Sunday, December 18, 2011

The King and Three of His Followers

Luders Allen

July 2011
© Copyright 2011




Once upon a time there was a king in his palace. He ruled as an iron fist, and had no remorse and shame. All he loved and cared about was his absolute power he possessed. One night, the king had a warningly scary dream. The next morning, he woke from sleep, and had been trying hardly to remind the dream and could not. He had spent the entire day in trying to remember that dream; unfortunately he could not… So, early evening, he called three of his followers and expected for one of them to describe his dream….

The three followers knew it was impossible for them to describe their king’s dream. Therefore, in their mind they knew that their fate is to face execution.

While the king sat on his beautifully precious garment chair with his diamond crown on his head and wore a gold and velvet ornamental robe, he called the first follower and said,

“I had an horrible dream last night, which is tormented my mind. I woke this morning and I had been trying my best to remember that dream and I could not recall a thing in it. It is ruined my entire day. I want you to describe that dream for me and I know you can.”

“Your majesty, it is with great respect I wish I could describe your dream. This would be my utmost pleasure to do anything for my king. Your majesty, unfortunately, I can’t and I don’t want to lie to you. As you know, your majesty, I will never lie to you,” the follower replied in crying to the king.

“How dare you deny my request? Come on take him to the chamber!!!” the king said to his guards.

The king called the second follower and said to him,
“I had an horrible dream last night, which is tormented my mind. I woke this morning and I had been trying my best to recall that dream and I could not remember a thing in it. It is ruined my entire day. I want you to describe that dream for me and I know you can.”

Now, the second follower saw how by being honest was the cause that drove the first follower into death row. In order to save his life, he decided to describe a dream-made story to the king.

“Your majesty, it is with great pleasure I am about to describe your dream for you. Ok, your majesty, here is the dream:”

As soon as he was about to describe the dream, he was interrupted and stopped by the king.

“You are a fool and a liar. How do you want me to believe and trust you? If you can have the audacity to stand before me in pretending you are describing my dream for me…, you have the courage to plot against my monarch as well. Come on guards, take that fool away from my sight and take him to the chamber!!!” the king said angrily.

Now, the third follower witnessed two horrible examples, which left him with no choice at all. He neither could be honest nor being a fool to the king.

“I don’t know what I am going to say to the king when I am called. Being honest I will still face execution. Being a fool I will still face execution. Therefore, my only choice is to be honest to the king,” the third follower whispered.

The king called the third follower and demanded him to describe his dream.

“I had an horrible dream last night, which is tormented my mind. I woke this morning and I had been trying my best to recall that dream and I could not remember a thing in it. It is ruined my entire day. I want you to describe that dream to me and I know you can,” the king said to the third follower.

“Your majesty, from the bottom of my heart, I don’t have the courage to lie to you. I wish I possessed god’s power to be able to describe your dream or others although I were not the dreamer of the dream,” the third follower replied to the king.

“How dare you deny my request? Come on take him to the chamber!!!” the king said angrily to his guards. “Now, I want you to release the two followers that were honest with me. And the fool that was trying to describe my dream, I want him to be executed. He is not someone to trust.”



Power is always taken for granted. Also, it is best to apply dignity, pride and honesty at the core of any circumstances.

Little Piggy and His Mom

Luders Allen

April 2008
© Copyright 2008




Little Piggy has so often heard negative remarks on him and his Mother’s natures and physical appearances, thereby he loses his self-esteem and dislikes himself and his Mom. So, as Little Piggy is young and yet not understand what real life is all about, his Mom is training him so as to build up his self-esteem and also to accept his existence. Eventually, as time has gone by and Little Piggy gotten older, he becomes to love and accept himself the way he is.

“GWEN, GWEN, GWEN, GWEN, GWEN, GWEN, GWEN!!!!” Little Piggy’s Mom was squealing while eating the grasses….

“Mom, how does your voice sound so funny?” Little Piggy asked his Mom.

“Ah, son, let me concentrate on whatever I could find to eat in the field,” Little Piggy’s Mom replied.

“Mom, I want to know Mom!” Little Piggy answered.

“Son, it is yet too soon for you to understand my nature. When you grow up, you are going to be just like Mom,” Little Piggy’s Mom said. “Ah, look at you now son, you are getting big!”

“Really, oh no Mom, just like you I am getting…” Little Piggy replied.

“Son, it seems like you don’t love yourself. Son, let me tell you this: you have to love yourself the way you are. God creates you and I and others like us this way and God loves us all. Son, from now on, I want you to love yourself, promise?” Little Piggy’s Mom said to Little Piggy.

“Mom, I love the way you talk to me. No one has ever talked to me this way before. People are always making bad remarks on our nature and physical appearance. This is why I have never believed and loved myself. Now, you make me love and proud of myself,” Little Piggy replied.

“Never mind about bad things people are saying about you. In life, it is easier for people to say bad things on others than good things. The best thing is to love yourself and others [even those who always make bad remarks on you]. Always love yourself no matter what. Once you believe and love yourself, people’s bad remarks on you will not affect your life and individuality. The way you see yourself that’s the way others see you,” Little Piggy’s Mom said. “WOW, look at my son, you are Big Piggy now. You are not Little Piggy, anymore. I am proud of you, son, for being who you are. I love you!”

“Oh yes Mom, now, I am just like you: big ears, big-squealing voice, big flat-long nose (snout), fat etc., and I love myself the way I am. Thank you so much Mom for making me accept and love the way I am. I love you, too, Mom!” Little Piggy replied his Mom.




How building up one’s self-esteem and making one feels good habitually about himself or herself are so important in life! Never mind about bad remarks people are making on you. If you believe in those remarks, they just become reflections on you. The way you see yourself, that’s the way others see you. Believe in yourself and others will soon believe in you.

Chimp, Hyena and Lion

Luders Allen

April 2008
© Copyright 2008




Above the Kapok tree, Chimp was sitting on top on a late afternoon eating fruits. Meanwhile a very hungry Hyena was at hunt and saw Chimp above the tree sitting and eating fruits, so he started looking up at her. As Hyena could not climb the tree, especially Kapok tree is one of the tallest trees in the world (he wished he could because he was starving to death), he stationed beneath the tree and kept looking up at Chimp. Each fruit Chimp consumed, she dropped the seed below the ground.

Hyena said murmuringly, “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! Oh Lord! Why doesn’t she come down instead. She keeps dropping, dropping, dropping…the fruit’s seeds below the ground, which I have nothing to with them, oh God.”

Eventually, in such a manner Hyena was so eager to see Chimp came down off the tree, he began to develop some mimic strategy.

“Chimp, you’re dropping your fruits. Why don’t you come down to pick them up?” Hyena said in a very charming and docile voice.

“HAH, HAH, HAH, HYENA, YOU’RE CRAZY. DO YOU THINK I WOULD DROP MY SWEET FRUITS JUST LIKE THAT ON THE GROUND. YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND. I AM DROPPING THEM DOWN BECAUSE MY JAW IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO BREAK THE SEEDS. SO, YOU DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH THEM,” Chimp replied loudly in a manner of mockery.

“Chimp, now are you making fun out of me? You don’t need to raise your voice on me. I am just so concerned about your meal you are throwing away because I know how challenging it is to get some meal in this region,” Hyena said.

“Hyena, since when you were so concerned about me and my meal? Remember, you had my Mom and my brother for dinner,” Chimp answered.

“No, Chimp, not me! I don’t eat meat anymore. I have been a vegetarian for the last 3 years,” Hyena said.

“Ah, ah, ah, that’s right, it must be you who had my Mom and my brother for dinner. That happened 4 years ago,” Chimp replied.

