Friday, April 07, 2006

Illegal immigration and apathy


There is trouble in paradise, in fact the trouble is quite evident here in Dallas. Last week, thousands of students bailed from their classes and headed for City Hall. Many were interviewed and didn't have a clue what they were protesting about. Wednesday evening, a local high school invited its students to an after hours meeting in their auditorium. The auditorium easily accommodates 500-600 students and the issues to be discussed were the immigration bill and how to effectively have their voices heard. It was to be moderated by the debate teacher.

As the news cameras panned the audience there were 20 students in attendance. Wait? They had no clue? No. There had been multiple announcements made over the PA system all day. Wait? Where are the thousands that "took a couple of days off from school "to protest? Ummm. They weren't even there. The ones that were there probably didn't skip school at all. Pretty sad.

This morning, Stomps With Foot forwarded an email from her cousin EllDee, quoting David Bresnahan which reads:


David M. Bresnahan
April 1, 2006

Dear President Bush:

I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements.
I know you can help with this.

I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.

So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. All government forms need to be printed in English.

4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.

5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.

7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don't enforce any labor laws or tax laws.

13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely. However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.

Thank you so much for your kind help.


Now, I pretty much agree with Mr. Bresnahan, except for the part about going quail hunting with the V.P. Even though he may be a moonbat, an opinion based solely on that sentence, I must say that I agree with him.

Kinky Friedman, one of Texas' independent gubanatorial candidates has a better idea about border security and illegal aliens. But our elected federal representatives are the ones making a mockery out of existing laws and the enforcement thereof.

For God' Sake people, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up. They are taking it all away... Remember the Don Henley song, the one that goes:

Inside Job
Don Henley/Mike Campbell

While you were sleeping
They came and took it all away
The lanes and the meadows
The places where you used to play

It was an inside job
By the well-connected
Your little protest
Summarily rejected

It was an inside job
Like it always is
Chalk it up
To business as usual

While you are dreaming
This little island disappears
While you are looking the other way
They'll take your right to own your own ideas

And it's an inside job
Favors collected
Your trusted servants
Have left you unprotected

It was an inside job
Like it always is
Just chalk it up
To business as usual

You think that you're so smart
But you don't have a fucking clue
What those men up in the towers
Are doing to me and you
And they'll keep doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
Until we all wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up

I know what I've done wrong
I am acquainted with the night
I know how hard it is
To always walk out in the light

And it's an inside job
To learn about forgiving
It's an inside job
To hang on to the joy of living

They know the road by which you came
They know your mother's maiden name
And what you had for breakfast
And what you've hidden in the mattress

Insect politics
Indifferent universe
Bang your head against the wall
But apathy is worse

It's an inside job
It's an inside job
It's an inside job
Yeah, yeah

It's an inside job
It's an inside job
It's an inside job
It's an inside job

It's an inside job
It's an inside job

OK, how many of you remember this Buffalo Springfield song. I know it by heart, because I was singing it on college campus before I went to Vietnam … it's in my DNA.

For What It's Worth
Stephen Stills, 1966

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Tellin' me I gotta beware
I think it's time we stop
Hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

I'm in, lock and load.