Well Said!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Minuteman, May 18, 2009.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some

    good points. For some reason, people have difficulty

    structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the

    currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the

    argument pretty simple. 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 theOrange County Register :

    Dear Editor:

    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 good bye 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 along side men whose parents had come straight

    over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan .
    None of

    these first 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 was 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.

    (signed) Rosemary LaBonte


    I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all

    across the nation.
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