We stand to take our country back
utterings, but who, The Base, have performed a perverse call and response rallying cry to keep him in play.
He can count- and his base of supporters have voted and pledged their votes to him in the future (2020).
The better angels amongst us has begged for decency, but there is no decency left, and I am tired of listening to their defenders.
In fact, this country-filled with descendants of voluntary immigrants, indentured servants, and former enslaved people- has lost most of its appeal to foreigners.
Our melting pot is a burnt stew: charred lands scavenged from the Natives; deferred dreams tur ned into festering hostility; black men’s bodies ‘lynched’ by a police state; a collective, shrunken mind-set that has besieged too many white women in the voting booths; and an epidemic of young, angry white men with access to semi-automatic assault weapons!
Enter the fray: Donald J. Trump, a clever man who has been foretelling this day for decades. The records will show that he didn’t just happen on the scene of this great American implosion. He did not create it. But he has been masterful: his timing has been near-perfect and he has strapped on to ride the wave of growing mistrust of our neighbors, vitriolic antiimmigrant, racialized and racist sentiments, and the deep void in leadership on both sides of the aisles in Congress.
I cannot understand any black person who is anti-immigrant. I’ve never bought the argument that ‘they’ are lowering our wages and taking ‘our’ jobs. Who wants some of those jobs, anyway?
But I do understand why some white people are anti-immigrant: self-hate. To begin with, it took many generations for certain groups (all who were not already WASPs) to become ‘white’ on the census and in society. They can’t stand the threat of any loss to their standing as white people in America. Read the nation’s history. I wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have to say about all this talk about anti-immigration and racism in his vision of America. Here’s one thing he said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his positons, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.”
We need to stand up as real men and women and take this country back. It is ours.