It is an established fact that Republicans accept lying as a way of life. The proof of this fact: Donald Trump has made over 4,000 false or misleading statements since his inauguration in 2017. The approval rating of this congenital liar among Republicans has remained at about 90 percent. And, quick. Name a Republican elected official who has uttered one word of rebuke about this chronic liar.
Even more telling: Republicans are constantly asked in polls about Trump’s lying, as well as about his adultery; his racism; his Tweeted insults, slander, and bad mouthing; and his overall vulgarity (“African countries are shitholes”). The Republicans’ reply: “We know about all of that. We just don’t care.”
Johnny Isakson is one of our Republican elected officials who accepts lying as a way of life. So far as I have been able to determine, Isakson has never mildly rebuked Trump for his congenital lying—much less stated that he cannot support anyone who brazenly violates God’s Commandment every day of his life. Or who approves of calling his own daughter a piece of ass.
But it is a specific issue that causes me to raise this issue of lying. That is the continuing pathetic issue of the kidnapped migrant children. We are now entering the fourth month of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that lead to the seizure of children from their parent(s) because the parent allegedly had committed a misdemeanor and keeping the children in detention for weeks, months, or permanently, subjecting them to a trauma that that will have lasting consequences throughout their lives.
After the American people reacted in horror to this travesty, Isakson eventually got around to saying he opposed the separation policy. He cited a years-old court order that prohibits minors from being detained for more than 20 days in immigration cases, meaning that in most cases children cannot stay with their parents if the parents are being held pending an asylum hearing.
Isakson said he supported an immigration proposal that would overturn this court order, and, in addition, provide funding for border security and a path to citizenship for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Isakson supported Senate bill introduced on June 20, 2018, that would end separation of families at the border, allow families to be processed together, and require fair and humane treatment while awaiting immigration processing. The legislation also provided additional funding for family residential centers, set mandatory standards for care, and authorized 225 new immigration judges to expedite proceedings for children and families who are apprehended at the border.
The bill had merits. The problem? As IndieDems predicted, the bill has scarcely been seen or heard from again. Oh, I imagine it’s making its laborious way through the legislative process—exactly the fate Isakson intended. He offered a sop to show his compassion—and quickly exited the stage.
The bottom line: What has Isakson actually done to alleviate the suffering of the children and have them all returned to their families? Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Not one damn thing.
Isakson’s do-nothing policy, of course, mirrors that of the Republican-controlled Congress—which, in the three months since the implementation of the cruelest acts against innocent people ever taken by an American government, has done absolutely nothing to end the cruelty.
It took the intervention of the U.S courts to force the Trump Administration to being about whatever reunification has occurred. And many—if not all—the cases that produced that result were implemented by the families, pro-bono lawyers, or by non-governmental groups like the ACLU, The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).
At the end of July, the Administration reported that most of the children had been returned to their parents, but over 400 remained in custody, over half of whom had parents that had already been deported.
Isakson lied when he issued a statement that he intended to do something about the children. Lying remains a way of life for him and his Republican Party.