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( Jan. 28th, 2017 07:13 pm)
My country continues to fight. I continue to struggle. I don't sleep well. I wake up every morning, dreading what I'll find when I open my Facebook feed. Today, U.S. citizens are being denied entry into the country and detained in airports without the benefit of legal counsel. A woman scheduled for deportation allegedly attempted suicide at JFK International to escape the torment. Thousands have gathered at airports across the nation to protest the wanton cruelty of the madman we have elected, but thousands more are jubilant, insisting that their man of the people, a man of the people who has stacked his cabinet with Wall Street billionaires, mind, is finally putting America first and making her great again, all the while insisting that she is the greatest nation on earth.

The rift with Mexico widens. China whispers of the inevitability of war. Iran moves to ban U.S. citizens. Oblivious, my family exults and celebrates, confident that "good Americans" are ascendant once again. Such discrimination is unfortunate, they cluck disingenuously, but we have to protect ourselves first. By "ourselves," they mean white Christians. They do not realize that what these executive orders visit upon the "enemy" will one day be visited upon them. The America Trump envisions is not meant for them. They are disposable, a means to an end to be discarded once they have served their purpose. They do not see this. They don't want to see it. They want to be the winners. They will never admit their mistake, not even as the country burns and the world descends into chaos.

Unless a majority of Congress remembers its duty and moves to oppose the lunatic at the helm, I do not expect to survive this. I do not expect the country to survive. I hope that one day, those who do survive will sift through the records and the rubble and know that some of us tried, some of us did remember the painful lessons of history, of Hitler and Stalin and Idi Amin and Pol Pot, and tried to turn the course.

I hope history records that in the end, we tried to uphold the best of our country.
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