And spent awhile reading, and responding to a couple of notes. The following note struck a chord with a lot of people:
Immigration: An American's Perspective
by: eregnon_the_black 04/09/06 10:55 pm
Msg: 8481 of 8548
I see thousands of people on TV, protesting immigration reform, asserting their right to live in this country.
They chant "We are Americans" - yet the flags they wave are not American flags.
They chant "We are Americans" - yet their children need to be taught English when they get to school, further burdening our already overtaxed education system.
They chant "We are Americans" - yet they do not invest their money in America, but instead send it HOME - to Mexico.
It is said America is a melting pot, and this is true, but it seems nobody ever really stops and thinks about what that means. It means people of various lands coming together and blending their cultures and values, assimilating themselves into the American way of life. That which is good and useful in their new home is kept, and that which is not falls away and is eventually discarded. This is a good thing, and one of the things that makes our country strong.
There is one problem. The Mexican community does not melt.
They insist on clinging to a language that was forced on their ancestors by a foreign power that conquered and enslaved them.
Their houses are painted shades of color that Dali never dreamed of in his most extreme delusions.
Every fifth of May they clog our streets celebrating the anniversary of an insignificant battle that occurred in a country they DON'T LIVE IN. Furthermore, it's a country they don't WANT to live in, a country it seems NOBODY wants to live in, otherwise they wouldn't all be coming here. I have yet to hear a rational explanation for that absurd behavior.
I'm sure by now there are people reading this who think, "This guy is a racist." That is not the case. I don't object to the race of Mexicans, who by the way share the same race I do, that being Caucasian. I object to a foreign force invading my country.
That is really what we are talking about here, an invasion. Millions of people who think it's okay to sneak into my country, take jobs away from my countrymen, and then expect me to adapt to them. No, that's not how it works. This is my country, they need to adapt to me.
I look at these people who say they are Americans, but I don't see any Americans. I see an alien presence, a people who's loyalties are not to my country, but to a country my country once fought a war with. They aren't building a new life the way so many prior immigrants did, they are siphoning off billions of dollars to a foreign land. They are not Americans; they are Mexicans who happen to live in America.
So, to those people chanting "We are Americans", I say "If you want to be Americans, then by God BE AMERICANS!"
The language we speak here is English. It's a nice language, really. People like Shakespeare, Frost, Hemmingway, Harlan Ellison, and Maya Angalou have done wonderful things with it. Learn some of it!
Understand that the color purple was a great movie that got gypped out of an Oscar, it is not something one puts on the outside of one's house.
Invest your money in THIS country, in a savings account at least.
Understand that Independence Day occurs on the Fourth of July, not the Fifth of May. My ancestors came from Italy. I don't celebrate Garibaldi Day.
And finally, understand that the flag of this country is not red, white and green, but red, white and blue.
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