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[cap­tion id=“attachment_83442” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”]Operation_Upshot-Knothole_-_Badger_001 Nevada, 1953[/caption]

by baldilocks

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is gen­eral thought of favor­ably, but, in real­ity, it is a tick­ing time bomb as Barry Gold­wa­ter fore­saw. It is the ide­o­log­i­cal basis for the rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Title IX of the Edu­ca­tional Amend­ments of 1972.

I’ve talked about this before.

Pub­lic ser­vices — buses, trains, etc.– were seg­re­gated by law, but so were pri­vately owned busi­nesses — that is, busi­nesses not “owned” by any level of gov­ern­ment. And, while these laws were directed at black Amer­i­cans, they didn’t just apply to them, but to all other Amer­i­cans as well. There­fore, even if a white busi­ness owner did not want to seg­re­gate his busi­ness, he was com­pelled to do so under pain of pros­e­cu­tion. The issue was free­dom and gov­ern­ment did what it usu­ally does: cur­tail it for all concerned.

Fast for­ward to the Civil Rights Act. It out­laws dis­crim­i­na­tion in pub­lic ser­vices — that is, ser­vices which are paid for by tax­pay­ers: pub­lic trans­porta­tion, pub­lic schools, pub­lic parks, etc. That’s a good thing. How­ever, it refers to pri­vate busi­nesses (“accom­mo­da­tions”) as pub­lic services.

This is part of what Barry Gold­wa­ter objected to with respect to the CRA. For his prin­ci­pled stand, he lost the 1964 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — badly — and has long been labelled a racist.

One won­ders if the con­fla­tion in the CRA lan­guage was done on pur­pose — to taint the doc­u­ment that under­scored the [14th] Amend­ment. Or, per­haps the pur­pose was to make gov­ern­ment con­trol of indi­vid­u­als and their money easier.

With Pres­i­dent Obama hav­ing ordered all pub­lic school dis­tricts in the nation to allow any stu­dent to enter and use any pub­lic school bath­room and locker-​room at any time, I don’t won­der about the spec­u­la­tion men­tioned my last sen­tence any longer.

The bomb was detonated.

When mean­ing is hol­lowed out, words can mean what­ever those in power want them to mean and the pow­er­ful use this muta­bil­ity of mean­ing in our mise­d­u­cated minds toward their own pur­poses – pur­poses which usu­ally involves the accrual of more power to them­selves and the inser­tion of more chaos in the lives of ordi­nary cit­i­zens. In the CRA, pri­vate busi­nesses became “pub­lic” accom­mo­da­tions, which lead to the per­se­cu­tion of florists and bak­ers many years down the road. In Title IX, dis­crim­i­na­tion against women becomes dis­crim­i­na­tion against those who say that they think they are women…

This post­mod­ern foun­da­tion for chaos has been there for fifty-​two years, embed­ded in a seem­ingly just Act of Con­gress des­ig­nated to ensure the rights of all Amer­i­cans. What bet­ter place to hide a bomb?

Now let’s see what the after­math of the explo­sion will be.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»baldilocks

Operation_Upshot-Knothole_-_Badger_001
Nevada, 1953

by baldilocks

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is general thought of favorably, but, in reality, it is a ticking time bomb as Barry Goldwater foresaw. It is the ideological basis for the reinterpretation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

I’ve talked about this before.

Public services—buses, trains, etc.– were segregated by law, but so were privately owned businesses—that is, businesses not “owned” by any level of government. And, while these laws were directed at black Americans, they didn’t just apply to them, but to all other Americans as well. Therefore, even if a white business owner did not want to segregate his business, he was compelled to do so under pain of prosecution. The issue was freedom and government did what it usually does: curtail it for all concerned.

Fast forward to the Civil Rights Act. It outlaws discrimination in public services—that is, services which are paid for by taxpayers: public transportation, public schools, public parks, etc. That’s a good thing. However, it refers to private businesses (“accommodations”) as public services.

This is part of what Barry Goldwater objected to with respect to the CRA. For his principled stand, he lost the 1964 presidential election—badly—and has long been labelled a racist.

One wonders if the conflation in the CRA language was done on purpose—to taint the document that underscored the [14th] Amendment. Or, perhaps the purpose was to make government control of individuals and their money easier.

With President Obama having ordered all public school districts in the nation to allow any student to enter and use any public school bathroom and locker-room at any time, I don’t wonder about the speculation mentioned my last sentence any longer.

The bomb was detonated.

When meaning is hollowed out, words can mean whatever those in power want them to mean and the powerful use this mutability of meaning in our miseducated minds toward their own purposes–purposes which usually involves the accrual of more power to themselves and the insertion of more chaos in the lives of ordinary citizens. In the CRA, private businesses became “public” accommodations, which lead to the persecution of florists and bakers many years down the road. In Title IX, discrimination against women becomes discrimination against those who say that they think they are women…

This postmodern foundation for chaos has been there for fifty-two years, embedded in a seemingly just Act of Congress designated to ensure the rights of all Americans. What better place to hide a bomb?

Now let’s see what the aftermath of the explosion will be.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks