Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By Cliff Kincaid
CNN’s Don Lemon is under fire for making the elementary observation that some of the Ferguson protesters planning violence and mayhem were smoking pot. Linking dope to violence is taboo for most of the media.
Reporting from the scene, Lemon said, “Maybe a minute, two minutes ago we heard a gunshot and watched people scattering. And we’re watching people on the roofs of cars, on the tops of cars and…Obviously there’s a smell of marijuana here as well.”
“Lemon’s comments sparked fierce backlash on social media,” reported Toyin Owoseje of the International Business Times. She said “many members of the online community” accused him of “adding fire to the flames and promoting his own agenda.”
It’s the marijuana, not Lemon’s observation, which added fire to the flames. He was just pointing out the obvious. Are journalists supposed to ignore the use of mind-altering substances by demonstrators planning the burning and looting of businesses?
That Lemon’s simple observation has generated outrage in the press demonstrates how most journalists are trying to play down the harmful effects of the drug and ignore the epidemic of drug use in minority communities. Our media, and some libertarian politicians such as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), want everyone to believe that police who enforce the laws and the “War on Drugs” are the problem.
No, it’s the drugs and their consequences, including mental illness and violence.
Don Kaplan of the New York Daily News called Lemon’s remark a “culturally insensitive comment,” as if dope-smoking was something indigenous to Ferguson residents. He also called it a “useless observation” which “polarized critics” against Lemon.
Catherine Taibi of the always politically-correct The Huffington Post said the remarks sparked a “backlash” against Lemon.
Why so much outrage over a simple observation of fact? Aren’t journalists supposed to report facts?
It is apparent that Lemon’s critics were concerned that viewers might conclude that some of the burning and looting may be linked to the weed that some of them smoke for alleged “recreational” or “medical” purposes. The “backlash” probably came from other marijuana smokers, or those sympathetic to the demonstrators.
Lemon’s critics were obviously concerned that his observation of fact would put the protesters in a bad light.
But, remember that Michael Brown, who assaulted Police Officer Darren Wilson, was high on marijuana as well. That is something else the media have tried desperately to downplay.
The idea that this “harmless” substance isn’t so harmless after all is something that the liberal media cannot tolerate. That’s why anything negative about the weed has to be suppressed. If it is reported, such as in the case of Don Lemon, the offending journalist must be ridiculed and ostracized.
The Lemon incident brings up another critical point.
Any reporter who reads the grand jury documents in the case and covers them objectively will note there was an extensive discussion of the possible effects of marijuana on Michael Brown.
DeForest Rathbone, Chairman of the National Institute of Citizen Anti-Drug Policy (NICAP), saw the evidence of dope playing a role in the confrontation between Brown and Wilson, and found a strange omission in The Washington Post’s coverage of the grand jury proceedings. In a letter to the paper, he wrote:
“Michael Brown is continually being described as an ‘unarmed black teenager.’ And that mantra prevails among the liberal media and government officials, enflaming violent reactions by people believing that the ‘innocent’ teen-ager was irrationally killed by police.
“But in a glaring example of media bias exacerbating racial tensions in the Michael Brown shooting death, Post reporters left out the key exculpatory fact in the grand jury finding officer Darren Wilson not guilty: The fact that Michael Brown tested positive for marijuana, which could explain his irrational violent behavior, not only in the convenience store which he strong-arm robbed while physically attacking the store clerk, but also in provoking the violent confrontation with police officer Darren Wilson.
“If it weren’t for the mainstream media’s reverence for the ‘sacred cow’ of marijuana, they would see the valid scientific studies showing that pot is currently being produced in varying strengths from a mildly intoxicating 2% THC up to school-shooter-psychosis-inducing 40% to 70% THC. And that early childhood use of pot is a major cause of psychosis and violent behavior…which could be the ‘unknown motive’ frequently cited in news articles on the Ferguson affair.”
