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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Mitch McConnell and the Mantle of the Filthy Southern Politician


Movies gave birth to fictional political evil that cannot compare with the real thing.

In the classic film, Advise and Consent, Charles Laughton plays Senator Seabright Cooley, an evil, wily and soulless southern politician who would stop at nothing for power. At the end of the film, Cooley moves to destroy a man's life and drives him to suicide to get what he wants.

In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a ruthless, evil, wily and soulless southern politician who becomes President by means of blackmail and ultimately murder.

In real life, we have a man who is worse than either fictional counterpart. Senator Mitch McConnell is a real-life Seabright Cooley and Frank Underwood, an evil, wily and soulless southern politician, reveling in his power to destroy and always trying to hustle people with his maneuvering.

McConnell just voted to acquit former President Trump, then stood on the Senate floor and said he was guilty. Then he reaches into his wrinkled ass, pulls out a hair, then splits it so thin that no one can see it, saying that Trump can't be convicted because he's no longer President, but while Trump was President, McConnell blocked a Senate trial, telling Democrats to do it after Trump was no longer President. 

This is the same man who blocked an Obama SCOTUS appointment because it was six months from a Presidential election, then rushed through his own pick weeks before a Presidential election.

Okay, we see he's a liar and soulless human being, but why did he do what he did? Because like Cooley and Underwood, McConnell thinks he can politic or lie his way out of anything, including the Gorilla Glue suit his support of Trump forced him into. But like both of the fictional southern politicians, McConnell has screwed himself to the wall and given Trump the means to finally destroy the Republican Party forever.

Now Trump can reappear as a battle-tested soldier, defeater of liberals and defender of racists and very good people everywhere. He will take that base from Republicans, leaving them with vets, abortion fanatics and Walker, Texas Ranger fans. 

And in that fire, McConnell will burn and die.

Seabright Cooley and Frank Underwood both played the games of lies and manipulation until they had spun a web so vast and filled with enemies, that they fell prey to their own evil. We can see that happening to McConnell already. His position is indefensible. He's going to be damned by normal Republicans for not convicting Trump and blamed by the radical base Republicans for condemning him on the Senate floor.

If America does fall to autocracy, McConnell will be the father of it for tearing down norms and democracy for sport. And if America survives, then McConnell will be forever vilified as a traitor, a real-life filthy southern politician.

©2021 Gary Hardwick

Monday, August 31, 2020


When real nobility meets fake nobility, a fight ensues that creates that cautionary house divided.

Two years ago, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the singing of the national anthem. He did it because he wanted to protest the racial murders of unarmed Black people and the tyranny of a justice system that protected these murders.

Outrage was fast, going all the way to the President. Kaepernick was not supported by the players league and even had the most successful rapper in history undercut him to make a deal with his bosses in the NFL. 

Kaepernick was blackballed by the league, vilified by his former colleagues and shunned by so-called patriots. The powers that be had won.

Two years later, all hell has broken loose and we see Kaepernick was right.

George Floyd murdered on TV, Breonna Taylor shot in her home, Botham Jean killed in his own apartment and Jacob Blake shot seven times in the back on video, protests in London and all over Europe, people in every industry having open and hard discussions about race and racism, and as of today, every player in every major sport has walked off the job in solidarity with Kaepernick's cause.

The Civil War has begun.

All of the famous and non-famous people who refused to support Kaepernick's protest will forever have to wonder if many of the dead would be dead if all of us had joined him and turned our eyes to murderous injustice. Just think of this alternative timeline:

  1. Kaepernick kneels.
  2. The NFL supports him.
  3. All other sports follow.
  4. The cities where the teams play all join in solidarity, then state government, then federal.
  5. Community organizations all join to apply pressure.
  6. Police organizations cooperate under the threat of losing their funding and protections and help to root out the bad seeds.
  7. The police never kill Floyd, Taylor, Jean or Blake.
  8. Jay Z is still in my music collection.

Sadly, that did not happen but at least now all of America can see what murderous pigs some of these cops are and how we have a racist system that encourages brutality and targets Black people.

But we are also seeing that there is a segment of America that not only does not care about Black Lives, but wants to extinguish them. And I am not talking about just the openly racist Boogaloo assholes, I'm talking about the guy that lives down the street and around the corner, the coworker and that smiling face you see every day. Many white people have no idea the depth of their own racism and many Black people have no idea of the depth of our mental conditioning to accept racism and how this adds to the hate and violence against our brothers.

America has always pitted the races and the classes against one another and even though we know this and can talk and write about it (like I am doing right now) we never seem to do anything about it. 

Everybody wants change, but no one wants to change.

And so the Civil War continues only now the war of words, thoughts and ideas had turned into a war of chaos, fire and killing. Once again people demand the equality promised by the Constitution and once again, violence rises up to defeat that demand because as I said before, the nation's promise of freedom is a fraud, a lie and now that we know it, we can finally battle with the truth, and that truth is there are no dominate races, just people who are more evil, violent and willing to murder to live in the comfort of denial and privilege.

