verb (used with object), kid·napped or kid·naped, kid·nap·ping or kid·nap·ing.
“to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.”
You’ve all seen it on TV and in movies. A villain kidnaps a child and demands money in exchange for the release of the child. Today we watch as this scenario plays out in real time by one of the greatest TV villains of all time and in numbers far above any previous television or movie moment.
Approximately 2500 children, infants and babies were taken from their mothers and families and held for ransom in exchange for funding of a border wall that will cost in excess of 25 billion dollars. Call it what you want, but it’s kidnapping plain and simple, children held hostage in return for money. Let’s not be confused by the political issues. This is not about whether the wall is a good or bad thing, or whether the wall will be effective or not. It’s about the moral and ethical policies of a tragically flawed and psychotically ill, immoral and corrupt media personality who rose to power by appealing to the worst in human nature and forming alliances with other powerful figures of the same bent.
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Donald Trump’s style has always been to attack on a personal level. He vanquished all the opposing primary candidates the Republican party had to offer, 16 in all, by simply engaging in name-calling and by lying. He toppled “Crooked Hillary” in the same way, with the added help of his corrupt associations. He has bullied everyone who opposed him in the same manner, including political figures, judges, the media, the Pope, Gold Star Families, a bonified war hero, the disabled and infirmed, foreign leaders and allies, and allied himself with other liars willing to support his policies for their own personal gain and political goals.
Together, we the American people have finally crossed the Rubicon and understand that this battle is not only political but also personal. We are being personally attacked and we have realized that we must unite to fight back on a personal level. At D.C.’s MXDC Cocina Mexicana protesters made the first move by chanting “Kirsten Nielsen, you’re a villain, locking up immigrant children” forcing her to flee her table at the restaurant. Days later, a restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave his establishment. Wow… small victories, but the message has been sent. Everyone who has fallen in the path of the Trump bulldozer has done so by “going high when he went low” and yet unlike the Obamas, it has failed. Trump established a new game and as much as we disapprove we must engage on his terms to defeat him.
An argument is being made by Trump supporting pundits and proxies that this type of reaction will only further drive support to Trump by inflaming voters, but this is false reasoning. Trump’s support may never waiver, never fall from his 30% base, but it will surely not increase by converting objective and reasonable minds to his cause because fighting back on a personal level is out of bounds. It has never been out of bounds for Trump the counterpuncher. As the GOP fades into extinction, the American people are doing what those gutless wimps have failed to do, from the primaries forward, we are counterpunching the bully and his gang.
Glenn Beck recently faced off against Brian Stelter in a CNN interview and failing to deliver anything but a muddled cry for unity and calling for an examination of media guilt in creating divisiveness by reporting the stories of Trump’s part in creating and inflaming it, and lacking any substantive answers to his questions, had to walk off the show, grandstanding rather than engage in meaningful discussion. Once a bully himself, Beck now masquerades as a unifier. As these snakes, the many swamp creatures Trump has introduced us to, crawl back into their holes, we must know that we are changing things in such a way as to unify our cause. We must realize that we cannot bridge the gap with racists, fascists, and liars any more than a battered wife can re-unify with an abusive husband. No, it’s time for the divorce.
Now, as Maxine Waters loudly proclaims that we must continue in this fight and praises the protesters who are making it personal, we must not accept the argument that she is divisive, she is rejecting unity. There can only be one kind of unity, moral unity. Unity with the immoral is not possible, it is placating them and enabling future transgressions, which as we have seen exceed our expectations and beliefs in the impossible on a daily basis.