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  • Founding Principles of the United States and Trump's Version

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/opini...ied/index.html

    'In 1855, Abraham Lincoln took on the American Party — an anti-immigration movement often referred to as the "Know-Nothings" — in a powerful letter that seems sadly relevant today.'

    'He wrote, "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."'


    'Earlier this week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, provoked an outcry when he subordinated Emma Lazarus's great poem about the Statue of Liberty, which reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Cuccinelli expanded and distorted the famous line and said, "Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge." He also added that the poem referred to "people coming from Europe."'
    'At issue is not how to define "public charge" under 21st-century conditions but the broader definition of what it is to be an American.'

    'There have been two competing definitions of American identity since the foundation of this nation, and that tension is felt to this day. One was based on the Declaration of Independence's revolutionary assertion that "all men are created equal." The other is based on the conviction that America is a nation rooted in blood, in ethnicity. The first definition was America in principle; the second was America in practice.'


    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

  • #2
    What is his name again.
    "Ask not what your country can do for you"

    Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

    you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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    • #3
      Actually, the founding vision of America was that it would be largely a nation of owners, not renters or serfs. That is, it would be an ownership society. At the time of the revolution, most Americans owned land. Small farms were the norm. Even in towns and cities, most Americans owned property rather than were renters to a landlord.
      There was plenty of land for those wanting to own some to move to and homestead.

      This is in clear contrast to Europe where the majority of people were renters.

      It wasn't particularly about where immigrants came from, but rather they come and invest in and gain a stake and vested interest in American society. As government and the welfare state in America grow, that vision is being eroded away.

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      • #4
        Principles & Trump in one sentence...doesn't compute

        "Ask not what your country can do for you"

        Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

        you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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        • #5
          Correct-Trump doesn't have any principles, morals, or ethics.
          We are not now that strength which in old days
          Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
          Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
          To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Massena View Post
            Correct-Trump doesn't have any principles, morals, or ethics.
            Then that puts him on a level playing field with Democrats and the Left...

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