Our nation has given aid and comfort to domestic terrorist groups as long as their philosophies are based on race. Not even a Black President and a Black AG would put the Klan on the terrorist watch list. America's investment in violent racism is deep and now we all must pay this price. The men shot in Kenosha were white and their killer was white. 

Jay-Z famously said we're past kneeling and he was right, but the path beyond the protest is not a cure, but the fatal and violent consequence of never respecting the kneeling in the first place. 

The title of this piece is not just a clever play on words. The movie Captain America, Civil War offers us a metaphor that could not be more potent: In the film, Captain America splits the Avenger's into opposing factions because he refuses to denounce his old friend who has been turned into a murderous terrorist by evil forces. The film puts the comicbook fan in the middle of his own loyalties because this terrorist is a beloved character from the past. Captain America wants to forgive and take back his friend, while Iron man and others want him turned in to the government. 

In real life, we have a President who defends racism and racist killers and asks us to understand their motivations or just shut up and behave, and we respond just like Iron Man-- with war.


Sunday, February 23, 2020


Why has there been such anger and vitriol about the Gayle King Kobe Bryant interview? Well, It's not just a journalistic faux pas; it's deeper, because everything with black folk runs deep.
There has always been an attempt to malign Black history to justify current racism or brainwash the masses into believing the worst of us. Dr. King, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and other have had their legacies attacked long after they were buried.
More recently, we saw this trend during the Black Lives Matter Movement, when the state consistently impugned the character of the dead Black men in order to justify a white cop's action in killing them, even when they were not armed. "Oh, he was a thief! He sold drugs! He was a thug! I was scared, Your Honor!" In each case, the Black man was reduced to the worst thing he may have done and was unable to defend himself because he was conveniently dead.
Then we see Michael Jackson taken to task after his death in a documentary produced by some white men and Oprah Winfrey, even though all the cases were dismissed or settled years ago. In the end, it all turned out to be lies and the whole thing fell apart.
Then right after that, Russell Simmons is attacked in a documentary again produced by Oprah, but wait, Russell is not dead, and so he pushes back and that also fell apart and Oprah pulled out of the documentary before its premiere.
And all the while, it feels like black men are being punished over #Meetoo issues (Cosby, Nate Parker, R. Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr.) but white men are free (Woody Allen, Polanski, Been Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Less Movees, Matt Lauer, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, Bryan Singer and more) Once again, it feels like white society's heinous injustice standard aided and abetted by, in this case, a black woman.
Then a tragedy of epic proportions happens. NBA legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter die in an accident and while the man and his little girl are still in the morgue, Gayle King, Oprah's bestie, presses Kobe's friend, Lisa Leslie on national TV about an assault case that was dismissed, one bad incident in a life filled with family, love, success and legendary accomplishments.
The pot boiled over. It felt like an agenda where Oprah had failed twice and so someone dispatched Gayle to just "get some Black man on this issue." And while this is probably not true, in the world of Black America, we have seen men and women railroaded, poisoned experimented upon and subjected to all manner of secret criminality.
People saw injustice, they saw two famous black women surrounded by certified white male predators, but only willing to come after black men when they were no longer alive to defend themselves, just like the slander against Dr. King, just like the smear on Trayvon Martin and Eric Gardner, just like the same perverted justice the Senate used to acquit a guilty President.
So folk got mad and as soon as another Black man voiced his outrage, it turns into Black men attacking Black women, complete with Oprah crying on TV and saying there were death threats and a former National Security Advisor tweeting for Snoop Dogg to "back the fuck off." And before you could say retweet, people pointed out that Oprah's tears were phony and she had no proof of any threat, Susan Rice has a white husband and a Trump-supporting Republican son and Black men should keep their dicks in their pants, anyway. And just like that, Black men and women are at each other's throats, holding our pain, and accusing one another like Miss Celie making the curse sign at Mister in The Color Purple.
The whole idea of Black Lives Matter was of course the reality that Black lives did not and never did matter. But we can't say that about Black America. I was sure we mattered to ourselves. Now I wonder if both sides are right and we're infected with the poison of our oppression in how we treat each other.
None of the dead are coming back and what we have left here must be managed better. I don't need apologies from Gayle or Snoop Dogg. I don't want anyone cancelled, whatever the hell that means. I want us all to stop acting like we are not in this together because of our gender, status, money or fame. A handful of white men ended the Republic last month, and this is what we argue about?
When we get past this, as we always do, I hope we can have a more civil dialogue about how we treat one another, because if we can't, we will surely be here again.

