Melodrama, Migration, & Marijuana In 'Murica

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via,

That crusty ole rascal, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, seems to be enjoying his sunset journey into Civil War Two or maybe the destination is more like Blade Runner (since we know that history only rhymes but does not repeat). Anyway, it’s not a good place.

The once-golden state begins to look something like what one federal official recently called — dare I say it? — a shithole.

A mix of used hypodermic needles, human feces, and other trash litters the streets and sidewalks in a large section of downtown San Francisco, a local news outlet reported Sunday night.

It’s a problem that has grown by epic proportions in recent years and has many concerned for the health and safety of some the city’s youngest residents….
— The Blaze

Yes, quite literally. This particular failure of the political Left started in the 1970s when states began aggressively shuttering their large mental hospitals. Many of these institutions dated from the late 19th century — ghastly old gothic revival warehouses for the mentally ill, fraught with overtones of abuse and neglect, scenes out of Vincent Price movies… lightning flashes through the barred windows… a scream in the night… hysterical laughter echoing down the dark, tiled hallways….

They were an embarrassment, for sure, and certainly an affront to liberal sensibilities. But, of course, they fucked up the remedy for that. Instead of replacing the giant old state insane asylums with smaller, better-managed institutions, they just released the inmates under the rationale that they were a politically oppressed minority group. And there it ended.

And so here we are, going on a half-century later, with an economy that manufactures failure and immiseration at a greater volume than its other finished products, and many more lost souls out on the city streets, and now we are an even more ideologically inflamed society than we were in 1973, with the ranks of intersectional oppressed minorities and aggrieved victim groups grown into virtual armies-of-the-night — and the mentally ill just lost in the crowd.

It never seems to occur to anyone that a mental hospital can be run humanely, at an appropriate scale, and that these poor, sad creatures might, at least, be better off there with a bed, a bathroom, and somebody to check in on them daily than they are wallowing in the gutters of San Francisco and other cities. Surely there are up-to-date models in other lands for this kind of caretaking — if maybe we sent a few bureaucrats overseas to have a look.

But that’s not how we roll in this exceptionally greatest of great polities. After all these years, it’s hard to avoid concluding that Americans just prefer melodrama to any other form of behavior, including problem-solving. Melodrama is colorful, fun, and absorbing. It’s just another kind of show business for a people conditioned to see everyday life as a TV series they star in. So kick back and enjoy the homeless show, because its more entertaining than doing the right thing.

Likewise, the sanctuary city show, a shamelessly sentimental exercise in virtue-signaling at the grand scale, larded with little bits of dishonesty, such as the tag “undocumented” for people here illegally, as though their status was the result of some clerical error. Gov. Brown declared war, more or less, on the federal government last week after a fracas in Oakland where mayor Libby Schaaf rode through town like Paul Revere crying that the ICE teams were coming to make arrests. That riled Attorney General Jeff Sessions enough to start filing lawsuits against this nonsense.

But the Department of Justice faces a big quandary. How are they going to make a big stink over enforcing US immigration laws while they ignore US drug laws vis-à-vis the twenty-nine states that have legalized marijuana use in one way or another? In a number of these states, marijuana production is now a major industry, with substantial political influence. AG Sessions has made noises about cracking down on the marijuana trade, but he hasn’t done a damn thing about it because he can’t. The state tax revenue alone is too large to be meddled with, never mind popular opinion.

If the AG had a brain in his head instead of the CB radio that’s implanted there, he’d realize that the answer is to lean on congress to de-list marijuana as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. Or to write a simple law leaving the question to the states. Of course, the intelligent thing would be to put an end to the melodrama called “The War on Drugs.” Just like the intelligent thing would be to place the homeless mentally ill in caretaking sanctuaries, call them what you like.

I really don’t see how Mr. Sessions can assert federal jurisdiction over illegal immigration without resolving the marijuana question.

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Not Too Important Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:44 Permalink

Get your Hep A and B shots. County health departments are lying about how bad Hep A and B is spreading. I'm not big on vaccines, but the homeless and rootless are spreading shit - and I mean shit - like crazy.

