Robert Reich In His Own Words

Robert Reich posted this on his Facebook page:


My friend Beatriz Manz, who has spent many years in Central America, writes this about the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: The United States is not a detached, innocent bystander. For decades, U.S. governments supported unspeakably brutal regimes and poured billions into maintaining them ($5 billion in El Salvador alone). Implacable opposition to communism—often defined as virtually any reformer—gave these regimes a blank check. The result is a legacy of dealing with opponents through extreme violence and a culture of impunity. Judicial systems remain weak, corrupt, and often completely dysfunctional. After the cold war ended, the United States lost interest in these countries. What was left was destruction, tens of thousands dead, and massive population displacement. The percentage of people living below the poverty line is 54 percent for Guatemala, 36 percent for El Salvador,and 60 percent for Honduras. More recently gangs, organized crime, and drug cartels feeding the US market have become part of this unholy mix.... We should not make children pay the price for the intolerable social destruction that Central American elites and militaries, as well as successive US governments, had a hand in creating.



In a follow up post he also stated:


The real dividing line in America today isn’t between conservatives and liberals or between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the haters and the big-hearted. The haters direct their venom not just at child refugees seeking asylum from the drug war we created, but also at gays who want to marry, African-Americans who want to vote and exercise their other rights of citizenship, women who seek ...


This post I wish everyone would take to heart:


We can (and should) disagree with one another on all sorts of issues. That's the essence of a free and democratic society. The problem comes when disagreement is expressed through venomous name-calling, mindless vitriol, and ad hominem attack, rather than through debate and deliberation. Hatefulness too often blinds us to what we hold in common; it makes it impossible for us to listen to opposing views; and it serves as cover for the powerful and privileged who would rather divide us than have us join together for the common good.


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Comments (1)

  1. monkeygirl21

    Wow! What an amazing post. I could not agree more. I am grateful you shared this. My wish is that more people took this to heart. We so easily turn a blind’s eye to destruction that we cause in a country. It was so upsetting for me to hear Cheney putting ankle bracelets on these kids. What does that teach them? Also, if we send them back, are we sending them to be slaughtered? They left out of fear of death, what would happen on their return.

    July 17, 2014