I served in both the 82nd Airborne and 7th Special Forces, where no one accused me of being a bleeding heart liberal. For several reasons I always believed our borders should be protected, one reason being the protection of American workers’ wages.
But when I watched a candidate for president of the United States characterize Hispanic migrants as murderers, rapists and thieves, I simultaneously watched a dark shroud of hate descend on the Statue of Liberty and the American Dream.
I will refrain from repeating the candidate’s name since the repetition of his name is his single most important cause. But I will refute his racist insults with a stanza from Samuel Coleridge’s epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:
“He prayeth best, who loveth best
Never miss a local story.
All things both great and small,
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”