Thursday, June 22, 2006

The -Ism Schism

Cross posted from CommonSenseAmerica:

There seems to be some confusion in the illegal immigration debate, as this article illustrates:

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes:

Dobbs has said repeatedly that the only thing that concerns him is “illegal” immigration. But on his show he sounded the alarm bells when the Heritage Foundation put out a report warning that offering illegal immigrants a path to legalization could mean taking in as much as 100 million more legal immigrants.

If you’re sincere about one, why freak out over the other? Unless, of course, you’re not as pro-legal immigration as you pretend to be. Unless, of course, what concerns you — or those you’re trying to pander to — isn’t just that people are coming illegally, but that they change the language and cultural landscape of the country once they arrive.

There are words to describe that sort of thing. Unfortunately for those who have trouble accepting the truth about what this debate is really about — and what it’s been about for more than 200 years — the words all end in “-ism.”

I agree that the word ends in “-ism”. The word is Patriotism. It is not racism that compels people who love their country to expect their laws to be enforced against those that would enter illegally.

The only “-ism” we should all be concerned with is the fact that “racism” is most definitely a part of this debate but it is constantly being used against the wrong groups.

While some are still trying to play the “race card” against anyone that does not agree with their open border agenda, I would like to ask a couple of questions. And I’m going to go ahead and ask them out loud.

If the definition of racism is “belief in racial superiority” then;

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause a neighboring country to spit on the laws of another nation and encourage its citizens to ignore them?

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe their race is entitled to demand that a foreign country change its immigration laws for them?

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe that their race should be allowed preferential treatment above all others on earth when it comes to immigrating to the United States?

And perhaps even more telling, wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe that their race is above the laws of any nation?

Just curious.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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