I love this country. I believe in the principles this country was founded upon, and I respect the people who wanted to break free from a government they felt was trampling their rights.
My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln.
He, of course, did incredible work to help abolish slavery, but he was also an all-around great man with wonderful virtues.
Through a simplified quote from his Lyceum Address, Lincoln stated:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
I believe the Bill of Rights was sincerely written to protect individual liberties and prohibit specific governmental powers.
But, why does any of this matter? Why should you, as a reader, care what one man thinks of this country or care what he believes in?
Well, you don’t have to care, just like you don’t have to care about one man’s hate speech when announcing his presidential candidacy.
I mean, as a nation, we can’t even contemplate having a person with so much hate in his heart represent this country.
Whether you agree with the Obama administration or not, we cannot, as a human race, think about considering a man for president whose idea for “protecting” us from the world is by building a wall along our borders.
It's no way to run a country.
Everything Trump is doing is completely wrong.
From his hate-mongering of the Latino community to his discussion of China and Saudi Arabia in his presidential announcement, this the wrong way to portray a country that is supposed to be a leader among nations.
Spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza, Lisa Navarrete, said it best in an article in The Guardian:
“This is a man who has a pathological need for attention. I look at him as a two-year-old who will say a naughty word to get their parents’ attention. That’s what he’s doing.”
During his presidential announcement, Trump was quoted as saying when Mexico
“sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting.”
I guess the silver lining of his speech is he assumed some of us are good people.
My grandmother, before she passed away, used to say she’d rather be poor here, in the United States, than in Mexico.
There’s a reason for that, and with that reason in mind, she passed on a remarkable work ethic to her children.
My mother alone has worked multiple jobs in order to help support her family, and she's never asked for any handouts, just like a lot of other hardworking migrant families.
Yes, there are people out there who love to take advantage of the freedoms offered here, but that doesn’t mean all migrants are that way.
Most just want to provide a better future for their children and their children’s children.
The same goes for all of the other races and cultures he mentioned in his presidential announcement.
Not all Hispanics are rapists, not all Muslims are terrorists, not all African-Americans are criminals, and not all white Americans are rednecks.
So, why was Trump spewing his hate for Mexico specifically?
It could be due to the fact that in 2012, Trump had “settled a lawsuit with more than 100 would-be condo buyers who lost millions of dollars when a Trump-branded luxury condominium project in Baja, California failed,” according to a 2013 report by the LA Times.
The article stated:
“The Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico, south of Tijuana, was planned as a luxury high-rise resort with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, swimming pools, tennis courts and fine dining spread over 17 acres of coastal property.”
Although he stated he had only licensed his name to the project and was in no way, shape or form involved, would that be enough of a reason for him to harbor so much hatred toward one specific nationality and feed the xenophobia some conservatives suffer from?
Would it be enough of a reason to see immigration as a “national threat?”
It could also be due to the fact he loathed when Mexican-born director Alejandro Iñárritu won the Oscar for Best Picture for the film, "Birdman."
Trump, in an interview with Fox & Friends, had this to say regarding the Mexican director’s winning of the coveted award:
“It was a great night for Mexico, as usual — you know, this country, the whole thing is ridiculous. This guy kept getting up and up and up. What’s he doing? He’s walking away with all the gold? Was it that good? I don’t hear that. It was certainly a big night for them.”
Could a grown man actually be this petty? I don’t think anyone but The Donald will ever know why he despises Mexico so much.
What I do know is if this man is elected for president or even nominated to represent the Republican Party, we will end up destroying ourselves.
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