Race

 

RACE

AFRICAN AMERICAN AND OTHERS

To the Black Community ( and all others )

I am here as a friend to talk about things that are of mutual interest. Not everything that I say will make you happy but please be patient with me – everything I am going to say is meant to give you the insight of someone looking into your world while your perspective is looking outward into the rest of the world. Most things we will see equally.

For instance: Compare Rosa Parks with Michael Brown;

What Rosa Parks did was a heroic act backed up by law and the need to bring social injustice to light. At the time, She did not think what she was doing was anything heroic. She was just sick and tired of being “nigerfied”!

What Michael Brown did was rob a convenience store,attack a Police Officer, disobey several direct orders, try to take the Officers pistol, etc. Had he not died he would have been arrested and convicted of these crimes. Michael Brown is not a hero!

I am somewhat aware of the discrimination that occurs virtually daily in your lives. What I want you to look at are the things you are doing that may be driving some of that mistreatment.

As Louisiana State Congresswoman for the Ferguson district said, “ The black community has a lot of work to do in order to meet their obligations for social change” (not an exact quote).

My Daddy told me “ Before you go complaining about someone else – Make sure your house is in good order !”

I’d say the black community has some work to do.

I am not so blind that I don’t understand the issue of systemic poverty, police brutality and racial profiling. However, if 1/4th or 1/5th of a population is committing 3 out of 5 of all crimes, isn’t it reasonable to scrutinize that group more closely?

Could a case could be made that minority men are being confrontational so they will be beaten and get a very large settlement from the public?

Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner all have these things in common that no-one is talking about. That is being financially, educationally, and socially disadvantaged!

When I try to compare the plight of the Negro to other minorities the differences in history and culture point out how disadvantaged the peoples from Africa really are. Chinese and Hispanics come from “civilized societies”, with structured governments and religions. African slaves were largely pulled from tribal areas all over Africa and mashed into one group without regard to language or tribe.

The following are my views of three sins our political system has perpetrated on the black communities.

First:SIN against the black community :(and other minorities.)

At the end of the Vietnam War all the minorities and poor white trash were tired of fighting and dieing on the front lines while the blue bloods sat at home doing whatever they do. A hue and cry from these groups and got Congress and the Selective Service System to change the draft process so ALL men, rich and poor, were on equal status in the draft selection. About six months later we went to all volunteer Armed Services ! There were PLENTY incentives for poor and minorities to join. And JOIN they did. And, we were right back with the same class of people doing the fighting and dieing.! The rich are completely off the hook unless they want to join.

A Special THANKS to all Military Families who take pride in serving our country!!

Second:SIN against the black community :

Back about the 1970’s when drive-by-shootings were popular in California and the gang problem was spreading to the larger cities east of L.A. We had a President who started neighborhood watch programs, after school activities, neighborhood beautification, small business loans, etc. for black communities. Gang problems and drive-by-shootings almost stopped , and the plan was showing success! Then a Presidential election happened! The first thing the new administration did was pull the funding for the these programs! Gang problems and drive-by-shootings skyrocketed and black communities took the brunt of the attack. I believe the new administration had an agenda. I believe they wanted to prove the need for gun control.

Third:SIN against the black community :

When the Bush, Rove, Cheney Administration opened the Southern Border and invited, and transported 20-30 million illegals into the U.S.A. to replace American Citizens in the workplace, the Black Community was hit the hardest. This was not something that happened accidentally, It happened with malice and forethought.

When the confluence of NAFTA, the 2000 invasion of Illegals from the south, and the Bush-Cheney-Rove tax breaks occurred, if you add the cumulative effect, these changes negatively affected the Black communities by, I estimate, something like 10-to-1 ratio compared to middle to upper class White Christians. The reasoning? Illegals pushed Blacks out of their jobs and out of traditional Black communities while Whites gained unprecedented profits of ( 100% to 1000%) between lower wages paid to Illegals, tax brakes and increased NAFTA led profits!)

These are not the only instances of the Black Community being used as political pawns. They just stand out in my mind as particularly egregious attacks on the Black Community. Some Hispanic Citizens were also hit hard by these policies.

NONE of these things HAD to happen. Someone made them happen! Someone is responsible!!! And they are smart people, they knew what would happen, knew who they would hurt, and did it for monetary profit!

One fact screams for air time – “ If these young men, Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, had had jobs and/or money to go to school – they very likely would not have been ‘where they should not have been, doing things they should not have been doing.’”

