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Drew Friedman - Screw magazine 651

I met a man
A dirty man
A’pissin’ in the sink

I said, “Hey, man!
Whatcha doin’, man?!?!?
Pissin’ in the sink?!?!?”

He continued to pee
But turned to me,
Saying with a wink:

“Don’t stop and stare
‘Cuz I don’t care
What other people think.”

So I killed him dead
Chopped off his head
And left it in the sink

The moral is:
Don’t piss or whiz
Where other people drink

art by Drew Friedman
for Screw magazine #651

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2020 Forward



Favorite Westerns Of Filmland #2, August 1960
cover art by Jack Davis

Methinks it would behoove both the Democratic and Republican national committees to adopt something along the following for their 2020 presidential primaries:

No one may enter the presidential primary unless:

  • They have been elected governor or lieutenant governor of a state
  • They have been elected mayor of a city with a population of at least one million (threshold may be reached at any time during one’s term)
  • They have been elected to either the Congress or the Senate of the United States
  • They are a retired field grade military officer who has led troops in combat

A person is banned from entering the primary if:

  • They have entered and dropped out of a previous primary (while the national committee may choose to grant an exception to specific individual cases such as those involving a health or family crisis, or being recalled to active military duty, the committee is not obligated to grant such exceptions)
  • They have lost a previous primary or convention ballot with less that 30% of the total votes cast

Point #1 is to block the dilettantes, the egomaniacs, the attention hogs, the mouthpieces for individuals and groups with ulterior motives.

Make candidates demonstrate their self-discipline and their party loyalty by campaigning for a smaller office first.

If you can’t win some custom tailored gerrymandered backwater district, you don’t belong on the national stage.

Exceptions are made for retired career field officers who have served their country all their life and know the enormity of the responsibility they’ll bear as president.

Point #2 is to eliminate those who waste the party’s time and resources.

If you haven’t got the stamina to finish the game, you don’t deserve a place on the bench; think long and hard about your chances and how it will affect your own political future before you throw your hat in the ring.

If you can’t get even one third of your own party to back you, you don’t deserve that party’s support in a national election.

Now, some folks will claim this only allows a select few to run for president under their party’s banner.

If it’s time for somebody outside the system,
start a third party; set your own rules.

But if you’re going to be one of the big two,
then do a better job of vetting candidates.

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MW Cover

A graphic novel by Chester Brown
Subtitle: “Prostitution And Religious Obedience In The Bible”

I recommend this book with reservations.

Some of you who are Christians shouldn’t read it; not because it has naughty pictures in it, but because you aren’t spiritually capable of processing Brown’s interpretation of the Bible.

You will rant and rave and condemn his book
and his ideas but gain no benefit from them.

And by “benefit” I don’t mean you will change your mind and accept what he says, but that you won’t take his perspective to look at the source material with fresh eyes.

Because frankly, that’s the most important thing about this book: Its ability to get us to step out of our traditional mindsets and look at the text anew.

We may opt to say, “Hmm, interesting, but I’m not convinced” and return to our original point of view, but we will at least now have the ability to evaluate that belief in comparison with another, far more different interpretation.

And that can only strengthen our belief in the long run.

Conversely, some of you who are skeptics shouldn’t read it either because you lack the perspective and context to grasp the points Brown makes.

You’ll gleefully shout, “Aha! Mary was a hooker! I knew it!”
and decide there is no reason to look any further into
the teachings of Christ because it’s all bogus.

That’s not what Brown is saying.

So after the jump I’ll analyze what Brown’s point is.

I will say here that Brown’s style is aptly suited for this book, just cartoony enough to make the stories and characters accessible to all readers, realistic enough to forestall unintentional comedy. Brown has chosen to approach his versions of the stories mostly from a plain text reading (i.e., what does a story itself tell, not “Is this story factual?”) although he does look at some stories in the context of extra-Biblical knowledge of the cultures involved.

As Brown has chosen a plain text approach, I will offer my critique of his book based on a plain text reading as well. If you’re not capable of reading what follows with an open mind, here is a hopefully amusing post to keep you entertained.

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Seriously, 2016, Stop It. Just…Stop.


