Thursday, June 20, 2019

Concentration Camps

No, they are not "detention centers".  They are concentration camps.

Definition: a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area.

We are putting these people in these camps as punishment, to deter others from coming over the border.  We are separating them from each other, from their children.  We are feeding them poorly and putting them into inhumane conditions.  Some of them are dying.

Some are comparing the Trump regime to the Nazi regime, and of course many roll their eyes at this and say it's Godwin's Law, that everyone always plays that card when the argument gets nasty.  Not this time.

When Hitler started out he was not Hitler as we think of him now. He was a politician exploiting a political situation to gain power. Many thought he was silly, or stupid.  Over time, piece by piece, it turned into what it ultimately became.

We are on that path, make no mistake. The congress basically refusing to act, Trump's supporters digging in their heels (and starting to wear the same shirts and hats), the identified "other" in our midst (undocumented workers instead of jews) that's causing all our woes, and the beginnings of an international crisis to galvanize the most violent of his cadre.

Add the concentration camps to all of that. We're not in the "beginning" of this, we're well into it, and if we don't take action history tells us what to expect.

Take it seriously.