I originally opened this blog entry by incorrectly stating that Robb Pearson used the word "evil" to describe "illegal" immigrants. He corrected me on this and was good enough to provide me with his actual written speech which I've posted below.
There are quite a few statements in his speech that become oxymoronic when coupled with the visual of what he is asking for - the deportation of all "illegal" immigrants. Let’s just take the first paragraph of the speech.
Generous? (Yes we’re generous, but not enough to help these people. We'll just “deport now!” after we made them feel it was ok to be here by giving them jobs.)
Tolerant? (Not of people fleeing poverty for the opportunity to actually support their families apparently, unless they’re from European countries and don’t stand on the street looking for work.)
Prosperous? (Of course because we enslave the rest of the world by supporting low paying slave labor in other countries instead of promoting US businesses that pay our fellow Americans a fare wage. Aren’t factories moving out of the United States by the droves? Didn’t this country fight immense labor battles throughout its infancy and into the last century because workers were being taken advantage of – workers which included children? Tell the poor workers of those ‘good ol’ American days that they were created equal and free and tell the slaves too? Please don’t reminisce about principals which have rarely, in our history, been adhered to.)
Welcoming? (If this were true people wouldn’t be here illegally. They wouldn’t need to be.)
Committed to Liberty? (Let’s go tell the Iraqis this. That’s a good name for our next war – “Operation Committed To Liberty.”)
Most noble of human principles? (Which are…?)
What is noble about telling anyone who thinks different from you to “go to hell”? (Voice Of The People USA) What is noble about flat out stating that all “illegal” immigrants are evil murders. (You Don’t Speak For Me.) And, since I’ve read some of Robb Pearson’s posts, what is noble about stating that Chris Christie, who is obese, spends too much time eating at the Morristown diner? Isn’t that kind of like being told you’re a racist all the time (a statement these groups battle everyday whether it’s true or not)? You know - personal attacks.
Finally, Robb states that the day of the rally was a day to “find real solutions to this problem.” Well nobody offered solutions except David Marlett. Everyone else just went on fear mongering tirades about how we’re all going to die tomorrow if there’s one “illegal” immigrant left. Oh, and there was the wall across the southern border, and 287(g). However, little time was given to actually explaining these things.
It really blows my mind that these groups continue to state “against the law, it’s against the law.” You know what, a lot of things are against the law and laws are broken everyday and have been broken multiple times by every person who spoke that day. Laws are also changed. It was once against the law to speak out against your country, as Robb does on his blog and I do as well. If this were eighty years ago Robb, and myself, would be in jail.
I literally can find no other explanation for the complete grouping of all “illegal” immigrants into this brazen mass of misfits other than to think these groups are worried about preserving the white majority in this country. No other explanation holds up when carefully studied and scrutinized. It’s all based on the promotion of fear and it’s all based in hate. Yes, there are others on the opposing side that also work in these terms, but I believe we have to find a better way then simply promoting action by scaring the hell out of one another.
Nowhere on this earth will you find a more generous people.
Nowhere on this earth will you find a more compassionate people.
Nowhere in this world will you find a people more hospitable, more welcoming, more tolerant, more blessed by diversity; nor a nation more prosperous, more committed to liberty, nor more firmly founded upon the most noble of human principles than THIS people, THIS country, THIS land, THIS GREAT NATION the United States of America.
Today is about We The People.
Today is a day to celebrate our common American heritage, founded upon the recognition that all people are created equal, and free. Today is also a day to recall what our Founders understood: that those who gather in community and form a society retain the right to establish and enforce laws which they feel will best secure their common good, and ensure their collective security.
We The People. To borrow from an old Bible story of young Joseph, we are a coat of many colors, woven together by a cherished legacy of immigration and diversity, and a grand tradition of the rule of law, which is the thread that binds us together.
But, my friends, that thread which maintains the cohesiveness of our society is being undone by the scourge of illegal immigration. It is a serious injury to our nation as a whole as well as to our local communities, an injury which is not only perpetrated upon us by those who enter and remain in our country in violation of our laws, but is also enabled and allowed and continued by our own government.
This is unacceptable!
We The People. We The People. Let today mark a new direction. Let today be a day to take new steps. Let all of us today recommit ourselves to our foundational American principles, and rededicate ourselves to one another as fellow Americans.
Because we can no longer be content to gather merely to express our extreme frustration or engage in mere academic conversation about the issue of illegal immigration.
Today is a day to push forward with renewed determination to find real solutions to this problem.
Today is a day for all of us to ask ourselves what we each can do, what we each should do, and what we each MUST do, as responsible citizens.
This, my friends, is why we -- We The People -- are here today.