President Trump must have forgotten the Mother of Exiles, our Lady Liberty who welcomes all:
“Give me your tired your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, temptest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
How are you feeling about our relationship with the rest of the world? If you are satisfied, then you might want to go to your local bookstore and purchase The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, instead of reading this blog post.
In their article, Why Americans Should Fight Donald Trump’s Isolationism, Ariana Berengaut and Edward Fishman say, “Donald Trump did not cause Americans’ unease with the world; he is better viewed as a symptom of it.” The Donald’s problem with the rest of the world stems from his lack of foreign observation. By that I mean that when Trump visits a foreign country, the local dignitaries show him only the best about their country; I guess they foolishly want to impress him. Hopefully, his disparaging tweets and remarks about the country’s leaders when they don’t agree with him will fall on deaf ears.
Since Trump has been in office, he has withdrawn our country from five international agreements, some of which were abrupt decisions, including election campaign pledges.
- The Paris Climate Agreement. Apparently, Trump thought investing in a commitment with countries around the world to curb global warming and climate change was too costly. Hmm … too bad about the world Trump is forcing upon his son, Baron.
- Trans-Pacific Partnership. It appears Trump is not in the mood for a strong economic partnership with countries located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps his goal is to keep all our manufactured goods to himself … uh, I mean the country.
- UNESCO. Other presidents in the past have walked away from the tension created by the organization’s “anti-Israel bias.” Nevertheless, rejecting the opportunity to join hands with other nations to solve a global problem only serves to isolate America from the world we live in.
- Iran Nuclear Deal. This withdrawal is yet another example of deepening isolation on the world stage, which causes distrust and doubts about American credibility.
- United Nations Human Rights Council. I understand certain aspects of reasoning in this decision. However, the idea of losing America’s “Super Power” label appears to thrive as an undercurrent behind such decisions.
And now, Trump has made the decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization: even in the midst of a global pandemic. This withdrawal is purely political. Trump doesn’t want to deal with the scientists, doctors, and researchers who disagree with his preposterous and false claims to the American people about “how we’re doing all the right things and have handled the pandemic far better than any other nations.”
Every action of our president is directly opposed to the way God views the world. God’s mantra is love, grace, mercy, restoration, recue, and renewal; not making a deal, keeping us estranged from the rest of God’s people, white supremacy, stupid poses in front of a church holding up a Bible he’s never read. I could go on and on.
I voted for the man and I regret it. Still, I would have left the presidential voting space blank. I’ve prayed for the man, hoped his family members would temper his judgement, assumed that his political advisors would tell him he’s wrong; all to no avail.
Now I just pray for God to change the hearts of Trump, his friends, and his gullible followers.
Please God, please restore our nation to what you have deemed as good and just in your eyes.