Is This It?

@LivingBlueinRed: “White rural America was cool with democracy until it was faced with the possibility of becoming a minority”

@FrankConniff: “I don’t get it. Why would Trump prefer immigrants from Norway over immigrants from Haiti and African countries? What’s the one factor that makes Norwegians different? Am I missing something?”

This is one of those days where I wonder “is this it? Is this the bridge too far that will finally make Republican lawmakers place the defense of our form of government over ideology, policy agendas to gut the safety net, party affiliation and just pure tribalism?” And then Paul Ryan comes out and says that the president’s shithole comment is “very unfortunate and unhelpful” and I despair.

And then I think back on pussy grabbing and saying that white supremacists and neo-Nazi’s had some very fine people and I begin to think this grand experiment in representative government is over.

The dream and hope of America was never about racial or ethnic or religious identity. It had been about a shared belief in certain unalienable rights and the values enshrined in the Constitution and none of those are dependent upon your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. When a person comes here they agree to live by those precepts and the members of Congress swear an oath to defend that Constitution that enumerates those rights and obligations. It’s about time those Republican lawmakers remembered that.

4 Responses to Is This It?

  • Rich Steeves says:

    Well, Trump gave himself (probably unwittingly) a convenient out by specifically mentioning Norway, as he had just met with a delegation from that country. I don’t think it excuses the general trend of bias you mentioned, but I thought I’d bring it up. Also, you may have meant to list “gender” twice, but perhaps not.

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      It’s still blindingly evident that what he likes about Norway is how they are white. Thank you for catching that duplication. I’ll go correct it now.

  • Steve Halter says:

    It is clear that Trump is a racist and is also most likely suffering from at least several mental illnesses. The Republican establishment and the Trump base seem fine with this and are giving no indication that they are willing to take any measures to correct this. This is a problem.

    At this point, doing everything we can to get people to vote in the midterms while continuing to spotlight Trump’s behavior and the viscious policies of the Republican’s are what needs to be done.

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      I completely agree. Go vote on November 6, 2018. Get your friends and family to the polls, but start right now making certain you are registered and if you are in a red state where they are attempting to suppress the vote of minorities and young people and poor people make sure you have the documentation required. Also find out what you can legally be asked at a polling place. Do not be intimidated if the state party has placed police around the polling place in an effort to intimidate voters. This is illegal. Your local Democratic party will have lawyers on call where you can report this. Call them ahead of tie or stop by party headquarters and get all this information before election day. There will probably be lawyers stationed at the polling places to make sure that no intimidation occurs. (I’ve done that myself at a polling station at Zia Pueblo. The Republican who was also there was quite annoyed when I showed up and had my lunch so there was no time when I wasn’t going to be there.) And before the election go to party headquarters and volunteer. Make calls, canvas, it’s a lot of fun and you’ll meet such a great cross-section of people — moms with their kids, retired people, passionate college kids, all races and religions.

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