Get Back, Donald
Donald Trump has put his big foot, once again, into his bigger mouth. He must be crazy, telling immigrants to go back where they came from, just because they openly declare their hatred for the country that has taken them in. Even Trump’s American friend in the UK, Piers Morgan, has called him on the carpet. (If you don't think a foreigner who hates this country can be a good American, you haven't been paying attention.)
It is racism, Morgan declares, to think that native born Americans who love their country are better Americans than hostile immigrants who spend their days condemning the people who have taken care of so many indigent foreigners. It is only an accident that their own places of origin--e.g., Somalia, Puerto Rico, India and Jamaica--are hellholes of poverty and violence. They or their parents came here, presumably, on the mistaken assumption that they could have a better life. The President appears to think that if these people have changed their mind, they should go back to their beloved homelands where life will be better. He could not be more wrong.
Apparently the President has not been reading all those books—written as often by conservatives as by leftists—that fifth generation Americans are not as patriotic as a Mexican with his shirt still wet from the Rio Grande. If he had been properly schooled by Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi, he would not have failed to understand the foundations of all modern American patriotism: America is not an historical country with cultural and political traditions that have been passed down from early British settlers. It is an idea hatched in the minds of Robespierre, Marx, and Lincoln.
Such patriotism may have served the effete nations of Old Europe, but not America. We are an exceptional nation, dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, children, pets, space aliens, and moon rocks are created equal. Since USA is an abstraction, not a blood-and-soil nation made up of flesh-and-blood men and women, all that it takes to be a good American is to pay lip service to a few basic propositions.
We all know what they are, because we hear them every day on the radio and read them on the internet.
Proposition #1: All people—however you define them—are equal, which means the same. Men, women, and children. Honest law-abiding taxpayers and welfare-devouring felons. Christians and Jews, Muslims and Santerians. The same.
Proposition #2: Since all people are pretty much the same everywhere, they all deserve a place in the sun which shines only on the great 48 plus two.
Proposition #3: Since all people are equal, then any group of people who have ever asserted their superiority by conquering, oppressing, or—especially—excelling and outcompeting others must be forced to pay their victims forever and ever, saecula saeculorum, world without end.
Proposition #4 Money is not enough. we must also compensate the victims of our superiority by apologizing to them at every turn, pretending not to notice their ignorance and stupidity and criminality. It’s Christian turned on its head into diabolical self-hatred.
Those who find any flaws in these propositions have two choices: Leave the country or shut up. So, AOC and her mentally deficient colleagues are completely right. It is not they but Donald Trump who must go back where he came from. Ironically, since he was born in Queens, Donald could become one of AOC’s constituents.
We interrupt our program for a religious message from ee cummings, who long ago explained where the cult of American exceptionalism was taking us:
"next to of course god america i love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh say can you see by the dawn's early my country 'tis of centuries come and go and are no more what of it we should worry in every language even deafanddumb thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry by jingo by gee by gosh by gum