The Precipice of PTSD…

from Combat Medic

Combat Medic

Most people don’t understand the change that happens within a soldier that just gets back from war. Everyone comes back changed, whether they’d like to admit it or not, some worse than others.

In my case, I was the worst.

Not a day has gone by in these past 13 years that I haven’t thought about Iraq and the messed-up things I saw and did there. I have only recently started moving on with my life with the intent to show America what it’s like to be on the battle front, fighting for our country and our lives only to come home to a never ending battle.

This scene from the first chapter of my book Combat Medic takes place at the precipice of my Post-Traumatic stress disorder, the worst moment of my life.

Slamming the door, I locked it and rested my head against the wood frame, trying to regain my thoughts.

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Bigots on Parade: The KKK Celebrates Trump

First posted 12/07/2016

America’s corporate media is abuzz with hip Nazi’s and downtrodden alt-Whiteys who reportedly ‘repudiated’ Obama and Democrats by rigging the Electoral College and losing the popular vote by 2.5 million votes.

I thought we might go back a mere 36 years to the 1980’s, when reporters called a bigot a bigot.

This 1980 CBS News video examines the methods the Ku Klux Klan uses
to indoctrinate children.

As I watched this flick I wondered if the children in this video became today’s 50ish Red State Trump voters.

The video suffers some degradation but its worth watching.

#Resist

Photo of Ku Klux Klan rally.
If you blow the right whistle the dogs come running.

Animated GIF found at Giphy

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Education for Death: The Making of A Nazi

Made by Walt Disney Studios in 1943, this ten-minute anti-Nazi
propaganda film depicts Nazi indoctrination of children.

The short also references the Hitler Youth and Lebensborn, Hitler’s
eugenics program for breeding Aryans.

The goal of the Hitler Youth was clear:

 “We demand that the National Socialist Youth, and all other young Germans, irrespective of class or occupation, between fourteen and eighteen years of age, whose hearts are affected by the suffering and hardships afflicting the Fatherland, and who later desire to join the ranks of the fighters against the Jewish enemy, the sole originator of our present shame and suffering, enter the Youth League of the NSDAP…”

Based on a screen shot from the Film Education for Death-The Making of the Nazi
The World Belongs to the strong and brutal. There is no room for weaklings.

This animated short is tragically relevant as Germany becomes the leader of the Free World.

Education for Death: The Making of A Nazi
by Walt Disney Studios
Published 1943

On edit:

I will not suffer attempts to use my blog to wage a partisan war of words.

This post is not partisan.

All Americans should be horrified the Russian hack of our election,
and the President’s attempt to subvert our press.

A screen shot of a trump tweet that calls the legitimate news fake
This memorial day let us remember that political leaders who spout enemy propaganda are un American

All Americans should want the truth about Russia’s influence on our government.

If you think this is a liberal/democrat thing you’re a fool and a danger to the nation and you might want to stop following my blog.

Screenshot of Angela Merkel stating that Europe cannot count on the U.S.
This is not Normal

 All Americans should be appalled by Trump’s treatment of our NATO Allies.

Animated gif from NBC News
This is NOT Normal.

Trump is NOT Normal

 

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“Who the Hell’s Voting for Donald Trump?”

First posted August 15, 2016

“When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”  Ann Coulter, 2002

Coulter’s not so bother’s by treason these days.

A quote from Ann Coulter in which she says African Americans are not fully human.
There’s a special place in Hell for barbarians.

I hoard information; I always have.

Before the internets, I kept news clippings, old flyers, and plenty of books.

When I was a kid, I read encyclopedias and textbooks for fun.

Now I have a vast digital library of music, films, television, images, and articles.

Between 2009 and 2011 I collected photographs of people at Tea Party demonstrations.

I also collected racist political propaganda and screen shots of death threats  to President Obama on Twitter and right-wing blogs.

Trump supporters occupy an inverse version of the United States where racism is a Christian Virtue and disdain for Human Rights is a mark of strength.

Their America treats ethnic and sexual minorities with contempt and violence.

“Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump?”

To begin with, many of Trump’s supporters are a coalition of white
supremacists and neo-nazis that politically organized in the late 1980’s.

Their movement is described in the 1991 documentary, Blood in the Face.

The conspiracy theories, racist rhetoric,  and threats of violence that we hear from the Trump campaign and Trump’s surrogates reflect the sensibilities of this movement.

The leaders of this coalition proudly describe a political strategy of taking over the U.S. government, office by office, starting with school boards, until every branch of government reflects a neo-nazi, white supremacist agenda.

Below is the official trailer for Blood in the Face:

I gathered the images in this post between 2000 and 2015.

