Burch: Where do we go from here?

Friday, August 9, 2013 at 3:14am
By Michael R. Burch

This will be my last article for The City Paper, so I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to The City Paper for giving me the opportunity to write a weekly column, and to my editors William Williams and James Nix for catching my mistakes, which hopefully weren’t too many or too egregious. I would also like to thank my readers, because I know their time is valuable, and I really do appreciate the time they invested in my work. And I want to especially thank the readers who took the time to comment online: Loner, Captain Nemo, Govskeptic, Yogi, Dargent7, Budlight, Pswindle, Bfra, BenDover, Brrrk, and all the others ... thanks so very much!

Where do we go from here?

I hope to continue doing what I’ve been doing, which is trying to keep the spirit of the Confederacy from rising up like an impossible-to-kill Jason in a third-rate horror flick, intent on committing mindless mayhem and destroying lives. Quite seriously, that is how I see the current incarnation of the Grand Old Predators. A better analogy might be Jurassic Park, with raptor-like Republicans running around trying to exterminate anyone and everyone who’s more highly evolved.

Is it a stretch to say that they’re trying to kill us? Well, perhaps not intentionally, but stupidity can and does kill. A party that denies the clear evidence of global warming; that strips away the safety nets from the poor and elderly; that demands guns in bars, parks, trunks and schools; that insists being scared justifies mowing down minorities; and that obviously intends to keep doing the same reckless things in the Middle East, is going to get many Americans killed, and god-knows-how-many foreigners. Someone needs to stop the tiny-brained predators from wreaking so much havoc, so operating on the premise that the pen is mightier than empty noggins as well as the sword, I have tried to make other people aware of what I see so clearly myself.

The Republican Party has changed dramatically in recent years, in its hard shift to the far right, where grammar-challenged rubes like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann can become stars of the highest magnitudes. In my early working days, I was a Reagan Republican — perhaps a bit like the character Michael Fox played on Family Ties — because I was very concerned about the economy and my taxes. Like many young people intent on living out the American Dream, I wanted to have the finer things in life: nice cars, a nice house, etc. I preferred to enjoy the fruits of my labor, so it made sense for me to support fiscal responsibility on the part of the federal government. But the “trickle down” theory proved to be economic voodoo because rich people don’t have to spend most of the money they make. “Trickle up” might work much better because ordinary Joes and Janes will spend most of what they make, with the people who own businesses, stocks and bonds being the main beneficiaries.

But in any case, what I didn’t realize at the time, perhaps because it seemed so far-fetched, was that the spirit of the Confederacy was about to rise from the grave and reanimate. Thus, a vote for “fiscal responsibility” became a vote for chauvinism, racism, homophobia, intolerance and irrational religion (for instance, all the sins of heterosexual Christians can be forgiven freely by grace, but a homophobic God singles out gays and Muslims for “special consideration,” in the form of an eternal hell).

A vote for the GOP also became a vote for a return to feudalism, with a few rich layabout lords prospering from the incessant toil of their lowly serfs. As a result, today average Americans are working themselves into early graves while being told that the retirement plans and medical insurance they fund are “entitlements” the nation can’t afford, when trillions of dollars have been wasted on two wars fought on false premises. Meanwhile, super-wealthy businesses like Apple and individuals like Mitt Romney claim to “believe in America” while keeping most of their moolah stashed offshore. They obviously don’t “believe” in America enough to pay their fair share of the expenses of the wars being fought, at least ostensibly, to protect it.

This is not the American that I dreamed of, in my youthful idealism. I wanted the best of both worlds  — prosperity and equality — not the worst of both, which is where the GOP will undoubtedly take us if we don’t stand our ground. The Confederacy may have lost the last few battles of the Civil War, but its spirit lives and raves on today in the bigotry and intolerance of the Tea Party. Those of us who agree with the stand abolitionists took against the enslavement of African-Americans must now take a similar stand against our own enslavement, and the enslavement of our children and grandchildren.

