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Thursday, October 1, 2015

A nation of immigrants

The other day Ed Gendreau pointed out:

"People always say 'We're a nation of immigrants' as a rationale to allow illegal immigrants to stay, find a path to citizenship, and so on. In other words, since we started that way, that path must be continued indefinitely. But aren't we are also a nation born of, and founded by revolution? And does that mean we should continue to revolt? Why work with a dysfunctional government?" 

Indeed. 

A few other thoughts: 

We're a nation of slaveowners. 

We're a nation of indigenous people-killers.  

We're a nation of atomic bomb-droppers.

We're a nation of Jim Crow law-enforcers. 

We're a nation of polluters. 

We're a nation of people who drove many animals, like the buffalo, to near extinction. 

Liberal logic demands….

7 comments:

Mark Caplan said...

Turn their asinine expression around and wield it against them:

"We're already a nation of immigrants! We've done our fair share. It's time other countries took in the world's surplus."

John Craig said...

Mark --
Yes, other countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, the UAE, and Israel.

Anonymous said...

Well, didn't ya know that America (the great) exists to meet everyone's (worldwide, it seems) dreams? Americans are known for their generosity, compassion, fairness, etc. Basically, these illegal immigrants just want to take advantage of our country's good traits. I question why we have immigration laws - we sure don't enforce them. We live in a time of insanity.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
They want to take advantage of our country's generous welfare system etc, but at the same time want to revile it once they're here.

Anonymous said...

I agree. They live in our country and are very entitled, having no problem telling their host country how to treat them. Like, hello, you're a non-citizen, therefore, be appreciative and a bit more respectful.

- Susan

Mark Caplan said...

You'll often hear an African American assert, "We were slaves." Even allowing for low intelligence, it's hard to understand how a native English speaker would not know that "we" means "I and the rest of a group that includes me" (Merriam-Webster). So, no, dummkopf, you were not a slave. Maybe you had a distant ancestor who was a slave. That doesn't entitle you to say, "We were slaves."

Doubly moronic is "We are a nation of immigrants," stated by someone born here. An immigrant is "a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence" (Merriam-Webster). So anyone born here isn't an immigrant. You need to say, "We are a nation of native-born people with some immigrants thrown in too, but we hope not so many that they can't be quickly assimilated so they don't cause strife, social upheaval, cultural disharmony, and become a burden to taxpayers."

John Craig said...

Mark --
Blacks have far more racial solidarity than whites, so their "we" means "our race," whereas most whites rarely use "we" in the same way. But, yeah, I agree with your basic point. The really pathetic thing is that if you talk to a lot of blacks, they'll talk as if Jim Crow is a recent memory for them, even though at this point only a small minority of blacks living today experienced it, and we have been living in Affirmative Action Land for the past 45 years.