“The Children! The Children! The Children!” [Are the cameras running?] “Oh, oh, oh, The Children!”
Has The Resistance™ now well and truly lost its collective mind? Watch Rachel Maddow weep about the Children! the Babies! then tell me (when you finish giggling) what you think.
Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to "tender age" shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018
Here’s what I think: The Resistance™ believes it has — finally, at last, what took them so long? — hit upon an issue they can exploit to show that President Trump really is literally Hitler. That’s why they are airing round-the-clock coverage of The Children! The Babies!, why a Congressional intern (now a former Congressional intern, I hope) screamed “f***- you!” at President Trump when he visited the Capitol yesterday, why hecklers drove out Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen from a restaurant (deliciously, a Mexican restaurant, the irony, the irony) yesterday.
Granted, Donald Trump must be a heartless bastard. After all, he did say “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.” Oh, wait, sorry, that was actually Hillary Clinton in 2014, not Donald Trump.
But how about those HORRIFYING HEARTRENDING photos of children in CAGES, photos like these. Reminds you of Nazi Germany doesn’t it? (Not really, but still.) Wait, wait, wrong photos. Those photos are from 2014, too. Who was President then? Oh, right. Barack Obama.
Didn’t he have a far more humane, open-minded, open-borderish immigration policy? Did he? Did he? Not really. Here he is explaining why “undocumented” [that’s Dem-speak for “illegal”] workers will be deported because they “broke our immigration laws.”
But Bill Clinton. Surely, he had a more humane immigration policy? Here he is explaining that illegal aliens are breaking the law, putting unacceptable strain on US resources, taking jobs from US citizens, and how his administration will get tough and deport the miscreants.
Collective madness is always alarming to witness, and the unhinged exhibition on the airwaves and editorial pages run by The Resistance™ should have any sane person thinking about calling 911 and putting a little Valium in the water supply. The hysteria feeds and builds upon the hysteria. Someone just dropping in on this festival of insanity might be forgiven for thinking he was witnessing a collective effort to incarnate Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream.
I am more cynical. I suspect that there will be a few genuine casualties of this scripted spectacle of angst: some adolescent girls who really do lose it when they join the pullulating masses shouting obscenities at the President of the Untied States.
Mostly, though, I think it’s a ploy, a gambit, the latest strategy to undermine an astonishingly successful and increasingly popular President. It won’t work, of course, even if a few people are hurt in the process. Why? Because there is no “immigration crisis”—other, that is, than the crisis of our too-porous borders. That is exactly what Donald Trump is determined to fix with his “zero tolerance” policy. It was that issue above all others that catapulted him to the Republican nomination and won him the Presidency. For many of his supporters, who do not want to see their country turn into a scene from The Camp of the Saints, it is the one non-negotiable issue.
The President is determined to enforce our immigration laws. If those laws are determined to be misguided, then, as he has insisted, they should be changed. As he recently tweeted, “We want ‘heart’ and security in America!” Meanwhile Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas got to the nub of the issue in a tweet of his own: “Dems’ Keep Families Together Act is better called the Child Trafficking Encouragement Act. Show up at border with a minor & call him your child, then you get released into the US! Children will be abducted & sold to drug cartels & slave-traders as a free ticket into US.” Someone should give Rachel Maddow a hanky and then ask her to read that aloud to her listeners.