The most worthwhile journeys almost always take unforeseen detours.
While the quickest route to any destination is always a straight line, such uncompromising intransigence also tends to be boring. Taking the path of least resistance ultimately provides few rewards and little, if any, satisfaction — except for lower life forms.
I tend to be skeptical of those who never change their opinions. Someone who insists that his or her mind can’t be changed isn’t a person I usually like to be around. I’m even more suspicious of someone who was born into a defined set of religious beliefs or a certain political philosophy, and never challenges those basic assumptions over the course of an entire lifetime. The straight line approach certainly doesn’t require any additional time or effort, so it’s the easiest path to follow. That’s why it’s so common everywhere. Yet those who take such a predictable path without considering alternatives usually don’t offer much in the way of critical thinking, creativity, originality, nor innovation.
Most of the time, what’s posted here are (what I believe to be) answers.
Today however, I have mostly questions.
Let’s begin as follows: What moral responsibilities, if any, do those of us in wealthy countries have to accept new immigrants from less-developed nations?
More specifically, should we make distinctions for political refugees versus those who immigrate entirely because of greater economic opportunities on the opposite side of the border? And to be even more specific, what about stateless refugees from war-torn areas, or those facing severe persecution back at home? What if an undocumented immigrant is fleeing a life-or-death crisis? What about religions and ethnic conflicts such as Sunnis fleeing Shias, or Shias fleeing Sunnis? Under any circumstances should illegals be forcibly returned to their homeland, and if so, when and where?
These are critically important questions facing many, mostly Western nations right now, with no easy answers.
The assholes of America have found their ideal candidate.
He embodies their deepest-rooted fears. He plays to their crazed phobias and nuttiest conspiracy theories. He exploits their frantic desperation for simple answers to complex problems. He’s the grotesque political pathogen of mass ignorance. Like them, he’s every bit as mean, as crude, as juvenile, as xenophobic, and overtly as sexist and as racist as they are — only worse.
Meet Donald J. Trump, the current Republican Party presidential front runner — otherwise known as the baron of bankruptcies, the oligarch of opportunism, pharaoh of fraud, the prince of pricks, and the asshole of all assholes.
Take a bow, sir!
Remember when the Republican Party used to nominate presidential candidates that members of both parties could admire and look up to, who were both intelligent and statesmanlike, leaders who inspired the best in all of us, rather than dividing the country and extracting the very worst fears in their supporters?
If you like your public beaches, then thank socialism.
Were it not for governments having the foresight to acquire, develop, and maintain these common recreational areas, public beaches would cease to exist. The most desirous properties, such as sandy oceanfronts concentrated around urban areas, would be gobbled up by land developers and privatized. Then, beaches would end up much like golf courses. The nicest beaches would become exclusive playgrounds for the rich. And the rest of us working-class people would end up with limited access to far less-desirous areas, forced to pay entry fees just to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean.
Thank goodness for socialism.