From the beginning of this grand experiment called the United States of America, we have been a nation of shame, horrific actions, indifferent inactions, too much pride, too much prejudice, and a hubris that meant we simply did as we pleased. After all, how dare those Native Americans be on our land before we got here?
We have segregated, haughtily believing that the paler the skin, the higher on the food chain one is. We have owned human beings, torturing them to do our bidding, line our pockets. Treating them like the dirt their skin color mirrored.
We have denied rights based on gender, because of course women were not smart enough to do anything beyond bake bread and make babies.
We interned Asian Americans because people who looked like them did a bad thing, so hey, get that big paintbrush out.
We have lied, cheated, stole. We have slaughtered, poisoned, ruined, run out, run down, run over, whoever, whatever has gotten in our way.
Because? WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1!
Or some such bullshit hyperbole.
Along the way, decent people - those who believed in humanity - have stood up against the powers that be, stood with the targeted, the downtrodden, the cheated, the used. And progress has been forced to happen. Slavery abolished, women got the vote, no more internment camps, gay marriage legalized, marijuana being looked at with common sense not pearl clutching ignorance. And a half black President helmed this country for 8 years.
But that element of unearned entitlement has never gone away. It has stewed, it has roiled just beneath the surface, like hate laden lava just waiting for the fissure to widen, the pressure to build, the surface to weaken.
From the wearing of the Fuck Your Feelings t-shirts, to manhandling nonMagats at his hate rallies, to barking on cue like Pavlov's dogs when he threw at them the red meat of "Lock her up!" - this country has been careening towards ruin. Trump has unleashed an ugliness, a wantoness, a palpable danger.
Churchgoers have turned their backs on their beloved commandments to blindly support their Angel of Chaos. If Jesus stood before them, He would be ripped to shreds for daring to speak to them of love, community, charity. These CRASStians would crucify him again if He dared speak against their newly chosen, pussy grabbing god, Trump.
Our elected officials follow in lockstep behind a morally famined, intellectually dim, dangerously cavalier grifter because it means they can cling to power, line their wallets.
Forget the Mueller investigation. Ignore the admitted adultery, the millions spent on NOT working while he golfs. Turn a blind eye to the emoluments clause he continually flouts, the endless schoolyard bully tweets, the saluting a North Korean general and praising a murderous dictator.
These things are all real, have happened, will keep happening. Ignore them if you choose, if your TV channel chooses to not inform you.
But someone tell me how in holy hell is this country not united in taking to the streets over allowing children to be ripped from the nursing breast of a mother, and taken away?
How are we allowing this to happen?
Simple. WE. ARE. LOST.
Every brutal impulse that founded this country is back with a vengeance. Every belief that skin color or bank account makes one greater or lesser than another is being carried out on a horrific scale. Every word at the Statue of Liberty is a lie. Every United Nations Human Rights agreement of which we are a part? We are now APART.
The Trump policy - yes, MAGAts, it is HIS policy, not some Democrat law as he continually lies to you - of forcibly separating parents and children at our border is nothing less than Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen horrors happening in the shadow of our flag. Children are being stolen. Period. Because their parents dare to present themselves to the proper authorities as they seek asylum. Yes, some have attempted to come in illegally, but even they do not deserve to have their families ripped asunder by an administration who seeks to terrorize as some backass deterrent.
Last night, after reporters were allowed access to an old Walmart turned child detention center (eat shit, you Jade Helm wetbrains) in Brownsville, Texas, the details of what they saw began to pour forth. This one houses nearly 1,500 boys ages 10-17. They are caged, allowed outside for fresh air and play for only 2 hours a day. The other 22 they spend incarcerated, frightened, alone, scarred for life.
I stress - this is one facility.
There are currently an estimated 11,200 children in federal custody, spread out in facilities across the country. Just as there are parents sitting in facilities with no idea where their children have been taken, if they are being cared for, harmed, abused.
