There’s always an excuse, and mine is a matter of set up, sight issues, and just plain getting out of the habit. There’s also the notion that given the current administration there’s a real potential for writing the same post every day. But, enough about me. There are some vent valves I need to turn on.
First, there’s one story now. The president wants immigration to be the topic, and I’d happily oblige. It’s the president playing macho-man, “tough on those brown skinned interlopers” who would “infest” us, who don’t arrive speaking fluent English. Who make “real” Americans feel uncomfortable. It’s racism with a side of nativism served up to those hungry for someone to blame for the banality of their own lives. Served up to those whose sense of self worth is riddled with such weakness they cannot abide any circumstance in which they are outsiders. Why else their continuous whine about people speaking another language?
Ever wonder at the capacity of white English speakers to assume that if someone is speaking another language then it must be because the non-English speakers are mocking them? It doesn’t add more than 10 seconds to a phone call to ask if the caller would like to press 2 for Spanish. Why the whining? That this same whine threads back to German, Irish, Eastern European, Italian, Jewish, and every other previous migration is lost on the Great Discomfited. “Others” make the weak feel uncomfortable, and they hold it as their right not to be the least bit disturbed.
However, when easing one group’s discomfort comes at the price of perpetuating cruelty, then that price tag is entirely too steep. The president came right out with it. Don’t want to be caged in squalor? Separated from your children? Stuffed into inadequate facilities and then detained indefinitely? Stay away (you’re making me uncomfortable.)
The weak kneed racism is patently obvious. Scuttle the DACA program guidelines. End the incentives for non-citizens to join the US military. Threaten to deport non-citizen family members of serving members of the Armed Forces. Insert a citizenship question into the Census. Evict tenants if one family member is undocumented. Change the asylum process from civil to criminal. Withhold interpretation from those who need it during legal proceedings. Advocate detaining asylum seekers indefinitely. The intent has been announced repeatedly. The cruelty is the point. Stay away, you’re making me uncomfortable.
Sorry little fragile flowers. If life were to be entirely comfortable there would be no mosquitos and house flies. There are 330+ million people in this great nation, and many of them speak Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Korean. Get over yourself. The odds they are talking about you in the supermarket might be a million to one. At least.
There are no serious calls for open borders. That’s a right wing racist talking point extrapolated from questionable premises into fantastical conclusions. It’s solely designed to increase discomfort, and hence fear. We are not being invaded. That, too, is a right wing racist talking point. Get past these.
We are either Reagan’s city on the hill, or we aren’t. We listen carefully to his remarks on his last speech from the White House or we don’t.