The one thing we learned about trump’s presidency in the first 32 days or so is that we definitely need hip waders just to be able to wade through the bullshit that constantly comes out of his mouth. If people worried about the swamp flooding out Washington, D.C., they forgot that you can drown in bullshit just a well as water.
After at least three attempts to get trump to say anything about anti-Semitism, yesterday he said he was against it. Most people think that since he didn’t stutter as much as usual, he meant what he said,. Only he really didn’t mean much of what he said.
Besides saying he denounces anti-Semitism, he also talked about a culture of hate. He even said that the “country will come together”. He talked about how hate seems to run in cycles, and at least that part was true. Even still, I will give him some credit, he did sound genuine in his comments.
But it is still words. Just words, and trump uses more words than anyone I have ever listened to before. As a matter of fact, he uses so many words, at the end of his statement never know what the hell he said. Does he hate anti-Semitism or does he just hate that is was brought to light?
A lot of people are saying he caved to the press on this matter. I don’t believe that. I think he caved to his daughter. Ivanka tweeted the day before his comments to say that we should all be tolerant of other religions. That tweet was met with a lot of responses that were less than praising her.
The main theme of the responses was “tell that to your daddy”. There were also many questions about if that “tolerance” includes Muslims. The very next day, trump made his announcement about the issue.
But, since you cannot trust the words that come out of trump’s mouth, you need to watch his actions. His actions do not show any attempt of “bringing the country together” or helping to eliminate “hate”.
Yesterday, the same day, DHS released two memos about deporting undocumented immigrants. In essence, these memos mean that anyone who can be picked up and deported if they are here undocumented. Of course there are fears of a “mass deportation” on the horizon.
There is also nothing in the memos that talk about how to handle undocumented immigrants who have children who are U.S. Citizens. Are we really going to break up families just to get “rid of those damn illegals” as the right-wing wants?
If we do deport parents of these children, what happens to them? Are we also going to deport U.S. Citizens with their parents? Or, are we going to place them in an orphanage or the mostly broken foster care program? What happens to these children? Of course the memos also talk about our upcoming Berlin Wall being built.
I also find it amazing that these memos were released the day before the Sec of State and Sec of DHS are to go to Mexico to try to mend the gulf growing between our two countries. What the hell were they thinking?
I am not going to argue about this being illegal, because as the laws are written, they are not illegal. However, what I am questioning is the rush to deport as many people as possible in a short period of time without regard to any circumstances that may change things.
What makes breaking up families moral? What makes breaking up families even nice? These attempts to deport 11 million people is simply stunning. Rather than working with Congress and fixing our immigration problem, this administration is more interested in showing “power” than humanity.
The next thing is the so-called revised travel ban. The administration is saying that this will pass muster in the courts. Yet, one of his top advisors says that it is basically the same order that caused all of the chaos when it was first released.
We don’t know much about this revised order, but we are pretty sure that green card holders won’t be affected. Other than that, we know nothing. Are they going to make it effective immediately so people already on their way here with valid visas are turned away when they get here, like they were under the original order? That is not how civilized people treat other people. But, I must admit that I never accused trump of being civilized.
These are the contradictions that trump has unleashed on us. On one hand, trump talks about anti-Semitism all the while he is issuing orders on deportation of mass amounts of people with no compassion in the orders.
On one hand he says we should not be anti-Semitic, and on the other hand he orders the deportation of massive amounts of people who are mostly Latino. On one hand he says we should be more inclusive and on the other hand he says Muslims aren’t welcome here.
As a country, even an immigrant country that we are, we do need borders and have a proper system to allow immigration. However, we cannot be a country that just rounds up people based on their race, religion or immigration status and either lock them up or deport them. Instead of placing so much vigor in deportations, we should be putting that much vigor in fixing our immigration rules and make it more humane to the people of the world.
This is a country of immigrants. Unless you are a Native American, you are either an immigrant or a descendent of an immigrant. This is a country that claims to be a nation of immigrants. Yet, we seem to want to slam the door on “certain” people from being immigrants to add to our diversity.
Instead of fixing a broken system, trump wants to punish people by breaking up families to show how “tough” he is. That is insane. Yes, we need to fix our broken immigration system. Yet, we do not need to punish people just because they came here without visas. Especially those who have been here for years and have actually contributed to our economy which most have.
I agree that criminals need to go if they are not here legally. However, we need a very certain definition of what constitutes “criminal”. Driving with a broken tail light is not “criminal”.
We have lost our moral compass. We have a president who is the descendent of an immigrant claiming nativism as his excuse. And, at the time his grandfather immigrated to this country, visas weren’t always necessary. So technically, trump could be called a descendent of an “undocumented immigrant”. His grandfather even went back until he found out he could be prosecuted for evading mandatory military service. Which means he came here as a “criminal” back home.
All of the major groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are against these mass deportations. They understand the havoc that deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants would cause on our economy. Yet our beloved leader is deaf to their concerns.
We were once told by the liar Kellyanne Conway to judge trump by what is “in his heart not his words”. If you look at just this one issue, you can see what is in trump’s heart. Hate and contempt for people of color. There is not other explanation for his actions.
Our beloved leader can use all the words he wants to claim he is not a bigoted person. He can use all the words he wants to claim he is “trying to bring the country together”. But, his actions say just the opposite. His actions show his contempt for anyone who is “different’ from him.
He claims to not be anti-Semitic and not to be bigoted. Yet, when his propaganda minister was asked about the tripling of hate groups against Muslims since 2015 at his press meeting yesterday, he avoided the question like the plague.
We know what trump believes ever since he rode that escalator down from his big office in Trump Tower and announced how Mexico is sending us “drug dealers and rapists”. We know what trump believes ever since he declared that there should be a ban on all Muslims immigrating to our country. We know what trump believes ever since he said there should be a “Muslim registry”.
Conway told us to look into trump’s heart to see what he really means when he speaks. I agree to a point. But, if you do, you will find a hate-filled heart. Is that what she really wants us to see?
As we know, justice is not absolute. There is far more than a story of if a person came here “legally or illegally”. We are not just a country of laws. We are a country of compassion. Just look at what happened after that Jewish cemetery was vandalized. Who were the people who started a fund-raising program to help repair the damage? Muslims!
When the Mosque in Texas was burned down a couple of weeks ago, who was the first group to hand over keys to their place of worship to help them? Jews.
We need the president to be more interested in working with Congress to fix our immigration laws instead of acting like a heavy-handed dictator who will solely determine who is allowed in and who isn’t.
If you support this mass deportation on the horizon and the banning of Muslims, don’t dare speak to me about your Christian Values. You don’t have any and you are a liar. You have no Christian Values.
It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, this matter isn’t just about law, it is about humanity. It is about treating other people like we want to be treated. It is time for this bullshit to stop. It is time to look at the problem with a humane lens and figure out the best ways to make things better for everyone.
These issues will not be stopped with laws that restrict immigration. They will not be stopped with a Berlin Wall on our southern border. They will not be stopped with a Muslim ban. They will not be stopped with mass deportation.
We have seen this story before. We have seen groups being made scapegoats before. We have seen it in places like Russia. We have seen it in places like Mussolini’s Italy. We have seen it in Nazi Germany. We have seen it in Hussein’s Iraq.
Our Constitution was designed to protect minorities from the excesses of the majority. These actions are making a mockery of that premise. It is time for it to end and real solutions to this problem found. That is how democracy is supposed to work. To me, these actions are more fascist than democratic.
And, the shirts keep marching along.