“Chimp, my mistake, I mean I have been a vegetarian for the last 5 years,” Hyena said.

“You fool! It’s not me you are going to have for dinner today. You are going to get something else, fool!” Chimp whispered.

“Chimp, what did you say? I didn’t hear what you said,” Hyena said.

“No, I am not talking to you, Hyena, I am just talking to myself,” Chimp replied.

“Apparently, I heard you say you are not the one I am going to get for dinner today….?” Hyena said.

“Hyena, if you already heard what I said, why do you need to ask me for?” Chimp answered.

“Chimp, calm down! You don’t need to be so rude with me. I am just on your own interest and I don’t see why you are acting in such a manner!” Hyena said.

“Hyena, since when you used to be on my interest, Listen, Hyena, don’t give me that crap, ok!” Chimp replied.

“You see, you are upset with me for no reason,” Hyena said.

“Hyena, I am not upset with you. You are just making yourself looks like a fool before me,” Chimp answered.

“Chimp, that’s right you say to me!” Hyena said in a very sweet voice.

“If she dares coming off the Kapok tree, I swear I am going to have her for dinner just like I did to her Mom and her brother. And I am very sure I would enjoy having her for dinner more than her Mom and her brother. Because as she is very young, her flesh must be tender and juicy,” Hyena whispered.

“Hyena, you think I do not hear what you said. You know I have sensitive hears. Anyway, you are not going to have me for dinner today,” Chimp replied.

Hyena gave to Chimp praising after praising in the most convincingly flattering manners to see if she would come off the tree. Ah, nothing worked out. So, amid the course of the praising and the confrontation, far away, a grumbling noise was arising. However, from time to time, the noise was sounding louder and louder. Meantime, Hyena was carefully listening to the arisen noise and had been very vigilant. In the end, the noise just burst and sounded like a thunder above the sky: WOOH, WOOH, WOOH, WOOH, WOOH, WOOH, WOOH, WOOH!!!

“OH CHIMP, IT’S A LION. I HAVE TO GO!!! I HAVE TO GO!!!” Hyena said.

Now, Chimp began to realize something was not normal and right. Therefore, Hyena was not what Chimp thought he was.

“Come on Hyena! Despite we’ve been disagreeing in many things, but you are so enjoyable to talk to. Why do you want to leave now? Chimp replied.

So now, Chimp quickly realized Hyena was afraid of the Lion and began making a mockery of Hyena’s present situation. She learned that Hyena would not dare to face a male lion. Also, in this situation, Chimp didn’t have to worry about the Lion. She knew that despite lion could sometimes climb a tree, but not this very tall tree. Since Chimp was on top of the Kapok tree where the Lion could not reach her, Therefore, she knew safety was on her advantage.

“YOU’RE CRAZY CHIMP. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? I AM NOT GOING TO MESS WITH THE KING OF THIS REGION, ESPECIALLY MALE LION. I HAVE TO GO CHIMP!!! I HAVE TO GO CHIMP!!! BYE, BYE!!!” Hyena said while fleeing.

“Aaaaaaaaaaaah life, I thought I was the only one who was afraid of something, alas…!” Chimp whispered.



In life, there’s always something new to learn, and also there’s always a superior or a stronger force than another.

...Without a Land

(Dedicated to every Haitian within and abroad)

Luders Allen

February 2010
© Copyright 2010



Trees of mine are cut, from me, away.
The rain scarcely falls to showing my
Yams, plantains, potatoes, rice-lily.
The beautiful birds that used to fly
Singing, me-yup, above the wide sky,

Me-yup, me-yup, me-yup, me-yup, yup.
Now, come no more to pause on top
Of my tree’s boughs to sing me, me-yup.
My fresh-salted fishes I ate up
With my yams, potatoes…and syrup

Tea corns are, now, nowhere to be found
Since the ocean is infirm. My old
Comrades whom I trust and so depend
On all aspects ‘ my Life, I declare/d
To represent me, so now turn and

Betray me. Thus make me one man-slaves.
My old comrades sell me and my lands
To strangers and leave me nothingness.
The rest, deep ‘ my land, they bury mines.
At any moment, if not ‘ cautious,

I might be gone, ‘ver, no trace of me.
I live without knowing my existence.
Sometimes, ‘ wonder, am I still alive…?
My land’s already an empty one
With no real name. So, am I, too, one!

Hurricanes passed by, ravaged and destroyed
The nothingness that I had. I cried,
But my crying was ignored. I screamed,
But the echo of my screams bounced
Back at me… I screamed out loud, out loud!!!

My screams condemned me. My land’s ‘ready
Empty as a desert. A whacky
Quake passed and buried my lovely
Comrades alive, leaving ‘hind: city
Of Utopian. I cried, but slimly

Tears run down… I screamed, but it seemed as
Bunch-Murmurs. I left my land ‘cause its
Emptiness and turmoil of all sorts.
Here I’m…in a land, not mine which is.
Tomorrow, if the landowner asks

Me to leave, What will I do? Will ‘ do
Since I have no land? Where will I go,
If the landowner asks me to go
Back home, to my land? What will I do?
What will I do? Where, where will I go…?

A Storm in a Small Town

Luders Allen

March 2008
© Copyright 2008




The day as dark as
The night,
The wind whistles
Through the barns,
The houses,
The trees and
The rain.
The river is in
Town,
The debris and
The ghosts are forged
To wave good-bye.
The river rests over
Town.
The debris and
The ghosts are laid and danced smoothly in
Town.
The day as dark as
The night,
The wind whistles
Through the barns,
The houses,
The trees and
The rain.

Heaven

Luders Allen

July 2001
© Copyright 2001



Heaven is where
I inhale the blossoms
Of nature.

I see the sky is clear
As crystal and blue
As indigo.

The ocean is the sky
Where birds sing and
Fly above

On earth, all kind of people laugh,
Smile and touch, without harm,
One another.

Heaven is where
I inhale the blossoms
Of nature.

I see the sky is dark, full moon,
Shiny stars and the ocean is
The sky.

On earth, all kind of people laugh,
Smile and touch, without harm,
One another.

As night goes into peace, I hear
The crickets chirp and dream
Heaven’s dreams.

Down and Up / Up and Down

Luders Allen

July 2007
© Copyright 2007



Amid the Savannah,
The metallic circle
Lies down there fierily,

At pinpoint. There, a deep
Black poplar’s sighing and
Murmuring just for a

Sip of gray cloud or white cloud
To be grown. It’s at the stage
Of its last breath. It stoops,

But refuses to go
Back where it was once came
From. Gray cloud or white cloud

Always hears its murmur
And its sigh and falls for
its savior.

Lamentation

(Dedicated to Haiti)


Luders Allen

April 1998
© Copyright 1998



You keep shooting and burning me
For your own sake and pleasure.
You keep shooting and burning me
For greediness and power.

Can’t you see before your eyes
And your conscience, I am sick?
I am in deep pain and hopeless!

My body has been burning from shooting after
Shooting and from fire after fire. Each time I
Am nearly healed, you shoot me or you start a
Fire. Why are you causing me so much pain?

Tears don’t slide down my face anymore.
They dry like sand in the desert.
The echo of my voice sounds like

A nearly dead deer in the jaw of a lion, from the
Endless pain you’ve caused me. Here you start
Shooting at me again and I am far from healing of
My existing wounds and burning skins.

You keep saying you love me:
I am your deepest heart and soul,
I am your shiny star and paradise.

If you really love me, why don’t you free me?
Free me from my long time torment.
Free me, I can harvest my sweet fruits, greens…
And I can breathe again my sweet-little wind.

