America has a cow problem. However, the problem has nothing to do with the cattle we value so highly for the milk they produce or the hamburgers we so greedily gobble. No! America’s problem has to do with its huge herd of “Sacred Cows”.

A “Sacred Cow”—according to Webster’s—is “one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition.” The prodigious pastures of American politics have recently (since the tRump era’s inception) become littered with the cow chips of these sacred cattle. To express dissent, oppose, or to even offer constructive, heartfelt criticism of any of these cows is akin to blasphemy in the eyes of some of the right-wing hardliners.

In Hinduism and in Jewish tradition, the cow has an elevated status. In these traditions, the animals are treated with reverence and sincere respect.

But, for those of us who are not members of these religious groups, the general consensus is closer to the one expressed by Abbie Hoffman in this quote— “Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburgers.” No disrespect intended for the Jewish nor the Hindu tradition. The Sacred Cows revered by the hardliners are not so sacred—as a matter of fact, America’s birth, childhood, and adulthood have been rife with examples of “agitators” who would NOT accept the status quo.

In actuality—as viewed through the 20/20 lens of America’s historical hindsight—most of these “agitators” are now seen as “patriotic”, “brave”, “bold”, and or “heroic”! America itself was once considered a group of “arrogant, unruly, and disrespectful agitators!” Remember the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence?

Remember the most famous Founding Father, George Washington? The ULTIMATE patriot—right? Well, check the words that flowed straight between George’s ivory, wooden, and human-toothed dentures; “If the freedom of speech is taken away then, dumb and silent, we will be led like sheep to the slaughter.”

There was also this jewel from GW:

“The alternate domination of one faction (political party) over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But leads to a more formal and permanent despotism.”

He’s talking about YOU political parties—oh protectors of the great “Sacred Cows.” You are DESPOTS. Is U mad bro?

No, of course not, George is a great American Hero!

Who said this? “Overgrown military establishments are, under any form of government, inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”

It HAD to be a Democrat because Republicans believe in a big, strong military, right?

Answer: Again, it was George, and he wasn’t a member of ANY party. The first party system wasn’t seen until 1792. It consisted of 2 parties:

  1. Federalist
  2. Democratic-Republican (Surprise! Democrats, and Republicans were the same thing)

The second president, John Adams said;

“Democracy… while it lasts, is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There [was] never a democracy that did not commit suicide.


What kind of skullduggery is this? A fine upstanding patriot; a founding father of this great country CRITICIZING DEMOCRACY?


On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass was invited to address the citizens of his hometown, Rochester, New York. Whatever the expectations of his audience on that 76th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Douglass used the occasion not to celebrate the nation’s triumphs but to remind all of its continuing enslavement of millions of people (, 2007).

An excerpt from Douglass’ speech appears below:

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloodier, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour (1852).”

Should this great American—who rose from slavery to become a great social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman—have been exiled from his country for these remarks?

Douglass’ white cohort—abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison—once called the Constitution a “covenant with death” and “an agreement with Hell,” he refused to participate in American electoral politics because to do so meant supporting “the pro-slavery, war sanctioning Constitution of the United States.” Instead, under the slogan “No Union with Slaveholders,” the Garrisonians repeatedly argued for a dissolution of the Union.

Guess what? He wasn’t told to leave the United States!

The GREAT EMANCIPATOR once said; “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is—a most sacred right—a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

Is this treason coming from the mouth of “Honest Abe” Lincoln himself—one of our greatest presidents? This sentiment MUST be credible coming from him! He’s suggesting that anyone has the right to get rid of their whole government if they so choose!

Look out tRump, we’re coming to get you! Abe said that it is our “sacred right” to do so.



Philosopher, activist, social scientist, author, and co-founder of the NAACP, W.E.B DuBois’ spoke thusly about America’s corporate and political backbone—capitalism; “Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. (W. E. B. Du Bois)”. In his later years, he grew weary of the American ambiguity and took flight; alighting in Ghana, Africa, saving the country the trouble of SENDING him “back to Africa”!