All 85% of us want is to have a decent job, enough money for a house, food, clothes, health insurance, transportation; retirement, school and emergency savings, some entertainment, a vacation once in a while, and, Oh yes, to pay our fair share of taxes.

An all too high percentage of African Americans, no matter how hard they try, cannot attain this small dream.

There are some very self-centered, greedy, rich, powerful people driving these policies and they don’t care who they hurt.

I have three observations:

(One) I see blacks rioting over every “injustice” done to one of their own. Per capita, in the criminal element, there are probably as many “injustices” in the Hispanic community along with those committed on the rest of the population. Where is all the concern about that violence among Blacks? Unnecessary violence affects all society, not just one segment.

(Two) I believe that ever since the Rodney King decision, minority males have been instigating fights with law enforcement officers as a get rich quick scheme. No matter how much training officers get, they are still human and can be pushed over the limit and do things that are neither in their nature or per their training. Fights of that nature escalate. The more the criminal fights and hurts the officer the rougher the officer feels the need to be to restrain the criminal. If criminals obeyed the officer and did not fight, few if any incidents would occur.

(Three) When Courts hand down decisions on these cases, the Criminal should be assessed as to how much of the violence and injuries were caused by his own actions. The settlement should be divided per that assessment. And, How about the injured officers suing for damages? Fair is Fair!

The business of a Nation is to produce fair and equitable laws for the welfare of its Citizens. The welfare of the Citizens depends on a strong and prosperous business community. A strong and prosperous business community depends on an educated, motivated work force. An educated, motivated work force will produce goods and services that will result a strong and prosperous business community. This is the circle of life of a Nation. Within this National Circle of Life there are moral, monetary, and social sub-circles. There exists a natural balance point in that results in harmony, equality and fairness. This is the responsibility of the President, the Congress, and the Justice Department. We the people are responsible for being good law abiding citizens who vote the right people into office and hold their feet to the fire! May all Gods bless America and the rest of the World.

It is my wish – my prayer that the negro community will take responsibility for their own future by taking advantage of the resources that are naturally available to them. Stop looking outside yourselves for aid. You have natural leaders who are leading in the wrong direction. I’m talking about the leaders of the gangs that are a scourge to your society! Turn them around! They could be legal small business owners! You will have to start small. You have among you business owners, clergy, teachers, city council members, etc. who can organize community projects to start small businesses, community centers, cleanup drives and so forth. Shop within your own community, support black businesses. Stop running drugs for people who then turn around and put you in jail for running drugs! When two gangs clash – the winner – in truth, becomes the biggest loser because they are best at being the worst! Do not look for excuses, identify reasons, then look for solutions. In most situations, if you look closely, you can pick out positives and negatives – Always look for a win – win solution. Like the guy who invented the “Selfie Stick”. He was being destroyed by cheap Chinese knock-offs. He went to the biggest knock-off manufacturer and said “ Hey! Lets go into business together. You build a good product to my specifications and we can both prosper.” And they did! Win – win!

Look in the mirror every morning and say to that person; “ I am a winner. Where I find good I will try to make it better. Where I find need I will try to help. I do not have to make someone else look bad to make myself look good.

Little steps can cover great distances. Patience wins battles.

Anger is like walking backwards. People stop thinking when anger rears it’s ugly head. Time is a one way street. Losing one minute puts you two minutes behind.

NONE of these things HAD to happen. Someone made them happen! Someone is responsible!!!

One fact screams for air time – “ If these young men had jobs and/or money to go to school – they very likely would not have been ‘where they should not have been doing things they should not have been doing.’”

All 85% of us want is to have a decent job, enough money for a house, food, clothes, health insurance, transportation; retirement, school and emergency savings; some entertainment, a vacation once in a while, and, Oh yes, to pay our share of taxes.

An all too high percentage of African Americans, no matter how hard they try, cannot attain this small dream.

There are some very self-centered, greedy, rich, powerful people driving these policies and they don’t care who they hurt.

Is it possible that the black people are being pushed down so there will be an available supply of labor for the illegal drug trade? Hummmmmm?

Mark Rawlins

10/2/2015

Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of a microphone and famously said, “I have a dream!”. He turned that dream into a movement, inspiring his followers to stand up as individuals and groups, to incite change in the laws and social systems of this country. This Country, whose Constitution already guaranteed them those rights! They had to fight for that recognition! Blacks still fight for true equality. However, they need to step back, look in a mirror and ask “ What are we doing that cause some of the backlash we get “. “What are we doing that escalates White negativity toward Blacks”.

