Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

They have pickup trucks in America

April 19, 2008

Via Rightwing Sparkle:

From his website:
Stefan Koehler is a recent immigrant from Germany, Stefan was an eyewitness to the horrors of life under a dictatorship. He is now thankful and proud to live in America, the country of his dreams, the land of freedom and opportunity. His goal is to encourage Americans to appreciate and honor their great nation. His authentic enthusiasm is highly upbeat, touching, contagious.

I think my favorite part of this was when he brought out the piece of the Berlin Wall.  I have to throw in the mentioning of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan’s speeches, and when the Immigration Officer welcomed him ‘home’. 

Each of us here in America either is an immigrant now, or our ancestors were.  Some came from Europe, centuries ago, some from far-flung parts of the globe today.  It may have been people fleeing Vietnam, Africans coming here for a better life, or yes, Mexicans who see the corruption and come here (legally, as with all the immigrants) to start over.

I hear constantly from people who have been here for generations about how horrible America is.  We’ve done this, or are doing that.  There’s a reason people from every continent and every country quite literally risk their lives to make it to America.  They know what real oppression is, they know what real economic suffering is, they know what real poverty is.  They may have lived under real oppression because of their religion, or their ethnicity, or maybe they had fought against tyrants, and their side lost.  Whichever the case, the stories of freedom and opportunity in America have spread around the world for centuries, and people answered the call.

I was having a conversation just today, and we were discussing how easy we have it here.  We have such a good life, from the top to the bottom, that we complain about such trivial things.  The very reason we complain about trivial things, is that we are so blessed.  People don’t starve to death in America, even our poor have the problem of too much to eat.  We don’t die in heat or cold waves in any real numbers.  76% of the poor have air conditioning.  Many of those are in northern climes with little need.  A few summers ago, the nations of western Europe had a heat wave.  (conditions were what we here in Texas call ‘summer’)  Over 35,000 people died.  Our average poor live better than the average overall Europeans.

Our new immigrants come here often with little more than the clothes on their backs, not speaking a word of English.  Their children graduate at the top of their classes and go on to be doctors, attorneys, business owners. 

A while back, I went to see a band.  In a barbeque joint that has live music on the weekends.  Here I am, in a honkytonk wannabe, in flyover country, in the middle of Texas.  You know, real redneck racist hateful country, right?  Corncob-Smokin’, Banjo-Strokin’ Chicken-Chokin’ Cousin-Pokin’ Inbred Hillbilly Racist Morons.  Bitter too.

Not so much.  There were white people, black people, Hispanics, several types of Asians.  College kids, all the way up to retired age.  Bikers, preppies, cowboys.  Despite copious amounts of alcohol flowing in the place, you know what?  There was not a single fight.  No cross words. 

I looked around and realized two things:  1) That even here in Backwardsville, there was a real mix of the world’s people, and 2) we were just people, having a good time.  That’s all.  Another realization I had shortly thereafter was this:  I love this country.  Nowhere else in the world could you have this situation.  Among countless other examples that engender the same feeling, the above video has one effect on me:

I’m. Proud. To. Be. An. American.

Blogs For Borders! Blog Burst 03/10/08

March 11, 2008

Via Michigan Redneck: