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« on: June 19, 2018, 08:38:46 pm »


from The Washington Post....

The Bible in the hands of a bigot

Jeff Sessions effectively claims divine sanction for separating families at the border.

By MICHAEL GERSON | 5:55PM EDT — Monday, June 18, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible in defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of children being separated from their parents. — Photograph: The Journal Gazette/Associated Press.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible in defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of children being separated from their parents.
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LOGIC not being the strong point of the Trump administration, it claims that it is not to blame for the separation of families at the border and that a just God is pleased it is happening.

The first claim is a lie. Without the administration's “zero-tolerance” policy, there would be no surge in detained children at overwhelmed facilities. And President Trump has incurred further responsibility by employing confused, frightened children as leverage in negotiations over a border wall. All of this is taking place as a direct result of Trump's command to get tough at the border. And what shows toughness better than mistreating little boys and girls?

The second claim, made most prominently by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is that Romans 13 — a biblical passage written by the Apostle Paul urging everyone to be “subject to the governing authorities” — is an endorsement of the administration's hard-line enforcement of immigration laws. Sessions is effectively claiming divine sanction for the idea that people who break laws may be punished and deterred by subjecting their children to mental anguish. This is cruelty defended by heresy.

The Bible, like a gun, is a dangerous thing in the hands of a bigot. Segregationists and autocrats throughout Western history have claimed that Romans 13 covers oppressive or unjust laws. But the centerpiece commitment of Christian social ethics is not order; it is justice. For a good introduction to the concept, Sessions might read Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God,” King argued. “An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” And how should justice be defined? “Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”

Trump's immigration policy is a carnival of degradation. At one facility, hundreds of children have been confined (according to an Associated Press article) “in a series of cages created by metal fencing.” At another place (according to a Los Angeles Times report), “children were running away, screaming, throwing furniture and attempting suicide.” At a small shelter on the Texas border (according to The Washington Post), screaming toddlers were isolated from their parents and caregivers were “not allowed to touch the children.”

The controversy over family separation has accomplished at least one useful thing. It is an act of inhumanity by the Trump administration so gross — so rotting, worm-ridden and hair-covered — that many evangelical leaders have refused to swallow it. Even Franklin Graham, awakened momentarily from his ideological slumbers, has called the practice “disgraceful”.

This policy debate has also demonstrated the broad streak of extremism at the center of the Trump administration. “It was a simple decision by the administration,” explained presidential adviser Stephen Miller, “to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry.” Simple. Simple if you are untroubled by nagging empathy. Simple if you are hardened against the temptation of mercy. Simple if you have lost the ability to feel anger when abused children weep. One gets the impression that Miller, Trump and White House chief of staff John F. Kelly regard the fears of migrant parents and the anguish of migrant children as evidence of a good day's work.

This is a contagion. In a recent  poll of about 1,000 adults aged 18 and older, a strong plurality of Republicans (46 percent) supported the policy of family separation at the border. They have been given permission for their worst instincts by the leader of their party — a party whose right flank is now held by the neo-Confederate protesters at Charlottesville.

Dehumanization has a natural progression. It starts by defining a whole race or ethnicity by its worst members — say, rapists or criminals. It moves on to enforce generally applicable laws and rules that especially hurt a target group. Then, as the public becomes desensitized, the group can be singled out for hatred and harm. It is the descent, step by step, into a moral abyss.

The Bible, a rich and sprawling book, offers another angle on these matters. At one point in the New Testament, Jesus calls a child over and says, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Sometimes those who invoke God's justice would do better to fear it.


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Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't) (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour”, “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speech-writing and assistant to the president for speech-writing and policy adviser.

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Related to this topic:

 • VIDEO: Opinion | God loves stragers, Jeff Sessions

 • Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

 • The Washington Post's View: Message at the border: ‘No vacancy’

 • Kathleen Parker: I don't recognize this country anymore

 • Dana Milbank: This isn't religion. It's perversion.

