The past few weeks have been heartstoppingly ugly – in so many different ways. Deaths, disease, and lastly, dismembering of families by our very own government. While the first two can be subject to excruciating heartache and sorrow, they are still perfectly natural occurrences, which most of us at some point will face. But that last one?? If this is what the United States of America has truly become, I will relinquish my citizenship. Because this is not what I am, nor do I even know anyone who believes this is what we should be. However, statistics broadcast on the news indicated that 17% (or was it 19%) of the US population thinks so – or at least agree with both execution and fallout of the “zero tolerance immigration policy”. That number – although an obvious minority – is still too high for my comfort. Really, folks – almost 20%????
Whatever happened to “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” ? Now that the tired, threatened, persecuted and poor cross over a different-facing border, is all that null and void now?Reclassified to meaningless, nostalgic drivel??? The same US that tears families apart at the border also left the United Nation’s Human Rights Council yesterday. Granted, the UNHRC have indeed made some doozie decisions in recent memory, but STILL? This is a worrying trend on the train wreck we’re on. While I should be up there, fighting on the barricades defending human decency, and up my donation to the ACLU, my instincts in times like this is to either bury myself in the backyard, or hide my face in shame in the furry coat of my cat, to escape the ugliness. The two photos of today remind me that, at least in pets and plants, orange is not a bad color. That said, inaction = complacency. It’s time we all speak up – LOUDLY!!! At my core, as a society, I believe we ARE better than this. At least, we used to be.