Whatever extended family I had in Europe went up in smoke. It started with dehumanizing Jews as vermin. It progressed to a series of laws that denied Jews German citizenship and it culminated in the systematic murder of six million people whose only offense was being of Jewish decent.

We are not murdering people but we are acting like Nazis. In our name our government is intentionally traumatizing and permanently damaging thousands of innocent children by separating them from their parents at the border. Eventually a kid or kids will die in one of the tents or substandard shelters.

Sessions claims that we are being cruel as a deterrent. This is all based on the mythology that Brown people, some from shithole countries are stealing something from white people. Intention cruelty to Children doesn’t seem very Christian to me.

DHS Secretary Nielsen cannot keep the bullshit straight and has said numerous conflicting things.

Trump continues to lie, saying that the problem is law. It is policy. As I am typing the Orange Creature is reinforcing the idea that these people are taking something away from white people. We are told that they are violent criminals. He is blaming Mexico. He is blaming NAFTA. He claims that this is about stopping drug running. As I have often said, Trump is a pathological liar and sociopath. He just claimed that the media aids and abets violent criminals. His imbecilic audience roars with approval.

Trump is claiming that these immigrants will “infest” the country. It is language from the Third Reich that we though died over 70 years ago.

Trump is holding these kids hostage to a wall that will do nothing. The prospective barricade is something that Trump promised would be paid by Mexico. He lied. He lies.

Why we are doing this doesn’t matter. The fact is that we are doing it. We could stop this in an instant.

I was living in Thailand during the latter years of the Vietnam war. I was embarrassed to be an American and often lied, claiming that I was Canadian.

Today I am embarrassed by my citizenship. I am sickened by what is happening. An authoritarian president is abusing children used as pawns while invigorating bigotry. He is dehumanizing these immigrants as violent criminals.

One of the creepier things that occurred is telling children and parents that the authorities were taking the kids for a shower, only to disappear from their parents. It reminded me of Jews being told that they were entering showers when, in fact, they were being led to a gas chamber.

According to Godwin’s law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” Usually the Third Reich comparisons are gratuitous and desensitize to the horrors of the Holocaust which is why Jews find them so offensive.

On the other hand it is important to remember history and what can happen when people are used as scapegoats and what can happen when people are systematically dehumanized. We are in the grip of an unqualified dictatorial president whose political party refuses to keep him in check. We are also in the concentration camp business, partially because these abused children are also creating a distraction from the president’s impeachable offenses.

Trump is a narcissist. Only one thing matters to Trump: Trump. The suffering of children is immaterial to him if he thinks that they serve his political interests. He also has a sick, fragile but bloated ego which diminishes the potential to change course. We are stuck with a sick Trump and we are stuck with a sick policy.

Congress has to bail out Trump so that he can save face. Will he get what he wants? Will he get his fucking wall that will accomplish nothing at expense that we cannot afford? Will Congress pass legislation that Trump can claim is a fix to the detention? Common sense is off the table! Trump’s will is the only thing that counts in this crazy fog. Remind me of American exceptionalism. This isn’t it. If this does get fixed, how many children will have been victimized? This is a national disgrace! We are better than this — Perhaps we are not.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.