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Today’s Quote

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, [and] provide for the common defense….
-The U.S. Constitution Preamble


Time Check

  Jun. 4, 1911 – Gold was discovered in Alaska’s Indian Creek

Jun. 4, 1919 – The U.S. Senate passed the Women’s Suffrage bill.

Jun 4, 1939 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels.


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Jun. 4, 2012

Hey America,

I hope everyone is doing well because I hate to say it but today’s blog might come off somewhat negative. If this is the case, don’t worry it’s necessary.

By now I’m sure you have at least heard the name Joseph Kony, and if you haven’t I applaud you for somehow avoiding the load of B.S. and  propaganda that circulated in the previous months. But I’m going to have to tell you about him now. I wanted to write on the issue a few months ago when the issue went viral due to a video produced by the Invisible Children’s Organization, but I figured that someone in the news would be able to analyze the truth of the matter instead. Now that the news has of course failed to touch on the issue, I feel it is appropriate to make some noise.

Here is the video that was produced earlier this year. I wouldn’t usually recommend that you watch it, but if you havnen’t seen it I would advise you to do so. This was the most popular video on the Internet probably EVER as it gained millions of views every few minutes, so not only would you be able to understand what all this hype is about, but I also encourage you to not take my word for it and develop your own opinion on the issue.


Kony 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRm0qC8z1_M&feature=player_embedded#!


Here’s the situation: Joesph Kony is the leader of the African Rebel group the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). He is a bad guy and I mean really bad… He is a power hungry war lord that terrorizes villages all throughout central Africa, specifically Uganda. He is known for his massive use of child soldiers as he has kidnapped over 30,000 children in his 26 year reign. He kidnaps these children at a young age and forces the males to kill their own parents. He then takes the females and uses them by making them sex slaves through sex trafficking.

In order to take initiative, the Invisible Children organization has created this documentary Kony 2012. And it calls for the arrest of the warlord before the end of the current year 2012. The documentary is very well done, and I must commend the makers on trying to do SOMETHING in stopping such a terrible man. However there are many problems.

Here’s a direct quote from the video:

“it’s obvious that Kony should be stopped, the problem is that 99 percent of the planet doesn’t know who he is. If they did he would have been stopped long ago.”

The video initially got 100 million views within 6 days which is unheard of! I don’t know what it is at now, but I would certainly argue that the 99 percent statement is no longer true. The thing is that it is a great feat that the organization is raising awareness about such atrocities. But it was really just a hit without a bang. The reason for it is simply the fact that the video is not REALISTIC.

The solution to the problem according to the video is pressuring the U.S. Congress into sending full military force into Uganda in an effort to capture and bring Kony to justice. First of all, you and I both know that the U.S. taxpayer can hardly afford to pay for the unpopular war agenda of the current and previous administration, let alone buy gas….

The video points the finger at the U.S. federal government for the blame of the issue. It criticizes them for saying they will not get involved militarily for any reason that doesn’t threaten the national security or financial interests. OBVIOUSLY! The federal government, stated in the Constitution, has the obligation to provide for the common defense. It doesn’t state anything about grabbing  squirt guns and chasing Kony into the jungle.

Another problem is that I question whether the money donated is being used correctly. I understand that non profits don’t usually give 100 percent of their earnings to their cause, but in this case only 32 percent of the money donated is going to direct aid. In addition, Jason Russell, the man from the video was apparently arrested in San Diego not long after the video gained popularity for public masturbation. I’ll let you do your own research on that one but here’s a video that might help you decide on the man’s credibility.


In hind sight, I would like to make note that I agree about the problem at hand. But in no way is the federal government going to order troops to go into Africa on a wild goose chase. I feel that I have the right to majorly criticize this video because I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to watch it if I hadn’t been somewhat forced to. We took time out of our school day and under our tax dollars we watched this piece of propaganda. This is the scary part because many of the young ignorant minds latched onto this video. And since people for whatever reason do not think critically, they of course believed everything the video told them.

The video of course does not focus on the complexities of the issue… If Kony were removed, it would only leave room for another war lord to take his place. Look at Osama Bin Laden, killing him was great, but Terrorism and War didn’t suddenly end upon his assassination. Also, yes Kony is bad, but there are also many other war lords and terrorist groups around the world. Killing Kony could actually make the situation worse as it would create a power struggle in the region. The video should explain the major commitment that the United States would have to make worldwide if they were to suddenly declare themselves world police once again. And then it would be a hunt for all the dangerous jihadist organizations and militias and even men who commit atrocities…where would it end?

At any rate, it doesn’t matter how you feel on the issue because we don’t have enough money to do it. We’re in too much debt to take on another massive project. We should be cutting down on wars not adding them to the budget we just can’t afford it. But we can afford to pay for children to watch videos like this as part of their school day. Last time I checked it wasn’t part of the curriculum.




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Just a thought: Imagine the outrage that would follow if school time was taken to watch a propaganda video on the wars in the middle east. I certainly wouldn’t be happy about it at least.


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