Rathbone’s reference to the “unknown motive” is the discussion we have seen on CNN and other networks expressing surprise that Brown would have charged or attacked Wilson. Being stoned on pot, as Brown was, explains his behavior. Many notorious cases of violence have been linked to the drug in the past.
Rathbone said Attorney General Eric Holder’s suspension of enforcement of federal drug laws against marijuana in “Stoner States” has resulted in “producing and shipping brain-destroying, violence-inducing strains of pot throughout the nation.”
“Therefore,” he adds, “it’s not the police, or white racism, that is causing this devastation; it is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who turns a blind eye to the malignant impact of marijuana and then tries to blame everybody else for the resulting social chaos.”
Rathbone urged “responsible journalists” to focus on the problem.
But that’s clearly not going to be the case. After attacking Lemon for mentioning the smell of pot amidst the protests, some in the media have decided to attack the prosecutors for even bringing the subject up before the grand jury.
Anthony Zurcher of the BBC questions the role of marijuana in the attack on Wilson and quotes Jacob Sullum of Reason magazine as his authority in saying the dope couldn’t have played a role.
Jacob Sullum is a libertarian who favors legalizing dangerous drugs, and once wrote an article on why heroin is supposedly less dangerous than alcohol and how people can use the drug without harmful effects. He has compared heroin to nicotine. “Even daily opiate use is not necessarily inconsistent with a productive life,” he wrote.
However, there are some reporters beginning to cover the subject objectively.
Rathbone points out that Kevin Torres, a reporter for KUSA in Colorado, where marijuana is legalized, has done a balanced story on the issue, noting that researchers from Harvard and Northwestern University recently found “younger marijuana users are more likely to have learning and mental health problems.” He cited an article from the New England Journal of Medicine showing high THC use being linked to paranoia and psychosis.
Michael Brown was not only high on THC but was apparently preparing to smoke more dope when Officer Wilson caught him walking down the center of a street and asked him to move to the sidewalk. The swisher sweet cigars Brown had stolen from the convenience store are notorious for being used to make marijuana “blunts.”
Our media are desperate to maintain the narrative that the police are shooting black youth for no reason. If the media admit that marijuana is being used extensively in the black community, that fact could lead to other disturbing questions. For example, did Brown’s mother and father know about his drug use? Did they do anything to stop his use of the drug? Have they used drugs themselves?
You and I know these questions won’t be asked because they are considered to be “culturally insensitive.” So the problem will get worse.
Such questions might prompt some serious scrutiny of the Obama/Holder policy of encouraging drug use in America’s communities by failing to enforce federal laws against the possession or distribution of dangerous mind-altering substances.
Drug use helps explain the violent conduct of Brown, as well as some of the protesters. It also explains why they continue to blame Officer Wilson for Brown’s death when the evidence shows that Wilson was only defending himself against what he described as a “demon” coming toward him.
Reporters like to laugh about the old “reefer madness” film depicting crazy conduct resulting from marijuana use. It’s not so funny anymore.Follow VeronicaCoffin
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Patriots have been maintaining a vigil in Washington D.C. in response to President Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration, an unconstitutional and unprecedented act that will result in a surge of illegal aliens at the Mexico-America border, as reported at Broadside News.
On Thanksgiving, Blaine Cooper posted an emotional video on Facebook, explaining why patriots have left their families to take a stand against President Obama along with Manny E. Vega, a Marine Corps veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq.
On Thanksgiving day, Manny posted the following on Facebook:
Good afternoon folks, I hope you are enjoying your day with family. We will be going to volunteer at a kitchen here in Washington. We will be out here again in the morning. I truly hope that more fellow patriots come out in the coming days. Only six in front of the White House. Thank you for your support.
Americans are overwhelmingly against illegal immigration, and the Republican establishment is not representing the people. So what can you do?
- Follow 2MBTDC on Facebook for updates.