In the facility reporters toured, this greeted them:
How very Kim Jong Un of you, Donald.
And your sycophants? Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Jeff Sessions have now begun justifying this policy with THE BIBLE. Leave out how the Bible, how ANY religious tome, has zero business anywhere near secular governance. Ignore that this country is a country of all people, all faiths, all cultures. Just focus on the bile inducing actions of using the Bible to defend taking an autistic and severely epileptic boy from his grandmother as they sought asylum - TEN MONTHS AGO. She stepped up when this boy's parents abandoned him. She brought him here for safety. She followed the rules. They stole him. For ten months she has sat in a facility in Texas. He is 2,000 miles away in a facility in Connecticut.
But yeah, Jesus would be totally down with that.
I cannot begin to touch the depths of the horrors these parents and grandparents have felt as they have these children ripped from them, lied from them, stolen from them. It hurts my stomach to even try. I can imagine though - because I am a parent, and my worst nightmare has always been to not know where one of my children is.
That this country is actively terrorizing people in this way? That MAGAts cheer this treatment? That churches teach their congregants that this is somehow ok?
My fury is white hot. I have said for two years now, that you are the sewer you chose to stand in. That your support of Trump meant you supported ALL OF IT. The racists, the murders committed by them, the targeting of Hispanics, black people, LGBT, Muslims, and on and on. That you do not get to declare yourself somehow clean. I have never meant that more than now.
Where do you get the balls to think that someone with less money, darker skin, a different belief system is less than you? Who the fuck do you think you are to, at worst, laugh at these parents and children; at best, sigh in their direction? What god do you believe in that sanctions your support of a cavalier, adulterous, criminal, grifting, lying, stealing, whoring demon like Donald Trump?
FUCK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.
You are filth. You are lower than whale shit. You are soulless. You are craven. You are reprehensible. And you deserve every bit of karma, retribution, and - oh, how I fervently hope there is a Hell - that awaits you.
You have unleashed all of this. And nothing you do from this point forward will wash away the stain, the stench that envelops you.
Look at your children. Every MAGAt, every Republican politician - look at your families. Hold your new babies. Gaze into your toddler's eyes. Hug your tween or teen. Now imagine that something you have done - perhaps a traffic court date on the docket for which you follow the rules and appear - ends with you watching helplessly as your precious children are dragged away from you. Wait, what's that? It couldn't happen to you? Why, pray tell? Because you're white? A citizen of this country?
Fuck you, AGAIN.
Your skin color, your citizenry - nothing but an accident of birth. That's it. That's all.
How about Trump decides to go another step further, targeting fat people, poor people, trailer parks - all categories for which he feels nothing but disgust, has nothing but disdain? Think it cannot happen?
YOU ARE WATCHING IT HAPPEN. YOU ARE CHEERING IT HAPPENING.
The target has just not settled on your "inferiority" yet.
Maybe you have had an abortion. Or you watch a lot of porn. Or you're just dim, of no true intellectual value to society. Perhaps you lost your job and apply for welfare, food stamps, unemployment. Maybe 23 & Me reveals that you are actually NOT as pristine, lily white as you believe yourself to be. And suddenly the target is on you.
Comparisons to Nazi Germany have at times been abused, but not now. As people arrived in train cars at the concentration camps, the first thing that was done was to separate the children from their parents. The bone chilling photos of this have always been unsettling, unthinkable - but they have been photos. Reminders of what the words "Man's inhumanity to man" actually mean.
Not anymore. We are what we have always viewed as a cautionary tale, a shameful chapter in this globe's history. This time, the shame is ours, the deeds done by us, the terror inflicted on those deemed lesser as our precious flag waves gently in the breeze.
(A two year old Honduran asylum seeker with her mother who are about to be separated by ICE in the past 36 hours.)
We have allowed history to repeat itself. We are back to who we were. I used to think we are better than this. Not anymore.
We are lost.