Saturday, January 28, 2017

Small Men Do Small Things

The idea of America died today:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that indefinitely suspends admissions for Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States by instituting what the President has called "extreme vetting" of immigrants.
Titled "Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," the executive order would start to make good on Trump's promise to tighten borders and halt certain refugees from entering the United States.
The text of the order -- in a break from drafts that had been circulating earlier this week -- drops a longtime Trump campaign pledge to establish safe zones in Syria to give Syrian nationals displaced by the ongoing civil war in the country a place to relocate. 
The order bars all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated "only for nationals of countries for whom" members of Trump's Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.

Bear in mind--this is an executive order. It has only as much teeth to it as Congress allows. Having seen our gutless Legislative branch in action, that doesn't say much. Maybe a patriot or two will point out how antithetical to the whole idea of Ronald Reagan this is. Maybe a few people will find some decency in themselves--don't stay up late waiting for that to happen. What was it that made all this possible?

It wasn't so much Trump as it was the ugly racism that propelled him into the White House. It wasn't so much the horrible human beings surrounding him as it was the indifference that allowed so many people not to vote. It wasn't the Russians so much as it was the people who were too "pure" to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton and instead threw their votes away on hopeless candidates who could not win.

This used to be a nation that welcomed a few people, and excluded too many. The history of the 19th Century in this country is one of bigotry and racism, and of laws that turned people away. We were horrible to the Chinese, we were horrible to Eastern Europeans, and we were horrible to Jews and anyone suffering around the world. We examined ourselves and made changes, and we now judge the decisions made then as abhorrent. We were on a path towards better days, and then we decided, for whatever reason, to let a very small man have just enough power so that he could stab the very idea of America in the heart so that he could watch it bleed out on the ground for pure amusement.

The 20th Century was about finding a better version of America to try to put into practice. We failed more times than we succeeded. By the 1990s, I figured a lot of this was behind us. I was wrong as were many others. Everything has gone off the rails here in the 21st Century in a way that is shocking to witness. The racism that Trump used to win the presidency has not been reckoned with. Far too many small, incompetent men have been given far too much power. It would probably be a damned good idea to find someone who can lead us out of the terrible times we're in and hope for the best.

The suffering of others is just blood sport and pure amusement for the likes of the Trump regime. These are puffed up madmen who wish they could display their medals and step over the bodies of anyone who opposes them. They are not an administration--that would mean legitimacy, knowledge of customs and practices, and concern for the well being of the whole nation. Trump is in power to make a minority of old white people feel better about the racism they were harboring in silence for many years. 

The Trump people have been made normal by the media, which is a farce unto itself. Such a beautiful family couldn't possibly be evil. Remember, they all believe in eugenics.

Is Congress going to get involved? I thought Congress was responsible for setting immigration policy. I can see it now--Paul Ryan will say something serious and mopey-faced and then do nothing because he's getting the chance to run a knife through Medicare. Courage is an endangered species among Republicans in the House.

The judgement of history is going to be severe. We have lost our way. Good people are going to have to work very, very hard to get us back on track. I'm certain we will find our way and, once again, banish these terrible people to the margins of polite society. It is not all doom and gloom, but it certainly isn't cause for celebration. The implications of turning our backs on being Americans and shutting out people who need our help will be far reaching. In three generations, I hope we can undo most of the damage being done as we speak. I doubt we will.

Where were you when the idea of America was written away by an executive order full of ignorance and foolishness? Where we you when the small men used the canard of "radical Islamic terrorism" to rip out the heart of liberty and use it for a prop on TV? What was keeping you amused while they ruined the country?

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