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The slogan of the Trump Administration, “America First,” has made me question American values. Sunday’s sermon in a church I visited was based on the scripture from Galatians 5:14: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In my opinion, we need to look at the text in an expanded global sense. Not just our neighbor next door, but people across the globe. To turn a blind eye to the world’s suffering because America is prosperous,(or because we have enough to deal with here), seems morally wrong to me.
So, my question is who will be last?
The people of Nigeria who suffered another attack by Boko Haram, killing 69. Are they last?
Syrian refugees fleeing their homes, their livelihood, their belongings to find somewhere safe from the brutal Syrian regime and the Isis terrorists. Are they last?
The Mexicans crossing the border illegally to escape the brutality of the drug cartels for a better life for their families. Are they last?
The garment makers in third world countries working long hours for little pay to make goods exported to America. Are they last?
I do not agree with the slogan America First because I believe it puts America last. If we allow greed and power to diminish our obligations to the world, what does it say about America’s moral courage? America was built on the resilience of immigrants who came here for a better life.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty should stay in our hearts and minds forever, lest we forget our humble beginnings.