Skip to comments.Illegal Immigrant Entitlement Culture
Posted on 04/17/2006 12:47:01 AM PDT by BenjaminHackett
The story of this nation has been collectively written by the immigrant pen. Titled The American Dream, this wildly successful and popular tale is about to gain a new author. Yet instead of simply writing the next verse, this wave of immigrant authors seems intent on starting a new book. There is no longer satisfaction with building for the future; an entitlement culture has grown. This contemporary tale is to be authored by illegal immigrants, but the pen, paper, and publishing are paid for by the American taxpayer.
Not offended yet? Soon. When reading this piece, remember that the term Latin is not code for Anglos hate Mexicans. That said, having to drop my upside-down Mexican flag in order to write this piece was, in fact, quite the bother.
The original history of this country is British and Protestant (i.e., white). These great minds put forth the doctrines and institutions that form todays ultimate hegemony, the United States of America.
Later, when other European immigrants arrived and were processed, there was a sense of connection with their purpose. That purpose: Make their lives better and prepare for their childrens futures. There was no Social Security. There was no welfare. There was no Medicare or Medicaid. There was only the individual and the fruits of his or her labor. Personally providing for ones family was essential to daily life. If you failed to provide, and your neighbors proved less than charitable, you paid the consequences.
At this point in history, the American entitlement teat was still fully ensconced within the brassiere of hard work.
At times many generations worked, piggybacking on previous generations efforts in order to produce offspring with a secure future. With an upbringing devoid of safety nets, is it any wonder that the values instilled among these first American immigrants produced many of todays Fortune 500 CEOs?
Todays illegal immigrant culture is far less ecstatic about hard work: It is put together around a sense of entitlement. They ask for and often receive free medical care, free food, and even work from those employers immoral enough to be content with aiding the erosion of American sovereignty.
Everyone saw the recent pictures of the protesters. These hardworking illegals and their gleeful idiot sympathizers took to the streets demanding their catchphrases be listened to and trying to extend their half-day of class vacation into a full one.
Illegal immigrants are not undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are those waiting in line at the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services) building who are yet to receive their green cards.
Some argue that there is a fundamental difference, one that goes beyond skin tone, in the Latin American immigrant versus the European immigrant. Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington argues, The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages. Unlike past immigrant groups, Mexicans and other Latinos have not assimilated into mainstream U.S. culture, forming instead their own political and linguistic enclaves ... rejecting the Anglo-Protestant values that built the American dream. The United States ignores this challenge at its peril.
Huntingtons contiguity argument outlining an essential difference beween Latin and European immigrants proves compelling. This situation is unique for the United States and the world. No other First World country has such an extensive land frontier with a Third World country .
Stanford University historian David Kennedy has pointed out that the income gap between the United States and Mexico is the largest between any two contiguous countries in the world. Huntington adds that this contiguity enables Mexican immigrants to remain in intimate contact with their families, friends, and home localities in Mexico as no other immigrants have been able to do.
Without the long journey over a sea, these immigrants have their native country a stones throw away. It is no wonder that assimilating these immigrants has proven increasingly difficult. After all, what is the incentive to assimilate when services are provided regardless of process or effort?
Conservatives, big libs, and the like are all prolegal immigration. However, many believe in process and effort. Accomplishing something (legal) garners a proper sense of entitlement. Scuttling across the border packed into a white Ford Econoline van is not effort; it is illegal.
Poll after poll shows the American publics overwhelming support for enforcing current laws and for deportation. This is a democracy. Yet, when it comes to getting tough on immigration, the GOP is split and the Democrats are against it as a matter of party unity.
Entitlement mentalities, and equally accommodating policies, are driving the surge of illegal immigration in this country. As the tragic specter of an illegal immigrant amnesty program looms, it is up to every taxpayer to convey the message of the vast majority of American people: We had to work for it, and so should you.
Someone, please, tell Washington.
Absolutely well said. You're a heck of a writer!
"Entitlement" is the word. Cut enough social programs, and illegal immigration won't be such a problem.
The possibility of needing help from ones neighbors helped keep many people on the straight and narrow. No need to do what's right today, the government will provide. Provide with money stolen from better folks. I've asked some Latinos how they can afford to have so many children. "It free" they say.
I like this one too.
No. No. No, Mr. Hackett. You have it all wrong. It won't be two cultures for these people will be the "new Americans". The old Americans are to die off leaving this vast wealth to the "new Americans".
|We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. We're a major source of Latin music, journalism and culture.
Just go to Miami, or San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago or West New York, New Jersey ... and close your eyes and listen. You could just as easily be in Santo Domingo or Santiago, or San Miguel de Allende.
For years our nation has debated this change -- some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America.
As I speak, we are celebrating the success of democracy in Mexico.
George Bush from a campaign speech in Miami, August 2000.
Here is an excerpt of a good critique of that speech:
In equating our intimate historic bonds to our mother country and to Canada with our ties to Mexico, W. shows a staggering ignorance of the civilizational facts of life. The reason we are so close to Britain and Canada is that we share with them a common historical culture, language, literature, and legal system, as well as similar standards of behavior, expectations of public officials, and so on. My Bush Epiphany By Lawrence Auster
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