I cried a bit when I read this. I am in a place and time in my life where I am questioning very heavily the concepts of patriotism and nationalism, mostly due to the country I volunteered to serve for unraveling before my eyes.
I am fourth generation US Army on my Dad’s side and I can trace my ancestral US military history on my Mom’s side to the American Revolution. It is a proud history for my family yet I have found myself year after year disliking America.
“My America” was supposed to be about inclusion. “My America” was supposed to place value on a person’s integrity and actions rather than race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or any other qualities from birth. “My America” has a plaque on the Statue of “Liberty” that states: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
The America I was raised in celebrated a diverse culture yet the America I see today seems to admonish it.
Your letter to “Mr.” Trump speaks volumes and I thank you for writing it.