By Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah Alpine

Ripping terrified children from immigrant parents, left without means of contacting the other for months and more on end, ranks with elements of the worst of the Third Reich. It is inexcusable, yet here we are!

Our nation has committed terrible injustices against its own citizens and people elsewhere before. Some stem from complete ignorance, others with an intentionality belying our principles and values.

This most recent is more demonic than could have been imagined at the height of our moral suasion following Democracy’s triumph in WWII. Words fail!

Exaggeration? Hyperbole? Consider; in an easy exercise of an empathetic conscience, our sense of things should any of us be in their shoes!

Things can only get worse from here. Failing to halt madness makes other even more devolved, inhuman acts likely, quickly desensitized as we become.

Once a certain line has been crossed there is no agonizing like before killing someone that first time. The “Final Solution” wasn’t the first plan on the table to deal with “The Jewish Problem”.

Those demented individuals; not blinking when conceiving, announcing, justifying or implementing policies whose template comes from the pages of Evil’s past, must be brought to account! Then, we need contrite national introspection demonstrating that the heart and soul of the American nation is NOT that way now, nor ever again!

Each of us has a responsibility for crimes committed in our name to see it for what it is and condemn it. Otherwise, consequences fall upon the innocents when a government doesn’t act in its people’s best interests.

Right now, the Lady with the torch in New York Harbor weeps.