2/20/2016 Denver Post

RE: Division of wealth

When the confluence of NAFTA, the 2000 invasion of Illegals from the south, and the Bush-Cheney-Rove tax breaks occurred, if you add the cumulative effect, these changes negatively affected the Black communities by (I estimate something like 180% and up) over what was then middle to upper class White Christians. The reasoning? Illegals pushed Blacks out of their jobs and traditional Black communities while Whites gained unprecedented profits of ( 100% to 1000%) between lower wages paid to Illegals, tax brakes and increased NAFTA led profits!)

The implementation of NAFTA, the 2000 invasion of Illegals from the south, and the Bush-Cheney-Rove tax breaks, the cumulative effect of these changes weighed heavily on Low-Income communities, factory workers, and all general labor and lead to unprecedented layoffs for working class Americans while creating record profits for both small businesses and, especially, for large and international corporations. This country is now built to operate around this model.

2/22/2016 Denver Post>

RE: Another Shooting, Minnesota this time : It is time for truth!

Another shooting, another round of calls for gun control! I can see it so clearly. Why can’t everyone else? Our society is sick! The problem is not with guns or bombs or poison gas. The problem is with society as a whole! Greed, intolerance, religious dogma, special interest tunnel vision, “it;s my way or the highway”, wealth inequity, underemployment, loss of respect for each other, loss of our moral compass, egomaniacs obsession with power and control just for starters.

What’s the underlying cause? Mental Health! Moral Health! Do we, as a country, do anything about this? No! We lack programs focused on truly helping those in need. We portray EVERY twisted individual as mentally ill when the true problem is Moral Illness. This confuses the issue ultimately taking help, funding and hope away from our society. Move money and energy from gun control to all the above and pray!

Mark Rawlins

4/30/2015 Black Violence > 7newsdesk(at)kmgh.com attn John Ferrugia

Three suggestions:

(One) I see blacks rioting over every “injustice” done to one of their own. Per capita, in the criminal element, there are probably as many “injustices” in the Hispanic community along with those committed on the rest of the population. Where is all the concern about that violence by Blacks? Unnecessary violence affects all society, not just one segment.

(Two) I believe that ever since the Rodney King decision, minority males have been instigating fights with law enforcement officers as a get rich quick scheme. No matter how much training officers get, they are still human and can be pushed over the limit and do things that are neither in their nature or per their training. Fights of that nature escalate. The more the criminal fights and hurts the officer the rougher the officer feels the need to be to restrain the criminal. If criminals obeyed the officer and did not fight, few if any incidents would occur.

(Three) When Courts hand down decisions on these cases, the Criminal should be assessed as to how much of the violence/injuries were caused by his own actions. The settlement should be divided per that assessment. And, How about the injured officers suing for damages? Fair is Fair!

Mark Rawlins

8/21/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Reason to abolish the Death Penalty – Randi Smith

Randi’s assertion that the Death Penalty is “neither fair nor reliable” is subjective. Also neither fair nor reliable are the penalties meted out to white collar criminals. That it is “disproportionately meted out to the poor and minorities” is probably true. Looking deeper into the facts finds that a disproportionate number of crimes are committed by those groups, and they have the poorest legal representation. Still not the whole truth. The poor and minorities fight and die on the front lines of our wars. They earn the least wages and have the least benefits in the work place. They have the least education, work mostly menial jobs, and work more part time jobs keeping them away from home and away form their children. Do not blame the Justice System or the Criminal Laws or the Criminal Sentencing Guidelines. Blame the Political System and Business practices that keep pushing Blacks down while giving most favored status to Others!

Mark Rawlins

9/2/2015 Denver Post > open forum

RE: “Close the Boarders” Republican Campaign Slogan :

As soon as President Obama was sworn in conservative talk radio, Republican Congress Persons and News outlets started blaming the illegal immigration problem on the President. All of the current Republican Presidential hopefuls are blaming the illegal immigration problem on the President. How convenient that a little time can “change history”. The way I remember it, President Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove invited untold millions of illegals to swarm over the southern border to take the jobs off fast food workers, hotel/motel domestics, Wealthy persons domestics, warehouse workers,and food processing laborers. Mexico released thousands of inmates and sent them across. President Obama inherited this Republican conglomerate mess from the Republicans! Maybe their mirrors are dirty and when they look in the mirror they mistake their image for the President. Or, maybe they think that if they tell the lie enough times the public will think it is truth!? OOPS, That IS what happened!

