Modus Ponens

Modus ponens is the law of logic holding that if a conditional statement (“if a then b ”) is accepted, and the antecedent ( a ) is true, then the consequent ( b ) may be inferred.

 

“‘These aren’t people. These are animals,’ Trump said.”

James Oliphant, Trump says ‘animals’ comment refers to criminals, Mexico protests, Reuters, May 17, 2018

 

“[Representative Ted] Lieu [D-Ca] asked people watching to imagine how the kids who have been separated from their families must feel before suddenly playing audio of children crying and calling out to parents on the House floor. The heart-wrenching audio played for nearly 40 seconds before Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., who was sitting in the speaker’s chair presiding over the floor, called on Lieu to suspend his speaking. Handel said Lieu was ‘in breach of quorum.'”

Eliza Collins, Ted Lieu and Karen Handel argue over audio of immigrant children played on House floor, USA Today, June 22, 2018.

 

“‘Just the abuse that they endured, being called filthy and stinky and being mocked for crying,’ [Rep. Pramila] Jayapal [(D-Wash.)] told The Post.”

Amy B Wang, ‘Mothers could not stop crying’: Lawmaker blasts Trump policy after visiting detained immigrants, Washington Post, June 10, 2018

 

“What you have is cyclone fencing and fence posts that look like cages — and they do look like cages’; he said. ‘Then it’s — I mean, it’s a — they look like the way you could construct a dog kennel.'”

Jim Harris, Jeff Merkley: Immigrant Child Detention Center Looked Like “A Dog Kennel” Real Clear Politics, June 6, 2018

 

“President Donald Trump cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing ‘phony stories of sadness and grief’ while asserting the real victims of the nation’s immigration crisis are Americans killed by those who cross the border unlawfully.”

Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville, Trump Pushes Back Against Border Separation Uproar: The central piece of Trump’s attempts to counter-program against the despairing images at the border was to stand with the “angel families, DFW, June 22, 2018

 

I am human and they are not human.

They are not human but I am human.

Only humans feel pain.

I am human and therefore am in pain.

But they are not human and so they do not feel pain.

 

I am human and they are not human.

They are not human but I am.

I am human and so I am clean.

Humans are clean and animals are not.

Animals are filthy and humans are clean.

Filth must be cleaned.

 

I am human and they are not human.

They do not suffer because they are not human.

They hurt me because they are filth and I am a human.

As a human I feel pain.

When they feel pain it is not as humans and it is not pain.

 

I am human and they are not.

They are not human and I am.

Pain is something that humans feel.

If a person who is not a human feels pain it is as if a dog suffered.

Dogs can be shot.

 

If they are human then I am not human.

But I am human and they are not.

If they are human then I am not.

If they are not human then I am.

They are not human.

I feel the clean pain that is only known by humans.

Their pain is the pain that only dogs feel.

 

Their pain is filth and must be cleaned.

I am human and not-filth.

My pain will clean them away.

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