 • Alan Bersin, Nate Bruggeman and Ben Rohrbaugh: Trump's ‘zero tolerance’ bluff on the border will hurt security, not help


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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 08:45:19 pm »


from The New York Times....

Fall of the American Empire

Trump turns his back on everything that made us great.

By PAUL KRUGMAN | 10:25PM EDT — Monday, June 18, 2018

Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.
Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT is, as a matter of policy, literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures (which officials insist aren't cages, oh no). The U.S. president is demanding that law enforcement stop investigating his associates and go after his political enemies instead. He has been insulting democratic allies while praising murderous dictators. And a global trade war seems increasingly likely.

What do these stories have in common? Obviously they're all tied to the character of the man occupying the White House, surely the worst human being ever to hold his position. But there's also a larger context, and it's not just about Donald Trump. What we're witnessing is a systematic rejection of longstanding American values — the values that actually made America great.

America has long been a powerful nation. In particular, we emerged from World War II with a level of both economic and military dominance not seen since the heyday of ancient Rome. But our role in the world was always about more than money and guns. It was also about ideals: America stood for something larger than itself — for freedom, human rights and the rule of law as universal principles.

Of course, we often fell short of those ideals. But the ideals were real, and mattered. Many nations have pursued racist policies; but when the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal wrote his 1944 book about our “Negro problem,” he called it “An American Dilemma,” because he viewed us as a nation whose civilization had a “flavor of enlightenment” and whose citizens were aware at some level that our treatment of blacks was at odds with our principles.

And his belief that there was a core of decency — maybe even goodness — to America was eventually vindicated by the rise and success, incomplete as it was, of the civil rights movement.

But what does American goodness — all too often honored in the breach, but still real — have to do with American power, let alone world trade? The answer is that for 70 years, American goodness and American greatness went hand in hand. Our ideals, and the fact that other countries knew we held those ideals, made us a different kind of great power, one that inspired trust.

Think about it. By the end of World War II, we and our British allies had in effect conquered a large part of the world. We could have become permanent occupiers, and/or installed subservient puppet governments, the way the Soviet Union did in Eastern Europe. And yes, we did do that in some developing countries; our history with, say, Iran is not at all pretty.

But what we mainly did instead was help defeated enemies get back on their feet, establishing democratic regimes that shared our core values and became allies in protecting those values.

The Pax Americana was a sort of empire; certainly America was for a long time very much first among equals. But it was by historical standards a remarkably benign empire, held together by soft power and respect rather than force. (There are actually some parallels with the ancient Pax Romana, but that's another story.)

And while you might be tempted to view international trade deals, which Trump says have turned us into a “piggy bank that everyone else is robbing”, as a completely separate story, they are anything but. Trade agreements were meant to (and did) make America richer, but they were also, from the beginning, about more than dollars and cents.

In fact, the modern world trading system was largely the brainchild not of economists or business interests, but of Cordell Hull, F.D.R.'s long-serving secretary of state, who believed that “prosperous trade among nations” was an essential element in building an “enduring peace.” So you want to think of the postwar creation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade as part of the same strategy that more or less simultaneously gave rise to the Marshall Plan and the creation of NATO.

So all the things happening now are of a piece. Committing atrocities at the border, attacking the domestic rule of law, insulting democratic leaders while praising thugs, and breaking up trade agreements are all about ending American exceptionalism, turning our back on the ideals that made us different from other powerful nations.

And rejecting our ideals won't make us stronger; it will make us weaker. We were the leader of the free world, a moral as well as financial and military force. But we're throwing all that away.

What's more, it won't even serve our self-interest. America isn't nearly as dominant a power as it was 70 years ago; Trump is delusional if he thinks that other countries will back down in the face of his threats. And if we are heading for a full-blown trade war, which seems increasingly likely, both he and those who voted for him will be shocked at how it goes: Some industries will gain, but millions of workers will be displaced.

