Welcome to America, land of the racketeer

By Tony Huston
Posted 11/26/19

Welcome to America, and congratulations on having to learn all that useless information that you'll never need again. What you, and your children, need to understand is that America is a racket.

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Welcome to America, land of the racketeer

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Welcome to America, and congratulations on having to learn all that useless information that you'll never need again. What you, and your children, need to understand is that America is a racket.

Specifically Boeing is a self-regulating racket that has made the FAA a rubber-stamping racket. The churches are a racket, especially the Catholic Church. Big pharma is a racket, which has turned a lot of doctors into racketeers, viz the opioid epidemic. Monsanto is a Round Up Ready racket just like farm subsidies, while tobacco and the cigarette companies have always been a racket. Vaping is a racket.

Exxon is a deceitful racket, as indeed are all the major oil companies that have combined to lie about global climate change for decades. The military industrial complex is such a gigantic racket that we barely notice how it contracts out rackets to third parties. The Senate is a racket, the Congress is a racket and Guess Who is a racketeer. Private prisons are a racket. College admissions are a rich people racket, student debt a graduate racket and Pay-Day loans are a poor people racket.

However, you'll be pleased to know that no racket is a racket as long as you don't get caught, and if you make lots of money racketeering, people will be very nice to you and even stay at your resort where you can have a round of golf and discuss rackets, and I'm not talking tennis.

Of course, what we did to your country was a racket, like how we cheated the Indians, but fortunately we have a national lobotomy program to get rid of memories of old rackets. You will also have noticed how rarely anybody who gets caught in a racket spends any time in jail. Usually they just send the proceeds to Switzerland or somewhere that helps anybody from anywhere who has benefited from a racket.

The only thought that may perhaps console you is that, though America is a racket, so is everywhere else and, very likely, humanity will be the first species to make itself extinct from a ubiquity of rackets, a fate we undoubtedly deserve. Unfortunately a lot of species that are not racketeers will also perish, but that's just collateral damage.

Tony Huston is a Taos resident.

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