Update August 5, 2018
The unspeakable anguish which the rogue president personally perpetrated on refugee children and parents on our southwestern border is only one of the most recent egregious and intolerable of his sins against the American people and the world. It was a lie that this was ever the fault of the Democrats; it was the brain child of a soulless sycophant, Stephen Miller, “Senior Advisor to the President” for unknown reasons, dreamed up to further prop up the sick Aryan narcissist who is ruining the country, Donald Trump. We are compromised and perhaps there is a scant hope of impeachment fueled by what he has now done once Mueller confirms what we know.
But for every hour we did and do nothing, small traumatized children are driven under Easter-egg tents inside chain link pens, 11,000 and counting. Breaking tonight: that infants and toddlers have been held since April in three detention facilities in Texas, summarily yanked from the arms of their parents with no plan for reunifying the families despite the propaganda of the “Administration,” we now should rightly call a “regime,” by virtue of something that has gone beyond “policy” into the toxic weeds of tyranny and ethnic cleansing in its present-day connotation of mass incarceration of and “deportation” of Latin American refugees. What unmitigated hell now, in which parents are even being deported without their children. Shooting Jews where they stood so that they fell into mass graves was more humane than this.
This is unspeakable evil so far from the context for our very lives as Americans who have taken pride in our mercy toward the displaced and the oppressed it has penetrated the denial of any number now of people formerly in defense of the administration.
Trump and his henchpeople, who appear to rationalize this behavior by calling it “following the law,” have hidden this atrocity, the mass incarceration of babies, whom the Director of the Academy of American Pediatricians has on MSNBC’s 11th Hour stated all are forbidden to hold or comfort, from the Press and Congress, issuing an outrageous, Constitution-abrogating order that We the People may not have access to what they whom we should excoriate with cries of “Shameful!” have now done.
She went on to describe how in the absence of the parental comfort that intervenes in the brain’s response to grave stress, the brain is compromised. This means that these children are being insidiously and effectively lobotomized, at best, their growth stunted for all time so that they will suffer for the rest of their lives. What is the plan for these little ones? What is this but ethnic cleansing on the order of the inauguration of the Shoa in 1939 when the Nazi’s sent Jews out of Poland to the camps? Extinction of an ethnic group or a race begins with mass incarceration in secrecy by a mutated government that, as noted, we must call now, a regime.
Trump’s sanitizing of his pogrom by calling it enforcement of immigration law is belied by nothing as much as this tweet: at 7:52 a.m. on June 19 he has opined, “Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”
What an intellect is manifested by these words and their tormented syntax.
To infest is what bedbugs do to mattresses, termites to old houses and lice to unwashed hair. That the President of the United States views asylum seekers as cockroaches–subhuman, filthy, pests who should be exterminated is the essence of the kind of racism that the world over has wiped out entire ethnic groups.
It is time for the American People to get some courage–to prepare for what we have a right by precedent and history and the Declaration & Bill of Rights to do–in the same way we freed ourselves from the British we have the right–and the duty–say true early day patriots and increasing numbers of us– to overthrow a despot and his faux government–to restore our country to the rule of law as set forth in our Constitution.
According to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of some 35 states in our “more perfect” Union, the people have not only the right but the duty to overthrow the control of a “despot.” Especially to save vulnerable refugee families turning to us for help.
Yes. As the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 expressed it: natural law teaches that the people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” and can alter or abolish government “destructive” of those rights.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government” . The phrase “long train of abuses” is a reference to John Locke’s similar statement in his Second Treatise of Government, where he explicitly established overthrow of a tyrant as an obligation. Martin Luther King likewise held that it is the duty of the people to resist unjust laws.
Let us then look at “the long train of abuses and usurpations” whose goal by the evidence of our own eyes and ears is absolute power and control of our country by the rogue president who has remarkably transformed our representative government into a regime.
- Trump’s many cries of “Witch hunt!” as consciousness of guilt, the conspiracy emerging more each day via Mueller’s team, confirm that he has openly enlisted the assistance of the Russians in coming to power. To date the Mueller investigation has resulted in multiple indictments and pleas by those assisting in Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.
