Melting the Pot by T.P.

Sitting in the living room watching on election night watching the votes tally up, my mother walks in. Trump had been announced the winner. Her first comment was “I don’t feel comfortable in this country”.

My mother is a Japanese immigrant. She has been here as a permanent resident for around twenty years. Long enough for her to be able to apply for citizenship, but she choses to keep her green card though. She herself has talked about moving back to Japan before and was subtly referencing her desire to leave the United States.

Hatsue Nagasawa’s, my mother, friends mostly consist of other Japanese people, she watches Japanese TV shows. She has become friendly with some American people but those friendships would rarely last. Why is it that a country of immigrants does so poorly making my mother feel comfortable here.

“I know that the way I do things and how other people do things is different. I think that people and I always feel uncomfortable around each other,” says my mother. People surround themselves with people with similar interests, culture, beliefs. It is what makes us feel comfortable.

My mother though seemed totally unfazed the following days after the election. The next morning over breakfast I was expecting my mother to comment on the election somehow, I had heard plenty from my father already. Over and awkward silence I start with a long “soooooooo”, and my mother fills in the gap with, “so have you been working on your college apps?” Just the complete normality of her demeanor had me ask later why she was so unaffected.

Her answer was surprising to me. She claims to have seen it coming and had stated that she expected not much to change, perhaps people being more open about their attitude towards herself…no more.

Lots of high schools have reported an increase in racism in schools. Many school administrations have had to write apology letters to parents of all students addressing the problem. She was right.

What does this mean moving forward. As president Obama has said the sun rose this morning and will rise tomorrow. Life will go on, I think a lot of americans have made a statement with the candidate they decided to putin office.

Until November 2020 we have our new president. At that point the clear winner is Kanye West in 2020 so do not fear American’s we can make america Yeesus again.


The U.S. Government by S.Y

The U.S. Government

Our government is shitty. No bill ever gets passed. Since Obama has been President we have had the least productive congress since 1947 says “usa today’s” Susan Davis. Not even the 80th Congress, which President Truman called the “do-nothing Congress” in 1948, passed as few laws as the current one. Many people would blame obama for this. However, it not his fault; in fact, he is the least to blame. In order for a bill to be placed into law the bill has to get a ⅔ vote from the house of representatives and majority vote from the senate. The issue is that ⅔ of the house are republicans, and they don’t pass anything. In 2012 just 61 bills passed to law out of just under 4000. We haven’t had that level of unproductivity since world war 2, that is just sad. This is why our government sucks. We are in more debt than ever before and we need to change, but that will never happen if these “adults” can’t grow up and agree on one thing for once. How are the young people of today supposed to be ‘good people’ if our role models disagree and tear each other apart everyday.

This upcoming election is more brutal than ever before. Donald Trump is the number one reason. He is a racist trying to eradicate all people of color in this country. At his political rallies there have been multiple peaceful protestors holding signs such as “black lives matter,” or a t-shirt stating: “Muslim, I come in peace.” However, these peaceful protesters get ejected from his rallies and spit on and in some cases physically abused. A muslim woman at a protest wearing a t-shirt stating “Muslim, I come in peace.” She was escorted out by security as if she was a threat to people’s well being. What ever happened to a free country? why can’t she simply stand there and listen, that goes against her rights as an American. Another example is a man holding a sign OUTSIDE of Trump’s rally stating, “Black lives matter.” He did not say anything and a white male comes up and starts beating him. What is so wrong with this government and country that humans would do this.

Our government is teaching the youth of today that we can treat people in this manner and disagree about everything and still be OK. That is 100% incorrect. Our government is the role model for millions of people and they need to learn to get along and be better role models for the youth of today.