FU2016 prince-side-view

FU2016 david bowie

FU2016 Haggard

FU2016 blowfly-studio-1970-billboard-650

FU2016 Dale-Griffin-Mott-the-Hoople

FU2016 dan hicks

FU2016 george martin

FU2016 glenn-frey-old-1453160905

FU2016 Jimmie Van Zant 2 BWs

FU2016 kantner-700x602

FU2016 keith-emerson-lake-palmer-portrait-bw-billboard-650

FU2016 maurice white

FU2016 vanity

This is only a small portion of the large number of talented people we have already lost this year — musicians, composers, songwriters, creators — but I thought 13 would be an appropriate sample.  

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Shut Your God Damned Mouth


I am using the term “God damned” in it’s proper Christian theological context: Jesus of Nazareth, whom we Christians recognize as God incarnate, very specifically condemned judging other people. Further, in the Old Testament when God Himself offered the covenant from Mt. Sinai, He admonished against bearing false witness against your neighbor.

So let’s proclaim
a digging implement
a digging implement
and proceed apace,

Recently political hacks, in an effort to appeal to the ever decreasing white and/or Christianist bigot vote, have passed or introduced a number of bills designed (among other things) to keep the icky transgender people out of public restrooms.

anti LGBT bill never about bathrooms

And make no doubt about it, this part of these bills is a blatant attempt to drive transgender people out of the public sphere: A bearded masculine looking transgender man would be required to use restrooms and facilities reserved for females, a feminine looking transgender woman could be required to use facilities reserved for males, in both cases regardless of their current sexual identity.

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The reason for this is a completely groundless fear that a transgender male in a ladies room will suddenly snap at the sight and smell of females defecating and urinating and revert back to a presumed heterosexual male starting point, attempting to rape any “true” woman within reach.

Go read that highlighted text again. Keep reading it until you realize just how damned stupid and bigoted and hateful it is…

…to heterosexual males.


The rationale behind the bathroom ban is that heterosexual males are rapacious sub-human filth who are unfit for polite company, that they are incapable of self-control, that no force on earth short of the full weight of the law can keep them from raping and murdering.

Penn Jillette on morality w o God

Now, truth be told,
there is an argument
to be made in that case.

We have plenty of heterosexual males who have committed heinous crimes such as sexual assault.

For the most part, however, they don’t commit sexual assaults in areas where they might be discovered and interrupted by witnesses and/or law enforcement.[1]

No, when heterosexual males rape and murder, they either like to have privacy or else operate in a pack large enough to prevent / thwart / intimidate any witnesses or rescuers.

So this law as crafted does absolutely nothing to protect people from sexual predators as those sexual predators will be attacking victims regardless of what the law says about who can / cannot use a particular public restroom.

For example, we have conservative moralist politicians who have been arrested soliciting sex from other males in public restrooms, we have high school wrestling coaches who seduce their charges in locker rooms, we have purported Christian ministers raping children in their care.

NC longest term speaker

Do we need a law that specifically forbids conservative politicians from using public restrooms? Wrestling coaches? Preachers?

No, of course not; no moral or ethical person will sexually assault another; those capable of sexual assault will not be deterred by laws.

We don’t need laws to define the crime,
we need laws to define the punishment.

We have to be able to say, “Because you did X, you will now have your freedom limited for Y period of time” in order to insure the criminal does not victimize more people during that period.[2]

So there is nothing — nothing – these bigoted bills will provide in added security to potential victims.

Rape and sexual assault remain punishable crimes regardless of the location of the crime or what the rapist and victim are / are not wearing.

All the bills do is let smug anusoids demand other people show them their plumbing so they can decide if they get to sit in the front of the bus use that particular restroom or not.

Sound familiar?

NC rest rooms

Now, several turd mongers have been quick to rush and report violations of a citizen’s right to privacy in a public restroom.

They cite a couple of recent cases in which voyeurs violated the right of privacy of other people by sneaking cameras into restrooms; one such voyeur disguised himself as a female to do so.

Folks, they’ve been doing this for decades.

Peeping Toms

Voyeurs, by and large, are not transgender people seeking to feel comfortable in their identity but low grade sex offenders who are aroused by spying on other people.[3] They are morally and emotionally sick people who regardless of their personal predilections, do not respect interpersonal boundaries.[4]

Banning transgender persons from certain restrooms will not protect victims from voyeurs.

Imprisoning voyeurs will protect victims of voyeurism by denying the voyeurs the opportunity to sneak photos.

But again, none of this has anything to do with the actual issue of the role of transgender people in this society.

