To the GOP, we are all Gitmo…
Posted February 24, 2016on:
With another Trumpster fire in Nevada, it appears the voters have given themselves some rap names – Insane Rogaines or Hate Bait or Mad Rads. It could be over in terms of the GOP primary.
Yesterday, Senate Republicans said that should the President, in keeping with his constitutional duty, nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court that person would get neither a hearing before the Judiciary Committee nor a vote before the Senate. So, according to Mitch McConnell, as Majority Leader and Chuck Grassley, as Judiciary Chairman, a nomination by a President Trump would be openly welcomed as opposed to a Supreme Court nomination by someone educated at Harvard Law School Law who was an Editor of the Law Journal.
Yesterday, there was yet another proposal to close Guantanamo. It fell flat and deaf ears wouldn’t even turn in the direction of the plan. No one seems to care about half of the 91 people left in Gitmo have been cleared to leave, they just have no place to go. There are those in the Fox sphere who believe we should just kill all the detainees once we have milked them of any useful information.
What is the most troubling aspect of Guantanamo is that no one seems to care some of these people were “renditioned” off their hometown streets fourteen years ago. When the sanctimonious cry “battlefield combatants” when describing the detainees, walking to work after kissing your family goodbye for the day does not a combatant make. Some of these people were cleared of wrongdoing as far back as 2006-2008, but have sat imprisoned in the cesspool that is Gitmo at $2.6 million per detainee per year with no place to go.
The reaction from the GOP – “So what,” “Meh,” or “Serves them right.” More than most, these Gitmo detainees represent the attitude of Republicans toward the disenfranchised, the disaffected, and the poor. To Republicans, we are all Gitmo.
Time is the one commodity that can’t be replaced. You can’t manufacture extra time, you can’t speed it up or slow it down, but you can exhibit genuine indifference toward it – and that is the Republican attitude.
Whether it was the unemployed after the Great Recession, whether it is the working mother trying to make it on a paltry hourly wage and food stamps, or whether it’s those who worry that the next knock at the door is an ICE agent – indifference to suffering has been the answer. Time is merely a way to measure and catalog it.
I have to admit, Republicans don’t hate these people. They treat them much, much worse. They treat them with indifference because as Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
For those litigants who seek redress before the Supreme Court, for those who hang on each day to hourly wage jobs to keep their families afloat, for those who survive on expiring unemployment insurance – they can join the Gitmo detainees because they aren’t special, they don’t even merit consideration – they get GOP indifference.
As educator Robert Hutchins said, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.“ It is remarkable that the group so active in promoting this apathy and indifference is the very group who proclaims its love for this country at every turn and indicts anyone whose national views diverge from their own.
What is even more remarkable is that indifference is the equivalent of constituent service to those in the ruling one-percenter class. You can bet the Brothers Koch or Sheldon Adelson consider inaction as a victory since inaction is indeed certainty. If you want proof of inaction’s certainty, just ask the Gitmo detainees.
Have a great Wednesday and I encourage you to take the conversation in any direction you might like to explore.
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