The Kentucky Resolutions
Freedom: The Promised Land
February 8, 2010
Last year Kentucky was ranked 47th in national rankings for Frankfort's horrible ability to accurately track each and every penny from Obama's stimulus funds giveaway extravaganza. This year, Kentucky was 2nd in stimulus transparency. That's a tremendous improvement, and a positive statistic about Kentucky.
Another statistic, that can be positive, is that Kentucky's #1 cash crop is Marijuana. It can be a positive statistic because Marijuana very well could may be our saving grace, if we're smart, and act now. Marijuana ought to be able to pull us out of this rut our state's leaders have seemed content with tolerating for years since the days Robert Kennedy visited Appalachia.
Kentucky, compared to other States in the US, is also #1 for fastest growing prisons, #1 for child deaths in child abuse cases, #1 for total amount of cancer deaths, #1 state with the poorest mental health, and Kentucky is the #1 State in the US for tooth decay.
Don't get me wrong Kentucky. I'm Kentucky, through and through, born and raised here, and as long as you plan on fixing the problems, it's okay to point them out. I love Kentucky and I am saddened at the image we have created for ourselves. We can do better, so we will.
More failing statistics for Kentucky: We are the 2nd worst State for poorest physical health; we're #10 in air pollution; #9 in most work related deaths; #8 with premature deaths (which is the central litmus test for a society's civilization level); #8 with the most cardiovascular deaths; the 6th fattest State; #1 for animal abuse; Kentucky is 3rd with the most children in poverty (25% of our children are poor); we're 2nd with the most preventable hospitalizations; 37% of our kids are fat; 31% of our adults are fat, which has increased from 10% in 1990, which is alarming since Kentucky's number of obese people has tripled in a short amount of time.
Kentucky is 44th in wealth. So we're poor. Kentucky is 41st in overall health. So we're sick. 40% of us don't even know how to read, and Kentucky is 47th in education. So we're dumb.
We Kentuckians, in general, compared to other states, are poor, sick, and dumb.
Kentucky is also the 3rd highest state for having the most smokers, and in the 61st District, we are #1 in smoking and smoking related deaths in the State of Kentucky. That means the 61st District is the worst district in one of the worst smoking States. When it comes to smoking, the 61st District is the worst of the worst. And Kentucky is the 4th highest state with binge drinking, which is pretty remarkable since 70 of Kentucky's 120 counties are dry. Prohibition never ended in Kentucky. That's why we've got moonshiners. Nothing can stop a Kentuckian from getting their drink on.
So not only are we Kentuckians poor, sick, and dumb, but we Kentuckians are also drinking and smoking till we get fat and our teeth fall out.
Okay. So Kentucky's got problems. OMG, man alive, boy-o-boy, do we got problems. But if every Kentuckian that is reading this right now agrees that we all need to do better, and we should start with ourselves, that would be a good start. That means you've heard about Kentucky's flaws, and instead of getting mad at the messenger, you are committed to making our state a better place. That's good. Just as politicians should tell the truth to the public, and treat them as adults, the public should take themselves more seriously, and treat themselves as adults who can handle the truth, because we can only solve our problems if we acknowledge them.
Instead of being proud of being backwards, let's work hard to put ourselves right side up.
I think everybody should take responsibility for letting Kentucky slip this far into the ditch, but mostly, I blame those in power. Because those in power can make macro-level changes for the masses. Not only Steve Beshear and the General Assembly, but those folks who are pulling the strings on Frankfort's puppet show, and the “owners”, the big corporate business interests that control just about everything in Kentucky.
But I also blame the older generations that hasn't fix these problems for years. We've had the same problems for over 50 years now. Appalachia still looks the same as when Robert Kennedy visited over 40 years ago. 60% of Letcher County doesn't even have running water. That's the standards of a 3rd World Country, not the Richest Country in the World.
It's the youth who points out that the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes. The 60's started with the college students. It's time again for the baby-boomers to listen to new baby-boomers. Ask them about that Internet thingy... it's not just a fad. We know more than what we they let on.
I didn't start the fire. The fire has been burning since the world's been turning.
Mostly I blame those politicians and capitalists that have been in power for the last 50 years. I blame the system. The status quo. The current establishment has been an abysmal failure. Capitalism forever maintains a poor working class to do the work that the Owners don't want to do. Poverty is institutionalized into Kentucky's system, therefore Kentucky continuously makes the rich richer, and the poor poorer. In Kentucky, we have a divide. We have the haves, and the have-nots. The elite, and the rest of us, the poor and working families which represent over 90% of Kentucky's total population.
I'm sure Royce is a personable person. Being in politics, you probably should be. But being nice isn't as important as possessing a vision and having a logical philosophy when it comes to the creation of public policy. Royce has been in Frankfort for 18 years now and counting. Royce is a career politician. Royce is the reason why we need term limits. Royce Adams is the Establishment. Royce Adams is the System. Royce Adams is responsible for not fixing Kentucky's problems, and even exacerbating some. Royce Adams won his last election with 10,000 votes. Politically speaking, Royce Adams only needs Grant County's 10,000 votes to win. Royce doesn't need Owen or Gallatin County. They're irrelevant to him.
Kentucky, we are stuck in a rut. We are stuck in a ditch. We need to quit digging the hole deeper, and just get a tractor and a chain and pull ourselves out. Kentucky needs fundamental change. Frankfort needs some new blood and some bold and fresh ideas. Some folks have been critical of me, calling me inexperienced, and an amateur. Well the Founding Fathers were amateurs, and they came up with the Bill of Rights, so that turned out pretty good. And I have the same political experience that Royce Adams did when he ran, in 1991, when I was only 10 years old. Consider this: those in Frankfort have not got Kentucky out of this rut, and they've got years and years of experience. Maybe experience is the problem: the experience of tolerating inequality and corruption, of compromising your values and principles.
Kentucky has been poor, sick, and dumb for way too long now, and we've got to use some common sense with the direction our state is headed before it implodes inside-out on its hypocrisy. And to Kentuckians, we are the ones that allowed these so-called “representatives” to rob us of our taxes without fixing our problems. We the People are not holding our representatives accountable. We aren't calling them on the phone, yelling at them, or getting petitions signed and enforced, or going to public meetings, or just staying in-the-know, or doing the bare essentials, like voting. We need to remember all of the things our social studies teachers taught us about government and power, and use those strategies and tactics. And some of us still need to wake up. We the Public have all of the power. We're the majority. We hold all of the cards. We're the ones in the driver seat, if we collectively were alive, awake, and aware. It's like we're a sleeping giant, and until we wake up, there's nothing that will be done, because you can't move a sleeping people.
It's time to wake-up, Kentucky. It's time to wake-up.
Here is my platform for my candidacy for State Representative in Kentucky's 61st District (Grant, Owen, and Gallatin County). I have limited my list to 10 of the most pressing issues Kentucky is faced with. Below this list, I explain each one of these resolutions afterwards in more detail. And I encourage that other campaigns going on throughout Kentucky right now, and all other future campaigns throughout the country, till the end of time, to model their campaign after this one. Because if we all start calling for fundamental change, we'd get it.
2. Police Accountability
3. Democracy Initiatives
4. Regulating the Media/Net Neutrality
5. Obama Bucks
6. Eradicate Poverty
7. Nationalize Coal
8. Stronger Union Protections
9. Universal Healthcare, Education (including College), School Bus Service, Internet,
Library Services, Food, Water, Clothing, Shelter, Sewage, Cable, Postal Services, and Roads
10. Legalize Marijuana
1. Sunday Community Brunch
Every Sunday that I am State Representative, I will eat at a Grant, Owen, or Gallatin County eating establishment every Sunday at 2pm for Brunch. All of my eating spots will be publicized the first day I take office so everybody would know when and where I was going to be on each and every Sunday.
So if you want to have Brunch with your State Representative, then just come on out and join me. This would be a great way for me to stay in the touch with the public I represent as well as give the local restaurants some publicity. And don't worry, I'll pick up the check.
2. Police Accountability
Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.
Within the unionized police departments, a culture of professionalism and integrity needs to be established. The Rule of Law needs to be upheld, and police brutality, intimidation, and excessive violence needs to stop. The bad apples employed on the force are making law enforcement officials everywhere look bad.
Kentucky needs Police Officers more like Serpico.
Every person who carries official capacity, as well as a loaded firearm, in the name of peace and public safety, needs to treat every person as a person, as a human being. Intentionally bumping your chest into somebody else's, and shouting, “Assaulting a police officer!” is not the type of person we need in law enforcement. Or threatening to “jack” a person up for peacefully protesting, or just outright violence are examples of criminal activity being protected on the force.
Kentucky needs Police Officers who goes after seat belt criminals with as much vigor as they go after those who opposed our right to speak freely. We need Police Officers who goes after early morning speeders as well as those who seek to disassemble a lawful assembly. As youth, we'd park our cars at the BP parking lot, which the owners were okay with, and the police would come by, flash their lights at us until we dispersed. That's illegal, and instead of being the ones pushing us off the parking lot, the Warsaw Police should have been the ones that defended our right to peacefully assemble, a right guaranteed in the First Amendment.
We need Police Officers to uphold our civil liberties just as vigorously as they go after rapists, murderers, and thieves. We need both of these values from our Police Officers: to get the bad guys, to protect us, limb, life, and property, and to not create situations with unnecessary police brutality, intimidation, or bullying, and to treat the majority of the public with the same respect they expect from the public.
Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.
Public officials set the example for human behavior by their own behavior. There's no reason why a police officer shouldn't be able to investigate criminal complaints while simultaneously respecting basic human, American, and Kentuckian rights of every man, woman, and child. They are our leaders, and when our leaders primarily seek to use The Use of Force to settle their disputes, then it's a hypocritical inconsistent double standard to chide the street thugs and the right militias for doing the exact same thing. That's why Police Officers need to be held to higher standards than the common citizen, and that's why Police Officers should be held under public scrutiny, to differentiate them from a rogue violent gang.