It has everything to do with bullies and bigots desperately trying to find one last thing they can gloat over before they are flushed down the toilet of history.

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[1] And those that do are mentally deranged to some point or another, such as the maniac who followed a little boy into a public restroom and slit his throat even though the child’s aunt was standing outside, or the President of the United States who had sex with an intern in the Oval Office. Those offenders are either too insane to recognize the risk of exposure they are facing, or else they get off on the thrill of possible discovery. In the latter case, passing laws against doing something will only increase their desire to do it!

[2] One of the Manson family “girls” (now in her seventies) is up for parole. From the Tate-LaBianca murders all the way to the various crimes and murders committed by other members after Manson himself was thrown in jail, the Manson family has demonstrated themselves to be singularly psychotic, remorseless, and exceedingly dangerous. Any Manson family member serving a life sentence needs to stay behind bars for the rest of their life: The family as a group has repeatedly demonstrated they are capable of causing great harm up to and including murder, and if that means a genuinely repentant family member has to stay incarcerated even though they are no longer part of the madness, so be it; they have proven they cannot be trusted.

[3] Whenever one discusses what arouses any human being, questions to be asked have to include consent. Anybody who gets aroused taking pictures of people in what should be rightfully private settings is perfectly free to hire a model to pose for them under simulated condition, or to obtain permission from a partner to spy on them, or read fictional stories or watch commercial porn which, despite claims to be genuine voyeurism, is almost always professional models posing for money after signing a release form. Professional pornographers, as opposed to the creeps who run the revenge photo sites, do not have a viable business model that sees them getting thrown in jail and still turning a profit; the creeps are not motivated by money and are willing to face legal repercussions in order to inflict harm on others.

[4] To some degree we are all voyeurs insofar as we are curious what goes on behind closed doors: This is why tabloid news remains so popular, this is why we are amused by candid photos that capture people unawares doing amusing things. There are lines that can be drawn, however, and while snapping a photo of a cosplayer at a convention using a cell phone in an out of character manner can be considered harmless and charming, stalking that cosplayer to catch them in an embarrassing or revealing moment is not. Regarding the University of Toronto incident, the circumstances are clear: All human beings have a reasonable right to privacy in their domiciles, be they private homes or dormitories, and sneaking a photo of a person in a locker room is no different from creeping up on their home’s bathroom window to snap a shot. If a person is streaking in broad daylight across the university commons, they have no reasonable right to privacy and can feign no outrage if their photo is taken. It’s not that difficult a concept to master, folks.

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“You Keep Using That Word…”



The human concept of “God” is to the true divine nature of God what the flag is to the land & people referred to as the United States of America.

The map, as Alfred Korzybski was so fond of pointing out, is not the territory.

Neither is the flag the nation,
nor the word the reality.

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If You Want To See The Hand Of God


NGC 2174 Stars Versus MountainsIf God is not the creator of this universe there is no point in believing in Him, much less worshipping Him.

If God is not a transcendent being, outside of the limitations of time and space, there is no point in believing in Him, much less worshipping him.

If God can be fooled / bamboozled / cheated, if He can change His mind, He is not a God worthy of worship.

If God does not know all, He cannot see all, He cannot forgive all.  He would be in no position to do so as He would be operating out of ignorance.

We are moral creatures only because we can choose between good and evil.  If we were compelled to do evil it would not be our fault because we could not choose to be good; if we were compelled to do good, it would not be to our credit because we could not choose to do evil.  Only by being able to choose are we moral actors.

If God does not compel us to do either good or evil, He must want us to be moral creatures.  He has assigned us free will.

If free will does not exist, then our entire existence is futile.  Without an ability to choose, we are incapable of being either good or evil.

If free will exists, then only by choosing to serve God can we be good.

Since God created everything and is greater than this universe, there is nothing we can do for God that He cannot do for Himself except to chose to love one another.

If the only way to love God is to obey Him,
then God wants us to choose
to love our fellow human beings.

God can provide Himself
with anything else He wants.
Our offerings are pointless.

Since God cannot force human behavior without robbing us of our free will and moral choice, He can only act when He is asked to act, and only in a way that affects the person asking for help.

Since God will not force human behavior, He desires all to choose to behave in a way that helps His creation.

God helps humanity through the voluntary actions of those humans who choose to do good.

