We are all forced to pay the interest on enduring injustice

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A large component of the anti-decency propaganda that’s fundamental to American political discourse is the denial of the need for slavery reparations. The truth about why reparations are necessary is buried by the rhetoric of politicians, those that study history, and the media in general. But the lies of these groups cannot erase the crimes of our nation’s past.

History shows that the United States does not often take action in the pursuit of justice. Frequently, policy is determined by identifying the most expedient solution to a problem without any consideration for the future consequences of that action.

Our legal…


The Reckless Writer

Never celebrate until after the funds are deposited in your account

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I apply for a lot of writing jobs. However, I never celebrate when I’m notified my application or submission has been accepted. I save my celebration for the moment the payment actually hits my bank account.

In the era of identity theft, you can never be too careful. An opportunity isn’t real until you’ve been paid. It’s common knowledge that all writers are eager to hear that their work is going to see publication, but don’t be so dazzled by an acceptance letter that you allow yourself to become a victim.

Fortunately, there are quite a few things that you…


If we fail to hold criminals accountable, history will count us among them

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It’s sobering when you consider how vigorously the denial of American crimes against humanity are defended, tolerated, and even celebrated in this country. The American public has been well trained to accept messages of greatness and reject critical truth.

Hate propaganda is often perpetuated with shades of the same violence and oppression that some insist has never flourished on our soil. Right wing protesters indulge in terrible acts, and even when they’re caught on video, they staunchly insist the crimes never took place.

There are groups in the United States that wish to disregard the enduring legacy of American slavery…


Perhaps the Republicans were the ones who committed election fraud in 2020?

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If you travel through the neighborhoods of rural towns in the United States, you’ll notice that there are a distressingly high number of houses that are still flying some sort of Trump flag. Numerous residents have banners emblazoned with the phrase “Trump 2024” and many homes have retained their “Trump/Pence” yard signs from the Republican party’s failed bid for the White House.

It’s extremely unusual for voters in the United States of America to continue their public support for a candidate that suffered such a definitive and embarrassing loss as Donald Trump did in 2020. …


Why do we allow uneducated people to dominate politics and education?

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We are all held hostage to the nonsensical viewpoints of individuals who can’t be bothered to educate themselves on basic concepts. It’s not enough that they are too lazy and entitled to do the necessary work to develop a valuable perspective. They also labor tirelessly to obstruct the efforts of those that sincerely wish to better themselves and positively impact the world.

You don’t have to be a genius to recognize that we’re surrounded by fools. Even when caught red-handed, fully engaged, and committed to the labors of futility, there are those that put forth absurd justifications that their behavior…


Tell people to be a better version of themselves

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It’s natural to be nervous before a date. You’re putting yourself out there. You’re about to be vulnerable. There’s the very real chance that you’re going to get rejected.

Perhaps you seek out advice from a friend. “What should I do?” you ask. “I’m super nervous about this date.”

“Just be yourself,” your friend replies.

“Thanks!” you say. “That’s a huge help!”

So you show up at the date wearing nothing but boxers and a bathrobe.

“What are we going to do?” your date asks.

“I thought we’d sit around all morning watching game shows and eating Ramen noodles, after…


Don’t allow your message to get buried in an argument

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When insane right wing media outlets begin their incessant daily criticism of minority groups, they always begin with a short acknowledgment of how the system is unfair. This acknowledgment is delivered with the speed of an auctioneer, and they instantly pivot to further criticisms.

The fact is, their brief acknowledgement is a dishonest rhetorical device designed to make them seem like measured and reasonable people instead of agents of propaganda.

“It’s understandable that people would be frustrated, but you can’t destroy private property.”

Their prejudices are revealed when they fail to apply the same standard to white protesters. There are…


Let’s teach our children the truth and let them come to their own conclusions

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You can always depend on Republicans to do exactly the opposite of what they claim to believe. When a racist is blocked from social media, they scream, “Cancel culture!” When a statue of a man who tortured slaves is toppled they scream, “Erasing history!”

But the second something emerges that Republicans don’t like, they instantly deploy the kind of brutal tactics that no decent person would ever even consider.

The latest target of Republican annihilation is Critical Race Theory. Republicans don’t know what it is, but they don’t want it taught. They don’t want kids to hear about it. They’re…


The Reckless Writer

Brilliant writing means nothing if it fails to entertain

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I picked up a bad habit in high school that has hounded me the whole rest of my life. When somebody starts explaining something, it’s like a switch is flipped in my mind. I simply can’t listen. I tune the speaker out, begin to daydream, and wait for the explanation to be over.

When the miserable lecture finally ends, I snap back to reality, turn to the person nearest to me. “So, what are we supposed to do?”

Almost always, that person is able to sum up a twenty minute lecture in a single sentence. This involuntary response has not…

Walter Rhein

Small press writer with Perseid Press, Burning Bulb Publishing, and Harren Press. I have a web page about Peru at www.StreetsOfLima.com. walterrhein@gmail.com

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