Friday, June 24, 2011

アメリカ警察の暴力 American police violence

I recently saw a blog, where a young Japanese person was surprised at people being arrested for dancing in America.



In this person's post, there is video showing the incident. It occurred at the Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C. The writer of the blog expresses surprise. Isn't America a free country, he asks?


The answer is that Americans and Japanese have very different ideas of what is freedom. Japanese people think freedom is being able to do what you want. Americans think freedom is being able to criticize their political leadership, without fear of government retaliation.


These are two very different ideas. The truth is, America is a very restrictive society. A large part of the massive social protests that occurred in America during the Vietnam war were about freedom in American society. This also coincided with the Civil Rights demonstrations by American Black People.


And there are many people today angry about the freedoms gained in that era. This is a large part of the motivation of the Christian Fundamentalist movement that I write about so often. The conservative half of the American people want to return to an era where non White people are second class, and America is a restrictive society.


When American Christian conservatives say they are against abortion or sex education, or condom use, or gay people, what they really mean is that they are against any kind of sexual freedom.


And even when Americans say that you have political freedom in America, they get angry if you criticize the President. At least, a conservative President. In fact, if you criticize America in any way at all, Americans quickly become threatening, even violent.


America always has been a violent country.


American police forces have become increasingly violent and heavily armed.


Sacramento California police.
サクラメント カリフォルニアの警察です。

Washington D.C. police

And American police increasingly use military type armored vehicles.

Police mistakes are common. Here is a case that happened in Arizona last month.


Police received information that a Mr. Jose Guerena was a drug dealer. They sent a SWAT team, broke into his house, and fired 70 rounds. Mr. Guerena had no relation to any drug groups, it was a mistake. He died on his floor, police refused to let ambulance attendants near him for over an hour.

Here is youtube video of the incident.


These kind of mistakes are common in America. The police break down your door and enter. If you have a pet dog, they will kill it. If you do not immediately lie on the floor they will kill you.


America has always been this way. When I lived in America, to see a policeman meant to feel fear. When I first came to Japan, 37 years ago, for the first 10 years or so I was afraid when a Japanese policeman was nearby. Of course, now I am relaxed, Japanese police are not dangerous. American police are.


However, to be fair to American police have a very dangerous job. Drug criminals in America in particular have many weapons. So do average people. Many police officers are killed simply because angry person does not like police.


So it is natural that police are always very cautious. It is true, doing their jobs, they can be killed any time by any person. It is sad, but understandable that many police officers take the attitude that common people are the enemy.


The truth is, America is a very dangerous and violent country. It always has been. I find Japan much more safe and free than America. And I have always been mystified when I meet Japanese people who say they want to go to America to be free.


Really, there is much more freedom in Japan.


Friday, June 10, 2011

米サラ・ペイリンさんの支持者の歴史を変える試み Palin's supporters try to change history.

Something in America happened recently that has disturbed me greatly. American Christian Fundamentalists have long been trying to rewrite American history. Their aim is to show that the Founding Fathers wished to create a Christian Theological government in America. This is not true. The American Founding Fathers were specific that they did not want to entangle religion and politics, that America would be an inclusive nation of all religions and peoples.


David Barton is one such Christian who pretends to be a historian, and to prove that historically America is a Christian nation. His history is seriously flawed.


Well, the historical revisionists are bad enough. But the recent event that disturbed me involves Sarah Palin. Right now she is making a promotional bus tour across America. Many people think the goal of this tour is to promote her run for President in 2012. She is visiting many historical sites. One of them is Paul Revere's house in Boston.


At the beginning of the American Revolution, Paul Revere rode out from the city of Boston to warn revolutionaries that the British army was on the move. The goal of the British army was to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, American revolutionaries.


When Sarah Palin recently visited Paul Revere's house in Boston, she made several historical mistakes in a video interview. One big mistake was where she said that Paul Revere warned the British army not to take the guns of American patriots.


Well, this is simply not true. But what disturbs me is that Sarah Palin's supporters then tried to change the Wikipedia page about Paul Revere.


Sarah Palin has long been, "fact challenged". In fact, she is extremely ignorant. When she was campaigning for the Vice Presidency in 2008, she thought Africa was a country, she did not understand that it was a continent.


She was much more interested in shopping than studying.

But the disturbing thing is, there are many supporters who feel the need to change history to make Sarah Palin appear correct. History is history, and cannot be changed.


But such deep belief that Sarah Palin is correct no matter what mistake she makes, well this is dangerous. This is the road to Fascism. And with her religious affiliations, this will be a Christian Fundamentalist Fascism.


How many Americans are we talking about here. Well, according to this poll, 15% of Americans are enthusiastic supporters of Palin, and 24% would consider voting for her for President.


Mitt Romney, I do not think he has a chance. Americans will never vote for a Mormon for President. Also, Mr. Romney has said that humans are the cause of Global Warming. This will upset many Americans. Unfortunately, it is fact, but Americans are no longer interested in facts.


And WHY do so many Americans support Sarah Palin? There is this feeling in America: "She is just like me". It means she is stupid like many Americans.

In the last few years, there has been an increase in the feeling that elites are the enemy. Elites means educated Americans. This is part of the reason for the popularity of Sarah Palin. While I certainly do not support discrimination against ignorant or stupid people, I do not think that Stupidity is a reasonable qualification to become President of the United States.


I have long written about American ignorance and stupidity, and impending American collapse. If there are Americans who can no longer respect even basic US history, well, I think there is little hope for America.


And what would a Palin Presidency mean for Japan? Well, she is so stupid, she cannot speak American English in a proper fashion. How can we negotiate problems like trade or military bases if the American President does not know English.


I would like to end this post on a happier note however. For all my readers in Japan, you can participate in a bit of American Revolutionary history.


You see, one of the American revolutionary leaders that Paul Revere warned on that night, was also a Brewer. I do not like the more famous American beers sold in Japan. However, I recommend Samuel Adams beer highly!


So everybody! Let's join the American Revolution! Cheers!