Monday, June 14, 2010

DID WE FORGET ANYTHING?

Click the header for another exhilirating trip on the internet. -------------------------------------------- Congratulations to the Canadians in Quebec who had the courage and conviction to exhibit their common sense in officially banning the hijab for certain transactions where identity is mandatory. It's a start. It's a privilege to be allowed to immigrate and to live in this country, not a right. When this hit the e-news a few weeks ago, there was overwhelming support by the readers who AGREED with Quebec's action. Letter to the Editor: So many letter writers have explained how this land is made up of immigrants. Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of "immigrant" any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to America, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line at Ellis Island and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good bye to their birth place to happily give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills, craftsmanship and desire they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. Americans fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France, Japan, China, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Sweden, Poland and so many other places. None of these first generation Americans gave a thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Canadians fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending Freedom as one people. When we liberated France, no one in those villages was looking for the Italian-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented our country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be a American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl. And here we are in 2010 with a new kind of immigrant who wants our rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes an American passport but a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being a American is all about. Americans have been very open-hearted and open-minded regarding immigrants, whether they were fleeing poverty, dictatorship, persecution, or whatever else makes us think of those aforementioned immigrants who truly did ADOPT our country, and our flag and our morals and our customs, and left their wars, hatred, and divisions behind. I believe that the immigrants who landed in America in the early 1900s deserve better than that for the toil, hard work and sacrifices of their efforts and wisdom. Those people who legally searched for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags, fighting foreign battles on our soil, trying to make Americans change to suit their religions and cultures, and wanting to change our country's fabric by claiming discrimination when we do not give in to their demands. Its about time we get real and stand up for our forefathers rights, we are American. Lest we forget. I am a Native of this Country and proud of it! No more political correctness. None. No more not saying CHRISTMAS in stores and our schools. I want the America of my birth back. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And my flag flew today.

4 comments:

Towanda said...

Excellent post, cat. Just excellent, and I agress with every single word 100%.

katie said...

Thank you

Catmoves said...

Towanda, sorry I've taken so long but both the computer and yours truly were under the weather. Hopefully, we'll get everythiing sorted out.
Your observation makes me purr wqith delight.

Catmoves said...

Katie, you are very welcome. (See my note above.)