American solders, we all appreciate what you are doing for this country. But you need to re-evaluate what you are fighting for. You tell us you are fighting for our freedom, freedom from what? We are limited on what we say, and in what we do. We cannot speak about what we believe in regardless of what it is we are saying, well that is not true. We can speak about anything as long as it doesn’t offend any one race, creed, sex or religion, we cannot speak ill of any other country and we DEFINITELY cannot make the government look stupid in their stances about certain things.
The press of all organizations should know the value of freedom of speech as they have fought to use it through history. Now they, the press, have limited everyone’s freedom of speech by hiding true feelings of Americans.
This article, which is written by a NON-Ignorant American, speaks the truth about immigration as it was and as it is today. Our ancestors DID come here illegally, however they assimilated into the American culture and worked hard to support this country, THIS COUNTRY, not the countries that they came from and they supported and followed the rules of the land.
Now again American soldiers, if we cannot speak out loud through the press about our feelings about this country, what exactly are you fighting for again?
This was NOT printed in the Orange County newspaper ………………..
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!
From: ‘David LaBonte’
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to ‘print’ it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented . Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are in 2009 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules; one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
Stand up America and fight for OUR country, not someone else’s country!
- Statue of Liberty Turns 125; Old Immigration Attitudes Alive as Well (usnews.com)
- Today Is the Statue of Liberty Birthday As All Republicans Try to Undo What Our Country Stands for (strangerinapicture.us)