Saturday, June 28, 2008

Racism & Illegal Immigration




I have come to believe that racism and illegal immigration in this country share a bond, and not the one that most would think. While this is just one man's opinion, it appears to me that the any current meaningful discussion of either race or illegal immigration in this country quickly devolves into one of power and concession. Special interest groups from both causes, mindful of the opportunity to cash in a winning ticket in the entitlement lottery, shout out their claims for special treatment while attempting to further the Balkanization of this country into areas of segregated victimization and prviliege.

Race is, and should remain an important ongoing discussion in this country, but not in its current degraded form. Today as each minority group grows in numbers and opportunities, this discussion has inevitably turned to one of power and entitlement, even over each other. This sad display becomes more tragic to watch, as one realizes that each group is trying to assert a greater degree of victimization in life as a way to get a better seat at the table, instead taking advantage of the many open seats available. Anyone who point out this as false perception are shouted down as traitors to their own kind however, while being denounced in the media as misguided at best, bigoted at worst. In the end, the realization begins to sink home that all each minority group appears to require from us is acquiescence to the demand that as a society, we kowtow to its individual needs and recognize a need to repay them for some past offense or misdeed.

Likewise, the discussion of immigration has become one of obfuscation, separation, and recrimination. First the issue of the legality of entry becomes confused with the race or place of origin of the illegal immigrant. Next, we are assaulted with concepts foreign to our very founding, by being given a choice of either turning this country into a walled enclave or ignoring the law of the land to suit the special needs of a special interest group. Finally the discussion turns to what entitlements that people who are not supposed to be here in the first place deserve in the name of compassion. Attempts to cut through this morass of rhetorical nonsense are often met with claims of bigotry and racism in order to divert attention from the actual problem at hand.


(Ah, the connection now becomes apparent.)

The solution to both however seems simple in concept to me, if difficult in execution. It is a return to the principles on which this country was founded on and which have inspired so many people to seek residence in this country from foreign lands. These are simply that personal responsibility and respect for the rule of law are paramount in our country. Everyone is welcome to enjoy all of the freedoms that this country has to offer as long as they follow the rules. Take these as givens, and both situations could then be resolved using the following principles:

1. First and foremost, you are not a victim and therefore are not entitled to any kind of special treatment. If you need help, you will get it. If you need a kick in the butt, you will get that too. If you feel that you are entitled to never-ending taxpayer support or legal set aside for some grievance real or imagined, you will be disappointed.


2. If you need an education, get one. That includes not only primary and secondary education, but even college, technical, or language learning where required. (We could probably pay for some part of this with the money not used to build the wall.) Learning is, and always was one of the keys to success in this country and in many cases, it is the standard by which you will be judged. You must however take advantage of this opportunity without demanding special privilege, as you have no more right to learning than anyone else.


3. If you need a job, get one. Now some will say that some jobs don't pay enough, or that there are jobs which Americans simply won't do. I say that Americans do every kind of nasty job on the planet, from hauling trash to cleaning septic tanks. I further say that there is no job that someone won't do for the right amount of money. The wages that illegal immigrants are willing to accept are far less than they should be, but far greater than they can earn in their own countries or they wouldn't be here in the first place. Stop the influx of illegal immigration, punish employers for hiring anyone here illegally at these substandard wages, and employers will be forced to pay more for "those" jobs. Raise the wages paid for these labors and more people will be willing to do them.

4. Do not (repeat), do not build a wall around this country. I do not care to live behind the next "Iron Curtain" if it's all the same to you, and I do not believe that it will make anyone any safer. All it will do is provide another massive opportunity for government waste, graft, and misuse of taxpayer money; and make those who wish to break the law operate more creatively in subverting it. ("Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity." George S. Patton)

5. If you are in this country illegally, you will be asked to change that status or you will be asked to leave. This is a country where "the rule of law" holds sway. No one is above it, regardless of their personal circumstances. Save us the story of how long you have been here and the sacrifices you made to get here. Just as "ignorance of the law" is not an excuse, neither is a touching story. It might make a good book or movie some day, but has no bearing on your situation.

6. Do not expect future reparations for some past act of history. The evils of the past were not done to you personally and clinging to them will only prevent you from succeeding. I don't care if your land was taken from you or you were taken from your land, you are not a victim of history. You are here now and have the same chance as everyone else (If you choose to take it).