All Police Officers in the State of Kentucky will be tested on The Bill of Rights. All Ten Freedoms from the first 10 Amendments of the American Constitution should be memorized. If there isn't one already, a section on the Bill of Rights will be placed on the State Police Test Kentucky's Police Officers receive at the Police Academy in Richmond, KY, next to EKU for all new recruits to be tested on. Also individual police departments should administer a Bill of Rights Questionnaire for their current Police Officers and new recruits.
This Resolution would verify and guarantee that all officers of the law have a complete understanding in all areas of the law.
Every generation has to declare to the government what our freedoms are, even if we have to remind them of 219 year old freedoms (Bill of Rights were ratified in 1791) that may have slipped their mind.
This Resolution will be titled “In Support of The Bill of Rights” and will be submitted to the General Assembly in Frankfort, the Government of Kentucky, to reinforce the freedoms Thomas Paine tirelessly fought for in the late 1700's.
I'd also issue a recommendation Declaring The Bill of Rights Day a State Holiday. It would be celebrated on Mother's Day Weekend with mass block parties all throughout the State of Kentucky.
As State Representative, I would institute a Citizen's Complaint Authority Board for all Kentucky citizens. I would establish clear protocol, a consistent bureaucratic path to try Police Officers with complaints on them. I would pass a uniform set of laws for the entire state to clearly define the chain of command and the process a Citizen Complaint on a Police Officer has to go through.
Initially this Board will be centralized with the Headquarters in Frankfort, until local municipalities can get their local Citizen's Complaint Boards set up.
This Resolution is motivated to get a clear answer from the question: Who polices the Police?
All Police Officers in the State of Kentucky will be require to take a child shopping every month, with the parent's permission, or supervision if they wish, spending $100 on whatever that child needs. This program would be called “Shop with a Cop”.
Shopping with a cop is a great example of community policing. Community policing is when the Police Officers keep in mind that they are among us to protect us, the general public, and making them shop with a kid every month would remind them that they aren't only taking care of their own children, but they're also watching out for ours. It also shows the human side of Police Officers to young citizens, and starts off an important relationship for both individuals.
Community Policing is also just being a good person. Just by walking around, saying “hello”, talking to folks, listening to them, being lenient to first time offenders and the youth, not itching for a fight or being eager to send “anybody” to jail, or to see some action, being forthcoming with information, letting folks know about any threats of danger in the area, and keeping us in-the-know on the goings-on in our neighborhood.
Information is the most important currency in any well-functioning democratic society. And transparency is mas importante; it's vital; it's key. When a person can speak to members of the public the same way they speak to their friends and family, open, honest, forthcoming with information, that is a person I can trust. Barry, Nelson, Kenny, and Jackie are Gallatin folks who possess this skill. But when a person is secretive, and gives you weird looks, faces of disgust, mean mugging you, or being completely non-approachable, or worse, are actively and intentionally trying to intimidate you, that is a person I don't trust, who shouldn't be in charge of an animal shelter, let alone having a gun and the power to use force against human people. If there's nothing to cover-up, then why keep secrets?
I also believe in the “broken window theory” of community policing. If there are broken windows in many of the buildings in your neighborhoods, that in turn makes your neighborhoods look unsightly, and the citizens are less likely to be concerned with the cleanliness and well-being of their own neighborhood. But if all of the broken windows were made to be fixed, and we as a people worked on a culture of liking ourselves, where we live, what we do, and look after each other in our own respective villages, then we would all benefit, and quality of life would increase in our neighborhoods, with better landscapes, the hustle and bustle of economic activity would increase, kids playing outside, people interacting, hanging out on porches, throwing block parties, playing sports, basketball, football, soccer, and other community building exercises.
Community Policing. It's the only theory on the domestic policy of police authority that makes the most sense. If the police aren't fighting for the community, then who are they fighting for? The Hypocrisy known as The War on Drugs is the main reason the public is suspicious of the police abusing their authority. Denver legalized Marijuana mostly because the police union in Denver said that they didn't want to waste their time busting college students. The children of the 60's, the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” crowd, the baby-boomers, are the old folks now. They all smoked Marijuana then, and now they're taking medication now. Of course they agree with legalizing of Marijuana. Where did all of the Hippies go, and why aren't they speaking out?
This Resolution is to encourage folks to watch the “How to Survive an Encounter with a Police Officer” video from the ACLU, which shows how a citizen is to respect the Police Officer, and how to politely and firmly stand up for your rights.
Here's that link:
Watch it. It's only 45 minutes long, and it shows citizens how to stay strong and assert their rights if necessary.
3. Democracy Initiatives
To me, Democracy is exciting. The more tools citizens have to choosing their government, and the more input they have, and the more they participate in government, the better that government is going to be held accountable to you and your community.
All 18 year olds, and older—all legal adults in the State of Kentucky—will be allowed to run for any and every office they choose. I'd pass that law as State Representative.
In Kentucky, we need to take away any and all of the age restrictions to allow for young adults to run for office. If a person is 18 years old, they should be allowed to run for any and all offices which that young adult can convince the voters to put them into. That's democracy. If the people vote for Lucy Lui, a dog, as the Mayor of Rabbit Hash, then that's their choice, and it's a strong statement, basically saying that Rabbit Hash doesn't need a mayor, everybody in Rabbit Hash better learn to be self-sufficient, and learn to take care of themselves. I'd rather have no government than a corrupt government.
As citizens, we should be allowed to put issues on the General Election Ballots. But right now, Frankfort is the only body that is allowed to put any issue on the ballot, and even those are limited to specific issues coded into law. That's incredibly limiting. That means if you were to get the signatures of every Kentuckian in the state, even then, you wouldn't be able to put the issue that garnered unanimous support on the ballot for those same people to vote on it. It has to go through Frankfort first. That's ridiculous. Citizens should be allowed to put issues on the ballot on the federal, state, and local level. When I lived in Cincinnati, I had 6 different issues I got to decide on, from banning traffic cameras, to the education/property tax, to having a “representative democracy”, to some other ones that escape me now. But it was awesome. It gave me more choices, and instead of giving all of my power to “representatives” and hoping that they will pass good legislation, by voting on the issue, I was voting on the law itself.
Popularly supported programs and ideas I trust moreso than some decision from a single corporate fascist individual tyrannical fat cat. Single-Payer Universal Healthcare is supported by the majority of Americans... getting out of the War is popular with the majority of Americans... you know, if the Americans could ever figure out a way to make their collective opinion become legal codified domestic public policy, real legit substance, then we'd be heading in a much better direction as a country as a whole.
I would institute into law that all a person who wants to put an issue on the ballot needs to do is gather 100 signatures, and then that issue will go on the ballot.
As State Representatives, I would pass the democratic tools of Initiative, Referendum, and Recall into Law. They are different democratic tools, but they all enhance the public's control over their government, and are usually lumped together. Initiative is allowing the public to petition for signatures so they can put an issue on the ballot, which I greatly support. To get many people's signature on a one particular issue is extremely persuasive and impossible for a reasonable person to ignore (which is why that Middle School Principal ripped up the young man's petition: he had over 100 signatures on it, and he didn't like to be told what to do, even if the request was meager (extending locker time another 5 minutes) and rooted in common sense).
There is also a difference between a Direct Initiative and an Indirect Initiative. Direct Initiative is an initiative that goes straight to the people. An Indirect Initiative is a petition on an issue that goes to a legislative body first, like say City Council, where if it fails, it then goes on the General Election Voting Ballot for all of the public to decide.
Referendum is when the issue is placed on the ballot and voted on. It's the proposition, or amendment, or the new law being voted on, and how it's implemented if it passes. Referendum is direct democracy at its finest, and it gives the Proposed Law on the ballot the ultimate mandate—the Will of the People—which undoes any other law any other legislative body has ever declared.
Recall is when the public recalls an election, and then they have it over again. It's a do-over. That's how Arnold Schwarzenegger took the Governor's Mansion in California. Iran would have greatly benefited if they had the option to Recall their elections.
The Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) election method will be instituted to all elections held throughout Kentucky. This is also known as the “Preferential Method”. The IRV method of voting gives us citizens more choice, and it's more democratic than Simple Majority Elections (SME).
The IRV method of voting is used in a winner-take-all election. It takes a little bit of explaining, but it's really simple. IRV works by first having the voter vote for their candidates, and then rank them in order, 1-5, (or however many total candidates there are) from best to last.
If one of the candidates is voted #1 by more than 50% of the voting public, then that candidate wins. If no candidate wins the popular vote, then the candidate with the least amount of votes is knocked off, and the votes from that least popular candidate is then redistributed to the remaining candidates, with your #1 vote going to your #2 vote if your candidate was the last one chosen.
Once the votes have been redistributed to the other candidates, then the process repeats. You check to see if there is a majority winner, and if not, the then next lowest candidate is knocked off, until eventually one of the candidates have the majority of the vote.
Even though “Robert's Rules of Order” claims that “repeated balloting” is more democratic than the IRV method, repeated balloting is more labor intensive on the voter, especially when just getting the public out to cast a single vote is hard enough, so making them stay at the polls making them vote over and over again until a winner was found would be an arduous task.
The Instant Runoff Method allows you to rank the candidates, which gives the voter more power, which heightens the standards we have for our candidates. The IRV method is also more friendly to emerging parties. It allows a greater chance for new parties to emerge, which in turn encourages more ideas in political campaigns. And in political campaigns, good ideas are gold. So by using the IRV algorithm, the public produces a better chosen candidate than what “simple majority wins” elections would have produced.
Australia uses this method. Ireland uses this method. And Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN uses the IRV method of voting. It's a good method, and on Day 1, I would implement this into law right away.
As State Representative, I will lower the barrier to entry for Independent candidates to the exact same filing qualifications that apply for Democrats and Republicans. There's no reason to discriminate. Ralph Nader needed 5,000 signatures in addition to a small filing fee, which is much more than what a Republican or Democrat candidate for President needs to do (a small filing fee and a few signatures). So the Nader Campaign had to use most of their political donations to pay people to gather signatures, at a $1 per signature, just for ballot access. Ralph Nader dropped $5,000 in Kentucky just for his name to be put on the ballot when the Republicans and Democrats had to do much less for ballot access. That is not right. It's not fair. It's not just.
