Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Illegal Alien Day

Honestly, I don't have much to say about it that hasn't already been said. I don't like the idea of hundreds of thousands of people who are in this country illegally trying to shut down cities to demand rights that they're not afforded by our Constitution (by virtue of the fact that they're here, I reiterate, illegally) but what can you do?

I'm not against immigration. In fact, I would say that the majority of my friends' parents were born in other countries. But they came here the right way, followed all of the rules, worked hard, learned to speak English, and, for the most part, became citizens of this country. Do we really want to shit all over the hard work that people like that go through, often waiting for years and years to become citizens, only to throw open the door and say, "Well, you're here anyway, so why not just jump to the front of the line?" I don't think so.

If anyone's going to call me a racist for saying these things, fine. Because if that's the case, I don't think there's any chance that there can be a rational dialogue between people like me and the types who silence debate by playing that card at every opportunity.

These are thorny issues, and there aren't any solutions that are going to make everyone happy, but something eventually has to be done. We can't exist as a free and democratic society forever if we have a large class of people who aren't assimilating into mainstream American life and are living like slaves to boot. On the other hand, I don't think knuckling under because those same people took to the streets, many of them making demands in foreign languages and waving other nations' flags, is really going to play in Peoria. It's going to piss a lot of people off.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Allahpundit has a link-rich post here. Check it out.

1 comment:

andy said...

you are a racist!
but seriously, the only thing i will say about yesterday is the freeways were soooooo clear. i was on the 15 yesterday at 4:30pm and thought, it could be like this every day. if only...