In North Carolina, right wing politicians are experts in scaring & mobilizing their base. And one of their most effective tools for this is: kids.
Especially kids being “threatened,” whether the threat is real or imaginary.
They used images of “threatened” kids to pass a same sex marriage ban; used them again to try to save their transphobic bathroom law. Etc.
(They’re probably planning to use “threatened” kids again in some nasty new way for the next election.)
Very effective campaign tactics, I can’t deny it.
Which come back to mind every time I consider this heinous craziness with kids at the border.
Wouldn’t somebody in that batsh*t crazy crowd around the White House have realized –ahead of time– that this plan would blow up on them? That it would produce thousands of heart-rending images of kids under threat? That it could even upset some evangelicals?
Evidently not. In fact, their anti-immigrant inside guru, Stephen Miller bragged to the Atlantic just the other day that this plan was a guaranteed political winner. They quote him as saying:
“You have one party that’s in favor of open borders, and you have one party that wants to secure the border. And all day long the American people are going to side with the party that wants to secure the border. And not by a little bit. Not 55–45. 60–40. 70–30. 80–20. I’m talking 90–10 on that.”
Maybe he knows something I don’t know. After all, Miller’s in the White (supremacy) House, and I’m just a geezer in —
— well, I AM in North Carolina.
So maybe even in my flyover bumpkin-ness, I’ve managed to get a clue about this. And here it is: video and audio of kids being threatened en masse, fenced in, ripped from the care of their parents, are scary. And heart-tugging. Especially when their reality is attested by the pope, Ted Cruz, hundreds of fighting mad Methodists, and even
— but no, I didn’t see this coming– NC’s Fountain of Fevered Foolishness, Franklin Graham.
Which means it’s scary for practically everybody.
And if I’m right about this, then the furor over the caged kids isn’t going to disappear soon. All those kids, even the babes in arms, have legs.
And so, I think, does this wave of national shame.
Let’s hope the blowback does too.