???ö? SilverRhino Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:22 Permalink

Hey DACA morons. Keep supporting your money loving slave-masters, who use you for cheap tourism labor in every major city in America.  Pelosi and Schumer are lying to you, dreamers.  Just like they lied to the military, with their "support the troops" lip service.  They couldn't give one shit about the troops.  Trump and Trump alone increased the budget for the troops.  Obama did nothing but make the troops miserable. Likewise, Democrats don't give a shit about you either. You are just convenient idiots too dumb to parse the lies of the Demogogues. So, California dreamers, if you want to continue down this dead end road with your "democrat" party, go right ahead. Continue to vote your slaveowners into political office. And enjoy your dishwasher, bedmaker, laundry, short cook jobs for the rest of your big-city slumland lives as black market laborors.

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Montana Cowboy Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:34 Permalink

Yep. And marijuana gets consumed in the state where it was sold. The illegals ooze out of California all over the country. We all wind up enduring their crimes and paying the prison and deportation bills.

And WTF is this lawsuit crap Sessions is doing? Why not arrests of public officials for harboring fugitives? These are very serious crimes. When is the last time the police sued you for a traffic violation? The crimes that Sessions is not prosecuting are disturbing, especially when you consider that if you didn't come to a complete stop at that intersection, they will bring out the big guns until you make that donation to their retirement fund. The solution? Everybody sign up for jury duty. Nobody is guilty of anything while the likes of Hillary runs loose. It only takes one juror to fuck up the prosecution.

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loveyajimbo Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:57 Permalink

We no longer have a DOJ.  The refusal to prosecute the known multiple major felon Hillary ( or the Barry Obongo cast of criminal swine) ended the rule of law in America.

Why does Trump tolerate this?  He must be a Deep State PUPPET.

Honest Sam Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

Just because others refer to it as the, "Department of Justice", doesn't mean ZH has to.

Let's call a spade a spade and I'm not talking about theBamster, his wife, or Louis.

Call it what it really is:  The Department of Laws.

oldguy1 Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

"I really don’t see how Mr. Sessions can assert federal jurisdiction over illegal immigration without resolving the marijuana question."

Federal Government has CONSTITUTIONAL Authority on IMMIGRATION.

Federal Government has NO CONSTITUTIONAL Authority on DRUGS.

thegreatsleuth Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

The rest of the country should understand that these states are allowing the transportation of ALL drugs from Mexico to Canada and back.
Whatever doesnt sell
heads east on the interstate.

weliveinamatrix Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:05 Permalink

eat right, take the right vitamins, dont get vaccines of any sort, exercise, moderate on alcohol and cigarettes..etc..It sucks what youtube did to Mike Adams...He seems to be a well educated, nice guy and with much info on health..wash your hands regularly, eat at home, buy organic when possible, free range meat etc..And keep your penis away from illegal aliens and refugees...BTW, I have a small music studio downtown..The second floor was supposed to be for artists and musicians, photographers etc....Well, who moves in next door?  An organization helping refugees from Iraq...Salem, Oregon...This is probably happening all over the country.  Nothing has changed since Trump has become president...we are NOT out of TPP, or Nafta, are you kidding me? Black unemployment being low is a joke, CNN still has their part of the idiots who watch...Nothing has changed, its all a matrix..Seems to me also, that Trump is just playing muellers game, like world wide wrestling...Anything to stop the interest in WHO KILLED SETH RICH

Faeriedust weliveinamatrix Fri, 03/09/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

The problem with these "artists' lofts" is always that real artists can't afford the rent or at least lack sufficient guaranteed income to get a lease even if they actually could pay.  But NGOs that suck off government grants and contracts have dependable income and like to locate in places that are close to their clientele but have all the amenities of respectability.  The gentrifiers who rehabbed the building have a stiff mortgage to pay.  So the artists continue to rent rundown shacks from little old ladies and gentlemen who don't have big mortgages but can't afford repairs, and the newly-refurbished places marketing themselves as artists' havens quickly become the nests of bureaucrats and their parasites.

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makinbacon Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

California has 48,000 square miles of Mojave desert.

Setup manageable tent cities with all the trimmings these people are getting anyways.

Have the nicest building on the property be the training center ( A\C & heat!) where you can learn a skill and reintegrate with transitional housing.

The rest can become a new version of reality TV resembling something like the movies Mad Max , Gladiator or Soylent Green.  

Herdee Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

Aurora Cannabis a stock on Toronto who recently made their first $50 million dollar shipment to Germany is planning to list on Nasdaq. The Canadian Cannabis Companies are one step ahead. They're getting huge facilities built in order to be ready to ship into the U.S. marketplace when they get the green light. BNN Canada's business news, click on "Marijuana News", who would even think 10 years ago that a stock market channel would feature this? Jeff Sessions, wake up, they all need tax money.