They Hate Women 

(James Hodgkinson at his job as an inspector in Belleville, Illinois) 

In the hours after St. Louis area native James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican members of Congress and others in Alexandria, Virginia many thoughts crossed his mind. Many are related to Hodgkinson growing-up in Belleville, Illinois and are part of another piece I submitted. Other thoughts revolve around gender which I briefly summed-up in a Facebook status; 

I don’t need a CVE grant and to sip wine with academics to know a commonality between terrorists of all stripes is attitudes towards women. Muslim dude extremists believe feminism and westernized thought has robbed the Muslim man of his leadership and role. Fragile masculinity. You can see this fragile masculinity and rage against women on display with the misogynistic Muslim writer Daniel Haqiqatjou. The right-wing extremist also has a beef with feminism and refers to opponents as “cucks” centering their view in sexuality. Now, we have many on the far white left, who have been raging against Hillary Clinton and women angry Bernie lost. Again, back to women.

Allow me to go into this topic a little further here. Islamist rhetoric globally is filled with rhetoric coupled with action that the West and Jews are seeking to “corrupt” Muslim women via un-Islamic academic teachings, Hollywood, the internet, and the policies of secular governments. In Saudi Arabia a system of “male guardianship exists” similar to what exists in Taliban-ruled areas of Afghanistan and ISIS and Al-Qaeda controlled areas in Syria and Iraq. A woman literally cannot leave home without male-permission and travel more than a short-distance without a male family-member acting as a chaperone. 

While these laws and cultural norms are guarded in some Muslim countries by the brute force of the state and vigilante violence of families in America such outlooks get an academic touch-up from Muslim conservative writers and thinkers. The most prominent of such online  writers is Daniel Haqiqatjou. Haqiqatjou is a Harvard-educated Iranian-American obsessed with attacking feminism, defending male guardianship,  and recently even defending Virginia Imam Shaker ElSayed after he gave a talk encouraging female genital-cutting at the Dar al Hijrah Mosque. Dar al Hijrah has a history including formerly employing Imam Anwar al-Awlaki who went onto lead al-Qaeda in Yemen before being killed in an American drone strike, being the mosque of the Fort Hood shooter, being the mosque to several convicted and many more alleged Hamas members, and at least two of the 9-11 hijackers prayed there. Promotion of political violence and violence against women go hand in hand with conservative extremists in Virginia just as it does in Syria or Gaza. 

The rise of the “alt-right” and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump gave birth to many new words in the American political lexicon. Perhaps the most popular of these words is “cuck”. Before the presidential campaign I had never heard this word and had to Google its meaning. Now I see it repeatedly on Twitter on a daily basis. For those of you too lazy to Google “cuck” is short for “cuckold” which means a man in a relationship with a woman in which she has multiple sexual partners, the man sometimes watches, and he’s often denied sex. 

The fact that the alt-right ( and I’m being generous with this description) is using the word cuck to describe opponents illustrates sexuality is at the center of their political discourse. The European cuck supports European immigration which will mean white women having sex with, getting married to, and having children with Muslim and African men. The European liberal is a cuck because he’s insufficiently protective of white women.

In America white men supporting progressive policies on immigration are referred to as cucks because they are supportive of Latino, Muslim and other immigrants and refugees. Again, the rhetoric is the same. The progressive male is a cuck because he’s not protecting white women from both immigrants and African-Americans. Of course this is nothing new in America. From slavery to the Ku Klux Klan to segregationist preachers White Supremacy in America has often been couched in the language of protecting white women from black men. 

The Muslim conservative and the alt-right are in agreement they are the protectors and guardians of women who must follow their leadership and guidance in rejecting foreign men and influences. When women don’t comply violence often ensues. 

However, the left is immune from this? Right? Not so much. I have to admit as a guy who likes Bernie Sanders I thought the “Bernie Bro” thing was bullshit. That is until women friends of mine such as writer Sarah Kenzidor began getting viciously attacked online by Bernie supporters often invoking rape threats and crude sexual language. 

Just the other day this Bernie Sanders supporter who can’t let the election go attacked Joy-Ann Reid

While I don’t want to engage in moral equivalence and the problems of Bernie Bros are not out right as violent they are nonetheless problematic. James Hodgkinson himself had a history of violence against women.  Combined with anger over Hillary Clinton “stealing” the nomination from Sanders he was enraged.

