Maybe the fundamentalists who insist that we are in the Last Days are on to something. After all, if George Will is saying something logical, that must mean Armageddon is near!

Will pushed back against the nakedly racist rhetorical assault on those who want to kick out underage children fleeing the horrors of Central America. The demented daycare dropouts who post comments on Free Republic and Hot Air will call the Washington Post columnist everything but a child of God for his expression of empathy, but those folks have a collective IQ of 5 anyway.

The border crisis has exposed, once again, the true fault line in American politics–the one separating the socially conscious from the sociopaths. Credit to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for being on the side of morality and reality.

I hope that the folks hurling hate at those merely trying to survive ask themselves what would happen if the door of hope had been shut to their ancestors. As syndicated columnist Michael Stafford–a friend of this writer, in the interest of full disclosure–observes:

In the words of Pope Francis, America is experiencing a “humanitarian emergency.” Fleeing instability and violence in Central America, a human tide of thousands of refugees, many of them unaccompanied children, has been flooding across our southern border.

As children often traveling alone, these refugees are uniquely vulnerable. And yet their arrival has been met, in many instances, with ugly scenes including displays of rank nativism, cruelty, and hatred. They seek sanctuary, but based on the reactions of many Americans, they are clearly not welcome here…

[T]oday many among us would deny entry to those driven from their homes by fear, insecurity, and violence. We curse those who seek refuge among us with every vile calumny imaginable. We describe them as lecherous criminals, as looters, as diseased, and compare them to a pestilence, a barbarian horde, or an invading army. Ironically, our own ancestors often faced the same toxic mix of fear and hatred when they arrived in America that we now direct at others.

I’m sure it won’t be long before those who seethe with savage scorn for these children actually assert that Will and Patrick should be stripped of their citizenship and kicked out of the country for “siding with illegal aliens.” If there was a vaccine for prejudice, these xenophobes would run around saying it might cause autism.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.