[Trigger warning for dehumanization.]

Pat Bertroche, one of seven Republicans running in Iowa's 3rd District Congressional primary, has a tremendous immigration proposal:
"I think we should catch 'em, we should document 'em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going," said Pat Bertroche, an Urbandale physician. "I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?

"That's not a popular thing to say, but it's a lot cheaper than building a fence they can tunnel under," Bertroche said.
The amount of hatred that the average Republican has for non-privileged people is absolutely staggering.

They don't really like it when someone like me accuses them of hatred—and, frankly, I don't really like it, either. Because talking about human beings like they're stray mongrels isn't hatred. It's something even worse.

Hatred implies some measure of care, of passion and heat and a beating human heart. What is expressed in sentiments like Bertroche's is utterly devoid of any of these things.

It is a void where a feeling should be. It is the emotional equivalent of a piss-hole in the snow—a soulless apathy, an indifference to human dignity so complete that to call it cruelty is to do it a kindness.

It terrifies me.

[H/T to Shaker KathleenB, who hat tips Sully.]

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