Mark Rawlins

9/22/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Refugees and/or Immigrants

During the last Republican debate I heard consensus among the participants about how bad the illegal immigrant problem is. They generally want to rid the nation of the illegals. Later in the debate, talking about Social Security, they said that the U.S.A. needs to import some millions of immigrants so there will be more taxpayers to help pay for Social Security benefits for the baby boomers and their children. They didn’t say where those jobs would come from! Seems to me that this is a double standard. The team of Bush-Cheney-Rove invited these illegals up here, used them to lower wages across the U.S.A. and now want them to disappear. The lowering of wages also impacts Social Security funds. I say we embrace those who grew up here. We have already educated, provided healthcare, fed and clothed many of them with public funds. Lets get something out of our investments.

Mark Rawlins

9/23/2015 Denver Post >

CNN interview after Pope’s White House speech inciting hate and discontent;

The first interview CNN did after all the pomp and ceremony at the White House was with the openly homosexual Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Gene Robinson. Virtually every question or comment to the Bishop was insightful, trying to get the Bishop to say something negative about Pope Francis and his position, particularly about Homosexuals and marriage. I give high praise to Bishop Gene Robinson for not taking the bait, instead he was humble and complimentary of POPE Francis and grateful for the invitation he received.

CNN is an important public face representing the U.S.A. to the world. I am angry and very embarrassed that CNN would do that to such a gentle and important guest as Pope Francis, and to this Great Nation. CNN should stick to reporting news and stop trying to make news by promoting controversy and hate.

Mark Rawlins

9/24/2015 Denver Post > Published

RE: The Popes Address to Congress :

The only reason any of our elected officials in Washington DC, or for that matter any true American Citizen, could be upset about Pope Francis’ address to Congress is if they have a guilty Conscience!

9/26/2015 Denver Post

RE: Mark Rawlins comment about Guilty consciences :

I should have included those who hate, or have warped values and those who have no conscience. Hate has no place in the hearts of our elected officials. It seems that those displaying the most hate put themselves out to be Christians. Jesus would roll the rock back into the cave entrance if he could see what some are doing in His name.

Mark Rawlins

11/9/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Race riots and Truth

Even with God, The U.S.A Constitution, Truth and Logic on your side it is difficult and sometimes impossible to win when you are fighting Fear, Hate, Lies and Misinformation! President Bush, Cheney, Rove, the Republican Party and R. Limbaugh used Fear, Hate, Lies and Misinformation to take this country to war with Iraq with very dire consequences.

“We The People” should be very concerned, vigilant and discerning when listening to any news source, commentaries, or commercials or reading anything from whatever source.

A very good case can be made that CNN was actively promoting race riots the way they “reported” the news during the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents. CNN’s reporting was very one sided against Police.

Who is pushing for race riots and what are their goals? The black community is trying to make the most of this but they are not the ones that started it.

Mark Rawlins

11/17/2015 Denver Post

RE: Syrian and other refugees moving en-mass to Europe and elsewhere:

First, stop equating Refugees with Immigrants! They are not equal! Refugee describes those who need temporary shelter and intend to return to their native homeland. An immigrant requests permanent relocation. Moving Muslim refugees or immigrants en-mass not only moves people, they move their army. Young Muslim men are not the only ones being radicalized, there are also women. Those women would not look suspicious during the vetting process. They could become “sleeper cells” raising children to be radicals. Muslims have been fighting these wars for a thousand years. They know how to do it. The Muslim “Religion” is part Religion, part government and part political. They have completely different morals and lifestyles than the rest of the world. They want the rest of the world to butt out of their business. Maybe we should do that – then deal with whatever is left.

Mark Rawlins

11/24/2015 Denver Post >

RE: San Bernardino Tragedy

In a somewhat twisted logic Tashfeen Malik provides us with good reason to not import Muslim terrorism under the guise of refugee or immigration programs. In an equally obtuse fashion it makes those maimed or killed in San Bernardino kind of like Heroes. If this tragedy keeps even some terrorists out – that is a good thing. Profiling works! On the other side of the issue is the fact that the vast majority of Muslims are decent, law abiding people – wherever they live. Also, it is not a far stretch to compare some Tea Party members to other extremists, both here at home and overseas. Hate is hate – no matter what the subject, no matter the source, no matter the “logic”, no matter how intensely one feels about an issue! Let Fact, Truth and our Constitution Reign Supreme!

Mark Rawlins

12/8/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Importing Muslims equals importing trouble?

Three lessons from Farook and Tashfeen: One – It appears impossible to accurately vet Muslims! Two – There is nothing more important to a radicalized Muslim than their mission! Three – Until “good Muslims” start ratting out their radicalized friends and family members we have to treat all of them with equal suspicion. There are Muslims out there that know “stuff”.

How will Malik’s daughter handle her parents “heroic” deed? What will the people who raise the child teach her? It is absolutely true that the more we alienate the Muslim community – the more problems we will create, however, trust is a two way street. If Muslims want our understanding and trust they need to earn it! Watch out for tips that are untrue and if we get one, ID the tipster as a radical.

Mark Rawlins

12/8/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Reacting to terrorism, the new normal?

To find out how to handle the threat of, or, an actual terrorist event, just ask any woman. Women live every moment of their lives with the fearful knowledge that they may be attacked and raped by strangers, friends or even family members. How do they live day after day – with that hanging over their otherwise normal existence. However they do it, they need to teach it to men. We haven’t been successful, or really even tried to ID potential rapists. If we had we would one step ahead of where we are now on how to ID terrorists. Our society has accepted rape and many other crimes as a normal human condition, maybe we can accept terrorism also? Viva la femme!

Mark Rawlins

12/22/2015 Denver Post >

RE: Story about Kenyan Muslims shielding Christians on a bus

This is a heart warming story in these times of hate and fear of Muslim-ism. However, it is prudent to note that these Muslims are Kenyan Africans, not of Arabic descent. This is similar to comparing the Ethiopians who practice the Jewish faith to traditional Jews. Still, we can learn from this in that here is proof that not all Muslims are evil and do truly value and practice peace and good morals.

Mark Rawlins

7/4/2016 Denver Post

RE: The Holocaust, Jews, and unintended consequence:

Evolution is happening right now in our midst. Millions of Jews perished under Hitlers reign of terror. This was an evolutionary event for the Jewish people. I suspect that many of the victims who died were basically the “sheep”, People who didn’t have much get-up-and-go. A large percentage of survivors didn’t just march to their death – they fought to stay alive, mostly by fleeing to safety. They had the initiative, the drive to stay alive. I would also guess that a very large percentage of survivors ended up in Israel and in a bit of twisted logic, Hitler is responsible for the feistyness of the population of Israel. To put it crudely, Hitler is the wolf pack that culled the Jewish herd.

Mark Rawlins

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7/9/2016 > Denver Post

RE:Blue Lives Matter!

A very good case can be made that CNN was actively promoting race riots the way they “reported” the news during the Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and other shooting incidents. CNN spent days and hours covering “Black Lives Matter” from the standpoint of the Black community. CNN spent very little time reporting the Police position. In general the whole news media was very one sided against Police!

I have to ask “Who is pushing for race riots and what are their goals?” The majority of the black community is trying to peacefully make the most of this but they are not the ones that started it. The news media started it! “We The People” should be very concerned, vigilant and discerning when listening to any news source, commentaries, or commercials or reading anything from whatever source.

Mark Rawlins

RE: Black & Blue lives MATTER! All American lives MATTER!

Considering the state of our Union, the hate, distrust, confusion, anger, ETC in our society we need to step back and review who we are and what our goals are! A good place to start might be to watch a couple of movies. I recommend “The Green Mile”, “Peyton Place”, “Return to Peyton Place” and “Imitation of Life”. These movies deal with many of the problems we are faced with today. I am sure there are also other more current movies that would be appropriate. I am confident our Nation can come together and win this war together. We need CNN and other news outlets to stop pushing gun control as their #1 priority and give balanced news reports.

Mark Rawlins

RE: Black Lives Matter – Truth Matters

For CNN and other news outlets to report every Police shooting or excessive force incident by Police that involves a black person and not report similar incidents that involve other races IS to LIE. It may be beneficial for blacks to work with other minority groups. Hispanics, and LGBT are suffering the similar treatment. The belligerence of blacks is understandable considering their history with law enforcement but that is also part of the root cause of the problem. I understand the position that black folks are in, they are tired of the abuse (being treated like a nigger). They seem to think resisting an officer’s orders or fighting back will solve something. A smarter approach would be to document each incident in a community and after a period of time choose a legal procedure to get justice. Eventually the bad cops would be identified to be retrained or fired!

