Thought I would share a recent e-mail exchange with a friend who resides miles away but who is as close as being next door when it comes to discussing our socio-political environment.
MY FRIEND: What a country we find ourselves living in. George Orwell couldn’t have imagined us this far down the rabbit hole.
ME: Amen, brother!
MY FRIEND: Would like your comments/take on a few things sloshing around my mind these days. There is much truth in the adage that if you can’t win an argument, change the topic. (Or something like that).
ME: I like the one that goes: If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em.
MY FRIEND: So the Liberals couldn’t stand the success (at whatever level you believe there was) of Trump’s meeting with North Korea. Even if nothing comes of it, at least he made it to the table. So they immediately begin screaming about immigration and the kids. Trump barely received a couple of days of positive (as it gets) coverage.
ME: The exception, of course, being FOX News.
MY FRIEND: Speaking of immigration and the kids … I truly don’t know what the truth is here. How long has this practice really been happening?
ME: If I understand all the commentators who have weighed in on this, it started with the administration of Texan George W. Bush when Uncle Sam’s immigration officials on the front lines started identifying adults seeking asylum as having no relationship whatsoever with the kids who showed up with them. So, the kids were taken away and isolated to protect them from further potential harm.
MY FRIEND: Sad I haven’t paid enough attention prior to now to know. But I doubt Trump just put this into place. This is a no-win situation all around. Majority of these folks are lawbreakers. Not asylum seekers.
MY FRIEND: What is the government to do? Say we are talking about a car thief. If a thug brings his 4-year-old along as the thug pilfers your ride out from the front of your house and gets caught, do you send the kid to jail with the thug? I don’t see any difference here.
ME: Of COURSE you don’t send the kid to jail with daddy. Contrary to the blatant slander spewed by attorney Michael Wildes, we here in the USA are not Nazis. The kids are kept in hurricane-fence cubicles so that their situation can be addressed logically, safely and in an organized manner until final disposition can take place. Each is given three hots and a cot. (The U.S. taxpayer foots the bill). There is no torture, last time I checked. There is no inquisition. There is no brainwashing that I have heard reported. And all that crap about wrapping the kids in aluminum to keep them warm was the worst fake news I have EVER heard. The kids, many of whom came from tropical climates, were put into an indoor, air-conditioned environment. They were understandably cold. Immigration and law-enforcement officials on the front lines gave the kids NASA blankets — shiny, silver, lightweight thermal blankets developed during the space shuttle program. Not sheets of aluminum. Let’s face it: The liberal Democrats, the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and the bulk of the mass media are going to muddy the water any way — and in as many ways — as they can between now and November’s mid-term elections. It’s a damned shame that everything is so politicized and polarized. It’s even more of a shame that we have to be exposed to it. Unfortunately, this nation houses far too many gullible and self-ignorant people who believe everything they hear on TV is true. And they believe the fake news because they’re too lazy to think for themselves. Frankly, I’m sick of it. And I believe the majority of the U.S. public is starting to feel the same doggone way.
MY FRIEND: But at the same time, it is horrible for the kids involved.
ME: Hate to sound so crass, but it ain’t our fault. The horror lies with the coyotes who dragged the kids along with them. And nobody among the Democrats on the left side of the room seems to understand that.
MY FRIEND: The blame falls squarely on the parents. But we all know that; we surely can’t abide personal responsibility in Lib Land.
ME: Speaking of which: Did you see ol’ Rachel Maddow break down and cry on TV the other day when she was addressing the treatment of immigration kids? What a crock! The woman can manufacture fake tears on demand. I’m certain her heart bleeds as porously as her tear ducts when the topic of abortion comes up. (Not.)
MY FRIEND: I truly don’t know the answer. More on immigration … we have to absolutely shut down our borders.
ME: I agree — in the sense that we need to enforce better control. That’s one reason I support the Trump Wall.
MY FRIEND: Look at what’s happening to Europe. Only reason we have not experienced more of that here is that we are so large, we have not reached critical mass yet. But it’s coming. And damn soon.
ME: I agree. And you don’t have to look all the way across the pond. Just take a look at the sorry conditions on the streets of San Francisco these days – the new U.S. harbor of unwanted and undocumented souls.
MY FRIEND: You have to ask … Is this the price we have to pay for our living so long with so much, all while so much of the rest of the world has much less, or even little?
ME: Nope, that’s too high a price to pay. Instead of importing refugees willy nilly, we need to continue to stand as a shining example of how a nation can fight and, yes, even bleed and die in the struggle against tyranny and oppression to win independence and self-governance. Somehow, we have to educate these “refugees” to the fact that they can stay home and find a way to empower themselves to stand up and defeat the oppressors they are fleeing. And if they happen to be convicts trying to outrun their criminal convictions and prison sentences when they show up on our turf, they need to be deported before they’re ever imported. In the meantime, perhaps the moment has arrived that will serve as a slap in the face for our nation’s crony capitalists, the greedy policymakers, the public officials who deliberately foment racial and gender hatred and others who value selfishness above selflessness. Perhaps all this hullabaloo is indeed some kind of wake-up call for all of us.
MY FRIEND: Or is this a culmination and coordination of a political / cultural coup, where the anti- liberty freedom forces are staging a worldwide takeover?
ME: That’s certainly another way to think about it. As you well know, history tends to repeat itself — it just takes on a different “look” with succeeding generations. Many of us felt this way in the face of the radicals in the 1960s. But while Chicago Seven hooligan Tom Hayden morphed into a brief role as an elected politician, his brand of anti-patriotism eventually was run into the ground — as will happen with NFL crybaby Colin Kaepernick’s “take a knee” protests (and few people today can even recall what he was protesting).
MY FRIEND: Our own political environment and the future. Wow, Trump Derrangement Syndrome was a cute catch phrase at first. Now it seems to be a full-fledged pandemic. Libs and the press see and accept absolutely no virtue or good in anything Trump or his administration says or does – they don’t even give him a chance to see how anything turns out.
ME: I spent 42 years in newspaper newsrooms, and I have never witnessed the vitriol that I see and hear across the spectrum of news media today. Seems like EVERYbody is on steroids.
MY FRIEND: These upcoming mid-terms will be a bit scary, I’m afraid. I honestly can’t figure how they will turn out.
ME: I give no quarter to all the bluster about the coming of a “blue wave” in November. My money is on just the opposite. I predict that we’ll see a red wave wash over the nation in the mid-terms. (If it turns out that I’m wrong, I fully expect you to remind me that I was way off base.)
MY FRIEND: Will be interesting to see how things go when the Libs inevitably at some point take back the government. Will conservatives have the guts to attack with the same hate and vitriol as the Libs do?
ME: Now THAT’s a fascinating question. And I hope the answer is “no.” But then, there’s that old-school, Old Testament way of thinking: An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.
MY FRIEND: I read in your blog, I believe, where you commented that there isn’t any news anymore, just opinion being presented as news. Very true. Very sad. This absolutely is fueling and hastening our solidification into an us-versus-them “take no prisoners, give no quarter” society. Webster might as well delete the word “compromise” from the dictionary. It ain’t happening. Ever again.
ME: I fervently hope you turn out to be wrong on this. If you’re right, I don’t see how we can avoid another bloody civil war.
MY FRIEND: Oh well, I’ve rambled enough. Time to go do something else, even if it’s wrong.