The Land Of Opportunity

The Land Of Opportunity

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The Land Of Opportunity?

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" so reads an excerpt from Emma Lazarus’ 19th century poem “The New Colossus” that is engraved on plaque located inside the Statue of Liberty.

While not originally meant to be a beacon of hope welcoming immigrants to America’s shores, The Statue of Liberty eventually became such. Nearly 14 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, located in the shadow of Lady Liberty. The role Ellis Island played in our nation’s history is so immense it is estimated that close to 40 percent of all current US citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to it; nearly half of the entire US population…that’s not even calculating those that have ancestral ties to Angel Island. Even Looking past the immigration boom of the late 19th and early 20th century the original “settlers” (in quotations because America had already been “settled” by the Native Americans) were immigrants as well.

So what does all this mean? Immigration is the stitching that holds the American fabric together. America would not be America without the influence of the numerous cultures that grace this nation’s shores. As California Representative Ami Bera said, “Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans.” However, despite immigration being the foundation of the United States, a certain part of the United States has always been hostile to immigrants. Why would those here because of immigration greet immigrants with hostility? Threat? Xenophobia? These days immigrant hostility is mainly directed at our neighbors south of the border.

Hostility towards immigrants is incredibly odd, given our nation’s aforementioned immigrant background; it’s almost as if the general population has amnesia; those who show the most hostility towards immigrants of today can undoubtedly trace their heritage back to the immigrants of yesterday. Ann Coulter, conservative commentator, when talking about Donald Trump’s proposed wall said, “I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump. I want to have a two drink minimum. Make it a big world-wide tourist attraction. And every day live drone shows whenever anyone tries to cross the border.” Coulter is of Irish decent, the same Irish that endured more persecution and hostility upon arriving in the US than nearly every other nationality, so much so that they were often affectionately labeled “white negroes.” Donald Trump himself, a man so outspoken against immigration is of German and Scottish decent. In fact, Trump’s grandfather only immigrated to the United States 130 years ago. More shocking are the words of Marco Rubio, Florida senator and presidential candidate, “Our immigration system needs to be … more welcoming of highly skilled immigrants and the enormous contributions they can make to our economy”, shocking because Rubio’s father and mother only immigrated to the US from Cuba in 1956…and they were a bartender and a housekeeper respectively.

What happened to the land of opportunity? What happened to the nation that welcomed, even though begrudgingly at times, individuals in search of a new beginning? Why are our some of our leaders (current and aspiring) even considering denying those trying to escape poverty and violence the chance at a new start? Why must many in our nation look upon immigrants with disdain, often forgetting their own origins? How dare we look down upon the European nations turning Syrian refugees away when we treat refugees attempting to come here like dirt?

We should embrace those already here undocumented and welcome those yet to come. As Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said, “We are a nation of immigrants. I am the son of an immigrant myself. Their story, my story, our story is a story of America: hard-working families coming to the United States to create a brighter future for their children. The story of immigrants is the story of America, a story rooted in family and fueled by hope. It continues today in families all across the United States.” Let’s become a nation that calls for and accepts the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Let’s become a land of refuge. Let’s become the land of opportunity.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Beto O'Rourke Is The Future For The Democratic Party

Democrats need a new voice, and now they have him.

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As a self-professed progressive, the 2016 presidential election was one of the darkest days of my life. Every day I wish that the election had turned out differently. But if there's a silver lining, the Democratic Party has almost completely reinvented itself and has a chance to move forward.

Barack Obama was an amazing leader for the party for a decade. Hillary Clinton was arguably the most-flawed candidate the modern-day Democratic Party has ever nominated, and she lost to the most-flawed Republican ever nominated. So now the Democrats need someone to look up to and lead the way past the regressive presidency of Donald Trump. That man is Beto O'Rourke.

O'Rourke is a representative of Texas's 16th congressional district, which covers the city of El Paso. But right now people in the political world know him as the guy who is running against arguably the most-hated man in the Senate, Ted Cruz. Former House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner once said that Cruz is "Lucifer in the flesh."

Cruz prides himself in being hated by Washington politicians, but hatred from his current colleagues could come back to bite him. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," said Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina.

If O'Rourke wins in November, he'll take down Cruz, who is one of the most powerful and influential Republicans in Washington despite being hated. And it could launch Beto to even higher office someday.

Even if he loses to Cruz, Beto has an extremely bright future ahead of him because he's just what the Democratic Party needs right now. He's young, passionate, communicates extremely well and is a perfect representation of what the face of the party should be.

This year, O'Rourke has been setting an example of how Democrats should run their campaigns. Beto has traveled to every single one of Texas's 254 counties. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision on Citizens United v. FEC (2010), Democrats have pushed for campaign finance reform, and O'Rourke is leading by example with his campaign. Beto has taken $0 from Political Action Committees (PACs). All of his money comes from individual donors. Cruz has taken PAC money, but O'Rourke still holds a significant advantage in fundraising.

O'Rourke in his campaign emphasizes that Texas has among the highest immigration populations in the United States, but the senators from Texas, Cruz and John Cornyn, do not accurately represent the diversity of the state. O'Rourke has separated himself from Cruz by speaking out against the proposed border wall and the separation of immigrant children at the border.

I'm not from Texas, but I'm just as excited for this senate race as I was when Doug Jones won in my home state almost a year ago. Beto O'Rourke has an opportunity to make positive change in our country and actually bring people together. If he doesn't win in November, Beto should make plans for 2020 because he can become the face of the Democratic Party.

If you'd like to learn more about, join, or donate to the campaign, here is a link.

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