My parents lied to me! They were immigrants and they told me that United States citizenship was an honor and a privilege. They told me that when you came to this country to live, you had to come in through Ellis Island and you had to show that you had a place to live, a job waiting for you, someone to vouch for you and that you made a commitment that your allegiance was to the United States of America, not the country from which you emigrated. They told me that I should always be grateful that I lived in this great country because it was truly the land of opportunity.
They told me that opportunity meant that I had a chance to reach my goals....That it was my responsibility to work as hard as was necessary to make those goals a reality and that there was no guarantee that even if I worked hard I would reach those goals. All I was guaranteed was an equal opportunity. They told me I had the opportunity to work hard and earn money, and that it would be my money and I could save some of it and use it to start a business if I was willing to give up exchanging that money for something else that I might have wanted to purchase.
I was taught respect including: respect for my parents, my elders, my teachers, the police, the military, the rights of others, my country and our flag, and (and I know this is old fashioned and probably sexist) women. I was taught that I would earn the
respect of others based on my character: honesty, integrity, a solid work ethic and by the acceptance of responsibility for my actions and their outcomes.
I was taught that I had an obligation to serve in the military if I was called upon to do so, and that this was a sacred duty and a responsibility of citizenship. I was taught that we are bound as a nation by a common set of laws, The Constitution of The United States, and a common language, English, and that every immigrant makes a commitment to abide by those laws, to learn our common language and to be assimilated into our culture. But that was Back Then. Sadly it appears to me that things have changed over my lifetime and have gone seriously wrong. Immigration without assimilation of the values and the language of our country will inevitably lead to the dissolution of our nation.
The following summarizes my recollection of the values that we as a people and as a nation have stood for in the past and suggests a tool that can be used to call upon our legislators to enforce the laws that protect our national identity and our way of life.
Back then it wasn't thought absurd to, just for honor, keep you word. And people seemed to know what s right and wrong. Swear words weren't thought polite. And, back then, you might have to fight if you degraded women in a song. Most folks took pride in their job. The Law still ruled over the mob, and heads were bowed when folks held out their hand.. People talked with an open mind, in hopes that, in the end, they'd find The Truth, not win or lose, but understand. And neighbors helped out when they could, though no one told them that they should, and no one thought that help was a birth right. If, one day, duty called, no one cried and no one balled, or headed to the border to take flight. No, they gathered up their courage, or risked facing their peers outrage. And most took pride in serving this great land. Back then, we knew what we stood for, before the politicians tore apart the principles for which we stand.
Now, ethnic factions split our land with language we don t understand, that serves to sever ties that once did bind. Politicians curry favor with splinter groups, just to savor election votes, both purchased and consigned. Illegals threaten and demand. I for one don't understand why it is, that we fail to prosecute? They cross our borders every day to work, but we alone will pay more taxes, while our services they loot. Invasion or encroachment? Either one will steal our land. What is it about illegal politicians don t understand? If breaking laws will change them, what's a legislature for? Mayhem and chaos lurk outside, and these fools throw wide the door.
So take a hand in your freedom. Send an email and let them know* that you won't stand to be sold out and there's something they ought to know. We want to take our country back through border integrity. Remind them who elected them the legal citizenry.