Questions to Ask Republicans, Democrats, and Tea Party Supporters
1) Why did Aaron Burr, the Vice president of America (1801-1805), shoot and kill Alexander Hamilton, an impactful American forefather? What was his Conspiracy Trial about?
2) What is your opinion of the views spelled out in Thomas Paine’s “Agrarian Justice” pamphlet, written and published in 1797?
3) What are your views on the term neo-colonialism, and do you think the people of Africa should be the main individuals profiting from the land and resources in Africa? Why do you think the people of Africa are not profiting from the land and resources of Africa?
4) What are your views on the Whiskey tax by Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, which resulted to the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791? Do you agree with the way George Washington dealt with the situation?
5) What were the separate views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, concerning the economic philosophy and role of the federal government, and which view did George Washington and congress accept? What were the fundamental differences between the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party?
6) Martin Luther King Jr. made a great argument for Black Americans to gain reparations from America in his final literary work.
“But underneath, the ambivalence of white America toward the Negro still lurked with painful persistence. With all the beautiful promise that Douglass saw in the Emancipation Proclamation, he too found that it left the Negro with only abstract freedom. Four million newly liberated slaves found themselves with no bread to eat, no land to cultivate, no shelter to cover their heads. It was like freeing a man who had been unjustly imprisoned for years, and on discovering his innocence sending him out with no bus fare to get home, no suit to cover his body, no financial compensation to atone for his long years of incarceration and to help him get a sound footing in society; sending him out with only the assertion: “Now you are free.” What great injustice could society perpetrate? All the moral voices of the universe, all the codes of sound jurisprudence, would rise up with condemnation at such an act. Yet this is exactly what America did to the Negro. In 1863 the Negro was given abstract freedom expressed in luminous rhetoric. But in an agrarian economy he was given no land to make liberation concrete. After the war the government granted white settlers, without cost, millions of acres of land in the West, thus providing Americas new peasants from Europe with an economic floor.” – MLK
(Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community)
Do you agree or disagree with Dr. King views on reparations?
7) What are your views of the reparations agreement between Israel and West Germany?
8) Aren’t the KKK being factual when then say America was “originally founded” as a “white man’s nation?” Remember, women and people of color were not allowed to vote in 1776. Isn't it a hard sell to think the constitution was originally written for blacks to benefit from the words in the constitution? Didn’t many of America’s forefathers continue to profit from their slaves, even after the constitution was written? Wouldn’t one would have to agree with the KKK's claim that "America was “originally founded” as a “white man’s nation?" Examine this from a critical thinking perspective. I am by no means advocating that America should only be a white man’s nation, being that men and women of all races have built the nation, even if all didn't do so by individual choice.
9) What are your views of The Rainbow Coalition founded in Chicago, Illinois, by Fred Hampton, of the original Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and what coalition with other races, were the KKK a part of? What is the definition of racism, and what is Cointelpro? After years of court trials and legal pandering, what were the final findings of the Fred Hampton murder case against the Chicago police and the FBI?
10) Does anyone know why unemployment was at its highest peak in America in the 1980's during the Reagan administration? Also, who has more power, the Senate or the House? Which of the two has the power to dilute legislation passed by the other, or prevent it from becoming law? Who has the filibustering prerogative that is not granted to the other?
97th congress 1981-1983
Senate Majority:Republican Party
House Majority: Democratic Party
98th congress 1983-1985
Senate Majority:Republican Party
House Majority: Democratic Party
The link below shows Americas unemployment rates by month from 1948 till May of 2014.
11) Who were the Copperheads, and what are your views of their claims about Lincoln, presented in the book,“Abraham Africanus I, his secret life, as revealed under the mesmeric influence: mysteries of the White House” written by J.F. Feeks?
12) What was the United States position and role during the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980’s? November 2006, what was Saddam Hussein was found guilty of, before he was put to death?
13) What are your views of the last paragraph written by Benjamin Franklin, in his book, “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, &c.”? This short essay was written in 1751. The last paragraph of this book reads:
“Which leads me to add one remark: That the number of purely white people in the world is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes are generally of what we call a swarthy complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English make the principal body of white people on the face of the earth. I could wish their numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, scouring our planet, by clearing America of woods, and so making this side of our globe reflect a brighter light to the eyes of inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the sight of superior beings, darken its people? Why increase the sons of Africa, by planting them in America, where we have so fair an opportunity, by excluding all blacks and tawneys, of increasing the lovely white and red? But perhaps I am partial to the complexion of my Country, for such kind of partiality is natural to Mankind.”
14) December 4, 1967, Dr. King and the SCLC announced a campaign called, “The Poor Peoples Campaign”, as King delivered the speech "A kind of social insanity which could lead to national ruin." A month later, the SCLC distributed documents explaining why the campaign was necessary, while King brought media attention to the campaign by demanding full employment, $30 billion for antipoverty, guaranteed income, and the annual construction of 500,000 affordable residences. I find it interesting the lack of information that has been provided on Dr. Kings “Economic and Social Bill of Rights for the Poor”, which he proposed below. Here is a link to the original document. http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/economic-and-social-bill-rights#
a. A meaningful job “at a living wage” for every employable citizen.
b. A secure and adequate income for all who cannot find jobs, or for whom employment is inappropriate.
c. Access to land as a means to income and livelihood.
d. Access to Capital as a means of full participation in the economic life of America.
e. Recognition by law of the rights of people affected by government programs to play a truly significant role in determining how they are designed and carried out.
f. Recommit the Federal Government to the “Full Employment Act of 1946” and legislate the immediate creation of at least one million socially useful career jobs in public service.
g. Adopt the pending "House and Urban Development Act of 1968”.
h. Repeal the 90th Congress’s punitive welfare restrictions in the “1967 Social Security Act”.
i. Extend to all farm workers the right guaranteed under the “National Labor Relations Act” – to organize agriculture labor unions.
j. Restore budget cuts for bilingual education, Head Start, summer jobs, “Economic Opportunity Act”, and “Elementary and Secondary Education Acts.”
What are your views on the specific bills above that Dr. King advocated for, and if we follow the voting history of each political party or president, who has been an advocate for these bills, and who has weakened and dismantled these bills? You can take each one individually.
15) Lincoln was a Republican who supported the Union against the Confederacy. Most of the southern (Confederate) states supported the idea of slavery labor vs low wage industrial labor. What correlation does former President Lincoln have with modern day red state republicans, southern states confederate flag (southern heritage), with the understanding that Lincoln was a Union supporter, at odds with the southern confederacy?
16) What were former Presidents Ronald Reagans positions on the civil rights legislations of the 1960’s when he supported Barry Goldwater? During the presidential election of 1964, what were the six states won by Goldwater, what is known as the southern strategy, and when did usually democratic (Dixiecrat States) become solid Republican states?