By any measure America would be seen as clinically insane by an alien observer arriving on earth. The insanity is marbled in at all levels of society starting from the highest levels of government to the dishwasher in a small town hotel. But the real problem is that about a third of our population is afflicted beyond redemption, and another third doesn’t really know or care what is happening around them.
The next step in granting de facto amnesty and immunity from deportation to illegal aliens is the new vote-accumulating Obama administration order that gives certain foreign nationals a pass just because they are related to an ex-GI. The latest reported ‘heart warming’ case involves an Hispanic-American veteran who decided to marry an illegal alien, and then lobby for passing a new law that would exonerate law breakers who are/become his relatives (more here). As usual, liberals see such a law as covering a tightly circumscribed, anecdotal circumstance that would have no spreading ripples. But the US Code is stuffed with these kinds of laws that have become collateral damage bombshells after passage. Starting such new dispensations for law-breakers related to vets, where do you think it would stop? How soon will other criminals be able to plead for mitigation and/or extenuation because they are related to someone who served their country?
Things have gotten so out of hand about guns in school that kids who make an index finger gun with their hand or have half-eaten pastry that resembles the outline of a gun are kicked out of school by the bureaucratic thought police. These worthies have thoughts that such behaviors precede the kinds of mass shootings by the insane that we have witnessed during the last decade or so. Now Maryland and Florida have finally responded with their versions of the so-called ‘pop tart’ bills that are coursing their way through legislatures. The hope is that when passed, these laws will reign in the zealous idiots in the schools’ administrations. To be seen.
Our distinguished Nevada City hotelier reports that California will now require that his bartenders start wearing latex gloves when serving drinks that have a bit of vegetable matter added to them. (Then the gloves must come off when handling the customers’ filthy lucre.) Everyone in the state handling food will be so attired according to the new law. The numbers of deaths and debilitations resulting from the hitherto mishandling of foodstuffs must have been massive to call for such legislation. Oh yes, and everyone who is even remotely connected with food service in the hospitality industry – e.g. dishwashers in the kitchen - must now apply for and receive a ‘Food Handlers Certificate’ from the state of California – and that’ll be $15 please. Of course no one has thought of the added cost and impact on productivity that this latest spate of feel good legislation will have.
This list is already very long and can be expanded indefinitely when we have tiers of underworked lamebrains (at their jobs of last resort) in the ranks of government trying to think up new ways for the state to benefit the people. And who knows, each new law or regulation also has the possibility of expanding the public service sector because someone has to be hired to do monitoring and enforcement as the law is implemented. After all, it’s all for the common good.
But the thought I want to leave you with, dear reader, is that there is no discernible strategy, plan, tack, … for correcting or slowing down this slide into autocratic madness. There are even many otherwise sober and reasonable people who oppose such idiocies, but just throw up their hands and counsel going along to get along (see GATGA). The age-old reasoning here is that it’s better to bend over today and be re-elected in hopes of then getting a backbone tomorrow.
[12mar14 update] America’s resident mush minds have caused an explosion in deer populations, primarily east of the Mississippi. The nation now has over 30 million deer, a hundred times more than it did in the 1800s and possibly more than ever lived on the continent. They are busily destroying forests and crops and gardens, and even people who drive into them on highways (more here). The leftwing idiots who have mangled our culture so that culling them by hunting is taboo in most areas, have also created this mess among their many other messes, and are now attempting to solve the problem through a bigger government that will create unfunded programs to either sterilize the deer or put the does on the pill or, I don’t know, train the stags to strap a balloon on their peckers before ... (you can't make this stuff up). And we all know that this type of madness is not limited to deer. That the obvious solutions evade such people is further support of the proposition advanced by some serious thinkers that liberalism is indeed a form of mental illness. From the available record, it has sure looked like that for at least a century now. (for more on the psychological and psychiatric aspects of this notion, just google ‘liberalism, mental disorder’)