A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I've taken a few days before broaching this subject. If I have learned anything over the years about the MsM (Mainstream Media), it is that they tend to act as lemmings when they sense a sensational story and then they switch from lemmings to sharks in a feeding frenzy when they draw blood. It really makes no difference whose blood it is, either.
Now, I realize it is not the way of the world in 2014 to actually take a few days to annylize a situation before shooting off one's mouth. Today, that is considered a timid approach to commenting on current events.
Well, be that as it may, I STILL like to turn things inside out and try and learn what actually happened before I make a comment.
For instance: Mr. Sterling, of NBA basketball fame, is being accused of being a racist. He may be. I don't know.
Look, so far as I can remember, I have never heard Mr. Sterling's name mentioned in a conversation that held any interest for me ... ever. I tend to dismiss people, places, and things from my memory -- if I deem them unimportant.
I don't follow professional basketball -- at all. It doesn't strike me as a game or contest. In my estimation it is more an exhibition than a contest. It holds absolutely no interest for me, ranking right up there with soccer, which I still hold is an un-American game and ought not be played inside the borders of the US.
So, until the recent brush fire over something Mr. Sterling said erupted into my TV news programming, I was oblivious to the man and quite happy being so.
Having said all the above, it seems to me we are missing the most important story in all the hoopla:
Mr. Sterling's right to privacy.
Apparently, Mr. Sterling's right to privacy (judging from reports on the news) has been violated -- BIG TIME.
Consider this: "You can hate Sterling’s remarks and still be alarmed at the reaction.
The 80-year old sports team owner was expressing his sentiments in conversation with his mixed-race, Latina-black mistress while in the privacy of his own car. He expressed his dissatisfaction with seeing his girlfriend attending Clipper games with her black friends, in particular Magic Johnson. It was a private conversation, if such an arrangement is still allowed in our post-constitutional society, one that is rapidly veering toward total thought control." -- SOURCE: http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/donald-sterling-and-v-stiviano-what-the-hell-ever-happened-to-private-conversations-and-other-musings-16496/#CoBswrR4Wssc8bMj.99
What we have here is -- political correctness on steroids.
Now, some of you readers will not take kindly to what I'm about to say, but -- I don't give a whit what Mr. Sterling said, one way or the other. See, it was a PRIVATE conversation, or, at least, BELIEVED to be so by him -- and -- what he said, or did not say, is none of my business -- and none of your business.
If I were Mr. Sterling I would have investigators digging to learn who made the now infamous recording (If he doesn't already know.) and even more important, WHY did they make it? What ELSE is going on here? Anything? Nothing? I haven't a clue -- and I am perfectly happy with that.
Every day the US is looking more and more like Nazi Germany of the 1930's and the old Soviet Union. In both those countries it was not enough that the government was spying on its citizens, but they openly encouraged and, in some cases, rewarded citizens to spy upon their very own family members and neighbors.
We have now arrived at that next step in the formulation of the American Police State. Have you noticed the signs: "If you see something, say something?" Maybe they ought to read -- "If you can record something in private, then do so." Heck, practically everything we do, 24/7/365, is monitored and recorded for a potential witness against us whenever the government decides to bring the hammer down.
Individual freedom and individual liberty is all but gone in America. The Marxists controlling the US government will not be satisfied until they have a citizenry resembling, little cookie cutter commies marching in step to their orders. We get ever closer to that scene from Hell every day.
I hold that the right to privacy is a "right" granted by God -- and it is inherent. Privacy is an essential constituent or characteristic of who we are as human beings. It is what we Southerners like to refer to as "the right to be let alone." In Dixie, stated simply, it is thus made clear: "You stay the hell out of my business, and I'll stay the hell out of yours." When you begin to meddle in MY affairs it clearly means you are looking for trouble and, as the scriptures say: "Seek and ye shall find!"
It would appear from what little we know of the circumstances surrounding the event, Mr. Sterling was ambushed. Otherwise, it seems to me, he would have to have authorized the taping of his tirade. That seems most unlikely considering the content of the tirade.
Look. I don't care, one whit, how Mr. Sterling feels about black people, or white people, for that matter. I just don't care. That's between him and his god and Mr. Sterling, not I, will have to work it out with the deity of his choice. Judging from his reported age, he needs to work it out fairly quickly, though.
There was a time, in the not too distant past, in America when everyone was entitled to his or her own opinion. That time is now past. Now, your opinion must conform to the dogma of the political Left. If it doesn't you are ostracized and often destroyed. This is a perfect mirror reflection of the Bolsheviks, a Russian left-wing majority group that followed Lenin and eventually became the Russian Communist Party that took over Russia and turned it into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which became a boil on the backside of the entire world.
The American Left and the Russian Communist Left are cut from the exact same bolt of cloth.
THAT's what I see on display here.
And PLEASE -- don't try to tell me America is a racist country today. I grew up in a racist country. I drank from "Whites only" water fountains. I went to doctor's with "whites only" waiting rooms and black waiting rooms. (Notice I didn't say "blacks only" waiting rooms. See, when the white's waiting room filled, the whites automatically moved into the black's waiting room and the blacks wound up out in the hallway, sometimes sitting on the floor in the hallway).
I ate at restaurants where blacks had to eat outside and were served through little windows much like drive-thru windows work today... but you walked up to them, you did not drive. I rode on buses where blacks had to to sit on the back seat, if they were allowed on the bus at all. I went to the movies where blacks were relegated to the back of the balcony section, and on Sundays, I attended church where not a single black face shone from the sea of white parishioners piously facing the white pastor.
Compare those days to these -- where none of that is happening -- plus, the President is a black man, the nation's Attorney General is a black man, a Supreme Court Justice is a black man, and one of the US Senators from my home State of South Carolina, no less, is a black man -- and the list goes on.
Is there racism in America. Yes! And there always will be. We come wired that way. It is a defense mechanism Mother Nature endowed us with to suspect anything, and anybody, not like ourselves. Some of us learn to overcome it while, conversely, some learn how to use it to profit obscenely from it. And then there are those who learn to use it to excuse their own laziness and salve their own conscience when cashing those government checks every month. To each his own.
But there is something different with the Sterling story. I can't put my finger on it, but something just doesn't add up. This old news hound's ears are pricked-up and my hackles are up and trembling. But, hey, I'm retired now!
J. D. Longstreet
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