I suppose it’s cowardly of me to say there is so much to critique about the insane behavior of the current occupant of the White House and his scores of enablers that I don’t have the bandwidth to write about any of it.
Just as I get my thoughts together about the detention of asylum seekers and separation of children, some never to see their families again (!), the Trump administration attacks legal immigrants seeking green cards. Just as I get my thoughts together on the further wrecking of the endangered species act, the idiot says windmill cause cancer. (Has anyone watched the clips from Trump’s recent rallies? It’s just not what he says but the incoherence of his speech that is astounding.)
Instead of draining the swamp, he has cause a “brain drain” across all the agencies of government while keeping in power (regretfully I call them evil and heartless) Stephen Miller and Mitch McConnell, and those newer to the scene like Ken Cuccinelli (who paraphrased Lady Liberty’s poem/plaque: “Bring me your tired, your poor…who can stand on their own two feet”) or the Repub congressperson who said we wouldn’t have a human population if not for the babies resulting from rape and incest. How can these people have been appointed/elected?
So I’m writing today simply to urge you to watch three segments from Democracy Now of August 19. The show reports on the work of “No More Deaths” and other compassionate activists who leave food and water for migrants in the Sonoran Desert.
I congratulate Amy Goodman for going on location in extreme heat with Scott Warren and his cohorts. The bodies and bones of thousands of travelers have been, and continue to be, found. Activist Geena Jackson leaves notes in Spanish along with the water drops and cans of pop-top beans. She says, “I write, ‘Ánimo!’ and ‘¡Mantenga la fuerza!’ and ‘¡Sí, se puede!’ and words of — I don’t know — words of strength.” I was also moved to tears hearing of their efforts to help families who try to track their relatives who have disappeared on the perilous journey.
White supremacist policies in America have never been worse in my lifetime. Enlightened journalism and brave work by volunteers, even at the risk of prosecution and imprisonment, need to be supported.