These unfair laws and practices are just a way for the 2 party dictatorship to bully out third party candidacies, which Trey Grayson was able to successfully do to the Cynthia McKinney Campaign, the Green Party Candidate for President, even though she was on enough state ballots to be elected President, and was just as credible as a Presidential candidate as the Constitutional Party Candidate, or the Libertarian Candidate, or Ralph Nader, an independent citizen that represents no political party.
I think $100 and 100 signatures is a fair requirement for all of those citizens who wish to be candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.
If Kentucky's Constitution needs to be rewritten or updated in order to implement this Resolution, or others, I would not be against that. The current Constitution is too lengthy and it's been rewritten 3 times before. It's not perfect. The current draft was marred by weird circumstances, and as long as we update the flaws in that document to favorable measures that strengthen our democracy, then I don't see the problem.
Always remember, even though Kentucky is Abraham Lincoln's birth state, Lincoln completely trashed Kentucky's Constitution when he declared Martial Law on Kentucky during the “Civil” War.
This Resolution's goal is to inspire civil disobedience at the polls. All of those folks who support the Democracy Initiatives should write “Democracy Now!” (or “Mickey Mouse” or your own name, or just a cute little drawing) in the spots where you get to write-in a candidate's name, if it's in an election where you don't know the candidates, or don't care about the outcome. The election officials will have to tally the number of folks who voted for “Democracy Now!” and report it.
4. Regulating the Media/Net Neutrality
I'm opposed multiple ownership of newspaper, cable, broadcast, Internet, and all other media operations and will pass a law to prevent media companies from becoming monopolies, especially those media and telecommunications monopolies who are involved with Pentagon Cyber Comm, the federal government program that spies on Americans emails and phone calls.
I would require that all license holders of commercial television and radio stations to have to carry and promote local programming, with stiff penalties, including loss of licenses, if they violate these rules.
Kentucky invented the radio and therefore we are entitled to radio broadcasting's nectar.
We may have to circumvent the FCC, when we begin dolling out Internet towers all across the State of Kentucky. It's the most efficient and effective way to get broadband Internet to everybody, even to the hilliest of hillbillies. Whatever it takes to get Internet to all Kentuckians so that we aren't caught too far behind the Digital Gap between rich and poor, I am willing to do.
If a media company tries to intimidate their workers to prevent union organizing activity, their licenses would be revoked. It's illegal to intimidate or threaten a person just because they are talking about unionizing, and that law will be enforced.
Kentucky will provide for public labor community broadcast and Internet systems, including Wi-Fi and other technologies, to allow the use of these new communication technologies for all working people, especially low-income workers.
There should be no regulation of the Internet. I believe in strict Net Neutrality. Keep your hands off the Internet. In any free society, there's information that have value, and there's information that's absolute crap, and what folks have to do in that free society is simply discern for themselves what's credible, and what isn't. The government's role with the Internet is to prevent any folks who wish to abridge the Internet's Freedom of Speech.
5. Obama Bucks
Frankfort completely dropped the ball when they passed over Obama's stimulus money that was designed for the research and development of clean coal. That's millions of dollars not coming in Kentucky. Those are jobs lost. For some reason, some areas in Kentucky are getting drenched in Stimulus Funds, but rural counties, such as the 61st District, are being passed over. While Royce has secured some grant monies, there's much more out there, and as State Representative, I would aggressively go after Obama's Stimulus Money, and get for the 61st District as many projects, and jobs, as humanly possible.
I would hire a team of full time grant writers to search, sift, and research what grants are out there, and applying to each and every grant we're eligible for.
6. Eradicate Poverty
The poverty statistics in Kentucky's 61st District are as follows: 13.4% in Gallatin County, 15.5% in Owen County, and 11.1% in Grant County. These are the numbers from the 2000 Census. I wonder what the 2010 Census will tell us about our district's poverty rates.
As Americans, we are contractually obligated to receive “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (“pursuit of happiness” a.k.a. “right to own property”). That means if you are born on American soil, then you have a right to Life. If you don't have life, then nothing else matters. Not Liberty. Not the pursuit of happiness. Nothing. Death takes away everything a person is, and ever will be.
The right to life means the right to food, water, clothing, shelter, heat, and a job. Every person has a right to work. If you take a Kentucky citizen's right to work away, then you are taking away that person's right to live. After providing life's basic necessities, once every person's right to life has been secured, till they're adults, then it's time for the dog-eat-dog free market.
As State Representative I'd keep Unemployment Insurance and Food Stamps Programs in full operational force, especially in these struggling economic times, with another Great Depression looming right around the corner.
I would pass a law that mandates that every Kentuckian will be provided with affordable housing.
I would get my team of grant writers to write up a grant, motivated by selfless Southern Hospitality, to get the rest of Letcher County, Kentucky, 60% of the People, some running water. This should at least get the ball rolling. How so many Kentucky citizens can be going without running water is something I'll never understand. It's definitely a great example of a population who knows how to survive, but their leaders need to treat them better, and they need to get their people some clean, clear running drinking water. Obama would love to brag about getting Eastern Kentuckians some running water, and since the coal companies have polluted in the waterways of Letcher County, they should help draft up the plans, or just pay for it.
Minimum wage would be increased to $11/hour. Kentucky has a sizable demographic called “The Working Poor”. This group are Kentuckians who work 40 hours a week but are still impoverished. This should not be.
The 61st District has less poor people than many counties in Kentucky. Even still, in the richest country in the world, there is no reason why anybody should be living in poverty or be without shelter. There's no reason why 25% of Kentucky's children are living in poverty. They deserve better, and if our society is to advance, we need to make sure that even the least among us are living in non-impoverished environments.
Eradicating poverty is good for everybody.
7. Nationalize Coal
The Coal Companies own the General Assembly in Frankfort, and that gives the coal companies carte blanc on violence and criminal activity, which they have no problem exploiting to destruction without limit. “Kentucky” Utilities (owned by E.ON, a behemoth German company) needs to be just as good of a citizen as everybody else.
There are many improvements that coal companies around Kentucky need to work on:
All employees of coal companies have the right to unionize if they want to, so I would pass a law to compel the coal companies to allow their employees to vote on a union. All companies will be fined vigorously for any and all intimidation of union organizing.
As State Representative, I would pass a law forcing Coal Companies to respect property rights and the surrounding environment, and end the horrible destructive practice that is known as Mountain-Top Removal.
The Cancer Wind that KU produces and blows throughout Gallatin and Owen County needs to be contained, and a law will be passed to make sure that happens.
For all Sludge Ponds coming to Kentucky, including the big one coming into Gallatin County, there are the 4 standards that will be passed into Law:
The sludge should be completely dried out (it shouldn't ever be a “pond”);
The ash should be sealed in a landfill that has a double liner of clay and a synthetic material, to prevent the toxins from escaping;
here needs to be groundwater monitoring to check to make sure toxins aren't leaking out, and;
There needs to be a collection and containment system put in place in case of a spill.
“German” Utilities uses the coal bought from Letcher County. Letcher County is coal rich and water poor. That's why the coal companies should foot the bill to provide clean water to all Letcher Countians, especially since they're the ones that have discolored the creeks and streams.
It's weird to see how much blind loyalty exists for the private coal companies in Kentucky. In Kentucky, we get Coal Company Gun Thugs coming out of the hills to crash a peaceful Mountain-Top-Removal rally at the shelter in the park. It's even more odd when you learn that KU is owned by a foreign company. So what all of this blind loyalty to King Coal is really all designed to make some German CEO really really wealthy.
If the Coal Companies of Kentucky don't pass the above Resolutions then the power of Eminent Domain for Public Use will be used to Nationalize all of Kentucky's Coal. There would be no private ownership of coal anymore. It would be run by Frankfort. It would become the People's Coal. No Kentuckian would go cold ever again. No Kentuckian would freeze to death for lack of warmth or electricity. Nationalizing our Coal would make our electric costs dirt cheap, and we could use the profits to fund social programs, or give the profits right back to the people, and make every Kentucky citizen an automatic share holder to Kentucky Coal, LLC. We should also use the profits to invest in R&D for new energy technologies. Some possibilities include electric, solar power, wind, hydroelectric, hydrogen, hemp seed oil, switch grass, nuclear, and ethanol.
To feel the entitlement of owning Kentucky's Coal, I encourage all Kentucky children to go out into the hills of Kentucky and get yourself a piece of coal. Some kids are born with a coal fortune in their hands, like that German CEO's kids, and you, well you'll just have to learn how to get yours on your own. You were born on the wrong side of the tracks. Sorry poor kid. I hate to break this to you, but until I am elected State Representative, you're on your own.
8. Stronger Union Protections
How many of you all ever had a bad boss? Well Unions are Working People's only leverage against management to make sure their corporate fascist bosses are treating them fairly.
Pass the Employee Free Choice Act for Kentucky. The Republicans in Washington DC didn't want to pass the EFCA because they said the current system for union formation is more fair and democratic... so, since last year when they said that, how many of you working men and women have voted on being part of a union? Kentucky is a “Right to Work” state, which means we have a right to work for minimum wage, and get fired for any reason. “Right to Work” means the right for workers to get the shaft. The Bluegrass provides few union protections, or leverage in our workplaces.
The EFCA would give all employees of all corporations the opportunity to vote in a fair election for a union, exempting small businesses.
9. Universal Healthcare, Education (including college), School Bus Service, Internet,
Library Services, Food, Water, Clothing, Shelter, Sewage, Cable, Postal Services, and Roads
Kentucky needs a more serious political dialogue. One where we define our political and economic terms with more precision.
Implement a Single-Payer National Healthcare Plan for all Kentucky Citizens, like a Medicaid/Medicare for Everybody. We should model it after Kucinich's HR 676 Plan.
Our current healthcare system is flawed, and it needs to be changed. Right the US government is on the verge of passing healthcare reform, and the Kentuckians who are left behind from that plan, we'll cover.
I'd also pass a law allowing the purchase of prescription pills from Canada, or anywhere else for that matter, for all Kentuckians.
College will be available to every Kentucky citizen who qualifies and wishes to further their education. Free and quality education is a basic human right from the cradle to the grave.