Where do we go from here? I may not have the opportunity to write another column in these days of diminishing paper and ink, but I will definitely continue to write and publish online. And as the primary author of the Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative (www.thehypertexts.com/peace.htm), I will continue to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinians, which could be the key to world peace.

I believe it is a fundamental truth that on this planet, peace requires justice, and justice requires equality. Three times in its history the United States has made terrible decisions to subvert justice and equality, which resulted in large-scale holocausts. One holocaust was the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Native Americans. Another was the enslavement of African-Americans. The third, in my opinion, is American support of the ethnic cleansing and slow genocide of Palestinians. In the first two cases, massacre after massacre resulted, with the oppressors insisting that their victims were the “problem.” But it turned out that Sitting Bull wasn’t really a “terrorist,” just a man forced to the warpath because his people lived on the brink of extermination. It turned out that John Brown wasn’t really a “terrorist,” but a man willing to risk his life to end the terrible treatment of African-Americans. And one day in the future, if the human race survives, I have no doubt that the more enlightened people who study the actual causes of 9-11 will shake their heads sadly and wonder how so many Americans of our era could have been so blind.

I wish everyone who reads this final article the best of luck, but sometimes we have to make our own luck in this world, so I hope you will join me in the continuing struggle to establish a lasting peace, which requires real justice, which in turn requires real equality, both at home and abroad. Unfortunately, the self-avowed “greatest nation of all time” has not always lived up to its stated ideals. But if we keep evolving, we just might escape the fate of those other dinosaurs who failed to evolve, and of course the dodos.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com

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350 Comments on this post:

By: revo-lou on 8/9/13 at 9:04

{"Obama was never a good man. He’s a Marxist, mentored by a communist, friends with terrorists both domestic and foreign who adopted critical race theory and married it with black liberation theology, who was then polished into a shiny ruse to take advantage of years of carefully-sown white cultural guilt and sold as a post-political, post-racial centrist pragmatist." - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=44030}

The jibber jabber of the paranoid.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:07

As a boy., Jughead must have been sexually abused by a homophobic pedophile...now he lashes out...poor bastard is crazier than a shit-house rat in heat....hopefully, the authorities are monitoring the hate-filled and disgruntled nut-job.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 9:07

Man, why do I not know Jeff Goldstein?

Dude is absolute awesome sauce!

I love Jews. They have to say f*&ck you just to survive. That's an admirable trait.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 9:10

Loner: Not surprising that you want to censor opposing opinion. Obama,Holder, and the rest of you dangerous liberals would love nothing more than to silence conservatives.

The good news is---conservatives have spines, unlike your lazy azz. We cannot be defeated.

So, get used to it, sweetcheeks.

By: courier37027 on 8/9/13 at 9:13

In Burch's truly pedantic I-am-rubber-and-you-are-glue writing style, it is evident when democrats have power, weapons and cash all is well with our country. When republicans and thinking Americans (perhaps two mutually exclusive groups) have the same then evil is rampant. You can't have it both ways, Mr. Burch. And when you think you can, the ever left answer is we need more and punish those who don't or won't comply with our vision. Thankfully your Sherman through Atlanta final column will cease your bilge.

By: grid on 8/9/13 at 9:19

Bon voyage, Mike. While I didn't often agree with your writings & opinions, I appreciate that your points were made intelligently & articulately.

It's been interesting reading the different viewpoints & opinions in the time I've visited the NCP website. I will miss that.

Bon voyage...to the City Paper & all its readers.

By: BenDover on 8/9/13 at 9:19

Burch closes with another hyperbolic missive better titled, "I See Racist People"... or sexist people, or homophobic people, or whatever wedge-group boogie-man that strikes his fancy of the day to rationalize a further intrusive and expansive central government. It would seem he's either the product of Whitehouse propaganda or an ingenuous participant in it.

Oh well... such is to be expected with the Burch's of the world I guess. In constructing the mechanisms to deal with these imagined demons, though, Burch is like Shelley's short-sighted Doctor to his infamous creation... an unintended consequence far worse than the problems he seeks to remedy.

