Obama Chimes In

Today is World Refugee Day.

If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you'd been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you'd be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life.

That's the reality for so many of the families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear. And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?

Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say “there but for the grace of God go I,” is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant – to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time – is part of what makes us American. After all, almost all of us were strangers once, too. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we’re only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better.

That’s the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it’s something we have to protect for the generations to come. But we have to do more than say “this isn’t who we are.” We have to prove it – through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes.

His FB Page in case you are interested in reading the replies.

When You Say You Miss President Obama . . .

Do you mean changing U.S. policy to detain women and children seeking asylum and giving Corrections corporations of America a $1 billion no-bid contract to do so?

For the first time in modern American history, the government decides to detain all Central American women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., instead of allowing them to live freely until their days in court. The policy change is intended to send a message to anyone else seeking refuge from a plague of gang violence below our southern border: Don’t believe everything you read on the Statue of Liberty.

And to implement this draconian proposal, the government awards a well-connected private prison company with a $1 billion no-bid contract — one that promises to pay the firm $20 million a month, no matter how few migrants its facility is responsible for housing at a given time. Then federal courts rule that this policy of mass detention isn’t actually legal. But the contract is already signed, and so the Corrections Corporation of America collects millions in taxpayer money to maintain a nearly empty detention center.

This may sound like the kind of cruel, incompetent policy-making you’d expect from Donald Trump’s administration. But it’s actually the work of Barack Obama’s. Per the Washington Post:

(do read the whole article)

h/t ggersh who first posted this here

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detroitmechworks's picture

And I have a good reaction to such a good speech. A reaction that we can be proud of. America has a tradition of answering speeches with rhetorical flourish, and that is what I intend to do.

Here in America we're fortunate to have the freedom to criticize. In other places they aren't so lucky. We have to ask ourselves are we a nation that allows people to say what they want? Or are we a nation that believes that it's more important to ensure that American Freedom is preserved?

It is with a heavy heart I ask you to consider all those affected by this tragedy. Think about how their hard work and efforts to enforce the law of the land are in fact part and parcel of the law that I too must follow. Of course, we can't do any of the real changes unless we vote... and vote hard for the party that started this whole thing in the first place. I of course mean the Victory against the evil guys who I won't name because I'm totally taking the high road.

/snark

Fuck off, Obama. Your moral high ground is about a foot and a half.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

The Aspie Corner's picture

And of course, PresiDunce Dipshit has only one-upped Obama in terms of his (mis)treatment of immigrants and refugees. It's too bad the average liberal who pines for Obama can't make that connection.

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snoopydawg's picture

When You Say You Miss President Obama . . .

This is an example of selective amnesia.

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The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

Amanda Matthews's picture

these refugees??

Per Obama's SOS...

Edit: added last sentence

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

Bollox Ref's picture

Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others....

Shoes! Just like those comfortable walking shoes he never wore to Wisconsin?

He's a duplicitous, two-faced asshole........ who's been one-upped by an even greater asshole.

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

@Bollox Ref

that he'd ever had any.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

edg's picture

And I think the h/t you gave to another c99 user was outstanding. I wrote an essay on suicide recently that was followed an hour or two later with a similar essay by a well-known front-pager who never bothered to give me a shout out. It sucks not being one of the Kool Kids.

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and informative - emphasis mine:

... To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better. ....

Some being more equal than others, via ruthlessly sucking more money and rights out of the others...

Edit: seems as though a little thread-cleaning may have been taking place on Obama's FB page comments...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.