Wednesday Vignette – vetting


A beautiful day on the surface, but such a dark, dark day for Americans. Children in windowless warehouses with no access to basic necessities, trying to understand why they are there, and crying for their families, in inhumane conditions, stripped of all dignity. And all the while their asylum seeking adult family members are being vetted to ensure their application is legit. Just the fact that they even want to come here, should be proof enough of their desperation – because who the hell would voluntarily want to submit to be part of this shit show without being out of all other options??? To amplify the absurdity of it all, just consider for a moment that the people running the various Departments involved in perpetuating this ongoing tragedy, have undergone no vetting whatsoever. Sure, by apparent design, they are only “acting” Directors, but still… It makes me sick to my stomach.

Seeing animals in cages makes me ill, and hearing about the secretly ongoing practice of separating children from their families and putting them in cages is…. well, beyond gut wrenching.  It’s unfathomable that – despite the administration’s assurances that these  hair-raising “methods” had been abandoned a year ago –  is still ongoing. I don’t like being lied to. Especially not from my elected leaders – unvetted or not. This intentional lying about heinous crimes, and separating and disposing of fellow humans, has terrifying parallels with Nazi Germany, and it scares the crap out of me. How long did the Germans believe the lies and propaganda they were fed? How long will we?


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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11 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – vetting

  1. Tina says:

    Cruelty–and make no mistake, that is the point–coupled with incompetence–that seems to be where we are in the United States. Your photo is an apt representation of your vet. I’ve had a hard time thinking of anything else recently, all my little frustrations pale. There are legal organizations to donate to, at least the immigration attorneys can be compensated and we have to work hard, hard to get rid of the monsters currently running our government. This was a good post, Anna–thanks for hosting..

    Participating today with this:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina. You are – sadly – exactly right. We all need to work hard to ensure that we work to elect a compassionate and efficient government – not a cruel and incompetent one. A year and a half seems such a long, long time to wait, doesn’t it?

      • mmwm says:

        I’m not really sure a new president or senators will change things, as this was going on, to a lesser and less egregious degree, but still keeping _unaccompanied_ minor children in cages, during Obama’s time, until it was stopped by court order, as reported by The Atlantic magazine a year ago. It’s heartbreaking not only for the families and kids involved, but to think how driven by fear of “the other,” the fear of scarcity, we humans are, and how easily we can become our worst selves.

        • annamadeit says:

          “…but to think how driven by fear of “the other,” the fear of scarcity, we humans are, and how easily we can become our worst selves.” Very well said, mmwm.

  2. Kris P says:

    It’s amazing that, just when you think this administration couldn’t sink any lower, it manages to find a way to tunnel ever deeper. I agree with Tina, the mix of callous cruelty and complete incompetence, as well as a utter lack of leadership and a moral compass, is at the heart of the matter.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What is going on is an appalling tragedy, and we have a similar thing happening here. People have been held on islands for more than 5 years for seeking asylum ‘illegally’ by boat with people smugglers. They have very little likelihood of getting off the islands even though NZ has offered to take some of them. This offer has been turned down because they might want to come to Aus from NZ ‘by the back door’. (There is free flow across the Tasman Sea for citizens) There have been many attempts at suicide and there’s a lot of illness amongst these people. Last year a Medevac bill was passed (to allow sick people to come to Australia for treatment) but now we have a (lying) new government and they are doing all they can to wind the bill back. This is happening in a country that prides itself as being the land of the ‘fair go’. It sickens me.

    • annamadeit says:

      Gosh, I’m so sorry to hear about that, Jane… Sounds just as awful, cruel, and fear based as here… Just watched the greater part of the first Democratic debate, and was overjoyed to see so many good candidates. This is going to be very exciting to watch, moving forward. I am so very, very sick of all the lying… it’s exhausting!

  4. I couldn’t disagree more with mmwm. It is dangerous not to confront the reality that Trump and his enablers have made an enormous difference for the worse. No party or president is perfect, but the world is a far more dangerous and sadistic place because of Trump. Replacing him should be at the top of the to do list for all people who want to see more humane policies in this country. .

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m aware that the caging thing started before – at least to some degree – but the continuation and current amplification of it is repulsive, to say the least – as is the current administration. You chose the perfect word – sadistic. There is no other way to describe it.

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