I’ll leave this one to Diane Ravitch

As I am currently delving deeply into Hannah Arendt’s deep Eichmann in Jerusalem, it is hard for me to see any government policy that dehumanizes selected humans as unrelated to the larger Nazi worldview and purpose.   You dehumanize unworthy humans who you can then treat viciously, blame whoever you like for your own deliberate brutality, heck, blame the dehumanized themselves, wait for any outcry to die down, then do whatever the hell you want to the sons and daughters of bitches.   Hitler 101, straight up.

So it won’t do for me to get emotionally involved here, any more than I already am.  I offer this one bit, from Diane’s piece, two immoral administration spokespeople indecently citing the words of Jesus in a bland attempt to justify their boss’s inhumane, unChristlike purposes:

Sessions, who continues to vigorously defend the policy he pushed for internally, freely acknowledges that Bush and Obama did not interpret the law the same way that Trump is doing now. “The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute illegal aliens who entered the country with children,” he said last Thursday in Fort Wayne, Ind. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” (Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended using religion to justify the policy. “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law,” the White House press secretary told reporters that afternoon.)

I can say, without hesitation or need to qualify it in any way, that Adolf Eichmann and his ilk would have been equally comfortable with the quoted scripture about obedience to authority.  A moral duty to accept the dictates of a human governor as expressions of God’s law … Jesus Christ.   It may be many things, but it sure as hell ain’t democracy.    

I now refer you to Diane Ravitch’s well-done post, which is here.

And, after reading the piece, I salute Laura Bush [1] and Melania.  You go!  Expressions of the best American impulses, rather than the most petulant, vicious, extortionate and politically cynical.


[1] From Laura Bush’s editorial:

Recently, Colleen Kraft, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. She reported that while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.


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