Just Another Day in America

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By David Glenn Cox

It is important when thinking about the United States Supreme Court to remember its long and storied history of getting it wrong.  Separate but equal, child labor constitutional and a man is still his master’s property even in a territory where said ownership was illegal. Bush V. Gore, theft in plain sight. So, to expect some sort of honor of law instead we see the authoritarian hand in black robes. Waving a sickle announcing the border war is a coming!

The court ruled that foreign nationals cannot sue American agents who commit crimes on American soil. In every version of the story Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was shot in the face in 2010. At worst Sergio Adrian Hernandez was throwing rocks and feigning attempts at border crossing. Obnoxious behavior is now grounds for lethal force? Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was fifteen years old. The Supreme Court ruled, Yeah that’s all right. Keep doing that, keep shooting kids if they throw rocks at you. What message does it send to Mexicans along the border? I’ve never heard of an altercation where just one side brings guns.

I’ve never heard of a side given court approval to fire when ready Gridley to have a calming effect. Maybe it was only one rock this time. Or maybe he looked like he was going to throw a stone, will that be enough tomorrow? It all but setting up a free fire zone encouraging violence ginning up the base. How’s that for red meat? It’s in lock step with the Cheeto’s planned campaign. Vote for me and I’ll shoot em down for you. So, if you’re trying to get money for border wall construction would you really  want peace and quiet?

The court ruled that if a border agent shoots you in United States while you’re standing in Mexico that you would have no recourse, too bad, tough luck.

Needless to say, the Mexican government is concerned about having their citizens shot and killed across an international border and who has jurisdiction? The gun was fired in the United States the bullet entered the man’s body in Mexico. It would seem the crime was committed in Mexico and should have been adjudicated there. But that’s not what’s going to happen here these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.  There’s a noticeable change that authoritarian chill in the air. What they will do to them today they will do to you tomorrow. There is no first class in the cattle car. Just as in Nazi Germany the court must amend the law to condone the act.

Health experts agree, it’s not if but when, the corona virus arrives on American shores. Wall Street is in a tizzy fearing a world pandemic might shave nickels off their stock prices! Just imagine, the world condensed to money.  Flesh and blood lives struggling reduced to lines in a ledger book. Gee, I guess they really do need us after all. If we all die in a world pandemic the Walton family fortune could suffer, Wall Street would take a dim view of forecast earnings. And yet, this is the way we run the world?

China has been commended for its strong measures of quarantine. You can do that in an authoritarian country, but the US is gonna be something else. Stay home? I can’t stay home. No school, who is gonna watch the kids?  Some eighty million Americans have no healthcare or high deductible plans, they can’t miss work, they can’t stay home with the kids. How’s that freedom working out for ya? Events will be cancelled people won’t want to go out once it arrives and they wouldn’t be telling you about it now, if they didn’t feel they have to tell you about it.

This isn’t a “Get a Flu shot” warning. This is more like, “Hey, I don’t want to scare you …but.” The Cheeto administration is trying to sound calming in a wooden kind of awful way. Former paid liar and economics adviser, Larry Kudlow says the virus is contained breaking with the CDC, what do a bunch of doctors know? I think that’s what scares me the most.  Who does he think he’s kidding? The market tanks and he runs out to the crowd screaming the sky isn’t falling! The sky isn’t falling! We got the virus under control! If you saw it in a Charlton Heston movie you wouldn’t believe it.

The markets opened up for a third day, at one point up 461 points, it was a dead cat bounce. There’s only so much money to buy up bargains with because tomorrow they might not be a bargain anymore. Zhejiang Province? isn’t that were we get all our castings from? With China on lockdown the virus can become an economic pandemic. I’m not scared much, but the behavior of those with a lot of money disturbs me. Trump says we’ve got it under control which means, we don’t have it under control.

Go on then and pile it on, seems to be the way. Trouble comes all at the same time, a healthcare crisis an environmental crisis and now and economic crisis to go with it. Seems like, all three wounds are self-inflected. Seems like maybe we should try and do things differently maybe we should try to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Bernie Sanders is a Socialist! And Helen Keller was a Socialist too! Are her politics too extreme for you?

“All of you, I am sure, have heard many cries about Government interference with business and about “creeping socialism.” I should like to remind the gentlemen who make these complaints that if events had been allowed to continue as they were going prior to March 4, 1933, most of them would have no businesses left for the Government or for anyone else to interfere with — and almost surely we would have socialism in this country, real socialism.”
― Harry S. Truman

Change is the logical choice. The pendulum must be encouraged to swing. More of the same will only net more of the same and that’s not working! We don’t need hope and change we need serious change. Structural change. The booger eaters and Trumpists must be run out of town in November and a blue government installed ready to make changes

“You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” – Winston Churchill

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