The Wild West???

The United States today is beginning to look like the ‘Wild West’ if one looks closely.  A madman in the Oval Office is only the beginning.  Out on the streets, in our neighborhoods, things are happening that were unheard of just a few short years ago.

rashad jamesTake, for example, the case of African American attorney Rashad James in Maryland.  As Mr. James entered the courthouse in Harford Country, Maryland earlier this month, he was detained by a deputy who did not believe he was a lawyer and demanded proof.  Just one more in a string of cases where African-Americans have been detained or questioned by police as they went about their everyday lives, golfing, gardening, swimming, shopping, sitting in a Starbucks, leaving an Airbnb, grilling out and napping at a college.

Or, the little boy’s birthday party that was crashed by Chicago’s ‘finest’.  Didn’t hear about that one?  No wonder, for if the name ‘Trump’ isn’t in a story these days, you’re not likely to see it on the front pages.  Well, TJ Jackson was 4 years old on that cold day last month, and his parents were having a birthday party for him in their basement apartment on the South side of Chicago.  Four children were having fun, playing games, and the birthday cake awaited on the table.  Suddenly the door burst open and in strode 17 Chicago police officers, weapons drawn and pointed at the children!

According to the lawsuit that was filed this week by TJ’s family, the officers questioned the children, used vulgar language, damaged furniture as they searched the apartment, and made the adults sit lined up against a wall for 45 minutes while they searched the small apartment.  Why?  They were looking for a man who had lived in the apartment five years before.  A simple bit of research would have shown them that he no longer lived there.  They might have knocked and acted in a respectful manner.  If the family had been white, perhaps they would have done so.

And what about the hundreds of children still separated from their parents at the southern border?  Were you aware that even now, nine months after federal judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Trump administration to stop separating immigrant children from their parents, it is still happening?  And were you also aware that just this week the Department of Homeland Security requested Congress to pass legislation allowing the department to send all unaccompanied children who try to cross the border back to their home countries?  Fortunately, Nancy Pelosi rejected the idea in short order, but it is still a sign of these turbulent times.

Oh, and let us not forget about the hundreds of people being held under a bridge in El Paso, Texas, surrounded by fencing and sleeping on dirt. el-paso.png

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If you still have any doubts that ‘civilization’ in the U.S. is on a backward roll, consider that there is a push for people … any people … to be able to carry concealed weapons without any testing, permits, or even background checks.  Fully one-third of the states have already passed such laws, or un-laws as I call them, and there is a push for this un-law at the federal level. Quite literally, in some states, a man convicted of murder could break out of prison, walk into a gun show, and purchase an AR-15, no questions asked.

Oh, and did you know that the United States has been ranked as the 10th most dangerous nation for women on the globe?  From 1994 until 2017, we had a law called the Violence Against Women Act, that was allowed to lapse under the Trump administration and republican-controlled Congress.  The current Congress is trying to re-authorize the Act, but … the National Rifle Association (NRA) is lobbying against it. Why?  Because it calls for gun bans for those who have been convicted of domestic abuse or violence against a ‘romantic partner’.  This is a nation where we apparently want to ensure that the men can keep their ‘womenfolk’ in line, one way or another – if fists aren’t enough, then grab the gun!

Oh yeah … and speaking of guns, I almost forgot that there is also an idea gaining momentum that teachers in schools should carry them … guns, that is.

Then, of course, there is the “leader”, who breaks every norm of a civilized society and who encourages violence among the people of the nation, divides rather than unifies, promotes hate rather than peace, and panders to those who engage in every form of bigotry imaginable.  Is it any wonder, then, that some days it feels like we are moving backward in time?  We have regressed in so many areas, including civil rights of every sort.  The United States, once referred to as the “Leader of the Western World”, is now well on its way to becoming a third-world country, all just in two short years.  Welcome to the Wild West – Part II.

66 thoughts on “The Wild West???

  1. If every radical poseur; look-at-me-I-am-so-savvy-I am-coolster, See-How-Cynical-I-Am (Worship me) complacent person realised there an’t gonna be no fluffy-bunny land of their choosing, got off of their butts and voted for the least worst option available then there would be the current ‘shhhavings’ storm you are going through!
    In the USA right now, there is no option. You are either for the forces which put Trump in the Whitehouse or against them, but if you are not voting to get them out, then you are for them.
    They can gerrymander as much as they like but when the votes are in and show 65%+ against them, that makes them look pretty crocked.
    But those ‘affected’ non-voters gotta get out there, otherwise THEY ARE SUPPORTING TRUMP, no two ways about it.

