Donald Trump, it would appear, has decided to disavow the very Constitution that he swore to uphold a short 17 months ago. He has decided to take the law into his own hands and do what he wants to do, deporting immigrants without either trial or appearance before a judge. This is a direct violation of the Fifth Amendment that states, in part, “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Is Donald Trump above the law? He obviously thinks he is.
“I don’t want judges. I want border security. I don’t want to try people. I don’t want people coming in. Do you know, if a person comes in and puts one foot on our ground, it’s essentially, ‘Welcome to America, welcome to our country’? You never get them out, because they take their name, they bring the name down, they file it, then they let the person go. They say, ‘Show back up to court in one year from now.’”
Meanwhile, back at the ranch …
Senator Elizabeth Warren visited a detention center where she had been told that separated migrant families were being reunited, but there was no evidence of that happening. She spoke to nine immigrant mothers, none of whom even know where their children are, and only one of whom has been allowed to speak to her child.
Stepping up onto my soapbox …
Donald Trump does not own this nation and does not make law. Laws are made by Congress, the legislative branch of the government. There is a Constitution that provides the framework for laws and every member of Congress, as well as the president, has sworn to uphold that Constitution. To those who still support Donald Trump, I say this:
I understand that you were caught up in the frenzy of the campaign two years ago, and I understand how you bought into his fear-mongering rhetoric. I hold none of that against you. But you have now had 17 months of lies, of failure, on which to judge him, and surely you must find that he is lacking in every area. If you approve of his tax cuts, so be it … you will wake one day and realize that you have less money in your possession than you had a year ago, and you will be in the same boat as all of us, so get over it. If you approve of his reversal of environmental protections that were intended to try to stop the destruction of the air we breathe and the water we drink, that is on you, also, and I hope you enjoy the 100-degree temperatures with 90% humidity next week. But you cannot possibly approve of the man you elected subverting the rule of law, destroying families, and sending some people to an almost-certain death simply because it is what he wants.
The two most shameful, anti-humanitarian, and embarrassing things this nation had done in the past, aside from slavery, were the internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, and turning away thousands of Jewish refugees during the same war. There is nothing we can do but hang our heads in shame, for we cannot bring back the lost years or the lives we cost those people. What Donald Trump is doing today is worse than the Japanese internment camps, and every bit as bad as turning away the Jewish refugees. Have we, in fact, learned not one damned thing from history? Are we as shallow, narrow-minded and greedy as our ancestors?
How, today, can one single woman who has children of her own support a ‘man’, and yes I do use that term loosely, who would separate 3,000 children from their parents simply because it is what he wants? Republican, Democrat, Christian, Atheist, White, Black, Male, Female, Straight, Gay … it matters not. We are all, before religion, before gender, before race, before party affiliation … we are human beings. We care about one another, regardless of where we come from, what religion or lack thereof, what our politics. Or at least I thought we did, but today I have to wonder. Animals in the wild treat each other better than the people of this nation are treating their fellow humans.
Somehow we must find a way to stop this madness before it is too late. If Donald Trump is allowed to take the law into his own hands, to disavow the Constitution, to deport asylum seekers without due process of law, then we will have slammed the door on the Constitution, on democracy, and on all rights and freedoms we once thought we had. Our fate is intermingled with that of those migrants being detained at the southern border. If they lose, then so do we.
This is a nation of immigrants. You, me, every single person reading these words is here because somewhere in the past our ancestors were welcomed to this country, were given an opportunity to live in a land where our opinions mattered, our voices were heard. Donald Trump’s grandparents were allowed to come here from Germany. Mine from Spain and Wales and Germany. And together our ancestors helped make this nation what it was until 17 months ago when a madman entered the White House.
We the People can only do so much, but we must all be on board. Yes, even those of you who voted for Trump must wake up and realize that he is not what you believed him to be. United we stand, divided we fall. Those are the words of founding father John Dickinson in his pre-Revolutionary War song “The Liberty Song”, first published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768. In the song Dickinson wrote: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!” Truer words have never been spoken, and they are as relevant today as they were in 1768.
Stepping down off my soapbox now … G’day my friends.