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They Need To Pay A Price

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 06/20/18 13:30

by Dave Mindeman

At some point you have to pay a price.

In politics, bad policy is supposed to be corrected. The outcry of the public is supposed to matter. This insane idea of separating children from their parents at the border should have been shut down at the inception. Where were the voices of sanity? Are there any?

Today, it is said that Trump will finally sign an executive order to end this policy. (Although we have not had the actual signature show yet). But it has gone on far longer than anyone would have thought. The reactions have been swift and negative but the majority Republican Party could not bring themselves to join those reactions.

They made excuses. They outright supported it. Or they did nothing.

They need to pay a price.

To put vulnerable children at risk is just anathema to all that we believe. At least it used to be. But it is hard to tell anymore, how far this President and his enablers will go to make immigration a house of horrors.

I keep talking about our moral compass. I don't think I will anymore because the ruling party has none. When they start talking about moral values anytime in the future, I will have to laugh at the absurdity. The policies of Trump are cruel, they are based on false premises, and they are acted upon without so much as an analysis.

I cannot fathom how ridiculous this democratic society has become. When Republicans support child incarceration with a 55% majority within the party, you have to question their basic heart.

This should be a lesson going into November. Do not forget the children crying. Do not ignore the cries of Mama and Papa. I know these kids will never be able to forget how vulnerable and alone they felt. And it will follow them for the rest of their lives - wherever they end up.

I have been frustrated by Republicans. They laugh off our concerns. They equate liberals to lower life forms. And yet, they think that these policies that they support are somehow rational.

They are not. And they need to pay a price for their lack of decency.
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Kim Phones Trump

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 06/16/18 20:28

by Dave Mindeman

Headline: Trump says he gave North Korea's Kim his direct number

Trump: Hello?

Kim: Hello Big Donnie. It's me Kim.

Trump: Well, hi, Lego Man, how goes the grind.

Kim: Oh, just doing my thing. Arrested a few people. Executed some deserters. Expanded my gulags. Played some buckets with Rodman. And made everyone watch me eat a seven course meal on State TV.

Trump: Sounds like a full day. I love the way everyone pays so much attention to what you do. They really, really love you.

Kim: Hey, Donnie boy, I expect nothing less. I get their loyalty -or else.

Trump: That's what I like about you Short Round. You stay on point. Wish I didn't have to cow tow to the free media. They can mess up my narrative really bad. Say, you plan to have any military parades soon? I'd sure like to be there. Love the hardware.

Kim: Sure Donnie, my man. I can conjure up some big equipment shows anytime. My army does a mean goose step. Love to have you as my guest.

Trump: Great, ButterBall, let's have our people get that arranged. Oh, by the way, how's that nuke dismantling coming?

Kim: Still getting the inventory together. Might take a few months, maybe years, to get that on paper. But we are working on it. I'll keep you informed.

Trump: Thanks, Stuffing and Gravy, you know how persnickety my deep state can be about getting results. You'd never guess that I just prevented nuclear war.

Kim: Yeah, I get it. My generals got all hot under the collar when our nuclear test site collapsed. Set us back pretty good. But I told them that you would be willing to stall things out until we get back in the groove. I appreciate that you trust me on these things. Nobody else ever has taken my word for things before. But you understand the big lie. We can communicate.

Trump: Yeah, Bubble Boy, we are kindred spirits. Nobody gets my approach here at home either. But you know how this works. It's the show that counts. Keep it superficial and everybody wins......Well, sorry, got to get back to imprisoning kids at the border. Never seems to end down there. But don't be a stranger. You can call me anytime.

Kim: Thanks, Big Donnie, I appreciate that very much. Say hi to Mikey for me. He still owes me for that backgammon game. Bye for now.

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Immigration Fear Mongering

Category: Immigration
Posted: 06/16/18 19:54

by Dave Mindeman

Immigration policy has always been controversial. But the Trump interpretation of it is patently ludicrous.

The border with Mexico is not being overrun. The Canadians prefer their own country and probably could start taking steps to keep us out.

We are a nation that appeals to the down trodden. We give people hope. They look to us for opportunity. How can that be a bad thing?

But Trump continues to try to confuse us. He acts as though all the people crossing our border intend to do us harm. He cites the gang MS-13 - which is a home grown gang that originated in the US via Los Angeles in the 1980's. Yes, they are dangerous - much as the Crips and Bloods were before them. But they have little to do with immigration. They are latino for the most part and that is all Trump needs to race bait the situation. Trump uses their brutal tactics as being synonymous with illegal entry into the US. This is far from accurate and Trump is just exploiting fear.

Most of us never heard of MS13 prior to Trump's tirades. And he uses that lack of information to alter the dialogue. Turning border immigration into a rising tide of fear.

And the unconscienable tactic of separating children from their parents in regards to current seekers of asylum is cruel and inhumane. And absolutely unAmerican. Trump lies about the policy - trying to make his supporters believe that the law requires him to do this. This is 100% false and he knows it. Once again, fear and lying are his methods of choice to justify his abhorrent policies.

Several years ago, the US Senate had a compromise immigration bill which provided a path to citizenship for those living in the shadows. It was reasonable and measured - and the opportunity was lost because of the hysteria the Republican right wing chooses to believe. Trump has fed on that hysteria and radicalized it even further. It has reached a point that the United States has become a prominent violator of human rights.

I do not understand how a Republican can, in good conscience, continue to side with Trump policies. The party of family values no longer has any semblance of a moral compass.

There is only one solution to this. Vote. Vote for people with rational ideas. Vote for people who condemn the family separation. Vote for people who believe in doing good and will not proliferate fear.

This election has clear choices. Be sure to exercise that choice.
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