I've changed my mind..., well at least to the extent that all so called illegal aliens should not be indiscriminately thrown in jail and/or deported. History and a fit of pique in my own intolerance has brought me to this change of heart! I've concluded the government's poor management of our borders, as well as their disincentives for Americans to do manual labor; in their perspective, any menial task for that matter, should not be taken out on immigrants seeking honest upward mobility in an environment of greater promise and opportunity for them and their families! My heritage, as all we Americans of foreign lineage were immigrants, some refugees, that gained access to this country, albeit largely legally, lent to the fabric of the great nation we have become.
Why not take a leap of faith and consider a continuation in part of that population infusion will not help us maintain that momentum of greatness? Yes, control our borders! Yes, weed out the criminal element of this unabated wave of illegal immigration but concurrently devise a plan to assimilate those honest well intended, law abiding, hard working, citizenship seeking illegal immigrants already here! I truly felt President Reagan had that in mind when he initiated "Amnesty One" but true to form, our legislators politically corrupted its intent and purpose in its uncoordinated sequencing of the legislations provisions-, in turn enforcement or lack of enforcement! I've personally known so called illegal aliens, who I more than empathized with their illegal status, feeling they were the exception to the rule, that in my infinite wisdom my illegals were worthy of special consideration in their exemplary character, parenting and work ethic. As time has passed I've come to realize their are far more of my thought to be exceptions than the popular stereotype Latino gang-bangers, and all around menace to society, portrayed by the media. No I don't agree with Jeb Bush that they came here purely out of love for their families, although that might very well have been a motivating factor, but more visceral than that, more a case of survival for themselves and their families, more an escape from abstract poverty and despair! We can learn something from these immigrants, especially in light of our diminution of family context and values, they are family strong, worth every risk to them in its preservation!
We've got to stop politicizing this very real, this very convoluted and emotional problem. These immigrants, call them what you like. are not going to go home, an oxymoron in the saying, in as much to a large extent they are home, the home they have chosen rightly or wrongly for themselves and their families. So let's find a way to accommodate them in some fair and humane fashion. But, I say again, whatever that accommodation might be, this time around, our borders, our sovereignty, must be assured and secured; our immigration laws judiciously upheld and vigorously enforced. A comprehensive immigration program should have no political motivation but simply consider an applicants potential to benefit our society as a productive citizen and of course tempered with humanitarian issues associated with immigration of any sort. When Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal-Democrat cadre talk of the need for comprehensive immigration legislation, a.k.a unabridged amnesty, it is laced with the potential to swell the Democrat Party's rank and file with potentially depend citizens anxious to succumb to the desired socialist order of their cause! We must vow never to let that happen. Am I aiding and abetting their cause in my change of heart? My fervent hope, my confidence in the character of these predominately Latino immigrants will win out, that their potential for productivity far exceeds their desire for dependence!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
My source of information in the main is essentially the written media, literature and observation of the human experience. Admittedly I occasionally fall victim to the omnipresent radio and video talk shows, but in knowing the superficial audio and visual influence of these staged entertainers, news readers and/or news appraisers, would be journalist, I am leery of the message I am taking away. So here I sit and ponder a plethora of print news emanating from both liberal and conservative sources; hard cover historical accountings of political machinations and events here and abroad, again from both recognized liberal and conservative authors; supposed unbiased expert analysis of those political machinations and events; perusing the net of course. And, find myself amazed at the introspectiveness, the intelligence, the farsightedness of our American founders! James Madison,Thomas Jefferson and their ilk, as if clairvoyant grasped the challenges their nation-to-be would most assuredly encounter if their so carefully crafted Constitution was not adhered to and abided by! Those pontificating on our imagined, and yes some real short comings, ever read our Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America and yet know of what they speak, knowing our politicians have corrupted our birth right! I ask myself, what am I missing, how can I be so offended by my countries detractors in knowing history has undeniably validated our intent and purposes in our national and worldly endeavors. Although, their are those who have valiantly attempted to rewrite that history! That my own personal experiences speaks to the opportunities and rewards the American way affords us all. Is life, my life, a bowl of cherries, totally above reproach in every aspect, of course not, but it is what I chose to make of it, not what someone else thought best for me or dissuaded me from my purposes and intentions! How can anyone want to fundamentally change us from this path of best assuring life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the opportunity to be the best we can be! Our best determined by our unencumbered ability, determination and perseverance, not government regulations, disincentives in the promise of minimal subsistence and entitlements. How did this change in our culture come about! How did the switch on our incentive, our cognizance to be the best we can be get turned off! I know it was a defining moment to me, a revelation some time back, when people who I highly respected thought they were put upon by the "system" or what they perceived to be the system-, that they were prevented from being all they could have been, when I knew for a fact they were not, in fact, in my estimation some got more than they deserved. You're right, maybe it is just me.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Their is a big difference between those who champion the proposition that all men are created equal and those who disparage the certain and inevitable results of all men being equal , inequality in its practice as a bad thing! Most assuredly, as equals we should be afforded equal opportunity to pursue whatever our chosen endeavors might be. However that is not to say all of us are equally equipped either mentally and/or physically to take advantage of that equality, ergo in retrospect we must as a matter of fact, tolerate the resulting inequalities, not rail against them in envy or punish them for some contrived social injustice! Some of us will do better than others in our chosen pursuits simply because our skill sets are all different, our aspirations are different, our application and dedication are different, our goals and objectives are different! Wouldn't we all like to sculpt and paint like Michelangelo; have the IQ of Albert Einstein; the foresight and inventiveness of Thomas Edison; the fortitude of Mahatma Gandhi; the atheletic prowess of Derrick Jitter or whatever Walter Mitty aspirations we might conjure! We all should revel in the opportunity to be all we can be, best afforded here in these United States of America, and stop entertaining the thought government can some how, miraculously provide a common denominator to make us more socially equal, the mantra of Socialism, and our presidents latest, of his never ending social aberrations-, our President of Division strikes yet again! History validates Winston Churchill's appraisal of Socialism "...a philosophy of failure,the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, it's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Lets hear it for ole Winnie!