Well, by now you may have heard of the very troubling but entirely predictable story out of the UK in which dedicated foster parents had their ethnically diverse charges removed because some social worker decided that their political party affiliation makes them racist.

A husband and wife had their foster children removed because they belonged the the UK Independence Party (UKIP) a party which opposed EU membership and thinks their should be some limits on immigration.

I know, can you believe how racist they are?

They were told that the local safeguarding children team had received an anonymous tip-off that they were members of Ukip.

The wife recalled: “I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, ‘What has Ukip got to do with having the children removed?’

“Then one of them said, ‘Well, Ukip have got racist policies’. The implication was that we were racist. [The social worker] said Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.

“I’m sat there and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell is going off here?’ because I wouldn’t have joined Ukip if they thought that. I’ve got mixed race in my family. I said, ‘I am absolutely offended that you could come in my house and accuse me of being a member of a racist party’.”

The wife said she told the social worker and agency official: “These kids have been loved. These kids have been treated no differently to our own children. We wouldn’t have taken these children on if we had been racist.”

The boy was taken away from them the following day and the two girls were removed at the end of that week.

After some backlash, politicians of various political stripes pretend shock and promise investigations. This is stage one in the normalization process. After this happens some more, there will be just some vague hinting that there is more to the story. Then the practice becomes commonplace. Then the practice becomes mandatory.

Then they will take children away from Catholics because of their homophobic and misogynist views. Might take 5 years or it might take 25. But it will happen.

The marginalization of reason and morality is complete. Now the criminalization process must begin.

And we’re next. Remember, the US is just like the UK, only with better teeth and worse manners. Just like TV comedies, the really stupid stuff starts there but is quickly imported.