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The Problem With “America First”

Many people cringe when they hear the current United States of America President mention his “America First” mindset. Their minds wander to the people around the world that grow up dreaming about America ― the land of the free, a place where anyone can be anything if they work hard enough ― and wonder what they think when they hear the leader of the free world using that phrase about America’s foreign policies.

Yes, we absolutely need to take care of our own; there is so much progress to be made within our country... but we are all human beings here on this planet together, and we all need each other to exist and thrive. A majority of Americans would greatly benefit to experience both America’s inner cities and third world countries. Dismissing another human’s value based on where they are born in the world is not what America is made of.

The underlying American spirit has always been progressive ― gunning for the underdog, speaking up when no one else will, fighting for others’ rights, and taking a personal hit in order to make public progress. America has had our fair share of setbacks and history of holding those who are different back ― starting with the Irish and Germans immigrants in the 1800s ― and we still have a long way to go, but we never give up, no matter how many stumbling blocks.

The American politicians in office that are voting against progressive immigration policies come from humans that have emigrated from around the world and were given the chance to make it in this country. There are millions, if not billions, of humans around the world who would do anything for a chance to work hard enough to make it in America. Where, even though other humans may judge them or discriminate against them, there are more humans here that are willing fight for them and ensure their lawful right for an equal chance to pursue happiness.

Having this indescribable human in our highest political office, this person who is supposed to represent our American spirit of promoting peace and chasing big dreams, kicked off his presidency by dismissing the rest of the world that America typically serves to inspire. It has been embarrassing, but I am also proud of how many Americans are taking this wake up call to heart by stepping up and speaking out.

I believe that the damage being done now, will in the future be undone in spades due to the amount of humans it is currently motivating to do more good than the bad that is being done. Americans will continue to seek education, exposure, and experience; we will challenge, resist, and never give up. As humans, we may be adverse to change because it is difficult and scary, but we know that it will change our world in ways that we could have never imagined, so we push forward and progress.

xo SH

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