‘None of you are better than them.’

This is too much for us to handle: 

The face-off is taking place after a similar demonstration in Murrieta, California, led to vitriolic exchanges about how the U.S. immigration system is being overwhelmed by a tide of Central American migrants. The Murrieta protesters blocked three busloads of detained immigrants from entering the town for federal processing.

The demonstrations in Oracle come as activists organize a nationwide movement protesting the immigration surge with at least 260 protests scheduled this weekend.

"We are being invaded!" says a flyer distributed by 11 groups organized as National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty and Border Surge. "Our Border Patrol is overwhelmed by the massive flow of illegal aliens crossing our border daily."

You know, the people who are out there playing our national anthem, the people who are out there waving our flags, the people out there who claim they love America so fucking much they just can't wait to defend her from defilement by the foreign hordes? Those people sure do have a low opinion of America. 

Our border patrol is bieng overwhelmed? Our health care system can't take it? We don't have enough housing, enough food, enough clothes? 


Jesus God. Let's fix it. If the problem is not enough people to handle the intakes then let's call in the national goddamn guard. If the problem is not enough beds then let's go find some mattresses. If the problem is not enough hotel rooms then let's build some more hotels. If the problem is not enough hospitals then let's hire some more doctors and put up some fucking tents, because I have just about had it with our defining the possible down to what won't inconvenience wealthy white assholes. That ain't much, it turns out. There's not enough food? This is why God invented chicken that comes in BUCKETS. I honestly don't know what's wrong with us anymore. 

It's not like we've never done anything big before. This country sent men to the moon. This country won two world wars. This country used to goddamn airlift food to staving people we'd just defeated, is how great this country used to think it was. This country looked at insurmountable problems and unthinkable odds and said come on, bitch, bring it why don't you. 

And we're going to say that we can't feed and house and clothe some children? Okay, several tens of  thousands of children, and okay, we're not doing too great by the kids that are already here, but seriously, motherfucker, you come to me saying this is too much? This, we can't afford? This, we can't do? When the earth was caving in, we were able to shore up the barricades but now, some kids? That's too big a job? 

We could fix all this with with the Green Zone blows on lunch. We could fix this with what Halliburton lays out on Christmas bonuses. We could fix this twelve times over and have cash to spare for a free hooker in every household with what Congress is willing to spend on just about anything else up to and including naming post offices after itself.

This is not too big a job, so just take that argument out with you when you leave. You want to be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, you have to be free and you have to be brave. This country freed itself and we just get so goddamn pissed when we're reminded that that wasn't the end, that we don't get to lie down now and watch TV and not give a fuck about anybody else's problems. This country freed itself and we are obligated, obligated by whatever humorless dick gods exist to keep freeing ourselves, to keep freeing each other, to keep taking in others as we were taken in because that's the only way this keeps working. 

That's the only way we stay true. We did big things, this country, and the only way we don't betray our own best selves is to keep doing big things. Small things, like children who need help and homes and food and clothes and love and care? That shouldn't be beyond us. That shouldn't be too much. We're not better than them. But we should be better than this. 


6 thoughts on “‘None of you are better than them.’

  1. shit, it’s AZ! Can’t some Navaho, Pueblo, etc., make a nice protest against the land-stealing asshole RWNJ “kids of illegals” that are protesting?
    “Learn Navaho or Go Back To Europe!”
    would make a great protest sign.

  2. Last night Jude brought up the fact that many nominal Christians are apparently forgetting Matthew 25:35-40.

    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

  3. Well, one tiny bit of hope is that there have been some counter-demonstrations. People quietly standing not far from the yayhoos and holding signs saying things like “Welcome.” I know it doesn’t actually change what the Border control situation is, but I guess at least it’s one small thing.

  4. Erm, you’re missing something Athenae: those kids are brown. We can’t do anything to help brown people.

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