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Well, the election’s over, the people have spoken, and since this is written the Friday before the election I have no idea what they had to say, so, like the rest of America, I’ll go on to something else.

As you may recall, those of you who changed your clocks gained an hour last weekend and those of you who didn’t have been showing up for work an hour earlier than the rest of us. I’m not sure about you but the clocks in my vehicles are still on daylight saving time because I can’t figure out how to change them and thus decided to just leave them until the clocks change back.

We have now entered the season where we go to work in the dark and come home in the dark and it’ll last until Dec. 22, when the first day of spring arrives and days begin to get longer until the first day of winter gets underway on June 22, when days get shorter again. Of course, the rest of the world thinks that such thinking is backward, but over the years both my loyal readers know that such thoughts have passed through me before, so nothing new there.

At this writing the refugee caravan headed from Honduras to our southern border is still 800 miles away and approaching our border at 8 miles per day. So it looks like it’ll be another 100 days before this so-called crisis will really get underway. Our president has tried to convince us that this is some sort of national emergency and therefore has sent thousands of active military troops to tackle the situation.

Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve differed with this administration and his supporters but the reality check here is that on average over 7,000 immigrants/refugees show up on our southern borders every month, so 7,000 more really isn’t going to matter much. Like most rational folks I understand why these folks want to live here rather than in the terror-filled countries they’re abandoning. I’m quite sure that if you and I were living amongst such terror we’d do all we could to escape to a better life somewhere else.

But none of us had to walk over 2,000 miles to find freedom and a peaceful existence because we were lucky enough to be born here. The grace of God has been kind to us and it seems to me that resolving this immigration issue may require us to turn to the big book for instructions.

First off, none of us was on the 40-year immigration trail when Moses took his people out of Egypt. Secondly, very few of us actually came over on the boat to Ellis Island and third, even fewer of us were around during the days of Manifest Destiny when we basically decided to take this entire continent away from its natives. So most of us have no idea of how hard it is to abandon our homeland. Maybe we should check the Bible’s instructions on how to treat sojourners. We’re supposed to welcome one another; show hospitality without grumbling; and most importantly, our master told us to treat strangers and those in need as we would treat him.

I think there are some issues in our immigration laws, but given that we have recently elected a new government it is my sincere hope that we can treat sojourners as we have been instructed and quit vilifying them as some sort of violent mob bent on taking over our country. I think we’re being hoodwinked by those folks who fear strangers to the point that they’re willing to sacrifice them for a new type of nationalism, which is quite similar to Hitler’s efforts to create a master Aryan race filled with blond-haired, blue-eyed, white folks. By the way, whatever happened to calling our country the melting pot of the world?

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Dan Ulmer is a parent, grandparent, as well as a retired teacher, counselor, politician, lobbyist, public employee, nonprofit executive and opinionated citizen who believes that we need to do what we can to leave the world better off than we found it.

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