In lieu of college education, there should be apprenticeship programs and state and federal job training programs, and vocational and trade schools, for those folks who don't want to go to college or join the military, but instead want to go straight to work as a private citizen.
The student loan industry will be revamped, to get rid of the criminal and predatory loan shark tactics of administrators and banks.
All of Kentucky's Citizens will be provided Free Broadband Internet. No matter how far out in the boondocks you are, even all the way out in BFE, if you are a Kentuckian, and I am elected State Representative, you will get Broadband Internet.
The City of Williamstown has figured out a way to provide wireless broadband affordable Internet ($50/month) for all of their citizens. Other cities in the 61st District should follow suit.
Internet Towers and Satellite Internet would be cheaper to getting Internet out to all Kentuckians, even the most hilly of hillbillies, instead of Fiber Optics. I have heard of prices ranging from $10,000 to $1,500 per Internet Tower, and the Satellite Internet that was used in Minneapolis only costs about $10 for each individual that wanted to hook-up. So whichever plan is most efficient is the plan Kentucky should go with.
Providing this wealth of information to all of our citizens is vital to their success and survival, and to prevent them from being stuck in the digital divide, where the rich get Internet, and with access to enormous amounts of information, they get richer, and the poor is made to stay in the dark, and get poorer.
These 3 Resolutions above (Universal Healthcare, College, and Internet) will pay for themselves, over and over again throughout the years as our children get great careers, and make lots of money, stay healthy and informed, and passes that privilege to their children, and so on and so forth.
I support the current Roads, Library, School services, and more, that we have now, and will vow to keep them going. Our schools need new books, more classrooms and teachers, more land, more buildings for the 61st District's quick and expansive growth. No Child Left Behind has been a joke, and military recruiters should not be allowed in school with our minor children.
We need more women's shelters, animal shelters, homeless shelters, a central city resource center for every city in the 61st District, where a free exchange of donations of goods, clothes, and other items are held. We need bigger libraries, with more library resources, and longer hours with more computers with Internet hook-up.
We need to have a discussion about bringing in a community technology center, an exercise center, and transportation, including railroads, airports, river, streams, bridges, bus service, and roads. Even if we couldn't afford a plan by ourselves, we could cooperate with other local governments (Indiana) get on board with broadband federal plans, and then work on exporting the hell out of our products, cause that's how you make the big bucks.
We can fund all of these proposed programs by not spending unnecessary tax dollars on programs we don't need, like Operation Unite, and other DEA wannabe outfits throughout the state, and through the Legalization of Marijuana.
10. Legalize Marijuana
Right now, Steve Beshear is proposing to legalize gambling to make up for the budget shortfall for 2010. Stumbo and Williams (the General Assembly's Devil's Pact) will try their hardest to stop him.
Instead of looking to generate revenue through expanded gambling, instead, Royce Adams and the rest of the General Assembly should pass the Hemp Bill currently sitting on their desks. Kentucky would make more money with Hemp than what we would with gambling.
With the production of Hemp, you are creating jobs and opening markets. Hemp can be made into fuel for lamps and for lubrication of machine parts. Hemp can be made into energy, like biodiesel or hemp ethanol. It can also make a biodegradable form of plastic, therefore all plastic products can be made from Hemp. Hemp is used to make rope and clothing. Hemp is more soft, more durable, and doesn't mildew as bad as cotton does. Hemp doesn't require the use of any herbicides or pesticides, as compared to cotton, which uses a ton. Hemp is used to make paper, including tissue paper and cardboard. Hemp would save the Tropical Rain Forest. Hemp paper is more durable, lasting hundreds of years, and it can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper. Hemp is used to make fiberboard, which is stronger and lighter than wood. This is the reason William Randolph Hearst issued a smear campaign on Hemp, since he owned significant shares in the timber industry, and the hemp industry would have clearly interfered with his timber monopoly. The hemp seed contains more protein and is more nutritious than soybeans. Hemp is used for food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, and oil.
The Hemp plant also prevents topsoil runoff and erosion, and therefore should be every Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor's best friend. Hemp is frost tolerate and it only needs a little bit of water. Hemp can grow in all 50 states. Hemp's growth cycle is 100 to 120 days. You only need 4 months from the time you start seeding hemp to the time you start harvesting hemp.
Canada has been growing hemp for years, and so did America from its beginning to the 1930's. There were Hemp bonds being passed out to Kentucky farmers during World War II. Hemp has a rich history here.
An even better revenue-generating measure would be the Legalization of Marijuana—full blown legalization. If Kentucky was the first State in America to Legalize Marijuana, we would make more than $1 Trillion Dollars from the Marijuana Industry.
Eventually, in the United States, Marijuana will be legal. Mexico has already legalized it. 13 States in the US have legalized medical marijuana (especially since it cures Cancer). It's only a matter of time before the whole country legalizes it. Instead of being behind the curve, like Kentucky already is in so many categories, we have a chance to make Kentucky #1.
The #1 State in the US that legalizes Marijuana will benefit from their surrounding adjacent states' antiquated Prohibition laws. The War on Drugs make the sale of Marijuana more lucrative. If Kentucky raised the same amount of Marijuana as we raised of tobacco, then we'd make over $1 Trillion Dollars annually. Obama said that legalizing Marijuana wasn't good economic policy. That's a lie. It's great economic policy. Obama came into the US Presidency with a $1.3 Trillion Dollar deficit and if Obama had the courage to propose this common sense and progressive legislation, then he would have instantly, nearly completely, erased America's entire deficit.
$1 Trillion Dollars!
I figured the Capitalists would lose control of themselves once they heard about this bottom line. This common sense domestic policy would pull Kentucky up out of the pit of despair, out of the depths of poverty, and it would be a big enough jolt to pull Kentucky out of this rut we've been stuck in for awhile, and make us all rich. We'd go from being one of the most poorest states in the country to the one of the most wealthiest.
Kentucky would go from being in Last to being in First. It's no fun being stuck in the mud. I'd rather my Bluegrass be #1. Michael Phelps is #1.
The General Assembly needs to show some courage and some leadership and declare Marijuana legal now, before any other state in the Union declares it, to maximize our potential profits. If Kentucky was the first State to legalize Marijuana, Kentucky and the Marijuana Industry would be forever synonymous, forever married, forever fused together in the public's mind, like how Americans think about Amsterdam, or Denver, Colorado. This would help Kentucky with marketing and tourism. Kentucky would corner an extraordinarily lucrative market (which is how you get insanely wealthy), and we would benefit off our Kentucky Bluegrass, the product and the tourism, forever—for as long as the American Empire holds up.
Legalizing Marijuana would also help out our farmers. Since tobacco can be imported cheaply, Kentucky's farmers are scrambling to figure out some other way to make money to fill in that income gap. Marijuana would be a perfect replacement crop for Tobacco. Kentucky's fertile soil is already being used to raise Marijuana. Appalachia alone produces over 50% of America's Marijuana. Marijuana is Kentucky's #1 cash crop. So we are already leading the Marijuana industry, at least in manufacturing, but if we legalize it, then we'll finally get the credit for the Bluegrass Marijuana we've been raising for years.
And every farmer that raises 1 acre of Marijuana will make $1.3 million dollars. This would make all of the farmers more wealthy than beyond their wildest dreams.
Plus as free people, don't we have a right to privacy? When did we lose the right to our own bodies?
Kentucky would save money on law enforcement if they legalized Marijuana, and Kentucky would have a smaller prison bill.
¼ of all Kentucky prisoners are incarcerated under petty drug possession charges. Because of the War on Marijuana, Kentucky's prisons are being packed at Nazi Germany rates and it needs to stop. It costs Kentucky $200,000 per inmate. $200,000! Beshear wants to gripe about Northpoint's complaints about the food Aramark provides, but $200,000 is a house payment, and a car payment, and a student loan payment. The inmates at Northpoint should have gotten 200,000 Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers. I'm just saying we could be spending this money in much better ways.
Plus Marijuana has been known to cure Cancer. Cure Cancer! We've found the cure, and so we decided to make it illegal? That is ridiculous beyond all human comprehension. We're going to let our grandmothers die just because of William Randolph Hearst's smear campaign in the 1930s. That's ridiculous.
If Royce Adams cares about the freedom of our own body and he wants to eradicate poverty, then he will start by voting yes on the Hemp Bill. Once the Hemp Bill passes, then the credibility of legalizing Marijuana will become impossible to ignore.
Kentucky needs to swoop in before the rest of America and call dibs on the Marijuana Industry and rake in all the money that comes with the that prestigious distinction of being 1st.
As State Representative, I would hereby pass a law declaring that the sale and production of Marijuana in Kentucky legal. Any citizen in the State of Kentucky will be allowed to raise Marijuana in their gardens with no fear of repercussions. If the General Assembly doesn't pass this Indirect Initiative, then the issue will be placed on the General Election ballot as an Amendment, and we'll let the People of Kentucky decide once and for all whether they want to Legalize Marijuana. The Amendment would be modeled after the 21st US constitutional amendment, the one that repealed prohibition of the alcohol trade.
Gatewood Galbraith has a plan, which provides the basic framework for lawmakers to administer the Marijuana Program once the voters approve the Amendment. Gatewood's Plan is modeled after the tobacco base program, where the government allots so much “tobacco base” for a small fee for large scale farmers to regulate the production and sale of Marijuana.
Howard Zinn Forever
The Godfather Mack:
Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Macaulay Culkin, and Their Fathers
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Michael Jackson and His Daddy
Michael Jackson was beat up by his father Joe Jackson. He'd strike his young, innocent, and talented boys hard, calling them names, and he would use fear, violence, and intimidation to get his boys to be the perfect performer Joe could never be.
Joe Jackson would flip Michael Jackson upside down by one leg and pummeled him over and over again with his hand, hitting him on his back and buttocks.
Joe Jackson says that he never beat his boys, because using a “stick” would be considered a “beating”. But in that same sentence, Joe admitted to using sticks to hit his kids. So Joe knows what he did.
One night while Michael was asleep, Joe climbed into his room through the bedroom window, wearing a Halloween mask, screaming. Joe said he wanted to teach the children not to leave the window open at night when they went to sleep. For years afterward, Michael said he suffered nightmares about being kidnapped from his bedroom.
