"And he's just getting started." • It's still so hard to believe that this is real life. Nearly every action seems gratuitously … evil.
I can't understand the motivations or reasoning. The only thing that makes sense is "everything that came before is tainted: burn it down!"
All progress on civil rights, any movements towards criminal justice reform, attempts to prevent or mitigate looming environmental disaster…
… carefully negotiated international relationships, reform of a broken health care system: all must urgently and wantonly be halted.
And the idea that this will somehow strengthen the US? Moral authority is as powerful a means of influence as guns and steel.
And we're throwing that away. Immigration is unambiguously an economic benefit, but, doesn't matter: do the right thing because it's right.
My grandfather came from Poland between the wars, at 17, sponsored by an elder sister. Two more siblings made it. Everyone else died.
Their parents were shot in the streets & thrown in a mass grave (we believe). Their other siblings died in the camps.
Every cousin (and really, everyone they knew) was killed. That whole branch of the family tree snuffed out.
And now we want to do this to others. It's bewildering and confusing and terrifying. No idea how it ends.
I guess we all need to periodically reaffirm the obvious. All human beings are equally valuable. Black lives matter. LGBT deserve marriage.
(Just as a start, of course.) Because otherwise, maybe, we can collectively hypnotize ourselves into forgetting these fundamental truths.
And we'd lose the last few thousand years of progress towards an understanding that we are all brothers and sisters.