Starling and Seagull: the Hungers

Luders Allen

March 2005
© Copyright 2005



Wings sprawled under the silver light.
A piece of flesh attached to the snout
Of the starling, hanging and floating.

The Gull’s tailgating the starling
By an inch of distance, and not willing
To settle its wings, after a long

And a hard time of hunt, for suddenly
Its hunt being attached without its
Consent to the Starling’s snout.

Between the earth and the sky,
An engagement of acrobatics,
And speeds scattered. Echoes pierced

The transparent walls. My heart felt with
Delight. And my eyes lost in the depth
Between the earth and the sky.

The Wind of Late February

Luders Allen

February 2005
© Copyright 2005




Behind the walls
Of transparencies,
The wind’s rustling
Like cattle.

Beautifully under
Universe’s light.
The effects of the wind
Have gone by the motions

Of the stillnesses.
Above the trees,
There solely remain
The boughs and the branches.

To Alvena

Luders Allen

May 2004
© Copyright 2004


I used to say:
Bonjour, Alvena?

You used to smile
And looked at me

With your deep-green eyes:
Bonjour, Luders!

I used to say:
Comment allez-vous, Alvena?

You used to smile
And looked at me

With your deep-green eyes:
Je suis tres bien et toi!

Now, everything
Has been fading

Like fruits resting
In a wooden basket.

I miss your tumble smile!
I miss your greenish look!

I miss your dada talk!
I miss your moody being!

When will you smile, talk
And look at me again?

Or, will you ever look, talk
And smile at me again?

La Chenille

Luders Allen

June 2004
© Copyright 2004




On the sidewalk I was walking.
And sweat was rolling down my being.
My head’s facing, mostly, downward.
I saw one of the most earthly
Creatures, and she was beautiful

Just like a rainbow in the sky.
She glimpsed at me and walked away.
(She must have come from the poplars)
I stared at her with deep passion
And love. She kept rolling her legs

On the side walk with no regard
Of my being as she was rolling.
She had no intention how bad
And dangerous the sidewalk could be.
One second she might have been gone,

Without her trace, by one foot step
Because her danger already
Had been manifested inside me
Like the vision of a psychic.
I stopped her from moving further,

She turned around and kept moving.
I stopped her from moving further,
She turned around and kept moving.
In the end, I bent down this time
To stop her with the palm of my

Hand, she just turned and kept moving.
I stopped her again with my hand,
She turned around and kept moving.
In the end, she rolled up onto
The palm of my hand. I held her

And stared at her with passion and
Love. For few second she was being
Held into the palm of my hands.
In the end, I put her upon
The ground with so much tenderness

And regretfulness, where I thought
She might have come from: the poplars.
If she will never walk again
Upon the sidewalk, soon, she’ll spread
Her wings above the wide—long sky.

My Being

Luders Allen

July 2003
© Copyright 2003



I’m what you see: a shiny ebony.
What you are, this is what I am:
A creature made by God just as you.
God made me this way as an infinite
Rotation which can never be
Metamorphosed. What you see before
Your eyes is sheerly what I am.

If you are tormented by what I am,
You are the cause of your own
Calamity. If you see me different
Before your eyes that aggravates and
Stimulates your feeling into fear,
Hatred and anger without learning
Who I am, it is based on your

Conceivable choice, from which, you
Find your grandeur, your glory, your
Privilege and your individuality.
The difference that you see before
Your eyes and so am I, it is just
An illusion. Inside of me, there
Is a variety of instruments

That play the same music that plays
Inside of you, and release compressed air
Through my pipes and yours that cause
You and I breathe the same air, we feel the
Same pain, we shed tears for the same
Causes, we share the same sadness,
The same happiness and the same destiny.

Invaders

Luders Allen

August 2003
© Copyright 2011



Sneak beneath my windows
And my shades, on a hot
Summer day, and invade
My moment of silence.

Pause upon the curtain
Here,
There,
Over there.

Pause upon my body
Here,
There,
Over there.

Scratch my body and
Interrupt my dinner. I take my pass away
Water I shower them.

Afterward, my moment
Of silence and comfort
Is restored.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One of My Experiences to Be Prejudged




© Copyright 2011




Luders Allen
December 6, 2011



What is prejudice? Prejudice is a pre-conceived opinion that is not based upon reason or actual experience. And it is always exercised toward one’s or a group’s religion, culture, ethnics or race. To be a prejudice is to be an ignorant. And to be an ignorant does not necessarily mean lack of academic education. One can possess the academically utmost degree and still be an ignorant. To be an ignorant it means being rebellious to face reason or convert to morality and rationality. This is why the formality of prejudice can be practiced in many different ways. For instances, in most regions in India, cows are sacred animals for the purpose of culture and religion, and they are forbidden to consume, therefore, are worshipped. So, China is a similar example, but in a very opposite manner: dogs and cats are consumed there. Meanwhile in the Western cultures, cows are consumed, and dogs and cats (humans’ closest friends or companions) are domesticated with deep love and passion. So, these cultural beliefs resulted in one culture is always blaming and judging the other… Therefore, if a reasonably thorough analysis would be applied, which culture is to blame, judge or consider insane…?  So, as well as for colored prejudice, since most people who are not parts of the black race (in all societies in this world, especially in the United States as the most condensed, multi ethnic and cultural society) always define most black folks as underdogs, thereby, they always see most black skins negatively—even some black folks who’ve been brainwashed believe in that bias. Consequently, most Blacks are always the subjects to be prejudged based on the color of their skins: black. Personally, in my life, I don’t know how many times others prejudge me, such as Yellows, Blacks, South East Asians, Mulattoes, Latinos and Whites. Just recently, a middle-aged-white woman prejudged me.

It was on a cold winter night. After a wearyingly long day of work, I was hungry like a wolf and could not resist with my hunger. As I didn’t have enough cash on me to go eating at a restaurant, so I passed by at the nearest Bank to withdraw some cash from my Bank Account. When I arrived at the Bank, there was only one functional ATM machine, and having preoccupied by a mid-aged-white woman. At that moment, she and I were the only customers in there. Despite I was distantly standing behind her, my presence stimulated a phobic feeling in her. From time to time, while she was in the process withdrawing her cash, she was turning her head and looking at me with an invidious regard. For the time being, I was so upset and embarrassed. However, I couldn’t do anything about it since her invidiousness was solely based upon gestures (And a part of my motive was, somehow, based on imagination, too. It could be otherwise…). My only choice of reaction, consequently, was to stay calm.

When I realized her fear was out of control, in order to make her regain comfort, I pulled out my wallet from my left pocket, in which I had my Bankcard. Thereafter, I pulled it out from the wallet and held it with my right hand to prevent being seen before her eyes as a violently suspicious person. Still, this strategy didn’t work and was not helpful so as to make her recollect comfort. I felt so, so uncomfortably and embarrassedly… Finally, after she finished withdrawing her cash and walked through the exit door as fast as she could, at the door, she stationed for about ten seconds to watching me while I was in the process withdrawing my money from the ATM machine. To signal her how her sense of rationality was fallen into a realm of ignorance, I turned around and looked at her with a facially unpleasant expression, and then I shook my head. Afterward, she left.

In this case, should I consider her behavior toward me was based on colored prejudice? Before elaborating on this question, it requires a thoroughly logical analysis based on two questions. Firstly, was she attracted to me? I don’t think so. If she were, she would not make me feel extremely uncomfortable and embarrassed. Expression or sign of loving attraction doesn’t deal with odiousness. Secondly, on the other hand, did she have a bad past experience while alone with a man? If she had a bad experience while alone with a man, she would leave the Bank right away after withdrawing her money. She wouldn’t have time to pause for watching.

