A beautiful, blooming, catalpa tree in my yard.

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“Then began I to bloom, and wisdom to get, I grew and well I was;  each word led me on to another word, each deed to another deed.”

Odin, The High One,  Hávamál

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Trump’s Immigration Policy Fiasco

The news of thousands of lost immigrant children was hard enough to stomach but now Trump supporters are in overdrive with their gas lighting regarding the detention of small children torn from their mother’s arms at our southern border and separated from them. These detained children have only gymnasium floor mats and Mylar blankets to comfort them. Many of these families turned themselves in to border agents in a bid to seek asylum. However, some of these parents are being sent back to their home countries without their children and no idea where they are being held. Sadly, some of those children will never see their parents ever again.

They are flinging around claims that liberals didn’t care when Obama did it. Well the conservatives didn’t care about that situation either judging by the lack of protests during those years made across the internet, on the news, and on the streets. The fact is that under Obama the children held in separate facilities came across the border unaccompanied by an adult. Furthermore they seem unable to distinguish a legal crossing from an illegal crossing, but I’m guessing in their minds the difference boils down to skin tone and not seeking to apply for asylum. All that said, liberals have long been concerned about the school to prison pipeline and the privatization of prisons.

There have also been cries that liberals don’t care about American children who are taken by DFS when a parent is incarcerated. It’s definitely wrong but at least they are placed in a family structured environment sending them off to children’s prisons and not placed in dog kennels where they are not allowed to be touched.

According to our constitution’s Supremacy Clause* a ratified treaty is considered part of the supreme law of the land. Asylum seekers have a legal right under national and international law to cross our borders and are therefore not illegal aliens since the U.S. is party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol, which was ratified 1968. Regardless, no one is convicted of any crime at the time these children are seized and incarcerated. The events unfolding along our southern border is fast becoming a human rights crisis and an international embarrassment.

 

*Article VI, Clause 2

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land…

 

 

 

Women Who Run With the Wolves

We Were Made For These Times – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

 

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

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