Are We Still “the Home of the Brave”?

As I recall, there is a song we like to sing, called the National Anthem, which ends with the ringing words, “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

trump, jr., clearly a chip off the old block, says we shouldn’t let the refugees into our country because some of them might wish to harm us. To make his point, he used the image of a bowl of Skittles and wrote (in the kind of bad English he learned from his father), “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

According to the Cato Institute, the chances of someone in America being killed by a terrorist are something like one in 3.64 billion.

Most disgusting about the metaphor, of course, is that refugees are treated as if they are no more valuable than bits of candy. If you told me you had 3.64 billion refugees, terrified, hungry, impoverished, emotionally wounded, and very desperate  human beings — but one of them is a killer — I would have to be incredibly, immeasurably heartless not to say “Bring them in!”

A trumpie, of course, being entirely self-centered, simply does not consider the human value of the refugees and does not have the capacity for compassion.

trump is bringing out the cowardice in America. And the cowards love being legitimized. Shame on them. Shame, shame, shame on them.

As for me, I’ll keep singing that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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