American Meanness

It’s time to start making a list of all the mean, hurtful, callous things the Trump administration has done. (is doing)

The Wall and its family separations, shutting out refugees
The picking away at benefits for Health Care, Social Security, tax breaks, tarriff wars that only other Americans pay for.
Closing of Planned Parenthood clinics in some states – punishing women? For what? For being women?
Voter restrictions. Gerrymandering. For the benefit of the mean Republican minority.
Neglect of the First Responders to 9/11

Concentration/Internment camps. No one should be offended at the terms used by Ocasio-Cortez and others. The “camps” that the Trump administration is establishing are similar in many ways to those horrors of history that people point to. Jewish people who seem to want to be the world’s most suffering victims, enclose the Palestinians in Gaza and make their lives as miserable as possible. The people of Japanese origin here in the US who were interned here during WWII suffered many of the same injustices as the people from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. There are camps of uprooted people in many countries around the world. The name we give these places doesn’t make the inhumanity inflicted on the occupants any better. Think of Burma, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Kenya, and other countries in Africa. Think of Europe and the swarms from Africa and arab countries into their “migrant spaces“. To take offense at the use of a word as a name for something illegal and cruel is to trivialize both the illegality and the cruelty of the actual place(s). Human beings are not always the “nice” people we wish they were, and we are now in what seems to be an excdedingly mean period.

Americans have been “mean” since our beginnings. Indian tribes, slavery, anti “otherism” against those of oriental background. Essentially, we’ve been Trumpian foreever. We just haven’t been quite so blatantly mean as now, and sometimes we have shown a generosity toward others that allowed us to make a myth about how wonderful we are.

Posted on June 23, 2019, in Government, Society, Trump. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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