On Thursday, the Justice Department released a statement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded several guidance documents governing laws concerning civil rights, ADA policies, and ATF rules. The move comes as the latest siege by Donald Trump’s regime on America’s democratic ideals and long-fought-for policies of inclusion, diversity, and the echoing words of a “liberty and justice for all.”
Pursuant to one of Trump’s Executive Orders attacking his immediate predecessor and other former presidents, Sessions cancelled a group of 25 guidance documents written to clarify and enforce laws — those established by Congress and others clarified by the Supreme Court of the United States. Sessions called the 25 documents — some dating back to 1975 — unnecessary and improper, despite the fact that some include clarification of Supreme Court rulings on civil rights.
Of course, it would be ignorant of anyone to believe that a document either enforcing a civil rights decision for minorities or instructing government agencies to comply with a court ruling on a matter of discriminatory practices would be considered necessary and proper by Trump and his cadre of privileged white appointees like Sessions. As the GOP continues to support Trump, blind to the moral and ethical values of our nation’s constitution and Bill of Rights, the regime is casting an ever-widening net of antebellum hatred across America.
Since last January, Trump has been launching regular, politically unsound, and morally despicable attacks on everyone except rich, white, privileged businessmen who laud him with adoration. Trump and his appointees have systematically begun disassembling the core values of America that have been part of the nation for 240 years.
He began a new culture war against education, immigration, impoverishment, freedoms of speech and religion, and sexuality. It is time for the media — also a frequent subject of Trump’s ire — to speak loudly and clearly before he and his GOP’s henchmen and women reduce America to a vague reminder of democracy.
In 1933, shortly after Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany — riding the same wave of sentiment that Donald Trump capitalizes on in his recurring (post)campaign rallies — Nazis established the first concentration camps. Though the holocaust is primarily studied and remembered for the mass killings of Jews in occupied Europe, concentration camps served other purposes, too.
The German police established camps to detain people who posed real and perceived threats to Hitler and the Nazis. Bands of marauding thugs rounded up social subversives, deviants, dissenters, intellectuals, artists, and Jews. The Nazis’ political opponents risked the harsh confinement of the camps and possible death. German police arrested people for everything from asocial behavior to perceived deviance.
Hitler’s wrath extended far beyond Jews, gays, intellectuals, and his opponents. He once said that war was “the best time for the elimination of the incurably ill.” The Nazis seized on the opportunity to cleanse the nation of disease and weakness by the forced sterilization of people with mental and physical disabilities and used others for experimentation to the death.
In the past 12 months, Trump has consistently attacked immigrants as the source of many of America’s problems. He has denounced the press. He has suggested a departure from constitutionally guaranteed policies of criminal justice and civil rights. He has attacked the poor, the LGBTQ community, and now…the disabled. Donald Trump has brought 1933 Nazi policies to 2017 America, all the while turning a deaf ear to the compassionate and enduring voice of the good people of the nation.
Jeff Sessions’ explanation for rescinding ADA rules and regulations on Thursday included a statement that clarifying rules about accessibility for the disabled “confuses the public.” His extension of Trump’s hatred of the weak, poor, and different represents the next dangerous step in the regime’s march towards total demagoguery in America.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
For almost a year, the media, social pundits, civil rights groups, and activists have been talking about “what comes next” in the decline of America under Trump. In 12 months, Trump has attacked frequently and furiously the weakest members of society, the marginalized, and those whom he can use to stir his supremacist-minded hordes.
What comes next is a full-scale war on the educated, influential, and politically resistant. If we, as a people and nation, continue to wait and ask questions, it will be too late to save anyone. Speak out, because We are all Americans, and if we do not speak now, Trump will come for us — sooner than we think.
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