- Blaine Cooper, Manny E. Vega and others are currently in Washington. If you can get there, go to support legal immigration and demand enforcement of the immigration laws that are currently in place.
- On December 3, Michele Bachmann is “organizing a rally…at high noon on the western steps of the capitol in Washington, D.C. to fight back against the president.” On December 10, at least 200 sheriffs are planning to also gather in Washington to protest Obama’s Executive Order.
- If it is not possible to travel to D.C., one can donate to those who have dropped everything to protest in Washington.
In addition to the above steps, Bachmann has requested that Americans call their representatives. A list of Senators with their telephone numbers can be found here.Follow VeronicaCoffin
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Ferguson shows the destructive consequences of Marxist ideological theory and its application in practice.
Let’s examine those ideas that drove the devastation and how those ideas were implemented in Ferguson. In this article, I’ll discuss the central idea that’s behind the rise of the unrest in Ferguson: Marx’s view of the world as a struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed. In an upcoming article, I’ll look at the very specific ways that that ideology was implemented by the Obama administration in Ferguson .
What Is Oppressor-Oppressed?
The oppressor-oppressed distinction that lies at the heart of Ferguson is a very simple idea that’s only actually a couple of hundred years old.
The idea was first introduced by the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel but really began to sweep through modern political thought with the publication of the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Karl Marx introduces the oppressor-oppressed concept immediately in Chapter I:
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another…
If ideas spread like viruses, the oppressor-oppressed distinction is the Ebola of political theories…except it’s been much deadlier. The oppressor-oppressed distinction became the lens that neo-liberal thinking would come to see the entire world through.
Marxism may have failed politically in nation after nation but it lives today though cultural influence in the arts and education. The 1960s radicals revived the oppressor-oppressed concept as they took to the streets and hijacked the civil rights movement. Once you start listening for the various ways oppressor-oppressed is presented, you hear it every day almost anyplace where politics are being discussed, from shouts of white male privilege to college programs teaching ‘anti-oppression training to the way businessmen are presented in TV, movies or on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Understanding how this theory is playing out in Ferguson is important because it’s actually a key component in the broader issue of racial politics today. I believe that the oppressor-oppressed mindset creates the “perpetual victimhood” mentality that many conservatives notice in liberals.
Understanding oppressor-oppressed also helps explain why an Islamic “civil rights” group like CAIR is involved in Ferguson. The entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict is most often seen by the Palestinian activists and their neo-liberal allies as an example of oppressor-oppressed. As Hillary Clinton said as Secretary of State:
So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people …
Oppressor-oppressed Brainwashing In Ferguson
Claiming that the oppressor-oppressed concept is one of the driving forces in Ferguson obviously doesn’t mean that the protestors on the ground in Ferguson are actively thinking about Hegel and Marx. Most of the protesters aren’t intellectuals or revolutionaries and certainly there are many protestors who are simply fed up with what they see as unfair treatment by the police.
Modern neo-liberals intentionally use protests as a way of both creating shock troops for violent direct actions and also indoctrinating those protestors to see themselves and their struggle as part of the grand sweep of Marxist oppressor-oppressed battles.
So while most of the protestors may not be thinking about the Michael Brown shooting in Marxist terms, the people pushing things behind the scenes certainly do.
One of the pushers has been Lisa Fithian, an experienced white anarchist neo-liberal organizer who has been doing protestor training in Ferguson. Fithian is a longtime, experienced street organizer that was featured in the film Occupy Unmasked for her role as “Professor Occupy,” as she was called by Mother Jones. She’s a professional demonstrator who’s worked for the labor unions in places like Michigan and Illinois.
Where Fithian goes, chaos follows so it’s not at all shocking that Fithian has trained over 600 ‘activists’ in Ferguson. Her trainings are a combination of how to cause maximum trouble for the police while staying just within the bounds of the law and the underlying theory of why the demonstrators are fighting the oppressor. By defining the authorities as the oppressor she gives the oppressed the moral go-ahead to fight them by any means necessary.