So Trump isn't making America great again; he's trashing the things that made us great, turning us into just another bully — one whose bullying will be far less effective than he imagines.


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Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as an Op-Ed columnist. He is distinguished professor in the Graduate Center Economics Ph.D. program and distinguished scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the City University of New York. In addition, he is professor emeritus of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. In 2008, Mr. Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. Mr. Krugman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1977. He has taught at Yale, M.I.T. and Stanford. At M.I.T. he became the Ford International Professor of Economics. Mr. Krugman is the author or editor of 27 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the “new trade theory,” a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal. Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises. At the same time, Mr. Krugman has written extensively for a broader public audience. Some of his articles on economic issues, originally published in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American and other journals, are reprinted in Pop Internationalism and The Accidental Theorist. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. Read his blog, The Conscience of a Liberal, and follow him on Twitter.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on June 19, 2018, on Page A22 of the New York print edition with the headline: “Fall of the American Empire”.

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 12:19:05 pm »


from The Seattle Times....

Immigrant children: What Would Jesus Do?

Jeff Sessions uses Scripture to justify detaining immigrant children but ignores a core Christian message.

By DAVID HORSEY | 9:02AM EDT — Tuesday, June 19, 2018



THE FORCED SEPARATION of immigrant children from their parents is being justified by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions through a Bible citation that admonishes believers to follow governmental laws. It is a scriptural passage employed in the past to support both American slavery and Nazi policies in Germany. The Trump administration's highly controversial border control methods continue to receive substantial support from white evangelicals, but other faith groups have been loudly critical. Quoted in The Washington Post, Constance Day, a Lutheran pastor in Idaho, said she felt compelled to speak up “when politicians use our holy book to justify evils acts.” Day said at the heart of the Bible is a core  message “about treating foreigners fairly and loving neighbors as oneself.”

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 03:08:39 am »

the latest lefty drive by haha

Oh nooooo what about the poor children

first find out if the chilren have been stolen or their fake owners are child traffickers
if not they should put them all in prison with their parents and all the other criminals

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Ripping children (some as young as nine months old) from the arms of their parents and throwing those kids into caged concentration camps is the action of a NAZI nation.

America has sunk to the depths of the worst despot regimes in the world.

Donald J. Trump and Jeff Sessions are child abusers of the worst kind.

It's way past time for the rest of the world to declare America to be a pariah nation and enact sanctions against them.

And idiots/clowns from Woodville in NZ who actively support & cheer-on that sort of child abuse are the equivalent of child abusers themselves and therefore filthy scum who don't deserve to be treated as normal human beings.

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 04:37:38 pm »

stop the dribble

the ghost of joseph goebbels has possessed the democratic party and the left wing msn
 
everyone knows this is just a distraction from the ig report which proves the fake fbi investigation that cleared clinton before it started and judged trump before the investigation began

just the normal stay behind corrupt leftist swamp fbi bullshit

but dont worry trump has already started cleaning up this mess obama made


LOOKS LIKE THE LEFT ARE FULL OF SHIT
 
they said obama had rainbows comming out of his arse lmao

OBAMA IS HITLER those poor little children in the obama prison camps

HERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF OBAMA’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETENTION FACILITIES THE MEDIA WON’T SHOW YOU
http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/19/photos-obama-immigration-detention-facilities

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-administration-placed-children-with-human-traffickers-report-says/2016/01/28/39465050-c542-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.87b0fbbe3ae2



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Face facts (not Trump's bullshit “fake news” which oozes out of his mouth every time he opens it).....Trump copped so much vitriol over his nasty-arsehole policy of chucking young kids into caged concentration camps, that he was eventually forced to back-down. Even his own political party was dumping on him over it AND his own wife and daughter came out publicly against his nasty-arsehole tactics against kids. The whole world now knows Trump for the nasty-arsehole CHILD ABUSER he is and his reversal won't change that knowlege.

