Friday, November 11, 2016

Post Election Thoughts.

Pasture land always relaxes me. Driving down the highway, I look at this land and everything it stands for and its whole history adds up. We are all immigrants here, or most of us, pushing our way out of wherever, from the north, the south, the east and west, landing on one shore or another, taking ourselves from comfort or not so comfort zones for one reason mostly: to give our descendants a better life.

And here we are, for me, an immigrant, student first, wife next, citizen after that, arriving on these shores for utilitarian reasons, as did the relatives ahead of me, to find opportunities and education not available to people like me. I'm a war baby, WW II, and saw my relatives leave their homeland for better lives. So, America became a beacon for anyone who had hope, and was willing to risk everything to pursue a dream.

Was that dream shuttered after this election? The political rhetoric surely spoke harshly about immigrants and refugees. A whole party threatened to deport people and shut down borders for any immigrant who wasn't white and rich and really not in need.

The sign on the Statue of Liberty should now read:
Send Us Your Smart and White and Rich and Beautiful. The rest of you, don't bother apply.

I do hope campaign rhetoric was just that.
I do hope that we are all made of better stuff.