The blight of this mentality can be predicted and understood easily by simply reading a little of the works of Hayek rather than forming your whole social and economic world view on the back of all the Keynsian pap taught to the formative little statists and academician wannabes in their first Econ. 101 lessons at State.

Effective though, I guess seeing as how many underinformed voters were able to be persuaded to act on these emotional wedges against the country's best interest.

Anyway, I guess that'll do it for me too. I enjoyed the conversation everyone. I'll check Loner's blog from time to time for info to see if the crew lights anywhere else and would like to continue the conversation and I make the cut and get an invite.

If not, Loner old friend, I'm pretty easy to find when you know my real name; so if you come to Nashville let me know... I owe you a beer of 9. Nemo, a comment on Loner's blog, now and then, would be well received too, as I would like to keep up with you too, brother. Serr8 I'll keep up with you on the Twitter. MamaG, Blanket, and all of the others who have remained civil to me over the years I wish you all the best.

And to all the rest, well, "Yippie Ki Yay, Missive Flouters" ... it's been real... and it's been fun...


By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 9:19

Sadly, this will be my final advice to you libtards. I actually have a job and will have no further access to a PC today.

First, let me say that I love every one of you libtards----NOT.

Next, I hope all you libtards live a long life-----NOT.

Finally, I did not really mean it when I said I hope that fire ants gnaw off your liberal huevos after you doze off taking your Tenncare oxycontin----NOT (I meant it).

Love puddles to all of you f*&cked up liberal freaktards who have no life outside of this stupid forum. And, sincere thanks to NCP for shutting it down. It reeked of liberal vomit here daily.

Really--libtards--take a look at how pathetic your lives are, and try to change. Employment is the first step.

Adios. Soy El Reyno, El Senor JUGHEAD!

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:20

Sheldon Adelson, a dual-citizenship, (US-Israeli), casino tycoon pumped over 20 million USD into the Republican candidates competing in the 2012 Presidential race...the all-important Jewish money could suddenly shift to the Party of Jeff Davis - the new GOP....Jeff Davis would have been a big fan of Zionism....Abe Lincoln, not so much.

The apartheid-loving, nuclear-scofflaws might decide to jump ship and follow Adelson's lead....that would be bad for the Dems.....real bad....so they are furiously sucking up to AIPAC etc.

And guys like Jughead welcome our functional overlords as, the "Chosen People" and Israel as, the "Promised Land"....what a fool.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:27

Ben Dover!

Glad that you made the Farewell Gathering.....my Livejournal blog has been dormant for a long, long time ...dunno if it's still there and functional....I'll try to resurrect the thing...it was under the username of new_york_loner...I let it slide when the Great Purge at the City Paper was lifted.

Right now, I gotta run....car inspection appt...I'll return later on....if the site is still up.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:32

Jughead said his final goodbye.....or so he claims....let us hope the whack-job keeps his promise and never returns...Good Riddance, A-hole!

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 9:35

He'll be back. He's like yogi...and herpes.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 9:37


By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:38

One more time?

Jughead struts into a gay piano bar....yells to the patrons, "Remove the semen-soaked tampon from your azz, go sit in the corner, and try to matter.".....

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 9:41

I'll miss you guys, specifically blanket, bfra, nemo, brrrrk, mama and Loner.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:42

It's still there....


Dunno if I still recall my password....later!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 9:43

The seem for me gdia.

Now good luck and best wishes.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:44

Same here...Gd.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 9:45

Let us know Loner.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 9:48

g, I'll miss you too!

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 9:53

I'm back, gdiafante. I'm still waiting for one of you fans of Barry to offer your proof your man in in office legally.

You've all said you've given it before but I'll be damned if I got it on my computer. Did you specify which computers could accept it?

How about throwing it at me one more time and knock this old sailor on his ass. That should tickle the hell out of an ex-Marine. Give it a hard toss and make sure it hits me upside the head so I'll know what you sent.

By: PKVol on 8/9/13 at 9:54

Mr. Burch, I wish you'd put your efforts to make sure there is equality and fairness for all to the unborn, who are the most innocent without even a voice. We kill 3,500 each and every day in the U.S. in the name of choice. Does this sound equal and fair?

