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: HoundDog on 8/9/13 at 5:18

Great final column, Mr. Burch. Good luck to you, as well.

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 5:18

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.

He believed he was God's instrument of wrath and killed five pro-slavery Southerners for no other reason except they were pro slavery. Sounds like a terrorist to me.

At one point I believed the world, the country, was evolving. But recently, I think the opposite. We're devolving, and quickly. IMO, the internet has given voice to the fringe that was once relegated to the corner. Now, any bigot or conspiracy crackpot can put out their beliefs for all to see and like-minded people can organize.

This is just an observation. I'm not advocating the end of the internet or infringing upon the 1st amendment. Good luck Mike.

By: govskeptic on 8/9/13 at 5:52

So, on today's last edition the editors have a great final Editorial to end on
in another section that I hope all will read. Then we have this UN-official
Friday editorial showing what is hopefully not the South-Comm position
full of anger, spitefulness, derogatory and demeaning self-righteousness
to those in large numbers that don't agree with this particular writer.
Mike is right in the above statement on any bigot can put out their beliefs
for all to see. I suggest he has done just that with virtually ever word written
in this section for far too many weeks, but to the delight of a few like minds.

Far too much bitterness toward the state, nation, and neighbors by Mr.
Burch on many issues for my taste. Good riddance at least for now.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/13 at 6:17

Thank you Mike.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 6:21

Mike, I have always enjoyed reading your articles. I wish you all the best!

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 6:49

I've enjoyed reading your good jokes for sometime now, Mike. But your favorite joke subject seemed to only be in anti-Republican, pro Democrat, nature in favor of the illegality of the "man in office".

I hope you can enjoy your future as long as I've enjoyed my past.

By: Kosh III on 8/9/13 at 6:50

Thanks for another accurate article. I'll miss this place.
"So long and thanks for the fish."

To the rest:
"What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? "

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 6:56

What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 6:58

Question: Who's the real traitor - Snowden or Obama?


By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 7:09


By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 7:11

Buenos dias, damas.

What a glorious day! The final chance for you pathetic, retarded, liberal dirtballs to spew liberal stupidity and give each other virtual liberal cybergasms.

Go about your worthless day as usual, libtards.

Then, die. The world will be even better then.

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By: Kosh III on 8/9/13 at 7:12


By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 7:15

An interesting article from Oklahoma State University.


By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 7:19

Question: Who's the real traitor - Snowden, Manning or yogi?

Fixed that, and it's yogi.

By: serr8d on 8/9/13 at 7:23

I left a 'goodbye, y'all' comment in the last thread (what I thought was the last thread) but I see the lights are still on. Answering BudLight's question-comment here instead...

Howdy, BudLight. I guess the lights are still on, until when, this weekend? Until the hosting contract runs out? That could be a month or two, or to the end of the (fiscal) year. Or maybe they'll ask for a prorated refund? Good luck with that!

As for the hatred the Left has for the Right, that's just how they've been newly-wired (or in the modern vernacular "Community Organized").

The far-Leftists have wormed into the heart of, and taken over, the once-proud Democratic Party (of which I was a member, having voted for Jimmah Carter in '76). Those in charge of today's Democratic Party (having destroyed the Blue Dog coalition) would like nothing more than to grab and maintain absolute one-Party control of this little Republic; they cast longing, jealous eyes on the People's Republic of China with it's 'new' economic engine running a limited version of capitalism and strong big-government, top-down CONTROL of all the People's business. And CONTROL is what they seek, absolute, unchallenged and unrestricted Big Federal Government, with Democrats in Charge.

