Sunday, July 08, 2007

 

Founding bigot?

"Illegal immigrants," which is code for brown-skinned Latinos, is the big smokescreen, again. It's one the Republicans and conservative Democrats love to huff and puff and blow across the consciousness of America.

The immigrants are not, repeat not, the problem here. There are many problems that are much more important—we can tick them off: the lack of decent health care; the short-funding of schools; the war(s) we're fighting with invisible enemies, and the galloping erosion of our rights and liberties in the name of freedom.

However, here's a Sunday evening thought:

“Few of their children in the country learn English... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages ... Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious...” Benjamin Franklin, speaking of German immigrants.

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