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 10:01

One last time...

Yogi, you're a liar and an ignorant old racist bastard. I've wasted too much of my time on you already. You and jug should keep in touch, you have so much in common.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 10:03

yogi, now that you acknowledge snopes as a reliable source and quote it yourself as a reliable source you should be able to look it up on your own. g is right - you're a bitter, ignorant old racist bastard and responding to you is a total waste of time. Look it up for yourself on snopes.

By: Funditto on 8/9/13 at 10:11

And today was Joy Bahar's (sp) day on The View! I believe stuff happens in 3s. What else will end today?

By: Funditto on 8/9/13 at 10:15

Did anyone ever find what happened to idgaf?

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 10:25

By: PKVol on 8/9/13 at 10:54
Mr. Burch, I wish you'd put your efforts to make sure there is equality and fairness for all to the unborn, who are the most innocent without even a voice. We kill 3,500 each and every day in the U.S. in the name of choice. Does this sound equal and fair?

You know PKVol, to a person who believes in the rights of the unborn to have a life, it does not sound fair. But to liberals who value their own rights and lives, but not the right and life of the unborn, it is equal and fair.

They want to protect and defend a woman's right to control her own body which translates to murder if she chooses to abort. But they don't see it that way. They think what is growing inside a woman's body is a blob of tissue AKA fetus. They cannot grasp the idea that a woman can have control of her body and by making some conscious adjustments to her thinking, she can control her "feelings" and very possibly end up not even getting pregnant to start with. She could start that "control" with birth control (taken properly) and there are many out there to choose from.

Sex does not always have to end up in a pregnancy and pregnancy can be handled without abortion.

Have a nice day.

By: Libertine on 8/9/13 at 10:34

Burch ends his editorial here with the typical elitist, self declared intellectual giant that has done this paper in. A paper heavily aimed at low information self-important hipsters just isn't going to cut it here. Hipsters don't buy advertising and City Paper alienated local advertisers and limited its reader pool.

The only only difference between GWB and BHO is that BHO is less honest and more corrupt, Mr. Burch.

I don't know if Mr. Burch has noticed but in the last few years Tennessee has become the auto manufacturing leader in the US. That's right the evil, illiterate, and clueless leaders of Tennessee have created hundreds of thousands of good paying blue collar jobs. Nissan even moved its Corporate Headquarters from California to Tennessee and Fiat is threatening to do the same.

The reality of Tennessee is the opposite of that of Burch's world, as is the performance of the Obama Administration.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 10:50

No gdiafante,

I'm not a liar and ignorant old racist bastard. Only you and your co-Obama supporters qualify for those claims.

If I was wrong, you all would have "thrown the book": at me every time a made a comment on the issue. But what have you done? Only say I'm wrong.

All I'm asking is: Prove it, dammit.

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 10:52

"in the last few years Tennessee has become the auto manufacturing leader in the US".

Libertine, why do you think that is the current reality? Is it our beautiful lakes and forests? Our hard working people? Our right to work mentality? Our cheap labor? Or what?

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 10:54


I didn't acknowledge Snopes as a reference. I merely gave that as part of the "show" referral I saw.

I believe if you look in the back pages of your antiyogi book you would find I have made the statement more than once about Snopes being an Obama supporter.

Try it, you'll like it.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 11:08

yogi Ram "try it, you'll like it" up your rearend where your head stays! Poor dumbass old fool, you wouldn't know a FACT or TRUTH if it smacked you in your feeble old face,

By: dargent7 on 8/9/13 at 11:09

Maybe this is a "Twlight Zone" episode where TCP will still continue tomorrow?
In any event, it was a great 6 year run while I sess-pooled in Nashville.
I remember once when they ran my gibberish 5 days in a row...caused some to commit suicide.
To all you nit-wits who despise Obama, check out the front page(s) of the Calif. papers, U-T, LA Times... of him visiting the troops at Camp Pendelton. (Marines).
These 20 somethings' love him.
Obama is a rock star. To the young, educated.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 11:18

d7 - I think the key word is "educated"! If you note, the trolls on this forum that are so anti-Obama are not well educated at all. Their mode of speech is way below an educated person.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 11:20