Oh sure, it's a bit more complicated than what I've laid out here, but surprisingly I believe, not much more. Of course the first thing that has to happen is an open discussion of these subjects without either the assumption of guilt by the majority or the assumption of victimization and entitlement by the minorities. Once we have crossed over that mountain, the rest is simply about how to truly level the playing field. Just remember that the United States is a land of opportunity, not a guarantee of success. You will get out of life what you put in it, no more.

4 comments:

kck_kat said...

Well said! I have never understood why people who have entered this country illegally and refuse, in many cases, to learn the language feel they are owed more than American-borne citizens. I have worked in fairly low paying jobs all of my life-education and health care! What is wrong with that picture? I did it, and do it, because I try to give back to my community and hopefully make it better for future generations. Some of the very same people I have helped to educate or care for are in this country illegally, and we are not allowed to ask them if they are. They are receiving better services than I am, my health care costs keep rising, and I am paying $4.01 a gallon for gas today. Nobody is giving me a free ride. My daughter had to join the Army to go to college and my son, who is very bright, didn't get a scholarship, although some others who weren't as bright did. I am proud that I come from Irish heritage. There was a time that no one was more discriminated against than the Irish, as they came to this country to escape the hardships in their country. They worked hard and no one gave them a free ride. I am all for anyone having a chance a freedom and a good life, but as the old saying goes, "There is no free lunch." Go out and earn it, or go home!

Bigjer said...

THE ILLEGALS ARE HERE FOR MANY DIFFERENT REASONS, AND ARE DIS-LIKED IN THIS COUNTRY SIMPLY BECAUSE,
FIRST, THEY WERE "NOT" INVITED",

SECOND, THEY ARE TOLD BY THEIR GOVT. THAT THEY CAN, AND WILL RECEIVE MANY 'FREE' THINGS THAT
ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

THIRD, YOU WILL RECEIVE FREE MEDICAL TO HAVE ALL OF THE CHILDREN YOU DESIRE, AND ITS ALL FREE.

FOURTH, EVEN THO YOU DO NOT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, YOU CAN GET A LESSER PAYING JOB, AND WILL BE PAID MORE MONEY BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, BECAUSE THERE IS A "POVERTY-LEVEL" IN AMERICA, AND THEY "MUST" PAY YOU TO COME UP ABOVE THIS LEVEL.

FIFTH, THEY ARE TOLD THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE BACK THE LAND THAT WAS STOLEN FROM US.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS ?

SIMPLE....WE ARE GOING TO FAKE VOTER REGISTRATION PAPERS, VOTE OUR OWN INTO ALL OFFICES AND
WHEN WE GET ENOUGH VOTES, WE CAN TAKE BACK OUR LAND, AND ALSO BY OUR "AMERICAN-BORN-BABIES" WHO CAN THEN AT AGE 18 , BRING INTO AMERICA, AND SPONSOR THEIR "ENTIRE" FAMILIES, MEANING AUNTS, UNCLES, NEICES, NEPHEWS, OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS....
( ANOTHER BIG JOKE LEFT OVER FROM SLAVE DAYS,
("FREE" CITIZENSHIP, NOW ALSO )

WOW, THATS AT LEAST 12 PER BABY, AND AT LAST COUNT, THERE WERE 850,000 "ANCHOR-BABIES"....YOU FIGURE IT OUT, BUT THERE WILL BE MILLIONS MORE, AND STARTING NEXT YEAR...

SO NOW YOU KNOW THEIR PLAN TO RE-TAKE THEIR LAND, AND WILL NOT EVEN HAVE TO FIRE ONE SHOT.

YOU "DONT WANT A FENCE HERE ?

WHAT ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE NATION?
WHERE TERRORISTS HAVE SIMPLY WALKED ACROSS THE BORDERS THEMSELVES NOT JUMPING ANY FENCE..

FOUND IN THE WOODS OF ARIZONA WERE PRAYER MATS, BEADS, AND "KORANS"..

THIS DOESNT MAKE YOU RE-THINK YOUR POSITION ?

KEEP THIS IN MIND, YOU ARE "NOT" BEING KEPT IN,
WE ARE KEEPING "OUT" THE BAD PEOPLE WHO HAVE "INVADED" OUR COUNTRY...!!BOTH TYPES...!!!

