Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Racing to an Accident

America is racing full-speed down a road that narrows until a fatal accident occurs. The person at the steering wheel is navigating a course that appeals to the wrong America.

I read a scary CNN article yesterday about the existence of two Americas: 

There's a sobering truth to Trump's racist tweets that we don't like to admit

It is a thought provoking article and makes a good case for the current state of affairs in America.

The article, in part, states:

But Trump's recent tweets could show that he understands America better than his critics realize. 

These two Americas have long co-existed.

One is the country represented by the Statue of Liberty, and its invitation to poor and tired immigrants "yearning to breathe free."

The other is the one that virtually wiped out Native Americans, enslaved Africans, excluded Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century and put Japanese Americans in concentration camps.

Yesterday, the House passed Resolution 489Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.

I read the resolution and was pleased to see all of the references to diversity made by the great leaders of America including Franklin, Kennedy and Reagan. 

The Resolution contains the following: Whereas President Ronald Reagan in his last speech as President conveyed “An observation about a country which I love”;

The resolution references and quotes from the speech which were made during the presentation of the Medal of Freedom, I have excerpted portions here:

Yes, the torch of Lady Liberty symbolizes our freedom and represents our heritage, the compact with our parents, our grandparents, and our ancestors. It is that lady who gives us our great and special place in the world. For it's the great life force of each generation of new Americans that guarantees that America's triumph shall continue unsurpassed into the next century and beyond. Other countries may seek to compete with us; but in one vital area, as a beacon of freedom and opportunity that draws the people of the world, no country on Earth comes close. 

This, I believe, is one of the most important sources of America's greatness. We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people -- our strength -- from every country and every corner of the world. And by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation. While other countries cling to the stale past, here in America we breathe life into dreams. We create the future, and the world follows us into tomorrow. Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we're a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. This quality is vital to our future as a nation. If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.

The Resolution appeals to the America that is represented by the Statue of Liberty. I am appalled that more Republicans did not cross party lines, only four did, and support the resolution. I wonder why so many seemingly intelligent people continue to follow the path leading to destruction.

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, Florida

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