Nonetheless, a further thorough-logical analysis can also be considered. When she arrived at the exit door, why did she stop for about ten seconds to watch while I was performing the process to withdraw my money? Or before her eyes, did the way I look justifying I could not have money in the Bank? In fact, if she were extremely fearful of me, after withdrawing her money, she would flee like an antelope, which happens to accidentally be in lions’ territory. For instance, someone who’s extremely fearful of another person, thus sees him/her as a violently suspicious one, would not have time to watch and pause for seconds, that person would quickly evacuate the area. To my knowledge, that mid-aged-white woman’s behavior toward me was based on colored prejudice.

Based upon my rational sense, when I was standing about a distance of 13—15 feet behind her, the routine of turning her head behind to fearsomely looking at me was a sign of feeling insecurely of being alone with me in that area. In addition, when she paused for about 10 seconds at the Bank’s ajar door to watching me amid the process of withdrawing my cash, perhaps she wanted to observe if I were the real owner of the ATM Card. While she was observing me, meantime she was on her cell phone talking murmuringly….   

For me, in real sense, to feel in such an uncomfortable and embarrassed manner about her iniquitous behavior toward me was the norm. Since I am a member of the underdog race, it is very difficult, sometimes, to prevent such feeling from manifesting inside of me. If I felt this way that night, it was not my fault. The American society makes me feel this way. Most of the time, in order to avoid being seen unenviably before eyes of most people, I have to apply double or triple efforts of social conformity wherever I go. This society makes me believe that under the law of God and this country’s constitution I am equal to members of other races, and in fact, it is the opposite. If I were equal to members of other races, why does this society indirectly expect me to be certain ways…in order to be seen with decency before eyes of most people? And meantime, most white folks and members of other races don’t have to go through my daily strain. In reality, the only times most Blacks (especially black-skinned men) are not subjects to colored prejudice it is only when they are well known (rich and famous) figures, or, perhaps, wear corporate outfits. Still wearing suit and tie or being rich and famous does not guarantee they won’t experience colored prejudice. As Mr. Toussaint L’Ouverture had always said, ‘it is always the Blacks who suffer the most’ (Cited in James 1963: 152).

The fact of the matter is, most of us tend to pass judgment on the appearance of what we wear, or our skinned colors and, therefore, ignore the essence of our existence and the content of our character. Perhaps, that night if I were in a suit and tie outfit, e.g., a corporate briefcase holding in my hand, she would feel securely with my presence. Due to the fact, as a black-skinned man, I were in casual outfit, then she quickly prejudged me.

Furthermore, a deepened aspect also needs to be analyzed. The same experience I had with the mid-aged-white woman, I could experience it as well with a black woman. Likewise, a black female could react the same way: prejudged and being fearful of me. However, for the most part, she would feel safely and securely with the presence of a white male regardless the kind of outfit he had on. So, how about if I were a white male, would the mid-aged-white woman still be afraid of me? For the most part, in my opinion, she wouldn’t be afraid of me to quickly passing judgment. She would feel securely either I wore casual outfit or not.

Color prejudice is nothing more than the unreasoning hatred of one race for another, the contempt of the stronger and richer people for those whom they consider inferior themselves and the bitter resentment of those who are kept in subjection and so frequently insulted. As color is the most obvious outward manifestation of race, it had been made the criterion by which men are judged irrespective of their social or their educational attainments. The light skinned races have come to despise all those of darker colour, and the dark skinned people will no longer accept without protest the inferior position to which they have been relegated (Fanon 1952: 5,6).

The reality is, beside the skinned color dilemma that exists between Yellows, Blacks and Whites, black skinned folks are subjects to relegate by others as well, such as Latinos, South East Asians, Mulattoes and many more... E.g., those sub-race members perpetrate colored prejudice toward black-skinned folks just as Yellows and Whites do. In consequence, in the minds of those colored prejudice perpetrators, they only judge black-skinned folks based on their blackness-skin color, and ignore them as humans and their social standards. In a deeper aspect, they have problems with the color of blackness. For them, blackness is a color of curse… To even go further, most people on earth have problem with the color of blackness-skin—including some black-skinned folks as well.

Often, prejudice is based on skinned colors, and black-skinned people, most of the time, are the targets of colored prejudice. Therefore, based on how this society (societies) negatively portrays black folks in most social aspects has played important roles for them to be primary targets of colored prejudice. A media that is always ready to widely expose the wrongnesses of Blacks, and tactfully expose the wrongnesses of Whites, of course, these negative exposures are enough to destroy the decencies of most black folks, thereby make most people view them negatively—even their own kind. Mr. Steele (1990: 43) argues that, ‘beside race problems that exist, black skinned folks are stereotyped the most more than any other skinned colors in America, if it is not in the whole world.’

Despite progress has been made throughout the years in the sub-race and race relations between Yellows, Blacks and Whites and others…, colored prejudice toward black skins, today, is still a matter in the American society (in the world). Black folks wherever they go, most of the time, others…always see them negatively—even some of their own kinds who’ve been brainwashed…. 

Thenceforth, based upon these societal stereotype biases, this is why criminal Whites can be judged before the eyes of most people as one of the most trusted human beings in this society—in any society on earth. (Emphatically, I don’t mean to say black folks don’t commit crimes. Therefore, there are not criminal Blacks. Of course, some commit crimes and violate the laws.  They are criminal Blacks. And I fully support the punishments of the judicial system against criminals who commit awful crimes, without regard skinned colors or races.).  Needless to mention, they are camouflaging the nature of their criminalities by always wearing corporate outfits. Therefore, the world is widely opened for them. So, due to the positive images Whites always have in this society (societies), which in fact always make it easy for them to successfully perpetrate and smoothly operate their criminal activities before they get caught…. In reality, the same way not all Whites who are criminals, likewise, not all Blacks who are criminals.

Somehow, after time has passed, I have begun to see the situation between the mid-aged-white female and I in a more widely reasonable and spiritual aspects. I have no hard feeling toward her. This society and her irrationality make her feel this way (lots of none white folks would react the same way). For not acting in such a manner, in the way this society conditions people’s minds negatively toward black folks, this requires lots of courage, understanding, education, compassion, love and humanism. In the meantime, this is an individual’s task, i.e., before passing any judgment, it is better to make logically thorough analysis. I believe that night if she utilized her critical thinking before passing judgment, she would not see me as a suspect until at one point my feeling was so hurt.

After all, we all are prejudice, no matter how hardly we may try not to be. We all may not perpetrate it based on skinned color or race. But, we prejudge others characterized on other factors… Nevertheless, I deeply believe if we apply spirituality, compassion and love in our daily lives, we can assimilate all of our differences and overcome that sickened mentality.

 
Sources


Fanon, F. 1952 & Read, A. 1996 (eds). The Fact of Blackness. Seattle: Bay Press

James, C.L.R. 1962. The Black Jacobins. 2nd ed, New York: Vintage Books: A Division of Random House Inc.

Steele, S. 1990. The Content of Character. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
      



    

Friday, October 28, 2011

Most Americans and the Media Don’t Give President Barack Obama Credits as They Gave to Former U.S. Presidents

 
 
 
 
© Copyright 2011
 
 
 
October 28, 2011
By Luders Allen
 
 
 
When retrospectively perceived at what President Barack Obama had said to the American people during his 2008 Presidential Campaign, he is one of the most credible American Presidents. During his presidency, he has accomplished so far everything that he promised and strongly continued to fight with the Congress and the Senate as to make the rest of his promises pass as Bills on behalf of the country and American people.
 
