Note: the linked videos show graphic and violent human history.
On this day in 1945, US President Truman announced that the Japanese had surrendered unconditionally, days after the US intentionally killed thousands of civilians with “Little Boy” at Hiroshima and then “Fat Man” at Nagasaki. The US is still the only country in the world to have used nuclear weapons against another population. Actually, we probably owe our success of that mass-murder weapon to the influence of foreign-born Americans. You might say that foreign-born brainpower has had an explosive impact on the United States.
The US has done amazing things in only a short 200 years, capitalizing on those who emigrated from other countries. Foreign invasion was never that big of an issue for the US because we were the nation of foreigners. Invading the USA is like shooting your own foot. Through immigration, we are continuously rejuvenated with fresh young minds and their new ideas. Among the many who lie, cheat or steal their way into the US, there are many more who come because they are the world’s best and brightest and they want a piece of what the US offers.
The US Census Bureau predicts that foreign-born Americans will reach 20% by 2050, surpassing the record set in 1915 of 15%.(1) Even with all her problems and greed, America is obviously still something very promising to many foreigners because many more of those foreigners are coming to America. With all those varieties of people, the US will continue to be challenged in our efforts to cohabitate, but we’ll also enjoy a life together that exists nowhere else on our tiny planet.
In the past Americans worked together to make the kill-everything bomb. In the future I hope we work together to be a nation the world aspires to be, because we represent the entire world. Our people are a cross-section of the world’s people. We are successful because the world’s successful come here to have the opportunity to live that way. Our greatest strength is our diversity and willingness to not just tolerate but celebrate that diversity. If you’re a foreigner in America it’s probably because one day you’ll be an American.