April 04, 2006
Warnings Of A New Civil War
The Union Line Pea Ridge National Battlefield Pea Ridge Arkansas
We have seen it on the news, in the papers and in the streets. We see it in our over crowded schools that now have large numbers of non english speaking children and in neighborhoods where overnight the signs in windows have become bi-ligual, and there are groups of men hanging around on streets waiting for mysterious vans to pick them up for a days work. We see it in emergency rooms overflowing with paitents that need a familiy doctor but go there because they have no family doctor and no insurance...
States are looking for ways to raise money and in some states schools and other infrastructure are going to have to built to deal with the problem
We see it not just in the border states but in places like North Carolina and here in Arkansas where branches of the Mexican Consulate have been established to help deal with issues due to illegal immigration. We as Americans have never seen such an onslaught of immigrants that are choosing not to assimillate but insted are radically changing the cultural demographic in this land. Sadly it is human nature to fall to the lowest common denominator, which is what is happening in most places that are seeing the greatest number of migrant workers decend upon them like a flight of locusts devouring and changing the land scape forever...
Last August I wrote a post on what I see is a comming Civil War
. It may or may not be fought with guns. The neighborhood I moved out of in California was pretty genteel but filled with Americans of Mexican exstraction that will have to decide where they stand on this issue. As a Latina myself (I am 25 percent Spaniard) paternal grand daughter of immigrants that came here legally from Europe I am outraged at this wholesale flouting of the law on both sides of the border.
I am even more upset at those that should be doing what they can from their lofty positions in the Latino Community. Men like Roger Cardinal Mahoney, Spiritual leader of the largest Catholic Diocese in the US who blatantly stated that he will order priests to disobey any rulings that would infringe on the churches "right" to aid and abet illegal alliens. This is an outright abuse of power and misuse of Biblical teaching that we are to care for the alien and the stranger among us. The Bible doesnt say we are to harbor lawbreakers and obstruct justice.
A really sick thing is how in Los Angeles and else where the "plight" of illegals is be equated to the victims of the Holocaust. Im sorry but this was beyond the pale and summed up beautifully in this post from Laurence Simon of TBIFOCThis vocabulary lesson
from Josue Serra at "Latino Issues
" goes a little futher with with the discussion that these people are not immigrants. Immigrants assimilate,these folks dont... they have no ties here but the money that they get and yes there are some taxes paid into the system, but by and large this group consumes more services than they pay in particularly in the arenas of education and healthcare. I highly reccomend this insightful blog that spotlights theses issues in fine detail.
And while some of you are thinking "wow what a racist!" Lets talk about race. More than one pundit has mentioned it and as I spoke a few days ago to a African American man about this he mentioned it that "had a bazillion black kids walked out of class to"protest" they would have had the National Guard out with the dogs and water cannons..." His anger was palpable "What our people have fought for for years as legal citizens born and raised here, the illegals they want legeslated equality immediately and just might get it!" "It just fries me to see how kid gloved the Mexicans are treated and the Black Man has to struggle..." He was right on all counts. I think that in the face of illegal immigration the black race has struggled even harder and many of the jobs that people of color held certainly in LA where I am originally from have been taken by cheaper paid illegal labor.
The race hatred has never been worse in LA as far as I am concerned. Whites are dismayed by towns and cites that were once clean and prosperous now run down and shabby, and not an English sign in sight. In my own home town when I visited in December of 2004 I was agast at the dismal sight of my city, once a bastion of upper middle class affluence with its high paying Aerospace jobs, and gated neighborhoods with executive ranch homes tended lawns and swimming pools. It was what everyone thinks of when they think of Southern California Suburbia. There was trash in the streets and grafftti on walls. Lawns had cars parked on them and the ubiquitous gangs of men waiting for work on street corners. A friend of ours teaches in the High School there, and every year it gets rougher and rougher with lower scores and fewer kids native born that speak english... Real Estate prices are still in the stratosphere, so two and three families buy one house and crowd into it, or they are rented out for a King's Ransom...garages are converted and neighborhoods become crowded shabby slums.
Who wants to live like this? Hey I know why they come and yes I wouldnt want to live in Mexico either. By the Grace of God I was born "del Norte" and I thank God for that. But I also want to preserve the way of life that I love. I want to preserve it from the alien culture that threatens to subsume us, as well as the Terrorist Threat that looms because we wont secure our borders. Let me ask you how can we keep the likes of Al Queida out, while we have borders that are like sieves, It is insane to think that we can keep the terrorists out and let hordes of undocumented in.
What to do? First, those of us that are concerned need to keep the pressure up on our elected officials. Do not relent and do not give in. Then as a business owner demand papers that are legit, and if in doubt do without. There is a growing movement to just not fill jobs if the paperwork looks fishy, and press for some sort of national ID card... Yes I hate it too, but its time for this necessesary bit of identification. NO AMNESTY, period... Build that fence, and put the National Guard on the inner side of it... The fence in Israel has helped deter homocide bombings by a huge percentage. As they say here in the South...Good fences make good neighbors.
And America, we need to open our eyes and get real. No other country in the world has accepted the number of immigrants that we have and no other country has done more to help the worlds poor than we have. Mexico is a rich nation that can care for its people if the government wasnt so corrupt. Let them do it, by allowing this situation we are enabling corruption and setting us up for a fall that will be disasterous for all Americans. We are not responsible to eliminate all of the suffering in this world, but we are responsible to end the exploitation of illegal labor in our own land and we need to do it now, before things get uglier than they already are.