Angry men.

Seeking control of women.

Angry.

Erupting in violence.  

Masculinity so fragile. 
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Where Does Everyone Go From Here?

A day or so after the monumental victory of President-elect Barack Obama in the presidential election life still goes on in America.

Those who simply disagreed with the policy positions of Obama are chalking this up as a loss and moving on with their lives.  The racists, the Islamophobes and right-wing nuts (see Freerepublic) are not taking this easy. You see they have thought, well forever, that they had the monopoly on what an American is and looks like. Now a black man with a Muslim name will be the commander in chief of the armed forces and the face of America to the world.

Many of these enemies of Obama will seethe in private and with friends and family. I am sure there are thousands of neighborhood bars throughout America from Staten Island to Simi Valley from the northern suburbs of Atlanta to Orange County full of talk about how America went wrong. Most will just run their mouths in private and are law-abiding if bigoted; but let us not fool ourselves there are going to be those who will turn to extremism and violence in this period.

It is no mistake that an upswing in right-wing violence occurred under the Administration of Bill Clinton. The right was angry and unlike most of the angry left under Bush it was armed, trained and many had military backgrounds. I expect such a thing to occur again although this time with a decidedly more racial tone. This will come from the Christian Identity Movement, Minutemen types, and even neo-Nazis; but while all of these groups can cause death and suffering on a small scale they are incapable of becoming a major threat due to a lack of popular support. Some of these people have the potential to become “dead-enders” meaning instead of seeing themselves as the ultimate Americans because of their whiteness and Christianity they may see themselves as an oppressed group and drop out of the mainstream they once defined. This type of thing has a greater chance of occurring in a bad economy.

My biggest concern, by far, is the widespread existence of right-wing extremism within the armed forces and federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies throughout America. If there is any real threat to Obama I think this is where it will come from. A vast majority of those in these agencies will do the right thing; but there are more than a few bad apples in these barrels and they have been known to step out of line

For the rest of us life goes on. Obama cannot do everything. He has to do his part and we have to do our part. We cannot have the failed “wait for the messiah” mentality that has doomed many cultures to failure. We cannot be utopian. Those who have came promising utopia in the past from the Soviet Union, China,  North Korea, Nazi Germany and even Libya under the Colonel have only succeeded in creating human suffering and misery. Man does not have the power to create utopia. What our leaders have the power to do, if we meet them half way, is the delivery of incremental change and on specific issues make changes that are better for the masses of the people while the society remains imperfect.

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Obama: A New President for a New America

Due to time and fatigue I will be brief in my analysis of the election. As you can see from my electoral map I was a little too optimistic on a few states (although my home-state of Missouri looks like it is going to a recount it is so close).  At the end of the day though Tuesday November 4, 2008 will go down as one of the greatest days in the history of America. It will be right up there with July 4, 1776 (the day America declared independence from England), June 19, 1865 (the day all slaves were freed in America), the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Presidency in November of 1932 which brought about the New Deal,   Victory Day for the Allies in Europe when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered on May 7, 1945, the signing Voting Rights Act in August 6, 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson after the campaigning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the Civil Rights Movement,  and now the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency of the United States of America.

Yesterday I worked long and hard bringing voters to the polls. At 6:00 AM I brought an election judge to the Wohl Center on North Kingshighway at Dr. Martin Luther King and there were already about 500 people in line to vote (all of them black). All day I witnessed long lines of people of all ages and colors and enthusiasm before I came home to watch the results on television with a couple of close friends and my wife. One voter will however stick in my mind forever. At around 1 PM as I was waiting for a voter to finish and give a ride back home I witnessed a young man drive his 97 year old African-American grandmother to the polling place at 725 North Euclid. She was too frail to get out of the car so the ballot had to be brought to her. I just thought to myself what has this woman seen in these 97 years and did she ever think she would see this day?

When victory was announced I took in the awesome scenes on MSNBC from Grant Park in Chicago, Spellman College and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, 125th Street in Harlem, Times Square in Manhattan, and in front of the White House ( where my dear friend Omar Rosario was calling me on his cell phone).

I was numb and in shock; America had just changed. There is now, as Spike Lee stated, a B.B. (before Barack) and an A.B. (after Barack) in America in which time will be judged.