What if?

What if there was a huge continent ripe for exploitation in the 16th century? What if Europeans decided that the present occupants were savages? What if those Europeans justified moving those occupants – let’s call them “indigenous people” – off those lands, pushing them further and further west to lands they didn’t know, lands that were less and less productive?

What if those Europeans didn’t mind getting rid of those people via mass slaughter? What if those Europeans justified their behavior by saying that they were civilizing those savages? And saving them by converting them to the Europeans’ religion? And that they had a God-given right, a “manifest destiny” to occupy the whole of the continent, virtually wiping out the original inhabitants?

What if, in order to more efficiently exploit those lands, the transplanted Europeans bought and enslaved men, women, and children, tribes, and nations from another continent? What if the justification of this was that the enslaved people were deemed “inferior” and “less than human”? What if, centuries later, the descendants of those enslaved people were still disadvantaged by a history of exploitation and degradation? What if, when you brought up this history to other people of your own race, you were called “unAmerican”?

What if?

Peter Connolly

Bowling Green

(22) comments

Absolutely Positively

What Connolly is describing is no more than a less refined version of modern gentrification as embraced by white liberals. Poor immigrant/minority laborers who live in poverty have replaced slaves. There's no need to slaughter the people who were already there when you control the legal apparatus that allows you to chase them off without a fight.

The rest of the story is practically the same. Liberals whitewashing an area of the existing people and culture in order to remake the area for their own use.

PeterSees

Interesting point about gentrification, though the wealthy whites who move into city neighborhoods displacing minority populations are by no means all liberals. Not why you should assume that they are. I know of know information backing up your second claim. Blessings on your day.

Absolutely Positively

No one said they're all liberals. They're just overwhelmingly liberals. Go look at the hot spots of gentrification over the last 20 years.

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Koheleth

"You are full of shit."

Classic projection.

Dr. Strangelove

Go talk to your Democrat party if you're looking for professionals of the slave trade. They've been the masters of it all these decades. They run your victimhood plantations.

PeterSees

This seems to be little more than a slur. Unless you are willing to provide information backing this claim, it's just unsubstantiated ideology and doesn't warrant a response. I'm reporting your other comment for abuse of the terms of use. Slinging obscene insults does not constitute dialogue.

Koheleth

It's all he's got. I've been a few rounds with him before.

Enough Already

Actually that would be EW. I am EA, remember now?

I haven't changed my name since I started posting. You on the other hand have had 3 different names and Ernie is working on #2.

That's liberals for you. Always searching but never able to come to the truth...

Koheleth

EA, EW, same, same.

I don't know about the 'liberals', considering that I don't even believe that you know who, or more specifically, what, constitutes such a being; but I do know that you have not been able to come up with anything resembling the Truth there Mr. Objectivity. Puhleez.

Enough Already

I know exactly what a liberal is in the classic sense as well as today's communist version.

As for truth, considering today's liberal has tried to redefine every word that reflects poorly on their politics to support their ridiculous arguments. I'm convinced that you wouldn't know truth if it smacked you in the face which it does quite regularly, but as with all lefties you are either in denial or have gone mad with Trump derangement syndrome. I think it likely Trump derangement syndrome because no one could be so stupid as to support the democrats arguments and not be insane.

Koheleth

"I'm convinced that you wouldn't know truth if it smacked you in the face which it does quite regularly..."

You mean how I recently demonstrated that it was in fact unequivocally you, not I, who was in error and didn't know what they were talking about over in the latest comment section of Willoughby's nonsensical letter? When it comes to statements of Truthfulness between you and myself, you are always shown to be operating at a deficit.

It has been no different here other than that PeterSees has exposed you for what you are as well. Years of back and forth between us proves that you will never acknowledge the egregious errors in your knowledge set, but they are obvious nonetheless. We see them. We all can see them.

Enough Already

Actually, no.

You live in an alternate universe where good is bad and bad is good. Where All Lives Matter Is racist and where property damage is not violence, but it goes much deeper than that. With your belief that the end justifies the means and if you tell a lie often enough people will eventually believe you, and at that point the lie magically becomes true. You actually are as simple as to believe "Orange Man Bad" which is the extent of your reasoning making all other arguments moot in your incredibly small mind. You delight in a punctuation error while ignoring the hypocrisy of your arguments as if that were somehow a victory for your socialist causes. A mind really is a terrible thing to waste. Try and use yours occasionally.

