So I recently received an email from someone I used to be very close to, but over the past couple years have kind of grown apart from. Not going to mention names. Anyways, this email was along the lines of the same things you always see about people claiming our president wasn’t born in the United States or “You know what’s wrong with this country?!?!” Here is the email, unedited with the exception of removing any personal information.
For once in my life, I am truly at a loss of words to make a comment.
Ok all you fighters for immigrants rights. Here is one of the reasons we as the ones that have to pay for welfare of these immigrants, depriving the natural citizens, have a problem with it. One of the several reasons the U . S . A . is falling apart too.
This needs to travel around the U.S.A. Don’t let it die folks.
(Picture taken in LA in May 2010)
For some reason, this email really upset me. I think it must have just been the combination of who it was from and the subject matter. The person that I received this from was someone I used to have a very high opinion of. I thought they were a progressive forward thinking individual and not subject to the garbage that had been floating around lately. I was heart broken and sad to see I was wrong. So I simply sent them an email reply stating “Please don’t send me this type of garbage anymore.” Moments later I receive an IM from the person:
again nothing personal
America’s immigration policies are as backwards as our drug policies. If we would spend more time helping countries like Mexico strengthen their industrial and social infrastructure, it would make long term progress in decreasing illegal immigration simply by making it unnecessary. It would also take away one more thing that the criminal organizations in Mexico use to fuel their business since it would make human trafficking obsolete.
Every human has basic rights no matter where they are born or who their parents are. I would never turn away a person in need and think that doing so would be morally reprehensible. So sure, someone is being an idiot, but there are a lot of people being idiots all around the world. It doesn’t make any of them less human.
So like I said, please don’t send me this garbage and please don’t try to wrap it up in the guise of open mindedness. The only reason that the USA is even remotely “falling apart” is because no one is willing to take responsibility or admit that we might have something wrong. It’s always the black peoples fault, or the white people’s fault, or the illegal immigrants, or the people that smoke pot, or “the gays,” or the Republicans, or the Democrats. It’s America’s fault. Why not do something to change the world than just regurgitate this slop? All we have done is escalate the same policies we’ve had for the past 40 years and it has only gotten worse.
If you want to have an intelligent discussion about social issues, that’s fine and I’m game. I have no interest in backwards thinking chain mail spam.