Trump’s DACA Decision: Cruel but Usual Punishment from the Far Right

President Donald Trump has decided to punish between 700,000 and 800,000 young men and women. Punish them for what? Well, for having brown skin and for obeying their parents. Yesterday’s action by the president was so cruel and specious that he lacked the courage to announce it himself.

Handoff to the AG

Instead, he left it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man whose words and actions throughout his career paint the picture of a public servant who is not inclined to value anyone but those who are white and native-born.

Sessions, seemingly with great delight, proclaimed, “The Department of Justice has advised the president and the Department of Homeland Security that the Department of Homeland Security should begin an orderly lawful wind down, including the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program…”

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President Trump’s DACA Decision: A Statement from Barack Obama

“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.

“They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.

“It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future.

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Trump’s “Fake News” Speaks the Truth

There is a reason President Donald J. Trump trumps up constant attacks on the nation’s leading news sources: They publish the truth about his character and his policies (or, about the lack of both). He does not have any defense against the truth other than loud, fact-obscuring attacks on the messengers, and the belief that his followers will blindly believe his disingenuous bluster.

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Is the Fate of the World Going Backward?

For the last couple of years it has been my privilege to serve on the President’s Council of the United Religions Initiative (URI).

The organization, as stated on the webpage, is called to be “a global interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice.” This work is carried out “by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.”

I have had the opportunity to meet and work with URI leaders and participants in India, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA. My current project is bringing together millennials and elders with a focus on global peace. We held our first retreat at a center near Brugge, Belgium and I have hopes a global movement will grow out of our nascent community. Continue reading “Is the Fate of the World Going Backward?”

Responding to Trump’s Hateful Politics

I am flummoxed by the rapid descent of American politics into incomprehensible absurdity. My instinct is to lash out against the words and antics of our president and his followers. However, while doing so might make me feel briefly better, it would accomplish nothing but the addition of more flammable vitriol to the already flaming fires of division.

Furthermore, fighting President Trump doesn’t change my focus from what I am against to what I am for. It keeps Trump’s vision and Trump’s idea of America at center stage.

His talking points need to be replaced by a common, positive vision of a progressive and equitable America. Continue reading “Responding to Trump’s Hateful Politics”