“One of the things Helen’s story really showed us is that the Trump Administration never stopped separating children from their families,” Morales Rocketto said. “In fact, they’ve doubled down, but it’s even more insidious now, because they are doing it in the cover of night.”
This is what Republicans have created, a nation that willfully destroys the lives of families with young children. The GOP stands profoundly against life.
The American Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery. To claim otherwise is willful ignorance or malice.
Idiots like this man don’t just harm themselves by their beliefs and behavior. They perpetuate one of mankind’s greatest evils, the belief that men are unequal in kind and that a greater man may rightfully hold another lesser man in slavery and use him as he sees fit. Refusing to acknowledge the cause of the Civil War and the evil for which the Confederacy fought is refusing to acknowledge that slavery is a great evil, one that was (mostly) destroyed in the Civil War but continues to live in the minds of men like this.
This refusal to confront and accept the reality of slavery and racism and the century spanning harm it has done and continues to do to human beings the world over makes it possible for men like Hitler and Trump to rise to power. These grotesque caricatures of human beings are acceptable only to those so steeped in hatred and denial that they see the most vile examples of humanity as their saviors, simply because those men promise to grant them the power they feel owed by their race and birthplace.
The state documents of secession are available and specifically call out slavery as the reason for secession. Only South Carolina even tries to be fancy about it, but their document too eventually gets to the core issue – slavery.
This Nib comic does an excellent job of explaining the origin and history of hysteria. Everyone should learn this history because hysteria is an accessible and profound example of the harm patriarchy does to all of society: men, women, and children.
I had to share this excellent analysis of the United States’ so-called conservatives, properly called white nationalists or fascists. I’ve made this argument in the past, but this commenter does an excellent job of summarizing the truth about the right in America, with supporting examples.
Conservatives don’t want freedom. They want power. Freedom for those at the top is power over everyone else. Freedom for those at the bottom is a threat to power at the top.
“Freedom” for the GOP means taking out the government’s ability to balance out the needs of the many against the needs of the few. Who cares if clean air regulations save literally thousands of lives? They cost shareholders money. Privatize the gains from polluting, but shove the cost onto the public.
In this case, regulation means putting the thumb on the scale to ensure that Facebook and Google become vehicles for conservative propaganda. It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power and control.
“States rights” = the freedom to oppress black people. It was about protecting slavery and then Jim Crow. “States rights” advocate Scalia still argued for the government’s right to regulate marijuana. “States rights” has always been about protecting the power of old white conservatives. It was never a real ideology. It was always about power over others.
The TEA Party was created by Big Tobacco. The entire “get government off our backs” movement was funded by major corporations fighting deregulation. The TEA Party, which supposedly cared about the federal deficit, has gone entirely silent as Donald Trump blows up the deficit. It existed entirely to hamstring The Democratic Party’s ability to control federal spending. They didn’t want “freedom” from government healthcare. They wanted “freedom” for one of “their” guys to decide the budget, to work it so they get enormous subsidies in the form of unpaid tax cuts.
“Tough on crime” = “tough on poverty”. Crimes associated with having none, such as property crimes, are responded to with the full force of the police state. SWAT teams are called out 50,000 times a year, often to serve warrants. Property crime account for $14 billion in losses each year. Wage theft accounts for $50 billion. Meanwhile, the agencies in charge of enforcing wage theft, protecting consumers, and policing corporations are gutted.
It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power. Power to tell women what to do with their bodies. Power for Christians to tell others how to worship. Power for wealthy businesses to pollute, cheat, and steal with impunity. Power to do whatever you want to black people–structural racism allows for poor whites to still have absolute power over others, so that they can buy into a system that has no constraints on power for those with money. The modern GOP is a fucking sham. It’s about giving the powerful more power, and it spends literally billions of dollars a year to try and convince people otherwise, because it’s a fundamentally untenable moral position. It’s cancer.
I can see the Times was going for prominence in the political domain. But it’s important to remember that the NRA exists for itself while the ACLU exists for others. Much like the difference between the GOP and those on the left.
Refusing to help refugees or treat immigrants well is a declaration that your life matters and the lives of the vulnerable don’t, solely because you had the fortune to be born in the US and they did not. It’s an absurdly lazy and unjustifiable reason for hating or excluding someone, so you’ll see evil people justify it by declaring the entire group of people to be morally corrupt and a threat to our way of life while those who want to think of themselves as good people will do all manner of mental gymnastics to convince themselves and others in their tribe that there are good reasons for not helping the vulnerable.
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
In a fully developed human being, morality will be fully independent from legality. Morality is present in very young children and is considered innate in the human species. Legality is a result of civilization and reflects the will of those in power.
The morality of a society is revealed by its laws. Its legal structure reveals its values, particularly who is considered human and worthy of citizenship and the privilege that affords.