During his Presidential Campaign, the Health Care reform was one of the reforms he so emphasized upon. For over a year of his presidency, he had fought with the Congress and the Senate. Eventually, on March 23, 2010, the Health Care reform was passed as Bill. This was an historical accomplishment because many Democrat and Republican Ex-Presidents had tried to reform it in the past, but their attempts always failed. Since under former President Theodore Roosevelt, over a century ago, they had been trying, however, had never reached close to this level similar to universal health care.
 
He said to the American people: the Economic Recession didn’t take one day to get the way it is. It had taken years to get to this devastated state. It is going to take, therefore, at least 3 or 4 years before American people beginning to see some positive semblance. In addition, he said he would withdraw the American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. So, before December 31, 2011, all U.S. troops will come home—only a small amount will remain in order to provide security to the American Embassy in Bagdad and to train some Iraqi military forces and intelligence agents (Wilson and De Young 2011).
 
He emphatically announced he would catch Osama Bin Laden. And on May 1st, 2011, his changing foreign policy strategies led a team of U.S. Navy Seals eliminated Osama Bin Laden, whom former President Bill Clinton had spent 2 years of hunt for him due to a series of bombing attacks launched on American Embassies to Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on August 7, 1998, which resulted in killing about 258 people and badly injured over 5,000 people (Myers 2011). And Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind these terrorist attacks.
 
And thereafter, his successor, former President Bush Jr., had spent 8 years of hunt for him due to the Pentagon and World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which again Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind these terrorist attacks. So, Bush Jr. had run one of the biggest manhunts in history for Bin Laden. The plan failed due to bad foreign policy strategies and CIA’s miscommunication to other U.S. intelligence agencies. Therefore, both, Clinton and Bush Jr., failed to catch Bin Laden.
 
So, during the period of President Barack Obama Presidential Campaign of 2008, he openly criticized former President Bush Jr.’s ways of handling foreign policy, war on terror and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. He stressed upon his criticisms and promised to the American people that he would implement foreign policy, war on terror’s strategy and the hunt for Bin Laden in order to capture him. Thence, on May 1st, 2011, the long time hunt for Osama Bin Laden came to an end.
 
Emphatically, moreover, President Obama’s implementations of war on terror nationally and internationally and foreign policy not only led to the ongoing destabilization of terrorist groups and cause the elimination of Osama Bin Laden, but they also overthrow few Middle Easterner dictators. Overthrowing dictators in the Middle East is a part of President Obama’s foreign policy agenda, which is definitely on the beneficiaries of the United States, i.e., economically and securely. Because most Middle Easterner dictators are linked to the Al-Qaeda organization and other terrorist groups, thus make their countries become safe havens for terrorist members—groups to plot terrorist attacks on the United States and other Western countries.  
 
It is certain President Barack Obama’s administration successfully manages foreign policy (even domestic policy). By doing so that causes U.S. military forces, intelligence agencies and his administration rendered to the American people the justice they had been awaiting for over 10 years (i.e., the elimination of Osama Bin Laden)… Despite this greatly challenging accomplishment/s, the credit that he and his administration deserve, apparently, is still obscure to most Americans and the Media.
 
On the night the news of Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals broke out, thousands of Americans took the streets the same night in many different states/ cities in the country, such as in front of the Pentagon, White House, Times Square, Ground Zero Site and many more to show their enthusiasms on a long time justice they had been awaiting.
 
American patriots chanted all kind of patriotic songs, and carried out banners. The name of President Obama was neither shouted nor bannered (It was only few people who wrote his name on their banners and that number could count in hands). Without President Obama’s new strategy war on terror and hunt for Osama Bin Laden, today, Bin Laden would have still been the mastermind behind terrorist attack plots….
 
Most Americans and the Media always felicitate President Obama’s accomplishments in cold manners. It is completely in contrast in the manner they had or have always applauded other Ex-Presidents’ accomplishments with such great enthusiasm. For examples, the Media was always ready to present former President Bush Jr. with great honor and most Americans were always ready to patriotically shout and pridefully consider him as their leaders—no matter how mediocre he was as a President, and how bad his domestic and foreign policies were.  
 
Until now whenever the Media is making a brief passage on the elimination of Osama Bin Laden, it always focuses only in gratifying the men and women in the U.S. military forces, CIA Intelligence Agents and the special U.S. military force that killed Bin Laden (i.e., Navy Seals). And it lurks President Obama’s successful plan that led to the elimination of Bin Laden. It is as though gratification and credit only go to the U.S. military forces and U.S. intelligence agencies. And President Obama along with his administrative staff is left out.
 
Of course, it is the norm for those men and women in the U.S. military forces that are risking and giving their lives for the freedom of the United States and its homeland security deserve to be fully adored, loved and credited by the American people. Military forces of any country, however, can not win a war, or any form of intervention, without having a solid-governmental administration.
 
To give credit and gratification mostly to the U.S. military forces, intelligence agencies and military elite force are inappropriate. The capture of certain followers of Bin Laden and his elimination derives from the teamwork of U.S. military forces, intelligence agencies, and President Obama’s administration. None of which should be left out when it comes to credit and gratification.
 
The lack of giving to President Obama the credits that he deserves, always ready to misinterpret his statements and also the blockings of his pending Bills that are on the interests of the country and American people are the conspiracies of the Media, hard-liner Democrats, Republicans and conservative Americans in order to prevent him from being re-elected in 2012.
 
One of the major conspiracies is the corporations of the private sector that were supposed to create jobs based on Obama’s administration loans and stimulus packages given to them. As a result, they don’t create sufficient jobs that could have reduced the Recession in order to back up the Obama’s administration, thus to guarantee him a second term presidency. They choose, therefore, not to create enough jobs as to sabotage Obama’s upcoming 2012 Presidential Campaign. In pretending any investment in this recession is a big risk. Meantime, they make enough capitals until they even pay the U.S. government back the loan money they owned it.
 
Furthermore, conspiracy not to create professional jobs has raised lots of disappointments among college/university graduates. In 2008, college/university students and graduates were the momentum of Obama’s Presidential Campaign in expecting job openings to come on their favors. And they were the ones voting the most for Obama. Currently, since most of them are unemployed, therefore, more likely, they are not going to vote for him or participate in the 2012 Presidential Election. And this might be a big blow for him and put his second term presidency at big risk.
 
American people must know and understand the strategies of the 2012 Presidential Republican candidates (in real sense most today American politicians). They know that Obama is giving good work performance on foreign and domestic policies and thereby can not play them against him. So, they take the Economic Recession, which they are parts of its nature, to play it against him. They are throwing into the air bunch of cheap talks about job creations just to make people vote for them so they can get elected. Deeply in their hearts they know they can not or will not create jobs in the way they sound. Most jobs perhaps they can create to sustain the Recession from turning into a disaster are bunch of entry-level jobs that pay from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour.
 
So, how can people sustain themselves by doing low wage jobs at this BRUTAL-ECONOMIC SYSTEM? And how are college/university graduates, who owe from 20 through 100 or even more thousand dollars school loans, going to pay back their loans by doing jobs that pay minimum wages? A Minimum wage job is not even enough to pay a basic-monthly rent of an individual or a family, without counting monthly utility bills, weekly groceries and personal expenses.
 
The Media and American politicians don’t want to be honest to the American people about the shifts in the United States’ economic system. They want to keep it in concealment for American people just to defend their capitals, self-interests and political positions. The doomy nature the U.S. economic system is, no President would be able to put it on a satisfactory track that can please most Americans that are going through economic hardship.
 
During Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, this is why he came out with the slogan of “CHANGE.” He was and is aware of this turmoil-economic system. And the mere solution for struggling people to be better off in the American society is to change the economic system. Of course, such conscientious President would always appear as a threat in the minds and before the eyes of Americans with na├»ve character, American capitalists, conservative Americans, the Media and hard-liner American politicians. 
 
To cease this turmoil-economic system, the existing ECONOMIC MARKET SYSTEM needs to be changed into MIXED-ECONOMIC MARKET SYSTEM in which the producers (corporates and manufacturers) would sincerely work together with the government as to create jobs and to make the market affordable for the buyers/the public. In such economic system, it would be on the interests of the producers and the buyers. The buyers would be able to afford the prices and the producers would be able to sell more products. As a result, the producers would make enough capitals to create more jobs. Somehow, 3, 4, 5 and 6 decades ago such economic system existed in the United States, in which people use to economically realize by even working hard in factories….
 
American capitalists and politicians need to put greed and arrogance aside, but then apply honesty, humanism and conscientiousness in their daily lives on behalf of the United States and its citizens. For instance, when wages are raised in order to provide affordability for the employees/the public, the producers (corporates and manufacturers) should not have needed to exaggeratedly raise the prices of the goods/products to a point where they become impossible for most people to buy and afford. Therefore, it is solely people with high income that can afford to buy.
 
Once an economic system of a society is based upon deregulation, this was a part of Bush Jr.’s domestic-economic policy, “QUICKEST WAYS TO GAIN CAPITALS BY ANY MEAN,” this resulted in pure arrogance, greed and fraudulence. It is only the upper middle and upper classes, in consequence, which can survive within such society.   
 
The United States’ government and economics systems have turned into what are called “BRUTAL CAPITALISM SYSTEM” and “BRUTAL-ECONOMIC MARKET SYSTEM.” Wealthy people are getting wealthier by deeply exploiting through the bones and blocking ways to prevent the middle, the lower and the poor classes from moving forward. Meaning, in such systems, the chance to get out or to exit from a disadvantaged class to an advanced class is very, very minimal. Therefore, members of all the classes that are below the upper class—with the exception of the upper middle class—will more likely struggle for the rest of their lives and members of the poor class will more likely live in poverty for the rest of their lives.
 
Former Vice-President, Dick Cheney, reported, in an interview with Jamie Gangel, Obama is a one termer President due to lack of political experience. Obama makes a huge mistake by raising taxes of the upper middle and the upper classes (NBC 2011). This is a purely deconstructive criticism. Under the Bush Jr.’s administration, in which he served as Vice-President, wealthy people benefitted huge tax break. What did Bush Jr.’s Domestic-Economic Policy positively do for the country? In fact, Bush Jr.’s Economic Policy is one of the prime factors of today’s Economic Recession.
 
When Dick Cheney said that, he knew exactly what he was saying. In his heart, he didn’t mean to say that Obama is an incompetent President and can not be re-elected or doesn’t deserve a second term. Politically speaking, he meant to say that those conservative American extremists as he who monopolize the country’s political and economic circles don’t need a man like President Obama to be the President of the United States. And they will do anything to prevent him from being re-elected in 2012.
 
What Dick Cheney and those conservative Americans don’t understand is that nothing is stronger than the momentum of a people that are struggling for positive changes. When a people need change/s, the momentum of change always turns into a movement. And a movement is always accompanied with a spiritual force that is unstoppable. No one knew in this 21st century a black man could have become President of the United States. This is why American people voted Obama in 2008 because they needed change/s and are still eager for changes in many social aspects.   
 
This is the ideology of “CHANGE” that makes some Americans begin not to believe in political parties anymore and also start to understand that most politicians of today they are voting to represent them, either to Washington, D.C., in the States or in the Cities, are bunch of mediocre politicians. Their cognizance towards politics is not prudent and sagacious. They are more interested in defending their political parties rather than supporting and working as teams with a Premier that is on the interests of the country, a State or a City.
 
Most conservative Democrat and Republican politicians to Washington don’t want to collectively work with President Obama. They are more challenging him as rivalrists instead of working with him as colleagues. As a result, some of his promises to the country and American people are still blocking and pending to be approved as Bills in the Congress and in the Senate. 
 
Whereas President Obama’s predecessor, former President Bush Jr., didn’t face the challenge that Obama is facing with the Media, the Congress and the Senate. In 2004, this is why Bush Jr. was re-elected due to the support of his colleague politicians and the Media that had been brainwashing American people. He was not even supposed to be a second termer U.S. President. He became President for a second term due to Media’s biases that were on his favor. The same controversial way he was elected in 2000, he re-elected in a very similar way in 2004. 
 
Despite all mediocre ways former President Bush Jr. held domestic and foreign policies, war on terror and miscommunication policy of U.S. intelligence agencies, the Media was always ready to make his mediocracies appeared as superbness. The Media had begun to criticize Bush jr.’s failed foreign and domestic policies not until the end of his second Presidential Term. Why? Because the Media knew that he could not run for a third-term. That was it.
 
This is one of the societies in the world where the Media possesses such enormous power to easily brainwash its people—such a thing shouldn’t exist within a great country as the United States. It is as a robot that is operated by a remote control. The Media symbolizes the robot’s remote control and American people symbolize the robot. When it comes to the political news the Media is broadcasting or printing to them, most of them have failed to utilize their logical judgments and senses.
 
Whatever politically fabricated news the Media releases, most of them believe in it and act upon it. Most Americans are not fully aware the structural functionality of the Media. They believe the Media authentically releases the news to them. The Media and the government work hand in hand. Firstly, before the news is broadcast or printed, it had to be ratified by the Pentagon; secondly, edited by the Newsroom. In real sense, the government orders the Media what part of the news should be released or what news to release and what not to release….
 
Yet, President Obama’s first term is not even over, the Media puts all the blames of the Economic Recession upon him. And it knows that the recession began before President Obama took office. At the end of former President Bush Jr.’s second term in 2008, unemployment rates rose 7.8%. So when President Obama took office, the Economic Recession was already 7.8 percent (Shear 2011). He is inherent the Economic Recession.
 
If Obama’s administration didn’t bailout the top big corporations to prevent them from being out of businesses, the Economic Recession would worsen. More Americans would be out of jobs. The bailout of auto companies saves 1 million jobs (NEWSONE). In addition, it is the stimulus packages that prevent a lot of government and city employees from being laid off.
 
Former President Bush Jr.’s Economic Policy plays a big role in this U.S. Economic Recession.  According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), During Bush Jr.’s two terms presidency, Iraq war cost United States a total of $622 billion. His presidency in total cost the country $11.5 trillion, if the count is done openly. And he was the one along with his fellow conservative Democrats and hard core Republicans who had always been great supporters of American jobs shipping overseas.
 
On June 2, 2004, President Bush Jr. reported to Congress, ‘The movement of American manufacturing and white-collar jobs that are shipped to other countries is a part of positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy overtime, even if it causes short term pain and dislocation.’ (newsmine.org). 
 
Other factors of U.S. Economic Recession are the shifts in the economic system and American jobs shipping offshores. During Bush Jr. presidency, over 5 million American jobs were moved overseas. Although jobs shipping offshores started before Bush Jr. was president, nonetheless, due to his support of American jobs shipping overseas, jobs disappeared like whales that were eating squids.
 
