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Mon Mar 16, 2020, 12:03 PM

Something we must not forget.

Lately something has been weighing on my mind.

Oh the corona virus is the elephant in the room, and we're hearing all about the stock market crash and possible stimulus packages. And I'm scared. I know a lot of you are, too, because many of us are a bit older with underlying health conditions, and we hear there won't be enough ventilators and so on. Grocery stores are empty because of stupid hoarders. People are driving like maniacs and manifesting hostility through panic.

But that isn't what's on my mind.

We are isolated at home, and two of our precious grandchildren are with us. Little J. is two years old. He isn't quite potty trained yet, but he's a great, affectionate little boy. And B is four. She is the light of my life, for sure. She talks up a storm, loves bubble baths, knows all her numbers, colors, letters, a few words. She also knows her full name and address and Mom's phone number.

So, this morning I was looking at my grandkids and this huge feeling of love washed over me, and then my mind was drawn to those little boys and little girls who were separated from their families by the brutal policies of this administration and thrown in filthy cages where their care falls, not to their parents, but to older children. It is cold in those places.

I weep as I imagine a little girl who could be B, or a little boy who could be J, crying in loneliness and despair, watching as people begin to get sick, wondering where their parents are and if they will ever be able to play in the sun again.

The horror of what Trump and Miller and the rest of the white supremacist xenophobes have done to these people, these children makes me literally shake with anger.

So I promise you this: If I am still alive when this is over, I will be a vocal advocate for freeing these children, finding their families and paying them reparations for the horror they have endured, AND I will be relentless about seeing justice done for the perpetrators of these despicable crimes.

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Reply Something we must not forget. (Original post)
PatrickforO Mar 2020 OP
Qutzupalotl Mar 2020 #1
N_E_1 for Tennis Mar 2020 #2
calimary Mar 2020 #8
leftieNanner Mar 2020 #11
Lonestarblue Mar 2020 #3
geardaddy Mar 2020 #4
handmade34 Mar 2020 #5
pandr32 Mar 2020 #6
Trueblue Texan Mar 2020 #7
calimary Mar 2020 #10
PatrickforO Mar 2020 #14
volstork Mar 2020 #9
ZenDem Mar 2020 #12
crickets Mar 2020 #13

Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 12:17 PM

1. Co-signed.

I’m glad Joe is committed to ending this atrocity.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 12:31 PM

2. I wish we could lock him up in one of those cages...nt

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:45 PM

8. Take a number!

And make sure it’s a small cage. With no cell service or electrical outlets. Then he wouldn’t be able to tweet - or even keep his damn phone charged.

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Response to calimary (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 02:14 PM

11. And yank out the gold toilet!

Give him a bed pan.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:24 PM

3. And what if the virus hits those who are locked up in cages!

It will spread quickly because they are trapped with very little space, or sanitation.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:27 PM

4. Count me in, too.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:31 PM

5. ...

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:33 PM

6. I'm with you!

Tears my heart to pieces. I cannot believe what has happened in our country. The for-profit prisons were bad enough and now we have pulled families apart and either sold their children or locked them away where they must feel abandoned and uncared for.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:41 PM

7. I'm with you...

And given that Trump and family have already tried to profit from this pandemic more than one way, I wouldn't be surprised if he envisioned it as his version of gas chambers. Yes, I'm comparing him to Hitler. He is a monster.

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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:51 PM

10. And as long as he remains basically unstoppable (thanks, GOP),

he’ll do whatever the hell he thinks he can get away with.

That’s just who, and what, he is.

We have to GET RID of him in November. Hold your nose if you have to, and vote for the Democrat. No idiotic Jill Stein “send a message” crap this time. This is for your country, your kids, and your planet.

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Response to calimary (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 09:59 PM

14. Oh, indeed. Blue no matter who. And Biden isn't that bad, especially now

he's promised a woman on the ticket. That is a really great thing.

Plus the bit about Warren's packages.

Biden will do fine.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:48 PM

9. Yes.

It is painful, but thank you for the reminder. It is so much more painful for those going through it.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 02:17 PM

12. This is what makes us different.

Your own fears and concerns not pushed aside, but rerouted to concern for others. We aren't the ones worrying about shooting someone over a toilet paper. We're worried about those who won't be able to find food, about those left behind.

Thank you for reminding us of what we're truly fighting for...humanity, compassion and the future that we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

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Response to ZenDem (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 02:37 PM

13. Echoing your feelings on this, ZenDem and PatrickforO

A big thank you-to both of you.

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