Monday, June 21, 2021

Treasures We Failed to Save

"The Radicalization of Kevin Greeson" (Sheets): 

"In 2009, Kevin Greeson traveled from Alabama to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama, at the time one of his political heroes. Twelve years later, a stone’s throw from where Obama had been sworn in, Greeson died of a heart attack while demonstrating in support of President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.

Greeson had undergone a stark political transformation in those intervening years. A longtime Democrat who once championed unions and supported progressive politicians, Greeson had become a staunch Trump supporter by the time he died outside the Capitol at the age of 55.

In the weeks leading up to his death, he gave up Fox News for less mainstream right-wing news sources and wrote a series of posts on the conservative-leaning social media site Parler advocating political violence in response to what he saw as Democrats’ efforts to “steal” the 2020 election from the president.

“Let’s take this fucking Country BACK!! Load your guns and take to the streets!” he wrote on Dec. 17.

While Greeson’s inflammatory Parler posts and false online rumors that he tased himself to death have drawn considerable attention, his political transformation has not.

“He was a vice president at the union, and he was an Obama supporter,” said Mark McDaniel, the Huntsville attorney representing the Greeson family. “He got interested in Trump because he felt he was more business-minded, and as the economy kept getting better, he kept getting more interested in Trump.”

For much of the late 20th century, north Alabama was home to a number of large factories and industrial facilities that provided blue-collar jobs with decent wages to people like Greeson. But many of those positions were eliminated over the past two decades as manufacturers and plants closed or sold to foreign companies — and as the jobs disappeared, the Democratic Party’s support dwindled."

It's not racism, or fascism, or some other 'hate', as we've been instructed by the (((media))), but the neoliberalism of Barry, and its concrete effects in the lives of people, that forced Barry voters to become Trump supporters.

"Who Is A “Terrorist” In Biden’s America?" (Webb):
"Another telling addition to this group of potential “terrorists” is “any other individual or group who engages in violence—or incites imminent violence—in opposition to legislative, regulatory or other actions taken by the government.” Thus, if the government implements a policy that a large swath of the population finds abhorrent, such as launching a new, unpopular war abroad, those deemed to be “inciting” resistance to the action online could be considered domestic terrorists."
The Wars For The Jews Protection Act.

"Pax mundi: Putin embraces Biden, all’s right with the world" (Rozoff).  Does Putin have an angle in manipulating - partly with flattery - what is left of Biden?

"“Just Blind Chance”: The Rising Call For “Random Selection” For College Admissions" (Turley).

Tweet (Imraan Siddiqi):
"This is the 3rd holiest site in Islam.

I repeat, this is the 3rd holiest site in Islam."

"Goodbye, Walker Rock Garden. Another Treasure We Failed to Save" (Scigliano).

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