In Praise of Stupidity!

Trump has finally figured out how he will “make Mexico pay” for his proposed wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of the U.S.  According to the trumpeter, he will impound the money that Mexican immigrants earn and send home to their families in Mexico until Mexico agrees to pay somewhere between $5 million to $10 million for the wall.  So simple, really, I don’t know why we didn’t think of it before.  Maybe because it isn’t legal?  Or perhaps because the “problem” of Mexican immigrants is illusory and in fact, more people emigrate from the U.S. to Mexico than the opposite?  Maybe because it is virtually impossible to identify every transfer of money from “illegal” immigrants?  Could it be because it would be devastating to not only the economy of our ally, Mexico, but also to families who are already basically starving? Might it be thought to be a form of international blackmail?  Or perhaps because such a move would severely test the limits of executive power to pressure another nation?  Or maybe because Mexico is currently our ally and we would like to keep it that way, given that they are the third largest importer of goods from the U.S.?  But gee, Mr. Trump, those are all just pesky little details, so by all means let us move forward with your brilliant plan, have lawsuits coming out of the woodwork, have Mexico refusing to trade with us, and build that damn wall! 

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the hateful “religious freedom act” into law today.  Great job, Gov!  Now every business and organization in your otherwise illustrious state can legally discriminate against LGBT people!  Your family must be so proud.  Now businesses in your state can even tell employees how to dress, they can demand that women wear makeup and tell them how to wear their hair … wow, isn’t this a great thing?  Bryant says he signed the bill in order “to protect … religious beliefs and moral convictions … from discriminatory action by state government.”  Never mind that this bill not only permits, but encourages discrimination.  Never mind that there was no real discrimination against the religious citizens to begin with. Yes, by all means let us not let silly things like treating all people as equals, humanitarian concerns and civil rights offend the sensibilities of the “moral” citizens. Mississippians can now be turned away from businesses, refused marriage licenses, or denied housing, essential services and needed care based on who they are.  With an average of 63 people per square mile, Mississippi was over-populated anyway, so this law will really help thin the population when residents move to other states where they are free to be who they are. In fact, Rhode Island and New Jersey, each having more than 1,000 people per square mile, may do well to consider similar legislation! What’s next, Gov?  Will you turn your sights to laws limiting the rights of African-Americans?  Women?

Earlier today, President Obama, in his daily White House briefing, stated that the rest of the world depends on the United States to offer serious solutions for global problems. “They don’t expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House.”  Well perhaps it is time for the world to look elsewhere for “serious solutions”, for compassion and humanitarianism, since the United States has taken leave of its senses!

5 thoughts on “In Praise of Stupidity!

  1. So, out of one side of his face, he accuses Bernie Sanders of wanting to take our money, but he wants to take the money of millions of hard-working people and hurt not only them, but their families. Instead of a Democratic Socialist, he is leaning more towards dictatorship.

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    • Just what I’ve been saying! I still believe he does not seriously even want the job, just the “thrill of the chase”, but if he were to get it … I shudder … remember he wants to take away freedom of the press and sue any journalist who says “unkind things” about him. Sounds a bit like Erdoğan, doesn’t it? The man is said to have a high IQ, but I have my doubts.

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  2. I think one of our major problem in Europe is that we still look to the US for the solution of global problems. No offence meant, I just believe we need to start thinking and acting ourselves, not waiting for someone else to take the lead. The problem behind it is of course that there is no “Europe” as such – not in terms of foreign policy. We still are loads of little nations that each want to protect their own little interests. Look at the refugee crisis, for example. – Sigh. I think we need to wake up and grow up here.

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    • No offence taken at all! Ours is not the best example to follow these days! Though I like and greatly respect President Obama, his hands have been tied for much of his presidency and he has had to make many compromises in order to get some part of his program done, so … we should not be the role model for any other country. I only shudder to think what it will be after next January! I truly believe now that Hillary Clinton is the ONLY one who will be able to deal with foreign relations, but would Congress tie her hands as they have Obama? Only time will tell. Sigh. (We do a lot of that these days, don’t we?) 🙂

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