Our new Democratic Leftists are best termed 'statists'. Their mindset is authoritarian. They've been working their way into our education system since they left hippydom back in the '70's; now, nearly all of our institutes of 'higher' 'learning' are chock-full of radicalized leftist professors running these universities as 'factories', churning out little dirty socialists, ready-made to lean far-Left. They've taken control and institutionalized 70's radical leftism and made it our main stream culture. Media and Entertainment industries are tuned to far-Left (except for a few outlets that are under attack: eg. Rush Limbaugh, who is now targeted by Media Matters for America (MMFA) operatives running "StopRush" and "FlushRush" hives on Twitter and Facebook; full-time, round-the-clock, paid to keep the Sandra Fluke incident top and centered in the minds of advertisers. Brown Shirts seeking to "SHUT UP!" any dissent and criticism.).

Leftists who are the New Democrats divide and conquer people by segmenting: race and gender, for example. They excel in creating 'victim classes', then they enhance the victim's negatives, and ply to their 'needs'; exploiting the needs they've created and maintain for votes to keep themselves in power. See: the War on Women, the Gay Marriage debates, the various 'social welfare' programs intended to be safety nets but in actuality are vote-nets.

Blacks have been exploited since Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society' (LBJ famously said to two like-minded governors on Air Force One "I'll have those n*gg*rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years." ). Blacks have been allocated a cordoned-off place in the new Democratic Party, a "Plantation' they must never leave for fear of being called 'Uncle Toms' (see the treatment they've given Allen West, Lloyd Marcus, Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Herman Cain, Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, Alan Keyes, and Clarence Thomas, to name but a few). Democrats created their conditions and exploit them for their votes, and will (and do) shame them if they dare think outside their chalked-off Leftist box.

In this particular site we find but programmed, foot-soldier Leftists who can't think for themselves. Look in any hard-core leftist hell-site: Daily KOS, Democratic Underground, Huff'n'Blow, hundreds more, you'll find these brown-shirted foot soldiers being groomed, going forth and mindlessly backing whatever narrative they've been given to back: that abortion is good for People (ask Margaret Sanger which 'people' she targeted with her abortion mills); that gun control is necessary to keep our "THE CHILDREN!" safe; that religious beliefs are old and outdated, and should be forced out of schools, public events and even out of traditional holidays. Especially targeted is Christianity. Notably excepted, of course, Islam gets a pass because they are still seen as OTHER, and as a 'victim class' that Democrats can exploit.

That's just the way things are running, for the nonce.

Oh, and Cheers!, and safe travels! to all.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 7:24

I guess Snopes is a valid source only if it supports your views, yogi?

By: serr8d on 8/9/13 at 7:27

Hmmmph. Mike Burch. < spit >

By: yogiman on 8/9/13 at 7:31


Like you, I must say this isn't the America I was raised in. In my youth, Congress paid attention to the people in their districts. They didn't have a retirement program or a medical program in their favor then. They were just common citizens serving the people.

A retirement program was set up when Harry Truman left office because he had not become a multimillionaire while in office.

Congress then decided they deserved one themselves. Harry Truman wanted to put term limits on members of congress when he got the term limit on the Presidential seat but he could not get that passed. After all, they were elected by the people and they wanted every opportunity to make their "part time" job a career.

Now they're considering to relieve the president's term limit so the usurper in office can "win" another election with only a few more dead people's votes.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 7:32

Mike Burch: I too have alway enjoyed reading your articles. Will miss the CP & most of the posters on the board. Keep up the good writing & best wishes to you & family for the future.

By: bfra on 8/9/13 at 7:34

Where does yogi come up with these "hairbrain" ideas? He is totally wacko!

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 7:36

I think he's on the "paranoid nutjob" email list.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 7:37

Good morning, Nashville....and farewell NCP.

Thank you, Mike Burch, for your excellent articles and for your personal feedback to your readers.

You are a voice in the wilderness, Mike.....a "loner"....that's a good thing, not a bad thing, in my view.

Only a "troubled" loner would dare to question the Confederate 4-G Network: God, Guns, Gays & Guvmint....pro-God, pro-Gun, anti-Gay, anti-Guvmint.

Only a "troubled" loner would dare to question the wisdom and efficacy of Zionism and the US-Israel special relationship.

