The national disgrace that is occurring at our southern border is something that we never could have imagined happening in the United States of America.
The images of children separated from their parents and locked behind chain link fences evokes the worst horrors of the 20th century — the concentration camps and gulags to which millions of people were consigned by the very worst dictatorial regimes.
For almost 250 years, America has been not merely a place, but an ideal for the proposition that all men are created equally and that every person has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In less than a few days’ time however, the principles that Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers so eloquently, yet simply, put into words in the Declaration of Independence have been destroyed.
The justification for what, by any standards of decency, amounts to an inhumane policy resembles a classic case of reductio ad absurdum.
The New York Times columnist David Brooks (who is a conservative writer) put it this way in his analysis of the language that is being used when they talk about the situation:
“This is what George Orwell noticed about the authoritarian brutalists: They don’t use words to illuminate the complexity of reality; they use words to eradicate the complexity of reality.”
If we say nothing then basically we are telling these families and their children that they are getting what they deserve. If separating people into metal cages is okay, then what does that say about our society and ourselves.