Today I woke up angry, which I can't recall ever happening. The reason? Yesterday, Donald Trump deeply and personally insulted me, my coworkers, friends, and neighbors by calling our region's East African immigrant community "a disaster." I work in South Minneapolis, where many Somali immigrants live and work.
I cannot imagine a worse person than the GOP nominee. What kind of person flies in on a plane, busts out a couple insult-comic lines, and flies out? Dozens if not hundreds of Somali immigrants *work at the airport* so that this guy could even arrive there safely.
*This* is the man running for President of the United States for the Grand Old Party -- the party of Abraham Lincoln that has inexplicably morphed into the party of white nationalism.
I'm ashamed and worried for my fellow citizens that this is the guy for whom they're voting.
I love the United States and the rules which govern it. The USA is not an ethnic identity or a place. It's a great experiment based on freedom from religion, freedom from tyranny, and freedom from foolish identification with our race and ethnicity. In 1776 this was a radical departure -- an unthinkable way to govern people -- by the will of the people.
Although they were not perfect and were definitely men of their time, the Founding Fathers created a system of governance flexible enough to aspire to a more-perfect union. We can choose to live this idea or we can choose to not do so.
That the GOP nominee sees *people I know* as a "disaster", not separable from their religion or ethnicity, and he purports to be a leader -- and my fellow citizens believe him -- well, that's a tragedy in itself.