Political comment below the fold....
This, I am afraid, is what our country now is.
We don't welcome the world's oppressed who are seeking freedom; no, we're all about shutting the borders and denying freedom to those already here. We're Pepper Spray Nation now, when a cop can just casually walk back and forth pepper spraying peacefully-gathered activists as calmly as if he was walking his dog.
And anyone thinking, as apparently does FOX News idiot Megyn Kelly, that pepper spray is benign stuff because hey, it's made of pepper, let this article disabuse you of that notion.
This is a chemical designed to repel humans by causing them intense misery and pain and discomfort. Hmmm...the key word there is chemical. I'm pretty sure we took a dim view, ten years or so ago, of governments that used chemicals on their own citizens. I wonder why we've decided otherwise now that it's just those dirty hippies who we're spraying.
I dunno...I just have zero idea what kind of country we are anymore. We don't believe in providing healthcare to all citizens, and we instead believe that it's OK for most people to be one serious health crisis away from utter disaster. We don't believe that government spending can create jobs and help stave off economic calamity, but we do believe that when the military wants to close a base or two, it's time to demonstrate because of the jobs. And we don't believe in governments quashing protests in other countries, but here, it's just fine.
Just who the hell are we, anyway? I wish I knew.