Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Quick Quiz

A prominent American made the following statement about immigrants:

"Few of their children in the country learn English. . . .The signs of our streets have inscriptions in both languages. . . . Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious."

Who was it?

A) Lou Dobbs, CNN journalist

B) Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

C) Tim O'Hare, Mayor Pro Tem and member of the Farmers Branch, Texas City Council

D) Benjamin Franklin

If you selected "D," you are correct.

Franklin spoke disparagingly of the German immigrants of the 1750s.

Some things never change in this country.


Brandon Scott said...

If the US had rejected all the Irish during the impossible conditions in Ireland in the mid 1800's, I probably would never have been born. My great great great grandfather came on a huge ship, basically stealing his way on as an orphan. He was adopted by a family in the States and from him came members of the US House of Representatives, preachers, teachers, singers, doctors, and performers...touching many different subcultures. The land of "opportunity" made it possible. I just feel like we (I) have a responsibility to give the same opportunities to others and give grace freely as my family has received it for so many years. And...I love Larry James!!

Larry James said...

Hey, Brandon Scott, well said! And, of course, I love you too!

Roland said...

I wonder Larry, do you lock your doors at night or when you go on vacation? If you do, why? Why do you secure your home, business or church when you leave or even when you are there sleeping? I mean, from your blog I would think you would leave all your doors open and welcome any one at any time.

Larry James said...

Roland, I'm not saying that the border doesn't need attention. But, no, my number one concern is not fear-based and sometimes I do forget to lock my doors. And, yes, everyone is welcome in my house.

We need Mexico. And Mexico needs us. We need to work on being more proactive and on facing the facts about this problem.

Anonymous said...

Larry, of course it had to be D. None of the other options are that articulate, wrong as they all may be.

Roland said...

Never said it was based on fear Larry. It's based on common sense. It's based on facts. It's not based on black and white. It's not an either or equation. You can still love the criminal but still punish the crime.

It's also not about what many, including President Bush, want to do and that is have one North America with no borders at all.

Larry, it's so very easy for you to throw aside the locked doors argument and not really address it or think about it. The fact remains that you lock your doors to your home, church, car because you want to protect yourself and your family from theft, terroristm, drug dealers, drunks, prostitutes and the like from invading your home and hurting your family. There is a reason why shelters can only take so many's called resources. It's called crime. It's called saftey.

I love my friend. I care for my friend. I also turn my friend in when he breaks the law.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see that!

Your friend talks about how he doesn't report his cash tips as a waiter... you turn him in? Your riding in a friend's car and doesn't do a full stop at the stop sign, or he goes 10 over the speed limit... you turn him in?

Yeah right, that's about the biggest bunch of baloney I've ever heard. Maybe if it were a serious crime... but I digress.

You can't seriously say you would turn a friend in, even in the smallest infraction. That load of crap makes me completely ignore your poor reasoning, Roland.

Hey maybe we should build a fence around our earth to protect from all of those space aliens. Their sneaking into our earth at alarming rates.

Or we could build miniature fences around all of the racist people who want to "protect our borders" that way we don't have to look at them.

Anonymous said...

Roland, think before you answer: What would Jesus do? What would he have his people do?

Larry James said...

Roland, come to think of it, Anonymous 5:07 raises a good point. Jesus and law--interesting subject. On the one hand, he said things like "render to Caesar" etc., and on the other he violated the Law that God gave Moses: woman caught in the act of adultery, touching lepers, etc. He always "violated" or redefined provision of law when those laws hurt people. So, maybe it isn't such a bad question to consider.