Making America…A Shithole

This is a political post.

If you hate politics, do not scroll down.

If you do scroll down….caveat emptor.























This is Jorge. He is 39-years-old, and is being forcibly torn away from his American wife and two American children. Why? Because, when Jorge was ten, he was brought into America illegally. He then grew up, got married, and had children.


But now, he is being ripped from his family and deported back to Mexico. A country he can barely remember.

Jorge did nothing wrong.

Yet his punishment is beyond my imagining.

This makes me fucking livid.

Is this what my country has become?

I would like a Trump supporter to explain how they can justify such cruelty, such a travesty, and such indecency?


I recall another time, and another country, when people were rounded up, families torn apart, and millions “deported”. Nazi Germany. Is THIS what America has become?


America, 2018.


America, 2018.




  1. Kara on January 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    It’s heartbreaking and so very wrong. I don’t know how to even look at Trump supporters anymore when they look at an example like this and say things like “He shouldn’t have been here in the first place.”

    I just grit my teeth and pour my time and money into trying to flip at least one house of Congress this year.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      “He shouldn’t have been here in the first place.”

      I, too, have heard the same thing.

      I reply: “And what he supposed to do? He was ten! Ten!”

      And I can then think of is the millions of German’s who rationalized what was happening to Jews, Communists, Homosexuals, Gypsies, political opponents of the Nazi’s, and on and on.

      There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

      • tiffaney jewel on January 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

        People would do well to remember the example of Nazi Germany. So many thought they were “doing the right thing” by selling out their neighbors, sometimes in exchange for their own lives. But the Germans shot them anyway. The consequences here may not be as immediate, but there WILL be consequences for people who do evil things.

  2. Miriam Righter on January 15, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    When my 13 year old daughter tries to understand what is happening in our country, and how the Republicans can rationalize what they are doing (it doesn’t even make financial sense), I am at a loss to explain it. The only thing I can think of saying is that they only care about themselves and seem to think nothing bad will ever happen to them. But even that doesn’t make sense for all the Republicans since many are not doing well as it is! I have read extensively about Nazi Germany for decades (I am almost 60) and for years have thought we are headed down that path, starting with G.W. All I can tell her is to keep resisting and keep pointing out the bad things.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      And look what happened to Germany.

      Thank you, Miriam.

      I have not spoken to a single Republican who is attached to reality on this issue.

      They state: “We shouldn’t have open borders!”

      But we don’t have open borders. Of course people can still get in illegally. And this will ALWAYS be so, for, how does one seal a country?

      They state: “Obama loved open borders!”

      No, Obama deported a record number of illegal immigrants. But the process was humane. ICE agents were not acting like Gestapo agents, as they are today under a cruel regime.

      They state: “I don’t want any immigrants!”

      I ask: “Where is your family from?

      They reply: Huh?”

      I ask again: “Where is your family from? Because, unless you are 100% Native-American, YOU are here because of immigration.”

      I also remind them that Trump regularly hires immigrants, and married two. And HIS family immigrated.

      Of course, none of this changes their mind. They are afraid. But they really cannot explain just what they are so afraid of. THIS is the part I find so fascinating.

      America became the most powerful country on Earth because of our diversity, because of millions of different people coming to this country, working hard, and all helping to make America great.

      And Trump and the GOP are transforming this great country into a shithole.

      I know this. You know this. Pretty much the whole world knows this. But FOX viewers don’t have a clue.

  3. JD on January 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Are you just as livid at the previous administrations that knew immigration was an issue and essentially chose to do nothing about it? I’ve lived long enough to know this isn’t about one president. I’ve watched both republican and democrat politicians for years put on the face-plate of concern on camera only to sideline and ignore the immigration issue. I have my personal views too. I think something should be done for those who have been here for a significant period of time. There still should be some sort of process to citizenship, but you should not be deported. Going forward the elephant is still in the room, you have to come to this country legally, it is the law. Unfortunately my personal views don’t supersede the law. If social views are changing, great, then work to change immigration law. Work to change the entire immigration process. Make it easier and more efficient. Banking on politicians to ignore rather than change unpopular law is risky business. Choosing to do nothing for decades has led us to this moment.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Hello, JD.

      You asked: “Are you just as livid at the previous administrations that knew immigration was an issue and essentially chose to do nothing about it?”

      I am unaware of any documentation which supports your question.

      For example, and as I wrote above, the Obama administration deported a record number of illegal immigrants. But the process was humane. This is SO not what we are seeing today. Moreover, Trump deported FEWER illegal Mexicans than did Obama in his last year.

      In addition, DACA was established by the Obama administration in June 2012. So, Obama DID something. Then Trump rescinded DACA last September. DACA offered protection to children who were brought to America through no fault of their own. Like Jorge, detailed in this post. Jorge grew up in America, got married, had two kids, and now, because of Trump and the GOP, his life is now destroyed. His children? I cannot image the scars on their souls because of this. His wife? I cannot even begin to fathom her pain.

      I don’t understand punishing people who did no wrong.

      And how does this NOT transform America into a shithole??????????

      • JD on January 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm

        My main point was this. If major immigration reform had been addressed years ago, then we wouldn’t be discussing this. I’m talking about statute law, not executive orders which can easily be undone.

