getting political for a minute

I tend to avoid politics on all of my blogs but not today. You may not want to read this. You may disagree with me. That is fine. But I do ask that if you comment, you do so with facts and reason and a certain decorum. I will not approve comments that contain profanity or are threatening in any way.

Now that the disclaimer is over, I am going to talk about Syria, refugees, and the state of the United States for a little bit. I have quite a few more political things that I could talk about but this needs to be said now.

The United States is a country of immigrants. Except for the Native Americans which we came pretty darn close to exterminating entirely and tend to gloss over, everyone here either came from another country or is the descendant of someone who did.

“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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-Emma Lazarus “The New Colossus”

This country was dedicated to taking in immigrants.

Throughout time we have done some pretty terrible things to immigrants and there has been some heavy discrimination. Most people ignore that for a period of time each country of origin was discriminated against. My Italian grandmother had to change the spelling of her last name and pretend she was French to get a job. Immigrants were called terrible names, some of which are thankfully not a part of our vocabulary now, and none of which I will give any power by writing. We forced anyone of Japanese descent into camps that were basically jail for years during WWII. And now we have people like Trump blaming Mexicans and Syrians for all crime.

I read someone’s post on facebook stating that ISIS are the ones murdering and raping. So, yes, I will agree that ISIS has killed people and raped people. But they are not the sole committers of these crimes. 82% of all rapes are committed by someone the survivor knows. 52% of people who commit rape are white men. So clearly, not all ISIS. We have murder in this country, all the time, committed by all sorts of different people.

People seeking refuge in this country are not here to attack us and they should not be turned away.

  1. Terrorists exist in this country already. US citizens. Born here. Parents born here. Doesn’t matter. You can’t expect terrorism to disappear in your country by closing the boarders.
  2. There are plenty of non-legal ways to enter a country.
  3. There are no current threats.
  4. The attacks in Paris were not by refugees, or Syrians.
  5. This is all politically based. Intended to make us fear. It is racism on a large scale and I will not stand for it.
  6. Imagine for a second that the country you call home is in such a state of unrest that you have to leave to save the lives of yourself and your family. You have no home. The only possessions you have are those you can carry. You have no money. Nowhere to go. Now you have to go to a new country where you don’t know the language or the customs and have no idea what awaits you or how you will possibly provide for your family. Why would you take that on unless you had to? I am sick of hearing people blame refugees or insist that they stay and fight. If you don’t live there, you don’t know what it is like.
  7. The US refused refugees during the Holocaust. Look at what happened then. We could have helped. We can’t let that happen again.

So go ahead and disagree with me but let me ask you something – if the roles were reversed, how would you feel?

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