LOCAL VOICES: Dope business in Compton harbinger of bad things to come
Selling out to the highest bidder with impunity: Compton does not need the dope business; ‘Crack’ once left city in dire straits By MICHAEL HILL Editor’s Note: Compton residents are quite angry about revelations concerning the direction
Selling out to the highest bidder with impunity: Compton does not need the dope business; ‘Crack’ once left city in dire straits
By MICHAEL HILL
Editor’s Note: Compton residents are quite angry about revelations concerning the direction of the city, notably with respect to the official embrace of dope business, both medical and recreational, by Mayor Aja Brown and possibly two council members. That issue, along with the embrace of “industrialization” in Compton has become a boiling cauldron of divisiveness splitting residents straight down the middle. Longtime resident and activist Michael Hill recognizes that City Hall has hung out a shingle — “Compton for Sale,” something that was clearly evident at the City Council meeting of Sept, 13, 2016, which was detailed in the Compton Herald (“Local Voices: Compton mayor mutes residents’ concerns at marijuana workshop,” Sept. 17, 2016). Offering his personal perspective, Hill eloquently lays out the ensuing reality.
[Embracing marijuana business in Compton] just can’t be a good sign, and now we see it for what it really is; selling us out to the highest bidder with impunity. God needs to deal with this and sooner than later, please, Lord. We don’t need this here. “Crack” cocaine nearly left us in dire straits, once. I still see crackheads on the streets. The love of money is still the root of all that is evil, even in politics.
I voted for someone [other than Aja Brown] last time and now I’m so glad I didn’t drink the darned “Flavor-Aid” this time. But many did and they brought their crew of thieves to take us down a dark path, looking like light — the way Satan has worked since the dawn of creation. Now we know who we’re dealing with. A so-called Christian in sheep’s wool and driving a Range Rover.
I’m not surprised the mayor doesn’t want to meet with me as I requested in a voice mail. I’ll never hear from her office now because even her hubby knows, I don’t bend nor kiss butt. All it took was a breakfast one day for him to find out who I was and there has been no contact since. I understood from the outset what was up, and maybe they thought I’d buy the brand. Independence and awareness are my mantras, and after meeting a few celebrities on a film lot, I know quality people from fake friends. Sony taught me so much about life and dealing with human beings. For that, I’m eternally grateful.
We’ve got some real smooth operators [in Compton] now, and life here will be up for grabs in a minute. There are political appointees all around us now, and they’re trying to storm the castle and take it all away. But I’ve noticed, payback always comes when least expected, especially when you think you’re the smartest gal in the room and you get overconfident, and that mode has already started I’m noticing.
Mayor Brown despises us and really doesn’t care about any of us unless we’re on board with her agenda. I don’t buy it. Just waiting for the [Los Angeles District Attorney] to drop the hammer and maybe, this time, it’ll be the Feds too. Wait for it. Dirty deals and deference always get you tripped up when you least expect it. Lying is it’s own trip wire too. Then they come for you and it’s all over. I’ve seen it happen time and again. But if you walk a straight line and be truthful in God’s eyesight, you become victorious at every turn. That’s how it works in God’s eyes.
The Greek word “pharmakia” literally means “drugs”, and appears five times in the New Testament: in Gal. 5:20, Rev. 9:21, 18:23, 21:8 and 22:15.
“Pharmakia” is translated into our English Bible as either “witchcraft” or “sorceries.” We also get our English word “pharmacy” from the Greek word “pharmakia.”
In each of the aforementioned bible passages, “pharmakia” or “drugs” is listed as a work of the flesh of man as opposed to the Spirit of God working in us. For example, Gal. 5:16-23 in the KJV reads:
16 “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft (“pharmakia” or drug use), hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
So you can have it all while here [in this life], or make decisions that ensure you’ll inherit your place in God’s Kingdom. You choose, but if you make the wrong choice, deal with the consequences. Many will not see God’s Glory and they need to stop pretending to be something they’re truly not. God is watching and his justice is always on point.
Seems a shame to ensure your place separated from God’s grace and mercy for all eternity, but look at what’s happening and understand, God is not mocked, though He be long suffering.
This should be interesting to watch as it unfolds. And the sheriff [Capt. Michael Thatcher] was absolutely right. Funny how when truth is preventing you from the sin you want to indulge in, you’ll find so much to counter the wisdom of good people dedicated to preserving public safety. Money will do that to you after you decide to worship your “god” just like in the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus.” There’s always time for repentance, but I think in this case, the false god of profit will win over sound reason and sanctification.
Hell is not a place to end up because you had avarice and greed for…more. Guess Mayor Brown wants a Tesla, too, by any means necessary. Shame, you can’t drive it in Hades. Only suffering and gnashing of teeth will be there, according to my Bible. Become “lukewarm” and God will spew you out of his mouth — can’t have it both ways. Choose this day, who you will serve. I choose God. What say you?
For the record, fame is a drug, too. Many just can’t handle it. But after meeting Will Smith and Denzel Washington, and others on a film lot, I see that many handle it quite well and deservedly so.
Compton is just a small town in the middle of a hub. The mayor just got here and already is ignoring the wise heads who know right from wrong. That’s not very smart. Besides, even when one hears [some of our City officials] speak, they don’t sound as “educated” as someone in the White House. I listen to people speak all day and when I hear inappropriate usage of the English language from someone with a college degree, I wince. That tells me a lot about the individual, especially if they’re of African descent. Guess I learned that from voice over work and from working in radio awhile back. Words will tell you a whole lot about what’s in someone’s head. A whole lot about their sophistication or lack thereof.
An old saying goes, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” (or queen). Think about it. It’ll make sense in a minute. Maybe, maybe not.
Michael Hill is a long time resident of Compton.