Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Ordinary Truth? Ordinary People Enforced Trump's Muslim Ban, and Might Again.

This is how authoritarianism works, with everyday people going to their everyday jobs and doing what they're told. Someday maybe -- maybe -- they wake up and say "Holy shit, what have I done?" Or not.

...but Americans enforced Trump's ban anyway. It's the way fascism works, whether
they sense the cruelty or not. So, yeah, marching helps build much needed awareness.

We don't know what will happen -- at this hour -- with President Bannon's Trump's Muslim ban, but while it was on the books, much cruelty happened:
A week ago, men and women went to work at airports around the United States as they always do. They showered, got dressed, ate breakfast, perhaps dropped off their kids at school. Then they reported to their jobs as federal government employees, where, according to news reports, one of them handcuffed a 5-year-old child, separated him from his mother and detained him alone for several hours at Dulles airport.
At least one other federal employee at Dulles reportedly detained a woman who was traveling with her two children, both U.S. citizens, for 20 hours without food. A relative says the mother was handcuffed (even when she went to the bathroom) and threatened with deportation to Somalia.
These and many other inhumane acts happened before these ordinary people who perpetrated them went home, had dinner, watched TV, and tucked in their kids.

Many people will say, "This is not my America." But will it be loud enough? And will the courts hear? Let's hope so.

(Thanks to here via Eschaton)

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