Joe Jackson would trip or push his sons into walls.
“He practiced us with a belt in his hand and if you missed a step expect to be whipped.” Michael Jackson said.
“How often would he beat you?” Martin Bashir asked.
“Too much,” Michael revealed.
“Would he only use a belt?” Martin asked.
Covering his face, Michael replied, “Why would you do this to me? No more than a belt.”
He recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed, and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you".
“It was always, ‘Do it like Michael! Do it like Michael!’ But the others were very nervous and I was nervous too,” Michael told Martin.
He said that he had often cried from loneliness and would vomit when he saw his father.
“I was scared, so scared that I would regurgitate.” he added.
“What would produce that sort of reaction in you?” Martin asked.
“His presence. Just seeing him.” Michael said.
Joe Jackson did not respect his children's basic human rights.
"He's still a mystery man to me and he may always be one," Michael Jackson said of his father in his 1988 Autobiography.
But, even before Michael's first memory, there were beatings.
"My mother told me I would fight back even when I was very little, but I don't remember that," the son wrote. "I do remember running under tables to get away from him and him getting angrier."
In rehearsals, a fumbled note or a missed step could draw the father's wrath.
"If you messed up you got hit, sometimes with a switch, sometimes with a belt," Jackson wrote. "Dad would make me so mad at him that I'd try to get back at him and get beaten all the more."
Michael Jackson concluded, "We had a turbulent relationship," adding, "Most of the time we just rehearsed. We always rehearsed."
Maybe the father was blind to what his abuse was doing to his son, never considering that maybe a kid should be a kid. Even Michael felt like he worked too hard as a child.
Joe Jackson, just like Marvin Gaye's father and Macaulay Culkin's father, probably saw vindication of their harsh methods as their little science experiment became Superstars.
But I wonder who did they actually do it for? Their children? Or themselves?
And what if you didn't become that Superstar? How would you feel if your were Tito? He was abused, and never became a star. That's bullshit, and if I was Tito, I'd never forget that.
So of course Joe Jackson would go around talking about protecting the Michael Jackson's “legacy” after he's dead, because to Joe Jackson, it's always been about business, nothing more. Which is why Joe started plugging the “other singers” on his record label in an recent interview right after Michael died.
Michael Jackson was the World's Greatest Superstar. But at what cost? Michael Jackson, or “Wacko Jacko” as the tabloids labeled him, became an introvert, imploding into himself, creating his own little world with Neverland, which only further exacerbated Joe Jackson's damage.
Even though I don't see anything wrong with Young Michael Jackson's face, Joe Jackson did, and would taunt his innocent son about his big nose. Because of Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson remade his face to look like nobody's son. Michael turned his face from something human into something freakish, and fucked it all up.
And Michael Jackson could never escape himself. He may have been taking narcotics, and was, without question, taking any number of anti-anxiety drugs. He quit eating, and looked like a skeleton at the end. He also might have been a pedophile.
Michael Jackson was an abused child, and look how he turned out.
Sure his music was good, sensational even, but did we as a public, in our thirst for entertainment, ignore the psychological effects of his upbringing, during his formidable years, just because we liked his showmanship?
Michael Jackson's music is inspiring, especially “They Don't Really Care About Us”, which I've been looping over and over again since Michael died.
Michael Jackson reached out to the children of the world, and told them to be the exact opposite of Joe Jackson. He said to love, to change the man in the mirror, and warned us that we're going to have to take care of ourselves because “They” don't really care about us, and that's true. They don't really care about us.
That's why Humanity loved him.
But did we really?
When I think of the late Michael Jackson, I still see an abused kid. If Humanity really loved him, then we would have prevented the abuse from happening, or got Michael some help after it did, like completely removing Joe from Michael's life. If we had done that, then we can say that we really cared.
Because if we really loved Michael Jackson, then we would have wanted Michael to be happy and free. Instead we watched as he was eaten up by his personal demons, the ones Joe helped to create. Because if Joe is going to get credit for making Michael a superstar, then we also should credit him for Michael's implosion, which is what eventually killed him.
That's the reason why Michael Jackson cut Joe Jackson completely out of the will. And Michael's mother, Katherine, only gets custody of Michael's kids only on the condition that Joe doesn't come around the family's house in Encino, CA.
I wonder, though: Should Michael's kids be given to a woman who just stood in the background and watched as Michael got beat? That doesn't sound like a fit mother.
To see how this hierarchy of father's dominating over their son's life, when they are child superstar prodigies, really works, the relationship between Marvin Gaye and his father is a perfect case example to see if Joe Jackson really loved Michael, or if Joe was merely using his kids so he can live vicariously through his children's success, to make up for own miserable career choices.
Macaulay Culkin and His Daddy
“I don't even get an allowance.”
—11 year old Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin wrote a book called "Junior" which continually circles back to a single subject: his father. The main character in Mack's book had a similar relationship with his father as Mack did with his real life biological father, Christopher “Kit” Culkin.
“I think there's two different fathers that I have,” says Mack.
“I have my real father, and then I have the one in my head. The real one is gone and should be gone. But I think I was looking to put the one in my head to rest.”
There is not a flicker of emotion as he speaks. It's as if Mack's describing a character in a film rather than the man responsible for half his DNA, and early career.
Mack's parents are Kit and Patricia Brentrap, his mother, who never married each other, ever. Mack was born in 1980. Kit Culkin was an Irish Catholic, another religious psycho like Marvin Gay Senior, and raised his family in that faith.
"I was making God knows how much money, and Kit was making me sleep on the couch just because he could," Macaulay told New York magazine. "Kit had a king-size bed and a big-screen TV, and I was sleeping on the couch. It was just something he was doing to kind of break your spirit, I figure. Kit beat our spirits down. That's what he always did."
The industry's prevailing pop-psychic analysis is that Kit Culkin, a failed actor, is living vicariously through his successful son, just like Joe Jackson and Marvin Gay Senior did to their successful sons.
It must be the most frustrating thing to have such false power generated by a little kid who you can control and dominate over.
His father Kit dominated over the family—his “Kingdom,” says Culkin—by humiliation and physical abuse.
Kit Culkin, who served as his sons' manager, kept the movie projects coming, signing his son to star in movie after movie, while Macaulay wasn't even asked which scripts interested him.
"I just wanted a little bit of a break. I wanted a summer vacation for the first time in, you know, forever. I was tired and needed time off," Macaulay told Britain's The Times. "He said, 'No problem,' but it just never happened. After that I turned myself off. It was just about saying the lines so that Dad didn't get mad at me."
Released in 1990, Home Alone made more than $500 million worldwide. But as Macaulay's clout grew, so did Kit's reputation as a difficult, bullying negotiator.
At 11 years old, Mack hosted Saturday Night Live.
Mack's next big project was My Girl in 1991, when he was 11, in which he played Thomas J. Sennett, a boy who seemed to be allergic to everything. Despite some controversy over the ending, the film was released anyway and proved to be another hit film for Macaulay Culkin, and it featured his very first kiss, which he shared with Anna Chlumsky, which earned them MTV's award for Best Kiss of the Year.
Because of My Girl, Macaulay was the first child in Hollywood to receive a million dollar salary.
In 1992 came Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which grossed more than $172 million in the US alone.
In 1993 came The Good Son, which was the first role to depart from Mack's cute kid comedies. Mack played a murderous little demon named Henry. He got the role when Kit Culkin threatened to pull Mack out of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) unless he was given the lead in The Good Son (1993). Mack received $5 million for the film.
In 1994, at the age of 14, came a string of duds: The Pagemaster (1994), Getting Even with Dad (1994), and Richie Rich (1994).
He was paid $8 million for the last two, the highest salary ever paid for a child star.
Many people believed Mack had lost his touch, though, because he was no longer that cute tiny kid they saw in Home Alone 4 years ago.
Between his father, the movies, and the media, Macaulay Culkin said he'd "lost all conception of what it was like to be normal."
Additionally, says Mack, Kit Culkin was often drunk and obnoxious.
In 1997, the Culkin family, Patricia Brentrap, Mack, and his siblings, with no new revenue coming in, high lawyer fees, and with this custody battle freezing Mack's movie money, nearly became homeless. So in February of 1997, control of Macaulay's finances was removed from the family and placed in the hands of Mack's accountant.
In the custody hearings, Kit's controlling tactics and greedy behavior came out. Kit Culkin was wanting to keep Mack's entire $17 million fortune for himself.
Patricia Brentrup, Mack's Mom, said, “Kit Culkin made it so that poor kid (Macaulay) could never, ever have feelings for this man."
Then in April of 1997, the suit was settled when Kit Culkin didn't show up to the court date against Patricia Brentrap, which gave Patricia sole custody of Macaulay and all of his siblings.
Macaulay, taking a surprisingly mature stance for being so young, eventually gained control of $17 million fortune. Macaulay Culkin, at 17 years of age, had then became one of the few people that has ever successfully “divorced” their parents.
Mack paid off his mother's debt, and then he and two of his brothers, the younger Kieran and the older Shane (24), all got an apartment together. Though Macaulay remains close to his mother and six siblings, he has been estranged from his father since that 1997 custody battle, and hasn't spoken to him since, nor does he plan to.
When asked where Kit lives, Mack Culkin said he “thinks” he lives somewhere in Arizona. Kit does live in Phoenix, and he suffers from a debilitating spinal disease. Karma can be a bitch sometimes.
Kit tried to get a hold of Mack one time in London, when Mack started acting again in Madame Melville. Kit sent Mack a congratulatory telegram.
"Thankfully I didn't see it until a week after opening," says Macaulay. "I think it's funny that Kit hasn't tried to make contact with me in years. The one time he tries to, it's in this very cold telegram, basically wishing me luck just because I'm getting back to work."
This is reminiscent of Joe Jackson.
“Kit would black out all the terrible things he did, and that hurt me more, because he'd go to bed at night thinking he was a good person. People do bad things in their lives. And those sort of things are forgivable. That's half the point of having confession in church—you need to be able to fess up to what you've done. He just couldn't. It was some kind of mechanism in him or some kind of craziness.”
