Surely MAGA can do better
Monday, July 22, 2019
In a childhood song, all that the bear that went over the mountain got to see was another mountain. It was my introduction to the sameness of life’s patterns. The steady ticking of the clock, the endless drumbeat of the mundane, and sometimes, the horror that never stops.
This is also true with the migratory patterns of families and children. When they are fleeing from danger, dwindling resources, poverty, starvation and the general malaise of everything that is wrong. With nothing to lose, whatever is pushing them out of their origins, will keep pushing. And now this endless stream of humanity is pouring into the rivers of our lives and crossing the borders that protect our country.
Before coming to terms with their presence, our best call should be to provide their countries with the humanitarian aid that would keep them in place and their hopes for a better tomorrow alive. The pushing out in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is what is bringing these frightened but determined people through Mexico to our border. However, under the MAGA cap of his presidency, Donald Trump is trying to cut aid to these three countries. The very aid that would force their governments to keep their populations in place or risk defunding.
Families and children seeking safety and asylum are no more enemies to our nation than our conscience is the enemy to our soul. But they are a problem we are presently ill-equipped to handle. The temporary fix of detention centers, cages, border closings or a never to be built wall by Mexico are neither policies nor solutions.
President Trump, Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence began their tenure with one of the strongest power bases ever. Surely these leaders can come up with a better policy than floating corpses, caged children, mayhem and hate.
Alison Lord Stuart