Edward Hancock II
The Imperfect Blog
|Posted by EHancock2 on January 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM|
I started to post this as a Facebook post, but I decided it was just too long. I needed its own post. So, as a rare treat in my commitment to blog more often, you actually get TWO blogs today. I could have post-dated it to upload at a later date, but I decided not to do that. So, here it is in its entirety. The very thought that pulled me out of working on my screenplay today.
What follows is an opinion that just occurred to me as I was writing something completely unrelated to what I am about to post.
I was watching news coverage on this whole illegal immigration and executive order thing. It occurred to me that the problem is actually very simple.
The problem is Americans have lost their identity. We're so busy trying to be democrat or republican or white American or African-American (which in and of itself is a misnomer, for anyone NOT ACTUALLY born in Africa) or military vs civilian or gay vs straight or Christian vs. non-Christian that we've lost the one unifying identity that actually makes us the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The fact is We are Americans. We all are Americans. We are not British, We are not Spanish. We are not Iraqi. We are not French. We are not Nigerian. We are not Mexican and we are not Canadian. We are a nation that has seen people come here from all of those places. But, once inside our borders and inside our system of laws and inside our legal citizenry, we are all Americans. Some born here. Some not. But we are all Americans. People born, raised and living in North Korea at this moment are not Americans. People born, raised and living in Iran right this moment are not Americans. People born and raised and living in Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Mexico, Egypt, Yemen, etc are not Americans. They are NOT Americans. They're just not. No one born on German soil (which American Military Bases are not) is eligible to hold office or VOTE in American political elections. No more than we can vote for or against Angela Merkel in their elections. We are not German citizens.
We don't get a say in the politics of Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, Equador, China, Japan or Italy. Likewise, they don't get a say in our elections. They don't get a vote. In the cases of Human Rights violations, sure, there's the United Nations Security council. But no citizen of a foreign nation is LEGALLY allowed to vote in our presidential election (though investigations suggest as many as 800,000 to 1 million foreigners may have illegally voted in the last 2 to 3 elections.
If you live in California, you don't pay state tax to Oklahoma. If you live in Oklahoma, You don't pay income taxes to North Dakota. If you live in North Dakota, it doesn't matter that South Dakota doesn't have a state tax. Your state does, and you have to pay it. If you live in Boston, you don't get to vote in the Mayoral election held in Houston, Texas. If you live in Florida, you don't get to pick the senators in California. These things are common sense to most Americans. But, for some reason, it fails to translate from a state to state idea to a country to country idea. It's the same principle. Just on a bigger scale. It's a bowl of water vs. a cup of water. It's a salt lake vs the Pacific Ocean. There's no difference, except the scale.
America is not (insert random country here) and (random country here) is NOT America. The citizens of America are not (from random country inserted here) and the citizens of (random country) are not Americans. It doesn't matter what sovereign nation you put in there. The equation balances. The statement stands true.
Presence in America is a right for anyone born here. It becomes a right for anyone NATURALIZED here. But it is NOT a right of anyone entering here criminally... it is NOT a right of any random man walking the streets of Beijing right this very moment. It is NOT a right of the single mother in South Africa right now. It is NOT a right of the Lithuanian, Botswanan or Brazilian. It is NOT their RIGHT nor OUR obligation. It is, by LAW, a privilege we extend to those we deem worthy of preserving, protecting and defending the policies and procedures and qualities laid out in the Constitution and subsequent immigration reform laws.
I didn't understand why so few Americans understood that. But then it hit me. So few Americans left alive today TRULY know what a glorious honor and privilege it actually IS to be born here under the majesty of the Stars and Stripes and the MERCY of the God over our Great Nation. But now I understand it. If only I knew how to FIX it.
Until NEXT time (which will probably be a few days away) this blog is brought to you by the letters W, E and H and by the number 2.