Here’s my problem with what’s going on right now in the United States. Throughout history, at times when the rest of the world was torn by extreme nationalism, militarism, xenophobia, and protectionism, the United States has always stood as a shining example of hope, inclusion, and goodness. Today, as a wave of these negative and destructive impulses sweep across Europe and other parts of the world, the United States is leading the charge. We are the excuse, the example for the rest of the world to continue creating policies based on fear, intolerance, and hate. The most powerful country in the world, that “shining city upon a hill,” has put out its light.