Sunday, June 17, 2018

BTRTN: How Can a Heartless Bastard Govern With Heart?

Tom on the moral crisis of the Trump Administration's "family separation" policy.

Lost in the breaking news of the North Korea machinations, the G-7 flap, the Mueller investigation, the Department of Justice report on James Comey and New York State's pursuit of the Trump Foundation is something truly horrific, a decision that might be the most heinous undertaking ever made by Donald Trump and his administration, which is saying something.

Image result for children crying separated from families at borderSix weeks ago the Trump Administration decided to separate immigrant children from their families if the families were caught entering the country illegally. The Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations had all determined that such separations were lawful but essentially unenforceable on moral grounds.   They believed such separations were heartless, morally reprehensible and presumably politically indefensible.

The Trump administration is now enforcing that policy, and approximately 2,000 children, some under four years of age, have been separated from their parents accordingly. Their lives are being ripped apart, possibly permanently, to serve as some sort of sick deterrent to future fleeing families.  It is an astonishing decision, one justified biblically by the hapless Jeff Sessions by citing the oft-used -- by tyrants and slaveholders, to name a few -- Romans 13 (“The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”).

Trump is also blaming the action on Democrats, referring to the separation policy as “their law.”  This is an outright lie.  There is simply no law requiring such separation, period. 

Melania Trump has weighed in: "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

But, of course, you can only govern with heart if the head of the government happens to have one, and that clearly is not the case in America.  Happy Father's Day, Donald Trump.  To celebrate, let's take 46 more children away from their fathers, in line with the daily average.

The Trump Administration believes there is a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he happens to oppose Donald Trump on various trade issues.  Where then do those who would rip children from their families reside for eternity?  Is there a special place within that special place?

More to the point, how long will the American people tolerate such a barbaric and heartless policy, and an administration that is so consistently embarrassing?  We should be flooding the White House and our Congressional representatives with telephone calls and emails.

Let’s get started on that, right now.

Here is how to contact the White House:

And here is how to contact your Congressional representatives:

And here is a petition to sign:

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