Dear Democrat, Liberal and #NeverTrump friends –
You’ve done it, you have finally found an issue on which most Americans, including Trump voters and Republicans generally disagree with the administration. You are winning – the president is apparently going to issue an executive order in advance of pending legislation. But you know what, you are blowing this. As the week has proceeded I have been sorely tempted to defend a policy I disagree with simply on the basis of the grandstanding, posturing and sanctimony that I have had to endure – even when I agree with you.
This isn’t concentration camps, there are no pedophiles, there are no Hitler comparisons. Lewandowski’s stupidity notwithstanding, Down Syndrome kids being taken from their parents is a law-enforcement/smuggling matter, not a “zero tolerance” thing.
Spare me your tears. This is bad policy, but it was not undertaken as an act of evil. There was reason and thought behind it There was a decent case for the policy, even if most people, myself included, found it unconvincing. While I watch you act all holier than thou, I am also watching hardcore Trump supporters harden more and bring up times other administrations have made similar mistakes. More than once I have encountered something like that and went “Yeah!” – just because you people are being so over-the-top.
Most Americans, especially all those that you overlooked during election cycle 2016, have learned there is more to the story than the pictures. They know the pictures don’t look good, but they are going to gather more information before they form their final judgement – and it will be a judgement, not a reaction. As of a little while ago you appear to have won this one, but you are coming off looking awfully bad in the process. The administration is going to win in the long run just because they are not being as histrionic as you. Read this book. People are not buying it.
Let’s dial back the rhetoric; let’s behave like adults.