• Posted on February 20, 2017 6:50 pm
    DeborahJamil
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    Every time a court/judge/jury convicts someone, they turn a citizen into a slave (someone removed of their freedoms and rights) who becomes the property of the state. Then, every remaining American citizen (those still possessing their civil rights and freedoms) is a slaveholder/owner by nature of their participation as members of the state. On top of this, we publicly teach our children, and seem to believe it ourselves, that the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, making us all fools. If we cannot clean up our own act, there is no reason to expect Trump or anyone else to clean up theirs. Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) Amendment XIII Section 1 "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Section 2 "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

    Slavery
  • Posted on January 5, 2017 11:08 pm
    DeborahJamil
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    Copyright: bialasiewicz / 123RF Stock Photo

    When someone does something we disapprove of, like shoot-up a school, we immediately focus all of our attention on that person and try to figure out what is wrong with them and how to punish them and see that justice is done. It is always about "them," never "us." We are doing our bit by holding down a job and paying our taxes. As long as we have a job and pay our taxes, we are absolved of all responsibility for others' misdeeds. It never occurs to us that the job we are doing and the taxes we are paying could be contributing to injustice, discontent, and anger. The "always them, never us" mentality pervades the religions and mental health field which are supposed to be about self-awareness, self-introspection, mindfulness, listening and consulting in order to head off trouble before it begins. Without this, all the good intentions in the world are worthless, even harmful as we've seen unexamined "good works" so often have negative consequences.

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