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    • I can only agree with you. I think the two most important things we must do over the next 19 months are fight against voter suppression and disenfranchisement, and motivate every eligible person to VOTE! If every eligible voter had voted in 2016, Trump would still be selling real estate for a living and we would have a president who knew what she was doing. You are so right when you say that anyone who doesn’t vote is supporting Trump. I don’t have any empathy for their cries of “Yeah, but …” I do love your expression about ‘fluffy-bunny land’. I shall use that one soon.

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      • Please do.
        Anyone who blathers on about simplistic solutions on pretends to think they are cool and savvy by rejecting getting involved the machinations of the world we live in (save to make comments on Social Media) is definitely living there!

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              • Grim secret: It only exists in their heads. There is no Fluffy Bunny Land, never was, certainly isn’t and based on Human history never will be. It’s based on the assumption all the opposition have either been mind-hammered into thinking their way, or have been ‘removed’…doesn’t matter what political stripe it comes from, it always boils down to those two themes……Neat, uh?

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                • Oh I know it only exists in their heads, and 99% of the time I wouldn’t want to live in that world. But every now and then, it sounds nice to just forget the world around you and live in a happy place. Sigh. Yeah, neat … but also ignorant and dangerous. Ah well … if there were peace all over the earth, whatever would I write about?

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                  • If you want a happy world Jill, the place to go is where all dogs and cats go from this earthly toil, where there is lots of greenery, cushions, sunny weather and bowls of food turn up without looking.

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                    • Yeah … well … I’m sure I wouldn’t be welcomed in such a place, so I keep trying to make this world into a happier one … for everyone. Meanwhile, I carve out little chunks of a happy place in chats with friends like you, in music, and in reading. Sometimes I even sleep!!! 😉

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  2. There are times that I think that I have lived too long, that I no longer fit in the country or the world around me anymore. There are times that I think humanity can sink no lower, and yet they manage to do so. There are times that I think that I will not survive two more years of Trump’s regime and the thought of another four years beyond terrifies me even more. There are times that I think that our planet will not survive our blatant disregard of what we have done to it and even worse, continue to do while having undisputed knowledge of the costs of our folly. There are times that I think the principles that I was taught to live by have little importance in today’s society : integrity, accountability, tolerance, compassion, dependability, responsibility, gratitude, to name a few. There are times when I think that any minute contribution by myself through simple kindness has little impact anywhere. Then, thankfully, there comes that small ray of hope that we will get through these treacherous times, that we must get through, that quitting is not an option and I find strength in these words by Winston Churchill : “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Thank-you!

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    • Dearest Ellen … you have said what I’ve been saying for over a year now. I think I’ve outlived this world, for it is a world I no longer recognize nor care to. I keep fighting the good fight, and I will so long as I breathe, but frankly, I’m tired of it and do not see how it could possibly right itself in the time I have left. I do not believe the human race can survive until the end of the century if we don’t do a 180 degree turnaround on taking care of our planet, and frankly, I have no desire to stick around to see the destruction of the living world as we know it. You are right, and mirror my own feelings on the loss of values, as well. Such things as honesty and integrity don’t seem to matter anymore.

      There is, however, one area in which I must disagree. I do think that any contribution we make, no matter how small, makes a difference, has value. Think about my Good People posts on Wednesday. Some of the people I feature are doing just very small acts of kindness, but I still think it matters enough to shine a light on them, and you always agree. So, if those small acts matter, then so do yours … and mine.

      I love the Churchill quote!!! Thank YOU!!!

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  3. If one studies history, in the wild west the people lost faith in the leadership and established committee’s to deal with the lawlessness (unfortunately they became known as “vigilantes” as things got out of hand in the end) themselves.. one needs to point out to the leadership that history and the possibility that history could repeat itself… 🙂

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  4. Great post. Yes. Wild West indeed. As I visit my home state of Ohio I read in the local newspaper about a push for concealed carry- no permit. I’m so worried about my country and the state I called home for 42 years. I don’t recognize it anymore. Electing Trump has set everything backwards for years. I know we will survive this but it’s going take ongoing mobilization from the left. VOTE!! And convince others to do the same. It’s all we have.

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    • Living in Ohio (northern suburb of Cincinnati), I can tell you that at this point, I hate this state! Friends here that I worked with for 10-15-20 years, people I thought I knew, have verbally battered me for my anti-Trump perspective and they seem to think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread! I see/hear racism that I never would have dreamed of existing among my group of former friends. Yes, former. Most distanced themselves from me quickly during the 2016 elections. Like you, I don’t recognize this world any more. Unlike you, I’m not so sure we will survive, especially if we continue to ignore our environment. You hit the nail on the head, though … two things, I think, are imperative if we stand a chance at turning things around. One, is to work toward eliminating gerrymandering and voter suppression laws, and the second is to motivate everyone to VOTE! If every eligible voter had voted in 2016, Trump would still be selling real estate for a living and we would have a president who knew what she was doing! Sigh.

