In the name of nationalism, we are separating children from parents; whether they’re “detained” or “ripped from the arms of their mothers” is rhetoric.

Is how it is framed more important than what it is? Shouldn’t the fact that it’s morally wrong be the issue, rather than the narrative?

Politics gets in the way of doing what’s right, with plenty of blame to go around.

It starts at the top; it is the president’s job to bring us together, just like it is the job of every boss, in any company, to create harmony and teamwork.

Most agree separating children from their parents is horrible. The easy solution is to stop it; getting there took so much time that approximately 2,500 children were separated from their parents for enough time to damage their psyches.

The idea that this was about halting the influx of gangs is ludicrous. The vast majority of separations came from misdemeanor violations. Can you imagine your child being taken because of a missing taillight or speeding or stop-sign violation?

Many parents have lost a child in a store or at an event; for me it was at a church function. My wife entrusted me to look after one of our kids. This particular child was adventurous, with a fine rebel spirit. In crowded situations I would often keep him on a flexible bungee cord (leash) to avoid separation. Other parents judged us, so be it – unless you have had a child with the piss and vinegar of ours, you wouldn’t understand.

At the function, we were inside with bungee unattached. I looked away for one second and he was gone. Not to alarm my wife, I scurried around the church in pursuit. After several trips, it was time to come clean. Before long; the entire church was involved, a search party formed and sent outside. A quarter-mile away, across a busy street, at a school playground, he was found happily swinging.

I was furious and relieved. Emotions of a parent separated from their child are visceral. Though my son didn’t have angst, his parents did. If we had given up and gone home, his anxiety would have emerged; luckily, this didn’t result in trauma. Usually a child is reunited quickly via a P.A. system; not the case with this deliberate separation where nobody has any idea what’s happening.

Over the weekend, I heard about a poll done prior to the 1984 election; voters were asked who they were voting for and why. One voter said he was voting for Reagan because he heard Mondale was a communist. When the pollster told him Mondale was not a communist and asked, “Does that change your vote”? He answered; “No. Even if what you’re saying is true, I know for sure that Reagan isn’t a communist.” Regardless of the narrative, Trump wants the take-away to be that he is “tough on immigration.”

This is important because the level of fact-free twittering influencing our politics is scary. The name-calling and disharmony are terrible. Recently Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant. The owner didn’t want to serve her because of her political stance.

Afterward, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters doubled down with a vile statement suggesting supporters harass any known Trump aide where they ate, where they went to church, wherever.

To her credit, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., came out against Waters’ comments, saying the general discourse in our nation was bad enough without adding gas to the fire.

Many think border security is important; but we can’t use children as human shields or weapons. Nor should we recreate the Japanese internment camps of World War II that separated Japanese-American citizens from their countrymen and -women; at least then, they kept the families together.

The hypocrisy is hard to fathom. Can Trump supporters help us understand the recent report that three of Trump’s hotel properties posted 144 openings for seasonal jobs and only one job went to a U.S. worker; how is that OK?

The article, at, says,
“Under the H-2B program, employers must first try to hire American workers – or legal immigrants already in the United States – at reasonable wages for their openings. If they can’t find qualified U.S. workers, then employers can ask the Department of Labor for permission to hire foreign guest workers on H-2B visas. Documents show the hiring managers made the minimum efforts required by law to recruit U.S. workers.”

Mr. President; if you talk the talk, walk the walk.

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

— George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)

Disclosure: Reade Brower is owner of these newspapers. The opinions expressed in his columns are his own, and do not represent those of the newspapers, or their editorial boards.