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Popularity Trumps Reason

April 1, 2016

This works on so many levels.

What started off as a presidential candidate, play on words, revealed more than I care to conceptually embrace. For in my brain,  I thought reason would “trump” all else.

There is no way any wall is going to be built along the southern border of the United States. It’s a popular idea, however it is not the solution.

Reason being, walls can be gotten over, under or around.  Imagine what you would do if you had to feed, and house your family to leave a desperate situation behind.

Yet, who knows, maybe an obstacle will increase the workers value and they’ll get paid more once they are here. Ah ha, see, good for the economy,  nevermind.

(Just thinking and typing at the same time, so I could be wrong.)

Same goes for singling out any other specific group of people as a scapegoat of perceived problems.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Source -Wikipedia

“Then they came for me”,  what part of that doesn’t scream WAKE THE FUCK UP,  and do not even consider isolating any fellow bipedal earthling as someone who should be treated any less then yourself.

Did America not learn from this lesson?

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States was the forced relocation and incarceration during World War II of between 110,000 and 120,000[2] people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast in camps in the interior of the country. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens.[3][4] President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the incarceration shortly after Imperial Japan‘s attack on Pearl Harbor.[5]

Incarceration was applied unequally due to differing population concentrations and, more important, state and regional politics: more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, nearly all who lived on the West Coast, were forced into interior camps, but in Hawaii, where the 150,000-plus Japanese Americans comprised over one-third of the population, 1,200 to 1,800 were interned.[6] The internment has been determined to have resulted more from racism in the West Coast rather than any military danger posed by Japanese Americans.[7][8]

Source -Wikipedia

Kind of like having a “walk-a-thon” to raise money for a PETA  (people for the ethical treatment of animals) to realize the most comfortable walking shoes are made from leather. Hmmmm?

That or have the winner get a certificate for a 4 meat and cheese pizza.

At least when love trumps reason, you realize “love” is the “reason”.

Good thing that while I’m driving there are guard rails, reflectors,  rumble strips, mile markers, signs, on-ramps, off-ramps, speed limits. (I must need the equivalent,  while writing,  other wise I get so sidetracked.)

Geez, I might actually have to hire a “back seat driver” (editor) to rewrite this stuff, so I can arrive at some destination reasonably intact, and have this make sense to someone besides me.

Sorry,  got lost, had to do a maps (mind altering,  paradigm shift ) update on my GPS  (guided philosophical system ).

At the next sentence,  turn “right” and be on your merry way.

Popularity trumps reason.

Consider that goofy cell phone we carry on our person all day and have within grasp while sleeping.  If you were told just a few years ago, you had to carry a device that will have you electronically tethered to society, that would make you more antisocial you would have rejected it immediately.  How long, can you go with out it now?

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