Before we get into the heart of this discussion, allow me to provide some contextual background as it relates to the title. According to Wisegeek, thread count refers to the number of threads, both vertical and horizontal, in a one-inch square of fabric and is affected by a number of factors, including ply and thickness of the threads used. Using finer threads also allows for more thread to fit in a square inch. Finer thread often results in smoother, softer fabrics, part of the reason high thread count fabrics are considered more desirable than fabrics without one. Finer thread also results in a more fragile fabric, however, which may not always be ideal. Two-ply fabrics help solve this problem somewhat by strengthening the threads and creating a more durable, though heavier, fabric.
Does anyone remember that hilarious scene in the movie “Django Unchained” when a bunch of Klan members ride in on horseback determined to murder Django and his comrade? Well if not, the men realize that none of the holes cut into the hoods they are wearing line up correctly. As a result, no one is able to see their quarry well enough and ultimately they (Klan) are defeated while attempting to flee. Not only does this reflect complete and utter ineptitude on the part of the woman responsible for carving out the holes, it also serves a reminder that most Klan members are not refined to the point of caring about thread count. Hell, to them a sheet is a sheet is a sheet, right? However, that was then at least until the late fifties through the mid-sixties when circumstances forced the Klan to consider a more subtle strategy.
First, let us ask ourselves one very important question and that is, where do we suppose the children of the Klan of that era are? You know, the young men and women who were throwing rocks at blacks, spitting at blacks, attacking buses filled with black and white freedom marchers, and calling out nigger as though it were the first word they ever learned. Where are they now? Well guess what, they’re the people at town-hall meetings raising their voices, pumping their fists and saying President Obama should be executed as a traitor. They’re the people going around talking about ‘Real America’ as though the America in which we now live is somehow an impostor. They’re running cities, they’re legislating in statehouses and they’re governing.
They’re running the corporations, can anyone say Koch Brothers, they’re governing states, they’re sitting as Federal and Supreme Court Judges and Justices. And, they’re sitting in the United States Congress. That’s right folks, from sheets to suits. Their parents spewed a rough and course message of what we know as ‘hate’ while wearing sheets. However, these new age Klan spout the same thing while wearing suits, only they call it ‘principle’, a smoother, finer rhetoric. Oh and they changed their name too, now they call themselves ‘Tea Party Conservatives’.
Think about what went on at the CPAC Conference last week. From Cruz to Christie, from Paul to Palin, not one kind thing was said by or about anyone who did not look, sound, or think as the CPAC speakers and attendees did. Nor for that matter did anyone have anything productive to say regarding policy other than that the president’s policies were a load of crap and that so too was he. Hell, with all of the focus on Obama coupled with very little mention of Hillary Clinton, one might mistakenly assume the president was running for a third term.
It would not be a stretch for most people to read the subliminal message espoused by CPAC speakers, that tongue-in-cheek, wink, wink message that says we hate all people of color and that includes you Dr. Carson and Governor Jindal –we only suffer you because you hate Obama and you provide us cover. Don’t believe us, try hugging him like Christie did.
Finally, we come to this week’s hoof-in-mouth suicide by none other than that Wisconsin fraud of a choirboy, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, another suit espousing ‘principle’. Congressman Ryan has for the past four years as Chairman of the House Budget Committee presented budgets targeting the most vulnerable Americans while benefiting the wealthiest Americans. Ryan even has the nerve to do so under the guise of harboring a so-called compassion for the poor, which by the way everyone with a nose knows is pile of you-know-what. However, as with most things, in the right light every bump and blemish shows, and in an interview on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show this week Ryan’s did just that.
Responding to a question by Bennett concerning fatherless children and the example of work ethic lacking in fatherless homes, Ryan said, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.” Ryan went on to say, “If you’re driving from the suburb to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say, ‘I’m paying my taxes, government’s got to fix that.’ You need to get involved,” Ryan said. “You need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program, or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we help resuscitate our culture.” According to Ryan, food stamps and Medicaid “trap” people in poverty because earning higher income through work means less eligibility for benefits and that liberal poverty policies give people “a full stomach and an empty soul.”
Question for you, Congressman, exactly whose culture are you interested in resuscitating, your culture (whites), the culture that gives you carte blanche to run roughshod over people of color –a culture built on the backs of black slaves. Are you interested in resuscitating our (blacks) culture, the original culture you and your ancestors killed or is it the culture of blacks saying “yes sir boss”, stepping aside so that you and yours could pass on the sidewalks. Could it be that culture that existed when we were not allowed to vote or run for office that you wish to resuscitate, me thinks it is the former and not the latter. But then again I could be wrong, after all, you’re wearing a suit so I should understand, it’s ‘principle’.
My mother use to bake pies while she wore her housecoat. However, when she wore a dress she called it quiche. Sure did taste like pie.
~~~ Jay Arrington, Maryland Daily Examiner
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