Mod: Take it from Tom. Enjoy the parade, or whatever it is you're up to today.
The New York Daily News Salutes the President
Mod: I'm not sure he'll like that very much. Here is the accompanying editorial.
Our immigrants, ourselves: What Trump can't take away from this great nation (New York Daily News link): On the occasion of the 242nd birthday of the United States of America, again recall the words of our foundational creed: “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.”
These are words that continue to inspire millions across the globe — even as they were frustratingly hypocritical at the moment of their creation by property-holding men, even as African slaves were kept in bondage, even as 90 years later hundreds of thousands Americans had to fall on the field of battle to get the nation to begin to fully embrace the Declaration’s principles.
Among them weep parents who assured their children before parting that they would see them soon, wherever they were going, in vain attempt to cushion the void. President Trump’s cruelty in deflecting entry of desperate migrants feeling violence coincides with measures to choke legal channels for immigration, drying up needed fresh vigor for America before our eyes.
All told, visas have declined 12% from their prior volume since Trump’s inauguration — for business, school and travel that are part of this nation’s lifeblood. Green-card holders once waited two months or so for naturalization; now the citizenship process drags on for eight or more. The President would turn back legal immigration by 40% as his price for granting legal status to a million or so Dreamers who’ve grown up as part of this great nation.
The Declaration of Independence spoke to such arbitrary cruelty, against an arrogant monarch who “has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither…”
The President who plays king won’t conquer the bedrock values this nation was founded on.
Mod: Amen. The following reinforces what the Daily News is laying down today.
Forty-four percent of white respondents said yes they thought the president was a racist when they were asked by the pollster, "Do you think President Trump is racist, or don't you think so?" Fifty-two percent of white respondents thought the former reality-TV star wasn't racist. Seventy-nine percent of black respondents thought Trump is racist as did 58 percent of Hispanic respondents, according to Quinnipiac University.
Overall, nearly half of all respondents—49 percent—said the president was a racist, according to Quinnipiac University. Forty-seven percent said he was not. Meanwhile, a majority—55 percent—said Trump has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs. Forty-four percent thought that Trump's hard-line immigration stances were a result of racist beliefs while 50 percent thought the president had genuine concern about the United States' borders.
Mod: America is a great country. We're going to get past this awfulness.