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    Spike Lee's excellent film, BlacKKKlansman, contained a clip of the 1915 film, The Birth of a Nation".

    If you think that "The birth of a Nation" is a relic of the past, consider it's modern equivalent.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene.

    That projection now feels oddly prescient, especially in light of legislators’ recent behavior at the U.S. Capitol.

    It was in that hallowed temple of democracy last week that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) verbally accosted her colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, accusing the New York Democrat of supporting terrorists and being a “radical socialist” who “doesn’t care about the American people.”

    No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for an investigation of that unsettling episode, noting that Greene’s behavior was “beyond the pale” of institutional norms and professional decorum, than a video surfaced Friday showing Greene literally stalking Ocasio-Cortez in 2019. In the 38-minute political un-thriller, Greene, then a private citizen, can be seen roaming the halls of Congress with a group of fellow culture warriors until they finally find Ocasio-Cortez’s locked office, where they taunt her staff through the mail slot and mug for the camera.

    A video surfaced Friday showing Greene literally stalking Ocasio-Cortez in 2019. In the 38-minute political un-thriller, Greene, then a private citizen, can be seen roaming the halls of Congress with a group of fellow culture warriors until they finally find Ocasio-Cortez’s locked office, where they taunt her staff through the mail slot and mug for the camera.

    The Republican Party began holding bipartisan comity in contempt decades ago. In the 1980s, when Newt Gingrich began asserting control over Republicans still chastened by the Watergate scandal, he famously advised them to stop apologizing and start going negative, treating politics like a cage match and turning opponents into enemies, never missing a chance to other-ize Democrats as “sick,” “radical” and “un-American.”

    According to a comprehensive story published in The Post on Sunday, nearly 70 of the accused rioters were current or former government, military or law enforcement officials — icons of the very judiciousness and probity lionized by Griffith at the expense of cruelly caricatured Black interlopers.

    From where most Americans sit, what looks “peaceful” to Gosar and “normal” to Clyde is anything but. Like the lies of “The Birth of a Nation” that have now come full circle, theirs won’t stand the test of time.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/congress-incivility-recalls-racist-movie/2021/05/17/913833f6-b4b0-11eb-a980-a60af976ed44_story.html

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    The"birth of an Nation"; sorry to say the the "birth" baby is stuck in the womb and may be, if it comes out, have lots of defects or be barely alive. Just ask the "stock market" about the "health" of this country. Even the glorious "Bitcoin" lost its shine.

    I just wonder where all of this ends; Biden rides an t.b.d electric truck while Gaza is in flames. That will help.

    But yeah probably the Greene lady rescues this whole island in no time.

    La la land just carries on like nothing is wrong. The "church" will help to save this nutty "island" for sure.

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    Yes , I think it has become an "miscarriage" the baby is missing some "parts" and has an brain anomaly. Sorry to say there are no "doctors" in the house who can fix this "birth defect" since this island just floats in outer space and the little people on the "island" know it all and still think they can dictate the universe. It is time the baby grows up and does not dirty his own diaper. The "Birth of this Nation" may take forever ; the doctor has given up and disappeared and let a bunch of clowns help instead.
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    "The Birth of a Nation" premiered on January 1, 1915. It was D.W. Griffith's first feature length film.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sneak-preview-of-the-birth-of-a-nation

    The final cut of The Birth of a Nation ran nearly three hours and showcased cutting-edge filmmaking techniques for the time, including multiple camera angles. Despite the controversy (which included attempts to ban the film entirely), The Birth of a Nation would become the first true Hollywood blockbuster, earning more than $10 million (the equivalent of $200 million today) as audiences lined up to pay the unprecedented rate of $2 per ticket.

    Today, of course, this movie could not be shown anywhere, but consider this:

    1) in 1871, Congress passed the Klan Act. Over the next several years, the Klan largely disappears and is replaced by other violent white supremacist groups.

    2) In the same year that the movie was released, A Georgia lynch mob led by William J. Simmons—and including numerous prominent (but anonymous) members of the community, such as former Georgia Gov. Joe Brown—murders Jewish factory superintendent Leo Frank, then burns a cross on a hilltop and dubs itself the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    3) Lynchings in America peaked between the 1890's and the 1920". According to the Tuskegee Institute, 4,743 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968 in the United States, including 3,446 African Americans and 1,297 whites.

    4) The Tulsa race riots occurred in 1921, 6 years after the film was released.

    5) In 1923, 200,000 members of the Klan met in Kokomo, Indiana, To this day, it is the largest meeting ever held by the Klan. Half of the residents of the town were members of the KKK. The Grand Dragon of the day, David Curtis Stephenson, later was convicted of the murder of Ginny Oberholzer, and the Klan became much less popular after that.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/the-ku-klux-klan-history-721444

    Ironically, the theater where "The Birth of a Nation" premiered also is the location where another Civil War movie, "Gone With the Wind" premiered in 1939.

    6) In 1927, Fred Trump was arrested at a Klan rally in New York. The charges, however , were quickly dismissed. Although it was never proved that he was a KKK member, the fact remains that he (and The Donald) were convicted in 1973 for violating the Fair Housing Act.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States

    https://digitalresearch.bsu.edu/digitalcivilrightsmuseum/items/show/110

    https://www.democratichub.com/posts/18207/default?em=rp&rplid=124150