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‘Let the Children Suffer and Die’ is Bipartisan U.S. Policy
The duopoly sacrifices children on the altar of capital.
The most basic requirement of a civilized society is to protect and nurture children. By that measure, America is a colossal failure.
School massacres. Drone strikes. Lack of healthcare (including mental health). Child homelessness and hunger. The climate emergency that threatens all future life. Systemic racism and police violence against Black and Brown youth. Caging migrant kids. Family separation and deportations — which is essentially child torture. These and other atrocities against children are accepted and perpetuated by both major parties. They are each complicit, notwithstanding the performative opposition of Democrats, who fundraise off promising to end them, yet never do.
The cruel and criminal child cages that Trump and Biden have used were built by Obama and Democrats. Deportations that wrecked asylum-seeking families have been undertaken and funded by both parties. Drone strikes that tear children to pieces have been ordered by Republican and Democratic presidents. Gun violence against schoolkids is met with thoughts and prayers but no meaningful action. Neither party has treated the climate crisis as an actual emergency. Simply put, along with bloated military spending and enriching the billionaire class, “let the children suffer and die” has bipartisan support.
Democrats crowed about “cutting child poverty in half,” as though leaving the other half in poverty was something to be proud of. Moreover, they spun and twisted the facts to omit that the child tax credits were temporary.
Most importantly, the “cutting child poverty in half,” talking point was an acknowledgement that child poverty is a policy choice.
Which is why it’s no surprise that the Biden administration and governors of both parties are hell-bent on sending America’s children into the mouth of the Omicron dragon. Parents, teachers, administrators, educators, and students deserve a remote schooling option, at least for January, with free and robust mental health support for children.
The Democratic Party leadership is stubbornly forcing in-person learning and bullying anyone seeking a remote option. Why? To keep the working class enriching the 1% and to appease Republicans. It is a despicable cop-out and further evidence that Biden, Pelosi, and Democratic leaders have no coherent COVID-19 mitigation strategy other than pushing vaccines and having their supporters blame everything on Trump and anti-vaxxers. More on that here.
Bottom line: The pandemic has been a mask-off moment for the duopoly’s fascists.