The media labels President Obama’s administration as the one that experiences most job disappearances in U.S. history. And in fact, this is not true. No administration in U.S. history has ever lost jobs in great numbers, and high unemployment rates, more than 23 percent, than that of former Presidents Herbert Clark Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (period of Great Depression 1929—1941). On Hoover’s administration, during a period of 3 years in a row, more than 100 thousand jobs were lost every week (Rubel 1994: 142).
 
When comparing the ways the Media and American people acknowledge President Obama’s accomplishments with that of former President Bush Jr.’s and other former U.S. Presidents, there is a big difference. And the difference is based on a conspiracy in order to prevent him from being re-elected in 2012.
 
In such a manner the Media is forging American people not to vote for President Obama in 2012, it has taken his currently national approval rating, which is between 40—42 percent, as a symbol and labeled him as an underdog President that has the least chance or is not going to be re-elected in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.
 
In fact, his current nationwide approval rating can not hold him accountable from being re-elected in 2012 if he has to. For examples, Former President Ronald Reagan and former President Bill Clinton fell almost in the same situation as President Barack Obama in the third year of their first terms. In September 1983, former President Reagan’s national approval rating was 44—46 percent and former President Clinton, in September 1995, his nationwide approval rating was 45—47 percent (Gallup). Both, Reagan and Clinton, were two termer Presidents.
 
President Barack Obama still has his chance to be re-elected in 2012 if the wider society’s unemployment rates drop from 9.1—8.8 percent to 7.1 or 6.1 percent. When former President Bush Jr. took oath in 2000, the nationwide unemployment rates were 4.2 percent. By the end of his first term in 2004, national unemployment rates rose 6.3 percent (Shear 2011). Despite the nationwide unemployment rates leapt to an additional 2.1 percent, still he was re-elected for a second term.  
 
Is the idea to prevent President Obama from being re-elected in 2012 based upon race matter or politics? American people should be able to pass adequate judgments, just as they did in 2008. They must know that qualification and knowledge have no barriers. For anyone to be in a high position or to be a good or a great leader, all he/she needs is knowledge and vision. Skinned color or race has nothing to do with it.
 
President Barack Obama has kept his consistency, integrity and honesty with full heart to the country and American people since the time he was running for President to the time being. He has proven willingness of teamwork, without prejudice, to all political parties that are opposite to his.
 
If for instance President Barack Obama would not be re-elected in the 2012 Presidential Campaign, it is not because lack of qualification, but it is rather of the Media’s frequent fictitiousness and fabrication of political news, the shifts in the structural American politics and economic system, of which yet most Americans are still far from comprehending their natures….
 
 
 
References
 
 
 
Associated Press 2010, ‘Auto industry bailout saved 1 million jobs’, NEWSONE, 5 August, accessed 24 September 2011, <http://newsone.com/obama/associated-press/obama-auto-industry-bailout-saved-1-million-jobs/>.
 
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Rubel, D 1994, ‘Scholastic encyclopedia of the presidents and their times’, Scholastic Inc., New York, NY.
 
Shear, Michael D 2011, ‘Will jobs come back by the time Obama faces voters?’ The Caucus, 1 April, accessed 25 Oct. 2011 <http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/will-jobs-come-back-by-the-time-obama-faces-voters>.
 
Wilson, S and De Young, K 2011, ‘All U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011’, Wall, 21 October, accessed 25 October 2011, <http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/all-us-troops-to-leave-iraq/2011/10/21/8IQAUyJi3L_story.html>.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
       

Saturday, September 17, 2011

U.S. Jobs Shipped Overseas Gone Forever and Left the Workforce and American People in Doom






© Copyright 2011



Luders Allen
September 17, 2011



Almost half a century ago, the United States used to be world-leading country in manufacturing. About 53 percent of its economy depended on manufacturing. Now, only 9 percent of its economy depends on manufacturing (if it's not less than that). Most of its manufacturing companies are shipped overseas for cheap labors, not only U.S. manufacturing jobs that are outsourced, but also white-collar jobs.

Over 4 million manufacturing jobs have been disappeared since 1997. One-third of all major financial institutions already sent jobs overseas. 81% reporting they would do so in the next few years. Over one million of white-collar jobs had been shipped overseas over the past few years, and millions are at risk in the next 6 to 12 years. The U.S. unemployment rate now is 9.7 percent (This is the percentage of people who are still active in seeking employments. Those who are inactive based on discouragement don’t count in the survey).  

Alan Blinder, the economist of Princeton University, says, “The number of jobs at risk of being shipped out of the country could reach 40 million over the next 10 to 20 years. That could be one out of every three service sector jobs that could be at risk.” (Cited in Crutsinger 2007).

Shipping U.S. jobs overseas has brought American manufacturers and corporatists huge advantages and interests. Those manufacturers and corporatists can get away with lots of things they wouldn't be dare to practice in the United States (or in any First World country). Overseas, in Third World countries, those companies hire employees for so low wages as from .30 cents, and up to $2.00 an hour. They don't have to pay benefits for their employees; they don't have to act in accordance with the safety and environmental regulations and they don't have to pay foreign taxes when they export their merchandises back to the U.S.

For instance, in the United States, a Software Engineer makes from $60, 000 and up a year, plus benefits and health care coverages. American jobs overseas pay a Software Engineer $15,000 or less a year without benefit and health care coverages.

In general term, this is how capitalists always make their fortunes: by extreme exploitation. In Third World countries, they have green lights to practice all kind inhumanly unjust toward their employees. How could people, thereby, expect for those lost jobs to be returned into the U.S. soil where they would be under strict regulations of all sorts? If people expect those lost jobs will be returned to the United States, just keep on dreaming....

United States is no longer a manufacturing country, anymore. It has become now a technocratic country. The only citizens that can live well are the members of upper class and upper middle class. And it depends how, for instance, an upper middle class family is managing its income. If the spending of an upper middle class family is not tactfully done, this family may have a chance to face economic hardship. Nonetheless, of course, its hardship is not going to be on the same levels as the middle class and the rests of the lower classes.   

Middle class citizens, who form the most by college/university graduates, can barely survive. They are struggling just like those who don't have college or university degrees. This is why now a college or a university degree does not guarantee one's assurance well-being. Currently, unemployed college/university graduates are outnumbered high school dropouts. 

In any society, manufacturing is the core of this society. If a society does not have manufacturing in a large scale, it is not properly operated. It is from manufacturing jobs most citizens always depend to be employed, especially those without and with low academic education.  When converted a society into a technologically advanced one without having prepared the workforce’s infrastructure and most of its citizens in order to accustom with the current conversion, this society becomes a very dysfunctional society. And now, the United States has fallen into the category of ones of the dysfunctional societies.

Jobs shipped overseas have paralyzed the United States' social economics and brought American manufacturers and corporatists huge capitals. Those manufacturers and corporatists will not sympathize or compromise with the U.S. government about individuals' misfortune. The road that brings them more fortune this is where they stand.  

Apathy is now the nature of most Neo-Foreign and Neo-American capitalists since Cold War does not exist anymore. During the Cold War era, this period created two foes, which were often interpreted as two worlds: the world of former Soviet Union and the world of the United States along with the rests of the capitalist countries, the world of good and the world of evil (good symbolized capitalism and evil symbolized communism).

At the time, therefore, in this world there was a balance that created a rivalry between the United States along with the rests of capitalist countries and the former Soviet Union about which system was best. And that balance compelled most Foreign and American capitalists to gain conscience based on a bit of righteousness about unfortunate citizens in order to prevent them from converting to the evil side (communist side) and to prove how capitalism outlook was better than that of communism. As now there's no balance (Cold War), most Foreign and American capitalists have no mercy for unfortunate citizens.

