A letter that has multiple truths.
My family experience was exactly as this letter suggests. They came and became Americans, they were thankful.
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it
meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights
and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different
set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
Re: A letter that has multiple truths.AMEN
This, from the Liberal Lexicon:
MultiCulturalism: The single greatest political idea in all human history. MultiCulturalism is the remarkable combination of Marxist Socialism, American Leftist World-Saving Activism, 1960's Hippy Libertinism, the envious Victimology of Women-and-Minorities, the Redistributionist demands of the Poor, the Biology as Destiny argument of the blacks and homosexuals, all linked by the "Government as Social Engineer and Parent" vision of the Liberal Sociologists; It's Fascism, Orwellian history revision, Managed Capitalism, and the Good Hate of the Blame-America-First Progressives all rolled into one magnificent cause: A Worldwide Libertine Redistributive Parliament governed by an Enlightened, Proportionally Appointed body which referees the petitions of each special political interest group according to the immutable laws of Social Justice, dispensing Politically Correct funds and creating an ever-better world in the process.
( )-Americans: Hyphenated Americans are those people who want to be American citizens while still displaying utter contempt for both the country itself and the wholesome, traditional Americans who now comprise the evil white Oppressor class. This dual-status allows the self-defined Victim groups to actually be Americans while simultaneously avoiding the endless abuse reserved for the Unhyphenated Americans who they're free to hate (because of the Hyphen). Dividing Americans conquers America. First come the Ethnic divisions, then the economic divisions, then issues and accusations of injustice and guilt, then the Struggle against Injustice. In just a few steps, Americans are divided up into angry factions which accuse each other of intolerable and unacceptable grievances. In this way America is factionalized, broken into bitter, mutually intolerant groups who attack each other ad infinitum, then require the Liberal Activist Third Way Sociologist Government to referee the very conflicts it's created. Hyphenating Americans is the old "Divide and Conquer" game. It's worked very well.
Re: One thng about todays republicans
If you are poor and downtrodden, they want you to stay that way. But of course, they want you to pay taxes so they don't have to.
Then you wonder why they play the lottery. It's their only possible chance of improving their lot in life.
Re: + Infinity to the power of Infinity.
Obama has really dumbed down his minions....the more I read the liberal responses, the more I am in favor of swapping aging liberals for Mexican immigrants on a one for two basis, and maybe we include a little boot too.
Whatever happened to these fruitcakes is pretty scary....seven years ago, they might have been a little progressive and fruity....now they are just plain nuts.
180 degrees across
And the gross generalizations in the writer's depiction of the conditions and opportunities for early 20th Century immigrants are historically ludicrous.