( REMEMBER THE FALL OF ROME, INVADERS FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE FALL, ALSO REMEMBER, THAT ACCORDING TO HISTORIANS, NO DEMOCRACY HAS EVER LASTED OVER 250 YEARS, WE ARE NOW IN OUR 232ND YEAR)
WE DO NOT NEED ANY INVADERS UN-SOLICITED "GOING-OUT-OF-BUSINESS"
HELP.....FROM EITHER SOURCE.

ACCORDING TO THE FBI, THERE ARE MORE THAN 60 TERRORIST CELLS IN AMERICA, AND THEY ARE ALL ACTING 'SEPARATELY' FROM EACH OTHER IN THEIR MISSIONS.

WE HAVE TIED THE FBI DOWN BY NOT ALLOWING THEM TO WIRETAP, AND AFTER THE FIRST OF 60 CELLS "ACT", EVERYONE WILL START CHANGING THEIR MINDS, UNLESS ITS ABSOLUTELY FAR TO LATE, BECAUSE WE DIDNT WANT OUR "WAY OF LIFE"TO BE BOTHERED"
....TO BAD, HOW SAD,

MANY SOLDIERS FOUGHT AND "DIED" FOR THE FREEDOM WE ONCE HAD, AND NOW WE ARE BEING ASKED TO SACRIFICE SOME PRIVATE "GIVE-UPS"
IN ORDER TO KEEP THE COUNTRY SAFE, AND SO MANY SIMPLY DO 'NOT' WANT TO....POOR BABIES....
ALL TAKE, AND NO GIVE..!!!
( BET MANY OF THEM NEVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY FIGHT TO KEEP THE FREEDOMS THESE CLOWNS ENJOY...
THEY WERENT GIVEN TO YOU BY ANYONE ELSE, BUT A SERVICEMAN )

VERY SCARY, WHEN THE OWN POPULATION IS ASKED TO SACRIFICE SOME THING FOR THE COUNTRY AND REFUSE, MEANING THAT ALL OF THE SOLDIERS HAVE DIED "IN VAIN"....AND WATCH, WHEN YOU ARE GIVEN A VERY RUDE AWAKENING BY ANOTHER COUPLE
of "9-11'S", ALL OF YOU 'NO'S' WILL BE WONDERING WHERE WE WENT WRONG?

THIS NEXT COMING WAR WILL "NOT" BE THE SAME TYPE AS ALL PAST WARS....

'TERRORISTS' WILL NOT STAND AND FIGHT, THEY STRIKE AND ARE GONE BEFORE THE SMOKE CLEARS, OR THEY HAVE, FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH, GONE UP IN SMOKE TO GET THEIR 70 VIRGINS.

*BACK TO THE ILLEGALS....THEY COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER $400 BILLION PER YEAR....
I SAY MAKE IT A "FELONY" TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY, OR OVER-STAYING A VISA,...IT IS NOW ONLY A MISDEAMNOR TO ILLEGALLY ENTER,

MAKE IT PUNISHABLE BY A MANDATORY PRISON SENTENCE OF 2 YEARS FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE, 5 YEARS FOR THE SECOND AND 10 YEARS FOR THE 3RD OFFENSE.

THESE ARE 'MANDATORY' SO AS NOT TO HAVE SOME FAR OUT JUDGE PUT HIS OWN INTERPRETATION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT INTO THIS SITUATION....

BUILD THAT "CONCRETE" FENCE AND MAKE IT 20'HIGH, 3'FOOT THICK WITH STEEL RAZOR SHARP BENT RODS OVER THE TOP TOWARD THE MEXICAN SIDE....

SO ITS UGLY, YOU ARE NOT BEING FENCED IN, ITS INTENTION IS TO "KEEP OUT" BOTH MORE ILLEGALS, AND TERRORISTS, THEN, SO BE IT..!!!

YES, PUNISH EMPLOYERS FIERCELY...

PUT AN IMMEDIATE "STOP' OF ALL FREE" GIFTS FROM OUR OWN GOVT.
(WHO IN CASE EVERYBODY FORGOT, WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE THE GOVT., OR THATS THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE, UNTIL WE ALLOWED THOSE 'POWER- PEOPLE' IN CONGRESS TO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY FROM US,....
(WHAT FOOLS WE SLEEPING MORTALS BE.)

WE ALSO NEED NEW 'TERM-LIMITS' FOR EACH PERSON IN CONGRESS. INSTEAD OF A LIFE LONG JOB, WHERE THE OLD-TIMERS RULE ( THIS IS WHERE WE MADE OUR BIG MISTAKES ) WE GET IT CHANGED TO (5)- 4 YEAR TERMS, AND, IF RE-ELECTED, THEN AFTER 20 YEARS, YOUR GONE...!!
WE NEED NEW IDEAS,NEW FACES...

