What is it Like Being an American Right Now : Disclaimer
So, what is it like being an American right now? Well, before i discuss my feelings about that subject, let me share my DISCLAIMER: I want to make it clear that I wish to create as little negativity, surrounding this topic of politics, as possible. I say this because I have seen the anger, fear, hate and frustration that the political system has created, and it saddens me. Instead of unity, there is only division and descent amongst the citizens of the United States. My words only come from a place of love and respect for all and the beliefs that they hold; especially the beliefs that differ from my own.
Anything that is written on this page is my opinion only. I do not wish to fight with anyone, but to simply share my thoughts and feelings about a tough time in the history of the United States. My only goal, in writing this post, is to help someone who may share my feelings. I do not wish to thrust my thoughts and opinions upon anyone else. I only want to express the frustration and fear that some American citizens are feeling because these feelings are everywhere, and they are to get rid of when our nation is in such a state of toxicity.
Phew, now that that’s over with, back to my original question! What is it like being an American right now? Frankly, it sucks. I know that isn’t the profound wordage that you might have been looking for, but that’s how I feel. It sucks and for the first time, I am truly embarrassed to be an American. When I travel, I don’t want to say where I am from because I am frightened of what the global community thinks about my country.
Could it be worse? Absolutely! Am I lucky to be an American? Yes I am. And I am blessed with a tremendous number of privileges that come along with my citizenship. And I do have a love of the United States, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that this nation was founded upon. But I feel like those freedoms are being trampled upon by the current political system. I
cannot just sit here and remain silent, because to do so would, in essence, condone the fundamental injustices that threaten to tear apart the Bill of Rights and the Constitution that this nation was founded upon.
Our national anthem even extolls that we are, “the land of the free, and home of the brave.” Now while I don’t doubt the bravery of the American people, I wonder if our land really is free, when such an intense wave of anti-immigrant sentiment is sweeping across the nation, like wildfire, and destroying the very freedoms that this nation was created to protect.
I mean, everyone wants to achieve the, “American Dream”, right? Well, maybe not now because there is no dream here. It is a nightmare of fear, protest, and anxiety about what terrors the future may hold for our citizenry. And I am not trying to overdramatize this whole issue, (I mean some people face genocide, famine, unclean drinking water, etc. so I know this is a luxury problem by comparison) but for the first time in my life, I am terrified of living in my country and contemplate daily, whether I should flee before it’s too late. That is why I am writing this letter, to demonstrate to the world, what one American citizen is thinking and feeling as a result of the Trump administration.
An American Citizen’s Letter to the World
Dear International Community,
I want to formally apologize for the irrational and unjustified actions of my country lately. I really have no idea what the politicians in Washington D.C. are thinking, and I am just as baffled as the rest of you, that a land that extolls the virtues of liberty and freedom, is actually violating the fundamental rights of many members of it’s own citizenry.
But I think what saddens me even more is that many members of my nation actually endorse such actions. It is like some members of my country have become so disenfranchised and filled with hate, that they believe that a policy of intolerance, and prejudice is the only answer. In my humble experience, HATE IS NEVER THE ANSWER. Hate only fuels more hate, and creates a vicious cycle of bigotry, violence, and discontent that feeds off of itself and actually threatens to destroy the very virtues that men fought, and died for, in the Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, etc.
I want to shake the politicians of the United States because it is like they are blind to the mistakes of the past. Do they not remember the atrocities that were brought about by the blaming of a particular religion or people for the problems and inadequacies of an entire nation? I fear the answer is yes. My only hope is that we are not doomed to repeat some of the mistakes of the past.
For the first time ever, I am actually fearful of living in the United States. My daily anxieties and fears revolve around whether or not I should leave the country, before it’s too late. I want to leave, but my home, family, and life are here. And I wonder if I should stay and fight and show politicians here that what they are doing is not okay and that I refuse to be silenced. I will not let anyone’s hatred force me into hiding. I want to use my words to stand up and celebrate the virtues of love, tolerance, and peace that i am trying to protect.
I also want to beg for the international communities forgiveness. My country has done some nasty, unjustified things, and I am sorry. I wish I could do more, but all I can say is that when I travel throughout the world, I will try and love and respect the traditions of each and every culture I encounter. I will try and represent my country in the best way I know how, so that maybe, just maybe, people will know that not all Americans feel the same way as those in power.
I ask for your patience, love, and understanding as the United States goes through a difficult time. Political protests have once again become a way of life. But, this gives me hope that Americans will fight for what they believe in and not just unquestioningly accept the political policies that have been thrust upon them. Maybe this is the impetus that my country needs to become reenergized and reengaged in the political process. Because, let’s face it, the American political system has been broken for while. It may be time for us to rise up and create a better future for generations to come.
But, the scariest thing of all is that I just don’t know. I don’t know what the future will bring and which way the tides of political change will flow. So, until then, I will just have to have faith that everything will be okay.
I just had to write this letter and let you know how I feel because not all Americans are represented by Trunp. Some people have love in their hearts and cherish the diversity of culture, and people, that make this world an exciting and beautiful place to live
All my love,