National Emergency Update
Here's hoping that everyone here -- and everyone, period -- had a safe weekend surviving the National Emergency. Reports of hoards of non-white people gathering to cross the Mexican border have been pouring in from far-right wing blog sites. True, more reports have been pouring in than marauders but you can never be too prepared.
Also, the American National Red Cross says that its workers have been overloaded during the crisis, as the need for beds and shelter has been pushed to the maximum, especially since the housing they had been counting on is used up already by immigrant children. Crisis summits are underway with the organizers of the Burning Man and Coachella festivals to use their expertise in setting up tent cities on their grounds and in pockets across the country.
On the positive side, food, clothing and medical supplies are being gathered by our Canadian neighbors and convoys have been arranged to bring them in to the needy here in the United States. (To be clear, these are "convoys," not "caravans." Caravans are bad, convoys good.) Happily, this effort should be successful because there is no outcry for border wall protection to the north, so the trucks, vans and bicycles will be able to trundle in with only a wave and "Howdy!" to greet them. Also, there are warehouses of material that never made it to Puerto Rico which is now available for real Americans.
Lest anyone is concerned about our government standing on guard to protect us all during this most dangerous of National Emergencies, there is the heroic Lindsey Graham (R-C) -- when confronted with the fact of defense allocations would be diverted in Kentucky to the building of Trump's wall (or at least the very tiny few miles of Trump's wall that could be funded -- telling the public, “I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border...right now we've got a National Emergency on our hands.”
Now, one might think this is a risky proposition since Kentucky ranks 45th on the list of most-educated states, and that that would appear to be far more of an emergency. But to be clear, Lindsey Graham can be cavalier about this because his state of South Carolina ranks higher than Kentucky and is 42nd out of 50 on the most-educated list.
And lest anyone be concerned that Trump himself can't multi-task and keep his eye on what's important while vacationing at his country club to play golf and eat at the omelette bar, know that he's on top of everything when he sent out this tweet on Sunday --
So, there you have it. A Trump wall to keep us safe for ignorant school children and Trump-branded prisons to keep us safe from comedians.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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