Propoganda as news at CNN.
In the tank again.
If Mexico was shooting missiles into Texas, my bet is we would go to war...
..wait...No. Scratch that, we wouldn't. I don't know what I was thinking. We would send a couple of cruise missiles in in the dead of night to destroy "command and control" wiping out the core elite of the Mexican government janitorial staff. The Vatican will condemn all violence, but commend our restraint and measured response. The US consulates in every Latin American country would be the scene of massive demonstrations, culminating in the firebombing of the American embassy in Caracas. There would be staged riots in Los Angeles, and Martin Sheen would make a speech in front of LA City Hall in bad Spanish proclaiming a "war on the poor". Congress will cut funding for border patrol manpower in favor of more UAV surveillance, because more manpower on the border would be seen as a provocation. Meanwhile the drug cartels and the Coyotes will continue to harass local law enforcement with random shootings, kidnappings and missile launches, framed by the press as "demonstrations of rage by the disenfranchised immigrant community".
Look, most civilized people don't want to fight. They don't. I
sure as hell don't. The problem is that the world isn't really civilized.
The world is High School
There's the privileged, well known kids, who get good enough grades, play the sports, look good, seem like they are having a great time and get the best looking boyfriends and girlfriends. They seem cocky because they are, and they have reason to be. It takes more than just Daddy's money to get that kind of social status. It takes a personality, determination, and lots and lots of time. These kids aren't well-known by accident, they work on it. If you're grown-up, and still know one of these guys or gals from when you were in High School, ask them, they'll tell you.
Then there's the mid-level floaters, kids who aren't super well known, but have a strong group of friends and work hard, do their thing and get out. They could be arty, goth, band geeks, computer nerds, what have you, but they are nice, normal, everyday kids who just want to get along. This is most of the kids in school, and like any group, they have their mini groups. Some of these mini-groups wish they were as well-known as the well-known kids, because they think they are smarter and nicer and everything
. If only they could lose those last ten pounds or their face cleared up or they had more money or drove a nicer car... These are the kids who end up working in High School administration.
Then there's the kids who are just getting by, you know, the losers and the punks. They don't play sports, they get crummy grades, but they leave everyone alone and everyone leaves them alone, when they get out of school you'll see them around town, they might work for the guy who fixes your roof, he'll know you, but you won't remember him. Nobody pays any attention to these kids, and even though they may have it rough, they don't hold it against anyone.
The last group are the assholes. These are just like the last group, except they don't seem to understand that the well-known, successful kids are well-known and successful because they do the things required to become well-known and successful. The assholes take everything personally. If the prom queen didn't want to sit next to one of them in Kindergarten because he smelled like cat pee, an asshole will assume it's because the Prom Queen looks down on him because she's pretty. By the time High School rolls around, he'll think she looks down on him because she's "rich". She'll be looking down on him all right, but not because he's poor, it'll be because he'll still smells like cat pee. He will have rejected the idea of showering and laundry sometime in middle school because that's what the "popular" kids do who listen to "gay" music and he'll gather a group of dirtbags and assholes around him and start picking fights.
He won't start with the well-known kids, though...he'll start with his own group and work his way up. Most of his violence and threats will be focused toward the kids that get no attention at all, these kids will give in to his demands and give him the "respect" that he wants without too much trouble. Everyone will ignore his attacks on the losers and punks, because they ignore the losers and punks. The mid-level floaters will stay out of his way, because they just want to be left alone, but occasionally they will have confrontations. When that happens, the floaters will give in because that's what nice kids do, and if you fight back you can get in trouble, floaters are better than that. Besides, if you get into a fight it'll go down on your permanent record, and the floaters have too much to lose.
But when the assholes confront the "popular" kids, things change. The popular kids make no secret of their disdain for the assholes. They think that the assholes are assholes, and they are right. So the popular kids will fight back, and they'll fight back the same way that the assholes fight...dirty. And what happens? The assholes, because they have less money, do lousy in school and smell like cat pee, have the advantage. Why? Because the school system is geared toward making losers look good. If a dirtbag loser asshole and his friends jump a popular kid as he's stuffing his football gear into the trunk of his BMW, breaking his thumb and nose and keeping him out of the last two games of the year - that he needed to maybe get a third-string position at a Division II school - it's the popular kid's fault for rubbing his money and status in the poor dirtbag asshole kid's face. If the popular kids retaliate and grab the dirtbag from behind the Circle K one night after SAT prep class, steal his stash, beat him up and leave him de-pantsed and hog-tied on the 50 yard-line, it's also the popular kid's fault, for retaliating at all. When the popular kid gets suspended, thrown out of Student Government and has his guidance counselor re-think sending that recommendation letter, people will say it's his own fault.
...And it will be, but the asshole deserved