What cultures are at stake in Baton Rouge? I first appealed to The Advocate to set a date certain when my hometown newspaper will lead us to character instead of racism by not reporting skin color; I don’t want to see, “Phil Beaver, who is white,” when I could see “Phil Beaver who has written to propose solutions to tough social issues for twenty years.” Then I appealed to Beyond Bricks EBR, who reported demographic data labeled "black" v "white," when I think education variables of concern do not relate to skin color. I think key variables include who is the home care giver, what's the ratio of TV time to study time, and such. I want an over-arching culture of a civic people whose no-harm sub-cultures flourish without harm.
Black theology and Black liberation theology
This winter, simultaneously, I took special interest in Beyond Bricks EBR starting February 10 and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.’s February 19 speech at Southern University.[i] Although it was a warm experience, the Wright event and subsequent studies informed me of cultures I do not agree with. But I don't have to agree to be a civic person, as long as the sub-culture does not promote harm. At the Beyond Bricks “Listening” meeting at University Baptist Church, I stated that DNA informs us that everyone alive is kin, and therefore racism is obsolete; EBRPSS statistics should no longer be focused on skin color but should turn to character traits. A minister to my left quietly said she agreed. Martin Luther King’s “Dream Speech,” never leaves my mind but it expresses divided influences: character and check cashing.
Religious scripture conflicts the theory of evolution
Controlling variables in public education
Appeals for American abolition started as early as 1665,[xix] and Thomas Paine wrote a scathing letter against slavery in 1775, blaming Europe and Christianity for a burden on the colonies.[xx] But everything changed in April, 1775, when English colonists were fired upon by the British army, invoking the “shot heard around the world.” About 40% of the free inhabitants of the Eastern seaboard states, the thirteen states under the Articles of Confederation, started the journey to both personal liberty and domestic goodwill in this country. The first step was freedom from England, declared and fought for by English citizens--a civil war of sorts until the French joined and made it a France versus England battle at Yorktown, VA in 1781. The second step was freedom from religious oppression, which was granted by the 1787 preamble to the Constitution for the USA. Freedom to think was put in jeopardy by the negotiated promise of a Bill of Rights as a condition for ratification in 1788, and eliminated by the first Congress in 1789, when it instituted legislative theism. A negligent people have let it be that way ever since. See more of this discussion, below. However, the point I want to make is that every one of us living inhabitants is struggling for freedom from the past: We should not divide ourselves on the past. Also, I think it is impossible to consider retributions, because inhabitants need to focus on establishing both personal liberty and domestic goodwill now and for posterity (children, grandchildren, and beyond).
I expressed to the twelve members of the Metro Council in a joint email my request that they act to unite Baton Rouge. They were elected by their districts to be a team. We should not be continually reminded by Ms Marcelle that she wants our CATS CEO replaced without question; she rebukes Baton Rouge suffering of past CATS mismanagement by people of an egocentric culture. I object to her lack of appreciation for the taxes homeowners pay for two reasons: 1) because homeowners have to pay due to a deceptive faith-based Together Baton Rouge, BRAC, and BRAF tax plan that hid bus maintenance capital and bus capital, and 2) because civic homeowners think a sound bus service is infrastructure. Ms Edwards, without complaints from the public nonetheless has an opinion about a confrontation she apparently did not attend. Why opine and why not consider that the union should not offer contract negotiations with disputed representatives? Ms Collins-Lewis quite admirably did not comment, perhaps because she did not have all the attainable facts yet. Thank goodness, my councilman, John Delgado, for whom I would never vote (unless he demonstrates reform to appreciation of the preamble and physics-based ethics), is atypically not cited in this article.
I think Baton Rouge, suffering misguided federal governance, is uniquely postured to 1) candidly identify the cultural divides it suffers, 2) create a plan to overcome the divides, and 3) continually improve the plan as it enacts it. If I did not think so, I would not be writing on the subject. The Advocate could lead this city to become a model for reform before the nation and the world. Everywhere, the culture of a civic people can help factional, no-harm cultures flourish, as they should.
The Advocate could write about elite education and the modern opportunity for each person, by deliberately working at it, to have an elite education. Instill the idea that education is not an entitlement but is a duty to self, and that each person must take charge for herself or himself. Elite education is available today through the Internet, and The Advocate should be promoting online education for people in Baton Rouge—not just for children but for adults.
The Advocate could write about capitalism and the growing alienation of the affluent and the super rich from even the middle class. It is the divide into which elected and appointed government officials are being willfully drafted--increasing their salaries to multiples of the average. The culture of wealth—of uneven distribution of this country’s market, the most fantastic in the world--is perhaps the most daunting problem a civic people face. Let me repeat that thought: this country has the world's most productive market, but less than 1% of inhabitants "share" in that market. Capitalism must not be replaced, but must be improved. It’s hard enough to persuade the homeless to join A Civic People of the United States. How does a civic people persuade 70% of the top 0.01% of taxpayers, some 12,000 adults, to be of a Civic People of the United States? This challenge must be faced, and The Advocate can lead the way. I recently posted a proposal for incentives based parental planning that would provide resulting progeny a stake in American capitalism, so no one lives under the mendacity that labor is the way to the American dream.
In 1802, Thomas Jefferson claimed separation of church and state. It is needed. In 1790, free Americans were essentially Christian, 99% Protestant and 1% Catholic. In 2015, the population is only 70% Christian, and non-theists number above 23%. Moreover, legislative gods have influenced inhabitants to brook unjust wars, such as the American Civil War and the invasion of Iraq. Domestic and foreign god-wars are very costly. What in the world is this country thinking to have a papal joint session with Congress in September 2015? Surely they’ll come to their senses and find a face-saving way to cancel. No gods and gods can flourish in this country when people practice their beliefs in private settings and only bring civic issues to civic negotiations and that includes Congress, the Administrations, and the Supreme Court: The members of the three branches are all simply people, with no divine qualities. The Advocate could lead the cause for civic governance.
A Civic People of the United States
With these wonderful possibilities at hand, there is no excuse for Baton Rouge to continue the kind of dysfunction that is exhibited by the biased reporting in The Advocate’s CATS story, “Dispute Between CATS CEO . . . ,” June 3, 2015. The Advocate's bias wastes my tax money.