As you read the following, reflect on the loud “conservatives” in Orthodoxy who applaud Herr Trump’s every action. Especially, reflect on Rod Dreher, who supports the racist demagogue Patrick Buchanan, the author of the infamous Nixon “Southern Strategy”… which the Republicans used to exploit the most base and sick human motives. Evil is amongst us, kids… it DOESN’T have horns and hooves; it looks and sounds distressingly normal…
Her Doctors Say the Surgery Can’t Wait Much Longer
In the days since Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from several heavily-Muslim countries, we’ve heard countless stories of people’s lives being thrown into total upheaval as a result. One such story involves a sick baby in need of surgery with the Order preventing her family from getting her the care she needs. The order, enacted last Friday, calls for banning the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, all refugees for 120 days, and all citizens from seven predominately-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. It’s caused a lot of disruption, but no stories are quite as egregious as those involving children are. In this case, it’s a four-month-old baby girl named Fatemah from Iran.
The infant has a heart condition requiring surgery and though her parents filed for the appropriate tourist visa, because of the ban, they’re now unable to travel to OSHU Hospital in Oregon for the procedure. According to KPTV, the child even has grandparents and an uncle who are US citizens, but it no longer matters because of the ban. The baby’s uncle, Sam Taghizadeh, says Fatemah needs the surgery “as soon as possible” and explains that the parents chose OSHU because the quality of medical services in their native Iran isn’t as good. He said:
Over there, it’s a very high risk because that is open heart surgery.
It was after a lot of research and work that the parents received the heartbreaking news that their trip wouldn’t be happening. Taghizadeh said:
For getting the visa, they ask for lot of the paperwork. You have to do many things, you know. For three weeks, we were working for every single thing they wanted.
The appointment was for 5 February, but it was only after arriving in Dubai last Saturday to complete the paperwork for their tourist visa at the US consulate that they got news of the ban. Taghizadeh, who’s lived in the USA for the last 13 years, reiterated his worries over the fact that Fatemah needs the surgery sooner rather than later:
They can’t wait, you know. Even I asked, “Can you wait a couple other years?” They said no. This thing has to be as soon as possible.
So now, the family is back in Iran, hopes dashed, with no idea when (or if) they can get their child the medical care she so badly needs. Is this what Donald Trump had in mind when he put in place a hasty ban that gave people no time to plan their lives? There are students being prevented from coming back to complete their studies, babies being detained at airports and denied access to breast milk, and five-year-olds being held without a parent for hours. America sure isn’t looking too great these days, and there’s reason to fear it’ll get worse. For now, a sick infant’s family is left to panic. As Taghizadeh said:
It’s like a nightmare. You know, in one night everything changes. Now, you don’t know what you’re going to do. Why, we came to the USA, we came here for freedom, for a better life. I’m feeling nowhere is safe.
He’s certainly not alone in that feeling.
If you voted for Trump… you voted for sheer evil. If you voted for Clinton… you voted for sheer evil. I voted Green… I refused to vote for evil. You can’t rationalise your way out of it… both “conservatism” and “liberalism” are but the two sides of the Neoliberal coin… both support the piranha Free Market and both purvey hatred and lies.
The system is broken. However, we won’t fix it until we realise that the centrepiece of its evil is the Free Market. Remember what Scripture teaches us… GREED, not homosexuality, not abortion, not immorality, is the root of all sorts of evil. Greed is a disease of the soul… the others are but moral peccadilloes in comparison. You do see what Satan is up to, don’t you? He offers preoccupation with “morality” so that his victims don’t realise that he gave them a corrosive cancer of the soul.
However… don’t argue with such sorts. They’re blind. If they won’t listen to Christ and His Church, they won’t listen to you and me, either. Simply keep the gate unlatched, the key under the mat, and don’t say, “I told you so”… some will come back to their senses, but they won’t listen to us. Keep that in mind…
I let this story sit for a little bit… good news came in. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York intervened and the family is now on its way to New York for surgery… with all expenses paid. Note who the good guys and the bad guys were in this. Mark it down well and vote accordingly…
Conservatism delenda est…