Barry James recounts childhood memories of visits to his grandparents home in a small Texas town where Mrs. Kieke, a former school teacher, impressed upon him the importance of education to a free and self governed people. Like Mrs. Kieke the founders also believed education essential to self government. Thomas Jefferson founded the Univerity of Virginia in 1819 and, in 1817, proposed a plan for public education. Jefferson believed education of vital importance and felt "no other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness."Continue reading
This historical portrait deconstructs the underlying causes and costs of the failed War on Drugs (WOD) as well as the factors motivating it. He elucidates the high cost of the Cold War, the Military Industrial Complex, and the cost of the mass incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex created by the War on Drugs--now morphed into the New Jim Crow.Continue reading →
“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” Revelation 13:1-3.
And the beast called itself GOP and written upon its seven heads are: Avarice, Cowardice, Entitlement, Homophobia, Ignorance, Misogyny, and Racism. And the meek shall cry out in agony. And the beast shall be slain by the Lamb, in their name. And the beast's name shall be erased from the minds of men forever.