Yesterday, Donald Trump unveiled another agenda important to his personal goals, but relatively unwanted and unimportant to the rest of America. Instead of focusing on legitimate and complex issues facing the nation, Trump continues to assail America’s venerable history and heritage as a global leader in immigration policy. Many still consider Trump to be the head of the conservative right, when in reality he is only a figurehead for America’s centrist white.
In the media business, there is a long-accepted adage that, “If it bleeds, it leads.” The saying represents how sordid details appeal most to the masses. In appealing to his narrow-minded and widely bigoted fan base in Middle America, Trump is mimicking the press with a troubling unspoken motto for the White House: “If they ain’t white, they ain’t right.”
By rolling back civil rights and racial tolerance to a time before President Lyndon Johnson, Trump is rallying his minority of hate with the only he issue he knows will appeal to their simple views. He preys on decades — if not centuries — old fears, shouting from the podium about murder, mayhem, and rape, to stir his reality television fan club supporters. He uses the perception of a domestic threat to draw attention from the issues that he does not understand, has not learned about, and will never address because of his lack of experience, education, and comprehension.
Each time he suffers a failure of the slightest significance to the nation, Trump returns to beating up immigrants with policies that no one except his racists followers believe is of any political or moral value. Trump’s typical modus operandi is essentially nothing more than the behavior of an adolescent bully trapped in an old, fat, man’s body. When Trump cannot win on his own merits, which increasingly seems to be always, he cries about the rules. When he appears weak, he attacks someone even weaker than he is.
The irony in Trump attacking immigrants, however, is that most immigrants display more courage in their little finger than Trump possess in his entire flabby self. They arrive in a new country with limited resources and rudimentary knowledge of the language. They accept the challenges of a new world, a new life, and the itinerant struggles with zeal…and most are successful. Without his inheritance, gilded mansions, and luxury travel accommodations, Trump would be unable to face only for a day what many immigrants experience for a lifetime.
In the entire Trump regime’s discussion about immigrant restrictions, merit-based admissions, financial security, and a fluent grasp of the English language, where does the anti-bullying advocate who recently moved to the White House stand? If Trump’s proposed immigration rules were in place when he purchased her from her Slovenian roots in 2005, Melania Trump may not have be eligible for admission to the United States.
Like the other Trumps, she has no marketable skills. Melania has “picked up” the language according to ABC News, perhaps slightly better than her husband has. And presently, she — like all Trumps — is a tick on the back of America’s taxpayers. She is everything that Trump railed about this week in his renewed attack on the immigrants he claims are ruining the country, except for one glaring fact: She is Trump’s white Christian eye-candy and that makes it okay.
The xenophobic Trump regime went so far yesterday to promote his outright attack on long-held American values, that it paraded neo-Nazi skin headed Stephen Miller at a press conference to denigrate the Statue of Liberty. Contrary to Miller’s assertion that the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the Statue’s foundation has no relevancy in American policymaking, the United States has always been a beacon for the less fortunate and the persecuted. American goodwill, tolerance, and freedom have forever been welcome mats for immigrants — from the penniless to the rich, from the educated to the ignorant, and from the spoken to the silent. America’s values are America’s policies, whether they originate in a time-honored poem or a bill on Capitol Hill.
Trump himself is only one generation removed from the very kind of immigrant family he now seeks to deny admission to by his policies. His mother arrived from Scotland in the 1930s with only $50, no education, and speaking English as a second language. His problem in addressing the question of immigration is not only one of his hypocrisy, but also his attacks on the fundamental values that made the country so great.
Trump will never have the humility to understand the lesson of, “I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door,” because he believes that through his money and privilege, he owns America. Her gifts, however, are neither to be possessed by one man; nor are they prizes to be awarded. With his alleged $3 billion net worth, Trump should have done himself — and the United States — a tremendous favor. He should have purchased a small island, where he could have declared himself king, and locked the door to his lonely castle.