Mack says he feels guilty over the book, but in a way, he's been working on it since childhood.
“He was an abusive man," says Culkin. "Not so much physical, though there was a little bit of that. It was a lot of this “mental abuse”. I knew from a very early age that I better take notes on him. Notes of how not to be. Notes on how I don't want to be when I grow up.”
To this day, Macaulay does not speak to his father, and he prefers it that way.
“As long as he isn't at my doorstep, I'm fine.”
Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson
Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson have been best friends since Mack's Home Alone days. Michael Jackson says Macaulay Culkin is his “Huckleberry Finn to my Tom Sawyer.” Macaulay testified that he's was never molested by Michael Jackson.
“Michael and I had an understanding about my father. He knew what that was all about. He'd lived it. It's not like I can just bump into people on the street and say, 'Oh! You too!' It doesn't happen that often.”
“Michael's still a kid. I'm still a kid. We're both going to be about 8 years old forever in some place because we never had a chance to be 8 when we actually were. That's kind of the beauty and cursed part of our lives."
Besides the custody battle, in 1997, Michael Jackson chose Macaulay Culkin to become Godfather to Prince Michael Joseph Jackson the 1st, Michael Jackson's first kid. And in 1998, when Macaulay was 18 years old, Michael made Macaulay Godfather to his 2nd child, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.
Both Paris and Prince Michael Jackson the 1st are Debbie Rowe's biological kids.
Mark Lester, the star of Oliver!, is the Godfather to Prince Michael Jackson the 2nd, aka “Blanket,” whose surrogate mother has never been identified.
Elizabeth Taylor is also a Godmother somehow.
While there are similarities between how Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin were raised, Mack decides to live life differently than Michael. Mack says of Michael and Neverland: “One of the things that I always thought is that I could have turned out that way. I'm a fairly sheltered person, but I could have just put a fortress around myself, bought a big chunk of land somewhere, and said, “Fuck all y'all!” But I made a decision when I was 14 that I was going to live life, where I think Michael made the opposite decision. It's a cool little world that he has, but at the same time, it's become a little more distant from reality.”
Now Macaulay leads a simple life, spending his free time walking the dog, feeding the fish, cleaning the house, and cooking for his girlfriend Mila Kunis, “Jackie” from That 70's Show. A very normal life. Mack decided to go the opposite direction that Michael Jackson went. Instead of being an introvert, he became an extrovert. Deciding to participate in life, and to cherish the moments we have, in social settings, and since his decision to live differently, Macaulay Culkin is more content and happy. Plus not having to deal with Kit Culkin helps.
And even with that petty marijuana misdemeanor Mack was charged with several years ago, I don't respect him any less.
Michael Jackson chose Macaulay Culkin to be the Godfather to his first two children for a reason. To be named “Godfather” or “Godmother” is a huge honor. The exact definition of what a Godfather's responsibilities are, is for the chosen individual to raise that person's children if they ever become orphaned. And that's exactly what's happened. Michael Jackson died. And there was a lot of talk about who should get Michael Jackson's kids.
There was a 2002 Will that named Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, to be given full custody of the 3 children. But Michael had talked about changing his Will in December 2008, after he split with his nanny, and he talked about changing it again in March. So you can't be sure if that 2002 Will is what Michael wanted in June of 2009, and I bet Michael's death probably even surprised himself.
Ultimately, Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of 2 of the oldest children, worked out some deal out of court, and that's the current agreement being upheld. Katherine Jackson gets full custody of the 3 children, with Debbie Rowe receiving “meaningful visitation rights”. And Joe Jackson has to stay away from the kids, who are living in Encino, CA, in Katherine Jackson's home, a.k.a “The Jackson Family Home”, per the wishes of The King of Pop himself.
Joe Jackson needs to stay away from the kids because he's a horrible person. Michael Jackson never dealt with his anger and frustration for his overbearing father, and that ruined Michael Jackson. Had Michael constructively dealt with this situation, he would have dismissed Joe Jackson out of his life for good, while he was living, just like Macaulay Culkin did with Kit. And he would have been happier for it.
But now with Michael dead, and his children in the hands of Katherine Jackson, the wife of the so-called Patriarch Joe Jackson, do you really think that Joe Jackson won't be able to bully Katherine into letting Joe to be a part of his grandchildren's lives, and, then, eventually, fucking their lives up too?
Joe Jackson shouldn't be apart of Paris and the 2 Prince Michael's lives. And neither should Katherine. She watched the abuse, and even if she tried to stop Joe, her efforts failed. Neither one of these people are fit to care for anybody's children.
And since the Godfather position is chosen with the expressed purpose of raising their children if they should so happen to die, then that means, Macaulay Culkin should have custody of Michael Jackson's two older children. And that's what should still happen. Because that's precisely what Michael Jackson would have wanted.
Rosa Clementa announced that Hip-Hop is Revolutionary, since it's honest, it's in your face, it's uncompromising, and it's speaks Truth to Power.
Hip-Hop is the Music of Revolution.
I've compiled this list of rappers and their songs to highlight the socially conscious messages they are speaking, much to parents all over the world's dismay. Hip-Hop, in it's original form, are rappers speaking about Life, it's Trials and Tribulations, and the Struggles.
Rappers are the only ones really telling it like it is.
“Which Side Are You On?” by Rebel Diaz
“See I gotta draw the line. I cant take it no more. If you ain't down with revolution, what you waitin for? Making money for suckers and our communities poor. Ripping flags off of coffins, man this ain't our War. Colonized and terrorized by the world's biggest killers. The US Government the biggest weapon and drug dealers. Filling prisons with children; incarcerating the future. Myspace and Facebook, they got us stuck on computers. Stuck on stupid bumping music that's abusive to the shorties. And the nonsense that you spitting they just listen and absorb it. I've been dormant, I've awoken, I'm a giant, I'm ready. I'm with the APPO in Oaxaca and we holding machetes.
“I rock hard like Palestinian children holding slingshots!!! I'm with every single kid that's down for hip hop. For the culture the life what it really stands for. This music is resistance. It's the voice of the poor. I'm on the side of the workers, the teachers and lunch ladies. On the streets with brown mommy's raising our brown babies. I'm with youth organizers cleaning up the Bronx River. I'm like Jaime Escalante when I stand and deliver. I'm with Evo Morales, man, he running Bolivia. Distribution of the land so they could all live bigger. I'm with Hugo and Fidel, Grandmaster and Melle Mel. With the Panthers up in Queens, justice for Sean Bell. I'm with Camacho Negron. I'm with Ojeda Rios. Freedom for Oscar Lopez, time to get an appeal. I'm with Abu Jamal. I'm with Assatta Shakur. I'm with the Compas in Immokalee getting a penny more!
“I'm with parents everywhere fighting for good schools. And for all these good women to find some good dudes. I'm for immigrants, activists, unions and freelancers. I'm with editors, engineers and indy media. I'm with my family and my crew Rebel Diaz. Cause its dope when the elders break bread with the kids. I'm for telling the truth, exposing the lies. Think about the dead soldiers when you're driving your ride. Them people died for the oil and Daddy Bush's revenge. I'm with the widows the children and the lonely best friends. I'm with Families Staying Together as ONE. I'm Not for the Raids and the Deportations! So watch out for those snitches in that unmarked car! And for Lil Saulito, we gonna fight for your moms. So we gonna shout her out, twice in One song. I'm for a world without borders and a better tomorrow.”
“Changes” – Tupac
On Poverty and War:
“I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself: “Is Life worth living, or should I blast myself?” I tired of being poor and even worse I'm black. My stomach hurts so I'm looking for a purse to snatch. Cops give a damn about a Negro. Pull a trigger, kill a nigger, he's a hero. Give the crack to the kids. Who the Hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare. First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal the brothers. Give 'em guns, step back, watch 'em kill each other.”
“It's time to fight back,” that's what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead.”
“I see no changes.
Can't a brother get a little Peace?
It's a WAR on the Streets
And WAR in the Middle East.
Instead of a WAR on Poverty,
They got a WAR on Drugs so the Police can bother me.”
“Land Of The Gun” – Immortal Technique
On the Military-Industrial Complex:
“Running through the streets that reek of the dead. It's more food to the wealthy. My niggaz on welfare. Nobody given up healthcare. George Bush having a swell year. Swinging the Gat. Ready to clap. Anything on the map. You done seen what they bring to Iraq. Now bring it back to the source. Land of the physical force.”
“Land of the gun! Land of the gun! Land of the gun!”
“This is the place where the cops rush in the building. Paramilitary death squads murder your children. Empty shell of a man rippin' shots in the air. Soldiers dying out there. But nobody cares.”
On Class Warfare:
“Prepare for the future but make note of the past or be condemned to live it again and get blast. Class warfare kept out of the news. Replaced by a corporation's political views. Cause this is where the guns are manufactured and sold. The land that was stolen, stripped of all its gold. Old timers on the death bed speaking the wisdom. Immigrants crucified by conservative Christians. Now we all got freedom to die in the street. But the difference is more of us die in a week than they die in a year. I made clear where I stand, when the line is drawn, but now the line is gone and nigga anything goes. The land where the guns don't let anything grow and what the fuck you niggaz know about living in hell. You not built like me, you never lived in a cell. You never gambled with your soul. Fuck the ice in your hand, gun in your palm, but you got a niggaz life in your hand. Young Man. Just remember that slicing a gram is a bloody game, like throwing mice in the fan.”
On Guerrilla Warfare:
“Now we running through the streets, starving. On that guerrilla warfare. Innocent children screaming in tears. You acting like the army ain't put hell here. Military industry having a swell year. Swinging a gat, while lying in heaven. Living off a blank check after 9-11. But I have the truth brought back to the source. Fight for my land with physical force. Speak through music, the subliminal course. I need a tech and a clip. Fuck a jag and a Porsche.”
“Land of the Gun!
Land of the Gun!
Land of the Gun!
Land of the Gun!”
“Propaganda” - Dead Prez
“Telling lies to our children. Telling lies to our children. Telling lies to our babies.”
