Donald Trump is a coward. The self-described master of the deal is so hopeless at creating deals he has decided to kidnap children and hold them for ransom. Only HE doesn’t do the kidnapping. He orders his ICE minions to handle that part – the actual ‘doing’ part. He can’t get his wall – the one he assured his acolytes Mexico would pay for; the one NO one is willing to pay for because it’s such a stupid concept. So he does what he always does, blame someone else and throw a tantrum. But it’s HIS policy and if you support him, you really need to think about it in stark terms: He’s terrorizing children in an effort to blackmail Congress to give him his stupid wall and he blames Democrats for the policy HIS maladministration put into place. For me, it creates the image of the abusive spouse who starts beating his woman (again) while intoning, “See what you make me do?”
I’ve heard the bullshit response: If you don’t want your children stolen, don’t bring them to this country illegally. So much for your respect for the Constitution. You see, the Constitution of the United States specifically bars cruel and unusual punishment. It’s in the Eighth Amendment. (Wait, there are Eight? I thought it was just the Second…and the First when I want to talk…) No, there are many more, in fact, but in the Eighth is says, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Is stealing someone’s child a cruel and unusual punishment? Well, no OTHER civilized country on the planet does it, so it seems pretty unusual. If I have to try to convince you that tearing a child from his or her mother is cruel, you’ve got bigger problems than a political discussion is going to solve. You may or may not see it, but this is a new low from a group who specializes in new lows.
It DOES relieve the pressure of ever having to pretend again that you give a flying fig about either the Constitution OR your Holy Bible. You just want the political “win”. I AM actually relieved that I no longer have to extend deference to your religious beliefs. ‘Conservative’ and ‘Christian’ are mutually exclusive terms and the phrase ‘Conservative Christian’ is an oxymoron. That evil imp, Jeff Sessions, tried to lure you in by quoting Romans. But if you claim to be Christian, aren’t you supposed to try to follow the teachings of Jesus? You know…the CHRIST?
Oh, and that’s an important little bit of information there, that “try to follow” bit. Apparently, it’s understood that people will make mistakes, perhaps backslide from time to time. But you’re putting WAY too much faith in that whole “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven” bumper sticker. Turns out, there’s more to it than that. In order to receive your forgiveness, you’re supposed to have a contrite heart. That means you’re supposed to know you made a mistake and intend to NOT make that mistake again. If you think you can break a commandment on Saturday and then ask forgiveness on Sunday all the while planning to break the same commandment on Monday, your forgiveness will NOT be forthcoming. (Not my rule – it’s YOUR book…)
Okay, so Romans was written by Paul. But you’re not ‘Paulines’, you’re (ostensibly) Christians. DID your Christ ever say anything that may have touched on the subject? Let’s look at Matthew, shall we? Specifically, Matthew 25:31 through 46, written in red (meaning the words are directly attributable to Jesus).
He says that when He comes back He’ll separate the people into two groups as a Shepard separates sheep from goats. He’ll set the sheep at His right hand but the goats at His left hand. Then He’ll tell the group on His right that they get to go to Heaven because “I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me“. The group was all, “We didn’t see you, when did we see You?” Jesus said, “Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you did it to Me“.
Then, he’ll turn to the other group – a sea of MAGA hats (made in China). He’ll say, “You feckless fucks are going straight to hell.” (They had to clean it up for later publication, of course…) What the book actually says is, “I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick or in prison and you did not visit Me.” Of course, the whiners all demand to know when they saw Jesus and failed to minister to him and he answers, “Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me“.
I’ll tell you this: If you continue to support Donald Trump after watching him terrorize children in an effort to blackmail Congress into doing his bidding, you’re following a deceiver and you’re doing it gleefully because you think you’re getting a political “win.”
But you’ve lost your soul…