My case for reparations.

It’s time for a serious look at reparations. If you’ve read my previous posts about reparations, you know my arguments against are: restitution is a valid principle as long as the one who has wronged another person and created a loss, a cost or caused suffering, is the one to try to make whole the person they wronged; no entity has the right to force those not directly responsible for committing wrongs, to give to those who were not directly wronged. That being said, I have discovered the perfect case for reparations: wearers of MAGA hats who have been injured, insulted, embarrassed or driven out of their favorite Chick-fil-A. The hat wearers have been unjustly wronged, they, and those who unjustly wronged them are easily identified, the just compensation can be reasonably calculated, and everyone can go home happy, right?

Let’s start with Nick Sandmann, who has probably been more wronged more unjustly by more self righteous prigs than anyone who has ever been under a MAGA hat! In case you are suffering amnesia, Nick was one of the KKK–Kovington Katholic Kids–who was attacked on by national media on TV, by national newspapers, by jump-the -gun knee-jerk SJWs everywhere, briefly thrown under the school bus by his own bishop, dragged back out from under the school bus and dusted off by the same bishop who had made the mistake of confusing CNN propaganda with actual news, doxed on anti-social media, threatened with bodily harm…..I mean what else do you need to say “reparations for Nick!” A massive lawsuit for one. Normally, I am not a fan of lawsuits nor the attorneys who initiate them, but I will make an exception here. You go guys!

Okay, so I am white, what do I know? I know this. I am 72, disabled from a stroke, have very shaky balance and I would love to wear a MAGA hat just to irritate liberals, except if someone knocked me down I would have great difficulty getting up. Boy, what a lawsuit that would be, except most anti MAGA crusaders don’t “have a pot to piss in”, or to empty over MAGA hats, if they miss the pot while they are high! Nick’s family realized that the government will never force reparations on the Mediated Reality establishment, no matter how dishonest they are, because the freedom of the press and the tube to lie, distort and omit facts must never be abridged, but may be heavily sued. If justice prevails, we will see reparations up the wazoo (whatever that is). His family is suing the Washington Post for $250 million and CNN for $275 million. To win, they must prove actual malice was the motivation for the false reporting.

Sandmann’s case may turn on whether the “actual malice” standard established by the landmark 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan applies. The key question here for a judge to decide could be whether Sandmann is considered a public figure, with a much higher burden of proof, or a private one—just another high-school student who, through no fault of his own, found himself in a maelstrom. The experts are divided over how that’s likely to be decided.” That’s the opinion of The Atlantic magazine. I mean how the hell can Nick be considered a public figure? We all know he is a naive kid who was caught up in a twisted anti MAGA frenzy.

MAGA defamation needs to be a hate crime if ever there was one. The San Jose Mercury News, a newspaper which actually reports news (gasp), featured the following coverage of a MAGA-rage incident: “A Palo Alto woman’s tirade against a 74-year-old man wearing a Make America Great Again hat inside a Starbucks has sparked a social media firestorm and national debate about whether her actions reflect this country’s political divide or simply epitomize out-of-bounds extremism. Rebecca Parker Mankey berated the man Monday in a Palo Alto Starbucks on California Avenue for wearing the red MAGA cap, then posted about the encounter on her Facebook page.” As stupid as the kids who post pictures of their crimes, naughty bits and drug use on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or whatever.

“The post — picked up by multiple conservative accounts on social media — backfired by inciting vitriolic attacks and even death threats against Mankey and resulting in her forced resignation from her job and departure from at least one local civic group. Mankey, who says she was born and raised in Palo Alto, called the man a “freak” and asked her followers on Facebook to confront him when they saw him. “You do not want to be the person who didn’t speak up as we slipped into fascism,” she wrote in her Facebook post. Mankey yelled at the man repeatedly, saying, “It is not okay to hate brown people” and eventually chasing him out of the Starbucks, using an expletive to tell him to get “out of my town and never come back,” according to her Facebook post. “He will never forget me and will think seriously about wearing that hat in my town ever again,” she wrote. Gee, whose behavior is really fascist?

“Her Facebook page has since been deactivated. Efforts to reach her Thursday were unsuccessful. The man who was sporting the MAGA hat in the coffeehouse Monday told the Palo Alto Weekly he was not afraid of Mankey, who among other things called him a “Nazi scum.” He told the paper he’s in fact Jewish. He said he visits the Starbucks daily and was surprised when the woman, who he did not know, began railing at him. He was even more surprised when no one else in the Starbucks came to his aid, he said.

“Her image of Trump voters is probably that they’re all racists, bigots and bible thumpers — all of these perceptions that can come from watching CNN and MSNBC,” Morris Fiorina, a political scientist at Stanford University, said. Adding to the extremism of American politics today is the idea among those deeply invested in politics that you have to prove just how serious you are about your beliefs, he said. “They basically do things to make sure to prove how serious they are by exaggerating their points of view and taking them to the extreme,” Fiorina said.

“Mankey is a member of the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Working Group and co-chaired the Bayshore Progressive Democrats, a new club aimed at engaging people in politics. On Wednesday, however, Mankey handed in her resignation as co-chair, officer and member of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats, according to the club’s Facebook page.“Parker felt strongly that she wanted to use her privilege as a white woman to stand up for those who are living in fear because of the hateful atmosphere fostered by Trump,” the club wrote on its Facebook page. “Unfortunately the manner in which she chose to stand up against a slogan that stands for racism led to an even stronger hateful response that has endangered her and her family.”

“For the last four years or so, Mankey worked as the accountant and chief financial officer for Gryphon Stringed Instruments, a company that sells, rents and repairs used and vintage musical instruments, according to co-founder Richard Johnston. But by Tuesday, she was asked to hand in her resignation. Johnston, who has known Mankey since before she was in kindergarten, said he was “dumbfounded and confused” when he first saw her Facebook post. “We’ve known she was passionately liberal and progressive, but that’s different,” he said Thursday. “It was the way in which she went about attacking someone for a hat in which she found offensive that we just can’t tolerate.” It’s a shame that it has come to this. There were also plenty of ignoramuses on the other side. People who threatened the store where she worked are idiots.

If Nick Sandmann wins his lawsuits against CNN and WaPo, maybe he can show how nice conservatives really are by using some of his reparations money to employ Ms. Mankey as his publicist.🤳🙇‍♀️🤦‍♂️ (In choosing my emojis, I was given a variety of skin tones, but chose the lightest in deference to my racism). If Nick wins his lawsuit, I will wear my new, twin billed cap: MAGA in red facing forward, FREE JUSSIE in black facing backward. I can turn it in whatever direction works for irritating my audience, and if I get knocked down, see you in court!


Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

4 thoughts on “My case for reparations.”

  1. As a fellow curmudgeon, I applaud your desire to see the victims of liberal vitriol receive compensation for their pain. It will not happen, of course, but at least you are keeping the problem out in plain sight. J.


  2. Something I often think about regarding “reparations,” they are just too small, they are a poor substitute, a cheap imitation of the ideal that we want to see in the world. In faith what we actually want to see is full restoration, justice, healing, and wholeness.

    I’m content with Nick’s lawsuit because he has no other vehicle in which to try to get their attention, but the root of what ails us is not really about money. We can throw money at people to try to compensate them for things like racial injustice, but you just wind up creating even more dire poverty and rampant corruption, like we often see on Indian Reservations.


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