At any given time, at almost anywhere on Earth, a human being is sold or traded into slavery. This is not my fantasy, it’s the inhumane truth, and it’s mostly ignored for all the wrong reasons. In the United States’ history we had slavery, and it was generally bad even though some of the slaves were treated quite well. Humane treatment was the exception, make no mistake about that. So, Americans being mostly humane, did the right thing and we abolished slavery… at least insofar as it was possible. You see, there are other ways besides the physical that a person can be a slave. Right away one might say “he’s a slave to his work”, and there are a lot of those, although with technology being what it is, fewer of them as there used to be. With the rise of technology sometimes we get more of what we might term “free time”… and that has its own set of problems.
The internet is a prime example of freeing-up people’s time. Take, for instance, if you want to know something, you jump on “the information highway”(as it used to be called) and find it in a matter of seconds or minutes. When was the last time you made a trip to the library and/or used their card-index system? For some of you the answer is never. So we now know that technology has freed some of us, and how does that fit in with the slave “trade”, and it’s a huge business globally. Think about this… “As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free.” – Martin Luther King Jr., and of course he was right. Physically, one can be “free” but if you believe in something outdated and detrimental to you, you’re a slave to that theory. Let’s look at a very recent decision in North Carolina, which was a slave state in 1789.
In 1977, the state passed a law “allowing the legal rape of women who revoke consent to sex once the act has been initiated.” Did you see that? In other words, she thought about it and said “No”… but the law allows the person to continue to rape her! Now, I’m no lawyer but that seems like a sorta, kinda, condition of slavery. People are always changing their minds about one thing or another, but North Carolina says that once the action has begun the woman CANNOT change her mind!
This creates an image for me…the plantation owner going to the slave quarters and raping a woman for the sole purpose of bringing more slaves, for which he doesn’t have to pay, into the world and working on the land.
The Raleigh News Observer reports, “North Carolina may remain the only state in the country where someone cannot be charged with rape for continuing to have sex with a partner who told them to stop. It stems from a 40-year-old legal precedent.” A bill proposed in 2017, sought to jolt the fraught Southern state into the 21st Century — making legal rape illegal again. It failed.
One of the many Democrats thinking they have a chance at winning the White House in 2020 is Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. Like several others running in the gang of lefty loonies, Beto has some oddball ideas and, believe it or not, one of them involves slavery. Oh, not the world-wide slavery that is going on now, and unless you’ve not been informed, Muslims are the ones carrying on the biggest share of that trade…his newly-minted concern is about the slavery in America which was abolished 155 years ago, by the time the election rolls around in 2020. His plan, and sad to say, is supported by some of the worst race-baiters in our country today, would If he becomes president, use the IRS to take money away from white people and give it to blacks. Again I reiterate that I’m not a lawyer but that sounds highly illegal to me. Not just illegal, but stupid. None of us alive today, black or white, were directly connected to owning or being a slave. Beto is going to have to come up with something else, and it should really be something that would better the country, not further divide it.
Here’s another one of the Democrats running for President, good old “Uncle Joe” Biden, or as some have called him “Gropin’ Joe Biden”. As late as 2007 he was making racist remarks, and here’s one: “There’s less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with,” he told the Washington Post. At the time, the Post chalked up Biden’s comments as a “stumble”… but didn’t he also say, at one point that if Republicans were elected they would put blacks back in chains? Oh yes he did, on August 14, 2012 in Danville, Virginia. Slavery on his mind? Yeah, I would have to say that it is, and it doesn’t do the candidate much good. Sometimes people will say the truth even if they don’t want, or mean, to do that. Drunks are notorious for that.
Parting shot: Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t count, because it does, and it always will.