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Our Nation, Divisible, with Liberty and Justice for Some- an Op Ed

Updated on February 26, 2016

A Country Divided

Our nation has, again, become divided.

It seems Abraham Lincoln failed to accomplish his goal of a strong and whole United States, "A nation conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Over a century and a half later, minorities are still fighting for equal rights in the United States, and liberty isn't always assured.

On a global scale, the United States is no longer number one. According to the 2016 world report done by Human Rights Watch, the United States now has the largest incarcerated population in the world, with nearly 2.5 million people behind bars at any given time, and nearly 12 million people a year serve time in county jails.

Though African Americans make up only 13 percent of the country's population, 29 percent of drug arrests are African Americans. A black man is six times more likely to be incarcerated than a white man.

So much for liberty and equality.

If that is how the United States treats its own citizens, how much worse is the treatment of non-citizens? We are a nation founded by immigrants, yet we take in less refugees than other countries, and look down on those wanting to immigrate.

Then comes Donald Trump. As Trump's political star rises, so too do the number of people who subscribe to his bigotry and racism. Trump thrives on divisiveness, racism, hatred, and fear mongering. Trump wants to be a wall builder.

The United States doesn't need a wall builder. The United States needs someone who will bring walls down.

At a time when we should be coming together to face some of the hardest problems our nation and the world has ever dealt with, we have allowed ourselves to become divided. This division can, and may, lead to the next civil war within the United States.

It is easy to imagine the dystopian setting of "The Hunger Games" becoming a reality for an America with Trump at the helm.

Some things, such as liberty and equality, are worth fighting for.

Lincoln would have said, "Worth dying for," and he'd have been right.


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      Wesman Todd Shaw 19 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Empires come and they go, and people often get the government they deserve. :)