Someone who deserves to be called American:
His state agency in Montana would have to send labor data to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And as a legal secretary for the state’s labor department, Dyrdahl-Roberts would have to help process those documents — information that he said would no doubt be used to track down and deport undocumented workers.
So he talked to his wife, and without much debate they agreed on what he had to do, he said.
He quit the following day.
“My uniquely dysfunctional childhood made me deeply empathetic. … I understand what it’s like to be kicked in the teeth by life.”
Hence his swift decision to submit his two weeks’ notice Wednesday and refuse to take part in what he sees as kicking someone in the teeth.
Dyrdahl-Roberts’s resignation won’t have any impact on the subpoenas; the agency will continue to process them.
But, he said, he hopes his decision to quit — and to do so publicly — will result in something far bigger than himself.
“I want to find some way to keep this going in such a way that maybe more people will do something,” he said.
The correct ’something’ is #FightICEwithfire. Until ICE agents are getting shot dead faster than they can be replenished, deportations will continue. Only retaliatory violence can defeat initiated violence. In RoboCop 3, yes, Sgt. Reed quit the police to avoid working with Rehabs, but he didn’t stop at that. He drove straight to Cadillac Heights and prepared to shoot the Rehabs.
I have also seen other leftists calling on Dyrdahl-Roberts to run for office, even for the US Presidency in 2020. I support this in theory, as here is truly someone who indubitably is not from the elite and does not serve elite interests, the kind of person whom rightists used to say they wanted for a candidate. So supposing Dyrdahl-Roberts ran in 2020 and rightists still choose to support Trump for re-election instead (as they surely would), they would thereby prove once and for all what I have been saying for many years: rightists are not populists. Nativists, perhaps. Racists, probably. But not populists.
I repeat: populism = anti-elitism. As such, how can ANY anti-refugee/undocumented politician call themselves “populist”??? I mean, seriously, do refugees/undocumented look like the elite to you???
Finally, some useful idiot in the comments was recently complaining about the actual populist poem The New Colossus. I am of course no fan of Emma Lazarus (Jew) either, since she was an active Zionist, though I admit she was a skillful poet. OK, so how about we remove The New Colossus and replace it with this simple and similarly populist quote instead?
“I understand what it’s like to be kicked in the teeth by life.” – Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts
In my opinion, this would be perfect for a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.