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Our Founding Fathers did not declare independence based on English nationalism, but simply to establish a people’s republic – an equal standing ground.
What brought the 13 colonies together into a nation was the united commitment to a moral principle, said by Thomas Jefferson that is this:
This is the heart of the culture of America and synonymous to why we were founded. This idea also forms our national culture and is what makes the United States a seemingly approachable and accessible dream of not just an American citizenship, but an American identity.
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln stated that anyone who believed in the principles laid by our Founding Fathers, who felt that the “moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men…have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, and so they are.”
Throughout human history, blood relation has always defined “belonging and not belonging.” The idea that all one needed to belong was commitment to political ideals and an oath of citizenship was something unheard of in all of history, and a completely revolutionary but foreign concept.
Immigration policy, specifically illegal immigration to the United States, was the signature point of focus for President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Donald Trump promised that if he was elected President of the United States, he would end all illegal immigrant access to our country, specifically by building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and he still stands by that promise today.
During an October rally, Donald Trump stated, “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist.”
This has led to the worrying reality that he has not offered any reliable solutions to America’s real issues, and his desire to defeat has resulted in dismissal of our country’s foundational values.
According to President Donald Trump in a 2009 speech, “They say all men are created equal. [But] it’s not true. Some people are born very smart, and some people are born not so smart.” Tangibly he is correct, but ultimately, he is missing the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence: that all people have the same moral worth, natural rights, and are entitled to equal citizenship and treatment under America’s law.
The President’s nationalist program will not achieve its long-term security, and it throws away America’s dearest ideals in favor of gaining power by beating everyone on the world scale, particularly immigrants, foreigners, and partners of abroad trade instead of finding a common ground and working together.
There are several ways to improve and update the immigration process in order to better protect our country, and to make the process easier for people who are simply searching for a better life:
America is great for many reasons: freedom, opportunity, democratic process, celebration of expression, cultural diversity, technological advances, and much more. In our history, America was great for many reasons: when we gave back all the lands we liberated in World War 2, and when we spent billions of dollars to save Europe from Soviet communism and rebuild it. We were great before becoming the rich and powerful nation we are today: when we declared equality for all people in 1776 and made steps in 1865 to the ending of slavery and guarantee of complete civil rights in the 1960s.
As a continuation of that, we will need a leader who does not base his thoughts solely on victories, defeats, and humiliations. We will need a leader who is smart. Realistic. Strategic. Diplomatic but bold. Someone who has a true love for this country and who recognizes our founding principles and moral ideals, as well as their central importance in allowing us a national pride that is uniquely our own in the world. A pride that is for everyone, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, background, religion, political standpoint, or any other differences. If our nation were to stop believing in those founding principles, we would cease to truly be America.
If you believe in our country’s foundation, in celebrating a world of pride in diversity and culture, and that America was already great before President Donald Trump’s immigration reform, the steps you take toward action will be what drastically reshapes our country into what it was always meant to be. George Washington once said, “I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”
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