The Bastille Line

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

We have all heard the expression, “Lite a fire under him.” I was watching a silent film made before World War One and in it Buster Keaton couldn’t get a mule to move so he took a pile of dry grass placed it between the animals four legs and lit it with a match. Being a comedy, the mule took off for the mountains with the Keaton in tow. That’s why you don’t play with fire the results can vary from user to user. Across the Unites States twelve million families are facing eviction. These include families with small children, the elderly, and veterans. And for the Sara McClahlan humanitarians out there the Animal shelters will soon be filled to capacity with yesterday’s family pets.

It’s piling up brush in a dry forest. Denying the pandemic is real while pretending our fear is not. Scoffing at our concerns. It is the end of your political movement regardless of leanings or affiliations to encourage your followers to risk illness and death while contravening common sense. Throw a few more virgins in the volcano and go find that mine field for us. Their contempt for us bubbles to the surface.

Senators, Sanders, Markey and Harris in May introduced the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act which would provide struggling families with $2,000 per month. Now let’s all pretend we are fiscal conservatives for a minute. $2,000 per month for struggling families is way cheaper than the cost to society of one person on a ventilator per day. The only way to make the pandemic go away is to stay home.

Enter one Theodore (Ted) Cruz, “Why be so cheap? Give everyone $1 million a day, forever. And three soy lattes a day. And a foot massage. We have a magic money tree – we should use it!”

This from a Senator of the United States in a time of national crisis. “Japanese, Pearl Harbor, sounds like a party!” Cruz had no trouble voting for a $740 billion defense budget. He is the mainstream Republican Gomer Pyle pissing on the heads of the people and telling them it’s raining. He’s really yucking it up with twelve million potentially living outdoors. And that is where the spark comes from. Some Foghorn Leghorn in a three-piece suit strutting through the barnyard taking his mouth out for a walk.

Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But the current President doesn’t know the difference between World War One and World War Two so what is left to us but fear? We have the President of Candyland making fantasy pronouncements while spitting in the face of reality. What’s more, the President just says these things and no longer even tries to sell them meaning he doesn’t even believe them himself. “If you contradict my fantasy, I’ll just walk away to where my fantasy is in full effect.”

“You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power—he’s free again.”
― Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Once you have robbed a person of family property and a domicile, they are no longer full members of society. Pushed to the edge and alienated they become an anti-society an alternate universe. The services necessary to maintain them creating an additional drag on society which means while pissing on their heads might be fun it will only cost more in the long run with the by product of untold misery and crime. Where is that love of family Republican’s are always talking about and that love of Main Street America? God bless us everyone!

This is their leadership to pretend it isn’t so, to pretend that you aren’t there and to scoff at solutions while ignoring your problems. Saying without saying there aren’t enough lifeboats so some of you are going to have to drown. It’s not that we don’t like you and want you to vote for us, but we have a philosophical responsibility to uphold.

“No one is actually starving.” In fact, said Hoover, he knew of one hobo who had managed to beg ten meals in a single day.”

Same as it ever was, lying to look cute, lying to diffuse the issue and lying while not doing a damn thing about it. Hoover did work franticly to resolve the issues of the Great Depression. The efforts were too small and left the states in charge, but the states were broke. Hoover had a $2 billion dollar fund to get the factories producing cars and radios up and going again but without customers with money to buy it was for naught. The incoming Administration took the $2 billion and rescued one million homes and farms from foreclosure at a cost to the taxpayer of zero.

I guess if you wanted to you could call it the Bastille line. That line that government draws when government seeks only to save itself when their only salvation is in saving the people. To pull up the drawbridge and bring out the tear gas and build walls and fences around court houses. Taking a wait and see approach, let’s see what we can get by with, they’re only Americans. We don’t want to spend too much it might hobble the economy for a decade.  Instead let’s hobble their lives it’s cheaper that way. Let’s throw away their lives and futures to save some points on the stock indexes.

Steinbeck wrote, “anything that just costs money is cheap.” Beyond oaths and promises or even constitutions is a moral responsibility to care for the people. To ignore them and mock them gives them the moral responsibility to destroy you by any means necessary. Look at any society which ignores its starving multitudes then read the obituaries.

“Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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