Steve A. Stone
Dear Friends and Patriots,
Youíve heard the story of Vernon Jones, havenít you? I hope you understand what his story is really about. He does. Iím sure he doesnít think of his actions and statements as heroic, but thatís what they are. Everyone should take notice and maybe even learn a bit.
Vernon Jones is a Georgia state legislator from Lithonia, GA. The first act of bravery from him was two weeks ago when he publicly stated his intent to vote for Donald Trump in the November general election, stating, ďItís very simple to me. President Trumpís handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges, and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign.Ē Oh, did I forget to mention Rep. Jones is a lifelong Democrat? And, did I also forget to mention heís a black Democrat? Those are facts. They shouldnít be important facts, but today theyíre all-important in some circles.
Vernon Jones said he was going to walk away from the Democrat plantation and assume his rightful place as a free American. The result was predictable. He was vilified in the press and among Democrats and black leadership. He was slandered in the most egregious ways. He was threatened. His family was threatened. He was ordered to get back in line. But Vernon Jones saw something in his actions others didnít. He was not only regaining his political and social freedom, but assuming his rightful place as a truly independent American man.
I heard Rep. Jonesí interview last week on the Glenn Beck show. I was impressed by his passion. He was obviously angry with the treatment he had received from Democrats. Once he announced for President Trump he had to deal with the backlash. It seems the ferocity of that backlash was something he didnít anticipate. It obviously depresses him. It more obviously enrages him. He had thought his reasoning for voting for President Trump was logical and understandable and failed to anticipate that his reasoning donít matter. Heís a black Democrat. The Democratic Party believes it rightfully owns him. When he made his announcement, he was perceived much like a slave attempting to run away from his masterís plantation, and those masters are not amused. They had no intention to let him go, at least, not without significant punishment. When their attempts to cajole him back and once again put him in the traces heíd worn while plowing for the party failed, they unleashed all their hounds to track him down and tree him. And for a brief moment they succeeded. He sat in the tree for a bit, listening to the baying of the hounds below, but when he got angry, he vowed he would walk away, and there was nothing they could do to stop him.
Rep. Jones announced he would resign his office. Heíd had enough. Later, once people rose up and supported his moves, he recanted and stated heíd stay on and fight against the party that had treated him in such a shoddy way. Those are marks of a brave man. Such things should be honored by all.
When I heard Rep. Jones on Beckís show, I heard more bravery. He stated truths that Democrats are not allowed to utter. Some of those truths are rarely heard from anyone these days, even conservative Republicans. He said he was being attacked by the ďwhite liberal press.Ē Well, thatís true. Itís also true he was attacked by the black liberal press, though not with the same degree of animosity and hyperbole. Iím okay with his characterization.
After making the statement above, he went off on a bit of a rant. He was incensed by the comments about his stance on LBGTQ issues. He stated he didnít care at all what individuals believe or do. He said it isnít about that. Itís about a mantle that heís been expected to share that he believes shouldnít. He related a story about a bill in the GA state legislature that was intended to grant special privileges to certain members of Georgiaís LBGTQ population. Jones had announced he wouldnít support the bill, and then was apparently visited by a trans-sexual lobbyist for the bill. He stated the lobbyist told him, ďWe have the same interests here; this is a civil rights issue.Ē That comment angered him, and even when retelling it, you could hear that anger. He went on to explain that the lobbyist had made a choice and now wants the government to reward that choice. Meanwhile, Jones lives every day as a black man. He canít wake up one day and decide not to be a black man – itís just an unalterable fact of his birth. He reasoned the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was intended to affirm the rights of people based on factors that were facts of birth, not the result of a lifestyle choice. Meanwhile, he understands the LBGTQ community wants to share in all protections of the nationís civil rights statutes. Rep. Jones contends his right to those protections is fully inherited, while those of the LBGTQ community wanted coverage based on their ďpersonal choiceĒ to be members of that community, not any condition or fact of birth. (In my words, the LBGTQ people want to claim civil rights protections for their choices and actions, not conditions of birth.) He was also angry that the black leadership in the country had abandoned their decades-old objections to such inclusions.
The final statements Rep. Jones made were very emphatic. ďThere is a war in America; a war against the heterosexual male.Ē Yes, he actually said that! He said he was raised to be a polite, caring heterosexual male, but today itís not enough to have good manners, and itís almost looked down on to be openly heterosexual. He stated the Democratic Party has become a haven for every oddball group in the country who feels put upon because they are what they are. Meanwhile, people Rep. Jones contends are ďthe real people of this countryĒ are being systematically discriminated against.
Those were the statements of a truly brave man. And, he was 100% correct in what he said and the way he said it. His points are well thought out and on point. He is correct that thereís a concerted attempt to force him into silence and to get back in line. Heís correct that people whoíve made their livings by running the plantations and helping to keep the bleating herds of sheep in place are afraid of anyone with a voice who escapes. Their entire corrupt system is in jeopardy if too many people get too many similar ideas. Heís also correct on the purpose and intent of the 60s civil rights acts and the truth that coverage under those acts shouldnít be a matter of individual choice or any behavior. And, heís also correct on the current social status of the heterosexual male. As a black, openly heterosexual male, Mr. Jones is only one rung above the bottom, which is currently assigned to white heterosexual males, like the author of this essay.
Take some time and contact Rep. Vernon Jones. Iím certain he would appreciate hearing from you. He will need a lot of such support. Heís surrounded right now and the people around him arenít saying many kind things about him. If he continues on his current path, I predict an interesting future for him. His whole presentation has become so anti-PC that heís in danger of becoming something of a folk hero. If that happens, then Iím one whoíll continue to support him.
Having said all the above, I do want to offer one caution. We often see people rise up and throw off the shackles and traces of a system that prides itself on how well it controls its members. Itís rare for those people to remain in the public eye. The same press that can make Rep. Jones something of a renegade celebrity can also relegate him to the same closet where they hide others who came before him. Itís easy for them. They just act like he doesnít exist. That could put him into the American mediaís version of a gulag, where some truly great people are rendered nearly invisible and largely voiceless. If Rep. Jones is very, very careful, that might not happen. Now is the time he should find out who his real friends are and who they arenít. If he looks hard, heíll discover many people he used to have low regard for are in that new friends category, and if he allows them, theyíll reach out their hands and ensure he escapes the mediaís gulag.
Today, Iím willing to stand up and hail Vernon Jones as a new American hero. Heís said heís willing to stay on course. Heís chosen a very difficult path. I hope he can hew to it. At this point, even with lots of help and good advice, itís still all up to him.
Steve A. Stone© Steve A. Stone
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