Friday, June 22, 2018

Ms. Hemingway is lying and lacking a moral compass

Mollie Hemingway
Friday, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway writes: Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Actually Pretty Popular. To which I say:
  1. Bullshit and;
  2. Morality is independent of public opinion.
Hemingway is a cheerleader for the Trump Cult. She is totally divorced from both reality and intellectual honesty. She writes (you can assume that she is waving pom-poms):
Media coverage of the Trump administration’s policy of arresting people who illegally cross the border has been almost uniformly negative. Some has been downright hysterical. A new Economist/YouGov poll shows, however, that the vast majority of Americans polled support either President Trump’s executive order, the initial enforcement of the law that resulted in family separation, or something even stricter.
Please click on that link (I will wait). It will open in a new tab. As you can see, Ms. Hemingway is something less than specific. At the outset, Hemingway is also dishonest. The negative media coverage does not pertain to the Trump administration’s policy of "arresting people who illegally cross the border." The negative media coverage and the outrage is over separating children from parents and then treating them like prisoners at a super-max.

From the poll that Hemingway cites:
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That does not look like approval to me. As an aside I have an issue with the accuracy of the poll of 1,500 adults taken between June 17 and June 19. It shows that strong disapproval by blacks is great than that of Hispanics. That doesn't make sense. Furthermore, looking at the unweighted data, I might question the distribution.

Hemingway goes through a number of media reactions that she doesn't like (I'll spare you the feigned outrage over the likes of CNN). Then she writes:
It turned out that media apparently got the story of the sobbing toddler all sorts of wrong. And while newsrooms are in lockstep agreement that they oppose strong border enforcement, that view is not popular among the rest of the country.
The above is more dishonesty. The link does not support her claim. Furthermore, the media have not demonstrated opposition to strong border enforcement. The media have highlighted the apparent lack of compassion in border enforcement. Let us remember that many, if not most, of these people are fleeing extremely dangerous situations in Honduras, Guatemala and El Savador. They are seeking asylum and many of them deserve asylum. Trump wants us to believe that these are all drug-runners, They are not.

Donald Trump has a strong dislike of brown people. He has confirmed his hatred from the moment he began his campaign. The Trump administration is intentionally frustrating asylum seekers at ports of entry. Trump has convinced his base that brown people are determined to steal something from white people.

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has become so interested in the welfare of Donald Trump that she has lost whatever sense of morality she might have held. Public policy should not always conform to public opinion, some of which is shaped by the propagandists at Fox News. There was a study about five years ago. The bottom line was that the more Fox people watched, the stupider they became.

Hemingway should start with an analysis of right and wrong as it pertains to what the administration is doing. Attempting to misdirect this to media coverage is dishonest and the product of selective observation. American values for decency should form public policy, not Lou Dobbs.

It is wrong to treat thousands of families the way the administration has treated them. Even if you get past family separation, it now appears that the entire enterprise is disorganized. Imagine a frantic parent, deported to Honduras and trying to find out where her child is and how to get her child re-united with family. Some of these children are babies. Babies! They cannot assist their jailers in attempting to identify who they belong to.

As a federal judge pointed out yesterday, if you are jailed you get a receipt for your wallet. However, apparently these parents have nothing. No documentation to “redeem” their children.

As a country we have been irreparably damaged by this policy. We once stood as a pillar of decency. Then George W. Bush approved the torture of prisoners of war. Whatever one thinks of President Obama's policies, our past president was a kind, decent and moral man. He rebuilt some of the trust that we enjoyed internationally. While he was at it, he also built the economy that the Demented Orange Creature is taking credit for.

Trump is a pathological liar and a sociopath. The only thing that Trump cares about is, … Trump. Our international reputations has been wrecked. We are even at odds with our closest allies (Mexico and Canada). Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is just one more dimwitted enabler; a cultist. They are Moonies in MAGA hats.

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