America not so great…

It’s interesting that the “me first” and “Make America great again” rhetoric make America look less great than I have ever known America to look.

Me me trump cartoon

From @toonDonaldTrump on Twiter

Almost every day since the president’s inauguration I am shocked by anything that comes from his mouth, with the latest cruel act being his plan to stop the DACA programme. I don’t know much about DACA, and maybe it’s ridiculous that I should have an opinion on this as an outsider not living in the US, but I do not see how stopping this programme makes America great in any way. To me in Europe, it makes America look small and spiteful and closed-minded and bigoted. This programme is humane and to me, as a fervent supporter of human rights, stopping it is inhumane.

Whatever happened to the meaning of these words?:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

From the bottom of my heart, I can not understand how anyone with a brain and even one empathetic hair on their head can think that anything Trump has done since January is good! All I see coming from the White House is doom and destruction. It still shocks me every day that America has elected such a man as their president. It heartens me to see that his policies are met with wide-spread protest and I hope it helps to overturn these decisions!

From my point of view, the only way to make America great is this…

Cartoon Trump

I’m still hoping for something better for America and the world that is also affected by the man’s destructive rhetoric and policies.

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

15 thoughts on “America not so great…

  1. The man’s entire presidency is a disgrace to the country.

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  2. It looks that way from the inside, too. There’s a lot about the U.S. that is in moral free fall right now. It is intensely frightening.

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  3. Thanks for the link to the CNN piece. The videos brought tears to my eyes.

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  4. America is a great country….It’s not the Presidency, no matter who it is, that makes it great, it’s the people that live here, ALL the people that live here… We have weathered worse and will do so with this moron too.. Unfortunately we will have to stand tall, stand together for three more long years, but we will persevere and survive…”WE THE PEOPLE”
    ..

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    • Yes, I read about wonderful people opposing these injustices all the time, and you are right, that IS great. I’m really sorry you have to deal with this shit.

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      • Yea, me too.. But in the grand scheme of things, this man will be a distant memory, one no one will remember, nor care to.. However WE THE PEOPLE will still be here… I just hope in the next election there will be better choices than what we had this time around…

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        • I hope he won’t mess up too much before he leaves office… the more he messes up now, the harder it will be to let him become a distant memory. I can name a few 20th century leaders who are long gone but who have become infamous and are forever linked to their countries. Such negative legacies are traumatic and difficult for people/countries to overcome…

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          • Just what he’s done to the US/México relationship will take two generations to “get over.” People’s memories of abuse don’t die out as quickly as the duration of a presidential administration.

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  5. There’s some organizational rule of thumb that someone told me a long time ago that it’s really important not to let mentally ill people into your work environment, because just one messes up everyone else — it’s like an engine, apparently, if one mechanism is off it has a ripple effect and that’s what we’re seeing in the US right now. There’s been a problem around immigration since the Reagan amnesty; there were patches and agreements to look the other way, attempts to fix the situation in 2013 that failed, and then DACA, which was the equivalent of putting a thumb in a dike. Which isn’t an argument against DACA — the fact that it survived and worked did point to some remaining consensus in the US and some willingness to be faithful to our historic roots on the immigration issue.

    I’d like to blame this just on Trump but the fact that the US has been unable to make any comprehensive immigration reform since I was a teenager (and all the other problems that go along with that) is all of our fault. The legislative process ground to a halt about 2012 due to increasing polarization. Yesterday’s events are a disaster not just for the DACA immigrants but for all of us. We don’t just have to survive Trump — we somehow have to survive ourselves. We’re not a great country when we do things like this and we will never be one until we put stuff like this right.

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    • In fairness, we also struggle with immigration laws here…
      Yes, I think that polarization is a huge complicating factor and not only in the US but here in Europe as well. If only you’d have a president that didn’t deepen the divide…

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  6. Well, I’m not going to indict a country I’m not a citizen of in that particular way, but the European nationalisms, as problematic as they have been, aren’t especially surprising. No national sentiment is “real” in that it’s not significantly made up of historical fictions — but the US historical fiction involved a note of welcoming the stranger, which was not the case across big pieces of Europe. The Netherlands are an interesting (in-between?) case because of the presence of large groups of religious refugees and the heavy influence of merchants in politics.

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    • Yeah, the Dutch are an in-between case, but mostly motivated by money/trade and not so much by idealistic notions… although some of the notions have become a little more idealistic over time.

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