Monday, June 25, 2018

Plains Pops: Some Quick Thoughts About The Week Of June 17-24, 2018

So I go to my final Speech and Debate Association National Tournament as a coach, but I don't bring my laptop and all sorts of stuff happens.  Here are some quick hits about news of the past week.

1. People scream at members of Trump's administration while they are dining out and a restaurant refuses to serve Sarah Sanders. Civility matters. Quite frankly, the restaurant should have comped the meal and written Romans 12:20-21 on the bill. The fact that the Christian cake baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple did not take that tack indicates a lack of Bible study or creativity.

I also would have made sure that Stephen Miller, who may or may not be a white supremacist, was able to dine without people yelling at him. I may have had every person of color working at the time spend a few minutes hovering over his table, in an effort to ensure good service of course. 

2. The United States Supreme Court decided in favor of South Dakota in South Dakota v. Wayfair. I don't know what long term effect the decision will have on small Etsy or Ebay sellers. I seriously doubt, however, that the decision is "a win for South Dakota and for Main Street businesses across America.
                             A quick look at my Amazon and other online orders reveals that most of what I buy isn't available at a local brick and mortar store. No one locally sells Chimes Ginger Chews, Daelman's stroopwafels, Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream, fountain pens, Kizer ZipSlip folding knives, LionSteel, folding knives, Anker charging cables, adapters to change a micro USB cable to a USB 3 cable, Koffee Kult coffee, Story Supply notebooks, good quality fat man clothes or the vast majority of products I buy online. 

Further, online retailers seem to offer a larger reduction on MSRP than brick and mortar stores even with sales tax added. In addition, let's assume that "main street businesses" in Sioux Falls carry these items, I'm driving at least 160 miles round trip, a cost that certainly makes Amazon and online businesses much cheaper. Further, travelling to Sioux Falls does not equate to  supporting local businesses. In short, paying online sales tax is not going to change my buying habits.

3. Quite frankly, I am not sure why this Tweet is not grounds for impeachment for anyone who has sworn to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." 

The Fifth Amendment is clear: "No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. . . ." The President apparently believes that a charge of being an undocumented person is enough to ensure guilt. Threats to due process anywhere are threats to due process everywhere. They certainly not provide evidence of upholding the oath of office.

By the way, history is replete with examples of the term "these people" expanding. Those at the border today will become another group tomorrow.

4. The United States needs to do better for children. Whether it's the abuses of slavery from the colonial period through the Civil War, the removal of Native American children from their families, the orphan trains of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the separate and unequal treatment during the Jim Crow era, or the separation of families at the border, we have not done enough to care properly for the poorest and neediest children.

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