Burch: Bubba's dilemma, a Clint Eastwood moment

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Like most Nashvillians, I will never forget the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001. I still vividly remember the carnage that day, as two planes destroyed the Twin Towers, another plane hit and damaged the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field on its way to the White House, thanks to the heroics of the passengers of Flight 93.

However, unlike many Americans, I am not content to gullibly believe what I am told to believe, so I have never subscribed to the prevailing fiction that the United States was attacked because some “evil” people hate our freedoms and our values, and attacked us because we are “good,” out of sheer spite. Nor am I foolish enough to believe that Islamic jihadists are trying to “take over the world” when they don’t have the armies, navies and air forces required to conquer Spain, much less military superpowers like Israel and the United States.

So why were we attacked on 9/11?

I think the answer is quite simple, and to understand it requires only a little honest reflection on our part. I call it “Bubba’s dilemma.” Please allow me to have my Clint Eastwood moment and address an invisible American redneck.

“Bubba, think of the biggest, baddest man you know — the one you’d never want to tangle with in a million years. Now, what would happen if you mistreated and humiliated his brothers and sisters on a daily basis?”

“Duh, he’d kick my stupid butt!”

Exactly, Bubba.

Men like Osama bin Laden will never accept the bizarre idea that Jews and Christians should be allowed to harm completely innocent Palestinians because God favors Jews and Christians and it is their “Manifest Destiny” to tell other people where and how to live (and die).

Muslims get it, Bubba, and are able to read the handwriting on the wall. You’re the one with ADD.

So it’s long past time to “get a clue,” Bubba. If you care about your brothers and sisters, tell your stupid, evil government to stop harming theirs.

Please don’t get me wrong. The Americans who died on 9/11 were innocent. But their government and nation were far from innocent. Long before innocent Americans suffered and died, Palestinians suffered and many died, thanks to the policies and actions of the governments of Israel and the United States.

If we want peace, we need to understand human nature. Just as Americans will risk life and limb to defend Americans, so Muslims will risk life and limb to protect their loved ones. There is no way to escape this simple reality. If you want to live in peace don’t allow your government to harm and mistreat others.

Yes, it really is that simple, Bubba.

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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By: Rasputin72 on 9/16/12 at 1:28

Mike Burch,

I read your 1:23 rebuttal to my 8:30 I even read it twice so I could believe that what I read another human could write and believe. There is no doubt in my mind that you are very serious about your socialistic and communistic position.

I believe just as strongly as you believe in "all men are created with the same DNA and that our economic model is unfair" that your belief is pure bullshit.

I refrained however from debating your further. Your beliefs are so foreign to my beliefs that sometimes it is better to agree to disagree and that time has come.

In parting I think that while your premise is flawed that the underclass (and I stick strictly to that phrase) will give people like you a chance to put that socio/political thought process into effect in this country. It will occur with riots and insurrection much like the Bolshevik revolution.

It will fail ultimately just as democracy is failing the productive class in this country. It will fail because of the same reasons the Communist party failed in Russia.

At this point in life, I refer you to the epitaph that I have prepared for my gravestone.

"There were those of my generation who lived their entire lives in Camelot." I was fortunate to have been one of them."

A new day is dawning in America and while it may present hope for you and those that believe in "free stuff" and little effort. It will be shortlived however as there will always be those that are a little smarter and a little more motivated and a little more powerful who will want more than "economic fairness."

By: yogiman on 9/16/12 at 1:42


Who are the "Parents" of the USA? Who passes our laws? Who makes the rules we must follow? The one word answer is "Congress".

Congress is the controlling factor of our nation. It makes the decisions and passes laws we must follow (like a parent guiding a child). But really, who are they representing today; we, the citizens that are paying their salaries, or their "sponsors" that are financing their political race?

There has been more government takeover of our lives for decades as they learned of the power they really had. By what law was they authorized to set their own salaries, retirement fund and health benefits? Only the laws they passed to benefit themselves. That's ethics? It apparently was for them.

Remember when they said the Obamacare program was an excellent program (without reading it) but they was going to keep theirs instead of switching over?

Congress was formed to work for the people, not themselves. They're our employees, not our employers but it's hard to convince them of that today.

Hopefully we can convince them in November.

By: yogiman on 9/16/12 at 3:00


I believe you'll find more socialists with Mike on this site. When he, and others, say they don't care if a man (Obama) is officially eligible to be the POTUS by our Constitutional requirements or not, and he has so many "comrades" agreeing with him on this site, its makes an American citizen wonder where they got their beliefs from.

They certainly aren't true Americans, and too many in Congress fit that same category by allowing him to take that office without requiring proof of Constitutional eligibility in 2008.

We have 53 days left if we get to election day without martial law takeover. It's going to be interesting and could become scary as hell.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/16/12 at 3:57

I was starting to think that Lord Rasputin was pulling the wool over your eyes Mike. Rasputin does not use the phrase birth certificate has his racist substitute, his his underclass.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/16/12 at 4:03

Rasputin talks of DNA,yet he and yogi come from the same genetic malfunction. They think they are God 's only children.

