Back in my newspaper days, I could always expect to receive some warm and fuzzy family Christmas cards from a politician preparing for the next election with a photo of a happy gathering of wife and kids (and often a dog) to prove that the candidate would be driven by the highest moral code as a public official.
Last Christmastide, I got a card with the full assembly of feel-good familyfrom State Sen. Frank LaRose with his wife, Lauren, three young daughters, and the ever-present dog squeezed among them. It’s silly stuff, I know, since kids and dogs – lovable though they may be – can’t vote.
The message in large lettering was “faith, love, family.” Dad LaRose, a Hudson Republican and early supporter of Trump, is now running for Secretary of State against Rep. Kathleen Clyde, a Kent Democrat. My point in dragging out LaRose’s most recent seasonal card reflects the very moment in Trump history that is darkly shown in the photos of migrant children who represent the direct opposite of what LaRose’s party has now created. This “family” they cherish so much is nearly 2,000 desperate kids stripped from mothers at the border crossing. Never mind. Trump says it will be done “quickly” and “beautifully.”
That more aptly describes his own kids and son-in-law who have enriched themselves by more than $80 million since Sugar Daddy planted the family business in the White House.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a scriptural politician, insists that that Bible tells him that separation of families can be justified by the Bible and if God didn’t approve, he would not have installed Trump in the Oval Office. There’s a lot of that going around in our rising theocracy.
I’m curious. What will Christmas be like for the kids at the border?