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      • That’s pretty cool you’re from Ohio. That’s why we get along!! It’s hard to believe though. I think gerrymandering has a lot to do with Ohio being hopeless. THAT has to change. I think I heard that SCOTUS is set to rule on this. They’ve punted before. I’m not holding my breath that they will do the right thing but it’s possible I guess. You know, I just don’t bring up politics when I’m back visiting. I find it’s the best way to keep the peace. They’re not all Trumpers but there’s always a few who make it known he’s their guy. I just don’t talk with them about it? There’s no point. He could shoot someone in Akron(where I’m from) and they’d say: FAKE NEWS…..lol….

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        • I’m not originally from Ohio, but I’ve lived here since … let’s see … since I took the job working for Honda just north of Columbus in … 1990? Maybe 1989, but thereabouts. Originally, I’m from New York and San Francisco … a bi-coastal kid. The I got married and found myself dropped into no-man’s land in the mountains of Virginia! And now I’m here, and like you, I find there are far more Trumpians than I would like. I was so disgusted with Ohio when the results of the 2016 election rolled in that I swore I was moving elsewhere. But, alas, my daughter has a good job here, and so we stayed. Yes, you and I get along great, for I think we both see the world in the same way, and share the same values. What puzzles me about the Trump supporters I know personally is that when you ask them exactly what it is they like about him, they say “He’s making America great again.” But then when you follow up with, “In exactly what way … what, specifically, has he done to make America ‘great'”, they have no answer, and so they say, “None of your business” and the next thing you know, they are no longer your Facebook friend and don’t respond to your emails. Ignorance is not a pretty thing. Sigh.

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          • It’s very depressing. You’re right, they have no answers for him except that he’s making America great again. I think you and I know what’s up though. He speaks to their inner insecurities that soon they will no longer be the majority as far as race is concerned. Not all of them of course. But a substantial amount nonetheless. They want a wall to keep ‘those’ people out. I have one in my family who talked of seeing a couple of black guys drinking Colt 45’s on a porch in middle of afternoon, while HE was busting HIS ass working. You know, collecting welfare..food stamps and the like. They’ve fallen for the narrative from Republicans. Blame the ‘other’ people for everything, while they can’t get ahead. Trump is perfect for them. He says what they think and feel. I had a heated argument with this family member once…and we haven’t discussed politics since. You can’t argue with ignorance!! He, and most of them are not reachable..the solid 35% or so who support him blindly. Let’s forget them…and worry about the other 65%!!!!

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            • You are so right. Trump not only plays on their fears, but instills those fears in them … tells them to “Be afraid, be very afraid”, and being largely not deep thinkers, they believe his every word. And yet, they would deny that they are racist. My fear is that if we ignore the 35%, the disease will spread and before we know it 35% becomes 45% and they 50%. They are loud and obnoxious, but they get attention. I saw a study a while back that most recipients of Section 8 housing, food stamps, etc., are actually Caucasians, but you’d never know it to listen to the rhetoric. It is an ugly atmosphere these days and I am concerned that something is going to have to give. I’m also concerned that if we don’t fix some things, such as gerrymandered states, voter suppression, voter apathy, and potential Russian election-meddling, Trump could quite possibly win again next year. I don’t think this country can take another 4 years of him, and I know for a fact I cannot.

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  5. I’ve been saying this since the beginning. The real problem as I see it is the foolish notion among those who see the truth that this will somehow “work itself out” or be gone with the next election. If I was younger or had young children I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night,

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    • You are so right … something needs to give. The case you mention is, tragically, not an isolated incident. Worse, there have been a number of cases where police shot and killed unarmed African-Americans for things as simple as going a few miles over the speed limit or simply “looking like they were up to something”. And, the cops have largely gotten by without punishment. This nation is going backward in time and I don’t see it getting better. 😥

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  6. I read some time ago that first it was mainly men in the Old West and it was a rowdy place. Then they started marrying and bringing their wives there, churches and schools were built, and it became much more civilized. If men are now encouraged to treat women badly, it’s no wonder we’re going backward. I’ll never forget during the last presidential election how one woman voter was questioned about voting for Trump. She looked scared and said her husband told her she better vote for Trump. I strongly suspected he had threatened her with violence. 😦 — Suzanne

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  7. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    Hello Jill, wonderful post, thank you. This post is a clear and concise accounting of how far we as a nation have fallen and what we now hold dear. Thank you for saying what I wish I could have. To any that have not been to Jills blog or enjoyed her posts I strongly suggest you do so. Subscribe, you won’t be disappointed. Hugs

