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#WeekendCoffeeShare Borderland Politics

August 26, 2017 , , ,

If we were having coffee this weekend in Arizona I would invite you to chill while I serve you iced tea or coffee. Our state has hit the big time in the news this week with our rally in Phoenix and yesterday’s pardon of Joe Arpaio. The pardon was highly symbolic to the people of Arizona, who put up with all the benefits and detriments of living on the border. We know about illegal immigration and dope smuggling at the border because they are the traditional businesses that rely on slack or corrupt law enforcement to thrive. The attention drawn to the Mexican border these days is all about the wall and the people living here without papers. It is rare to hear anything about collaboration with Mexico, although most of the produce we eat comes from there.  The border is not a simple issue, and the wall, in any form, will not stop the cartel from serving their customers up here.  They catapulted a giant bale of weed into downtown Douglas right after Trump visited his wall in Yuma.  You can’t say they don’t have a sense of humor.

This week a giant bale of weed landed in Douglas, AZ, formerly famous for a long running underground tunnel beneath the border.  It is impossible to explain to those who have not lived near the border what it is really like. Don’t believe any simplistic explanation of our situation.  It is centuries old, and not going anywhere soon.

catapult

catapult

If we were having coffee or tea I would ask how your life and writing are going.  I wish all those in hurricane country an easy time.  I hope you will stay dry, and keep all your possessions in tact. I wish our country some kind of respite from all the crazy politics and anger, which do not seem to be diminishing.  My poetry and fiction are still kind of depressing, and I think it is all about the current events on my mind.  I do find that it is a creative source, but wish the trauma would settle down for a while.

I hope you are feeling productive and pleased with your writing.  I appreciate your visit today to our controversial state.  If you have written a coffee share post please share it here. Diana at PartTimeMonster hosts the party every week from New Orleans.  You can join us by reading, position, or commenting.  Thanks for visiting this week.

#WeekendCoffeeShare

#WeekendCoffeeShare

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Hi Pamela,
I was very interested to read your post as I have gotten to know a blogger from Yuma Arizona quite well and have even done a Google Earth walk around the place. Visited the old jail’s website and read some very interesting stories.
I don’t know how you cope with Trump as President and it must be pretty intense living on the border with Mexico.
To be honest with you, I just had to check out a map of USA and haven’t had a clear idea of where everything was. I’ve never been to America which would no doubt make a huge difference. I hope you have a great week ahead.
Best wishes,
Rowena

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Rowena

August 27, 2017

Thanks, Rowena. We cope like everyone else, I guess. The border is not so intense if you understand it and don’t push against the river…

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Pamela Morse

August 28, 2017

Wow. love your coffee share! The fence.. interesting. There is no easy solution. Maybe more border checks? It requires someone with more vision than the current resident of the WH.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

September 3, 2017

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