Yesterday the Senate FINALLY passed the repeal of “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell”! It’s about time. Thousands of gay and lesbians has served our country and given their lives for this country, all the while fearing that they would be “outed” by someone and then not allowed to serve their country and continue their careers. They had to live a lie for so long. Thank Allah (swt) that they can now serve with every other person if they wish. This was a LONG time coming.
The other thing I’m riled up about is that the DREAM Act did NOT pass the Senate.This bill would have allowed a way for the children of illegal immigrants (read Mexicans) to become USA citizens by attending college or serving in the military. My question is, where is the logic in not approving this bill? These kids came to this country through no fault of their own; they were brought here by their parents. Why can’t they make a meaningful contribution to society and attain their citizenship? What is so offensive or wrong with that? Well, the answer lies in the hatred (a strong word but appropriate) of so many Americans to Mexicans and other Hispanics, whether they are here legally or illegally. I have seen it over and over, and I live in a city that is 65-70% Hispanic! I think it’s a jealousy–we (Anglos) have been here longer than you and you want to take our jobs or else live on welfare. None of those presuppositions is true. Where I live, in south central Texas, Mexicans were here first! The immigrants to the territory were from the fledgling United States. All different nationalities besides Americans fought at the Battle of the Alamo (Irish, German, Mexican, etc.) to gain independence from Mexico and Santa Ana’s tyranny. Mexican and other immigrants want jobs, yes, that’s true. But look at the jobs they take–dishwashers and waiters, housekeepers, landscapers, farm laborers, etc. These are jobs that no Americans will take because they believe they are too good to do that type of work. These were also the jobs that African-Americans previously held in the 1950s and 1960s, when they couldn’t get jobs they were qualified for. As for living on welfare, when one cannot find a job, welfare is the safety net for the health and well-being of children, who through no fault of their own are here. The bigots call them “anchor babies” who help to guarantee that illegals will be able to remain in the USA. Again, not true. The Federal Government has no problem with separating families and sending parents back to their home countries without their children. Ask any immigration lawyer. Sometimes it seems as it this is Nazi Germany all over again. Whatever happened to the American DREAM?
And speaking of outrageous treatment of human beings, what possesses the Israeli government to displace millions of people from their homes, then crowd them into ghettos, make it impossible to get jobs, get health care, get an education, etc. I know they justify their treatment of Palestinians by saying that Hamas and Hezbollah are threats to the security and existence of Israel. If so, the government should target them and end their reign of terrorism. But the vast majority of the Palestinian people just want to live their lives and be free to make choices. Instead, at every turn, Israel makes their live miserable. And we, the USA, support Israel–right or wrong–whether they follow UN guidelines or not. Where is our compassion? Where is our moral compass?
Just some random thoughts on a chilly Sunday morning.