"America Has Never Been So Low!"
During the run-up to the recent election, President-Elect, Donald Trump, said it best! "America has never been so low."
With his loose comments and recent Tweets suggesting he is ready to restart the nuclear arms race, Mr. Trump seems to be taking the United States even lower. Half-truths, outright misinformation, and bullying strategies appear to be the new "normal" in American politics. Already, President-Elect Trump, has been threatening to boot out of the U.S. tens of thousands of refugees, build a wall to keep Mexicans out, has Tweeted unsupported assertions about election fraud and, according to New Republic Magazine (Nov. 18, 2016), is formulating a "foreign policy that would put national interest above traditional alliances; a protectionist economic policy that would put the people before the elite; and a restrictionist immigration policy that would, implicitly, reassert white identity as a defining feature of American culture."
With such rhetoric, as he prepares to take office in January 2017, Trump appears to be charting a course of action that will move the U.S. a long way from the values it espouses in the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution, and the oft quoted ideals inculcated in the words of Emma Lazarus written at the base of the Statue of Liberty, which words have served as a welcome to millions of immigrants to the U.S. since 1886:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “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!”