Build that wall!
I am beginning to think the Americans should build that Trump-promised wall across its southern border. When it’s finished, they can then build one along the Canadian border, followed in short order by walls along the length of the east coast and the west coast. Signs on the wall could read: “USA: the United States Asylum.”
A bit harsh? Think about this. Only in an asylum would a judge be required to ask a one-year-old child if he understood the proceedings in an immigration court. The fact that the judge’s only complaint about such a travesty was that he felt embarrassed is proof enough for me that the judge belongs in the asylum. Surely, any rational person, especially a judge, would refuse to take part in such as travesty.
Only the inmates of an asylum would try to derail a resolution to encourage breast-feeding that was introduced recently at the World Health Assembly, a UN-affiliated organization. According to the New York Times, the U.S. not only tried to seriously water down the wording of the resolution, they threatened the sponsor, Ecuador, with heavy economic sanctions if they introduced it. It finally fell to Russia to sponsor the resolution. Being against a breast-feeing resolution because it might impact such international mega-corporations as Nestlé is akin to being against America’s most iconic values: motherhood and apple pie.
Only in an asylum would children go to school every day wondering if they were going to be the next to be gunned down in what has become a regular event in the U.S.: a school massacre. And it moves up a notch from asylum to madhouse when various stores and gun outlets, including another mega-corporation, WalMart, promote guns as “back-to-school” items.
Only in an asylum – (and I’m sure most of you have seen the meme on Facebook) – would it be legal to give a child a gun as a gift but illegal to give the same child a Kinder Surprise.
Only in an asylum would you see known pedophiles and Nazis running for public office and receiving support from a large segment of the voters.
Only in an asylum would the head of the EPA remove regulations that protect the environment, would the Secretary of Education do her best to unravel the education system and the head of Housing and Urban Development believe the Egyptian pyramids were actually built to store grain.
Only in an asylum would police fatally shoot a young black boy playing with a toy gun in a park, or tell a black man he has to keep his barbecue smoke on his own property.
Only inmates of an asylum would believe their friends are enemies and their enemies are friends. Only in an asylum would Donald Trump become president even though he received fewer votes than his opponent. And only in an asylum would an inmate claim he was going to pardon himself for crimes of which he claims he is innocent even though he hasn’t been charged yet.
While I applaud Prime Minister Trudeau for telling the world – and especially the chief USA inmate, Donald Trump – that Canada will not be pushed around, I begin to wonder just when Canada, and the rest of the rational world, will tell the Americans they also will no longer bother listening to their ravings and will not do business with them anymore.
Oh, I can hear the arguments already. Economic collapse all around, wars erupting, social unrest, etc. But when you’re dealing with the inmates of an asylum, all those things are still possible because we don’t know what they’ll do next. Trump has already threatened additional tariffs on Canadian automobiles which would cause serious economic strife in Canada, most especially in Ontario. He has already said he would like to invade Venezuela and his National Security adviser, John Bolton, has advocated military action against Iran and North Korea. And social unrest has reached a point in the U.S. where a large percentage of people are now starting to talk about the possibility of a second civil war. Sounds a bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? But after the First World War, a second world war also seemed far-fetched, didn’t it?
It seems to me that the U.S. is destined to remain an asylum (in the hospital sense, not the safe haven sense) until the doctors (sane people) vastly outnumber the inmates.
Tell me, am I wrong?