Reconquista and other Nationalist Movements

I’m a tolerant person.  I can fully understand and empathize with Immigrants both legal and extra-legal coming to America in search of a better life.  In their shoes, I would seek the same.

That said, there are movements within America who are not here seeking a better life.  Some movements such as the Mexican Reconquistas are dangerous to the life of this Nation.  They seek to remove territory for their own purposes.  They seek to return the Southwest to Mexico or to have that territory for themselves.  I can not imagine why anyone would want to split off from America and join themselves to that corrupt Nation to our South.  Perhaps that is their true aim.  I know not.

Reconquistas should be sought out and removed from our National borders.  If America is to maintain her National integrity, She needs to defend her borders.  From all enemies.  Foreign and Domestic.

Let the poor come in search of a better life.  Let those who wish to assimilate and contribute stay.  The rest.  Those who wish to sow dissent.  Eject them.

I have no problem with Mexicans or Hondurans who honor their origins.  I do this.  I know many who do this.  I look back with pride to my Scotch-Irish and Swiss heritage.  Why would I hold this same sentimentality against Mexicans.  I know many folks who fly Swiss or British Flags in their homes with pride.  I know many a person who flies the Confederate Flag with Pride.  The Confederate States of America was a movement of treason that attempted to dissolve the Union.  If that flag can fly with pride, why not a Mexican flag.  I harbor no ill-will against these actions.

My problem comes when these persons attempt to hold one of these flags up as greater than our Nation within our Nation.  This should not be allowed.

The movements by liberal groups to closet National Pride should be halted as well.  There is nothing wrong with National Pride amongst an educated people in a progressive Nation.  The American Flag should fly everywhere with Pride.  That America has acted with malice and sometimes with evil intent is beside the point.  America is still our Nation.  It is still our homeland.

If you love not this Nation, leave it.  If you love our Nation, be not ashamed.  Work towards progress.  Do not work towards shame.  Shame and guilt are the emotions of the weak.  No matter our National sins of the past, we must move forward.  America has acted no worse than other Nations.  We have acted better than many.  America is certainly no worse than the Soviet Union, China, Russia, Britain or Mexico.

We must strive to improve our Nation.  We mustn’t strive to destroy her.  Let that not be our path.

America is worth saving.  She is worth building on for the future.

Let the immigrants come.  Let them assimilate as others have in the past.

On assimilation, I see no problem with a bi-lingual Nation.  A nation wherein all citizens are bi-lingual.  Spanish is an excellent language for our youth.  I would have no problem with Spanish being made a National language.  Becoming a bi-lingual nation may encourage interest in other parts of the world.  America is woefully ignorant of the world outside of our borders.  Let us end this ignorance.

In so far as religion is concerned, let it remain in the houses of worship.  I do not need to know your religion.  I do not wish to have your religion forced upon me.  Religion is for the home, the temple, the church, the mosque and the cathedral.  It is not for governance.  My opinion is that religion is a seed of despotism.

Israel is a Nation based upon a religion.  Many countries in the Middle East and Asia have are governed in accordance with religious dictates.  I would not have America ruled by the Mullah, the Rabbi, the Priest or Padre.  I do not want these people influencing my laws with their superstitions.  If you wish to live according to your God and his laws, then govern yourself accordingly.  Let me and others govern ourselves according to our own beliefs.  Let our laws reflect the common good.  Religious based legislation is a great evil.

Let America grow into the promise of her youth.  Let us progress.  Let us Unite.  Let us be one.

 

The Immigration Challenge to America

 

I’m of two minds on National Boundaries and Borders.  If we are to be a Nation, we will have borders.  As a Nation, we have a right and a duty to protect those borders.

As a Nation, we, citizens, invest in our country.  It’s called taxes.  For 200 years, Americans have invested their blood, treasure and toil in making America what it is today.

Immigrants have invested nothing in our country.  What right have they to come up here and to expect to benefit from the blood, treasure and toil of others?  They have no such right.

If they come, they come as 1) guest or 2) interlopers/thieves/parasites.  Therefore, if they come, they should come ready to contribute to our system.  That system is the American System.  They should assimilate.

Another aspect of this is the following:

1.  They wouldn’t come if there were not demand for them.

2.  They wouldn’t come if we weren’t all but allowing them to come because of said demand.

3.  These demands are set by American Business and the American People.

We demand lower prices and higher wages.  Immigrants have no such demands.  They long for a better place in the sun.  Immigrants are filling demand while simultaneously fulfilling their dreams.

There are other aspects which serve to agitate or exacerbate the Immigration debate.  The Christian Right fears an influx of Catholicos.  The Right Wing both fears and hates the “Reconquista” movement.  I think the Reconquista movement is smaller than it’s made out to be.  I think that “threat” is magnified.  I don’t see all of these people crossing the border to make those areas another failed Mexican State.

For people to have dreams and ideals of such magnitude, they first need security.  Most immigrants who cross the borders with extralegal methods are not secure and have never been secure.  They’re running from insecurity and running to a place where they dream and hope to find security.

Another aspect of this is that we are America.  We are supposed to be the light of the World.  Yet, we have rarely, if ever, truly fit this bill.  For much of our history, we have been the exploiter of the world.  Big Business has done that exploiting with the full backing of the Federal Government.  We have exploited South and Central America for well over 100 years now.  Many of the problems to our South have causal relationships with Business interests in America.  We set the stage for much of the violence.  If we didn’t set the stage, we sat back and allowed it to happen.  In other cases, we put those governments in power who either collapsed or who are either so evil as to have caused the people who are emigrating to America to have begun their exodus from the South and movements to America.

America is culpable for many of the problems to our South including the drug problem.  America (and Europe) is the largest drug importer in the world.  We buy drugs from these violent places all over the world.  Yet, we can’t seem to understand the relationship.

The Illegal Immigration that is occuring has many causes.  It’s not as simple as “them people are coming here and we gotta stop them.”  It’s much more convoluted.  It’s much deeper.

Ann excellent first step would be to stop the War on Drugs.  Legalize and control it.  Legitimize the drug trade.  Prohibition has never worked.  It didn’t work with alcohol and it isn’t working with drugs.  People are going to get their fix.  One way or the other.

Another good step would be to halt our meddling in the affairs of the Nations to the South of us.  If big business wants to conduct business with them, let them make their own accords.

The immigration challenge will not be met easily.  It will take time.  It will take education.  It will take fundamental changes in the way that America interacts with her neighbors.

We have always talked about being the “good neighbor.”  Perhaps, we will become such one day.