Only a "troubled" loner would dare to question the virtues of Manifest Destiny in America...and in Palestine.

Keep it up, brother Mike...we "loners" need to circle our wagons and fight the orchestrated mass hysteria all around us. Let's keep in touch.

Good luck!

By: serr8d on 8/9/13 at 7:39

Only a "troubled" loner would dare to question the wisdom and efficacy of Zionism and the US-Israel special relationship.

Loner, if you and Burch keep rubbing up against each other like that, you'll have a 'Reichstag Fire' going in no time!


By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 7:40

Hi, Loner. I will miss reading your well-written and insightful posts. :)

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 7:51

Serr8d, I left a reply to your comment...here's the link:


...and thanks for that excellent list of modern-day Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas....they done got their minds right, boss....and the GOP got its token blacks, eagerly willing to be exploited by their white handlers....."We support Col. West, now call us racists."....it's an old trick that doesn't fool the well informed and astute observer.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 7:55

Thank you, Blanketnazi2, for your kind words....the truth is, I'm just a hominid on a mud-ball, I'm just going with the flow...when it comes to the metaphysical, what in the hell do I know?

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 7:56

Serr8d, your homophobia is showing...or is that masking latent desires?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/9/13 at 7:56

LOL - at least you are one of the smart ones that know this truth.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 8:00

Serr8d: 'Reichstag Fire'??

You mean 'Knesset Fire', don't you?

As we know, your fantasy is a 'Capitol Hill Fire'....the South done gonna rise again.

By: Funditto on 8/9/13 at 8:03

Just happened to log on today after a year or two away. Farewell to all. I posted on the editorial about why we need newspapers, too.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 8:09

Out of the grooveyard...is it a zombie poster? No...it's Funditto!

Better late than never.....welcome home...though the home be sinking into the sinkhole of oblivion....let's rider her down together.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:09

Only "loner" strokes his own liberal schlong in public, seeking freaktard virtual libtard approval. Then, "loner" feels validation by pushing the "post comment" button--quite a skill.


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

Let's all ride her down together....we're all in the same boat....this thing is goin' down.

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

Funditto! Good to see you!

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:11

Lord, you liberal morons are pathetic.

I am PLEADING with you--look honestly in the mirror, and say "I am pathetic. I spend my life online and on facebook thinking I matter."

Then, turn your stupid computer off, get a job, and be productive.

Am I asking to much from you libtards?

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

...and as the Great Ship slips into the abyss, Jughead raves on with a mindless but vulgar homophobic rant....is this Jughead clown actually Clinton Brewer?

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

"Funditto! Good to see you!"

Er....um....loserbreath...you are "seeing" a computer screen. Not real, just like your comparable sexual encounters.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:14

Just admit that you are a LOSER, Loner, and you have taken the first step to being useful on this earth.

If you cannot do that, please commit suicide asap and increase our collective IQ instantly.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:15

"the Great Ship slips into the abyss"????

WTF?? It's a web site shutting down, drama queen. Get a friggin grip, and grow a pair.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 8:17

Jug: Pay your taxes, slackard... and quit your incessant and sophomoric whining....I'm relying on working stiffs like you to keep me in the lifestyle that I've grown accustomed to...I love to work at nuthin' all day...but I'm takin' care of bizness...and workin' overtime....party on, my fellow retirees, Jughead in Nashville is picking up the tab!

By: Moonglow1 on 8/9/13 at 8:18

Moonglow1: Bye Mike and fellow posters. It has been great fun communicating with everyone. Great editorial today. I will miss The City Paper.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/9/13 at 8:18

I am very sad to see the City Paper go, as it is Nashville's best paper.

While I do wish Burch and everyone here the best of luck, I still am puzzled how mr. burch was allowed to write articles with such bias. Some of the criticism for the GOP is well deserved, but not all. Being a moderate independent, I am so tired of the liberal media in America.