Copyright© Gary Hardwick 2020


Thursday, January 30, 2020



Trump was the President we have always deserved because the U.S. has always been a nation of noble sayings and filthy doings, like a gift-wrapped box of shit, a Fraudtocracy.

I will not try to convince you of this. If you can’t see it now, you’ll never see it, and I have the advantage of being Black and we see everything, because our very existence as Americans has been an exercise in the most murderous and corrupt politics known to the west.

Fraudtocracy (fr├úd ‘tok cra see) n. 1. A system of government
that purports to be based on truth, nobility and virtue, but is
actually run on corruption, lies and murder.

Wealthy white men built this nation with guts, faith, nerve and hope. But the tools they used were murder, slavery, genocide and oppression. The result was a country that boasted of its honesty, nobility and honor, but was always using murder, slavery and exploitation to meet its goals.

Yeah, I know you’re tired of hearing this. Me too. But see, it’s all about to end. The safe, comfy denial of white Americans is over. The evil men do has risen up to defeat the shiny words in the Constitution.

Trump and the GOP Senators who covered up a public crime in plain sight, have been pushed to the limit and forced to show all of us what America is really made of, what it believes in, and what it doesn't:

They do not believe in truth for they have always been liars and hypocrites of the highest order. "Storm the Capitol, but don't you kneel at that sporting event, boy."

They do not believe in honor because their intentions and actions have always fallen to the most base level of behavior, willing to do anything to get what they want. Intern the Japanese? No problem. Look the other way at the Holocaust? What holocaust? Kids in cages? Why the hell not? We're the good guys: E Pluribus Fuck You.

They do not believe in equality because they talk it, while embedding racism and discrimination into the soul of the nation. Many of the old race laws are still there, on the books, waiting like zombies in a graveyard, just in case we need redlining on the Moon.

And they do not believe in God because they use Christianity as a sword for conquest, then as a shield to hide their own impure acts. God's sending them hurricanes because of the homos, you know, and this is the same God that blesses America."

And we saw all of this in the impeachment “trials.” Trials where Trump was clearly guilty, caught on tape betraying his country, and then Republicans stand on national TV and tell you the sun is not hot and water is not wet because they said so. 

The men who defended Trump were really defending white supremacy, the philosophy that built a nation. White men are above the law because they created it, made this country, and gave you your freedom, citizenship and Netflix, bitch. So, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. If I need a heart and a brain, I’ll kill a detainee at the border and take it.

For liberal America, the spectacle is breaking their hearts. Now they know how Black people feel. Trump is every white cop that killed an unarmed Black man and walked free, every white woman who falsely accused a Black man of rape and every person who called the cops because Black men sat down at a Starbucks.

That’s right, liberal America, the system is rigged, it’s fake and now it doesn’t benefit you. You have to suck it down and take it, watch as your nation dies, grimace as a criminal walks, capitols are stormed pussies are grabbed, and no one goes to jail.

This is what we have come to because half the nation is evil, and the other half pretends not to see it. The GOP is really saying “Come on, we all do it. We all commit crimes in office to keep power. You didn’t really believe in voting rights, Native American treaties and The Grammys, did you? The law is whatever we say it is. Now enjoy your legal weed.”

And when I say “liberal” I use the word so you get a reference.  Really, there have never been liberals versus conservatives in America. We have had: Slavers versus Racists. Murderous Racists versus Non-Murderous Racists. Tolerant Racists versus Overt Racists and Racism Deniers versus Hostile Racists.

I know that’s cynical, but I keep hearing how only a third of America is racist. Last time I checked, a third is not a majority, so how did we end up with President Dumbass and his Criminal Senate? No, some of you are lying about what you do in the voting booth when your Black coworkers can't see. Some of you are part of the Fraudtocracy and you know it. 

But more importantly, I know it.

We are in trouble and the time for niceties is over. Trump survived two impeachments not because he was innocent, but because politics, racism and money are a deadly combination, and more important to greedy men that any words written on old ass pieces of paper. 

McConnell and his filthy, super-hypocrisy crew have ended the Republic and created a monster, the Democratic autocrat, a President who can subvert the law and kill people, as long as he does it right before he leaves office.

It’s not going to be a “one and done.” More Presidents will come, eroding the Constitution and pushing us away from democratic rule into a dictatorship in order to preserve white supremacy and the other half of America will pretend to whine and cry, even as they reap the benefits of the new order.

When I was younger, I wondered if I’d live long enough to see cars fly. I won’t, but I have lived long enough to see a Mars landing, a man win seven Superbowl rings, and what may well be the end of my country.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

GRAVITY (Or The Quantum Spiritulization Of Life)


The Quantum 
Of Life

Gravity binds us to the Earth and so to our reality. It is self-evident; a physical world without it is one of chaos, destruction and imperceptibility. It is also a philosophical urgency, a significance of formidable power; it is paradoxically, the ultimate gravitas. 

