American-national-politics

Black Brits/Africans vs. African Americans

The whole Black Brits/Africans vs. Black Americans is utterly unfounded. I’m not sure if Blacks from London are jealous or something but there’s no other place in the world that produced the caliber of Black conscious civil rights leaders and movements the way America did. It’s not up for the debate, if we’re talking about numbers, the list of Black revolutionaries and movements from America are way higher than anywhere else, not only higher but massively successful as well (I can name about 25 from off the top of my head rn). This is so much so, that African natives would often study under African Americans, such as Professor William Leo Hasberry who was the teacher of Nigeria’s first President Nnmadi Azikiwe. African politicians and intellectuals would often come to America and study at Black founded Universities for education. Speaking of which the literacy rate amongst Black Americans is higher than anywhere else.

The truth is, all this argument trying to belittle African Americans have been bait traps because when you switch the narrative to African Americans, all of a sudden everyone can get on board, and we forget that for centuries Arabs enslaved East Africans and that populations of Arab nations consist of East Africans that are descendants of slaves. We forget that slaves were also sent to other parts of the world such as the Caribbean…

White supremacist don’t divide Blacks by nations, a Black is a Black to them and we all from Africa, yet on Twitter, as concentrated of a forum it is, we choose to divide ourselves & most of the hate I see is from Africans and Black Brits. I’ve seen really disturbing posts generalizing Black Americans as being ignorant of foreign politics. I post all this to say that these twitter beefs are extremely annoying (and not even accurate on most levels) and cause further division and is a distraction that is exactly what makes the enemy happy because when we divide ourselves it’s easier for them to get their way.

This is how many Black revolutionaries were killed and how many movements fell. Stay woke and don’t further divide yourselves. Coming together as allies kills the enemy who seek to keep all people of African descent down. All of our aims are liberation ✊🏾

Asked whether federal workers are dissenting in ways that go beyond previous party changes in the White House, Tom Malinow­ski, who was President Barack Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, said, sarcastically: “Is it unusual? . . . There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

The Democrats must be loving all of this. They can sit back and change absolutely nothing about themselves in the hope that in four years time Americans will be absolutely clamouring for a return to centre-right politics posing as centre-left politics. They get to wield the two-party system as a disciplinary weapon to hammer those whose votes they feel entitled to. The message is clear, “Accept that this is as far left as American national politics can go, or deal with 4 more years of as far right as it can go.”

That’s probably why they’re so fucking quiet all of a sudden.

my paper for American national politics is due next week…
and then i have two papers and a presentation due the week after that (also one paper i had forgotten about)
i should… work on those

And I got an A on my in-class essay test on Congress

I was a little worried because I wasn’t sure if I gave him exactly what he was looking for, but apparently I did.

This one guy in class didn’t do too well (I’m guessing from his reaction to getting his test back). When he found out I got an A (because the people around me were making this big production about hearing what I got) he said “So, the way to get an A is to write a whole lotta words?” (my paper was 3 pages compared to most people 1-2 page test). 

THAT PISSED ME OFF. I worked hard on this essay. I created a coherent essay that answered the question at hand while also providing good background on the subject.

So no, the way to get an A isn’t to write a whole lot of words. The way to get an A is to 1)not mix up DEPARTMENTS and Congressional committees (which he did and told me about after we took the exam on Thursday. I didn’t dislike this guy at the time so I attempted to be comforting and said something like “Well..as long as you explained it well he should understand what you meant) and 2)to study and know what you’re talking about when taking your exam.

That just irritated me. It felt like my work was being belittled. Yeah, so my essay is longer than average, so what. I did everything I was supposed to do and then some. Also, maybe if you weren’t complaining about how you want a break (our class is 1 hour and forty minutes. Seriously, you can’t handle that?) and how hungry you are and blah blah blah, then maybe you’d learn something. Pay attention. Take notes. Read the text. 

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“We should abstain from enforcing our views upon unwilling nations” 

“As the United States is the freest of all nations, so, too, its people sympathize with all people struggling for liberty and self-government; but while so sympathizing it is due to our honor that we should abstain from enforcing our views upon unwilling nations and from taking an interested part, without invitation, in the quarrels between different nations or between governments and their subjects. Our course should always be in conformity with strict justice and law, international and local.”

– Ulysses S. Grant, As Quoted in First State of the Union Address

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The Case for Corruption

Why Washington needs more honest graft

I have the beginnings of a similar argument stored away in my “drafts” folder. You have to give politicians some tools with which to build majorities, even if those tools are sometimes, well, icky. The opposite of corruption isn’t necessarily purity. Sometimes the opposite of corruption is collapse.

idsimo-lite  asked:

What individual actions *are* more effective than voting then? I'll grant that it shouldn't be seen as the only means of enacting political change, maybe not even the primary one. But that doesn't mean that it isn't the most direct way available to most Americans to influence national etc. politics.

A firm moral commitment to, if ever given the opportunity, murder a billionaire.