Mr. Burch, I leave you to respond to these thoughts / articles:

Why did you never mention in any of your articles the recent "war on women" by the democrats (Weiner, Spitz)? If the exact same situation had occured in the GOP, you would have definitely written an article slamming the GOP candidates....

Why no article on the Boston Bombings? You wrote several articles saying there is "terrorism" in middle tennessee because people didn't want a mosque to be built, but it is ridiculous to call that "terrorism". I would bet you would feel much safer looking like a muslim in America than an American (Christian, Jew, or atheist) in the middle east. Yet when two thugs who bomb innocent people of a nation that ACCEPTED them into this country, and even provided scholarips to them to become educated, you write nothing? If two Christians bombed a mosque, would you sit on the sidelines?

Martin Luther King was an inspiration to this nation. Today's civil rights leaders- not so much...

Currently no union worker in Detroit paid anything into their retirement or healthcare funds. The same is happening in NYC. Yes unions need retirement and healthcare security and no this is "entitlement", but public unions need to pay into the system and should be be allowed to pay nothing and leave the burden to the taxpayers.


While a lot of us disagree on many issues, I think we can all agree that Nashville is a great place and I wish the best of luck and peace and happiness to all of you.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 8:24

Jughead's disdain for poetry is linked to his deep-seated fear of homosexuals....he despises metaphors and similes....misled and under-educated, he wants anal sex with analogies, etc....he hates "egg-heads" and artsy fartsy lefties....he's a Poster Boy for today's Republican Party in Tennessee....knuckle-dragging, semi-erect troglodytes, on a mission from God.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:52

Thanks for the Kudos, Loner. Your a sweetheart.

Now, remove the semen-soaked tampon from your azz, go sit in the corner, and try to matter.

Liberal POS.

By: Jughead on 8/9/13 at 8:55

I love metaphors. I hate snarky trainwrecks from libtards who think they actually can write, and that someone actually cares.

Please, Boner, move to NYC, Chi-town, or the left coast where you can be part of the problem in full force.

Tennessee does not want you. I know that makes your panties wilt, but get used to it, bubba.

And, go f*&ck yourself, girly-man.

By: budlight on 8/9/13 at 8:55

"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."

Burch, as well, I have enjoyed your articles and point of view, especially when I find it directly opposite to mine.

For instance, in the above statement, you failed to mention a couple of democratic tiny brained predators who want to do such things as limit the size of a soft drink at fast food restaurants but someone that same size drink is OK served at 7-11. The higher court got it right in denying that one. But what about the kooks in CA who want to let anyone choose any gender bathroom they want so they can feel good about themselves? Or what about the current buzz about our fat folks being observed in their neighborhoods to determine which zip code has more obesity problems. Isn't pointing out and singling out a person because of their size - profiling? Isn't that against the law? And then there is the newest TN crazy idea that a 0 to 20 grade on a paper lowers a kid's self esteem so we need to start giving them a 50 if they fail. So 50 is the new 0 (or 20).

Anyway, the republicans do not hold the patent on small pea brain syndrome. There are some mighty dems who also can lay claim to that condition.

Also thanks Serra8d for your respectful reply to my question.

OK, that's it for a minute. When is Wonderwoman or Superman going to swoop in and save the day for CP?

By: serr8d on 8/9/13 at 8:56

Oh! and this, written by my favorite writer and poet Jeff Goldstein blogging at proteinwisdom...

"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

About as good a summation of our Dear Leader as can be realized.

By: Loner on 8/9/13 at 9:01

Serr8d, my old friend, Goldstein is a hack...he strung together a rosary of right-wing canards and you think it's a sacred object....Goldstein is miffed about BHO's lack of enthusiasm for more US-bankrolled, Jews-Only "settlements" in the Occupied Territories...and BHO's lack of enthusiasm for war with Iran...and things of that nature...he's a friggin' de facto Israeli agent.

By: gdiafante on 8/9/13 at 9:03

Goldstein's your favorite? LOL