- By every measure, as the cast of characters grows, a conspiracy to put Trump into power emerges. Russian assistance has included hacking, vote tampering in swing states, organizing via social media of flash mobs and cultivation of assets and supporters through introducing chaos and persuasion designed to intensify the unhappiness and sense of marginalization of evangelical white conservatives. To assent to and accept such assistance from the Russians is to be complicit in the commission of treason.
- Before the refugee crisis and the perpetration of criminal behavior upon the least of these, this is the most egregious usurpation of American democracy, the Rule of Law and our reliance upon Constitutional norms — the faith of the people that in a representative government the people will be represented and that our country cannot be taken over in the way that it has been–that we have seen. Carl Bernstein weighs in: “This is worse than Watergate. There, the process worked–Republicans didn’t question the Independent Counsel.
- Further usurpations by Trump have included his abolition of trade partnerships, imposition of Tarifs, movitivating our allies to retaliate; withdrawl from the Paris Accord and other environmental protections that keep the people safe and preserve the land and its flora and fauna and national monuments. This week alone he removed restriction on the hunting of brown bear sows and their cubs.
- He has broken faith with the people in negotiating with Kim Jong Un and stopping the protective exercises that have assisted our allies South Korea and Japan in defending themselves against North Korea.
- He has so alienated our primary allies so that when we come under attack from a hostile power it is in grave doubt that anyone will wish to come to our aid.
- He has in effect utterly abrogated representative government, somehow rendering impotent the members of his party, the party in power who, if they were courageous in any way, would have him removed from office–
- For, in his daily conduct, his disgusting “tweets” and miscalculations have topped off his danger to us all. They have revealed his racism, that he is unstable, that he cannot take criticism, that he is violent and above all, that he is a con.
Now, he has through his equally ego-diseased aide d’camps Miller and Kelly, imposed an immigration “policy” that immigrant children should be separated, perhaps for all time, from their parents when they come to us seeking asylum.
It appears that many Democrats have now placed their hope in both the endless Mueller investigation and the U.S. Midterm Elections to stop this out of control dangerous man.
But consider that Donald Trump himself ordered that small children should be ripped away from their parents and interned as an immigration deterrent, an insanely inhumane one, imposing upon them documentable trauma. These children are his latest pawns and he supposes that their parents, who are largely Latin American refugees desperately seeking asylum, are criminals. What is this but ethnic cleansing worthy of a Hitler during the Third Reich?
That Trump can hear the babies’ voices and see their loneliness and bewilderment as they sit in tents within chain link enclosures in a barbaric scenario that has many Americans in tears, that he can do this without stopping this with one phone call, speaks volumes about the fact that rather than a man of integrity, compassion and forbearance in the White House, we do have a despot who with every passing hour inflicts pain and suffering on us all.
It has been many years since any of us have uttered the word “revolution.” But read again what history says of revolution and of our own revolutions in which we shed our blood and committed our treasure to the goal of an end to tyranny.
Donald Trump has a deepening disease of the ego; and the inaction of those who could use the tools of the Constitution to rid ourselves of him speaks to a terrible thing articulated by John Kasick last night:
The American people have lost their courage.
Have we? In the Bill of Rights and the Declaration it says we have a duty to act. We have a moral duty to remove this man from power and the right to do it. From Wikipedia, on The Right of Revolution: “As Pauline Maier has noted in her study From Resistance to Revolution, “private individuals were forbidden to take force against their rulers either for malice or because of private injuries….”] Instead, “not just a few individuals, but the ‘Body of the People’ had to feel concerned” before the right of revolution was justified and with most writers speaking of a “ ‘whole people who are the Publick,’ or the body of the people acting in their ‘public Authority,’ indicating a broad consensus involving all ranks of society.”
This is truly American to do. We fought the British for our independence. We ended the tyranny of slavery. We impeached Clinton and Nixon.
And why not this man? In a rogue regime, an effective coup in which a puppet of Vladimir Putin has been installed in the Oval Office, why not this man?
Some of us have called for the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen , Homeland Security Head.
What, my fellow Americans, must be done? Who will step up to lead the charge in order to effect a regime change from within. It is time stop sugar-coating what has happened to us, to call it what it is. To act is terrifying; not to act is criminal.
For, my comrades at arms, a new American Tragedy confronts us all. That those designated the power to be checks upon “a wrecking ball President” have failed and Putin’s boy-toy profanes the rule of law hour on hour.