Our Pussy Nation

No, no, I’m not referring to female anatomy, sex, pornography, or anything of the sort. Not at the moment anyways. What I’m talking about is the attitude our country has in it’s overall conduct. In its approach to the challenges our nation faces, foreign and domestic, and how we handle them.
America’s Prison Population isn’t anywhere near to being a favorite piece of work; I’m not proud of it at all really, just glad to have gotten it out of me, to have pulled up something, even if that something wasn’t exactly what I’d been looking for. I did touch on something that truly pisses me off to no end though, and our prison system in the States is just one of many examples.

The kind of short-sighted “solutions” I mentioned can be seen in every level of government, from counties all the way up to federal. Bad decisions that come with short term gains and mid to long term repercussions. That describes the course of action political leaders take when it comes to tax increases, to the way most problems in federal programs are dealt with (e.g. Social Security Medicare, Medicaid, etc.), in foreign policies and relations to other countries, and the list goes on.

At every turn, we fail to look out for our own interests in the long term because our elected leaders are to focused on the short term. It makes their decisions defensible in the short term too, as long as they can keep everybody’s attention off the possible long term costs. Our current immigration policies for example, allowing our southern border to be crossed at will, have the short term feel good justification of compassion for the people who come across it. Long term though, it’s eating into your tax money; welfare fraud, food stamps, and even initiatives put forward explicitly for the benefit of illegal immigrants, and at the expense of tax payers.

It’s raising your insurance premiums. Medical, because if you don’t have health insurance or paper work and you don’t speak english, it’s pretty easy to get treatment in an emergency room even though they want all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed when I go in seeking medical treatment. Auto, because all the traffic accidents not paid for or even insured by illegal immigrants driving around end up getting paid for by somebody. Then there’s all the money flowing out from illegals sending money back to Mexico, to their families, and there’s all the drugs pouring in.

Not to mention the crime rates associated with people who are here illegally. The thousands of murders, rapes, hit and runs, and that’s not even getting into the illegalities of being here in the first place, driving around without a license (which, btw, they have no right to get their hands on), or the fraud they have to commit to buy a car, or rent an apartment, or get a job. There are literally laws being broken all over the place, and people who advocate for letting them stay act like they’re completely blind to it. Hell, they even get offended when someone points it out, as evidenced by the initial reaction to Donald Trump’s speech when he announced his candidacy.

That caused quite a stir but he was only stating facts. You can quibble and bicker all you want to about how he said it, but the reality of our current situation backs up what he said.

The kind of thinking that’s behind proposals of amnesty or legalization is a great example of short term thinking, geared towards instant gratification. And naturally, we’re all supposed to pay no mind to the definite repercussions it’ll have. You can see the same thing in the way the current administration deals with foreign relations. ‘Oh no, we can’t renegotiate any trade deals or get paid for services rendered, because we might upset this country, or that on.’

It’s what you call walking on eggshells and it makes me fucking sick.

That’s the reasoning, for the most part, behind why we supposedly can’t build a wall on our southern border. ‘Oh no, we can’t do that, it might upset the Mexican government.’ I mean really, to put it as bluntly as I can, this is the attitude of a complete and utter pussy. Think about it like this: if you have a serious ongoing problem, let’s say with your finances, and you know how you can fix it… do you? The answer’s probably a big fat ‘Yes!’, right? So let’s add a little bit to it: what if fixing it might ruffle a few of your friends, co-workers, or families feathers?

What if the solution is going to cause some kind of short term tension? Do you still fix it? If your answer’s no, it’s the wrong fucking answer. If the answer is “no”, you need to grow a pair. If the answer’s no, you’re a fucking pussy. And how about if the problem is some guy stealing your money; a few bucks out of your bank account here, a twenty out of your nightstand there? What if the solution involves taking some of that money back from him? Would your answer be yes or no?
That’s basically what building a wall (and making Mexico pay for it) is on an individual scale.

Right now when a question like that comes up, we show the world what big, fat pussies we are… show that we’re unwilling to proactively look out for our own interests because it might offend this country or that country, and god forbid if we actually take any action to stop those who actively, knowingly act against those interests… After all, how dare we have the audacity to protect ourselves, even when we know full well that we’re being fucked over. We don’t do it because it’s not diplomatic, right? That’s what the politicians say, and that’s what our current leadership says.

Doesn’t make it any less of a bitch out though, and it’s a disservice to the very citizens these pricks in office are supposed to be looking out for. Not to mention all the people trying to come in legally, waiting in line for years, doing the proper paperwork, jumping through all the right hoops. So in essence, we have all these costly consequences to deal with, and legal immigrants are left to wait and watch on as millions of fuckwits try (and mostly succeed) at jumping the line.

Long story short: Our government operates the same way a junkie does; it goes for the quick fix and the paths of least resistance, and says fuck all to the consequences. Or worse, and more dishonestly, tries to claim there won’t be any consequences. All well and fine for a teenager, growing up and learning, but… when it comes to running a country, that’s just not good enough.

By the time someone decides to run for the Presidency…

…they should’ve long ago learned the value of standing up for oneself.

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