Activist groups sometimes make the mistake of assuming that oppression (the unjust exercise of power or authority) is only what they do; that we are inherently anti-oppressive purely because of our intention to do away with oppressive structures.
Fithian goes on to lay out the tenets of her belief system and how it’s put into action:
Developing anti-oppression practices is life-long work. No single workshop is sufficient for unlearning our socialization within a culture built on multiple forms of oppression.
An activist like Fithian isn’t just teaching Ferguson protestors to go limp; she wants to brainwash black Americans into being part of her struggle against “white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism” and other practices of the oppressor.
The goal is to take the people upset about the death of Brown and turn as many as possible into activists who will carry on the “life-long work” of fighting the oppressor.
And who knows? If the career of Barack Obama is any indicator, that life-long work just might be a path to the White House.
Oppressor-oppressed and President Obama
When conservatives accuse President Obama of being a Marxist, it’s often dismissed by the media and casual observers as a crazy conspiracy theory. The idea that the President of the United States would be a Marxist sounds like something out of a bad movie.
Unfortunately, when it comes to his adoption of the oppressor-oppressed view of the world, it’s true. There’s no disputing the facts of Barack Obama’s own admitted ideological influences. Everyone knows that Obama was a member of Trinity United Church led by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. What Trinity and Rev. Wright preach is called Black Liberation Theology, which is expressly about grafting the Marxist oppressor-oppressed model onto Christianity.
As National Pubic Radio said in 2008:
Presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) defended his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, on Tuesday, even as he repudiated some of the pastor’s inflammatory sermons. But Wright’s comments likely come as no surprise to those familiar with black liberation theology, a religious philosophy that emerged during the 1960s.
Rev. James Cone is considered the founder of the Black Liberation Theology and was an acknowledged influence on Rev. Wright. Cone wrote:
“Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. .
Marx’s oppressor-oppressed lens is the prism that President Obama sees the world though. What we witnessed in Ferguson is “the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal.”
Once you understand his filter, it makes a whole host of issues that Obama has supported make sense in terms of having an internal consistency. On events from the “Arab Spring” uprising to his current plan to scrap deportation for millions of illegal immigrants to his support of Ferguson protesters, Barack Obama sees a struggle of the oppressed vs. the oppressor…and his role is to take the side of the oppressed, in the public view, as much as possible in his role as President.
Rejecting the oppressor-oppressed mindset
Is there a way forward?
The path to not just “peace” but to actual success and happiness lies in rejecting the oppressor-oppressed view of the world that leads to endless strife and victimization.
The reason for the perpetual fight is that as soon as one oppressor is defeated, a new one pops up in its place. As author Kenneth Minouge said:
They have neat, clear names like bourgeois and proletarian, colonialist and national, city-dweller and producer, in a word, oppressor and oppressed. The actual reality, however, is messy. Things change all the time, and it becomes impossible to keep any clear and distinct identities in focus.
There’s been enough slaughter and ruin. It’s time to call out and kill Marx’s mental model wherever it rears its head and replace it with something better.
Losing the oppressor-oppressed view of the world doesn’t mean pretending that there’s no such thing as racism or that the police don’t step out of line. It means looking at issues like race, discrimination or bad behavior by the police through a different lens.
Instead of seeing the every issue as a struggle by oppressed victims, it’s possible to use a different filter: freedom vs. state power.
This new frame doesn’t cast the victims of government overreach as oppressed victims. Instead it says to see yourself as an American citizen with rights that are supposed to be protected by the Constitution and laws. This view provides a solution: more freedom and a requirement that the authorities follow the law.
The strategy and tactics of getting the government to follow the law wouldn’t involve burning private businesses to the grounds. That’s what anti-capitalist neo-liberal agitators want, not free men and women.
The way forward? It’s called freedom.