If the objective was merely to put food in bellies, to heal physical infirmities, then God could do that with a snap of His fingers (metaphorically speaking).

But that’s not the objective –
or at least not the sole objective.

The main objective seems to be to get human beings to voluntarily change their hearts and minds, to put aside selfish behaviors and thoughts and to be more loving and accepting and caring of one another.

This life is short and filled with suffering.
It is gone in the blink of an eye.

Nothing we do here matters in the long run.

Eventually this universe and everything in it will unravel and turn into something else and it will be as if we never existed.

We don’t want to be here when that happens.  We want to be part of something else, something much bigger, much better.

And the only way to be part of that is to love one another as God loves us.

If you want to see the hand of God, look at the end of your wrist;
if you want to stare down the devil, look in a mirror.

Religion is a metaphor for the ineffable.


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What’s Your Game, Donald?


I try to avoid political commentary on this blog[1] but current events are pretty much compelling me to do so.

Operating on the philosophy of “watch what they do, not listen to what they say”, I surmised early on from Jeb Bush’s campaign he had zero interest in running for the presidency, that he was just pressured into it by family / friends / GOP establishment and he did everything in as passive-aggressive a method as possible to torpedo interest in him.[2]

Now I’m looking at Donald Trump and am asking myself, does this guy act like he actually wants to be president and if not, what is he really trying to accomplish?

And I think the answers to those two questions are:

  1. No, and
  2. the destruction of the GOP as it exists today.

Demagogues know how to tailor their pitch to specific audience segments. Trump isn’t doing that; he’s going solely for the one group that is most dramatically declining on the American political scene.  Even if one chose the Trump base as a starting point to build a campaign, it has to extend outwards from that; it can’t stay focused on a group that simply cannot sweep a candidate into power on its own.

Next, his long list of deliberately contradictory messages, each of which is giving a wave off to many people who might otherwise be willing to vote for him.

Couple that with refusal to adhere to even the most basic planks of the party, as well as deliberately alienating the establishment (c’mon, he’s doubtlessly had plenty of opportunities behind closed doors to tell them “it’s just an act for the rubes, fellas, I’m one of you”) and I don’t see a serious campaign for the presidency…

…but I do see a sabotage campaign.

As several other people have observed, Trump isn’t interested in doing, he’s interested in winning.

And winning to him, as he has demonstrated over his entire life, has consisted of getting recognition. Everything he does is about him, and even deals that fail, or deals in which he has virtually no real involvement, are massively important to him — and in his mind, successes — because his name is on them.

It’s been postulated that he was angry at Obama for roasting him at the DC press dinner a few years back. Are you kidding? That was the high water mark of his life up til then: The President of the United States was making jokes about him and referring to him by name. That validated him, it didn’t denigrate him.

But being left out to dry on the birther branch by the GOP, that pissed him off.

The original birther question — was Obama a US citizen by birth if his father was a non-citizen — had at least of hint of legitimacy to it.[3] However, once ample legal precedent had been pointed to, then Obama’s short form — the same form every other state uses & recognizes as a legitimate proof of citizenship & identity — settled the matter.

Any further question had nothing to do with actual legality and instead was pure racial bigotry — especially since it involved a far fetched scenario in which some evil far left conspiracy, somehow knowing Obama half a century later would be the chosen one, faked a Hawaiian birth certificate and notices in two Honolulu newspapers to hide the fact he was really born in Kenya.

Trump took the charge on that one and promoted it heavily, even though it was patently absurd to anyone with two brain cells rubbing together.[4] I don’t think Trump believed it, I don’t think he ever sent over investigators, I think the whole thing was a PR farce.

But the GOP, trying to have it both ways, let Trump go on and make himself look ridiculous while distancing themselves from the actual birther charges.

I think that was one of the few times Trump felt embarrassed, not because the birther claims were ridiculous in and of themselves, but because he was left holding that whole smelly bag all by himself.[5]

But the GOP as a party could not cling to the birther narrative and so they’ve had to let it go, even if they’ve never formally acknowledged it was bogus.

Trump is smart enough to know he can’t play the birther card anymore — he’s resolutely deflected all attempts to get him to comment on it — but he has figured out all the other things that go along with the birther nonsense and he is hellbound to drape those around the GOP’s neck in full public view.

That is his game. If you want a perfect picture of Donald Trump in 2016, just imagine an ex-girlfriend showing up at a wedding with a squalling infant in arms.