Transcendent of scientific necessity, Gravity is the validation of existence, a desideratum for life, a relativity of the soul. 

We churn at the center of our own emergency, but could heal every wound we inflict by  using Gravity's simple formula.

Intellect is the gravity of civilization, builder of all we know, a force that creates greatness, then surpasses it by even more astounding achievement. We have gone from crawling on an ocean floor, to walking on the moon, to reaching out beyond our solar system to ask the greatest questions of all. So, why can't we feed the world. balance the health of our planet, and thwart fear, the gravity of ignorance?

Wisdom is the gravity of kindness; the accretion of experience applied through a life lived with passion and nobility. We often dwell in the valley of our worst humanity, while standing at the foot of the mountain of our unused compassion. So why not ascend that elevation, and allow everyone to live without persecution, and defeat greed, the gravity of cruelty?

Hope is the gravity of peace; the intellect and will of human beings to survive and create civilization separates us from all other species. We have lifted billions from harm, hurled heroism at evil, and even when we fell to our lower ambitions, we’ve stayed the hand of ultimate aggression in favor of life, never giving dominion to anger, the gravity of war.

Love is the gravity of life, our existence whether by chance or choice, by science or faith is all that we know, and even while we accept this, we seek answers to both disciplines. Eight billion people with eight billion hearts are still but one atom in the vastness of the universe, and one day, we will extend our life and love beyond our tiny world into the cosmos from whence we came, and so defeat hate, the gravity of oblivion.

The difficulty of any time is always balanced by intellect, wisdom, hope and love. And if we suffer, punish or succumb to weakness, gravity does not hold and the world falls apart.

The mathematics of scientific gravity is complex, the force by which a planet or other body draws objects toward its center.

Spiritual gravity is much simpler. It is a metaphoric product, the force created by the distance we allow to exist between us. And the comparative equations are thus: Gravity binds us to the Earth, as Love binds us to Life.  

While science controls our bodies, there are no limits on the power of our minds, which can conceive of anything, and bring it into reality. 

One cannot fly, until he dreams of the heavens. 

One is mortal, until she perceives eternity.

I am only human, until I accept Love.

Eight billion people, eight billion souls, and a trillion-trillion possibilities that creates a limitless power. Yet it is only a possibility until we make it a fundamental and inescapable reality of human kind.

Like the sun that warms.

The Earth that spins, and 

The Gravity that binds us to it.

Copyright © 2019

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Many have tried to define the period in which we are living. Are we the Computer Age, the Information Age, Digital Age or post Industrial? 

Phones are the size of credit cards, credit cards have replaced cash and money itself is now more theory than substance, more deity than currency. Post soul, Millennial, Generation X, Y and Z, we struggle to put limits on the time, so that we can analyze it and we fail because it moves and changes even as we attempt to understand it.

Whenever the American economy has shifted, leaving people out of work and giving more to automation, we get fewer people owning more, and less hope for the future, families fall apart, marriage declines, racial strife rises and along with it comes violence.

The blind ambition of capitalism was fine when we were an agrarian economy and a manufacturing one. Greed fueled incentives and expansion brought opportunities. But in the computer age, innovation fueled by greed comes at the expense of human resources and leaves vast numbers of people without jobs, purpose and hope.

You can tell the worth of humanity in a society by how it lives-- and dies. Men used to farm the land by hand and then we used big machines to do it and now we genetically modify the very seeds that grow our food, effectively making Soylent Green a reality.

We used to be bound by communities and now we are separated by the vastness of digital life and social media which allows us to talk at each other but not with our fellow man.

And we used to crucify men, burn women at the stake, shoot bullets and drop bombs on enemies and then we gained the capacity to destroy the world if we wanted.

And now we use robots to kill.

We are in a state of transfuturism, the belief that we can live in the future in our present time by thinking and doing as one might in that supposed future.

But what is our future?

Will we really obliterate ourselves or is that just fear, the nightmare of a civilized mind, the anthesis of our instinct for self-preservation?

So if Klaatu from The Day The Earth Stood Still was wrong and we will not destroy ourselves, then what? Maybe our future is brighter. Maybe we will get past our petty animal aggression and embrace life for the sake of it, minimize strife and not live off the lives of others through fiat currency and artificial boundaries based on superficial theories.

The future world we see in movies and literature is taking shape right before our eyes. One by one, the tenets of individualism are falling, and we accept laws, rules and traditions born of a collective thought, framed and focused by social algorithms and limited in character length. But must we plunge into a dark dystopian world, or can we shift our progressive hunger toward humanity and love? This would make a terrible sci fi movie but a great world.

So, buy your cryptocurrency, sync your cell phone to your brainwave pattern and store your memories on thumb drives so you can relive them again and again but do it with a sense of hope because no matter how much we innovate, we are still carbon-based, fragile and subordinate to our capacity to love.

copyright 2018