America Is Not Lost

936365-statue-liberty_14196_600x450A good friend, albeit one with whom I disagree with strongly about politics at times because he supports Trump, recently he think there has been a, “Loss of this country and its ideals.” America is not lost, and what Trump proposes is not American ideals nor the American dream. He is as ass backwards as one could possibly be, narcissistic, egomaniacal, and anti-social (as in Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder); our country isn’t lost by any means.

Obama recently said this to the Canadian Parliment:

“And let me say this — because I don’t feel particularly politically correct on this issue — I don’t believe that these are American values or Canadian values or Western values. I believe, and Justin (the amazing PM of Canada) believes, and I hope all of you believe, these are universal values. And we must be bold in their defense, at home and around the world. And not shy away from speaking up on behalf of these values of pluralism and tolerance and equality.”

That is the American ideal; to celebrate and hold in tension the pluralism that this great country and it’s documents envision and promote. To tolerate the pluralistic nature and reality of this great Republic and to share in equality with all people.

That is America! That is what makes America great already! Not what Trump wants and preaches, which is misogyny, racism, exclusion, hatred, divisiveness, and white supremacy. That is not what America is about, and I refuse to accept such bullshit and that our “ideals” are lost. I refuse to be ignited by fear and hatred of those who are not like me. I refuse to be sucked into fear-mongering politics that tell me my country is no longer great and has be taken away from me as a privileged white, Christian, cisgender, heterosexual male. I refuse to buy into the narrative that for those in the white, privileged, dominant culture, that equality, justice, fairness, and progress will always seem like oppression & persecution, which is a fear for many I truly believe.

It is not oppression and persecution for me! Or for you! It is not injustice for us to share in the American dream and ideal for all. Jon Stewart recently summed it up perfectly on Colbert’s Late Night show:

“You [Hannity and Fox News hosts] feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America. … I see you. You’ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. You’ve got a problem with them because you feel like the — what’s Rep. Steve King’s word for it? — subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the Founders. … Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out, are.”

Those who fight to be included in the American ideal many so arrogantly think is “lost” or “gone” are not being divisive. It is those of us keeping those people out who are divisive. It is those of us who blindly and without question support the fascist politics of the Trumps of the world who are being divisive.

No! My country is not lost; my country is just beginning by opening the doors for all to be a part of this American dream and ideal! Those who think it is gone are the ones who fear equality and justice and see it as a means of oppression and persecution.

“America is great because America is good,” said Hillary Clinton at the DNC recently. This country is not lost to anyone besides those who wish to keep others away from the land of opportunity and who want to push racist, fascist, far-right agendas upon the American people. This is not my America; far-right Conservatism/Fascism is not my America!

For the first time in my life, the Democrats are more patriotic, more American, more Constitutional, more nationalistic than anyone in the GOP. Trump has revealed the true colors of many conservatives, especially Evangelicals, and how hateful and mean they are. He is the epitome of the far right radical agenda. He makes Obama look like a moderate, which if we examine the political facts that’s what Obama and Clinton both are; moderate, slight right of center, politicians. Trump is so far to the right he makes Republicans look like Liberals/Progressives like Sanders.

I’m sorry, but i do not share in the misguided, ill-fated politics of America being “lost” and her ideals long gone. America is tolerant, pluralistic, free, equal, and still the most ideal place of opportunity. Any vote for Trump is disagreeing with that truth of America and seeks to take it back to “Make America Great Again,” for a limited number of people with privilege and opportunity, which shuts down the core message on the Statue of Liberty that says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Trump doesn’t represent this America. He represents a hateful and vile group of people who think they know what America is and wish that limited, narrow, hateful view on others, which benefits the few rather than the many. One can “feel” the “loss” of “this country” all one wants, but there is no loss besides voting for a demagogue who is a bully, racist, sexist, fascist that praises far-right leaders and incites violence.

If that is the America one wants then so be it; I want nothing to do with it.

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