the battle between Man, Nature and Conservatism has been well documented as the root cause of Man's present condition of poverty and misery.
And to these authors this blog is dedicated, to be illustrated by necessity with a helter-skelter collection of news past and present, leading us step by step, story by story, to the inevitable, unimpeachable conclusion: Conservatism is a crime and it must be yanked out of soil of our democratic society by its bloody roots.
Blogs like Ban The GOP (http://www.banthegop.com), while most admirable in their goal and values, do not go far enough, and will not solve the real problem infecting our country: that whether under the aegis of the Republican Party, the Tea Party, or any party that shelters them, we are dominated and controlled by the rich in the form of conservative politicians and they are slowly approaching the finish line of their race to reducing us to serfdom. (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/the-koch-brothers-exposed20120420#ixzz1ssGcdEpy)
Money talks and corporations are people, if not *is* the People, the GOP-controlled Supreme Court avers, and the five Conservative operatives now seated at the Court should be impeached under the rules of the Constitution for "bad behavior." ("The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good Behaviour...," Article III, Section 1., The Constitution of The United States of America.)
Jefferson wrote that there have always been two factions in politics, the Party of The Rich and the Party of The Non-Rich. After Jefferson gave Adams a thwacking in the election of 1800, that was the last time Conservatives admitted to voter their belief that the wealthy should rule unconditionally. Since then, the Conservatives have continually lied about their actual beliefs.
As to the sub-ideologies of the Party of The Rich all is smoke and mirrors to sway the ignorant or uneducated voter, the uninformed voter, the fearful, vicious, and hateful voters, and the religious faithful, - the latter treated with so much contempt and called the "crazies" by the Bush 43 White House after Bush's coronation when the usefulness of Christian support was over, according to David Kuo in his intriguing book, "Tempting Faith, An Inside Story of Political Seduction." Kuo, second in command of Bush's Office of Faith-Based And Community Initiatives, soon discovered after the election that religion was merely a political tool to the GOP, a base considered less than intelligent and easy to manipulate with the right rhetoric, pun intended.
"I know thou art religious,
And hast a thing within thee called conscience,
With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies
Which I have seen thee careful to observe."
These sub-ideologies, "faith-based," "limited government," "states' rights," "pro-life," "balanced budget," "family values," "job creators," and other talking points and meme generators exist only to attract votes from those who would object to the Conservatives' true aim: power of, for, and by the upper classes.
"Criminalize Conservatism" will address three areas: 1.) the true, *economic* definition of "conservatism," as noted by Jefferson, as opposed to the Conservatives' false and self-serving descriptions of themselves, 2.) the evidence proving that Conservatives are actually the leaders and the members of a criminal sub-organization under the banner of the GOP, and are hell bent upon destroying the middle class, the core of our democracy, and reducing them to the poor class where they will be permanently subjugated and silenced, and 3.) that America, and the world, can only be saved by criminalizing conservatism.
To repeat the above in simpler terms, the following three points are the foundation of "Criminalizing Conservatism:"
1. The term "conservative" ONLY represents the political and thus, the economic interests of wealthy, who
2. Are succeeding in destroying our democracy by illegal, immoral, and murderous methods that justify labling conservatism as felonious, conspiratorial, criminal behavior, and
3. Saving our democracy can be accomplished ONLY by Criminalizing Conservatism.
In a syllogism, we would state those three areas of interest as follows;
Conservatism serves the interests of wealthy, power-seeking criminals.
Conservatives are destroying our democracy through class warfare.
Conservatism must be made illegal.
These three cornerstones of "Criminalizing Conservatism" will be cited frequently with essays, opinions, historical perspectives, and news items plentiful enough to provide an empirical framework.
This blog shall be concerned with publishing items that add to the empirical evidence showing Conservatism to be criminal in every moral and legal sense of the word, supporting the conclusion that the only way to bring a halt to these criminals is to criminalize them and to halt their anti-democratic activities, to bring a halt to their conspiracy forever.
Implementation and punishment I leave to judicial and other legal minds. The moral rationale of resorting to vigilante action with its attendant tar and feathering and lynching in the absence of legal remedies I refer the reader to the activities of Boston's Joyce, Jnr. In the adjoining tab.
I only point out the problem, it is for others wiser than I to formulate solutions. "He that questioneth much, shall learn much, and content much; but especially, if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion, to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge. But let his questions not be troublesome; for that is fit for a poser. And let him be sure to leave other men, their turns to speak." Francis Bacon.
Since this aging blogger has interests in other areas such as science and technology, humor, history, and literature, tidbits reflecting these and other interests will be posted from time to time. For Facebook friends of mine - much of the material will be repetitive, but as Oscar Wilde observed, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Thus the birth of this blog, Criminalize Conservatism, "to speak the truth and boldly rebuke vice." The blog will surely be a "work in progress," with frequent changes in design and format as I muddle through the vagaries of html and css.
"Criminalizing Conservatism" is not a repository of a finished philosophy, so it will be confined collecting factual data and newsworthy events so that more sophisticated minds than mine might prepare a more coherent system of thought and action gleaned from the material collected here. We shall also post quotations on life, love, and humor as the mood strikes.
Positive suggestions for improvement in expressing such thought and action from those with more insight and intelligence than this blogger will be welcomed.
"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements,
but moral acts: 1) To return love for hate; 2) To include the excluded; and 3) To say 'I was
Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and
artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a
genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including
anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista. Haeckel
promoted and popularized Charles Darwin's work in Germany and developed the
controversial recapitulation theory ("ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny") claiming that an
individual organism's biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its
species' evolutionary development, or phylogeny. 1834 - 1919, from Wikipedia)