[1] Oh, who the #%@& am I trying to kid?

[2] Sidebar: Thank you, Jeb!

[3] Short answer: Yes, Grover Cleveland was a US citizen and his father was still Irish when Grover was born.

[4] Provided those brain cells weren’t infected with racism.

[5] They could have helped him back off the branch: Let him announce his investigation did indeed prove Obama was a US citizen by birth, have the GOP acknowledge that and thank Trump for settling the issue once and for all, then moving on.

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Who Deserves What?


I have this basic philosophy, derived from the Golden Rule:

You can have as much as you like
so long as you first make sure
everybody else has enough.

What, exactly, is “enough’?

Clean air to breath.

Clean water to drink.

Healthy food to fill a belly.

Clothes and shoes to wear.

A warm bed and a dry roof.

Freedom from fear of harm
to your person be it harm by
criminal assault or harm by
illness or harm by accident
or neglect.

No, we can’t make everyone 100% safe 24/7/52 but we can take steps that curb violent crime and keep aggressor nations at bay and make it affordable for people to avoid serious illness and injury; and when those things occur, a system to provide help without driving anyone into destitution.

An educational system that makes it possible for people to understand the world around them and take adequate steps to care for themselves and have the freedom to plan their own lives instead of needing assistance.

See to it that everybody has those basic things and I don’t care how many yachts you own or how many private jets or how many mansions or cars or jewels or clothes or whatever.

Take all you like…after everyone
else has their basic needs met.

Buckminster Fuller on no need for jobs

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When The Shit Hammer Falls…


trickle down economics by Bennett

I think it’s safe to say we are in the beginning throes of what will be THE cultural sea change of the 21st century, but like all such sea changes, we can only detect that it has started, not what final form it will take.

Things As They Were Done In The 20th Century are grinding to a close, and the next generation will be marked by a conflict between those who realize they are in the 21st century and those who want to retreat back to the 1950s (if not the 1850s).

For 70 years war has been on the decline as trade proved it is cheaper to buy what you want than to steal it.

That’s endangered by the fact that capitalism, in order to make more stuff available to more people at cheaper prices, has laid waste to the middle class and the working class of industrial nations, and employs third world nation populations at virtual slave wages.

All around the world are young people (mainly men, though women are well represented as well) who have seen their parents lose their homes, their farms, their businesses, their livelihoods, their self respect and are Angry At Somebody for such things happening.

The question is, who will they ultimately be angry at?

The corporations and oligarchs who did it to them?

Or the scapegoats offered up by the media the corporations and oligarchs own?

Can the reactionary forces win and try to take us back to a non-existent Golden Age?

Sure they can; it’s happened in the past, there’s no reason to assume it can’t happen again in the future.

But historically the reactionaries cannot keep what they take.  They achieve their brief idealized utopias but at terrible cost:  Civil war, war with neighbors, ultimately collapse either to enraged enemies from without or enraged citizenry from within.

The American South fell during the Civil War, briefly rose again, and is now being relentlessly ground down by demographics.

France overthrew imperious, disdainful nobles who had been warned again and again and again that change was coming and the only way to forestall it was by putting back into the system some of what they had taken out, but did they listen?

Progressive revolution, followed by the Reign Of Terror, followed by Napoleon and his wars that ravaged Europe.

Germany arrived late at the party, tried to nationalize long after everybody had become an established nation, tried to colonize long after all the other European powers realized colonization was a mug’s game, fell to one band of imperious disdainful oligarchs, briefly rose when those oligarchs slipped a right wing reactionary into power in order to hold communism and socialism and unionism at bay, paid a terrible price.

(They don’t get it, the oligarchs.  They never get it.  They can have all they want so long as everybody else has enough.  But they can’t abide the thought of anybody sharing the loot with them.  It’s all theirs theirs THEIRS!  Suffer and die, peasant:  You are unworthy to breed, unworthy to live, unworthy to even eat the food or drink the water or breathe the air that the oligarchs claim to own.)

If a reactionary revolution succeeds, either globally or locally, we can expect brutal suppression of anything that doesn’t fit their idealized utopia:  History demonstrates this happening Every Single Time.

This inevitably leads to the push back from those oppressed, domestic and foreign, and the eventual utter collapse of the entire system.

These are nasty, bloody affairs.