Julius Robert Oppenheimer, the great American scientist who invented the Atomic and the H bombs, one of the most influential and controversial scientists in the 20th century, well argued that during the period of Second World War: a world without balance has no chance to be peaceful and justifiable. In order to establish peace and justice in this world, the world needs balance (PBS WNET 2009). 
  
It is lack of balance in this world that causes most politicians to Washington DC have been losing focus on the United States' urgent needs of domestic affairs. They have fallen into the politics of paradox and conflicts. They are more interested at war with themselves rather than solving the country's problems.

Due to the cleavage between political parties, most Bills that should have been on the interests and advantages of American people have to be politicized. Among politicians, their political statements are sheer humbug. Defending their multi-millionaire and multi-billionaire fellow lobbyists and political parties comes first before the American people who are struggling of economic hardship in their daily lives....

For instance, it was former President Bush Jr. along with his former Chief Economic Advisor, N. Gregory Mankiw, who testified in 2004, before Congress that American manufacturing and white-collar jobs that are being shipped overseas will help the U.S. economics grows overtime. Outsourcing makes the international trade market more profitable for the U.S. In whichever ways it is on the interests of the United States, even though it might be painful now for most American people (newsmine.org).   

U.S. government is talking about giving tax-deductible, tax-break or tax-credit to those outsourced U.S. companies in order to motivate their owners to return them to the U.S. Giving tax-deductions to those manufacturers and corporatists is not going to make them returning their manufactures and corporations to the U.S. Overseas exploitation brings them extremely capital interests. The nature of capitalism is based upon extreme exploitation. Thereby, when it comes to its interest, about what brings it the most capital, it won't compromise.   

Jobs outsourced have left the U.S. job workforce in chaos. The job market is in the realm of breach. Day-by-day, people who had or have made enormous efforts to get their college or university degrees in order to improve their social status, and to live a better life, they end up in daily battles for survival with the job market.  

Now, most people with Associate's and Bachelor’s Degrees are not really too in demand in the job market, especially people with Associate’s Degrees. An Associate's Degree seems officially now insignificant.  This is why many people with Associate’s Degrees are going back to school to get their Bachelor’s Degrees. Many people with Bachelor’s Degrees are going back to school to get their Master’s Degrees — even some with Master’s Degrees are going for their PhD’s. Still this is not to say making enormous effort to earn an advanced degree is a guarantee that can lead one to his or her satisfying employment nor being employed. 

The job market focuses more on people with advanced degrees. And it is based purely upon extreme exploitation. E.g., people with Master’s Degrees are doing jobs of people with Bachelor’s Degrees — even Associate’s Degrees. Normally, people with Master’s Degrees should have, at least, made from $55.000.00 and up a year. 

Due to most white-collar jobs that are shipped overseas, the job market is extremely exploiting college or university graduates. They end up doing non-professional jobs (way out of their expectations) and making way less than expected. In addition, they have to re-pay back lots of school’s loans, and have family’s responsibilities. As a result, they have become insolvent. When analyzing such situation, what is the reason now for having or earning a college/university degree?

Indeed, U.S. has to let go about its manufacturing and white-collar jobs that are being shipped overseas. Those lost jobs will never be returned to the US soil, anymore. They lose forever. The sole solution for the jobs shipped overseas crisis, U.S. federal government has to create new jobs on a technical challenging scale in various aspects, i.e., from manufacturing to white-collar jobs.

Job creations must be created in a long term, not in a short term. In a long-term employment the way it used to be 50, 40 and 30 years ago. Past decades ago, people used to be employed permanently and got full benefits. Now, most employers hire people in a short term, what is called seasonal employment. Seasonal employment is a form of extreme violation of human rights and exploitation.

When people seasonally hired, their employers get away with lots of things that should have been on their interests and benefits. Seasonal employees don't get health coverage, sick days, vacation days, holidays and work compensation. And short-term employees can be laid off at anytime. Furthermore, most employers like to lay off their seasonal employees at a time they won't be able to collect unemployment benefits (i.e., before six month). Therefore, that can void them from paying their shares of the unemployment benefits on behalf of their former employees.

Karl Marx, German political philosopher, sociologist, economist and the founder of socialism-communism, well put it, 'Exploitation is not an economic phenomenon, but primarily a phenomenon of the moral order, a moral evil relation of man to man.' (Cited in Berdyaev 1948: 100).

More importantly, to prevent extremely brutal exploitation in the job workforce, job creation projects must be accompanied with federal labor force reforms. The reforms must be based, at least, on the 3, 4 or 5 past decades ago social justice criteria on behalf of employees. I.e., After 3 months being employed, employees must be members of a labor union/s. Employees must be able to fully depend on their jobs to sustain a bit happiness in their daily lives. Working from paychecks to paychecks, where they can not even respond to or pay their bills, is not a life. Hard working employees deserve to live a descent life because slavery society is long time gone. 

Creating jobs without good social and labor reforms on behalf of employees, it is as dirty hands that are washed without soaps. 3, 4 or 5 decades ago, even lower wages employees used to fully depend upon their jobs. They used to pay their bills on time, to save a little money in the bank and to have a little satisfaction about life.

For example, most Europeans middle and working classes are much better off than most Americans middle and working classes. If most European countries are on the interests of the welfares of their citizens, therefore, it is not impossible for the United States to apply the same social criteria on behalf of its middle class and working class citizens.   

Creating jobs with good-social and labor force reforms would not only be good to put American people back to work in order to secure their well-beings in the labor force, but also it would destabilize the export of goods to the U.S. of most outsourced American companies.

Those outsourced U.S. companies cannot survive without the U.S. trade market. The U.S. trade market is still the best in the world. They have to export their products to the U.S. to sell. Thereby, if the United States’ government creates ways to subvert the American products that are made overseas, thereafter exported to the U.S. soil to sell, these companies will not be in business for too long.

Emphatically, two things that need to be followed U.S. job creation projects: (1) U.S. must produce merchandises and services with great qualities for cheaper prices than the American products that are exported to the U.S. (2) American people should embrace patriotism more in order to support the federal government with its job creation projects.

They should boycott all outsourced American products. Don't purchase American products that are made in China, India, Mexico, Thailand, Colombia and many more. Buy American products that are made in U.S.A. This way the export of outsourced American goods would be destabilized.

President John F. Kennedy said once, “We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work. Our problems are man-made, therefore, they may be solved by man.” (Cited in Brainy Quote: 3, 5).

Although indeed the revolution of the high-tech world causes American jobs have been replaced by high-tech machines and resulted in the elimination of hundreds of millions of jobs, this is not to say Americans must be out of work for the rest of their lives. There must be ways to create jobs for people to work in order to survive. Work is always the engine of any society. Imagine, for instance, high-tech machines replace the jobs of every single American. Therefore, what kind of society American society would be? 
 
A great society (any society) cannot indirectly make most of its citizens feel as they are outsiders in their own homeland, due to not having highly professional-social standards. That’s right makes any semi-developed country keeps functioning well, or a well-developed country is a great society when within it different groups of citizens have their specific duties to perform and depend fully upon them.

Logically and reasonably, in any society, citizens who possess Master’s Degrees, or PhD’s/Doctorate Degrees in any field are very minimal, in terms of percentage. Therefore, when a society is creating ways to survive are solely based on classifications of possessions advanced degrees, indirectly this society is repressing the majority of its citizens. 

United States is now functioning just as a Third World country. This is really a tragic and a serious situation. U.S. federal government must create long term employments with full benefits the way it used to be 50, 40 and even 30 years ago.  And this is not impossible to happen. U.S. government can do so... The United States can not go on this way. Otherwise, this is the beginning of the fall of the United States. 


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