Submitted by Noah Wilk (United States), Dec 30, 2006 at 04:55
"Your comments are interesting but they sound a bit like Patrick Buchanan's. And, believe me, I reluctantly agree with some of Pat Buchanan's comments, but he also is too much of an isolationist and we need to get rid of that mentality immediately. Yes, we have to be concerned about America FIRST and foremost. But, we also need to take part in world affairs to make sure that Islamism doesn't encroach us on all sides-- which it will with this isolationist mentality."
Don't get me wrong...I'm not a fantical isolationist who believes we shouldn't work with other countries and help promote freedom and peace. What I am opposed to is giving out all this foreign aid, which is severely unconstitutional, and the messy entanglements (treaties, the UN, etc) which our Founding Fathers so rightly knew would lead us into un-ending problems. For example, our legal entanglements with Taiwan could lead us into a world war with China.
"Also, about the Mexicans: I agree that we have to close our borders and patrol our borders. But, with all due respect, I'm of the opinion that the Mexicans aren't really our first issue."
Respectfully, I would have to say that you're wrong. Here's why. The Mexicans are pouring across the border in mass numbers. They are depleting our economy in mind-staggering amounts. For example, in 2005 alone, the cost of (mainly Mexican) illegals was $11.7 BILLION for public services. We lost $35 BILLION in unpaid taxes because of them, and then there's the issue of $300 BILLION in depressed wages and the $80 million or so that they send back to Mexico and therefore drain from our economy.
On top of the tens of billions of dollars they drain annually, they are overburdening the medical system and hospitals are being bankrupted and closing down, which makes emergency healthcare for American citizens harder to come by. They're also bringing in diseases that we once eradicated (at great cost) including multi-drug resistant diseases. This would not happen if they were coming in legally, since they'd be screened. We also have the issue of them being more loyal to Mexico than to America, their stubborn refusal to assimilate (refuse to speak English, etc), all of which erodes our American cultural heritage. Entire cities in America are becoming more like cities you'd expect to find in Mexico than in America, where few if any speak English, and American culture is indeed a foreign thing. It's almost as if these cities are foreign countries within our country.
They've literally become a human cancer. They're eating at the very core of America...its cultural identity and heritage. That is a far worse and far more insidious threat than any terrorist act.
"As a matter of fact, it's because of the hispanic population that the United States' birthrate isn't in as drastic decline as Europe's."
This is not a good thing. What is happening is that the Mexicans are diluting American culture. They are turning entire cities in America into Mexican cities with a population more loyal to Mexico than to America, where American culture has been replaced with Mexican culture. You cannot call a population that refuses to speak English, that refuses to assimilate into the greater whole, that refuses to espouse loyalty to the country in which they live, as "American". That is, by definition, a cancer. Cancer is any cell or group of cells that invade an organism in an uncontrolled and unregulated manner, via growth or migration, that do not assimilate with the greater organism.
"We need to close our borders so that Islamists don't sneak in through Canada and Mexico. Yes, I'm for legal immigration ONLY. I'm against Vicente Fox's encouragement of illegal immigration. But as for the illegal immigrants already here? If they're actual Mexicans from Mexico, I'm not too concerned."
You should be! When you realize how powerful a negative effect they have on the economy, how many billons of dollars they are defrauding from Americans, the severe negative impact they are having on the medical and legal system, the amount of crime and disease they are bringing in, and the systematic and severe erosion of American culture and homogeneity they are promoting, you'll see that they are the single greatest threat of our time. A nation is made powerful not by its diversity, but by its unity, by its shared values and loyalty to the country as a whole. These illegal Mexicans are eroding that strength more with each one that comes over.
"In principle, I don't agree with the amnesty program, but I"m not out to send every Mexican back to Mexico. I think the illegal immigration needs to stop, but Mexicans aren't dangerous fanatics intent on murdering Americans, taking over our country, enforcing Shari'a, and practicing Jihad."
They're more dangerous because they're invading in a more insidious manner. Make no mistake, Mexico knows how much money it makes off illegal Mexicans. Money sent back to Mexico from America by illegal Mexicans is the #1 source of income for Mexico, topping oil and tourism revenues. This is why they oppose a wall, immigration reform, etc. And just because they don't want to blow everything up does not make them any less a threat. They are creating a hostile, foreign nation within our nation, and it simply must be stopped.
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