Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Border Protection Used Tear Gas Under Obama, Too


Just minutes after publishing that last post, I saw this news:

Obama Administration Used Tear Gas, Pepper Spray at Border Dozens of Times, CBP Data Shows

The article does note that, just like with drone bombings, the government is doing this a lot more under Trump. But in an admittedly selfish and terrible way, this makes me feel a little better. I wish it didn't but it does. There will always be suffering and if I work on my anxiety now instead of pointlessly trying to willpower myself past it, I'll actually be able to do something more effective to help migrants in the future, when they will probably still be getting gassed by the U.S. border assholes.

I still can't shake the urgency I have now knowing that people are suffering and dying RIGHT NOW, but I don't want that gone, either.

But enough about me.

Here's the thing. Democrats are less bad than Republicans, sometimes starkly less bad, but that doesn't make them good. The delicious irony here is that the entire reason that people are angry and talking about this incidence of refugee-gassing is because Trump and his demons have drawn a ton of attention to the so-called "migrant caravan" in their racist, fascist attempt to demonize some people of color because that's page 1 in the fascist playbook.

I would have been 100% against the use of tear gas on refugees and migrants when it happened while Obama was president if I had known about it. At the same time, I don't even care if Democrats and liberals are being hypocrites about this issue now because Trump and said demons had it fucking coming.

I don't even care if this makes me a hypocrite about hypocrisy.

There are some people, who are probably terrible, who think it might be best that Trump became president because it will force people to care and act about the awful things that Democrats do on the sly. I don't think I could ever morally take the position that hurting some people now to possibly save more people later, but sometimes I think that they're not entirely wrong.

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