Progressives so easily turn into the Debbie Downer police that we get distracted from the fact that what Samantha Bee was talking about when she called Ivanka Trump a name is actually still happening! So distracted by schoolyard names, how quickly we forget that Bee was talking about the inhumane policy of the trump administration separating families who cross the border without necessary papers. And this is what matters y'all.
Amnesty is usually given because we know and like the people who receive it. We even talk about how amnesty is given because the recipients have “earned” it. But how do you “earn” something that is freely given? If you “earn” it, then it’s not amnesty; it’s a form of compensation. We grant amnesty to people we know and like and we withhold it from people we do not know or we do not like.
The story of Jesus’ birth still carries a strong message for the United States today; that providing hospitality to those who most need it can being unexpected blessings. It also parallels much of our national context today when the ruling authorities, threatened by the mere presence of Jesus as a baby, crack down with overwhelming power, far beyond what was necessary.
Instead of demanding that Gianforte get thrown out of Congress because he was an “illegal,” I thought it would be fun to use the Republican approach to Gianforte’s illegal behavior to create how they would approach “illegal” immigration if only they would treat immigrants the same as a rich, white businessmen running for elected office under the Republican banner.
Last week Michael Flynn’s lawyers asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony before Congress for any possible crimes he may have committed before he was nudged out of his position as National Security Advisor in the trump administration. So, with donald trump now in favor of immunity for people who seem to be targets of enthusiastic inquisition, then there should likely be more groups of people for whom immunity should be granted.
No trumpets sounded. No angels appeared. No burning bush or flashing lights. Just a man and his pregnant wife and the innkeeper says nope, no room. That’s his right too. He is justified in saying no. No one can fault him, but man, do I pity him. Look at what he missed out on. He missed out on being a part of history. He is forever not remembered as the innkeeper who said no. No room.