I sit here today and wonder if there is anyone left who truly embraces what it is to love and to be kind to others. I previously wrote a post titled, “We Shall NOT Oppress a Stranger” when I wanted readers to put a real face to immigration, sadly much has happened since then and it seems that the only face people can tie to immigrants is that of a rapist or a murderer thanks to the oh so eloquent Donald Trump. Of course, he isn’t really the problem, and that is really what infuriates me, no….it hurts. It hurts that people I actually know would support such an openly racist man and believe that his word is truth. Are we that screwed up America? So much so that you would support someone who wishes to label people by the color of their skin, their religion, or their immigration status?
Everyone raises up in arms when we criticize the man and his propositions, but god forbid someone stands up for the victims, the oppressed, the poor, the black, the brown, the muslims, the ones who are not rich or white. In the Navy we live by our values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment; but who are we honoring if not the idea that all men are created equal? What courage do we really have if we can’t stand up to evil men as a nation? What possible commitment can we have to a country of citizens who are so easily persuaded to hate? Its not about politics anymore, its not about making American great again, it is about going back to our values, the values which made America great to begin with. So, once again, I ask that you put a face to immigration, a face to the poor, I assure you that all you need to do is look around you to find someone deeply affected by the hate we continue to breed. Put an end to it, before it is too late. Many people tell me I take this personal, too personal, but they don’t know how I got here. I assure you that if they knew, they would have a bigger sense of what immigration and oppression really means. Open your hearts America, so in the future, the question of whether or not there is anyone left with the sense of the words love and kindness will be irrelevant.