“Feeding our children miseducation. No one knows if there's UFO or any life on Mars. Or what they do when they up in the stars. I don't believe a word of what the President said. He filling our head, with lies, got us hypnotized. When he be speaking in cold words about crime and poverty. Drugs, welfare, prisons, guns, and robbery; it really means us, there's no excuse for the slander, but what's good for the goose is still good for the gander.
I don't believe Bob Marley died from cancer.
Thirty-one years ago, I would of been a Panther.
They killed Huey cause they knew he had the answer.
The views that you see in the news is mother fucking Propaganda.
“I don't want a computer chip in my arm. I don't wanna die by a nuclear bomb. I say we all rush the Pentagon. Pull out guns and grab the intercom. My first words will be I believe man made God out of ignorance and fear. If God made man, then why the hell would He put us here? I thought He's supposed to be the all-loving? The same God that put Jews in the oven.”
“We don't fall for the regular leadership, flipping position. They turn politician and shut the hell up and follow tradition. Your TV screen is telling lies to your vision. Every channel got some brainwashed cop shit to watch. Running up in niggas cribs claiming the heard shots. It's a plot. But busta can you tell me who's greedier? Big Corporations, the Pigs or the Media? Sign of the time. Terrorism on the rise. Commercial airplanes. Falling out the sky like flies.”
“We view each other with a great love and a great understanding. We try to expand this to the general black population and oppressed people all over the world. We differ from some other groups simply because we understand the system better than most groups understand the system. And with this realization, we attempt to form a strong political base based in the community with the only strength that we have: a potentially destructive force, if we don't get freedom.”
“The Way I Am” by Eminem
“I sit back with this pack of zig zags, and this bag of this weed, it gives me the shit needed to be the most meanest MC on this earth, and since birth I've been cursed with this curse to just curse.”
On Hip Hop, Columbine, and Society:
“When a dude's getting bullied and shoots up the school; and they blame it on Marilyn; and the Heroin. But where were the parents at? And look where its at. Middle America. Now it's a tragedy. Now it's so sad to see. An upper class city having this happening. They attack Eminem 'cause I rap this way? But I'm glad. Cause they feed the fuel that I need for the fire to burn, and it's burning and I have returned, and I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn't, the why would I say I am? In the paper, the news, everyday I am. Radio won't even play my jam. I am whatever you say I am. In the paper, the news, everyday I am. I don't know. That's just the way I am.”
“White America” by Eminem
“America. We love you. How many people are proud to be citizens of this beautiful country of ours? The stripes and and the stars for the rights that men have died for to protect. The women and men who have broke their necks for the freedom of speech the United States government has sworn to uphold. Or so we're told...”
“The problem is I speak to suburban kids who otherwise would of never knew these words exist, whose moms probably wouldn't have give two squirts of piss until I created so much mother fucking turbulence.
So to the parents of America. I am the derringer aimed at little Erica, to attack her character. The ringleader of this circus of worthless pawns. Sent to lead the march right up to the steps of Congress. And piss on the lawns of the White House and replace it with a parental advisory sticker. To spit liquor in the faces of this Democracy of Hypocrisy. Fuck you Ms. Cheney! Fuck you Tipper Gore! Fuck you with the Freest of Speech this Divided States of Embarrassment will allow me to have. Fuck you. I'm just kidding America. You know I love you.”
“Without Me” by Eminem
“So the FCC won't let me be. Or let me be me. So let me see. They tried to shut me down on MTV. But it feels so empty without me.”
“That's War!” by Dead Prez
On the System:
[M-1 over "Whoa!" beat]
“The cops stop you just cause you black, that's War.
Run your prints through the system, that's War.
When they call my hood a drug zone, that's War.
Slum lords charge me for the rent, that's War.
Why they so rich and we poor, that's War.
If you young and black you sell crack, that's War.
The White House is the rock house, that's War.
George Bush coming out his mouth, that's War.
Chilling on the corner with your gang, that's War.
Po-po do the same damn thing, that's War.
When they murdered Amado Dialo, that's War.
Marching through the streets is a strategy of War.
Knowing self defense is a strategy of War.
Soldiers try to link with other soldiers, that's War.
Revolutionaries gotta know the art of War.
What about hip hop use that, fuck a rap battle, what about a Gatt battle?
Let's take it to the beast and see which cat tattle.
Is it 'Kiss vs. Beans or P vs. Hov'?
What about the real niggaz vs. the 5-0?
This is M-1, DP, don't you forget.
Cause you can talk talk talk but it don't mean shit.
I ain't gotta pop your top to see where your brains went.
This rap shit is bigger then entertainment.
It's the people vs. the pigs when it all boils down.
It ain't Pac vs. Big. It's who's getting the power.
And power ain't money dog, its self determination.
Like taking Hop and making this the real People's Station, that's War.”
“Renegade” by Eminem with Jay Z
On Hip-Hop And It's Controversy:
“Whose the King of these rude ludicrous lucrative lyrics? Who could inherit the title? Put the youth in hysterics? Using his music to steer it, sharing his views, and merits? But there's a huge interference—they're saying you shouldn't hear it. Maybe it's Hatred I spew. Maybe it's Food for the Spirit. Maybe it's Beautiful Music I made for you to just cherish.”
“But I'm debated, disputed, hated, and viewed in America as a mother fucking drug addict—like you didn't experiment? Now now, that's when you start to see yourself as a kid again, and you get embarrassed. And I got nothing to do but make you look stupid as parents. You fucking do-gooders. Too bad you couldn't do-good at marriage. Ha Ha!”
On Religion and the Media:
“See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare. Jesus Christ, the King of these Latter Day Saints here. To shatter the picture in which of that as they paint me as: a monger of hate, a scatterbrained-atheist. But that ain't the case. See it's a matter of taste. We as a People decide if Shady's as bad as they say he is. Or is he the latter? A gateway to escape? A media scapegoat that we can be mad at today? See it's easy as cake. Simple as whistling Dixie. While I'm waving the pistol at sixty Christians against me. Go to war with the Mormons, take a bath with the Catholics, in holy water; no wonder they try to hold me under longer. I'm a mother fucking spiteful—delightful—eyeful. The new Ice Cube. Mother fuckers just hate to like you. What did I do?”
“I'm just a kid from the gutter making his butter off these blood suckers, because I'm a mother fucking renegade.”
“Rock Bottom” by Eminem
“This song is dedicated to all the happy people. All the happy people who have real nice lives and have no idea what's it like to be broke as fuck.”
On Minimum Wage:
“I feel like I'm walking a tightrope. Without a circus net. Popping Percocet. I'm a nervous wreck. I deserve respect. But I work a sweat for this worthless check. About to burst this tech at somebody to reverse the debt. Minimum wage got my adrenaline caged. Full of venom and rage. Especially when I'm engaged. And my daughter's down to her last diaper That's got my ass hyper. I pray that God answers. Maybe I'll ask nicer.”
“My life is full of empty promises and broken dreams. I'm hoping things will look up but there ain't no job openings. I feel discouraged, hungry, and malnourished. Living in this house with no furnace, unfurnished. And I'm sick of working dead end jobs with lame pay, and I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day.”
On the Relationship between Poverty and Crime:
“Right now I feel like I just hit the Rock Bottom. I got problems. Now everybody on my block's got 'em. I'm screaming like those two cops when Tupac shot 'em. Holding two glocks. I hope your doors got new locks on 'em. My daughter's feet ain't got no shoes or socks on 'em. And them rings you wearing look like they got a few rocks on 'em. And while you flaunting them I could be taking them out to pawn them. I've got a couple of rings and a brand new watch. You want 'em? Cause I never went gold off one song.”
“I'm running up on someone's lawns with guns drawn.”
“Memorial Day” by The Perceptionists
On the Iraq War:
“Where are the weapons of mass destruction?
We been looking for months and we ain't found nothing.
Please Mr. President, tell us something.
We knew from the beginning that your ass was bluffing.”
“How unfortunate, it wasn't what you thought it kid, in basic training. They taught you how to slay man as a start-up kit. And you showed up with a gun to load up. Hoping a college education's waiting, maybe a steady occupation. Now you're weighing many lives against yours. President orders, got you on course, with holocaust, Sergeant is lost. General's boss, plans cross, now you're in the cross hair of a sniper's shaky scared, shot off your ear. All fucked up now! One round just hit him in his from some young yet expendable citizen. He's from the other side of the line, fighting for time. Time to see his kids walk, time to talk with his pops. Time to have a rational thought without the thought of being shot. Damn, his gun jammed. Now you gotta bombard. It's a soldier's suicide slide - know you tried hard to stay alive. When you're catching fire from both sides, and we miss you at home. It's time the government truly left you alone. Dropped you off and popped one in your dome. Now we've seen it in Iraq and the Congo - America's motto: "Kill their leader then we build a stronghold."”
“I never thought of this the day that I enlisted. That I'd be dodging bullets, seeking weapons that never even existed. For someone else's personal beef, I risk myself, while the Commander-in-Chief would never come to fight himself. I feel I'm being tricked even worse than the civilians. Nobody ever told me that we would be killing children! Feeling like the ones that sent me here are the psychotics, but if I say that out loud, I'm "unpatriotic". But would Donald Rumsfeld back me up with the chrome? Would Tom Ridge fight or would he stay secure back home? And would Condoleeza Rice cover grenades in a fox hole? I'm starting to believe what I was told is not so.”
“What's the reason for the war? I'm shooting at these people that I got not animosity for. I wonder if I'm just a pawn in someone else's struggle, or a hero, even though I'm just a small piece of the puzzle. I know that when I finally return where I reside, I'll make up for the months my wife and moms cried,
and carry on for all my fallen brothers that died. But you can't take my pride, cause I'm a fucking soldier!”
“Sing for the Moment” by Eminem
“Sing with me. Sing for the years. Sing for the laughter. Sing for the tears. Sing it with me. Just for today. Maybe tomorrow the Good Lord will take you away.
“It's all political. If my music is literal, and I'm a criminal, how the fuck can I raise a little girl? I couldn't. I wouldn't be fit to. You're full of shit Guerrera. That was a fist that hit you.”
“They say music can alter moods and talk to you. Well can it load a gun for you, and cock it too? Well if you can, the next time you assault a dude, just tell the judge it was my fault and I'll get sued.”
