This is what separating and detaining families looks like at the US southern border. This is also what US officials look like when lying about what they are doing and why.
This is Auschwitz, another place where families were separated and detained. And, where officials also lied about what they were doing and why.
Trump’s story that the Democrats forced his hand to do this has been thoroughly debunked. He could stop this evil with a single word.
What this is really all about is holding children hostage to extort the money from Democrats in Congress to build the border wall that we do not need. That has been verified.
My fellow citizens, rise up and put a stop to this evil! Contact your senators and representatives, and insist that they stop this.
If they do not, replace them at the earliest election, or other recall opportunity, with someone who will. It really is that simple.
Update 7-3-18: I have still seen nothing to change my assessment of this situation. As of yesterday, it was reported that family separations finally (!!!) stopped. But the number of children actually reunited with their parents is still, as of today, a number less than 10 out of over 2000 so separated. Border crossing arrests are also reported to be down, so this does seem to work as a deterrent, at least short term. But I find the cost of this "deterrent" to be totally unacceptable from a moral and ethical standpoint. It is a human rights violation. It is far outside that behavior recommended by all the great religions.
Update 7-6-18: There is definitely a pattern to the delays correcting by court order this atrocity.
That pattern includes and encompasses the more recent story about immigrant recruits being discharged from the military. They were promised a path to citizenship if they enlisted. The government has just reneged on that promise. Can you conceive of why?
It also encompasses the toleration of Nazis and KKK'ers marching in Charlottesville, as if their ideologies were as valid as anyone else's, although few yet make that particular connection. Sound familiar? It should!
That pattern is: select a scapegoat population, such as immigrants, especially those of color. Then demonize them. Then abuse them. Finally, get rid of them. Sound familiar? It should!
Another piece is the "beloved-leader" cult of the strongman leader. Followers support him rabidly, no matter how much harm he does them. Logic and facts cannot dissuade them. Sound familiar? It should!
Consider the effects of the trade war on the heartland figures who are Trump's political base (and largely the extreme-right wing of the GOP's base, these days). Or the 1.5 trillion dollars added to the national debt to "finance" tax cuts that were 90+% for the super-rich, not them.
We've seen this evil before, and spent the best part of half a million lives and most of our treasure trying to eradicate it, 7.5 decades ago. THAT is why I specifically picked the comparison to the Nazis. The parallel between today's America and 1930's Germany is quite eerie, at the very least!
Update 10-24-18: I told you so! I warned you! The news today is filled with bombs and suspicious powders being sent to prominent Democrat figures, a liberal donor, and a news organization.
Two former presidents (Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), Hillary Clinton, a former head of the Democratic party, and the governor of new York are all prominent Democrats. George Soros is the liberal donor. The news organization is CNN.
The common thread here is that all of these have been repeatedly vilified by President Trump as “enemies of the people”. If I was law enforcement, I would connect those dots straight to a still-unidentified rabid Trump supporter trying to do what he thought Trump wanted.
Trump didn’t do this. But he inspired a follower to do it for him. Hitler didn’t burn books or kill people, either; he just inspired his followers to do it for him. Such inspiration is dangerous.
It’s already happened before: a passenger was recently arrested for groping a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque. His defense was that President Trump said it was alright to do this. No sane person would actually believe this, but over-hyped politics really is insane.
Destroy “enemies of the people”: use mailbombs to kill the most prominent figures of the opposition. That’s method, motive, and opportunity. We just need to identify the culprit now.
Destroy “enemies of the people”. Win at any cost, such as the voter-suppression going on in Georgia and elsewhere. Sow division and chaos. Tell any lie, no matter how egregious, to get what you want. Turn a party into a personality cult. Vilify a helpless group as the threat, and then abuse them (refugees at the border).
And just how is that any different from the Nazi playbook in 1920-1930’s Germany? Or 1917 Russia?
The next step is to lock in a permanent one-party state by outlawing the opposition parties. Then the dictatorship is complete.
You still have a chance to break the one-party hold on America November 6. Hopefully, you still outnumber the Trump personality cult’s voters. But only if you turn out and vote!