Monday, May 3, 2010

Here's Some Incendiary Content for Ya

One thing you may not know about me is that I come from a very politically conservative background. I know, I know - I reek of liberal but the truth is I am neither here nor there when it comes to politics. I'm not a Republican but I'm not a Democrat either. In fact, I purposefully avoid politics on this blog for a reason: it alienates people and frankly, I'm a lover, not a fighter.

Weeeell, OK. I'm a fighter. Disguised as a lover. And that is why I am posting en email exchange that circulated through my family (as in parents, siblings and spouses) today.

It may surprise you to know that for as conservatively as my siblings and I were raised, a good half or more of us have turned out to have a definite liberal leaning. This makes for some "lively" exchange. We know better than to bring up controversial topics over Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, we rarely, if ever, discuss them in person at all. I guess that's why the email exchange has become so popular: safety via distance. And it's my mother - a woman who all my life I assumed was non-confrontational and socially accommodating - who has assumed the role of instigator! In the past couple of years she has become very politically involved and this, on top of her lifelong devotion to her religion, has sparked more than one round of cyber-debate amongst the rest of us. It didn't take me long before I started to routinely delete her emails from my inbox (sorry, Mom, but I do) when they hint of religious content, Glen Beck or both. I'm simply triggered way too easily and end up dumping too many hours of my time into a response then needing the rest of the week to diffuse and recover. The last time I engaged was a couple years ago on a round of Prop 8 arguments but have been pretty restrained since then.

Until tonight.

I made the mistake of opening the following email she forwarded:

LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

And if you cross the Mexican border illegally you get fined and jailed!

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET:

1 - A JOB,

2 - A DRIVERS LICENSE,

3 - SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,

4 - WELFARE,

5 - FOOD STAMPS,

6 - CREDIT CARDS,

7 - SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,

8 - FREE EDUCATION,

9 - FREE HEALTH CARE,

10 - A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON

11 - BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE

12 - AND THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON T GET ENOUGH RESPECT IN OUR COUNTRY

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP OF THE SITUATION

For the record, I have not come up with an official position on illegal immigration reform. This issue is just far too complex and way too emotionally charged for me to achieve any sort of clarity. Furthermore, there are sound arguments on both sides. What really triggered me here is - well, several things - but mainly the overemphasized sense of entitlement that the author simply reeks of. The older I get, the more I am confronted with the simple truth that there but for the grace of God go I.

And that is why I emailed back the following reply. But before I post it, I acknowledge that I am guilty of the very same crime as the author of the above-posted tortoise caca: my counter-argument is an emotional appeal and way over-simplifies the case, thus doing both sides a disservice. Having said that, I'm human.

OK, I guess that's it.

No, there's one more thing. Isn't there always a little more room for love and compassion for our fellow man, whoever they are? And isn't there enough in our land-of-plenty (yes, even the very land we stole from the original inhabitants) to go around?

OK, now I'm done. My reply:

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET:


1 – SHOT AT/ KILLED WHILE CROSSING. OR MAYBE YOU DIE IN THE FALSE BOTTOM OF A SMUGGLER'S TRUCK BEFORE YOU EVEN MAKE IT TO THE BORDER

2 – A BUNK IN AN OVERCROWDED, SQUALLID MIGRANT CAMP

3 – TO PAY FOR COLLEGE BUT DON’T GET A DIPLOMA

4 –  TO LIVE IN CONSTANT FEAR OF BEING APPREHENDED AND INCARCERATED

5 – OVERWORKED AND UNDERPAID FOR A JOB AN AMERICAN WOULD SCOFF AT

6 – INDEFINITELY SEPARATED FROM YOUR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN

7 – THROWN INTO A CULTURE THAT IS NOT YOUR OWN AND MUST LEARN A LANGUAGE NOT YOUR OWN

8 – TO SUPPORT AN ECONOMY THAT WOULD FAIL WITHOUT YOU

9 – EXPLOITED, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND LOOKED DOWN UPON

10 – RACIALLY PROFILED AND HARRASSED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

11 – TO LIVE AMONG A POPULATION WITH AN EXAGGERATED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT, MAYBE EVEN CLEAN THEIR MCMANSIONS IF YOU’RE LUCKY
         12 – TO RISK, EMBRACE, AND ENDURE  ALL OF THIS BECAUSE IT IS BETTER THAN THE               POVERTY AND SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION OF THE COUNTRY YOU CAME FROM
 


JENNY


PS PERHAPS NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, SAUDI ARABIA, CHINA, AND VENEZUELA ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CITIZENSHIP

9 comments:

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Coming from Arizona I can add a few too:

Die in the desert while your "guide" you paid to sneak you in leaves you alone because you are : slow, sick, a woman, too much trouble,a child, a woman with a child, a woman WITH child when hearing the Border Patrol..

Get picked up by Border patrol, who are not allowed to feed you or give medical aid to you and sit in a hot bus in the middle of said desert until it is full to capacity (could be 18 hours or more) only to be driven from whence you came..

my 2 cents..from having witnessed most of that..fortunately, not having witnessed the horrible desert/heat/no water/snake bites/agonizing slow death...

Lou said...

Bless you and your fiery tongue.

jai said...

Amen.

Elisa said...

Don't forget that most illegal immigrants working here DO pay taxes. It is taken from their paycheck just like everyone else's because if it wasn't, it would raise suspicion about the employer.

Also, there isn't any such thing as free health care. Hospitals should refuse to treat you, but they often do. And they'll put a lien on anything you own before they'll let you get away without paying.

Elisa said...

Employers screw over illegal immigrants and Americans at the same time. Dave came home from the Marines and started working manual labor at a paper manufacturing plant. No, he is not too proud to do menial labor. A supervisor who liked him warned him that he was about to get fired. When David, astonished, asked why, the supervisor explained that they could pay two illegal immigrant workers for the same minimum wage salary they were required to pay him. So both David, and the people working for SUB-MINIMUM wage got screwed. How do you fix it? I don't know. We're all just trying to survive. You just hope you can find something that someone will you pay money for so you can keep eating from day to day.

Elisa said...

oops. I meant "hospitals SHOULD NOT refuse to treat you...."

Elisa said...

can't we just take all of the illegal immigrants who are drug dealers, etc. and toss them back, and keep all of the illegal immigrants who just want to make a living?

Yeah, if only it was that simple.

And I won't comment anymore now.

eugie74 said...

we could toss them back if we were able to toss back along with them the Americans buying their drugs, eh?

ain't for city gals said...

It sounds like you and have lived the same life...except my mother doesn't know how to e-mail!..lol..I too have learned to hit the delete button in life...much easier and saves SO much time...