by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy
During the catastrophic regimes of Bill Clements, George Bush Jr and Rick Perry --Texas came to be called the gulag state. What the GOP has in mind for the rest of the nation, was very nearly accomplished in Texas. Under criminal and incompetent GOP management, Texas was very nearly reduced to third-world status --an outcome resulting from Bush/Perry neglect and disdain for public education, the only education that those not born to wealth have a chance of acquiring. The 'elites' would deny you even that!
For example, blacks represent just 12% of the Texas population but comprise 44% of the total incarcerated population. Whites make up about 58% of Texas' total population, but only 30% of the prison and jail population.
Clearly --the GOP does not care about minorities. Neglect of this type is never 'benign'. At some point, when a vast majority of minorities are determined --statistically --to have been 'targeted' the word 'genocide' may be accurate and appropriate.
A recent Pew study fingers a trend that had been embraced by Bush's Texas --the rapid outsourcing of prison construction and management throughout the US. Over this period, CRIME RATES HAVE RISEN.
It was under the incompetent rule of then Governor George W. Bush that Texas became known as the gulag state of Texas for having turned a social problem into another GOP 'profit center', scam, get rich quick scheme. It became just another way in which GOP blood-suckers would continue to feed at the public trough. As a result, convicts are no longer people but a source of cheap, slave labor. Guilt or innocence is of no concern to robber barons of corporate Texas, corporate AmeriKa. It is an Orwellian nightmare of waste, graft, and fascism in which no one is held to account.
To be expected, the GOP blames its many victims. That is typical, symptomatic of the U.S. right wing. It was predicted by both Carl Jung, psychologist, and Hanah Arendt who founded the New School in New York. Jung said that some 30 percent of every population is certifiably psychotic and utterly without empathy. Hanah Arendt, who covered the war crimes trial of Herr Adoph Eichmann, arrived at some conclusion with respect to 'evil'. She described 'evil' as 'banal'. In both Jung and Dr. Gustav Gilbert 'evil' is always caused and/or accompanied by an 'utter lack of empathy' [see Carl Jung and Gustav Gilbert].
It is interesting that those studied seemed invariably to seek out an external validation, perhaps to assuage their increasing anxieties. For example, Republicans adored Ronald Reagan as Nazis adored Hitler. A Republican attending the GOP National Convention in Houston in the early 90s, swooned of Reagan: "...he made us feel good about ourselves"! During the Third Reich, Hitler had done precisely that for psychopaths and bigots!
The various governments of the United States are exempt or above similar criticisms. The most obvious example is the U.S. genocide against the many native populations that had settled the North American continent several thousands of years before the continent was known by Europeans to exist.
Many of these people had created advanced civilizations. The Mandans, for example, had built large cities from stable populations! The same is true of several western tribes who built permanent CITIES in the American west. Many ruins of these impressive cities still exist. I visited one and explored it. People still live in it though its construction most certainly pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish. It's called ACOMA. Literally a city in the sky, it looks like something from an Edgar Rice Burroghs story. The residents have a school, 'high-rise' adobe homes, an impressive church dating to the Spanish occupation.
And all of this was accomplished with no help whatsoever from 'Europeans'.
Another example of great intellect among the Native Americans is CHIEF JOSEPH BRANT of the Mohawks. He attended Moor's Charity School for Indians in Lebanon, Connecticut, mastered English and translated English works for distribution throughout his community. He read western history and literature and became an interpreter for an Anglican Missionary.
Another famous Native American Chief went to London. On 13 June 1892, the American Sioux Indian Chief, Long Wolf, was buried at Brompton Cemetery. On one of my many soujourns to London, I made it a point to find the cemetery on Brompton road where I paid my respects to the great Native American chief who is buried there.