On Eminem's Motivation for Singing:
“It's fucked up ain't it. How we can come from practically nothing to being able to have any fucking
thing that we wanted. That's why we sing for these kids, who don't have a thing. Except for a dream, and a fucking rap magazine. Who post pin-up pictures on their walls all day long. Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs. Or for anyone who's ever been through shit in their lives. Till they sit and they cry at night wishing they'd die. Till they throw on a rap record and they sit, and they vibe. We're nothing to you but we're the fucking shit in they eyes. That's why we seize the moment, try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and hold it. Cause we consider these minutes golden. And maybe they'll admit it when we're gone. Just let our spirits live on, through our lyrics that you hear in our songs.
“They Schools” by Dead Prez
“Why haven't you learned anything?”
“Man that school shit is a joke. The same people who control the school system control the prison system, and the whole social system ever since slavery, you know what I'm saying? I went to school with some redneck crackers. Right around the time 3rd Bass dropped the cactus album. But I was reading Malcolm. I changed my name in '89, cleaning parts of my brain like a baby nine. I took a history class serious, front row, every day of the week, 3rd period. Fucking with the teachers head, calling them racist. I tried to show them crackers some light, they couldn't face it. I got my diploma from a school called Rickers. Full of teenage mothers and drug dealing niggas. In the hallways, the po-po was always present, searching through niggas possessions, looking for dope and weapons. Get your lessons, that's what my moms kept stressing. I tried to pay attention but they classes wasn't interesting. They seemed to only glorify the Europeans, claiming Africans were only three-fifths a human being.” “They schools can't teach us shit. My people need freedom. We trying to get all we can get. All my high school teachers can suck my dick. Telling me white man lies, straight bullshit! They schools ain't teaching us what we need to know to survive. They schools don't educate. All they teach the people is lies.” “You see dog, you see how quick these motherfuckers be to like be telling niggas get a diploma so you can get a job, but they don't never tell you how the job is going to exploit you every time. That's why I be like “Fuck they schools!” “School is like a 12 step brainwash camp. They make you think if you drop out you ain't got a chance. To advance in life, they try to make you pull your pants up. Students fight the teachers and get took away in handcuffs. And if that wasn't enough, then they expel y'all. Your peoples understand it but to them, you a failure. When they beat us in the head with them books, it don't reach us. Whether you break dance or rock suede Adidas. Or be in the bathroom with your clique, smoking reefer. Then you know they math class ain't important, unless you adding up cash in multiples. Unemployment ain't rewarding. They may as well teach us extortion. You either get paid or locked up. The principal is like a warden. In a four year sentence, mad niggas never finish. But that doesn't mean I couldn't be a doctor or a dentist.” “Because, for real, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And all y'all high class niggas with y'all nose up cause we dropping this shit on this joint, fuck y'all. We going to speak for ourselves. Cause see the schools ain't teaching us nothing. They ain't teaching us nothing, but how to be slaves and hardworkers for white people to build up they shit up and make they businesses successful while it's exploiting us. They ain't teaching us nothing related to solving our own problems. They ain't teaching us how to get crack out the ghetto. They ain't teaching us how to stop the police from murdering us, and brutalizing us. They ain't teaching us how to get our rent paid. They ain't teaching our families how to interact better with each other. They just teaching us how to build they shit up. That's why my niggas got a problem with this shit. That's why niggas be dropping out that shit because it don't relate. You go to school, the fucking police searching you you walking in your shit like this a military compound. So school don't even relate to us. Until we have some shit where we control the fucking school system, where we reflect how we going to solve our own problems, them niggas ain't going to relate to school. Shit that just how it is. And I love education, but if education ain't elevating me, and it ain't taking me where I need to go on some bullshit, then fuck education. At least they shit, matter of fact my nigga, this whole school system can suck my dick, BITCH!”
“Mosh” by Eminem
“They ain't gonna stop us they can't, we stronger now more than ever. They tell us “no”, we say “yeah”. They tell us “stop”, we say “go”. Rebel with a rebel yell. Raise hell we gonna let em know. Stomp. Push. Shove. Mush. Fuck Bush. Until they bring out troops home. Come on.”
“Come along follow me as I lead through the darkness as I provide just enough spark that we need to proceed. Carry on, give me hope, give me strength, come with me, and I won't steer you wrong. Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog to the light at the end of the tunnel. We gonna fight, we gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp. We gonna Mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors, c'mon.”
“Let the President answer a higher anarchy. No more blood for oil. We've got out own battles to fight on our own soil. Look in his eyes. It's all lies. The stars and stripes, they've been swiped, washed out, and wiped. Replaced with his own face. Mosh now or Die. If I get sniped tonight it's because I told you to “fight”.”
“Assemble our own army. Disarm this Weapon of Mass Destruction we call our President.”
“Tell The Truth” – Mos Def
“Man. You hear this bullshit they be talking. Everyday. It's like these mother fuckers is just like professional liars. You know what I'm saying. It's wild. Listen:
Bin Laden didn't blow up the projects. It was you Nigga. Tell the Truth Nigga. Bush knocked down the towers. Tell the Truth Nigga. Bush knocked down the towers. Tell the Truth Nigga.”
On Bin Laden:
“I pledge no allegiance. Nigga fuck the President's speeches. If you speak about the evil the government does, the Patriot Act will track you to the type of your blood. They'll try to frame you, and say you were trying to sell drugs. Throw a federal indictment on niggaz to show you love. This shit is run by fake Christians, fake politicians. Look at their mansions. Then look at the conditions you live in. All they talk about is terrorism on television. They tell you to listen. But they don't really tell you their mission. They funded al-Qaeda, and now they blame the Muslim religion. Even though Bin Laden was a CIA tactician. They gave him billions of dollars, and they funded his purpose. Fahrenheit 9/11. That's just scratching the surface.”
On Uncle Tom House Negroes:
“Mercenary contractors fighting a new era. Corporate military banking off the War on Terror. They are controlling the ghetto, with the failed attack. Try and distract the fact that they are engineering the crack. I fire on house niggaz that support you and like you.
On Presidents (Eminem):
“I don't rap for money. I don't rap for dead Presidents. I'd rather see the President dead. It's never been said, but I set Precedents.”
“What Would You Do” – City High
“What would you do, if your son was at home, crying all alone, on the bedroom floor, cause he's hungry? And the only way to feed him is to sleep with a man for a little bit of money, and his daddy's gone? Somewhere smocking rock now. In and out of lock down, I ain't got a job now. So for you this is just a good time. But for me this is what I call life.”
“Where Is The Love” – Black Eyed Peas
“Overseas we try to stop terrorism but we got terrorists here living in the USA, the big CIA, the Bloods, the Crips, and the KKK.”
“People killing, people dieing. Children hurt and you hear them crying. Can you practice what you preach, and would you turn the other cheek? Father, father, father help us. Send some guidance from above cause people got me questioning: Where is the Love?”
“There's freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems.”
“You're just a fucking animal but I'm the Neo Sapien. You know there's no escaping, even though your heart is racing. Fuck the litigation. Fuck the President. I voted for assassination. I'm saying fuck the federal bullshit investigations. Fuck the cover up of ghetto radiation extermination. Using my people for experimentation. And if doesn't play Hip-Hop, then fuck your radio station.”
“Read A Book” – D'mite
“Read a book. Read a book. Read a mother fucking book.
Not a sport's page. Not a magazine.
But a book nigga, a fucking book nigga.”
“Raise your kids. Raise your kids. Raise your God damned kids.
Your body needs water, so drink that shit!
Buy some land, buy some land. Fuck spinning rims.
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your God damned teeth.
Wear deodorant nigga, wear deodorant nigga. It's called Speedstick. It's not expensive.”
“Read a Book.”
“Youth Of A Nation” – P.O.D.
“But who knew that this day wasn't like the rest? Instead of taking the test, I took two to the chest. Call me blind, but I didn't see it coming. Everybody was running but I couldn't hear nothing. Except gun blasts, it happened so fast. I don't really know this kid even though I sit by him in class. Maybe this kid was reaching out for love. Or maybe for a moment he forgot who he was. Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged. Whatever it was, I know it's because... We are, we are, the Youth of a Nation. We are, we are, the Youth of the Nation.”
“Why? Who's to blame for the lives that tragedies claim? No matter what you say, it don't take away the pain that I feel inside. I 'm tired of all the lies. Don't nobody know why it's the blind leading the blind. I guess that's the way the story goes. Will it ever make sense? Somebody's got to know. There's got to be more to life than this. There's got to be more to everything I thought exists.”
“Internally Bleeding” —Immortal Technique
On Black History:
“I never asked to be the messenger but I was chosen to speak the words of every African slave dumped into the ocean. Stolen by America. Tortured, buried, and frozen. Written out of the history books your children are holding. Internally bleeding. Cold blooded, stripped of emotion, I go through the motions, but there's no life in my eyes. It's like I'm hooked up to a respirator waiting to die. Hooked up to the fucking chair waiting to fry. Sooth an electrocution currently used in my execution, producing thoughts at the speed of light. Burning confusion, I'm loosing my sight. Breathing is tight. The evening is white. I made my peace with the Lord and now I stand on his right.”
* * *These are the songs and artists that I used for this article:
“Read a Book” by D'mite;
“Internally Bleeding” by Immortal Technique;
“They Schools” by Dead Prez
“That's War” by Dead Prez
“Revolutionary” by Immortal Technique;
“Changes” by Tupac;
“Rock Bottom” by Eminem;
“Land Of The Gun” by Immortal Technique;
“Where Is The Love” by Black Eyed Peas;
“What Would You Do” by City High;
“Which Side Are You On?” by Rebel Diaz;
“Tell The Truth” by Mos Def;
“Mosh” by Eminem;
“Sing for the Moment” by Eminem;
“Renegade” by Eminem with Jay Z;
“Without Me” by Eminem;
“White America” by Eminem;
“The Way I Am” by Eminem;
“Youth Of A Nation” – P.O.D.;
“Propaganda” - Dead Prez.
“Memorial Day” - The Perceptionists