Or, to put it another way, I had the notion that if something like this were to happen in THIS country, on this side of the ocean, there was no doubt that we would not stand for it. Obviously, people are not being gassed but lives are being damaged, children detained, parents returned to their country of origin without them, asylum seekers treated like criminals.
The most sickening part of this administration (beside the fact that the Republicans in Congress are complicit enablers) is the hour by hour chaos, turmoil and deceit that floods the news of the day. The military, intelligence agencies, senior staff and top politicians run in circles unable to concentrate on any one thing that might be addressed and thus fixed.
Our daily events are more like a political extravaganza on the order of Cirque de Soleil than anything bordering on normal government functions or God forbid, statesmanship. That being said, I have recently added a subscription to the Washington Post to that of my subscription to the NYT's and have come across this columnist with a decidedly different take and style on our current condition. Some of her pieces are very comical. This one is not. Here is part of her observations for today. Her name is Alexandra Petri
We know absolutely and clearly what is not happening at the border and the words we must not use to describe it.
Three people have died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since April. The children who have been separated from their parents are still reeling from the consequences. But it is nothing, if you see what we are saying, like the worst thing that could possibly have happened, and those who suggest this are wrong. It is horrible, but it is not an Unthinkable Horror. It is — thinkable, I think. It must be thinkable.
What should make us most upset, right now, is those disrespectful enough to suggest that what is happening is in any way similar to the tragedies of the past. This is not to be compared to concentration camps or the atrocities of the Holocaust, except to say that this is not anything like that. If we were to compare the two, we might discover similarities.