A very frightened, 11 year old little girl conjured up the courage to ask her Congressman, Republican Scott DesJarlais, a question at the Murfreesboro,TN town hall meeting he was hosting on Thursday evening. Josie Melina spoke into the microphone with a quivering voice. She introduced herself to the crowd and said, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?” She was so scared, her question was barely audible (despite the microphone), so she had to repeat the question. Only one or two people can be heard clapping in support of this brave girl. That, in and of itself is shocking — to think that grown-ups wouldn’t support a young child in such an intimidating situation by applauding her courage…but, no. The crowd, consisting mostly of Tea Party Republicans, didn’t applaud. At least, not until the Congressman gave his bully response.
After graciously thanking the young lady for her question, Congressman DesJarlais coldly replied, “The answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that’s where we’re at.” The crowd erupted in cheers and applause.
This little girl is now undergoing therapy to deal with the anxiety created by her father’s impending deportation. I’m sure the cheering and celebrating from all the adults around her was really great for her, too.
The complete absence of basic human compassion and empathy in these Tea Party
people freaks is just disgusting. I’d really love it for them to spend a month in the world they want to create, which is basically Somalia, and see how that turns out for them.