Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Rabble Rouser in Chief (and a request to my Church friends who are Republicans)

Under the current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C the very word "immigrant" has been tarnished and demeaned.

As an immigrant (and now a citizen of the U.S.A.) I find this hard to take  (to put it mildly!).

Of course he means undocumented immigrants (I refuse to call them illegal immigrants, because although there are illegal acts there are no illegal people).

But who, in the mind of D.J.T., are the undocumented immigrants? Are they the hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents;  people from Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and India?

I think not!

You know, I know, and his acolytes know that he is referring to children, women and men from Mexico. from Central America, from some countries in South America, and from Haiti etc.

In a speech in Youngstown, Ohio earlier this week he described these immigrants as "animals".

(See the video below, and see also the apparent enthusiasm of his acolytes).

With no reference to authentically reported criminal events (except for those in his mind) he referred to those who slice and dice young women.

Of course there is immense cruelty in some criminal activity in the U.S., but to suggest that such cruelty is the exclusive province of immigrants from Latino countries is to fly in the face of the facts. (But when did facts bother our Rabble Rouser in Chief?).

In truth, most immigrants who have been deported under D.J.T. have been law abiding and productive citizens.  And in case you think that I am blinded by my biases I add that President Obama (in danger of being deified by we progressives) was no slouch when it came to deportations of undocumented immigrants).

But he never called them animals.

And that's what bothers me about "The Occupant".  He is all too willing to use the same kind of  rhetoric as did the Na-i propagandists  under Joseph Go-bels in their references to Jews.

Such rhetoric inevitably leads to hatred, cruelty, persecution and death.

It's all too easy to demonise "the other".


When ever we have a baptism in the Episcopal Church we all say "yes" to this solemn promise.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I pray that my Episcopal Church friends who are Republicans will remember this holy promise and then urge our President (whose third marriage was solemnized in an Episcopal Church)  to respect the dignity of all immigrants, and never ever refer to children, men, and women who are made in the image of God as Animals.


1 comment:

  1. David R Swedberg28 July 2017 at 11:36

    So well said Michael. I'm sharing.