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Scream of Consciousness

 

Exhibit One:
Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by the state of Montana in 1916, and again in 1940. She remains the only woman elected to Congress from Montana.
From the Wiki
 
She was the only member of congress to vote no on the declaration of war against Japan after Pearl Harbor. This on top of her vote not to go to war in World War One. As she said, “I wish to stand for my country, but I cannot vote for war." Years later, she would add, "I felt the first time the first woman had a chance to say no to war, she should say it.” This is the true definition of a conscientious objector. “As a woman I can't go to war," she said, "and I refuse to send anyone else.” 
 
But she was also the representative of the People of Montana and obviously this vote cost her her political career. She did abstain on the vote to declare war on the other Axis Powers, but the damage, if that is the right word, was done. But is it damage to be so opposed to something you’d give up your career rather than compromise with “evil”? And as Hanther repeatedly points out, does not compromising with evil make you evil yourself?
 
But as always this is a two edged sword, for while not compromising your conscious does make the Gandhi’s of the world, it also make the zealots whom we condemn, most noticeably recently the Islamic State. The European enlightenment held some truths to be self-evident; “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” was the way Mr. Jefferson put it. But this is just one opinion in a very wide world, and a very long recorded history of mankind.
 
This is in no way saying that you shouldn’t stand up for the rights of your tribe, it is merely pointed out that there are many tribes in the world and everyone feels justified in standing up also. It is said that evil is the going away from God, and if we accept that it clears up many things. Now, all we have to determine is which among the many is the true god. But that again is easy. Everyone has an opinion about that.
 
Exhibit Two:
Ammon Edward Bundy (born September 1, 1975) is an American car fleet manager who led the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He is the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, who was the central figure of the 2014 Bundy standoff regarding unpaid grazing fees on federally-owned public land.
From the Wiki
Ammon had things to say in the Washington Post and it got him in trouble with his tribe.

The Article: “Ammon Bundy spoke kindly about the migrant caravan. The backlash has him reevaluating his supporters.” 

“He has basically called them all criminals,” Bundy said of Trump. “What about the fathers, the mothers, the children, who have come here and are willing to go through the process to apply for asylum so they can come into this country and benefit from not having to be oppressed continually by criminals?"

Bundy, whose family’s selective interpretation of Mormonism undergirds its members' anti-government outlook, said his views on the migrants were motivated in part by his religious faith. He criticized partisan-inflected media coverage of the caravan from the right and left, and said assertions that the migrants were being paid by liberal philanthropist George Soros or had terrorists in their ranks were “a bunch of garbage.”

The reaction was swift.

Some former supporters who had traveled to his father’s ranch in 2014 during the armed standoff with federal agents, expressed regret […] Others went further, accusing Bundy of being paid by “globalists.” His page was filled with comments criticizing his stance.

“The facts were rejected,” Bundy told The Washington Post. “I could only see that 99 percent of it was that same Trump rhetoric of calling all these people terrorists. And they’d pick out an isolated issue, and go, ‘Oh look, 40 of them are charging the border, so all 5,000 of them are bad.' … These refugees are not all the same. They didn’t come from the same places. They didn’t even come from the same country.”

Bundy said he felt smeared by “liberals” in a way similar to what the migrants experienced.

“They’ve lumped all the hate and militia groups — they basically said that anyone that’s come and helped the Bundys are anti-government, violent militias,” he said. “We’re all individuals. We all make different choices. We all have agency.”

Buzzfeed followed up with this article, “Ammon Bundy Is Quitting the Militia Movement after Breaking with Trump on Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric.”

"It's like being in a room full of people in here, trying to teach, and no one is listening," he said. "The vast majority seemed to hang on to what seemed like hate, and fear, and almost warmongering, and I don't want to associate myself with warmongers."

“The unequivocal support for the president by his followers was a big concern,” Bundy said, “and a factor in my decision to step away from the movement.”

"Those on the right have been so fanatically loyal to him that any word of opposition to bring out light in what he might be doing that is incorrect draws hate," Bundy said.

"The time we find ourselves in now that is closest found in history is Germany in the 1930s, and they had a leader that was loved, and it was the same kind of following," he said. "I don't want to say there is that extreme similarity, but it very well could go that way, and people just give up their thinking, their rights, and they give up their government because they were so willing to follow him."

Again in the Washington Post Bundy disputed the framing of the BuzzFeed story but acknowledged that he was frustrated with some of the elements of the right-wing groups for which he has informally served as leader.

“I never joined a movement,” he said. “We were a ranching family. We were ranching, and the government came to take our livelihood away, and we said ‘no.’ It was no more than that.”

He said the only real announcement he had made was that he was unplugging from Facebook, after being surprised by the angry response to his remarks on the caravan. His decision to speak out came after his views were solicited on the issue and he sought to do some research to figure out how he felt about it.

Exhibit Three:

As a Public Service the Museum herein provides a template for the use of the Militia Movement(s)

The Writ of Cherem (Excommunication) Against Baruch Spinoza

January 1, 1656

The Lords of the ma’amad, having long known of the evil opinions and acts of Baruchde Spinoza, have endeavored by various means and promises, to turn him from his evil ways. But having failed to make him mend his wicked ways, and, on the contrary, daily receiving more and more serious information about the abominable heresies which he practiced and taught and about his monstrous deeds, and having for this numerous trustworthy witnesses who have deposed and born witness to this effect in the presence of the said Espinoza, they became convinced of the truth of the matter; and after all of this has been investigated in the presence of the honorable chachamin, they have decided, with their consent, that the said Espinoza should be excommunicated and expelled from the people of Israel. By the decree of the angels, and by the command of the holy men, we excommunicate, expel, curse and damn Baruch de Espinoza, with the consent of God, Blessed be He, and with the consent of all the Holy Congregation, in front of these holy Scrolls with the six-hundred-and-thirteen precepts which are written therein, with the excommunication with which Joshua banned Jericho, with the curse with which Elisha cursed the boys, and with all the curses which are written in the Book of the Law. Cursed be he by day and cursed be he by night; cursed be he when he lies down, and cursed be he when he rises up; cursed be he when he goes out, and cursed be he when he comes in. The Lord will not spare him; the anger and wrath of the Lord will rage against this man, and bring upon him all the curses which are written in this book, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven, and the Lord will separate him to his injury from all the tribes of Israel with all the curses of the covenant, which are written in the Book of the Law. But you who cleave unto the Lord God are all alive this day. We order that no one should communicate with him orally or in writing, or show him any favor, or stay with him under the same roof, or within four ells of him, or read anything composed or written by him.
 
At the Exit:

From Barbara Kingsolver’s new book “Unsheltered”

“I suppose it is in our nature,” Treat says. “When men fear the loss of what they know, they will follow any tyrant who promises to restore the old order.”

Unkwil

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