Although the cruelties and injustices of this administration haven’t risen to the level of those of the Third Reich, the same principles of justice and moral responsibility apply. While some who support actions such as separating children from their parents might claim it necessary for the protection of our borders, as Spencer Tracy notes in his reading of the verdict:
There are those in our own country too who today speak of the “protection of country” — of “survival.” A decision must be made in the life of every nation at the very moment when the grasp of the enemy is at its throat. Then, it seems that the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy, to rest survival upon what is expedient — to look the other way.
Well, the answer to that is “survival as what?” A country isn’t a rock. It’s not an extension of one’s self. It’s what it stands for. It’s what it stands for when standing for something is the most difficult!
Before the people of the world, let it now be noted that here, in our decision, this is what we stand for: justice, truth, and the value of a single human being.
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