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Tue Feb 20, 2024, 03:45 PM Feb 20

We all thought we were safe. After all, this is America. [View all]

Our great grandparents, or our grandparents, or our parents, or you yourself, fled tyranny to come to America, -- "The Greatest Country in the World." And millions, world-wide, are still trying to get here.

But today, I have my fears that they are jumping out of one frying pan into another.

The Republican Party is doing everything possible to make life in America as miserable as possible for immigrants. (A country of immigrants.) And if many of those who have been here for a generation or two, or more have their way, the immigration door will be slammed in the face of the hopeless and desperate of the world. "Give me Your Tired, Your Poor, " and all those other wonderful words on the Statue Of Liberty will become a sick joke and a sad memory.

If Trump wins/steals it, immigration is over. Not to mention the freedoms the rest of us always took for granted.

But, immigrants aside, what about us who are here? Well, given the daily/hourly gun deaths in America, it seems to me that there are places far safer in the world than America. And I'm betting that countless people would have already moved to such places if they could speak the language.

This is not the America I grew up in. And I'm guessing it's not the America that most sane, decent people want to live in.

To borrow from MLK, "I have a dream." It's a country in which all are treated equally, all are safe, and all have the same opportunities as all others. Yeah, this sounds naive. Maybe there's a Utopian planet like this that exists somewhere. And if so, those with a conscience and a sense of fairness and justice seem to have somehow ended up here in the wrong place.

If you're waiting for me to get to a bottom line, here ir is. Trump, his minions, and a cowardly Republican Party who fear him, are well down the road to destroying our country. And it's up to the majority of us who are sane, to stop them. Yet, even if we win big in November, this won't be over. We must be prepared to defend democracy as did the generations who came before us, and who guaranteed the freedoms they fought for and that we now enjoy.

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Great post, Cyrano.. Permanut Feb 20 #1
They'll never go away. And every generation must confront them. Cyrano Feb 20 #3
Quote from Steinbeck in a letter from 1941: evolves Feb 20 #11
Great quote from one of my favorite authors. Permanut Feb 20 #13
Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, Cyrano Feb 21 #20
This is why Rev. Dr. Barber and others are bringing back the moral monday campaign JT45242 Feb 20 #2
Why would any progressive country want Americans? central scrutinizer Feb 20 #4
There has always been an anti-immigrant strain ITAL Feb 20 #5
Seems that anywhere, anytime, the "THEMS" aren't welcome. Cyrano Feb 20 #6
Well said BigOleDummy Feb 20 #7
America has never been a safe place for quite a few people. WhiskeyGrinder Feb 20 #8
My wife is an immigrant pfitz59 Feb 20 #9
Nicely put. Defending democracy used to mean against... EarnestPutz Feb 20 #10
Spot on Cyrano. This is a fight, not a debate or discussion - a fight. NoMoreRepugs Feb 20 #12
It's all up to us. bdamomma Feb 20 #14
On the gun issue ... Dave says Feb 20 #15
There never would have been a Trump if the Left had not been complacent in '16. elocs Feb 20 #16
For much of this country's history John Shaft Feb 20 #17
K&R spanone Feb 21 #18
This message was self-deleted by its author traitorsgalore Feb 21 #19
I have a nightmare. His name is tRUMP. TigressDem Feb 21 #21
Life wasn't easy for many immigrants back in the day Kaleva Feb 21 #22
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