People keep saying “this is not who we are,” or variations on that particular theme.
Genocidal sociopaths killed three of my great grandparents hiding behind language terrifyingly similar to the language my president has been using.
I recognize the self-deception in this claim, that this is not “who we are.”
This is, alas, precisely, who we are.
If we don’t want to be this, we need not to be this.
But for the time being, this is who we are.