During the testimony of Merrick Garland, Senator Cori Booker asked him about his motivation to become the Attorney General of the United States. His answer was somewhat unexpected, but Merrick Garland testimony struck a cord in every American immigrant family escaping persecution. Religious, or otherwise.
Watch for yourself the video below to see how emotional our next AG became when he tried to answer Sen. Booker’s question. A grown man choking up when discussing the history of his family is a man I would trust to hold such a venerable office. It’s a sign of empathy America has not seen over the last five years.
To protect this nation from ever falling into the hands of fascism and pro-Nazi White Supremacists groups, as we saw the Capitol fall into their hands on January 6, Merrick Garland has a difficult job ahead of him.
ALL IMMIGRANTS HAVE STORIES
For Merrick Garland to choke-up publicly when mentioning how America harbored his family is a tale that gets repeated endlessly in the history of each immigrant family to this great nation of ours. Not only are we grateful for the opportunity that America has accorded us and so many others, but often we feel the obligation to pay back through the work we do as Americans.
This is not your typical Sunday morning breakfast chatter. Nor is it a subject that families approach out of the blue because often the memories are painful and persistent. Garland may have shown how grateful he is to the United States, but considering that his grandparents came over to these new lands as a result of Jewish persecution unearths painful memories. It is a contrast in a way. One side of the coin is hard to remember, and the other side brings you joy and contentment.
It is quite easy for so many recent immigrant families to hear Garland’s words and not choke-up with him. The story gets old after a while but never stale. No matter the circumstances or the setting, when American immigrants remember how they came to become U.S. citizens, it brings out the coin and with it the good and the bad memories.
Donald Trump gave the White Supremacists and the Nazis oxygen to come out of their holes, now we must deprive them of the same oxygen to survive at all.
PROSECUTION OF RINGLEADERS OF INSURRECTION
To protect this nation from ever falling into the hands of fascism and pro-Nazi White Supremacists groups, as we saw the Capitol fall into their hands on January 6, Merrick Garland has a difficult job ahead of him. He is bound by his duties and the oath to the Constitution to protect this country from the enemy within the way Germany could not in the early thirties.
The White Supremacists, on the streets and in Congress, are leading this country to a civil war. Or rather, to its continuation since 1865 as many believe they never lost the war. They are the ones who continue to infiltrate the Police to legally assassinate black Americans as opposed to lynching them illegally in the old days. America is a beacon of hope but it has yet to mature as a nation. We are a teenager country making deadly mistakes.
How Garland approaches the insurrection and the prosecution of their ringleaders will be the test of whether this nation survives these teenage years, or whether this teenager crashes and burns. We must fold mercy and empathy into a desk drawer until we eradicate the cancer within, and considering that the line blurring White Supremacists and Nazi sympathizers is so thin, my sense tell me Garland will not hesitate to administer the necessary solutions adequate to solve the problem.
Donald Trump gave the White Supremacists and the Nazis oxygen to come out of their holes, now we must deprive them of the same oxygen to survive at all. In holes or above ground. The nation’s future depends on it.
It is the duty of every American, recent immigrant or not, to stand by our Justice Department to save the republic. This is a pledge I make without any hesitation.