        • Kara on January 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

          And if wishes here horses then beggars would ride.

          Immigration reform wasn’t addressed properly years ago. It wasn’t, we can’t go back in time and change it, it is what it is, yea verily.

          That doesn’t change the fact that the racist POS in the White House is ripping families apart like this and we ARE discussing it. And it IS happening. And it’s horrible and it’s not what this country should be doing. And it’s doubly galling from people who claim that they are God-fearing Christians.

          • Miriam Righter on January 15, 2018 at 7:38 pm

            thank you Kara.

        • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

          Thank you, JD.

        • Sue C on January 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm

          I don’t know how far you are looking back, but both George W and Obama tried to pass immigration reform, but Congress refused to go along with it.

  4. Sue suddith on January 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I am in shock at the direction the country has taken and the backwards slide into racism, hate and dishonesty we are taking. I hope that soon the resident of the White House loses his power to incite the disenfranchised and entitles racists that look to him for leadership. And I hope it’s a humiliating and painful end to his reign of bullshit. Of course, then we have his idiot VP to deal with, who is no slouch in the asshat department. Gawd. Three more years of this.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Sue! My darling!

      Depending on Mueller, we may not have three more years of this.

      Let’s all fasten our seat belts…

  5. Kerri on January 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Living in central California, I know plenty of people who are here illegally and I’m not unsympathetic to their cause. In fact, my own daughter-in-laws father was deported back to his home country of Peru when she was a child so I’m very familiar with the whole issue. Having said that, to compare what Trump is doing to Nazi Germany where 6 million people weren’t just deported, but systematically rounded up and murdered is unfair, even if we are talking about Trump.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Hi, Kerri!

      Thank you for your comment. It is nice hearing from somebody with a personal connection to the issue.

      If I may though, I would like to point out that 12 million were systematically rounded up and murdered by the Nazi’s. It freaks me out when the other 6 million are left out.

      Also, I must disagree that my analogy is unfair. For, the Nazi’s did not start by murdering 12 million. They started by pointing a finger at vulnerable minorities and saying “THEY are the problem. We need to get rid of them”. And many millions of German’s were fine with this.

      And this is EXACTLY what is happening today in America.

      I repeat:

      And this is EXACTLY what is happening today in America.

      • Dianne Harper on January 15, 2018 at 7:04 pm

        Excellent point Ross, I’ve been saying this since the beginning. And I have been having the same experiences you have when talking to supporters of that man. I blame some of it on the fact that we no longer, and have not for a long time, taught people to think. THAT scares me. But that is a whole ‘nother soapbox…the state of education and the importance of excellent and free education.

        • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm

          Dianne, what a thrill to hear from you. And, I concur, education is vital. But dictators and despots hate education, as you know.

          When I converse with Trump supporters, or try to, what is invariably revealed is a stunning lack of knowledge. It’s like trying to talk with people who, for example, believe that the Earth is flat. They know what they know and no contrary information gets it.

          This terrifies me.

          • Dianne Harper on January 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm

            Same here Ross, same here.

      • Kerri on January 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        Thank you, Ross. I misunderstood your analogy. I thought you were equating getting deported with being murdered in a gas chamber. If the analogy is about pointing a finger at vulnerable minorities, then I totally agree.

        P.S. I think that the number of 6 million refers specifically to the number of Jewish people he killed.

        Anyway, thank you again for responding. I really appreciate it.

        • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm

          Thank you, Kerri, for your gracious response.

          And, yes, 6 millions Jews were targeted and murdered by the Nazi’s.

          But so were six million other people.

          This kind of “overlooking” of the other six million freaks me out, yet it has become common during the last twenty years.

          • Kerri on January 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm

            I knew that he went after the disabled, Gypsies, etc., but I’m embarrassed to say that I had no idea that it added up to 6 million. We always hear about the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, but, you’re right, no one ever talks about his other victims.

            [From Ross: Dearest Kerri, when I was a child in the 1960s, the Holocaust was understood to mean 12 million dead. But somehow…somehow…6 million of these victims have been, ah, forgotten. Today, the Holocaust is often thought of as only related to the 6 million Jews murdered. The other 6 million have been airbrushed out of the picture. And, as I stated, this freaks me out. If you watch the movie Schindler’s List, you will see this phenomenon in action as the movie ends with a plea to “never forget the 6 million”. But…but…it is apparently OK to forget the other 6 million.]

        • Miriam Righter on January 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

          I would also like to add that the Nazis started their murder with the disabled. To those of us who are disabled, through no fault of our own, taking away our healthcare and Social Security seems awfully close to outright murdering us. How are we to live when we have no income or healthcare? It is all a slippery slope that we are descending.

          • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm

            An excellent point, Miriam. Thank you. Thank you.

  6. glenn on January 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Hey, if I’m a Norwegian, with universal healthcare, free university tuition, and the highest standard of living in the world, why in the name of Odin would I emigrate to America?

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Why, indeed!

  7. Traci on January 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    If I said “sh*thole” at work, I’d be fired.

    • Ross on January 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Then you could run for President! For, when you are President, whatever you say does not matter!

  8. Sue C on January 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Excellent discussion!

    • Ross on January 24, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you, Sue!

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