It looks like President Trump has shifted gears. I have no idea what the details mean. I know that there has been tremendous pressure on this in the last week or so, as it's been compared to Trump's Katrina, the Holocaust, Japanese Internment Camps, Slavery and Genocide. Everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, and conservatives, non-liberals as well as those on the Left have declared it a grave evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance and makes America into the new Nazi Germany.
Now, something happened yesterday morning that got me to thinking, as I am wont to do. The local news interviewed the daughter of an undocumented immigrant (the mom's name being Edith Espinal) who has been fighting deportation. I say undocumented because the daughter wore a tee shirt that proudly boasted of the status (Memo: must remind my boys that they are white, traditional, Christian men; if they break the law they cannot wear a tee shirt flaunting the fact). Anyway, the daughter was interviewed because she had been separated from her father and separately detained when they came into the country (I guess to join her Mom - I don't know the details). Apparently her father even came into the country legally.
Anyway, she painted a pretty bleak picture of what the kids were going through down near the border. She said her heart broke, sort of like Rachel Maddow's. She felt their pain and was going to work overtime to make sure immigration reform happened because of this and many other reasons. After all, she had been there. Oh, and it's worth noting that it was 2014 when her detainment went down.
And that's what caught me. She had this happen to her, by her own words recorded on our local news station - in 2014. The focus, of course, was on her sympathies and experiences being detained. I don't know if anyone noticed the date.
I'm no great math person, but it seems like that's not when Trump was president. The press has spent a week calling Trump a liar, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what he has lied about (with this at least). The first impression was that he lied when he blamed Democrats, saying it was their bill, when it wasn't. But apparently there was a law that the Dems passed. Then it seemed to be he was lying when he said this had been done before. But apparently, unless the girl interviewed is a liar, it has been done before. Then it seemed they were saying he lied about having to actually do such a thing. After all, it's only a law, who says he has to enforce it?
I admit it's Trump, so I'm willing to accept that he has said something that is demonstrably false. The problem is, this is reported by the press that long ago taught me to believe it can be just as willing to stretch, twist and manipulate the truth, sometimes to the point of saying false things, as Trump ever was. So I'm listening to one agency I don't trust insist I must doubt a president I seldom believe. Such is America, c. 2018.
But back to the girl. So obviously this has been happening for some time. According to a CBS report, the number of children separated from their parents is skyrocketing, though it admitted this has happened before now. And yet, I never heard a thing. Didn't know it had happened. I heard a few people fuss about Obama deporting immigrants back in the day, but no real comparisons to Auschwitz or calls to ban CNN for not calling him out.
You know, it almost seems like this outrage, this comparison to the pits of Hell, Himmler, the Holocaust, the Killing Fields, the Gulags, and any other horror as commentators, pundits, news anchors and delivery truck drivers all break down in tears over the unprecedented suffering of this is, well, fake. Just thespians playing their parts.
I mean, the young girl interviewed has been interviewed multiple times. She was quite the local news celebrity last year and earlier this year when it sounded like her mom might be deported. Her whole family, and the church that granted sanctuary, were quite the celebrities. And yet I heard nothing about her plight four years ago. Just like I heard almost nothing about the plight of many immigrants four years ago. Or two years ago. Or a year and a half ago.
But all of a sudden, it's nothing other than the Great War of Satan. It's the death camps all over again. We can barely mention it without our eyes discharging gallons of lachrymal fluids. Why now? Why all of a sudden? I mean, immigrants have had a bad way of it for some time. They die during the journey. Their children are harmed, raped and abused. They starve and perish. They've been separated and detained and deported before now. Sometimes the press covered it over the last eight years. Almost never do I remember a news anchor breaking down in tears. I don't remember Democrats storming the White House and asking Obama about his family.
I'm sorry, but as I consider the thousands dead from AIDS every year that are never mentioned; when I consider the fact that the biggest killer of black Americans is black Americans, but you'd never know it since it's never mentioned; when I think of all the murder victims that aren't killed by guns, or those cases where gun owners prevent murderous rampages and yet are seldom covered; and when I consider the fact that immigration has been a problem for decades, immigrants have suffered for decades, and we've been deporting and detaining them for years without nary a news anchor having an emotional breakdown, I can't help but think it's all just a big act.
I get creeped out thinking that the Left doesn't give a rip about anyone, poor, minority or otherwise, unless their suffering is able to benefit the Left. I know that sounds harsh, and I hope I'm wrong. But sometimes you have to settle for the simplest explanation. Trying to explain all of this in other terms just doesn't seem to cover all the points. It certainly would explain why, in the midst of the tears over the suffering of women and children, nobody seems to care about a well known celebrity calling for women and children to be beaten and tortured. Then it all makes sense.