WE ALSO NEED TO RESTRICT ANYONE PAST THE AGE OF 75 FROM BEING IN ANY ELECTED POSITIONS MAKING OUR DECISIONS, INCLUDING THE 9 MEMBERS OF S.C.O.T.U.S......
WHO NEEDS "NEAR-ALHEIMERS" MAKING THESE FOOLISH LAWS, AND COURT DECISIONS...?

WE DO NOT NEED ANY OF THE OLD IDEAS, OLD WAYS...

BUT, ALSO BE (VERY CAREFUL) OF THOSE WHO ARE "YOUNG" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPIERENCE WHATSOEVER, IN THE TOP CHAIR....

THIS AGE SHOULD BE RAISED TO AGE
50..FOR 'ALL' PRES. ELECTOREES.

JUST A MILITARY MANS POINT OF VIEW....!!! (WITH A LOT OF YOU AMERICANS, MILITARY IS A FOUL-MOUTHED WORD )........

Tim Higgins said...

Wow, where to take on a comment that may have been longer than the original posting!

1. Bigjer, typing in capital letter will not make us take you more seriously. It will however, make us wonder if you have been keeping up with your medication.

2. I can't say that I buy into the conspiracy stuff either, though it does make a good story. The Communists couldn't do it during the Cold War and they were better organized and better funded. There may be something really bad out there, but I tend to believe that it's people willing to give up freedom for "apparent security" and not the fertilizer your peddling.

3.No, your rhetoric does not make me change the position on a wall. When you cite history, make sure that it agrees with you. The two largest fortifications in history, the Great Wall of China and the Maginot line were less than successful. The Berlin Wall was likewise rather leaky. A wall doesn't solve the problem, it only creates other problems and the challenge to breach the wall. It likewise costs a lot of money better kept by the American taxpayer. I could go into detail and add footnotes, but that would bore even me.

4. No successful attack has been carried out in the US since 9/11, and I don't believe that this is just luck. I trust the FBI and law enforcement to continue to do the outstanding job in the "War on Terror that they have. I also believe in personal freedom, and that we should be ever-vigilant to see that it is protected from our government, as well as outside threats.

5. If you want the immigration laws changed, write to representatives or run for office yourself. That's how we do things here. Maybe your laws will work, but if your numbers are right, we better save the money on the wall, we will need it to build prisons.

6.Your age restrictions on political office are, to say the least, problematic. Not only do assume that wisdom comes only comes with age, but they go against the very principles that the Founding Fathers stood for. I don't disagree that professional politicians is not the answer, but have already proposed my answer: http://justblowingsmoke.blogspot.com/2007/08/term-limits.html

As to the tone of some of the rest of your rhetoric, I will simply say that I and many in this country thank you for your military service; but I believe that you are wrong, and leave it at that.

Bigjer said...

MR."TH" : I HAVE READ YOUR BIO, AND SEE NOTHING IN IT TO REASSURE ME THAT YOUR EXPLANATION OF YOUR BLOG IS SUPERIOR TO MY THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT.
FIRST, HAVE YOU EVER READ ABOUT THE GREAT WALL ? IT WAS BUILT TO KEEP "OUT" INVADERS AS I MENTIONED, NOT FENCING YOU IN...
YOU STATE THAT IT CREATED MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT HELPED....

THERE ARE MANY CHINESE DYNASTIES, DATING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE
11TH CENTURY B.C. THAT WILL DEFINITELY PROVE YOU WRONG.

I SERVED IN NAM 6 YEARS AS A SNIPER AND HAVE DESTROYED MANY LIVES, AS I ALSO HAVE SEEN FAR TO MANY OF OUR MEN DESTROYED....TO BAD WE DIDNT HAVE A WALL IN FRONT OF THEM..

JUST FOR YOUR INFO...I PREFER LARGE PRINT, AND SECONDLY, I HAVE NEVER USED ANY TYPE OF MEDICATIONS....(YOUR ATTEMPT AT COMEDY,? OR, FOR ONE OF YOUR PARTICULAR REASONS, 'DIS-LIKES' LARGE PRINT ? )
AND THIRDLY, WHERE DID YOU SERVE YOUR COUNTRY ?

