Tim McMullen's Missives and Tomes

Monday, June 11, 2018


In response to a friend's meme about a news report that said an "Eritrean national who was denied asylum in the United States and was being sent back to his homeland has died in an apparent suicide in a holding area at Cairo International Airport, airport officials said on Saturday."

I responded, as I often do, with a harsh ironic statement: "See, it's working!"

The friend of my friend, a person who doesn't know me, reasonably responded as follows:

 I'm not sure how you meant that, but it sounded horrible, and it doesn't particularly reflect well on you.......just saying.

My friend came to my defense and explained that this was an ironic comment meant to mirror the actual comments of supporters of this administration. I felt compelled to add to this explanation.

Tim McMullen Yes, xxxx xxxxxxx, the statement was pure irony, and it is a direct reflection of the very reason that the Nazi-embracing Duh Furor and his racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions have chosen their simple plan: destroy the lives of any person of color or any non-Christian who wants to come here UNLESS they are exceedingly wealthy. 

If you hold people for months, even years, while refusing to process them; if you argue that they do not deserve due process or human amenities, that they ALL deserve to be kicked out, no legal proceedings and no questions asked; If you separate mothers from children and then disperse the children to unidentified individuals, or better yet, keep the children in cages like animals and kick the parents out; if you shoot people at the border; if you ship people back to the country from which they are seeking asylum no matter how legitimate their danger or their claims; if you can make them commit suicide, then in the twisted mind where "WINNING" is your only moral code, then these "deterrents" may serve your purpose admirably: fewer people may choose to come here. Hence, "Making America GREAT again."

This reasoning is no different than Paul Ryan's right-wing philosophy which has been embraced by the current Republican majority in the House and Senate. They are hell-bent on destroying the social safety net; destroying the rights and protections for LGBTQ individuals; destroying the rights of women to health care and economic prosperity; eliminating Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare; taking away food stamps and programs to feed under-privileged children and the elderly; eliminating regulations that protect the environment, including regulations that protect air quality, water quality, and product safety: All of this is done, according to this Libertarian rationale of the radical right, in the "humanitarian" aim of making people more "independent" and destroying the real enemy, The Federal Government. 

Further irony, of course, is the fact that they consistently use and abuse government at local, state and federal levels to accomplish the domination of the many by the few, with ever increasing profit and power for the few, the rightful heirs, God's chosen, as their only goal. After all, the Calvinist approach applied to government is the fundamentalist evangelical doctrine of Divine intervention and the "Gospel of Wealth." If you have wealth, it's because you are good in the eyes of the Lord; if you are poor, it is because you are evil or undeserving. Furthermore, it doesn't matter that you gain your wealth by lying, or by cheating, manipulating, or abusing others; if God weren't pleased with you, then he wouldn't have given it to you. The fact that the have-nots have had their cost of living diminished at the hands of corporate skullduggery and thuggery is simply God's proof that the have-nots are undeserving.

This philosophy compliments the new radically right wing Roberts/Gorsuch court in which people don't even have a right to bring a class action suit against a corporation, no matter how egregious the abuse or how widespread, each individual must now face the corporation alone; in many cases, binding arbitration agreements which absolutely favor the corporation have been affirmed as the only mechanism for grievances with the recourse of a law suit now being forbidden.

They construe unprincipled and inhumane behavior as "finally being tough," and the proliferation of guns and the unrestricted access to any form of weapon as a God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right, whereas the other amendments and guarantees of the constitution, including the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, free press, due process, habeus corpus, et al, are gleefully eroded and their demise applauded by Duh Furor's minions.

In the same thread, another person added, "Too bad he wasn't Norwegian," to which the same concerned person wrote, "?????????"

This was my brief response:

This, too, is an ironic nod to one of Duh Furor's quotes, when he responded in a cabinet meeting about immigration:
As Durbin explained how the deal would impact people from Haiti, Trump said, "Haiti? Why do we want people from Haiti here?" Then they got Africa. 'Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway."

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