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Sunday, 24 June 2018 11:13

The President's Zero-Tolerance Policy

Written by  Bob Serody

As the president approaches the midterm elections, his actions continue to make him appear like a mad dog run amok. His critics have described him as a person with the tendencies of a narcissist and a megalomaniac. In my opinion, Donald J. Trump has proven himself to be completely unfit for office, a threat to our country, and an imminent danger to the world. He has no allegiance to our country, to the Constitution (which he hasn’t read), or to his oath of office.

In our fractured nation, the Republicans control the presidency, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, most of the states’ governorships, and many state districts through gerrymandering. Unfortunately, this does not reflect the majority of citizens who cast their votes against him in the 2016 elections.

One of the many issues that define Trump’s deliberate world of chaos is immigration. It is an issue that plays well with his base, who believe that our country will be taken over by people who are not white and do not reflect the values of evangelical Christians. These isolationist beliefs are couched in terms of illegal immigration, suggesting that drug lords and other unsavory people are usurping our country. They support Trump’s wall along the border with Mexico.

However, there has been a huge outcry against Trump’s policy of separating children from their families at the border. Some Evangelicals and Presbyterians who normally support Trump have come out against this policy, because in their minds, it is anti-Christian. However, it also raises a more general issue.

What is love and what is hate? Making it legal to own semiautomatic weapons strengthens isolationism, fear, and distrust. This promotes an atmosphere of hate. Yet some Christian sects profess love for their neighbors if only they will follow Christ’s teachings. That is love, but it is conditional. If you are not a Christian, there are those who believe you will go to hell. You must also be pro-life, meaning that according to the Bible, women are subservient to men. They must not have control over their reproductive organs.

These feelings over what it means to be a Christian have been challenged by another concern. How can Christians sanction the removal of children at the border from their parents and still claim to be pro-life and pro-family? Evangelicals, in order to maintain their trust in Trump, are now pointing their fingers at Congress as the institution to correct this problem through legislation on immigration reform, in spite of the fact that Trump can change this policy without the assistance of Congress. Yet, the polls show that most Republicans support Trump’s policy of separation.

Trump emphasizes hate over love by using scapegoating to unify his base. Now, however, he has angered some of his base over the issue of his zero tolerance policy. To stem the outcry, can he alleviate this problem by asking Congress to provide immigration reform before the midterm elections? Regardless of the outcome, I personally doubt whether this problem will go away for the voters in November.

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 Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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