by Mykala Jordan
From the beginning, Donald Trump has been ruthless. Now that he has been serving as our President for over two years now, it is clear to see that our President has a very selfish agenda. Personally, I would want the leader of our nation to be drastically different than the way that Trump presents himself. One current issue that has been very controversial for some time is the United States/Mexico border. President Trump is convinced that most of the drugs that are trafficked into the United States are from Mexico. With that being said, many drugs do get trafficked into this country from Mexico. Although this is true, a wall is not going to stop the drugs from coming into this country. President Trump’s selfish agenda has been the highlight of his presidency and will continue to be because of the fact that he really does not prioritize the American people as he should. One of the great issues with the President’s views on Mexico is that he continues to threaten to close down the border completely so no one can go back and forth at all.
A recent BBC article was published that spoke eloquently about the detrimental effects of President Trump’s potential border closing. When interviewed on this topic, the president of Migration Policy Institute claimed that the closing would be “a bit like a murder-suicide.” He also stated that the move would be highly non-partisan and also that it would have a negative effect on the American economy. Not only would it hurt the economy, but there many people that work and live both in the United States and Mexico. President Trump is only thinking of himself in this entire process, and he does not have any sympathy for any of the people in Mexico at all even though those people directly benefit the American economy. Either those people are working in Mexico to produce commodities that Americans will buy, or those people are actively working in the United States and supporting local cities and towns with their employment. Another major issue is that Mexico is the lead provider of avocados to the United States and that would heavily affect mostly every part of the United States. Avocado is not only essential to many restaurants, but also essential to many people’s daily food intake.
This political threat by President Trump is not only manipulative, but very sinister in its roots. Many of the people who support President Trump do not believe in immigration policy, and also express disdain of “outsiders” in America. The repercussions of this decision are very drastic, and the majority of Trump supporters do not seem to understand what this would do to America as a whole. The idea of polarization can be applied to this situation because of the fact that the country is seemingly very divided over this border decision. Most of the opinions that exist either are completely against it or completely supportive of it. Most of the people that I have spoken to about this subject matter feel one way or the other, and it is reasonable to feel as if one must pick sides in this. Polarization can heavily affect a democratic state and can affect the unity of a nation because of the lack of democratic intentions by the nation’s most powerful.
This issue of polarization is not only a pressing issue with President Trump, but with America as a whole. Polarization by our nation’s leader is problematic because it is the opposite of what we need right now as a country. This polarization process did not start with the border decision, but from the beginning of Donald Trump’s political career that started a short time ago. President Trump’s views are very clear, and he is not shy about expressing his uncertainty about the Democratic party in the United States. He has expressed many disagreements of the views of the Democratic party, and he continues to do that when he speaks publicly about any event. Polarization can weaken a democratic society, because if people are divided then there is no common goal to be achieved. In a functioning and stable democracy, there is the need for social justice, as well as some sort of equality consensus within the communities here. Not only can the polarization process affect a democracy, but the effects of polarization can also hurt a democratic state.