Neoliberals gotta be neoliberals

Migration

Calling round five for Donald Trump. The score is now three rounds for Nancy Pelosi, one for Trump, and one draw. The neoliberal party performed true to form: ‘Compromise’ really means capitulation,[1] just as it did throughout the Barack Obama presidency. In this case, to concentration camps.[2]

And I gotta tell you: I’m just not impressed by Chuck Schumer and Pelosi pointing fingers at each other.[3] These people are fucking grown-ups. They know—or should know—how their respective chambers work. Political malpractice is simply no excuse for concentration camps.

Finally, I guess I need to dredge out that definition of a concentration camp again:

a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard —used especially in reference to camps created by the Nazis in World War II for the internment and persecution of Jews and other prisoners.[4]

Notice that it contains no reference to the conditions under which human beings are being held. These centers are concentration camps no matter how much money you throw at them.

Now, as to the situation in Italy, in which a rescue ship carrying migrants rammed a “war ship” to dock at Lampedusa: You cannot simultaneously call a ship a “war ship”[5] and claim that this ship “work[s] at sea for the safety of everybody.”[6] That is not what warships do and this is a flat contradiction. Especially when the rescue ship is completing a rescue. Duh. Luigi Patronaggio, the prosecutor involved, makes Trump look intelligent. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen from afar of the Italian flavor of injustice, it’s even worse than the U.S. system.

Annalisa Camilli and Francis D’Emilio, “Migrant aid ship captain detained; Italy police boat rammed,” Associated Press, June 29, 2019, https://apnews.com/a68a99dd9f4c49d995a21f12f75cc3ac

Lauren Fox et al., “House passes border funding bill after Pelosi reversal outrages progressives,” CNN, June 27, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/border-funding-migrant-crisis-nancy-pelosi-house-senate-bills/index.html

Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “‘A betrayal’: Inside the bitter rift between Pelosi and Schumer over border bill,” Washington Post, June 28, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/a-betrayal-inside-the-bitter-rift-between-pelosi-and-schumer-over-border-bill/2019/06/28/26fbb3b8-99bf-11e9-8d0a-5edd7e2025b1_story.html


Iran

Megan Rose, Robert Faturechi, and T. Christian Miller, “Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened,” ProPublica, June 24, 2019, https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-keeps-talking-about-last-military-standoff-iran-what-really-happened-farsi-island-navy


Joe Biden

Once upon a time a lying racist “touchy feely” misogynist pervert was afraid of losing an election. So he sided with racists. But he wants you to believe he’s worked for civil rights his entire career.[7]

When I think back on the Civil Rights era, I remember not just Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and a lot of other Blacks. I remember as well whites who had the guts to go into the Deep South on voter registration drives, trying to register Blacks to vote. I remember not just Blacks but whites who put their lives on the line for Civil Rights. Biden wasn’t one of them.

Michael Kranish and Laura Meckler, “Joe Biden called busing a ‘liberal train wreck.’ Now his stance on school integration is an issue,” Washington Post, June 28, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-biden-called-busing-a-liberal-train-wreck-now-his-stance-on-school-integration-is-an-issue/2019/06/28/557705dc-99b3-11e9-830a-21b9b36b64ad_story.html


  1. [1]Lauren Fox et al., “House passes border funding bill after Pelosi reversal outrages progressives,” CNN, June 27, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/border-funding-migrant-crisis-nancy-pelosi-house-senate-bills/index.html
  2. [2]David Benfell, “It’s time to be clear: Migrant children are being held in concentration camps and the Trump administration is fascist,” Not Housebroken, June 24, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/06/24/its-time-to-be-clear-migrant-children-are-being-held-in-concentration-camps-and-the-trump-administration-is-fascist/
  3. [3]Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “‘A betrayal’: Inside the bitter rift between Pelosi and Schumer over border bill,” Washington Post, June 28, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/a-betrayal-inside-the-bitter-rift-between-pelosi-and-schumer-over-border-bill/2019/06/28/26fbb3b8-99bf-11e9-8d0a-5edd7e2025b1_story.html
  4. [4]Meriam-Webster, “https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentration%20camp,” n.d., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concentration%20camp
  5. [5]Annalisa Camilli and Francis D’Emilio, “Migrant aid ship captain detained; Italy police boat rammed,” Associated Press, June 29, 2019, https://apnews.com/a68a99dd9f4c49d995a21f12f75cc3ac
  6. [6]Luigi Patronaggio, quoted in Annalisa Camilli and Francis D’Emilio, “Migrant aid ship captain detained; Italy police boat rammed,” Associated Press, June 29, 2019, https://apnews.com/a68a99dd9f4c49d995a21f12f75cc3ac
  7. [7]Michael Kranish and Laura Meckler, “Joe Biden called busing a ‘liberal train wreck.’ Now his stance on school integration is an issue,” Washington Post, June 28, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-biden-called-busing-a-liberal-train-wreck-now-his-stance-on-school-integration-is-an-issue/2019/06/28/557705dc-99b3-11e9-830a-21b9b36b64ad_story.html

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