Hello dear revolutionary(s)!
About last night…
Listen, I do not care to argue (today) over the morality of turning away refugees from countries we are responsible for destroying. I do not care to bring up the fact that those nations affected by this travel ban have not produced a US terrorist since before 9-11. I do not care to talk about how your ancestors were likely immigrants that the majority of people already in the US at that time were afraid of. I don’t care to bring up all the ways you are more likely to be killed than in a terror attack. Those who agree with me, agree with me. Those who don’t, will not be swayed by facts, and statistics. They will continue to believe the brainwashing that has been perpetuated in order to advance dehumanizing policies. There is little point in trying to convince these people that accepting immigrants and refugees is actually beneficial. There is little point in mentioning that the further the United States strays from its values, the further the possibility exists that it could ever be “great”.
Instead, here is what I ask you all indulge of me. Let me attempt to appeal to any vague sense of humanity you may still have. Please imagine a scenario for me.
Let’s imagine that you are out of the country on business. You pay taxes. You have a good job, where you have worked for decades. Your children and spouse are home. You are tired. You look forward to going home, kissing your children on the cheek as they lay in their beds, so happy their parent is back. You look forward to cuddling with your spouse before getting some much needed rest in your bed. Your credit cards are near their limit from your travel. You just want to be home.
You land at your city’s airport, and are greeted by armed and aggressive, jackbooted Customs and Border Patrol officials who tell you that you have been detained by Executive Order, and plans were being made to deport you back to the country you just flew in from. You have no hope of return for the next 90 days, and there is no guarantee return will be allowed.
Then the interrogation begins. They take your cell phone, and access your social media accounts. They grill you about your party allegiance. They demand to know if you support the person in the Office of the President. They harass you, and belittle you. They deny you access to an attorney. They attempt to coerce you into signing away your permanent resident status.
You hear the protesters outside. You hear lawyers shouting, “Contempt of Court!” and “Let them see an attorney!” You know something isn’t right.
Still, the agents keep you detained, barring you from legal counsel.
A court has issued a stay in certain parts of the Executive Order. Subsequent courts have ruled that the Customs and Border Patrol officials now have no legal standing to detain you.
You remain detained, denied access to counsel.
Now, ask yourself…
Is this what you want the United States to be? Would you be okay with this if it was you, or your family?
I don’t give a shit if you think we shouldn’t let in as many refugees. Well, I do, but that isn’t the point right now. I don’t care if you are anti-immigration.
What I do care about, this morning, is that the Executive Branch continued actions ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Branch, thus violating the Constitution, and you are not sufficiently outraged. What I care about this morning, isn’t the reasoning for the ban (which is shit), but that Goebbels (Bannon) and Hitler (Trump) overruled the Department of Homeland Security’s advice that the order not apply to Legal Permanent Residents and instead, treated people who have been completely vetted, living in, and paying taxes in this country for YEARS as if they are subhuman. I care that you lack a fucking conscience. I care that heads are not literally rolling over this. I care that you don’t care because it doesn’t affect you.
Trump wants to Make America Great Again by rolling back the clock to a time he thought we were a bigger power in the world. Might I suggest the sixties? Where a President might be a bit scared to remove the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council’s Principals Committee in favor of a fascist, propaganda minister without worrying they may have to pay for such a decision?
Tuesday, November 6,2018
If we have anything close to what resembles free elections on that day, it is important to remember which side your Representatives chose yesterday.
It is important for all of you to pick a side too. The time is now. If you work for Customs and Border Patrol, you should resign. If you wear that badge, you may as well be wearing the bolts of the SS.
If you work for any enforcement agency asked to subvert the Constitution or increase the power of the fascist regime in charge of the government, you should resign.
If you are sitting at home, and didn’t know any of this happened. You need to educate yourself and choose a side.
You won’t be forgiven by history for just following orders. They tried that at Nuremberg.
Choose a motherfucking side.