Mark Rawlins

RE: The “Christian First” stance by our nations leaders :

Ben Carson was correct in saying that a Muslim should not sit as President of the U.S.A. For the reason he gave, which is “ Muslims faith requires them to put their church above all else”, (My paraphrase of his idea). By the same reasoning a “ Christian First “ stance by our nations leaders cannot be tolerated! The President, Vice-President, Judiciary,, and Congressional members of the U.S.A., Per the Constitution, must treat all Persons and all Religions equally. Members of the Masons should not hold public office by the same logic because they take a secret oath which involves being true to the Lodge and it’s Members first, giving members of the Masons an edge over all others.

Mark Rawlins

7/19/2016

RE: Baton Rouge, Dallas and Black Lives Matter

Sheriff David Clark almost hit the nail on the head when he almost accused CNN of complicity in the killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in a CNN interview on 7/18/2016. CNN and other news outlets report Police shootings or excessive force incidents that involve a white officer and a black person but do not report similar incidents that involve other races. CNN has been pushing the Black Lives Matter campaign since Ferguson when the criminal Michael Brown was killed after robbing a convenience store and attacking the Police officer who was forced to shoot to protect himself. Per CNN Michael Brown was the victim. Black witnesses said the officer was justified in his self defense. The minimal coverage CNN gives the police’s side is slanted in favor of their Black Lives Matter agenda.

Mark Rawlins

Who are “We The People”? Who are “The Government”?

Never Say to me :“

The government did this to ME! : The Government did that to US!” !

These are convenient LIES!

Say instead “I did this to ME! We did that to US!” !

These are Inconvenient TRUTHS!!

Mark Rawlins

4/24/2016 Denver Post >

RE: The sickness that is “American Capitalism”

In The Denver Post article (April/24/2015) on Harriet Tubman they quote the Washington Post saying (Feminista Jones laid out the case… last year: “by escaping slavery and helping others do the same, Tubman became historic for essentially stealing ‘property’. Her legacy is rooted in resisting the foundation of American Capitalism.”) If that isn’t sick, I don;t know what would be! Unfettered Capitalism has brought our Nation to it’s knees three times. The Civil War, The Great Depression, and, the Bush-Cheney-Rove Presidency’s financial crash of 2000 – 2008. There are many lesser incidents, like, the Great Savings and Loan Heist of President Reagan’s time, and in Colorado, the Ludlow Massacre of miners. Well regulated Capitalism which existed from 1934 to 1974 generated the “Golden Age of America”. We stored a comfortable layer of fat in the form of individual savings, retirement nest eggs, home ownership, affordable education, etc..

Mark Rawlins

4/24/2016 Denver Post

RE: whenever anyone or group tries to take over the world they are doomed to eventual failure.

Mark Rawlins

4/24/2016 Denver Post

RE: Violence in Mexico ; drugs, extortion, murder for hire!

The evolution of societies, the influences of societies on each other, the ebb and flow of social change equate to an uncontrolled mishmash of laws, customs, habits, religions, politics, and CRIME! At this juncture in time we face a threat from Mexico as great of greater than all that mess in the middle east. This is true in large part because Mexico is just across the border.

Mark Rawlins

6/3/2016 Denver Post >

RE: Slavery : The United States today vs The United States 1776

In 1776 many wealthy people had slaves either in the form of actual slaves or in the form of indentured servants. So! I guess “We The People” should not be too surprised when wealthy people today aspire to return to those “good old days”! Look around! With credit card interest rates at 25% and wages being pushed lower and lower – aren’t “We The People” virtual slaves?! When a society gets so far down it is very difficult to get back up, especially when those in power have made the rules which brought the situation to this point. It took the Civil War to get us out of that rut in 1865 : it took “The Great Depression” to recover in the 1920s and 1930s! What is it going to take this time? Can we do it different, smarter with fewer casualties this time?

Mark Rawlins

6/2/2016 Denver Post >

RE: Being politically correct

Political correct terms are in fact little lies we tell ourselves and others to soothe hurt feelings or hide an inconvenient truth from ourselves or someone else. How many ways have we said “negro”? African American, blacks, black America and some I have forgotten. Indigenous peoples of the Americans also have gone through many “name” changes. Indian for example – they are NOT Indians – Indians come from the country called India. Some terms, like “undocumented worker”, are intended to disguise illegal status and make them seem harmless.

Mark Rawlins

6/12/2016 Denver Post >

RE: LGBT murders in Orlando, Fl.

