The whole essence of Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency was to appeal to the very worst of human instincts, his message was so ensconced in racism that it was impossible to hide, and his main targets were immigrants. Even worse, the intellectually bankrupt and morally disgraceful GOP picked up the ball of bigotry and have been carrying it ever since.
The GOP has nothing to offer the citizens of this country worth voting for, so they no longer even try to sell their ideology, save trying to suppress voting and appealing to the amygdala-bound fears of uneducated people who know things are messed up, but don’t know why and thus they are too easily manipulated.
The GOP learned long ago that Eric Hoffer nailed it when he said that hatred is a great unifying force, and they have been playing the divisive “otherness” card ever since. Under the tutelage of Trump, rabid white nationalist Stephen Miller, effectively dismantled our immigration system, making us temporarily incapable administratively of handling the logistical problems at the border. In sharp contrast to the abject cruelty of his predecessor President Biden can show the world that the law and human decency are not incompatible.
The GOP learned long ago that Eric Hoffer nailed it when he said that hatred is a great unifying force, and they have been playing the divisive “otherness” card ever since.
The people of South America fleeing extreme poverty and gang terror are experiencing an epic humanitarian crisis as they cross the Mexican border. But helping poor people apply for asylum in America is indeed problematic, but for us, this is not a crisis.
A crisis is hundreds of thousands of Americans dead because of unprecedented incompetence by an unqualified and temperamentally unfit president. A crisis is tens of thousands of Americans dying senselessly because their fellow citizens choose to politicize a public health issue by refusing to wear a mask.
Weaponizing a public health emergency is a crisis bordering criminality. Having more than a half of million American citizens homeless, many of them veterans is a reprehensible moral crisis.
Experiencing the worst economic inequality since the 1920s is a crisis. Having thousands of our citizens die each year because they can’t afford adequate medical care is a crisis. The storming of the Capitol on January 6th by uninformed citizens, spurred on by a narcissist who couldn’t face having lost the election was a crisis.
Failure to maintain our crumbling infrastructure because of petty political posturing is a crisis. Moreover, failure to pay for our governance in addressing our budget deficit, because we have lost the political authority to impose fair taxes on the super-rich, is indeed a crisis.
When a political party, like the GOP, abandons all efforts to work toward the common good, in favor of nothing but maintaining ruthless power—this, my friends, is a crisis.
Stop the bigotry at the border. The Trump border wall was never anything more than a metaphor for ethnocentric derision and contempt. The recent videos of people climbing over the wall, as if it were a Home Depot ladder, exposes the cruel hypocrisy and the disingenuous ruse of trying to demonize desperate people for political gain.
When a political party, like the GOP, abandons all efforts to work toward the common good, in favor of nothing but maintaining ruthless power—this, my friends, is a crisis. Fox News pundits crying about a crisis at the border, does not a crisis make.
If we can’t demonstrate that as a people, we are better than this shamefully prejudiced behavior and the—despicable GOP despots who have given up on democracy in favor of a strongman autocracy, then we are truly experiencing an existential crisis.
It bears repeating that the immigrants crossing the border are experiencing a crisis, but this is not a crisis for America. We can handle this. Covid-19 should have made it crystal clear that most of the low-paying job’s immigrants are likely to get, should they remain in America, are the ones that provide the goods and services that make our lives possible.
If only more of our citizens had the maturity and integrity not to whine and engage in the racism that Trump instigated simply to run for office. Sadly, too many of our citizens can’t tell a real crisis from a political con. Thoughts?
Charles D. Hayes
Charles D. Hayes is the author of Blue Bias: An Ex-Cop Turned Philosopher Examines the Learning and Resolve Necessary to End Hidden Prejudice in Policing.