The American Holocaust Began While You Were Distracted With Russia

We are not in the murder stage of the Holocaust, but rather in the dehumanization stage. By treating these asylees as less than human – unworthy of seeking safety and security they are making the American public dehumanize them. Those incarcerating them by and large have already partially dehumanized them which allows them to justify, to themselves, the abuse they heap on them. However, such a culture allows them to dehumanize them further. By engaging in bullying and harassment in groups, by reinforcing that they don’t deserve beds or real blankets, by witnessing worse acts being done by their peers in front of them, the immigrant asylees become less and less human.

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Republicans Are Reactionary, Democrats are Conservative, and Other Terms We Regularly Misuse

Words have meaning, they are imbued with it, but Western society certainly has been extremely lax in this in recent decades.  In the 1980s there were liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats and this was not seen as oxymoronic, but rather just something that was.  A person held an ideology and was a member of a political party, and these were

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The Presidential and Executive Assault on the Civil Service

Whether he realizes it or not, the civil service is threatened by the recent push by Donald Trump to strip federal workers of their protections. The neutrality of federal workers comes from the fact that they cannot be arbitrarily removed from office – they are there so long as they do their job properly. If your manager has a personal problem with you, tough shit, they can make life hard, they can keep you away from opportunities to move up, but they can’t just let you go if you’re still doing your job. Protections are in place to ensure that if a federal employee does what is right in the face of adversity, they aren’t going to lose their job if they were justified in that.

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