We are embroiled in a war in the Middle East for one primary reason. We have promised our continued support of Israel. It is something we must continue, but the American people have to be made fully aware thatís why we are there. We are also there because we need oil and they have oil. If we ever are able to wean ourselves of it then the Middle East will become stable, because they would have chased the golden goose away. As far as the Taliban is concerned cut off the money supply, (Poppy) fields, and they run out of money. The US will stop buying oil and the Arabs will be unable to support the terrorists. You are probably saying itís crazy but itís the truth.
In my opinion the Liberal writer wrote a very good piece and explained it well. I've been of the opinion that undocumented workers have long been a whipping boy for Americans and having known and worked with many illegales this is a shame. Harder working and nicer people you will be hard pressed to find.
JT American's piece is like one of those movies they showed us in the 50's in grade school. The great American who dusts himself off after adversity and gets on with it. What a crock. This whole issue shows there are no bigger whiners on the face of the earth than the average American who thinks he's getting a raw deal. The American Way is to take advantage of whoever will let us, we are not a special 'noble' people. Some of his comments border on the pathetic. Patting Americans on the back because we don't run to Canada when times get tough. Kind of like comparing apples and oranges, but who's he trying to kid? If things here got on a par with Mexico-USA, American 'rats' would be jumping ship like crazy. His usage of words like rats show one of the basic problems in this whole discussion, a total lack of respect for the Mexican worker who is a person looking for a better life. He sees the Statue of Liberty and reads what it says, he sees American corporations ignore borders when they up and move to find non union and low wage workers but he/she gets slammed for doing what the Statue says to do and what corporations are allowed to do. I would also correct him and say the Great Depression may have left a few millionaires but it also left one of the highest suicide rates this country has ever seen until the teenage epidemic the last decade or so. "We will innovate and motivate while others run to the hills"? Frankly, his article is an embarassment. It's like Bush saying how much more noble Americans are becaue seeing photos of children with missing limbs tears at our heartsrings, implying it doesn't to anyone else. Or an American who thinks we're a superior people because we don't use suicide or car bombers. Well we don't have to , we can cruise miles above the scene and blow the limbs off of hundreds of children and not even see it or know about it.
If JT dislikes a people or really thinks Americans are some kind of super people as opposed to the rest of the world, he's free to think that way. But to use that as a basis to attack undocumented workers makes him look like a fool. And I'd love to hear these people if 20 million workers - as they claim - suddenly were whisked home. Like this economy wouldn't take a major hit it couldn't handle? They may send money to Mexico, but it's money they earned, they dont' get extra each week to send home so they can live here. They pay into the economy a huge amount for foods, rent & housing, transportation and they pay into various tax plans they'll never be able to collect from. This type of thinking and behavior is as old as the United States. Once a person is here, the hell with anybody who tries to get in afterward. I wish these English only advocates would read history and learn how easy it was for our ancestors to immigrate here, how many of them took forever to assimilate or never did in the older immigrants cases, how there have been hatred and riots against certain immigrant groups throughout our history. This is just deja vu all over again. It is not a major crisis, it's not even a minor crisis. Just another example of Know-Nothings venting their their helplessness or their station in life towards someone who can't fight back because there are too many real reasons why so many come here to work crap jobs for what to them seems like a fortune. No person is illegal. And a person who by sheer accident of birth finds himself in one of the richest nations on earth and works themselves into a frenzy at the poor from another country who risk hardships we can't even imagine to try and get crumbs from the slicing of the pie, those people get no respect from me.
I just re-read the conservative piece and think it would make a great article for the Onion, but if it's supposed to be taken seriously, it's truly pathetic.
So well said......I couldn't agree more!
Response: Muchas gracias - as you may have noticed I am so fed up - just watching Keith Olbermann and the Dems totallllly caving in on FISA and I want to puke - it truly makes my stomach hurt. I fear we are seeing the end of Democracy as we knew it and it breaks my heart. - Jillian Hannah
Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?
Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania ?
Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?
And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?..Well, I don't. I don't care at all.
I'll start caring when Osama bin Lade n turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia .
I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.
I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.
I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.
I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.
When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don't care.
When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care.
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.
And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it-I don't care !!
If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!
If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem" -- Ronald Reagan
I have another quote that I would like to add AND.......I hope you forward all this.
"If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Also by.. Ronald Reagan
One last thought for the day:
In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out."
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM. AMEN!
Anonymous - forwarded e-mail to Reform America editorial staff
In addition we Americans are very crude in our eating habits and dress sense. We eat large size burgers with our mouths wide open splilling the fillings and disgusting for other watchers. As invitees we go dressed more than casually in dirty unpressed half size pants and dirty crumpled tops. In decent society this is considered an insult to the host.