If the progressive element wins, there will still be strife as the reactionaries’ tenacious grip is s-l-o-w-l-y pried loose from one cultural stronghold after another.

More strife, more blood, but not as much blood and strife as if the reactionaries win.

Progressive revolutions have a better chance of growing to maturity without causing untold problems for their neighbors.

This is because progressives often (but not always, truth be told) recognize they are entering new territory, and as such are more willing to adapt and change to new circumstances.

But nothing lasts forever, and eventually even the progressives become ossified, and a new generation has to remove them by force or guile.

The old power structures are failing the people of this planet.

Governments show less and less attention to the citizens they govern and more and more to corporations (often international) and oligarchs.  Their police stop protecting and serving the population as a whole and start protecting the power structure and what it owns.

Eventually, things snap.

Eventually, the police and the military recognize the other side is going to win, and they switch sides, turning on their former masters.

‘Twas ever thus.

Today in the United States big money interests are distorting the politics of the nation.  The citizens have a choice between a bad set of options and a disastrous one, both fully funded by the corporations and the oligarchs.

The middle and working classes have seen their wealth stolen from them, a trillion dollars in savings and real estate value transferred from them to the upper 2% between 1970 and now.  They’ve seen their salaries and wages frozen.  They’ve seen their jobs and career fields wiped out in pursuit of corporate profit, with no thought given to them despite years of loyal service.

All attempts to rectify this, to prosecute those whole stole the wealth, to protect those at risk, are rebuffed.

Sure, there’s the occasionally sacrificial lamb offered up, usually the most egregiously stupid and greedy and least connected member of the class right below the oligarchs, but those are rarities.

Certainly taxes are not raised, only lowered, on the wealthiest and most powerful.

Certainly vast sums of money find their way into the coffers of the mostly millionaire class of federal level politicians.

The oligarchs own the police, they own the military, they can afford — or else they are in a position to force the country to pay for — privileges and luxuries such as adequate food and health care and education that they deny the rest of the country by constantly mucking with the physical and cultural infrastructure of the country.

But the top 2% are not the sole authors of this situation.  We ourselves have done this to us.  Every time we go to a big box store to buy a cheap piece of imported plastic from China instead of to a local store to purchase a more expensive but more substantial piece of merchandise made by our neighbors, we knocked one more Jenga log out from under our already precarious position.

Karma’s a bear, folks,
and karma is patient.

We sought to enrich ourselves at the expense of our neighbors.  Instead of spending that extra dime, that extra dollar to buy something that helped our neighbors put a roof over their heads and food in their bellies, we gave it to big corporations (typically owned by a tiny handful of people) who kept most of it and siphoned off only a tiny fraction to their virtual slave labor workforces in other countries.

I hear people scream / kvetch / moan about illegal immigrants, but the truth is those immigrants can’t work for people who will pay the required federal withholdings, only for the slickee boiz who pocket that money instead of putting into the tax and public health and insurance and retirement coffers where it belongs.

You want to bring illegal immigration to a screeching halt, arrest / try / convict / sentence the people who hire the illegal immigrants.

And illegal immigration touches on one of the great bugaboos of this country:  Its inherent racism.

Before the Civil War, the Southern oligarchy lulled poor Southern whites into accepting their low status by assuring them that no matter how low they sank, they were at least better than blacks.

Truth be told, they were identical to blacks in the eyes of the oligarchy:
Both were sub-human filth unworthy of admission into high society.

But carefully playing off poor Southern whites’ well justified feelings of inferiority, promising them they had at least some social standing in the scheme of things, dangling the farcical claim that someday perhaps they, too, could be among the cream of society, the oligarchy convinced their equivalent of the lumpenproletariat  to march off to certain doom against superior forces, dying by the hundreds of thousands in a futile attempt to let the oligarchy own black people just a little bit longer…

Racism is America’s original sin, and we have been haunted by it since before our independence.

(Oh, I know the groans and eyerolls that are starting at this point:  “Here come the whiney social justice warriors again / geeze, can’t they let anything go? / that stuff happened years ago!”  For your edification, NO, we cannot let it go:  It has never let go of us.  Until we acknowledge it and recognize it and fncking DEAL WITH IT!!! it will hamper and hinder the American dream.  Until we DEAL WITH IT, we are unworthy of that Dream.)

We have lost the privilege of feeling comfortable about ourselves.

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