Keep family close, keep your enemies closer!
I take these words literally to mean; to help protect my family, it is important for me to understand my enemies and their intentions, their values, and their motives.
Building walls between us will only serve to antagonize those
on the other side of the barricade!
I am an immigrant!
Well, second generation of immigrant grandparents on both parents’ side.
Around the turn of the twentieth century, my grandparents made their way from Italy to the shores of this wonderful land of ours, the United States of America.
They were treated poorly by some, welcomed by others. Maybe that too, is the American way.
Sure, as a child I felt some were against me because of my ancestry but, they never built a wall or destroyed any bridge between us! We are in the land of opportunity, not a war-torn culture.
We are a nation of immigrants—how poorly shall we treat others who are like us? We’re like family—how poorly shall we treat our family?
We live together under the best banner ever yet, at times we forget to keep our enemies a little closer in order to study them but, moreover, for them to see us as well.
Let them see who we are, we as a nation, what we stand for, see and hear our values! They and we, shall see that we are very much alike. We all bleed the same, smile the same, feel happy or sad the same. Our values are the same: we all want what is best for our children.
Building walls will keep those who want to know what it is like to live under this banner from ever knowing who we are.
Does our flag stand for Isolationism—no it doesn’t! It stands for freedom! Building blockades will only serve to build anger against us as the isolationism grows!
Are walls FREEDOM, JUSTICE or the AMERICAN WAY? You know in your heart, it is not!
Why barricade ourselves from our future?