Theodore Roosevelt of “Speak softly but carry a big stick” fame, was so critical of Woodrow Wilson’s policies during World War I, that he attacked those who claimed it was wrong to oppose a president in a time of war.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president…or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important, to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else (1918).”

Teddy is telling us that to NOT criticize the president—whether he’s right or wrong—is UN-patriotic and morally TREASONABLE! TEDDY was no mousy man. He was a ROUGHRIDER! A taker of NO bull dung.

In his famed speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered what is now known as the “I Have a Dream” speech. What is not as well known to most Americans is the first part of that speech in which MLK delivered a withering reproach of America. It was during this part of the speech that Dr. King delivered these words;

“In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” (1963)”.

The great civil rights leader, Malcolm X was extremely critical of his country during the 1960s when issuing the following warning during a speech unofficially titled; “The Ballot or the Bullet”.

“When we say so-called Negro that’s pointing out what we aren’t, but it isn’t telling us what we are. We are Africans, and we happen to be in America. We are not Americans. We are a people who formerly were Africans who were kidnaped and brought to America. Our forefathers weren’t the Pilgrims. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us. We were brought here against our will; we were not brought here to be made citizens. We were not brought here to enjoy the constitutional gifts that they speak so beautifully about today. Because we weren’t brought here to be made citizens–today, now that we’ve become awakened to some degree, and we begin to ask for those things which they say are supposedly for all Americans, they look upon us with hostility and unfriendliness (1964)”

Although not exiled for their statements and beliefs, both MLK and Malcolm X were MARTYRED by the “powers that be”.

Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was outspoken about many political issues, including his opposition to the Vietnam War. Ali was drafted by the United States military in 1966 and called up for induction in 1967. He refused to take the oath based on his position as a “Conscientious Objector”. In March 1967, one month before his scheduled military induction, Muhammad Ali explained why he would not be enlisting to fight in Vietnam using these words:

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?

No, I am not going ten thousand miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would put my prestige in jeopardy and could cause me to lose millions of dollars which should accrue to me as the champion.

But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is right here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom, and equality…

(Alpha History, 1967).”

 So, should we deny the greatest prizefighter of all time—an activist, philanthropist, the most recognized and revered man in the world—citizenship in the country in which he was born?

Should we disown the man who proudly represented the United States of America by winning a Gold Medal in the 1960 Olympics because he opposed the war for religious reasons and label him a draft-evading traitor?

I know a whole lot of Vietnam era men who didn’t fight in Vietnam. One of them is our President? Is HE a draft-evading traitorous coward?

In today’s contentious political climate some are trying to make it criminal to voice dissension with issues that THEY have deemed UNTOUCHABLE. They all seem to be singing the same song. They herd these “SACRED CATTLE” out before us when it serves their political schemes. They all seem to be singing the refrain from MC Hammer’s hit, “YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS!”

But read what these wise ones had to say about dissent:

  • “Here in America, we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
  • “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” (Edward R. Murrow)
  • “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate”. (Hubert H. Humphrey)

In closing, consider the hypocrisy of tRumps slogan, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”.

Pay particular attention to the word AGAIN. The second sense from Webster’s definition of AGAIN states that it means: “another time: once more: ANEW”.

If this definition of AGAIN is applied to the word GREAT, then this GREATNESS must be:

a.) not currently in existence hence “another time”,


b.) was once but currently is not hence, “once more”,


c.) “in a new or different form” hence, “ANEW”.

So, in essence, the red caps emblazoned with the slogan; the raucous roar from fanatical flocks shouting it and yes, the repetitious rants of old tRump himself are all declaring that CURRENTLY, America is NOT GREAT! Otherwise, why modify the word GREAT with the word AGAIN?


The unmitigated gall of them all to call those who lovingly and constructively criticize America while they themselves holler like hound dogs howling at the moon; proclaiming just how UN-GREAT America is!



Ronald Brown: Patriot


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