MY BIO IS SHORT, DEGREE IN CRIMINOLOGY, IQ= 144.
I AM A 56 YEAR OLD, 6'4' SHERIFF FROM WASH. STATE, 286 LBS, AND A WEIGHT-LIFTER, HENCE THE NAME...BIGJER...

AND I REALLY DONT SEE WHY YOUR VIEWPOINT IS TRUTH, AND MINE IS RHETORIC...

I GUESS YOU HAVE NEVER HELD YOUR HAND OUT, PALM UP....LOOKED AT IT, THEN TURNED IT OVER TO THE BACK OF YOUR HAND...STILL A HAND, ONLY WITH A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT....

WHICH SAYS NOTHING, EXCEPT TO SHOW YOU, THAT YOU TOO CAN STILL LEARN ALSO...

WHY IS MY "FERTILIZER' ANY MORE CRAP THAN YOURS, NOTHING MORE THAN OPINIONS OF WHICH WE ARE BOTH ENTITLED TO....

AS A SHERIFF, TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THAT THERE ARE 60 TERRORIST CELLS IN THIS COUNTRY AND EACH WORKS SEPARATELY FROM EACH OTHER....EACH HAS THEIR OWN AGENDA....
AND GIVING UP THE RIGHT TO LET THE FBI WIRETAP, IS STILL A SMALL AND NEEDED WEAPON TO FIGHT THESE JIHADISTS.

COMMON SENSE, AND HISTORY, STILL SAY A WALL IS NECESSARY TO KEEP OUT INVADERS..ROME NEVER HAD A WALL, THEY FELL FROM THEIR INVASION.
YOU ALSO CITE THE BERLIN WALL, WORKED WELL ALL THE YEARS IT WAS UP AND GUARDED...

YOU STILL THINK THE GREAT WALL WAS A FARSE AND WAS MORE OF A HINDRANCE...YOU ARE VERY WRONG.

IT KEPT OUT THE THREE INVADING
TRIBES FROM THE NORTH OF CHINA, AND WORKED EXTREMELY WELL...
SO WELL, THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD IS HELPING TO REBUILT IT, BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE.

AS FAR AS INVADERS INTO OUR COUNTRY, WE ARE THE LAST ONE LEFT IN THE WORLD THAT HAS ILLEGAL ENTRY AS ONLY A MIS-DEMEANOR, WHERE AS YOU CAN READ THAT ALL OTHERS COUNTRIES IT'S A FELONY, AND YOU CAN BE SENTENCED TO A PRISON TERM....
TO MAKE IT EASY, SIMPLY CHECK OUT MEXICO'S ILLEGAL ENTRY LAWS....

ALL I ASK FOR, IS FOR THIS LOWEST RATED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA, GET UP-DATED, ESPECIALLY
ABOUT THE OUT DATED "ANCHOR-BABIES"

THAT WAS INTENDED FOR THE SLAVE BABIES ONLY,WHO WE FORCED TO COME HERE,BUT IT ENDED OVER 147 YEARS AGO,AND WAS "NOT" FOR THE INVADERS.

YOUR ATTITUDE OF RUN FOR OFFICE OR, 'WRITE' OUR REP'S, HA, THATS RICH, THEY ARE PAID OFF BY THE LOBBYISTS TO KEEP THE STATUS QUO, AS BIG BUSINESS HAS MADE $ 1.3 TRILLION DOLLARS SINCE 2002 OFF THE BACKS OF ILLEGALS...

AS FAR AS AGE GOES, THE OLDER ,THE MORE EXPIERENCE IN MANY ASPECTS OF LIFE...AND YOUR ANSWER AS TO AGE GIVEN BY OUR FORE-FATHERS, THEY DIDNT LIVE TO BE AS OLD AS WE NOW DO....
35 WAS CORRECT THEN, BUT NOT NOW, WITH MOST LIVING TO THE RIPER OLDER AGES. MANY OF THE THINGS IN ALL DOCUMENTS WRITTEN THEN, ARE DEFINITELY 'OUT-DATED' FOR TODAYS VIEWS....

AND,IN CONCLUSION, MY PROFESSIONAL WRITER FRIEND, EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO THEIR PERSONAL OPINION, AND YOURS IS ONLY VALUABLE TO YOU, AS MINE IS TO ME.....
IT WAS ONLY THE 'BACK' OF MY HAND....SHOWN TO YOU...