I read your piece with great interest and must respectfully disagree with you on some key points. One, you say: “But I trust the United States..” and then you go on further to say: “The checks and balances in America and our rich history of social justice and civil rights will never allow the fear-mongering that has been attached to candidate Trump’s rhetoric to come to fruition.”
This is where it went south for me.
The United States is not some impervious ideal. It is a work in progress, a product that is engineered on a daily basis by those in power and, ideally, by those of us who put those in power, in power. For that reason, even a “rich history of social justice and civil rights” can be just that… history. Fear mongering, you say will never “be allowed.” Really? It was the hallmark of the Bush administration and Trump has taken it to a new level… and HIS presidency hasn’t even begun yet. It was fear-mongering that brought us to our destruction of Iraq and with that, the meteoric soar in radical Islam with organizations such as ISIS. Do you truly believe that Trump’s plan to “bomb the shit of them” makes any kind of sense? Diplomat, he is not.
I hate to say it, but the United States you say will never exist, because our rich past will prevent it, already does. If the Affordable Care Act and Hope Now didn’t help you, it’s unfortunate. They have, and do, work for many. And if you truly “support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change,” then I fear you’ve put your trust in the wrong candidate.
As for what Trump will do regarding our relationships with the Arab world, I can say only this: God/Allah help us.