The Sad Parade

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Nearly one hundred years ago Saturday, the Ku Klux Klan proudly marched through the streets of the nation’s capital. Bolstered by their numbers they marched holding their American flags high. I was a child during the Civil Rights movement and didn’t really know what to make of it. When I asked my mother, she explained that the Ku Klux Klan didn’t like Black people or Jews or foreigners or you! I was a raised a Catholic, but the inoculation eventually wore off. But that made my political positioning easy. A friend of my friend is my friend, and the enemy of my friend is my enemy. I was white but not as white as I could be but for my popish nine-year-old ways.

My father loaded us in the Chrysler and took us down Highway 80 towards Selma to see Martin Luther King lead the march from Selma to Montgomery. Because of what my mother had told me I felt proud to be included in the subset (People the Klan doesn’t like). Even as a child it was clear that these people were marching for something while the Klan was marching against something…freedom. The Klan were marching to support their right to put their boot on George Floyd’s neck. Supporting their right to cheat these people out of their American birthright and become Super Americans, lawless and unencumbered. They were celebrating their mockery of American values and pissing on our American ways.

“We’ll see he gets a fair trial, ha, ha, ha.” A national infection of schizophrenia the duality of Americanism. Bring your flag! But keep your hate in your back pocket. You know what I mean, nod, nod, wink, wink, Bob’s your uncle. Leave the gun in the car; we’re socially acceptable this weekend! God Bless America, but keep the Black people out of my neighborhood and my kid’s schools. How can they wave a flag whose principles they despise? When a Black person applies fill in the O in employment application when they turn it in. Silent segregation, printed form discrimination. Give us your address in case we want to send you a letter or know which side of town you live on.

During World War Two, a pallet of whole blood was allowed to rot on the dock because it had been donated by Black Americans. The ship’s master didn’t think it worthy enough to be included in the ship’s refrigerated space so White boys overseas fighting for their country died. That’s the kind of sickness we are talking about. It never starts that way, but it always ends that way. The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, why does Jim have a shortwave radio in his basement?

“And the poor whites remain on the caboose of the train, only a pawn in their game.” Let’s cut the crap. Not all Republicans are Klansmen, but all Klansmen are Republicans. Republicans thrive on the duality, “I plan to help all my constituents, some first others later. Why, this toxic waste dump means jobs for your community and a beach house in Florida for me.” If you cut taxes for the rich, the benefits will trickle down to the poor by making the rich richer. Sounds specious even for an insurance salesman but when you throw in the inherent inbred racism the Republican Party becomes the political wing of the IRA. “We don’t know anything about those bombings; we’re just politicians. “

Nervous closet Nazi’s afraid someone will find out who they really are. I’m not a bigot, I’m a Republican. Do you really think that Mitch McConnell was re-elected for his legislative skills? Lindsey Graham was re-elected in South Carolina for only one reason, his race. No differently than “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The jury knew Mayella was lying but re-elected Lindsey anyway.

They aren’t marching to stop the vote or count the vote, they are marching to save the new Fourth Reich. That brings back the good ole American tradition of senseless racism. The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the bells were ringing. Through smoke and propaganda, they have convinced the White, walk in bathtub buying public that the election has been “Stolen” without a smidge of evidence. They don’t need evidence. They are all ready well educated into the tricks of Goldstein.  We must protest the election results! We must steal this election before the Democrats do because we are the Party of law and order.

Yes, yes, for too long Americans have seen your law and felt your order. They know that what they are saying is a different language from what they are hearing. “We’re going to have “empowerment zones”. Where rich white investors can buy distressed property at fire sale prices and then sell it as at a huge profit after gentrification, taking advantage of the tax savings and government investment.” Social engineering designed to ring every dime out of the system without ever actually helping anyone but the investor class. Any actual aid or assistance is clearly incidental and accidental. Point away from face.

As I watched the Trumpers protesting Democracy, I was struck by a fellow with five or six Trump flags when it occurred to me, he was a vendor selling protest flags at a protest. God Bless America, don’t call it a going out of business sale call it a protest! Thousands of Americans angry and disgusted cheering for their champion who flaunts the rules they claim to support. But they support him to the death because he hates the same people they hate, and he promises them to make their hate his policy.

I have an ancestor who was killed by Native Americans. He was on his way to the privy one dark night when the Indians clipped him from behind with a tomahawk. No one witnessed the event yet determined the culprits with certainty. Oh, it was Native Americans all right. Who else could it be? Racism will let you get away with murder.

One hundred years ago the Ku Klux Klan marched through the streets of the nation’s Capital to support their racism. Saturday their heirs repeated their march. The same people in a different generation in the same sad parade, joyously pissing on our American ways.

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