The LGBT community has been very “out there”, pushing the envelop for what they conceive as their equality, rights, and freedoms. It is no secret to anyone with one eye open that militant Islam is anti homosexual. We have laws, customs, and social norms which attempt to even the playing field, but cannot make everyone “EQUAL”! The LGBT seem to have a goal of keeping their cause consistently in the national headlines. Addressing equality! There is no such thing as “equality”! The marriage of a homosexual pair is not and cannot be equal to a heterosexual pair. A blind man is not equal to a sighted person. It might be prudent for the LGBT community to tone down their radical rhetoric and live to fight another day. The restroom issue? It’s BS! Public restrooms either have a locking door or private stalls – who cares?!

Mark Rawlins

6/14/2016 Denver Post >

RE: Equality ?

Did someone mention EQUALITY recently? How about this truth? Less than 1% of Americans own and/or control 99% of our wealth = less than 1% of Americans join the military to defend all of us!!???? Peace of mind is not having any enemies. ???????

Mark Rawlins

6/28/2016 Denver Post >

RE: Responsibility and Consequences :

Timothy McVeigh was a little bit of a hero in that his actions changed the course of our Nation. The Justice department had been getting more and more militaristic in dealing with radicals, such as the Minute Men. Reference the Waco Massacre compared to the Idaho and other groups after Oklahoma City. Somewhat related are what happened to Charlie Hebdo in France. They thumbed their noses at the Muslim Radicals – and paid a price for their insolence and bullying “prank”. When you stand in front of a mad bull in your cement shoes and wave a red flag, there are likely be consequences!? The “gay” rights marches, parades, ETC whether right or wrong are likely to have “unintended” Consequences. Just as Margret Thatcher, ETAL, thumbed their noses at Great Britons lower and middle class citizens – There have been consequences!?

Mark Rawlins

7/2/2016 Denver Post >RE: What about “United” do Politicians, Christians, The Judiciary, Wall Street, ETC not get?!!!

This is not the United Christian States of America! Not The United Wall Street of America, Not The United LGBT of America! We advertise that we are “The United States of America” but we sure do not practice what we preach! I”m not a particularly religious person but I try to live my life by the moral standards of God better than many who profess to be Christians. I was a Catholic up to the age of 13 I saw too much hypocrisy and opted out. What we are really missing is MORALITY! ALL the religions preach morals but way too many “believers” don’t live up to their religion. The basic dogma of most religions is very similar. Basic morality is accepted world wide. Mr. Trump might say “What the heck is going on here? Lets figure this out!” United We Stand! – Divided We Fall!

Mark Rawlins

7/4/2016 Denver Post

RE: The Holocaust, Jews, and unintended consequence:

Evolution is happening right now in our midst. Millions of Jews perished under Hitlers reign of terror. This was an evolutionary event for the Jewish people. I suspect that many of the victims who died were basically the “sheep”, People who didn’t have much get-up-and-go. A large percentage of survivors didn’t just march to their death – they fought to stay alive, mostly by fleeing to safety. They had the initiative, the drive to stay alive. I would also guess that a very large percentage of survivors ended up in Israel and in a bit of twisted logic, Hitler is responsible for the feistyness of the population of Israel. To put it crudely, Hitler is the wolf pack that culled the Jewish herd.

Mark Rawlins

7/9/2016 > Denver Post

RE:Blue Lives Matter!

A very good case can be made that CNN was actively promoting race riots the way they “reported” the news during the Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and other shooting incidents. CNN spent days and hours covering “Black Lives Matter” from the standpoint of the Black community. CNN spent very little time reporting the Police position. In general the whole news media was very one sided against Police!

I have to ask “Who is pushing for race riots and what are their goals?” The majority of the black community is trying to peacefully make the most of this but they are not the ones that started it. The news media started it! “We The People” should be very concerned, vigilant and discerning when listening to any news source, commentaries, or commercials or reading anything from whatever source.

Mark Rawlins

7/10/2015 > Denver Post

RE: Black & Blue lives MATTER! All American lives MATTER!

Considering the state of our Union, the hate, distrust, confusion, anger, ETC in our society we need to step back and review who we are and what our goals are! A good place to start might be to watch a couple of movies. I recommend “The Green Mile”, “Peyton Place”, “Return to Peyton Place” and “Imitation of Life”. These movies deal with many of the problems we are faced with today. I am sure there are also other more current movies that would be appropriate. I am confident our Nation can come together and win this war together. We need CNN and other news outlets to stop pushing gun control as their #1 priority and give balanced news reports.

