All the money for all the good anyone wants to do is available in the defense budget. It will require we stop investing so much in death.
Glorious Leader does not rule, he does not lead, but he can still make a mess.
If Glorious Leader will stay behind wall and moat, tweeting for the citizen’s amusement and lacking any authority whatsoever, then he can have the house. I’d call that an artful deal.
There will be no issue, whether large or small, in the upcoming election that does not get turned into either (1) fear, or (2) anger, but most likely both.
U.S. v Miller, 307 U S 174 (1939) The Militia which the States were expected to maintain and train is set in contrast with Troops which they were forbidden to keep without the consent of Congress. The sentiment of the time strongly disfavored standing armies; the common view was that adequate defense of country and laws could be secured through the Militia — civilians primarily, soldiers on occasion.
In colonial America being a member of a well regulated militia (lots of people were) put upon that citizen a legal obligation to report for duty, when called, with a working firearm and three days ammunition. On duty the militiaman became a regular soldier with all the rights and obligations of a soldier. That is the genesis of the second amendment. How the descriptive but legally meaningful “well regulated militia” was dropped without adjusting the overall meaning of the amendment I do not know.
A couple centuries back the British Empire forced opium on China solely to balance the empire’s budget which was being drained to pay for tea from China. The Boxer Rebellions was the Chinese effort to fight the pushing of drugs in their country. Today, again for money (for themselves and the politicians who protect them from change) drug manufactures push their addictive drugs on the nation.
While some kid who got caught smoking a joint sits in jail.
Hell of a place.
There’s been a streak of xenophobia in America’s political mix forever. Every now and then it gets loose. Glorious Leader is just reminding us that the “Know Nothings” and “Oriental exclusonists” and the Klan, have been, are, and always will be with us. The challenge is to chase them out into the light so they identify who they are. Eighteenth century thinking here in the twenty-first century. What Dick Cheney once called “deadenders?”