For the boarder States and all the other 50 States, immigration is becoming a major issue. Now this thought is meant not only for those who seek a new life in this Republic, but also to all those who are now citizens. I have been introduced to an interesting book written by Hamilton Abert Long, “The American Ideal of 1776”. I just started reading this book. It deals basically with twelve principles or foundations for the american ideal. To start off with the author high lights a quote from an essay by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, 1782 – Letters From An American Farmer.
“What then is the American, this new man? . . . He is an American, who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds . . . The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles; he must therefore entertain new ideas, and form new opinions. From involuntary idleness, servile dependence, penury, and useless labour , he has passed to toils of a very different nature, rewarded by ample subsistence. — This is an American.”
What is disturbing to me is that it appears that there is a growing influx of people who want to change our traditional American values, our love of liberty, family, faith and our Constitution among others. You come here, hopefully, to seek a better life. You are not content with the conditions where you come from. Be advised that there is no “pot of gold” at the end of this rainbow. This is not an “assisted living hospice”. You are expected to work and contribute not only to your support, but also to the support of government that protects your life, liberty and property, (or at least is supposed to, and we are working on that failing point in government). We respect the heritage you bring to this Nation, we do not expect you to surrender that colorful part of your life. This part of you is what has helped make this Nation strong. Your success and achievements in a great part contributes to the building of this Nation.
On the other side of balance, please do not expect us to provide a free meal ticket. Helping our neighbor is a quality we are proud of, and we look forward in helping you getting a good start so you can fly on your own. We look sadly upon those who would bring the evils of their past life into this land. Who seek to take advantage to the freedoms afforded them to the harm of others. It would be an ideal world if our boarder were open to free intercourse. However, because of the nature of people, at present, it is an impossible dream. We are told that there will be a time when that dream will be a reality, but we are not governed by angels.
Remember the wise words quoted above, you come here as it were through the waters of baptism. You become a new man/woman, “. . . who acts upon new principles; he must therefore entertain new ideas, and form new opinions.” Then, and only then, will you become an “American”.
I caught part of a report on I believe Date Line, the other night. They talked about the effects that the southern State that recently passed the tough immigration law. To those citizens whose workers left, I would say, encourage them to stay. You have a right to employ anybody you chose. The State has no jurisdiction over your rights and if they come on your land, make sure the State bureaucrats have a valid search warrant.
A good essay on the subject by Daryl Williams, Esq. of Mesa, Arizona