Mark Rawlins

7/11/2015 > Denver Post

RE: Black Lives Matter – Truth Matters

For CNN and other news outlets to report every Police shooting or excessive force incident by Police that involves a black person and not report similar incidents that involve other races IS to LIE. It may be beneficial for blacks to work with other minority groups. Hispanics, and LGBT are suffering the similar treatment. The belligerence of blacks is understandable considering their history with law enforcement but that is also part of the root cause of the problem. I understand the position that black folks are in, they are tired of the abuse (being treated like a nigger). They seem to think resisting an officer’s orders or fighting back will solve something. A smarter approach would be to document each incident in a community and after a period of time choose a legal procedure to get justice. Eventually the bad cops would be identified to be retrained or fired!

Mark Rawlins

7/13/2015 > Denver Post

RE: Religions and Consequence – Truth and Reporting

Lets just say it! Christians and Muslims are natural enemies! Muslims and Jews are natural enemies! Jews and Christians are natural enemies! The members of each of these religions KNOW without doubt their God is the one and only TRUE God. What is absolutely dumbfounding is that the Christian nations of Europe purposely (apparently without forethought) moved millions of poor Muslims into their countries to increase the profits of their Christian and Jewish investors and business owners! They then, more recently, invited in millions more Muslim refugees in an apparent gesture of good will. The irresponsible practice of Muslim Religion’s call for large families for the purpose of inhabiting the world with Muslims is paying off. We have three basic choices. Do nothing, go to war, or agree on a set of laws everyone lives by. Will Religions choose peace or war?

Mark Rawlins

7/13/2015 > Denver Post

RE: Von Miller says it’s not about the money for him, it’s about future player’s salaries.

What Von is missing is the fact that NFL teams have to live within the salary cap. The more money they pay him, the less they can pay one or more of his teammates. As a team player how does he justify taking money from less talented teammates? Some quarterbacks slip a little money to his linemen to get better protection. Will Von slip a little to his linemen and linebackers to help him? As with any closed system a change to one part affects all other parts! Teams cannot thrive long with one star player – a team of very good players will go further and last longer. One who spells love – money : spells team – MeMeMe.

Mark Rawlins

7/18/2015 > Denver Post

RE: Baton Rouge, Dallas and Black Lives Matter

Sheriff David Clark almost hit the nail on the head when he almost accused CNN of complicity in the killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in a CNN interview on 7/18/2016. CNN and other news outlets report Police shootings or excessive force incidents that involve a white officer and a black person but do not report similar incidents that involve other races. CNN has been pushing the Black Lives Matter campaign since Ferguson when the criminal Michael Brown was killed after robbing a convenience store and attacking the Police officer who was forced to shoot to protect himself. Per CNN Michael Brown was the victim. Black witnesses said the officer was justified in his self defense. The minimal coverage CNN gives the police’s side is slanted in favor of their Black Lives Matter agenda.

Mark Rawlins

7/22/2015 > Denver Post

RE: “Christian First” stance by our nations leaders :

Ben Carson was correct in saying that a Muslim should not sit as President of the U.S.A. For the reason he gave, which is “ Muslims faith requires them to put their church above all else”, (My paraphrase of his idea). By the same reasoning a “Christian First“ stance by our nations leaders cannot be tolerated! The President, Vice-President, Judiciary,, and Congressional members of the U.S.A., Per the Constitution, must treat all Persons and all Religions equally. Members of the Masons should not hold public office by the same logic because they take a secret oath which involves being true to the Lodge and it’s Members first, giving members of the Masons an edge over all others.

Mark Rawlins

8/29/2016 > Denver Post

RE: Kapernick and the National Anthem!

Kapernick is reacting to the Black Lives Matter program being pushed by the media. He is the embodiment of a person who is a victim because someone told him he is a victim. Yes, there is maltreatment of the Black Community. The problem is that “They” treat themselves as bad or worse than the white community treats them, and they are behaving in a manner that brings on a good deal of what happens! If the “white” component were removed from the equation, what would change for the Black Community? The only thing likely to change is white officers would not be the ones pulling the trigger! Blacks need to take ownership of their problems. Do not look to Whites to solve Black problems. While these things are true it’s, not the whole truth. Blacks have been systematically pushed down economically. The baby needs milk, have no money!???

Mark Rawlins