“The hate pouring out on children people love to pretend they love is my last straw.” So wrote Claire Conner in a recent C&L post entitled, America, What The Hell Is Wrong With You? Her post was poignant and illustrative; it was also brief:
I spent the last hour reading comments posted on CNN, NBC.com, and ABC about the deportation of 40 women and children back to Honduras.
My head hurts, my heart aches, and my stomach is in knots. The nasty comments, the unbridled hate is just too much. It seems that we’ve crawled into a black hole of awfulness.
America loves to lecture the rest of the world about human rights. We push other countries to open their land to refugees. We ignore our responsibility in creating failed states.
We wave our flag and sing our patriotic songs while telling ourselves that we are God’s favorite country. Every politician has to announce that we’re exceptional; the greatest nation on earth.
We claim to be pro-life, pro-freedom, and pro-human rights but give not a damn for kids who crossed 1,000 miles of hell for a chance to get away from drug lords, rape and murder. We are over run with pro-freedom, constitution-waving, bible-beating jackasses who claim to know that kicking these kids back to the hell they came from is God’s plan. People who know better and who have loud bully pulpits don’t have the grit to call out these hate-mongers.
America, what the hell is wrong with you? Has every shred of decency and compassion vanished? Must the politics of an election year always trump every cell of our heart and soul?
When it comes to being disgusted, she is certainly not alone. And while I suppose it remains possible to feel even more disgusted than I currently am over the pace of this nation’s plunge into the pits of the human sewer, I can’t quite imagine what THAT level of disgust must feel like. Of one thing I am certain, however: never in my 72 years as a natural born American did I ever even BEGIN to believe that such a substantial portion of this country’s population would become so incredibly driven by such irrational HATREDS and FEARS as we see this day spreading and sprawling in nearly every corner of the country. And, near as I can tell, our moral squalor is driven principally by deeply embedded irrational racial hatred that is duly stoked and encouraged by unprincipled politicians who bow only to their twin gods of greed and power.
Just what the eventual/ultimate national consequence might prove to be is difficult to predict, but suffice to note there’s adequate historical precedence of national collapse in countries where hate, fear, and power lust become the driving philosophies. As for me, I can simply say that were I King, I would immediately grant asylum and a path to citizenship to each and all of the refugee children and their families whilst, at the same time, I would arrange to appropriately deport equal numbers of hate-filled American bigots (and I’d start with the Teabagger members of Congress, Louie Gohmert #1) all of whom would be sent on a one-way flight to the refugees’ countries of origin. American bigots are so goddamned convinced of their “righteousness” that it should be a treat to watch as they convert the evilness of their new homeland to their version of America.
That’s assuming there might possibly be a difference, of course.