We made a pair of terrible mistakes in the late 1930s and it cost the world many, many thousands of lives. Refusing to accept Jewish immigrants and delaying our participation in the Second World War was convenient but cowardly for us and extremely costly for Jews and other Europeans. Shame on us.
Now, we have to say, Shame on us again. Trump is working hard and quickly to reduce us once again to a cowardly people with no moral fiber, no courage, no willingness to sacrifice or pay a price for others in need.
He has made me intensely aware of these words which so effectively express the America I could be proud to claim as my homeland:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Trump, in despising such a beautiful ideal, is reducing us to the size of his own soul. and that is deeply shameful.