This Land’s not your Land, This Land is my Land
First let me wish a Happy New Year to all of my readers, and thanks for joining me for another year. (Yes, you’re committed now, don’t try to back out.) I started this blog in 2011, and here we are now in 2013. My readership has grown a bit, and although I am not a huge blog, I also don’t have the time to write every day here (The daily part of communist daily is because you can read it daily, whether or not I’ve posted new content. At least that’s how I rationalize it.) All things considered, I’m grateful for those who take the time to read my rantings, and who take the time to comment and give their opinion. This is what makes the internet great. (Well that and videos of cats doing ridiculous things.) Anyway, thanks for joining me here again, and I wish you and yours all the best in the coming year. That being said, on to the topic at hand!!!
The Melting Pot
Immigrants. In the US we have this image of dirty and gaunt immigrants standing at Ellis Island gaining access to the greatest country on earth (TM). OK, American immigration history is a lot more complicated than the stories of Ellis Island, but many Americans like to think of the US as a land of immigrants. However, we’re not really that kind to immigrants, and we never have been. You see, this is just another in a long line of lies that make up the myth of America. We want to think of ourselves as tolerant and open, but we are nothing of the sort. From the Italians to the Jews, Chinese and Japanese, immigrants to the US have faced an often hostile place of racial and ethnic tensions. Discrimination abounded and campaigns to disenfranchise millions of immigrants litter our history.
Now after the recent end of the congressional debacle that was the fight over the self imposed and completely absurd fiscal cliff”, it is being reported that Obama wants to tackle immigration reform. No, this probably won’t make much of anything better, it will likely be cosmetic changes. In fact, the Huffington Post is reporting that although the details of the so called reform is a complete mystery, many rightists in congress are already gearing up to address it. Of course that’s assuming it ever gets brought up at all since the fight over the fiscal issues is far from being really resolved and congress spends more time telling each other to go fuck themselves (that’s not hyperbole either) and getting huge paychecks than they do their actual jobs. So what can we expect from the ultra-right assholes in the blogosphere on this issue of immigration reform? (Please note again, I seriously doubt that the Democrats will come up with anything close to progressive, seeing since Obama spent his first time completely putting Bush to shame when it came to deportations.) Well, let’s take a look at the rambling idiot (and ironically an anchor baby of sorts) Michelle Malkin. I’ll spare you her stupdity, and won’t quote the article I’m taking the following from, but in a recent article on her website, she screamed and ranted about the dangers of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. At the end of her hysterical and xenophobic rant, she listed something from the US Commission on Immigration Reform, which she uses as a template for how immigrants should assimilate to the US. And if they don’t assimilate to her liking, they should get the fuck out of here, because this is HER country. Anyway, here it is (With my responses to it):
We believe these truths constitute the distinctive characteristics of American nationality:
Wait, what makes you think you have the right to define what the identity of 300 million (or whatever the population was in the 90s) people is?
*American unity depends upon a widely-held belief in the principles and values embodied in the American Constitution and their fulfillment in practice: equal protection and justice under the law; freedom of speech and religion; and representative government;
Except those things aren’t true. Plenty of people in the US don’t like the constitution, or want it changed drastically. Plenty of people in the US are bigoted in many ways as well, including violence and discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs and other religious groups.
*Lawfully-admitted newcomers of any ancestral nationality—without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion—truly become Americans when they give allegiance to these principles and values;
Yeah, but I was born in the US and never agreed to these rules, ideas or principles. Ever. Sure, I was forced as a kid to say the pledge of allegiance, sure I was forced to make a stupid oath when I joined the military to be able to go to college, but I don’t agree with the bullshit ideas of the slave owner written constitution and actually look forward to the day the people of THIS time can choose a government that truly represents them. Also, these are recent ideas for the most part. There has been extensive discrimination against religious, and ethnic or national groups throughout US history.
*Ethnic and religious diversity based on personal freedom is compatible with national unity; and
That’s funny. Ethnic diversity was mostly allowed in the US for slave labor purposes, but go on.
*The nation is strengthened when those who live in it communicate effectively with each other in English, even as many persons retain or acquire the ability to communicate in other languages.
Ignoring of course that the US has no official language, never has, that multilingual countries are not more dysfunctional, and that forcing Americans to learn more languages couldn’t hurt.
As long as we live by these principles and help newcomers to learn and practice them, we will continue to be a nation that benefits from
substantial but well-regulated immigration.
As long as we let in mostly white, rich, and well established immigrants. Also we will never really help immigrants learn English, but we will most certainly make fun of those with accents or struggle with the language. The next part is Frau Malkin again spewing her bullshit nationalist bullshit:
Those principles have been abandoned, scorned, and sabotaged. You have not heard an iota about them from Washington. It is the erosion of Americanization and the ascendancy of the collectivists that helped create the conditions for Election Day.
Those principles are jokes that never existed but in the wet dreams of right wing fascists like yourself Michelle. White people, and white people wanna bes, like YOU Michelle, you fascist dick. “Collectivists”. Ha. You don’t know the meaning of the word you privileged fucking Stepford wife.
Amnesty instead of assimilation is a recipe for even greater GOP losses at at the ballot box.
OOOOOOOH, that’s that real reason, isn’t it? You’re afraid that the poor immigrants who crawl through our borders won’t vote the way you want them too. That’s the real issue here isn’t it? You’re afraid that the immigrants who come here won’t be a fascist like you, that they won’t want to work for starvation wages to feed their families. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Who saw that one coming.
Amnesty instead of assimilation is a recipe for the furtherance of American decline.
And while they’re at it, make them convert to Christianity, and dye their skin right, is that the plan Malkin? You want them all to be like the Philippines, whence your ancestry hails. It got so much better there after the Christian Spanish, and then the US raped and plundered and colonized it, didn’t it? Oh, wait…
Nationalism and Racism
Immigration policies have long been used as excuses for racism, and xenoophobia. They wrongfully claim that immigration, “legal” or otherwise, causes higher crime (that would be poverty sweethearts, not immigration) and that certain groups just cause trouble. It is racist, and it is wrong. If we really thought that freedom was the way to go, and I do personally, I would say that human beings should be allowed to live where they fucking please. Yep, that simple. Oh, you don’t like all those poor people pouring into your country? Well, makes that whole colonialism thing ironic now, doesn’t it. When we allow open borders around the world, capitalism can’t control that. It will help destroy it. So by all means, immigrate illegally, legally, or otherwise. Help break down national barriers, and break the illusion of nationality. We are all human beings, and when we stop allowing countries to hoard resources and power, we stop allowing the rape and colonization of poorer countries. That’s all I want to say today. Fuck nationalism, fuck racism, and fuck capitalism. They all go together. Do what you can to help lead the world to revolutionary change.