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  8. It’s unthinkable that the nation that once led the Free World should have degenerated so much that the police have to stop a black man incredulous that he could be a lawyer. It’s ridiculous that those elected to protect the nation can pass laws hat allow for guns to be carried openly like a latter day Dodge City and that can openly allow those who have forfeited the right to own weapons can buy them without checks. These elected officials do not deserve to be in post. Any political group that accepts money from a private concern that wants to sell more weapons to the country and won’t accept some simple safety measures should be drummed out and charged with wilful neglect of their countrymen and women.
    Cwtch

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  9. Jill, there are a number of awful examples here, but let me highlight one. The NRA is against renewing an act that makes it difficult for domestic violence abusers to keep a gun. This is beyond shameful; it is inmoral and abetting a future crime. DV abusers show little appetite for change. The NRA is increasing the likelihood that a DV victim will die.

    Keith

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    • Women’s rights, including the right to be free of abuse by her spouse or partner, have taken a hit in the past 2 years, for sure. I think it is absolutely ridiculous to say that even though a man has a history of abusing his wife or partner, he can buy a gun. But, as I’ve said before, to far too many in this nation, their guns come first before their children or spouses. Pathetic.

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  10. At least in the Wild West there was a Code of Honour. Obviously not everyone followed it, but most did. You did not shoot an opponent in the back. If you had a beef, you announced it, and challenged your enemy to a gunfight, and things like that. Now, you hate him, you shoot him (or her) and you walk away scot-free.
    But there is no honour anymore, no code among thieves–though there is one among rich republican thieves–steal all you can get.
    Dear Jill, please get out of there. I won’t suggest where to go, things are changing too fast, most for the worst. But you need stress-relief, and so do your loved ones. You won’t find it in the Land of Trump.

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    • You are so right … as I mentioned to Scottie, the words honour and integrity seem to be disappearing from our vocabulary these days. I cannot even blame that on Trump, although I believe he is making the situation worse, but it has been so for many years.

      As for getting out of here … unfortunately, it boils down to practicalities such as money, etc. For the time being, I am stuck, but believe me that if things continue to escalate, if this nation stays on the course it is on now, and if I can make an opportunity to leave, I will not hesitate to do so. Meanwhile, I try to shine a light on these abominations and hope that somehow, in some small way, what I do has some value. Sigh.

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      • Well, it certainly has value to your main readership, or we would be ignoring you, which I hope we are not. If nothing else (and there is a LOT else), YOU bring us together though we are all over the world. Most of us would not know each other without you in the middle.
        Meanwhile, Gail and I were talking t’other night, and we agreed if we could afford it we would move to New Zealand together just to get away from all the populist bs. We know we cannot afford it, but still we would try.
        We live out of the way, where there is little chance of nuclear bombs falling on us, if there were a nuclear war. We “might” even survive nuclear fallout for longer than most others would, but that is not what scares us. People scare us, people who care nothing about others, who want there to be no others, just them. I cannot even imagine a world of such people. But it is becoming a possibility. New Zealand, on South Island, is pretty much off the beaten path too. But with that big ocean around them it just seems so much safer than here, which is so much safer than where you are. If I was young and just starting out in life, I would want to live there. Maybe next incarnation, if I have a choice…

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        • Your words make me smile, my friend. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you’re right … a lot of us have ‘met’ and formed friendships via mine and others blogs. Thank you … I needed that boost today.

          I agree … it is people and the increasing lack of compassion I see in the world today that frightens me most. Frankly, if I were young and just starting out in life, I would leave this country. New Zealand? Maybe. Finland? Perhaps. I don’t know, but I have definitely decided that if I return to this earth, it will be as something other than a human! If, that is, there is even an earth to return to. Sigh.

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            • Well, after the government’s response to the mosque shootings a few weeks ago, I would move there in a heartbeat if I had the money and wherewithal. They may well be one of the few nations in the western world that has a government that remembers their sold purpose for being is the people of the nation. Ours sure as heck doesn’t. Sigh. 😥

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  11. The state of Florida is funding training for teachers to be armed with guns. Although it is a voluntary program for teachers to participate, how long before it’s mandatory. And why are we even discussing this? It is absolutely insane to put guns in schools.😡

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    • Hello Larry. We always have said we want caring nurturing teachers that can inspire the children in their care. With arming teachers we are also asking them to be willing to kill one of those very same kids we insist they care about. It is horrible to try to square that circle. I can not see how they can do it. Hugs

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    • You’re right, Larry … it is beyond insane! Did you hear about the teacher in Alabama this week who had a gun in his pocket and it discharged? A first grade classroom!!!! Oh, but the teacher apologized, so all is well, right? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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