Koheleth

And with that ludicrous reply I rest my case.

Enough Already

Shot down again...

Koheleth

Proofs for any interested parties of EA's recent displays of dishonesty and lies.

https://www.bgdailynews.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/democrats-want-communism/article_b2cc9aa6-d133-5ecd-86d3-b217e2991cb1.html

https://www.bgdailynews.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/coronavirus-being-used-to-grab-power/article_d4443c59-ec5a-5d3e-ad7f-20db511222e7.html?mode=comments.

Econobot

Tell them "This is as good as it gets" because South Africa and the return of the slave trade because of Clinton and Obama shows that the alternatives aren't any better. There are now more African slaves moved through Lybia than the entirety of the transcontinental African slave trade. There were also countless other ethnic groups placed in slavery over the ages. It's as good as it gets. Everybody should just focus on moving forward.

PeterSees

Thank you for the info about the slave trade through Libya of which I was ignorant. I'll do more research on that. As to a direct correlation between modern-day slave trade & the administrations you mention, I'll certainly need to see the proof.

Enough Already

Your "what if" letter is very short on "proof" also, or were you just trying suggest a totally unproven scenario? Any one can play this game.

What if,

the democrat party and the media conspired together to falsify poll numbers to make it appear that there was no chance of a candidate being elected but he was elected any way and it was a runaway landslide?

What if,

the previous president and FBI worked together to enable spying on the candidates campaign before he was elected by falsifying documents to get a FISA court order so they could listen in order to try and manufacture evidence to justify impeachment as an "insurance policy" in case the new president were actually elected?

What If,

the new president was elected and the opposing party refused to accept it as legitimate?

What If,

the evidence showed the previous president and his staff and the director of the FBI plotted and schemed in the oval office against this candidate prior to him being elected?

What If,

none of these schemers were ever charged?

What If,

this president was accused of treason and collaborating with Russians but the evidence showed it was his accusers that were guilty but the press ignored it?

What if,

none of these accusers were ever charged?

What If,

the opposing party spent the first four years concocting lies and innuendo in an effort to justify impeachment?

What If,

every time one ridiculous accusation was knocked down the opposing party came up with a new one?

What If,

the major media in the US covered everything about these accusations as if they were true even though no evidence existed for conviction and they NEVER admitted they were wrong?

What If,

when none of these schemes worked and a plague came on the US the opposing party insisted the economy be shut down and millions of people lost their jobs and businesses?

What If,

a cheap effective therapy suggested by this new president and recognized around the world by doctors that had successfully treated patients of this plague was effectively banned by using falsified studies supported by the opposing party in favor of producing a new expensive drug with limited success but huge profits for drug companies and investors and tens of thousands of people unnecessarily died?

What if,

the opposing party refused to help these people unless trillions of dollars in wasteful lard and a dream list of socialist legislation was included in the final aid package?

What If,

They planned to keep the nation shut down and do it all again until the November presidential election?

What If,

in the middle of this health crisis a man was killed in police custody and the results were rioting and looting and 2 months of destruction in our major cities that the opposing party called "protesting"?

What If,

this opposing party was pushing for a vote by mail scheme even though it was a known vector for voting fraud because they said this health crisis was too deadly but they refused to have the violent riots in the cities stopped because they insisted it was "peaceful protesting?

What If,

all of this is exposed prior to the November elections, arrests are made, and many members of the opposing party are charged with crimes against the US?

What If,

the general public elect the new president for a second term by a larger margin than the first election and drag in many more in his party on his coattails?

What If the opposing party was never again taken serious in the US and became an asterisk in the history books under "Political parties that are no more?

PeterSees

This has nothing whatever to do with the points made in my LTE. If these thoughts of yours are so important to you, I wonder why you don't write your own letter to the editor. I expect more people will read them there.

Koheleth

He does, as Eric Wheeler. He's probably busy right now scribbling up another of his 'commentaries' to submit.

Enough Already

If you can submit hypothetical nonsense anyone should be able to. Does it upset you that there is more truth in my comments than yours? Of course it does. Your welcome!

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