D7 - Have enjoyed conversing with you & do envy your location. I love San Deigo and the entire area. Hope to be back there sometime this fall. Maybe we will cross paths on another forum someday.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 11:27


yogi got punked again. Stupid old bastard.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 11:28

In a statement to FactCheck.org, David Mikkelson said his "sole involvement in politics" is voting on election day. In 2000 he registered as a Republican, documents provided to FactCheck.org show, and in 2008 Mikkelson didn't declare a party affiliation at all. Says Mikkelson: "I've never joined a party, worked for a campaign, or donated money to a candidate" (source: FactCheck.org).

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 11:38

"I would also like to thank my readers, because I know their time is valuable, and I really do appreciate the time they invested in my work."

You are welcome Mike. And thank you for the respectful dialogue and debate.

d7, "educated" can be subjective and depending on one's ability to analyze and exercise critical thinking skills, can either derail or promote an idea, a cause or philosophy. For instance, if Michael Moore and Al Gore were not affiliated with global warming theory, it might almost be believable to some. Or if the majority of pro life advocates were not deemed to be white Republican males, more women might rethink abortion.

Anyway, it's all going to be resolved -- in the end -- just like everything else. Those who believe in God, stand to gain all IF we are right. And those who believe there is no God stand to lose all if they are wrong. May the best man win.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 11:47

I agree, I don't have a brain equal to yours, bfra. Thank God.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 11:50

If any of you young 'uns are interested in what the future will give you, you should watch this lesson.


By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 11:52

Aw, look...yogi's proud of his dumbassery...

(I italianzed that for you yogi)

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 12:00

Loner, not only was the flea sexually abused has a child he continues the to do so on himself now.

By: MamaG on 8/9/13 at 12:05

Don't think you guys are getting away without a goodbye from your MamaG! LOL

Special thanks to the City Paper for putting up with all of craziness over the years. We will miss our little board. Mr. Burch, I have enjoyed your articles and look forward to keeping up with you in the future. I appreciate what you have had to say and especially liked your 'farewell' piece today. I wish you, and your fellow co-workers, all the best.

As for my fellow posters, I will miss (most of) you guys! Funditto, it was good to see you come back today! Hope all is well with you. Blanketnazi2, Captain Nemo, Loner, gdiafante, house of pain, BenDover, brrrrk, bfra, slacker. You will all be missed. Good luck to you all in life. (If I omitted anyone, I apologize.) Those of you whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, you better keep in touch! :-)

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 12:10

I'm sure all of you Obama fans are proud of him so here's another little issue you should admire him for.

In the past 69 years since D-Day, there has been only 4 occasions when the president of the US chose not to attend the D-Day movement that honors the soldiers killed during the invasion. The occasions?

1. On June 6, 2010 Obama did not attend and had not event scheduled.

2. On June 6, 2011 Obama met with the National Security Team and was interviewed by WEWS of Cleveland and WDID in Detroit about the auto industry.

3. On June 6, 2012 Obama made a campaign trip to California on Air Force 1 (at our expense) to raise money for the upcoming election.

4. On June 6, 2013 Obama was making another fund raiser with multimillionaires in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Pala Alto, California (again at our expense).

Aren't you proud of him that he's more interested in soliciting money for an election than the is honoring our men who gave their lives for this nation? I'm not.

But I am glad to see him resentfully properly salute when the National Anthem is played instead of clasping his crotch

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 12:13

How could I forget about house and slacker?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 12:14



By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 12:15

Hiya, Mama G! Let's not forget the late and great Dooley and also youngbuck.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 12:17

I'm glad that Chief Payne-in-the-ass is MIA.

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 12:17

lol blanket. It's pretty sad when a broken clock is right more than yogi.

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 12:17


I'm afraid the uneducated idiots (like you) on this board are too stupid to understand the qualifications to become president of this nation.

And your man Barry certainly isn't in that office legally. That's unless he's been lying about his birthplace and parents.