07 Jun To the MAGA crowd…
Here’s a little corrective for you: President Obama, as monstrous as his immigration policies were, did not go as far as Donald Trump’s current policy.
From the CNN article — which also debunks liberals’ histrionic claims that Donald Trump has effectively disappeared some 1,500 children:
“…while children have historically been separated from family members at the border under certain circumstances, it was not the same as the new 100% prosecution policy, which affects children even if they come in with parents or legal guardians.”
And to those suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome), please stop defending the indefensible. Barack Obama’s immigration policies — expanding the use of military-style ICE raids, normalizing abusive for-profit detention centers, advancing the border wall, and ramping up deportations (including deportations of child refugees the U.S. created) — were positively abysmal.
Even if Trump is, in fact, going Obama one further with this particular policy tweak, Donald Trump has a long way to go before catching up to #44, with regard to President Obama’s overall record of brutalizing hundreds of thousands of immigrants.
The moral of the story: This calamity is SO not about personalities, but about where we’ve come as a society.
All of us.
We’ve gone along with the Democrats’ and GOP’s “tough” sounding rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies for decades now: wall-building, Border Patrol-swelling, home-raiding, mass-imprisoning…
The prescription: We need to focus our energies on how to reverse course.
Step one is leaving partisanship and over-hyped differences about politicians behind. The neo-fascist system that turned Barack Obama into the Deporter-in-Chief is what we need to confront.
Swinging bats at the Trump pinata may be as fun for the left as taking potshots at the Obama pinata was for the right, but we’re allowing Divide and Conquer to make feckless, blame-hurling fools of us all… a society of fiddling Nero’s disinterested in doing anything constructive to address the systemic brutality of our government and institutions.
We perpetually avoid introspection and self-awareness. Because blaming and belittling the other side is so much easier.
But there are “Nazis” aplenty on both sides of the aisle. It’s true that Trump has offended millions. It’s also true that his immediate predecessors murdered millions, particularly Arab Muslims… mostly women and children.
Vilifying one side while absolving the other is an exercise for first-class twits, the ultimate Good Germans, hating on each other while the world comes undone.
What perfect, ghastly reflections of each other we’re becoming.