Response: Thanks for your thoughts Clifford. There are definitely areas in which America could be better. Like a diamond in the rough with some effort and patience we might just turn ourselves into a gem of a nation that the world will admire and want to be more like. - T.Wilson-Ripsom
YES!! YES!! Right on and well said! How can I forward this to LOTS of people who need to read it--if they'll just take the time to do so.
Mary C Fischer
Add me to the list of patriots!
Response: Thanks Mary! America desperately needs patriots who are not afraid to tackle the problems that come from within. I appreciate your feedback. I'll make sure you get a link to the article to share with others you feel might find something useful from reading it. - T.Wilson-Ripsom
As an outsider (I'm Canadian), I am moved to provide another list of reasons why your country is in the state of horrific disequilibrium that it is. Your list, although laudable in its attempt to uncover reasons that might indeed have played a role in your disastrous fall from whatever grace you could still claim, is essentially just another navel-gazing, self-absorbed dissection of the American collective psyche. It's americo-centrism at its most banal and self-referential. Your Freudian/Adlerian narcissism is palpable. More accurately, your country as become the antithesis of what the founding fathers (?) were attempting to establish and is now nothing more than an old-fashioned empire. Your teeming unwashed, living in a violent-saturated society without universal healthcare, quality public education or safe communities, are funding a military force that consumes a half of annual federal revenues so that it can troll the earth's waters and airspace with permanent military stations in many countries and whose sole purpose is to protect corporate America and its insatiable demand for energy, water, minerals and timber. Your Congress, long since neutered as the counterbalancing voice of the people, has not declared war since 1941 and yet the sad, pathetic record of the invasion of sovereign states, of supporting vicious, totalitarian thugs and psychopaths and of the killing of millions of innocent people makes your country the number one terrorist country on the planet. Your statesmentship has reached a new low with the installation via a coup of the latest president, a laughable, frat-boy, incoherent war-monger who should be tried in the Hague as a war criminal along with his neo-con hired thugs. That's closer to the truth and the historians will paint just such a picture as the cool light of reason and impartiality come into play. In conclusion, read some Chomsky and Gore Vidal to get a more disinterested perspective and surely read Orwell's 1984 to see, with pristine clarity, exactly how all the self-absorbed, bulls**t American mythology of freedom, liberty and individualism will come crashing to a halt. The only possible way of this mess is to throw out the Congress and the President and pray that the citizenry will find somewhere deep inside themselves the energy and optimism to give the revolution another chance. Best wishes!
Tom Jones, Ph.D
Response: Wow! And I thought I had strong views on America. Everybody is entitled to an opinion and putting aside some of the more personal aspects of your letter, which anyone who puts themself into the public arena should expect to hear from time to time, I would say that you have some valid points. I like to think that we are not completely beyond hope as a society yet but certainly we could and need to be doing better.
You are absolutely right about Chomsky and Orwell being important things for anyone to read. I find Chomsky to be one of the most insightful people of our time. Orwell was obviously a genius and the vision of the future he painted in 1984 is most certainly coming to America in some ways. Thank you for your comments. - T.Wilson-Ripsom
Thank you for helping promote the pay it forward idea in so articulate a manner! - Director Pay It Forward Foundation
Yes, I totally agree! If we all followed this creed, our world would be a better place I greatly appreciate these words of wisdom. - Leslie Mobraaten
Great reminder for bringing the mindfulness back home in our daily lives. - Tina Jackson-Walda
Blaming the immigrants won't solve the problem. The employers that exploit them are the real problem. - Anonymous
Response: Couldn't agree more. We should go after the employers that hire them and make sure they face real consequences for exploiting people. - T.Wilson-Ripsom
I think Mr. McEnulty has a lot of good ideas. Too bad more people like him aren't getting out there and running for office. - Tony M. - Oakland, CA
I hate to think that it has come to the point where we need to have teachers running around with guns to feel safe in the classroom. The offer of free training seems generous but is this what our schools have come to? - Anonymous
Bush should be recalled because he has sold out our country on the immigration bill. Vote out all Republicans who vote for this bill. - Anonymous
YOU WANT TO WORK IN AMERICA...FINE...WE'VE GOT LAWS....LIVE BY THEM...NO AMNESTY...PAY YOUR TAXES...PAY YOUR BILLS...IF YOU DON'T, IF YOU CAN'T, IF YOU WON'T... BYE, BYE....YOU'RE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH...TRY TO SUCCEED !!!!! - Anonymous
I appreciate your objective and the calmness of the presentations. I am really tired of the ranting of Kool-aid drinkers on both sides of the aisle.
I have but one suggestion: Do your best to keep the articles under 600 words, as people tend to skim longer articles.
Response: Thanks for the feedback Dave! We try to keep things straightforward and simple but sometimes we get a little long winded. We hope it doesn't keep you from coming back and letting us know how we're doing. - Reform America Staff