Political Focus: Challenging the status quo is the definition of patriotism

A tweet circulated from President Donald Trump’s account on July 14 smearing a group of new, progressive Democratic congresswomen. The tweet attacked the group of congresswomen, which included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), Rashida Tlaib (D), Ilhan Omar (D) and Ayanna Pressley (D), after the congressional Democrats voted against an emergency border aid package that liberals felt did not place sufficient restrictions on the Trump administration.

The tweet was possibly the most racist and xenophobic thing to ever be said by the president, and was met with resistance from all levels of the Democratic party, including the speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, condemning the president with a tweet of her own, saying, “[H]e reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”

The accusation from Trump that these congresswomen should go back to their own countries suggests their complaints about how our own country is run unpatriotic. Besides the ironic fact that three of the four congresswomen were born in the United States, the claim that resisting the status quo is unpatriotic is nonsense. I believe there is no better way to serve your country than try to make it the best it can be, and that nearly always means we have to change the way things are.

No country, including our own, is ever perfect. To strive for perfection rather than running from our problems is a noble endeavor. In this case, no one could argue in good faith that our country does not have a problem when it comes to handling immigration. When these four progressive congresswomen cited their grievances with the aid package, instead of being debated through normal means, they were painted as traitors to the cause.

Calling sitting members of Congress anti-American and telling them to return to “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” despite never even setting foot in those countries is a level of racist, dirty politics that could lead to real, dangerous consequences. Many spectators to this exchange on social media voiced concern about the security of Omar especially, considering she had already been the target of a presidential smear campaign that I wrote about less than a year ago.

This should lead to a real impeachment inquiry. Even as a liberal, I do not throw around the “I” word lightly, but after so many months of incompetence that have quickly evolved into downright villainy, I believe now without a shadow of a doubt that the president of the United States is not fit to continue in office. He has shown a lack of basic humanity when communicating with anyone in government who is not a rich white man, and this lack of humanity is putting the health and well-being of multiple members of Congress at risk. He cannot be allowed to use his position to circumnavigate the system of government and push an agenda of white supremacy.

President Trump leveled hatred at four new faces of the Democratic party in an attempt to brand them as enemies of the United States and cause divide in a seemingly fractured party. Instead, he has finally brought about rumblings of an impeachment hearing. And in my opinion, there would be nothing more patriotic than running that man out of the White House.