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Sangria law is coming.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Ever since Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos for Trump, laid out his dire warning that “you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner” I’ve been noticing that there already are – in fact, taco trucks on just about every corner. As with all things stupid, some clever quant out there on the web did a calculation regarding the claim, and it emerged that this would represent the creation of something like 15 million new jobs.

I can get behind this sort of capitalist activity, although most of the taco trucks here in Astoria are kind of gross, and offer a quality of foodstuff that’s mainly aimed at inebriates.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I don’t like the “race stuff” and never have. I don’t like lumping groups of people together under a label, whether it be nationalist in nature, racial, or whatever. I don’t like the term “homeless” for instance, as it creates the impression of some homogenous population who all have the same set of problems. I don’t like the idea of calling a huge number of people who hail from widely disparate “south of the border” locales under the umbrella “Latino” either. Labels dehumanize, and once you’ve dehumanized a group…

Do people actually talk to each other anymore, or do they just make stuff up about strangers?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Personally speaking, as the grandson of members of one the groups who were reviled when they arrived in this country a century ago – in my case, Jews from the Pale – the whole taco truck thing is cast in a different sort of light. These are people who arrived here with nothing – like the Italians, Irish, and other Europeans who came in the 19th and early 20th centuries – and who have worked and clawed their way into the entrepreneurial space by the sweat of their brow. The “race stuff” precludes some from seeing what’s going on here, but a taco truck on every corner is actually not a good thing – it’s a great thing. These people are your grandparents, reborn.

I look forward to the introduction of Sangria Law into the United States, as it will be a delicious and refreshing reboot. Every twenty five to fifty years, you need to pull the plug on America, refresh its firmware and update its operating system – if I’m reading Thomas Jefferson’s meaning correctly, and using modern idiom, to paraphrase his “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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  1. Sometimes sangria can be a bit too sweet. I’ve lately mixed sangria 50-50 with chianti. The sweetness still is there but less of it and the kick stays the same. Have you or your readers ever mixed wines together?

    georgetheatheist . . .mud in your eye

    September 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

  2. BTW the bottom photo is so grainy it looks like it’s snowing. What was the ISO? (Or for the old-timers ASA / DIN?)

    georgetheatheist . . .mud in your eye

    September 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

  3. Wow! More roach coaches! Who needs innovation, technological progress bringing the creation of new wealth and a secure and growing middle class when we have TACO TRUCKS!

    Cui bono?

    So now “capitalism” is defined as 10% or 20% of the population being the managerial class oligarchs who consume and redistribute most of what little wealth is produced, that import foreign labor to do work their crony capitalist corporatist and banker henchmen (protected behind reams of regulations) refuse to pay Americans a fair wage to do?

    Gee Mitch, sounds an awful lot like the premise of the Confederate States of America, feudalist ruling class aristocrats, despised poor white trash, neo-slave trade and all. You wouldn’t find that praiseworthy, would you?

    I think we could all do better to use reason and dialectic as a basis of analysis than sentimental wishes and what apocryphal tribulations grandpa went through way back when as today, it’s a whole new set of numbers, Spanky.

    The truth, like nature, sometimes really isn’t pretty but we ignore it at our own peril.

    Don Cavaioli


    September 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

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