As the man posing as our leader once again tries to convince the American people to adopt his un-American immigration policies, it is a good time to remember what real American leadership looks like and what America really stands for.
Americans are good people. But we have elected a bad man as our leader. We might not be able to fix that mistake until the next election. But we do not have to support his efforts to implement policies that do real harm to our past, present, and future.
Rather than listen to our demagogue-in-chief continue to lie and stir up fear to support his transparently racist agenda, let’s recall a time when America was greater than it is today and a leader who was a far better man than Donald Trump could ever dream of becoming.
Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Debate Immigration in 1980
“These are good people. Strong people. Part of my family is Mexican”
George H. W. Bush, April 4, 1980
“Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems, make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit. And then while they’re working and earning here, they pay taxes here. And when they want to go back they can go back.”
“Whatever position one takes on immigration, it says a lot about the dramatic transformation of the Republican Party, from Reaganism to Trumpism. Reagan emphasized the importance of the U.S. as an idea that transcends it’s mere physical space, whereas Trump is more focused on it as a distinct land mass. To Trumpists, Reagan’s vision was a naive Hollywood portrait of immigration, as demonstrated by the aftermath of the amnesty he signed in 1986, whereas Trump is being more realistic and protective of Americans. To NeverTrumpers, Reagan’s vision was inspiring and hopeful and optimistic and inclusive, whereas Trump has taken things to a much darker place.“
“As the Great Wall’s history shows, border fortifications are expensive, divisive—and useful political tools.”
Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the facts. Ronald Reagan represents American greatness. Donald Trump embodies its worst impulses.
Donald Trump is WRONG. He is wrong about immigrants. He is wrong about the effect of immigrants on our culture and economy. He is wrong about our history. He is wrong about what this country represents. If you support him, you are wrong too.