Tuesday in Mooseville – The Cruelty Is the Point 7/30/19

New York, New York, USA — 1/3/1920-New York, NY: Photo shows anarchists, reds, and radicals who were rounded up in NYC in last nights raids, arriving at Ellis Island. These undesirables will remain at Ellis Island until investigation and deportation proceedings have been completed. Many arrested in Newark and other nearby cities arrived at the Island during the afternoon. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my internet connection issues are history, and I’m going to work the plan that I had last week…tidbits by tweet today and text on Thursday. While the Current Occupant has settled on a strategy of distraction by rallying his base through crass racism, the fact remains that families are still being separated; the international understanding of the rights of asylum seekers is being ignored and upended; and our own understanding of who we are is being challenged and redefined. The latter, of course, has the potential to be the silver lining for our future, but we have a long way to go before that potential is fulfilled. For now, we have to look at the evil of our past, of our present, and in all likelihood, of our future, and be prepared to eradicate it with truth and through reconciliation.
Cruelty as the basis for community.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better if Miller has his way.

Fun fact: “All of Michigan is an ICE ‘border zone,’ which means that residents are subject to warrantless searches and detention. The Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from those random and arbitrary stops and searches, doesn’t apply, since the state is surrounded by the Great Lakes and falls within 100 miles of a border.” (Michigan)

…doomed to repeat it, or proud to repeat it? 45* is counting on the latter.

I’ve got no problem with loving the idea of what we can be, but can we please, please retire this damned phrase?

  1 comment for “Tuesday in Mooseville – The Cruelty Is the Point 7/30/19

  1. bfitzinAR
    July 30, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Cruelty is the point. And nothing new. Public lynchings go way back. It’s the evil at the core of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia…and it’s at the core of our society. We manage to cover it up and suppress it, pretend it’s “only a few bad apples” – anything to avoid facing that evil our nation is founded on. It’s not the greatest part of our foundation but it is the deadliest part – and it’s the part that if we do not get it under control is going to bring about the end of our society, our nation, and quite probably our world as we know it – so quite possibly the end of our species as well. This hard truth is one I keep struggling to find a way around. I’ve been losing hope as the decades pass and things just keep getting worse. But having watched this for decades is what makes me think Twitler isn’t in charge here. He’s an evil, corrupt, incompetent man who makes a very good “squirrel” to divert everyone’s attention while whoever filled out those blank EOs twitler signed over a year ago is actually running things. Twitler loves the cruelty of course – and he rallies the evil ones who’d have shown up at a public lynching with a picnic basket and “bring the kiddies” for the show – but he’s not behind it. He’s just hogging the spotlight so we don’t go find and stop whoever is. I don’t know if we have enough time left to stop it. The Rs are packing the courts – not just SCOTUS but the lower ones. I just don’t know. But I’ll keep trying every way I can find to try.

    {{{DoReMI}}} – thank you.

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