Barack Obama, the President who deported more immigrants than all Presidents of the 20th century combined, briefly left his yachting hiatus to give us thoughtful but meaningless words on immigration back in September. Since then the fight to protect Dreamers (the children who grew up in America with undocumented parents) has been fought bravely by many. And for now, it appears the Dreamers have won.
Donald Trump is often called a fascist. This seems to be a generous statement for someone who acts almost entirely on impulse. Being the coward that he is, Trump will side with the powers that be just about every time. The actions that he has taken against the poor in this country have been ruthless. But Trump lacks a polished fascism. He is a bully and a hustler. He believes in nothing but himself.
This brand of individualism is in its own way uniquely American and in that sense fascist to the American ideal. Yet only in the sense that Donald Trump is an individual who has not done a ton of thinking of his own. He operates on loyalty, not ideology. His predecessor, his popular predecessor, his liberal predecessor, could form a full sentence and form a working ideology.
Before we go any further let’s quote an excerpt from Barack Obama’s September Facebook post on immigration that I agree with: “Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we…