The immigration debate that’s taking place in this country is a serious one, serious enough to warrant sticking to the facts and rejecting hyperbole.
The vetting of applicants shouldn’t rattle anyone’s cage, the extent and method should be constitutional in nature and wherever warranted accompanied by the professed values of compassion and understanding.
Regrettably scapegoating is as much a national tradition here in this country as it is anywhere else.
An easy approach that requires little more than fiction vs fact and what is becoming an embedded desultory bias.
Presidential positions, especially opinions, are noted for setting the national tone, a responsibility that should be accompanied by honesty, not alternative facts and an overtly transparent hatred.
Such is the potential influence and power of the office that the term for it has been referred to as a “bully pulpit” – in the current administration the word bully has been quite literally taken to heart.
In a free society the concept of freedom becomes anathema – free speech is attacked, freedom of assembly declared a conspiratorial plot, freedom of the press becomes an obstacle going so far as to be incessantly ridiculed and portrayed as an enemy of the state.
Known tactics from the likes of Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, Vladimir Putin, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot (Saloth Sar), and an endless list of others.
Attacking freedoms can never be qualified as acts of patriotism, such attacks are what they are, attempts to undermine, control, manipulate, subjugate, and rend the fabric of a nation.
Patriotism isn’t meant to be an instrument to further such agendas, it should in fact be the first line of defense.
The sort of patriotism that embraced the oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic that led a large number of military veterans both men and women to travel to Standing Rock at their own expense and join protestors.
This wasn’t an officially ordered deployment, rather one based upon conviction and dedication.
And while I’m not familiar with the personal or service oriented history of these individuals vets I have no hesitation in saying it was among their finest of hours, a lesson in patriotism for all the world to see, and I have nothing but gratitude and respect for them.
The history of our nations and the military has been one of bloodshed and loss – wounds have been deep and generational.
Inspite of the occasional press handout or campaign photo op referencing the need to heal wounds little in the way of that has eventuated, yet for a moment in time a healing took place as the result of an act(s) of conscience and a faithful remembrance of a pledge made with good intentions.
Lincoln’s call to bind up the nation’s wounds following the Civil War was a call to patriotism, a patriotism that recognizes inclusivity, the overriding need for it, and the rights of all people.
This nation is locked in yet another civil war, not an armed war, but a war of ideology, of my party right or wrong – the Secessionist this time is not the South but a handful of people in the halls of power who seek to once again divide a nation, empower themselves, and the only emancipation they are interested in is freeing and legitimizing corporate greed.
An emancipation that will subjugate the common welfare and visit a Sherman like scorched earth policy or a Viet Nam era Operation Rolling Thunder upon the environment in the midst of unleashing a new generation of carpetbaggers to rape and pillage.
Patriotism is becoming a dirty word? That, as is the way of all things is solely dependent on the examples provided.