Taking a stand
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Though we can’t be sure of the veracity of the small details of the commercial, it takes us through brewery co-founded Adolphus Busch’s rough emigration from Germany to the United States in 1857. Upon arriving in New York, he is told to go back home from some rough-and-tumble white “Americans,” and the rest of his journey is a struggle until he arrives in St. Louis, where he is finally able to pursue his dream of brewing beer.
Clearly, this commercial isn’t happenstance. The company, established as we know it today by Eberhard Anheuser in 1860 (his son-in-law Adolphus Busch would join him in 1869), isn’t afraid to hide its immigrant background to stand in solidarity with all those seeking a better life in the United States today.
When we close our borders to the masses, we may be keeping out “bad dudes,” but we are also keeping out the dreamers, the thinkers, the artists, and the workers—those who will dedicate themselves to the American experiment to make themselves and our country ever greater. Who knows? Had we acted more strongly on our xenophobic fears centuries ago, maybe we wouldn’t even have Budweiser—America’s beer—today.
One has to wonder what else we’re denying our posterity with today’s radical, poorly-constructed, and dangerously implemented policies. But anyway, back to football.