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A Lady Wrote the Best Letter in the Editorials in Ages!!!
This message was forwarded to me last night by the former President of our Homeowners Association, who has since moved on to a less humble domicile. It's the perfect chaser to Tuesday's viewing of Children of Men and the Border Patrol checkpoints Skylar and I had to negotiate on our weekend trip to San Diego:
A lady wrote the best letter in the Editorials in ages!!!

It explains things better than all the baloney you hear on TV.

Her point:

Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.

Let's say I break into your house.

Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.

But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters:

· You are Required to let me stay in your house
· You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan
· You are Required to Educate my kids
· You are Required to Provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest except that breaking in part).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself.

I'm a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house.

And what a deal it is for me!!!

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.

Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you to learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me !

Why can't people see how ridiculous this is?!

Only in America ....if you agree, pass it on (in English).

Share it if you see the value of it.

If not blow it off......... along with your future Social Security funds, and a lot of other things.
Quite frankly, the Statue of Liberty has become an embarrassment. Maybe we should ship it to Canada in exchange for the CN Tower, which would be a more appropriate decorative accent for New York harbor.

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derdriu From: derdriu Date: February 15th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Tangentially related...

One of the things that has always made me truly admire my father are his views on "illegals." My father is HIGHLY conservative, and often pushes my buttons for laughs. However, he hasn't ever understood why so many people are up-in-arms about immigrants. In fact, he went on a 20 minute rant wherein he made fun of the minutemen, exploded over the "they're taking our jobs and money" argument and set in on how we, as a country, have failed to live up to the "spirit in which we were started."
I think he would have probably written an amazingly snarky response to that letter, just because he has time and is grumpy like that.

Anyhow. This just reminded me of him for some reason.
Also, you may find this link interesting: http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/
It was a survey put on to educate young Christian women about how their "Brothers in Christ" view issues of modesty. There are a few particularly hilarious responses. This link also doesn't fit with the original post, but it seemed like something you might appreciate (in that, I'm-oddly-fascinated/amused/off-put way).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Tangentially related...

I see what you mean about your dad. I mean, there was a time when working hard and getting rewarded for that hard work was supposed to be the point of the American Dream.

The link is great!
From: e4q Date: February 15th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i love a well thought-out argument, don't you? i expect she will be getting an honorary doctorate for that, which she can have framed and put up in her new house (behind bulletproof glass and a security cage, of course, since you don't want all the foreigners getting their mitts on it)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Some of our more partisan state legislators here in Arizona have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for teachers in public schools and universities here to even mention politics or the government. I'm hoping it passes, because then I can relax and just teach apolitical content.
shadydeals From: shadydeals Date: February 15th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Maybe if it was the Statue of Peace, Order and Good Government we would want it, but otherwise our beloved CN Tower isn't going anywhere!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I figured. But it's certainly true that Canada has become a lot more immigrant-friendly than the States.
From: jsterne Date: February 15th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I was going to say the same thing

except to make fun of the unfinished clock in Ottawa. Charlie, you underestimate Canadian antiamericanism. We don't *want* yer stinkin statue o' liberty, and you can't *have* our CN tower.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I was going to say the same thing

The Poutine Line is a fortified border. Still, liberté seems to be in shorter supply on this side of it.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 15th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

And see....

.... this is where you lose me:

Quite frankly, the Statue of Liberty has become an embarrassment.

The Statue of Liberty has what, again, to do with circumventing avenues that other people continue to take in order to obtain legal immigrant status? I know it *has* been a long time since I've been in a formal history class with a professor, so please advise.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 15th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: And see....

with a professor

Er, it occurs to me this might be taken as in someway relating to *you* (as a professor) but I meant it to differentiate from non-professor-taught history classes of the home school sort (the likes of which I am always putting myself through, in history and otherwise). The latter being, obviously, greatly lacking in 'question asking' opportunities.

Just so there is no confusion. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: And see....

I was referencing the ideal with which the Statue of Liberty has been associated, namely that the United States is a nation that opens its doors to immigration. But you knew that. Quite frankly, I think I lost you a little earlier.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: February 15th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That sounds like something I have gotten from ANNOYING AUNT R!
fermi_daza From: fermi_daza Date: February 15th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
...and things I've gotten from my ANNOYING MOTHER.

I think my mom and your Aunt R need to become pals!
chefxh From: chefxh Date: February 15th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 16th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
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