She is a latter-day version of the Pietà – a stricken child, held by her mother.
Yet the expression on her face seemed too mature for an infant.
This was the riddle of Maria Isabel Bueso, when her pictures first appeared.
The babe in arms is actually 24, ravaged by a rare condition that will kill her if she is taken off treatment. She is also a summa cum laude college graduate who teaches dancing to other afflicted students, and actively participates in research into her condition, to help others.
When the public encountered this cherubic-looking activist, she became the prime example of undocumented people whose lives are being prolonged by American medicine and compassion -- a throwback to when Americans felt they were the good guys, when we cared for The Other.
However, the so-called “Administration,” with its dead eyes and presumably similar souls, had decreed that these foreigners, these free-loaders, all surely rapists and robbers, had to go.
Pull out the plugs, cut all the tubes. Never mind that Maria Isabel Bueso had been invited from Guatemala at the age of 7 to participate in this program in the California Bay Area, and was here, dare we say it, legally.
The heartless ones had not counted on a young survivor, with unique credentials, catching the attention of this divided nation.
Somebody explained to the President, the bloated old man with the permanent look of a spoiled child, with his millions of followers, that condemning this young scholar and medical volunteer to death would be bad publicity that could get in the way of all the other plots he has in mind.
After a few days, the “Administration” decreed that medical patients like Maria Isabel Bueso could stay – at least until the government thinks of something else.
Or, nobody is looking.
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When compassion and common sense intervened:
9/4/2019 10:10:07 pm
9/5/2019 10:20:56 am
Randy, remember the scene in John Sayles' movie, "Matewan," where the locals are worried because the "Eye-talians" are being brought in to work the mines? Now we've got Ken Cuccinelli vying with Stephen Miller for most vile Trumpite (beside Trump, that is.)
9/5/2019 01:43:38 pm
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9/5/2019 12:25:15 pm
Bruce: quite right. Lot of “Good” Christians went scurrying our to vote for that guy because their pomaded pastors told them he is a man of God who is against abortion. Evangelicals have a Chernobyl life of blemish from this. GV
9/5/2019 01:09:02 pm
9/7/2019 09:30:21 pm
George and all, thank you for being part of a process of compassionate truth telling and for having human decency.
9/6/2019 01:58:35 pm
George, Randolph and Bruce—Thanks for the sane and insightful comments.
9/6/2019 08:42:54 pm
9/7/2019 12:12:41 pm
Randolph-thanks for your kind words.
9/7/2019 05:29:35 pm
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.