It took America two years — just two years — to get to camps being built. To textbook crimes against humanity — here’s the UN’s definition, if you think I overstate it, “mass deportation”, “forcible transfer”, “ethnic persecution” — being committed. To kids being ripped away from parents. To the rest of the civilized world seeing America as a threat, a destabilizing influence, a problem — not a friend and ally anymore.
I understand when people are shocked that a wealthy person, a successful person, a beloved person would kill himself. Or herself. When someone has the external trappings of success, we may find ourselves astonished and even pissed that he’d choose to shuffle off this mortal coil. I think this is because we imagine that if we had the TV shows, the wealth, the fame, the books, the adulation, the acclaim, that everything would be all right. It’s what we are taught. And it’s bullshit.