OPINION: “Do or do not, there is no try”

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Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

 – Yoda

I’ve always had a very strong sense of patriotism. In high school, I won several speech-writing competitions showcasing this patriotism. I love this country and I truly believe that this country has all the workings and potential to be a leader in this world from our infrastructure to our governing processes to our educational institutions. I believe we could be the greatest country in the world if we tried.

As an adult, I’m still a patriot but I’m continuously frustrated with the direction our country is taking regarding civil rights, humanitarian issues, immigration, global warming, free speech, and violence. I’m devastated that we aren’t reaching our potential with regard to our infrastructure, governing processes, and educational institutions. I’m pissed that China owns the majority of our debt and that our national deficit is over $800 trillion in 2018. Most recently, I’m extremely upset that, on our border, children are being taken away from their families and jailed without any plan in place to reunite them with their families.

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DACA, The Budget, & A Wall

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era legislation that was passed in 2012 which allows for children brought to the U.S. illegally to remain in the country provided that they meet a set of minimum requirements set in place by the government (Meckler, 2018). These young people are referred to throughout the media and government as #Dreamers.

This debate was re-ignited last year when the president repealed the protections for these individuals and set a deadline for their deportation of March 5, 2018 (Lind, 2017). So, those in Congress who are actively trying to save the Dreamers and keep our promise to these young people, don’t have a lot of time to do so.

Additionally, the government is currently operating on a limited spending budget that was passed in January which allowed the government to keep running for three weeks in order to give Congress time to collaborate and find a spending solution for the year (Golshan, 2018). At stake in these negotiations is the fate of the Dreamers, the fate of government workers, and the fate of the Trump administration’s ability to keep the doors open. No one, on either side of the aisle, wants another shutdown like 2013 which lasted 17 days and resulted in over 120,000 jobs lost (Amadeo, 2018).

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