Good job that Kim Jong-un played Trump like a fiddle in Singapore, eh? He's an idiot and a clown who deserves to be lied to and treated with disrespect in the way Kim Jong-un treated him.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2018, 09:00:07 pm »


The TRUE nature of the nasty-arsehole CHILD-ABUSER Donald J. Trump…












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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2018, 12:53:48 pm »


from The Washington Post....

Still digging: Jeff Sessions says Trump administration
‘never really intended’ to separate families


The Trump administration isn't done playing this tortured game, apparently.

By AARON BLAKE | 5:01PM EDT — Thursday, June 21, 2018



THE Trump administration said that family separation wasn't its policy and that it couldn't fix the problem itself. Then it gave lie to all of that by reversing the policy.

You would think it would stop barking up this tree, but you'd be wrong.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a new interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, seems to double down on the idea that this was never the intent — although he spoke about separating families a full six weeks ago and even described it as a deterrent to potential future illegal immigration.

CBN's David Brody asked Sessions about the “media narrative out there has been that Trump administration is caving to pressure — that these optics have not been good for the administration.”

Here's Sessions's response (emphasis added):


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It hasn't been good, and the American people don't like the idea that we are separating families. We never really intended to do that. What we intended to do was to make sure that adults who bring children into the country are charged with the crime they've committed. Instead of giving that special group of adults immunity from prosecution, which is what, in effect, what we were doing. So I think it's the right thing. We'll work our way through it and try to do it in the most compassionate way possible.

But Sessions has long acknowledged that the Justice Department's “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration would lead to increased family separations. He said on May 7: “If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally. It's not our fault.”

And earlier this week, Sessions said on a Fox News appearance that family separation could be used as a deterrent. “Yes, hopefully people will get the message and come through the border at the port of entry and not break across the border unlawfully.”

It's clear the point he's trying to make: The family separation wasn't the specific goal here but that it was more of an unfortunate side effect and perhaps a means to an end. The real goal was border security and avoiding what was viewed as a loophole that prevented parents from being prosecuted if they brought their kids with them.

But just as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was really stretching when she said this wasn't the administration's policy, Sessions is being too cute by half here. The administration — and Sessions himself — made clear very early on that its zero-tolerance immigration policy now required these families to be separated, regardless of what the overriding goal was. They knew this is what would be happening and elected to go down this road anyway. Initially, they insisted they had no choice; now with Trump's executive order, they've tacitly but unmistakably admitted that they did and that they chose wrong.

It may be time to stop pretending otherwise. The practical difference is basically nil.




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Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post. A Minnesota native, he has also written about politics for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Hill newspapers.

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Related to this topic:

 • VIDEO: The Trump administration's wildly contradictory statements on family separation

 • VIDEO: Trump: ‘Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment.’

 • President Trump wants to know why he's not considered ‘elite’

 • Where are the migrant child facilities? Scattered across the U.S.

 • How Melania Trump's jacket choice overtook her visit to the Texas border shelters

 • GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week

 • Reversal on migrant families deepens confusion over Trump's immigration order

 • The Washington Post says: “REPUGNANT”


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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 12:58:29 pm »


Click on the map to read a developing story about the locations of America's CONCENTRATION CAMPS for kids…



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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2018, 03:55:51 pm »


Face facts (not Trump's bullshit “fake news” which oozes out of his mouth every time he opens it).....Trump copped so much vitriol over his nasty-arsehole policy of chucking young kids into caged concentration camps, that he was eventually forced to back-down. Even his own political party was dumping on him over it AND his own wife and daughter came out publicly against his nasty-arsehole tactics against kids. The whole world now knows Trump for the nasty-arsehole CHILD ABUSER he is and his reversal won't change that knowlege.

Good job that Kim Jong-un played Trump like a fiddle in Singapore, eh? He's an idiot and a clown who deserves to be lied to and treated with disrespect in the way Kim Jong-un treated him.


so you didnt look at obamas camps, you are a dumb wank with shit for a brain,wake up dopey Roll Eyes
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