Oh man. Audio released by Pro Publica of incarcerated toddlers crying for their parents put us over the top. And that was after growing testimony to the often lifelong, irreparable damage being done by the evil of separating kids from caregivers, which mirrors "a textbook strategy" of domestic abuse and, yes, Nazis. And after the lies and cruelty of the demonic Nielson, Sessions, Miller, Trump - they should all be in fear for their immortal souls - and the accounts of 20 numbered five and six-year-olds herded into cages with no toys or books and told to settle down, as one of their more traumatized cage-mates curled into a ball clutching a copy of his mother's ID card as staff, forbidden from touching them, did nothing. Nevertheless, the scales begin to tip.
A new poll finds that two/thirds of Americans - yes, it should be all - want the horrors to end. Every Senate Democrat now supports the Keep Families Together Act; not a single Republican Senator has had the spine to step up for it - to the shameless shell of a human being that is Susan Collins: Mainers are so done with you - but a few outlying Repubs, including the GOP head of the House subcommittee funding Homeland Security, have. This week, Mad Dog PAC, which has erected over 50 nationwide billboards including some on trucks - "Roll Against Trump" - arrived in D.C. to begin circling the White House and Capitol with a new truck tour declaring, "Mobsters Are Governing America (MAGA)" and "What If It Was Your Child?" Finally, Charles Pierce reminds us the current travesty is producing not just broken children, and possibly criminals, but witnesses and writers: "These children will have stories to tell, and they will be told." The rest of us, meanwhile, "are choosing the history of which we one day will be a part."
"The government* of the United States (has) chosen the history of which it will be a part," he writes. "It is the history of the auction block, of the state-sponsored kidnapper, of the God-alibi-ed prison, of the rattling cattle cars, headed east. That is the history of which the government, and all the people in it, have chosen to be a part. This includes the people who dreamed up this policy, the people who are enforcing this policy, and anyone who isn’t doing anything to stop it. They will be the defendants in the future proceedings, the villains in the future novels, and the monsters in a thousand future nightmares. We choose the history of which we are a part....Choose."