Is life a game or a party?

The next time you’re locked in a dead-end political debate with your (pick one)

  • left-wing, ding-bat, bleeding-heart, out-of-touch, welfare-loving

–or–

  • right-wing, cold-hearted, backwoods, xenophobic, gun-loving

brother-in-law, stop the conversation and ask this question:  Is life a game or a party?  In other words, is the point in life to compete and prevail, or to socialize and get along?  I believe many ‘liberal/conservative’ schisms reduce to this bifurcation.  For example, if life is a competition, what kind of fool would want immigrants coming in to siphon away limited resources?  If life is a social event, what kind of deplorable racist would try to keep people out?  I think that until we address this core division of values, it is unlikely that Americans will move beyond impugning the motives and reasoning of those we’ve been conditioned to disrespect.

From the land of fake news, it seems that the The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has an 80% reversal rate at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The implication seems to be that, in all certainty, the stay on Trump’s Muslim ban will be overturned pretty soon.  If the comments section of The Daily Caller are any indication, this is good news.  The problem is, 99.9% of circuit court rulings never go before the Supreme Court, which reduces the 80% chance that the Trump ban will be reversed to about zero or so.  Of course, the chance is even lower if the administration doesn’t appeal the decision at all.  Besides, what would they bring before the highest court?  As U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema pointed out, they begged the administration to show any evidence at all that the ban would make Americans safer and the administration could show none.  Why bother, when they can just keep signing executive orders until they produce something that doesn’t get blocked by the legal system?  Remember in the movie Jurassic Park when those dinosaurs kept testing the fence to see where it was weak?  Just a matter of time.

Finally, because I brought my family to Canada to chase the American dream, I’m leaving you with a chart and a quote from Leonard Cohen:

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

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