Lost in the Desert

I’m writing as a voting citizen, as a Navy vet, and have a passion to see the world become more vibrant and peaceful and avoid the pitfalls of the past. Politically, America is looking moribund and unimaginative and hardly the leader they have been in the last few centuries of its existence. I want to succinctly address some current issues.

First of all, for economic reasons, blocking skilled labor from emigrating to the United States is un-American. Blocking immigrants in general is un-American and defies the sociological gravity that we have as a nation of immigrants. I can’t imagine America turning away millions of starving Irish people, nor could I ever imagine Abraham Lincoln sending all black people back to Africa because they might take a citizen’s job. What have we become now? Scared? Where will this trend take us? Where did our rocket scientists and CEO’s come from that took us to the moon and recently and privately to space? At no point in our legacy as a nation have we been operating without first generation immigrants, nor should we ever. The recent executive orders from the President land as a thud of one chopping down the cherry tree of America’s core institution decoratively decreed on our Statue of Liberty. Yes, we have stopped growing economically. Yes, we have been hit with the biggest challenge America has faced, maybe ever, but how could we turn out backs on our visitors, when they have done nothing but add to our vibrance, our color, our productivity, and our success as a nation. Who do you think runs our greatest companies, and will probably help shine a light on a mysterious virus that is on target to kill 200,000 of our people. Have we lost our way?! We have. 

Secondly, The announcement of pulling troops out of Germany and getting into a dispute over Korea paying for strategic weapons is vomit-worthy. I didn’t serve my country as a mercenary of any kind. We were willing to answer the call and go half around the world and sacrifice blood and honor to see to it that we don’t have evil marching on our doorstep again. Our military’s legacy is not one that can be bought by anyone, but one that fights to defend freedom and democratic values around the world. I lived that creed for 12 years, and it angers me to see that we have leaders that seek to pigeonhole our allies at a time when evil regimes are growing more and more aggressive. Our power cannot be taken for granted, I agree, but never, never have I seen us lose our direction so quickly and see our enemies openly moving to recover ground equally as fast. Our military might has been a linchpin for free trade and developing democratic institutions all over the world. These, in turn, have provided us with a society that is a dream for many around the world. They can only hope to have the strength, freedom, and economic flexibility that the United States of America has. Here in Korea we just memorialized the start of the Korean War on June 25th .. the 70th anniversary of a war that killed 3 million people, one in which the stalemate has brought over 1.5 billion people under unmoving totalitarian regimes that boast of being able to press down on the backs of their people to get things done. We are very thankful for 26,000+ war fighting Americans stationed here as buffer to those regimes. It has helped bring a country from utter war stricken poverty and destitute into the 6th largest trading partner with the U.S.—A country with no resources of its own, but its people. We aren’t comfortably sitting between two large oceans, and access to resources and immigrants like the United States. Korea depends whole-heartedly on the U.S’s commitment to the region. Now, you are telling their multi-national employees that they can’t work in the U.S. under L1 Visa’s. Now you are telling them they have to pay for our aircraft carriers and nuclear capabilities, and refuse to pay their contracted workers fair salary on our bases on their land.

We have shrunk under a beating drum while chanting of “making America great again.” You know what makes America great? Immigrants, and our relationships with our allies. These are dwindling under this head of state, and the political ambitions in both parties look spars, weak and uninspiring. You can assume my vote will be going toward these key issues in the future and I want to thank you in advance for holding our government accountable if you do. I am watching and writing and seek change. Please don’t sacrifice our values at a time when the world needs America desperately. Please make courageous decisions that will buck the trend of repeated mistakes made throughout history. When we’ve turned inward in the past, we have had to jump late into two world wars and then quickly into the most bloody conflict of all in Korea soon afterwards, where the world saw bloodshed that took generations to repair, and still has yet to see a country reunited.

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