This has been pricking the back of my brain for quite a while now. It has taken me a minute to work out how to reconcile my conflicting feelings on this issue.
In the wake of a tempest tossed sea of campaigning, elections, outrage, elation, emotional breakdowns, snowflake meltdowns, celebrity cuckoo birds, and downright insanity - I've often found myself off balance. Wondering.....how do I feel about this, or that, or this again.
But lately, with all the back and forth regarding immigrants I've had to seriously concentrate on trying to get a handle on my own personal position.
Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, a huge melting pot of humanity who fled their countries of origin for a whole host of reasons. But, one of those reasons was NOT to pretend to assimilate into life here with the express purpose of bringing down the country we came to for comfort. We maintained our individual heritages and yet managed to come together under a single identity - that of Americans.
And let us remember, it was a different time...there were no airplanes, no automatic weapons, no cell phones, or pressure cookers to be blown up. If you had a problem with someone, and let's face it, we did - you took up the weapon of the day and fought it out. Someone always won, someone always lost. Sometimes we were better for the struggle, sometimes not, but when the bag was shaken up and spilled out again, we all spilled out as Americans and sometimes we had things happen to us that polarized us in that identity, horrible tragedies that broke our hearts, but not our backbones.
In our beginning days of nation building, there were ideological differences which often led to dastardly cowardly acts of sedition or assassination for which many were summarily hung, even women. We had no problem taking care of our own knitting.
So, this was a long trip to get to my point....and there are several.
Immigrants - yes, we are. Except for indigenous American Indians, we all came here from somewhere else. But, we came escaping a myriad of problems, ideological differences, civil war, famine, and oppression to find something better. We didn't come here to reconstruct America into that which we had fled from. And, by and large we did not come here to kill the other people we found here. Yes, yes, I know we have a bad history with the Indians and that is regrettable at best, they were doing the only thing they knew how to do which was wage war on encroachers and we responded in kind and what we allowed to happen to them was horrific and to me is one of the greatest embarrassments our nation has to bear.
The Statue of Liberty - lately there has been much said about the message on the statue of Liberty as our government's duty toward the world. While the message is lofty, soaring and full of hope and promise it was a gift to the United States from France. Gifted to a nation of immigrants who had successfully assimilated themselves into a great nation. This message was not part of our Constitution. Our government has an explicit duty to protect and defend our citizens from all enemies both foreign and domestic. I have absolutely NO issue with anyone who desires to live here and share in the beauty of our country, but they have to become our countrymen. They cannot come here with the desire burning in their hearts and minds that we are a part of some holy war they are weaponized against.
The President - like them or hate them, no matter who sits in the chair in the oval office IS the President of everyone who calls themselves an American. If you cannot respect the office of President as a citizen then you should move elsewhere. Does this mean I believe you should rubber stamp their behavior? Absolutely not, we should hold our leaders accountable. ALL.OF.THEM. And to purposely introduce incendiary language into our country where the President is concerned should be actionable. Do you have any idea the amount of chaos and danger we would all be in if someone assassinated our President? Some of us remember the assassination of Kennedy which ushered in LBJ who was unapologetic in his grand scheme to re-enslave the black voters by making them dependent on the government which would in turn bring about the control of the Democratic party for the next century. Don't take my word for it.....look it up for yourself. Our current Democratic party is not the party of our great grandparents. And those people who pretend to be Republicans (RHINOs) are the lowest form of a political entity I can imagine. Republicans In Name Only accomplish nothing for the party they supposedly represent and are in fact little more than the sneaky little pea shooters for the opposition.
Walls/Fences - We, as a thinking people, know that borders, walls, fences, enclosures, or whatever type of non-encroachment word you like to use.......are freaking necessary. If they weren't we would all be living in tents with no possessions. We fence in our school children. Why? To protect them, both from them wandering off or someone else wandering in. We fence in our criminals. Why? To protect the citizenry from further acts of the violence they've proven themselves capable of. We fence in our livestock. Why? Because they are an asset and mostly not bright and they can't be trusted to remain where they should. We fence our yards. Why? To protect our pets, our children, and our assets. The borders of a country....any country....should be such that we can be watchful of the influx of people who do not wish us well.
Love everybody - well this is a great and lofty thought founded in Christianity which seems to now be used as both an uplifting message and a means of punishment as well. Don't speak to me of "we are better than this" when some of us are worried about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS (yes, I said the words) are pouring into our country when we ignore the thousands of our own children in foster care, refusing to even do something as simple as help to support those over burdened foster parents with meals, or diapers, or anything else. And God forbid we shake up our easy little home life by fostering or adopting! I truly believe there are people in this country who would take in a Syrian refugee before they would open their home to a hurting child. I am as compassionate a person as you could hope to find, but I believe in fixing "US" before we presume to fix anyone else. Let us place as high a value on our elderly, our babies, our veterans, our people with disabilities, and our students as we say we value everyone else. Each person who comes into this country who does not assimilate by becoming a citizen, learning the language, and becoming gainfully employed is a dead drain on the battery of life for every other person here. Our infrastructure simply cannot withstand any more people who simply want to move to American but not contribute to the American way of life. And those people are a potential threat to us all. And the hypocrisy of Liberal Christians who have fallen silent about the thousands of Christians being slaughtered overseas is mind boggling.
And, there are millions of fine vocal Americans who believe that they have the right to sit on their widening backsides and allow someone else to take care of them. Many of them have had difficulty finding jobs and have given up....but they should be the first of us standing and applauding the effort to create more jobs in America rather than complaining about how we are alienating other nations. Haven't you figured it out yet? Other nations, with the exception of a few (Israel comes to mind) don't give a flying fig about America and are waiting for us to fall so they can pick clean the bones of what was once a mighty nation.