[FoRK] Fwd: Letter to Orange County Ca. newspaper

owen at permafrost.net owen at permafrost.net
Sun May 9 19:03:42 PDT 2010


Except of course that we don't get to vote. Which is why the
the US won't annex either Canada or Mexico, because they get everything they
need without adding millions of socialist-leaning voters.


On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 05:35:50PM -0700, Stephen Williams wrote:
> We should just annex Mexico and be done with it.  You want a porous  
> border and our help to have a society rather than drug-war / corruption  
> chaos?  Fine.  That's what state's get.  I can't imagine a serious  
> downside for any constructive person in Mexico.
>
> And point out, with appreciation, that Canada has been a perfect 51st  
> state for a long time already.  ;-)
>
> Stephen
>
> On 5/9/10 3:42 PM, a friend forwarded from an unknown source:
>>
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>
>> ORANGE COUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) NEWSPAPER-New Immigrants
>>
>> My wife Rosemary wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC  
>> Register
>>
>> which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it myself by
>>
>> sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined.  
>> Written in
>>
>> response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County  
>> Register:
>>
>>
>> David LaBonte
>>
>> Dear Editor:
>>
>> 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 along side 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.
>>
>> Rosemary LaBonte
>>
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