By: Mike Burch on 9/16/12 at 5:21


I am neither a socialist or a communist. I just believe that our nation needs a level playing field for everyone, not a board titled wildly in favor of the wealthiest Americans. I am all for capitalism as long as the game is fair, rather than rigged.

If you don't believe that human DNA is essentially the same, then you must be one of those people who denies the evidence of science. Is the world flat? Was it created in six days? Are white people racially superior to the darker-skinned "children of Ham"?

These are fairytales written down in the Bible by men so prehistoric they stoned their own children to death for being "stubborn" and for being raped. Science tell us that the earth is a globe, that the universe was created more than 14 billion years ago, that life evolved on earth, and that human evolution has resulted in human DNA being virtually identical except for small differences of skin color and other superficial disparities. So the wild fantasy of white people that they are somehow "superior" to other people is just a pipe dream. If we take the children of the underclass and give them the same benefits as the children of the upperclass, the children will be hard to tell apart.

If you don't believe that our present economic system is unfair, what can I say?

If you believe that the United States was "Camelot" at a time that millions of minorities, women and non-heterosexuals were being denied equal rights, and while our government was robbing people in the Middle East of their freedom, representative government and oil ... well, we have very different ideas of Camelot.

I think it is people like you who make a Bolshevik-type revolution possible here in the US. But I don't think you'll succeed because each new generation of Americans is more tolerant of diversity than the one before.

The Communist Party failed in Russia because it put most of the money and power in the hands of a small number of elites. That is what the GOP is trying to do here. Hopefully the liberals will win and save the country from sure disaster, by helping the underclass become the middle class.

You seem to be a Romney fan, since you used his term "free stuff." But Romney is the King of Free Stuff, as he evaded taxes, bilked Medicare, outsourced American jobs to China, and took huge bailouts not only for the Olympics, but also to save Bain & Company from bankruptcy.

The people at the bottom of the ladder want fairness, not "free stuff." The people not only demanding, but taking, "free stuff" are the people at the top.

By: Mike Burch on 9/16/12 at 5:23


Rasputin gives himself away with his word choices. If his heaven is as dysfunctional as his Camelot, I'll be happy not to end up there myself.

By: bfra on 9/16/12 at 5:26

Mile - I think you have Rasputin pegged for what he/she really is, not what he/she wants to be.

By: Mike Burch on 9/16/12 at 5:32


Things probably will get scary for the birthers and other racists who live in a fantasy world where things were "better" when white men ruled with an iron hand. What about the blacks, the Native Americans, the women, the homosexuals, and everyone else who didn't walk and talk like a white alpha male?

The dinosaurs will have to evolve, or go the way of the Dodo. Now that Americans understand who Romney is and what he stands for (racism, elitism, male chauvinism, government by theocracy, warmongering, etc.), he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning a race for dogcatcher. Nor will any of the other "stars" of the GOP ever be able to win a presidential election. Who in their right mind would vote for Romney, Ryan, Santorum, Gingrich, Palin or Bachmann?

It looks like the GOP is going down for the count, until someone in the party realizes that it is now the 21st century.

By: bfra on 9/16/12 at 5:41

Mike - Sorry about the name typo. Another AMEN to your 6:32 comment.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/16/12 at 6:40

I find it amusing when people like Rasputin spin there little fantasy about how better the world would be if everybody did it their way. They spend so much energy trying to make the world in their own image, that they miss out on living.

By: yogiman on 9/16/12 at 8:32

In a way, I feel sorry for you, Mike. As one of the others on this site, you constantly accuse me of being a racist because I object to Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama being in my President's chair. You have no idea where I stand on the race factor. But when you vote for a man as your president whom you know nothing about except his race makes you a racist.

It's hard to understand how a man of your obvious intelligence so willingly accepts a man as your President when you don't even know his legal name or his citizenship. You don't even know if he's an American citizen. But then, as you've said before, you don't care if he isn't.

That Mike, is obvious ignorance. (let me take that obvious intelligence out of my comment)

I hope you become better educated before Nov. 6 if we get to vote then.

By: bfra on 9/16/12 at 8:35

Chicken Little's sky, hopefully, will come crumbling down Nov. 6, 2012!

By: yogiman on 9/16/12 at 8:38


If Barry pulls it off, I hope you will love living in the USSA with him. And if you ever find out who he is, I'd sure like to know.

I'm sure he won't mind you knowing when he gains control as dictator.

By: yogiman on 9/16/12 at 8:54

By the way Mike, did you read the comment Barry made about being born to a single mother? If he was born in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years, is he a Kenyan or American based on his single mother's citizenship? I'm not familiar with those laws back then.

By: bfra on 9/16/12 at 11:24

“I get it. I know what it’s like,” Obama said in the televised speech. “My father left my family when I was 2 years old, and I was raised by a single mom who had to work and who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us the things that other kids had.”

NUT JOBS don't understand the difference between "raised by" & "born to"!