I don’t know the source and intend no copyright infringement.

A heads up before we start:

I include a lynching postcard, which were popular among whites in the South of the early 20th Century.

These pictures best illustrate what Trump’s supporters mean by ‘personal liberty‘.

If you don’t want to see these photos please stop reading.

However, if you’re unsure of why Democrats need your votes I urge you to continue.

“Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump?”

Art by Rob Goldstein

Hang ’em high!The photo above predates 2011 because Ted Kennedy is on the enemies list. Ted Kennedy died August 25, 2009.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Lawdy, I sho loves campainnin

The shot above speaks for itself.

Art by Rob Goldstein
God Will Guide the Hand that Strikes You – July 16 2008

During Obama’s first campaign right-wing websites regularly called for his assassination.

Below is a detail from a 2009 cartoon published in the New York Post shortly after President Obama’s inauguration.

Art by Rob Goldstein
No Country for Porch-Monkeys New York Post, 2009

Porch monkey: commonly used in the United States as a derogatory term against African-Americans.  It refers to Blacks as lazy.  As if they have nothing better to do than to sit at their front porch of their home. Quora

Below is the cartoon in full:

Art by Rob Goldstein

Do I see two cops who’ve shot and killed an innocent porch monkey?

This image provides a compelling context for the increased police shootings over the past eight years; especially as the right-wing echo chamber tries to blame President Obama for increasing racial tensions by being Black.

Is it possible that the derogatory and inflammatory rhetoric of white racists are in part to blame for the inflamed racial tensions that plague our nation?

Racist image of President Obama as a witch doctor
Obama as African Witch Doctor

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” Donald Trump August 10, 2016.

Photograph of a White Supremacist wearing a pistol.
Protester at a Tea Party protest
Header from a right wing blog that reads Fight Terrorism, shoot a democrat
From a 2009 right wing blog.
Art by Rob Goldstein
The Cleveland Tea Party 2009 protest-He listens to Fox News

He listens to Fox News? Here’s what he heard:

Art by Rob Goldstein
Fox Nation
Art by Rob Goldstein
The sign in the background reads: This Change Sucks!

Art by Rob Goldstein


So what’s the goal of this organized movement of rich libertarians, racists, and neo-nazis?

Do they want this violence?

Art by Rob Goldstein
Death Threat via Twitter

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Racist death threat against Obama via Twitter, 2011.

They say they want a return to the good old days.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Lynch Em All

Have a look at the good old days:

Art by Rob Goldstein
The Omaha Courthouse Lynching of 1919 – The racist mob that tortured and murdered Will Brown pose for the camera

Will Brown was accused of assaulting a white woman.

He was 41 years old and suffered from acute rheumatism.

From Nebraska Studies.org:

Brown ended up in the hands of the crazed mob. He was beaten into unconsciousness. His clothes were torn off by the time he reached the building’s doors. Then he was dragged to a nearby lamp pole on the south side of the courthouse at 18th and Harney around 11:00 p.m. The mob roared when they saw Brown, and a rope was placed around his neck. Brown was hoisted in the air, his body spinning. He was riddled with bullets. His body was then brought down, tied behind a car, and towed to the intersection of 17th and Dodge. There the body was burned with fuel taken from nearby red danger lamps and fire truck lanterns. Later, pieces of the rope used to lynch Brown were sold for 10 cents each. Finally, Brown’s charred body was dragged through the city’s downtown streets.

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
The good old days as remembered by Rick Tyler

Progressives who think racists and homophobes will politely stand down because of a Civil Rights Act or a decision by the Supreme that protects the 4th Amendment rights of Gays are wrong.

The best illustration is Ann Coulter, a rich white career woman who argues against women’s rights:

“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president”
Ann Coulter 2007

Tax breaks for women of her class are more important than her right to vote.

But that’s the point: women of her class don’t suffer the consequences of their political decisions.

The bigots with whom Ann Coulter toys will never stand down because they think they have a divine right to control the bodies and minds of people of color, gays, the poor and women.

These extremists want a world that let’s them treat the rest of us like property.

Winning the fight for our rights as citizens is the beginning of another battle; the fight to keep those rights.

We have to fight now and always.

If you’re thinking of sitting out this election I ask you to consider
these words from a man who died in the fight for your right to vote:

Art by Rob Goldstein
Don’t be afraid to do what’s Right

Below is the 1991 Documentary ‘Blood in the Face’ .

If you have the time to watch it, do.

These are the people our wealthy GOP elites thought they could manipulate and control:

Rob Goldstein 2016 All Images found on the internet, source unknown, presented for educational purposes.

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