My family's journey epitomizes the mythic American Dream. The United States is a land of immigrants -- beginning with the Pilgrims that inspired Thanksgiving -- who come for freedom and opportunity. And that's why the debate over Syrian refugees hits home for me.
Throughout history, we haven't always reciprocated generosity, as seen by how we've treated our native neighbors. That shouldn't preclude us from giving thanks to them now, and from continuing to be welcomers ourselves.
I've never had the privilege of visiting Idaho so I can't say that I know you. I don't know your specific fears or experiences and I would never presume to minimize or dismiss them. All I can say is that we're all Americans, and we share the ability to talk to each other with an open mind and an open heart.
Fear is a powerful drug. Those who would act out of fear (and in some cases political opportunism and bigotry) have disregarded the lessons of WWII and the world's shame at the treatment of refugees, especially Jewish refugees, who were turned away and sent back to death at the hands of the Nazis.
What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?
There have always been two voices competing for the soul of America: one has been welcoming and respectful of diversity, while the other has been intolerant and fearful of those who were different. The tension between them has defined our nation's history from its beginning.
The United States has officially exhausted its supply of outrage and will begin borrowing massive amounts from China and Japan. "The Treasury has been using emergency measures for quite some time to conserve our ever-dwindling resources but, obviously, it wasn't enough," said Florence Didyall, Secretary of Moral Indignation.
As a Jew, the grandchild and great-grand child of immigrants, and a student of American History, I know our country's historical struggles with immigration.
Maybe it's time to really look inside ourselves and question where this irrational fear is coming from. Are refugees okay as long as they're European? Is that it? Do we draw the line at race? Or is it religion?
My dad understood early on that having a union job was important. Even with little pay, he had benefits -- especially health insurance -- that made our lives stable, kept us out of debt, and minimized our stress.
The influx of refugees to Europe is a symptom of a massive, growing problem that needs to be addressed. Instead of turning on victims of terror, let's turn our attention toward the terrorists themselves.
This month, I embarked on a journey to seek out candles of hope amidst the darkness: Love Under Bullets, a project debuting in 2016 where I share love stories from conflict areas.
Our nation has a vital stake in the well-being of its children. But all these efforts to subvert the democratic process continue and we must fight to stop them in every form.
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