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Children At The Border

“The fishing boats go out across the evening water, Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border” Alistair Ian Stewart

So the hot topic of today is children at the border. But why and why now? 

children in jail photo

Egg on my face. I posted a meme which showed children locked up in a cage and which bore the caption “Welcome to Trump’s pro-life, evangelical Christian America. These are children. This is Trump’s greatness.”

I later learned that the photograph had been taken during the Obama administration. Hence, the aforementioned egg. So, in the interest of truth, which always matters, I need to amend what I said. The Obama administration did, in fact, deport an immense number of people, and this, in turn, begs the question: did that prior version of America separate parents from children, and if it did, did it do so to the extent that the new administration has? I believe it did not. Again, if I am mistaken regarding this, I will admit it.

The other question is “Why is this getting so much attention?” The ready answer is that this is a unique, particularly vicious act, and moral people are therefore outraged. I believe this is true to a certain extent. But what about Yemen? How does that relate? Much and in every way.

Saudi Arabia is waging war with Yemen. The United States is involved to the extent that they are refueling bombers and are providing massive amounts of equipment to the aggressor. American troops have died in Yemen and there have been drone attacks as well. The situation in Yemen is on the brink of becoming one of the worst disasters that this world has known. Between cholera and starvation, millions of people may die. Yet, strikingly, the press is not reporting this, or at least not with the zeal of the crisis of the “children at the border,” not anywhere close.

Going deeper, the severe crisis in Yemen has a simple solution. The United States could simply tell Saudi Arabia to stop the bombing. If Saudi Arabia refuses, we could cut off our military assistance. The war in Yemen could literally end overnight. It hasn’t. In fact, very few people are even talking about it and many are not aware of it. Making matters still worse, Saudi Arabia has bombed the cholera treatment center and exacerbated an already bad situation.

In real time I just got a phone call, cooked a chicken lunch, and fed my wife. While I was feeding her the television was set to the Fios 1, news channel. What made the news today? Well, they had a cute “human interest” story about an eagle that fell from its nest. If the past is any guide this story will be continuously repeated and probably across multiple stations. And going down the same rabbit hole, have you ever noticed that the major networks always show the same stories, shouted through the same corporate megaphones and with the same message? Think of this and think only of this. Do not consider that…or that. Remain seated. Stay asleep.

I keep thinking about that awful media moment when Brian Williams intoned a line by Leonard Cohen in a surreal and misguided homage to the launching of deadly missiles. Mr. Cohen was already gone by then but I’m certain he would not have approved. Now I will suggest a more appropriate reference to his work. In one of his poems, first published in his book, The Energy of Slaves, he wrote this:

The killers that run
the other countries
are trying to get us
to overthrow the killers
that run our own.

I for one
prefer the rule
of our native killers.
I am convinced
the foreign killer
will kill more of us
than the old familiar killer does.


Let me explain the concept of a think tank. A think tank gathers experts on a certain subject. They have think tanks for everything, like Central America or Korea or anything with political significance. Now the members of the think tank have brilliant minds and are experts in the topic at hand. They spend their time thinking of ways they can take advantage of a situation. Whether that means, war, assassination or provoking a revolution, they consider every option. Thinks tanks are evil, as they do not consider what is best for the flesh and blood people that do the suffering and dying, but rather what is best for the corporate entities and those who own them and who profit mightily from every disaster.

So back in real time, the news is talking about “children at the border.” The politicians feign their moral outrage. It’s always charming when psychopaths and sycophants pretend to care. i.e., when they claim to “feel the pain.” Still not a mention of Yemen or other crises occurring around the world. You never hear a peep about Fukushima. You would think that that problem has been solved. If you do you are very wrong.

It takes diligence to find out what is real in the world and what are half-truths and outright lies. But there is a simple solution, treat everybody right. If we refuse to engage in war, if we refuse to exploit our fellow human beings, if we look at one another with love and compassion, we will destroy the evil darkness that is choking the life off of planet Earth. The answer is as simple as that, but the question is are you willing to do it? Because in the solidarity of becoming one, we need to make a great sacrifice. But in the end, the combined glory of success will vastly outshine what exists today.


Leonard Cohen, meanwhile, ends his sardonic little poem about “the foreign killer” in this way:


I just hope he doesn’t
get any uglier.
Therefore I am a patriot.
I don’t like to see
a burning flag
because it excites
the killers on either side
to unfortunate excess,
which goes on gaily
quite unchecked,
until everyone is dead.

Please check out some of my writing material, here is a book of metered and rhymed poetry could “The Lost Cantos Of John Kaniecki.” It is an early work I am proud of and reasonably priced.


Photos by stopete60,

Children At The Border

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). Children At The Border. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2019, from


Last updated: 20 Jun 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Jun 2018
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