A Not-Limited Time Offer: Your Very Own National Existential Crisis

Today’s Missive is dedicated to all of the ways our current Administration has been fighting for the underdog, and for the basic dignity of every person. HA HA HA j/k it’s about our not-so-slow national descent into dystopia, naturally.

The Trump Administration’s recently enacted “zero tolerance” approach to those who enter the U.S. illegally has led to “migrants caught crossing the border illegally are charged in federal criminal court, including those without criminal records and parents traveling with small children,” without release while their case winds its way through. This account of insanely busy federal immigration courts from the Los Angeles Times paints the picture of families separated, with parents having no idea where their children have ended up. Some migrants end up pleading guilty in order to receive a promise of reunion with their children - which sometimes the court cannot provide. It’s heartbreaking.

Meanwhile, this very same Administration released a report on “What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals of MS-13.” Yes, you’re reading it correctly, the actual White House of the United States of America released a report referring to people as animals. Seems like a good time to remind everyone that LANGUAGE MATTERS, and that dangerous, dehumanizing ideas trickle down from the top.

In a plainly-stated and well-delivered kicker, the Washington Post editorial board sums up the absurdity of any post-shooting anti-gun control conversation: “What sets the United States apart from the rest of the civilized world is not Ritalin or school entrances or violent video games but the astronomical number of guns and the easy access to them.”

And finally, here are some amazing / Inferno-ish photos of lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano. But hey! At least we have dueling volcano Twitter accounts!

Yours in existential hyperventilation,