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David in MN:
Remember I'm the guy who wore a "Hillary" T-shirt in 2016 because I assessed that in Minneapolis one could be legally assaulted for a MAGA hat and I was dubious the mob would wait for me to explain a non-voting anarchist position sans hat. I also live in a state where a jury decided that the right thing to do was to murder a man for praying in German; an act I do and a language I speak. Sometimes together.

Today I'm buying "Black Lives Matter" shirts. I might have a fancy with some of their causes but that's not the point. If I get caught in a violent situation I want to be wearing the costume of the presumed innocent. I want the police reticent to interfere with me. Not because I will do bad things but because I want the added security.

Some will not get this. Some will ask very relevant questions like "would you have worn a Nazi armband in Germany in 1937" or "burned your Bible in Russia in 1922"? Yes, I would have. I would have done everything in public to be on the good side of the law and everything in private to subvert it. Might not be what the gentlemen in my family who fought in WWII would want to hear but that's the hand I was dealt. I would wear the costume or do the public act that let me pass in polite society. Just like every politician who wears a flag lapel pin as they sell our children into debt slavery.

If I told you that painting your fingernails orange would let you get a lower mortgage rate you'd do it. If I then said it was in solidarity with orangists in 1600s Netherlands you'd rightly tell me you didn't care. The extra 2% savings would be reason enough. Well, I can wear a costume that lets me walk free in a now very dangerous city.

This is an affront to most people. The conservative minded (on both sides) has this silly idea that we must honestly represent ourselves in public. As though I poop or have sex in public. My public persona has nothing to do with my actual beliefs or desires. As a socialist friend jokes, you conservatives (yes I call him out for his Alinsky tactic of defining me) would win the day if you ever grasped postmodernism. And he has a point. A simple shirt changes my rights status. OK. I didn't write the rule. But I'll use it.

Morning Sunshine:
interesting, especially in light of the Professor's post on the "Re: Prepping for widespread political violence associated with the election" thread.

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=64459.msg775583#msg775583

I will keep you in mind when I see crazies wearing that shirt, that maybe just maybe they are trying to go "gray man."  But for me, I cannot seem to support something I do not.  It rubs me wrong.

Also, I am reminded of the lady eating dinner at a DC restaurant recently.  https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/campus-culture/. She was told to stand up in solidarity with the mob.  She even agrees with them, and by her own admission has marched with them.  But she felt that standing up was the wrong thing to do.  I do not understand her mentality, to be honest.

David in MN:
It's Americana. We need the abolitionists in the streets at noon but I'm more the type to assist the underground railroad at night.

I do this to blend in with the righties too. I say the Pledge of Allegiance at the gun club even though I think it's sacrilege to pledge fidelity to a piece of cloth much less that it was written by a socialist as a marketing campaign. But for whatever reason the vets love it so keeping them in good graces is fine even if in my heart of hearts they are blaspheming.

Think if you had a child who took biology in college and the prof made them write a paper on the proof there is no God (happened to me). Would you council your child to stand on principle and fail or to tell that poopstain whatever he wanted to hear and keep up the grades and in private keep their beliefs?

If putting a sign in my front yard keeps my house from burning, I'll do it.

iam4liberty:
Isnt a much simpler solution to live somewhere where wearing a hat isn't a capital offense?

When the mob goes bloodthirsty, it doesnt matter what someone is wearing.  They will pull people at random to beat. You can be the most ardent supporter and they will kill you and your family.  Ask Horace Lorenzo Anderson. 

Also, these arent just random people.  These are organized gangs with a hierarchy and secret symbols to identify each other.  Frankly, they are more likely to think you are an undercover Fed than an actual supporter.  Also, reports out of Minneapolis are that if you put a sign in your yard, they will come shake you down for money to prove your loyalty.

Food for thought:

https://youtu.be/RmPlWpoCM8c

https://twitter.com/i/status/1268281301599162373

Play with matches, get burnt.

Morning Sunshine:

--- Quote from: David in MN on August 29, 2020, 09:07:12 AM ---It's Americana. We need the abolitionists in the streets at noon but I'm more the type to assist the underground railroad at night.

I do this to blend in with the righties too. I say the Pledge of Allegiance at the gun club even though I think it's sacrilege to pledge fidelity to a piece of cloth much less that it was written by a socialist as a marketing campaign. But for whatever reason the vets love it so keeping them in good graces is fine even if in my heart of hearts they are blaspheming.

Think if you had a child who took biology in college and the prof made them write a paper on the proof there is no God (happened to me). Would you council your child to stand on principle and fail or to tell that poopstain whatever he wanted to hear and keep up the grades and in private keep their beliefs?

If putting a sign in my front yard keeps my house from burning, I'll do it.

--- End quote ---

lots of good points.  I think I would be one who refused to buy sugar and silently supports the abolitionists and maybe quietly give extra food or blankets to the neighbor I know is working the UR.  And nullifies the fugitive slave act on a jury.

I am starting to have reservations about the Pledge of Allegiance as well.  We had a mom bring it up at our co-op, and I was kind of flabbergasted that someone would object to it on the grounds of what you say.  It has made me think, and it is no longer so important to me that my family and my homeschool repeat it.  Instead, I have children who have memorized the Preambles to the Constitution and Declaration and the Gettysburg Address and parts of Patrick Henry's most famous speech.

If it were me, I would have found a way to write a paper on how you cannot prove a negative - in other words, I would have written in support that there is a God and dared the professor to fail me.  I dared many things like that in college, and didn't get my teaching certificate because of that (Thank goodness - I think I would have hated teaching in a public school!)

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But then, I grew up on stories of the early Mormon Pioneers and their faith and determination to worship God in the way they thought best. 

19-year old Joseph F. Smith, son of Hyrum and nephew of the Prophet Joseph Smith, had this story:

--- Quote ---One of the men [in a mob] approached him with a pistol, declaring that it was his duty to exterminate every Mormon he came in contact with. As he pointed his pistol at Joseph, he demanded, “Are you a Mormon?”

Without fear or hesitation, Joseph answered, “Yes siree; dyed in the wool; true blue, through and through.”

The man was so startled by the courage of young Joseph F. Smith that he dropped his pistol and said, “Well, you are the [expletive deleted] pleasantest man I ever met! Shake, young fellow, I am glad to see a man that stands up for his convictions.” The man rode off, with the others following behind (Joseph Fielding Smith, Life of Joseph F. Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1938, 189).
--- End quote ---
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/1997/11/are-you-a-mormon?lang=eng

I guess, I just believe that whatever happened in that situation would be for the eternal good of Joseph, so I have carried that over into the rest of my life.


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but like iam4liberty says - I would rather be in a place where that is not an issue.

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