Eber: Confessions of a Conservative

During Black History month Amazon, which produced a documentary on the life of Justice Clarence Thomas, has declared him WHITE.  Amazon is picking up on the words of the mentally challenged Joe Biden who told a black man during the presidential campaign, “If you vote for my opponent, you ain’t black”.  Those words from a known racist—someone Kamala Harris denounced as a racist.

“Few remember that Martin Luther King was a registered Republican as were the first 27 African Americans elected to the House of Representatives during Reconstruction following the Civil War.  It should also be noted recent Cancel Culture target Abraham Lincoln, who’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, was a proud card carrying GOP member.

With that said lives of such notable Americans as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglas, Malcolm X, and Jackie Robinson should be celebrated 12 months a year rather than for a mere 28 days in February.

We did not have Black History month—we had propaganda about some black people—while others that were independent thinks were ignored.  Shame on the bigots who used Black history as a means to harm the black community, again.  People like the openly racist Joe Biden.. 

Confessions of a Conservative by Richard Eber

In a gadda da vida, honey
Don’t you know that I’m lovin’ you
In a gadda da vida, baby
Don’t you know that I’ll always be true

Oh, won’t you come with me
And take my hand
Oh, won’t you come with me
And walk this land
Please take my hand

Iron Butterfly

When I lived in a co-op as a sophomore at Oregon, my next store neighbor Steve A. played the 18 minute version of the Iron Butterfly’s classic one hit wonder 24/7.  Even though I liked the song, hearing it constantly drove me crazy.

It came to the point where I ripped the record from the turnstile and shred it into bits of  vinyl.  Soon, recovering from this momentary bout of insanity, I purchased another unscratched copy the following day to make up for my misdeed.

The lesson learned was either score a set of ear plugs or more effectively deal with similar adversity when the same material is continually forced down ones throat.

Recently, I came to a similar vanishing point situation after being bludgeoned by 28 days of Black History Month. After my In a Gadda da Vida experience as a youth I was reluctant to say anything or take any corrective action.

My complaints were not with the content of Black History Month, but the fact I was constantly being barraged with emails, billboards, newspapers, Television, and virtually every media outlet reminding me of this celebration.  Whether I was watching a basketball game or trying to figure out what the weather might be, the results were always the same.

Athletes, Corporations, and guilty White people gave no quarter. For me it was like enduring Puritan Happy Hour. I just don’t like to be preached to unless attending services at the religious institution of my choice.

Making things worse it was difficult to express displeasure with being inundated with Black History Month materials because by expressing such feelings, people would consider me to be racist for not going along with the program.

Left with a choice of joining a militia in Northern Idaho or changing the channel, I took the easy way out and selected another station to watch.

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky” but I just don’t like being bullied by any social movement, cause, or anything else.  Even when at home being reminded by my wife to haul the wastebaskets out on Garbage Day, such treatment still bugs me.

As such Black History Month this was not the first time I could remember suffering from media saturation.

I remember in the 1980’s while being a San Francisco 49er season ticket holder in the Golden Age of Joe Montana, each Sunday at Candlestick Park I was inundated with messages imploring me to donate to the United Way Charities.  Their not to subtle  messages informed fans that in order to be a “team mate” of one of the most iconic squads in sports history, it would be necessary to pony up to the cause.

After awhile constantly being bombarded with the slogan, “Thanks to you it works “, I ended up having an In-A-Gadda-Devida moment with The United Way.  My solution was to ignore the mega charity and donate to causes of my choice. This decision did not interfere with my love of the “Niners”.

As it turns out my experience is typical of what most of us endure in life.  Everyone’s so called breaking point is different.  Normally, if something bothers us, we simply ignore it and go in a different direction.

For me I tend to place situation comedies with laugh tracks, opera sang in foreign tongues, okra, or Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conferences on my do not call list.  Recently repetitive messaging from politicians on proper protocol on dealing with Covid-19 has joined the ranks of topics I don’t care to be reminded of.

There are several other things in life that fit this category. Even though the process of “How a bill becomes Law” is a subject worthy of my consideration in a democracy, I don’t care to be saturated with opinions of others on this topic.

It’s called having taste.

There is no reason to apologize for not being fully engaged by any subject. Black History Month fits such a niche even though I find the topic interesting.  My only regrets about this year’s celebration are that the conservative side of the Black civil rights movement is usually ignored.

Few remember that Martin Luther King was a registered Republican as were the first 27 African Americans elected to the House of Representatives during Reconstruction following the Civil War.  It should also be noted recent Cancel Culture target Abraham Lincoln, who’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, was a proud card carrying GOP member.

With that said lives of such notable Americans as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglas, Malcolm X, and Jackie Robinson should be celebrated 12 months a year rather than for a mere 28 days in February.

It is easy for me to confidently say by this time in life I can make my own decisions on what Kenny Rodgers described as:

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em,

Know when to fold ’em

Know when to walk away

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida moments need to be avoided at all costs

For some reason maneuvering on today’s PC social Tightrope is no easy task.  All we can do is give our best shot and try to have our voices be heard.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Really??? says

    Malcolm X, if you have read up on his changes you will see one of the major reasons he was gunned down by the Black Muslim Radicals. He went from a convert to a radicalized member, to rejection of the mainstream radicalized Blacks, to possibly walking away from the religion.

    While that kast might be a stretch for some we will never know conclusively because the gunned him down in cold blood. Another Black on Black crime and who was convicted?

    If you find this controversial good, think about it. The long term marginalization of what was once considered to be a group that would take over most blacks did not happen and is only important with ghetto living people.

  2. rich eber says

    Dear Really

    Your points on Malcolm X are well taken. I placed him on the list
    because of his significance in Black and American History. Black
    history or history for that matter should not always be reserved for
    those we necessarily like or look up to.

    I wish those who engage in cancel culture would share my values
    on looking back at the past

    RE

  3. Howard Myers says

    I quit supporting the united way when I learned they threw the Boy Scouts under the bus because they wouldn’t allow homosexuals to be part of the organization. Well the BSA caved in and are now being sued for sexual crimes committed by homosexual leaders.
    It never pays to give in to the left.

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