empathy, n. Identification with and understanding of another’s feelings, situation, and motives. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

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Unless you’ve been separated from the news since 2017, you’ve no doubt heard of our U.S. President’s “zero tolerance” (zero humanity?) immigration policy, whereby children (including infants and toddlers) are taken from their asylum-seeking mother and/or father at the southern border, resulting in what the New York Times reported as “thousands of migrant parents spending months in agonized uncertainty, unable to communicate with their children and in many cases not even knowing where their children are.”

Let’s call this unconscionable practice what it is:

In June 2018, a federal judge in San Diego directed the federal government to halt the separations and reunite children with their parents, but federal inspectors found that separations continued to occur. Furthermore, according to the N.Y. Times, the total number of separated children is unknown “because of the lack of a coordinated formal tracking system between the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the arm of Health and Human Services that takes in the children, and the Dept. of Homeland Security, which separated them from their parents.”

What is wrong with this morally sick President that renders him incapable of empathy, that blinds him to the needs of others, particularly the ‘least’ of us?

“All children old enough to recognize that they exist as separate (albeit weak and dependent) beings have a strong need to believe that their parents are ultimately good and kind. Parents appear to the child to be omnipotent figures who have everything: food, warmth, love, mobility and so forth. The child desperately needs to feel that these God-like parents are devoted to his or her particular needs and well-being: the consequences of the reverse, for the weak and utterly dependent child, are simply too terrible to contemplate.” — Scott Mann, author, HEART OF A HEARTLESS WORLD

Someone call a doctor — preferably a heart specialist — for our President.




  1. calmkate says:

    psychopaths have NO empathy, he is certifiable … I assure you!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. You raised my hopes with that title

    Liked by 3 people

  3. carmen says:

    I cannot imagine him being anyone’s Valentine. 😦
    Now you, on the other hand, mistermuse. . . 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  4. mlrover says:

    He is not my president. I have too much respect for the office to give that man the title. He is on a par with the murderous A. Jackson who killed thousands of Native Americans in one of our country’s most horrific land grabs.

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  5. Grr… this makes me so mad! How is it still happenening? How is it he still has supporters? I cannot even fathom the sadistic depths of those who so freakishly and fanatically encourage him…

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  6. Doctor? In my opinion his heart needs a blood clot the size of a cheeseburger.

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  7. Paulie says:

    Two years into this mess and nothing shocks me (much) anymore. The mind is more boggled by his supporters and enablers, particularly those in Congress who’ve decided to hitch their careers and legacies to this miserable jackass. What drives them? Power? Financial skin in the game? Racism? A little bit of each? Clearly there’s a complete lack of morality and empathy.

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    His parents didn’t earn parents of the year awards themselves. I don’t think he ever received any love. He certainly acts as if he didn’t.

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  9. He has a narcissistic personality disorder and is incapable of feeling empathy. It’s a real sickness that can turn people into monsters.

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  10. chattykerry says:

    It is cruel and unusual punishment – why isn’t that cause for impeachment?

    Liked by 2 people

    • mistermuse says:

      It is, but unfortunately, Republicans still control the Senate. Hopefully that will change in November 2020, but until then, Robert Mueller is our only hope (and even when his report is completed, it may be kept from the public by the Republican Attorney General).

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  11. this is a vile thing. continue…

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  12. I’m honestly surprised to find a website of people who are not trump supporters. It feels almost unreal.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I don’t see many Trump-supporter websites, Marysa — for one thing, I don’t seek them, and if I do run into one, I don’t follow it because I’ve found from past experience that we don’t occupy the same universe or speak the same language, thus we talk past each other, and meaningful dialogue is impossible.

      In “real life,” however, engagement is possible. My next-door neighbor is a mild Trump supporter (if you can imagine such a thing), and we get along fine.

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  13. The comments to this post say it all.

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