Donald Trump wants to make America great again, but his election proves America is still “great,” as he defines it.
Our president’s hostility to Mexican immigrants, his travel ban on seven countries, his religious preferences toward refugees fleeing the same butchery, and the chaos he has inflicted upon legal residents are often cast as un-American and not who we are as a people. The Declaration of Independence eloquently affirms “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Surely, many opine, a nation with such a founding creed has no room for a president like Trump.
Consider our history. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to forcibly relocate and incarcerate more than 100,000 law-abiding Japanese-Americans. Japan had just attacked the United States, and Roosevelt, justifiably, declared war in return. But the people he locked behind barbed wires had earned their right to live in this country, two-thirds of whom by birth. Their relation to Imperial Japan was nonexistent. Nonetheless, these men, women, and children endured suspicion and hatred from their fellow Americans and from their own government. When the war ended and they finally regained freedom, many returned home only to find that their property had been vandalized and decimated.