All over social media these last couple of days, I see people who are shocked, shocked, I tell you, over the Occupant ending DACA.
“I can’t believe this,” people are posting with all due righteous indignation.
Really? This surprises you?
I do believe what’s happening.
This is a nation built on the blood of enslaved people.
This is the only nation to have used a nuclear bomb.
This is the nation of Jim Crow and strange fruit.
It is the nation that abetted the political famine in 19th Century Ireland and then exploited the people escaping that famine.
This is the nation that refused to stop Stalin in the USSR as he killed millions through purges and political famine (an entire class of people, the Kulaks, were starved when they balked at turning their farmland over to the state).
This is the nation that turned away boatloads of Jews who were trying to escape genocide in Hitler’s Germany. And many Americans wear the symbol of that attempted genocide today while chanting white supremacist themes.
This is the nation that wiped out 90 percent of the people we found living here already when we “discovered” it.
This is the nation that turned a blind eye to genocide in Rwanda in the 1980s, to the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s …
This is the nation that started a preemptive war with Iraq, the consequences of which will echo through the decades to come — perhaps longer.
This is the nation that refuses to pass laws allowing people to make enough money to support themselves when they work full-time.
This is the nation that allows people to die horrible deaths rather than offer access to lifesaving health care.
This is the nation that forces young people to mortgage their futures to get a college education.
This is the nation that cuts funding for Meals on Wheels, food stamps and free and reduced-price school lunches.
This is the nation that allows corporations to poison the water supply with farming and fracking chemicals in the name of profits.
This is the nation that allows privateers to run prisons for profit and to assess its future “inventory” based on fourth-grade reading scores.
We are not good people. We are a nation of thugs.
You and I may be righteous people, calling out the crimes committed in our names, but this nation, collectively, is not just or moral.
We as a nation committed these crimes and continue to commit crimes.
If our people won’t put a stop to these policies by getting out and voting for something better, we can not call ourselves a righteous people.