If a spaceman landed in America and looked at what was going on, it might have some problems understanding what is going on. We just got past Thanksgiving, a holiday in which we’re showing our appreciation for all the things that we have…family first, of course, and then friends, and finally our possessions. Then, the day AFTER we give thanks, we rush out early in the morning to jostle and push other people, so that we can buy MORE stuff! Television showed some of the fights, yes, FIGHTS that people got into so they could get something that they really didn’t need…but the price was SO good that they just had to get it!
This visitor from outer space might also be confused about our political process. As one wag put it years back, “We have 50 contestants for Miss America but only two for President”, so where is the logic in that process? Then, if that wasn’t enough, the two political parties wage such campaigns that are down-and-dirty, one might think that the loser is going to be executed when the winner takes office! Seriously, is it really necessary to use as many under-handed tricks as can be rounded up, in order to win a political office? It’s not just the Presidential race either, this “badder-than-thou” attitude can be found in almost every race for any office. What is that all about, America?
America used to pride itself on being “a melting pot” where immigrants came, assimilated, and became American citizens…along with being taxpayers. Where did that go? We have gone down a road where we know the end already is coming, but we don’t want to get off. The process to become an American citizen is long and complex…but sometimes it’s not. We want people coming here with a skill that we can use, with an intelligence that is valuable and that WANT to be Americans. The former administration cut the heart out of the process by importing thousands of people and placing them, willy-nilly, in cities where they were sometimes not wanted. This was directly opposite from our long-established process of citizenship and has resulted in many unwanted problems. Crime, disease, welfare, all have increased without the money to either fund or battle them.
Let’s just take a quick look at crime. Streaming across our Southern border came thousands of people from Mexico and Central American countries. The infamous gang, MS-13, came in also, under cover of being “unaccompanied children” when, in fact, most of them were adults. They spread out, all over our country and began recruiting others into the gang. When one was caught and sent to prison, he continued the recruiting there, knowing that the new member would be in touch with his fellow gangsters once he got out. MS-13 is not JUST a gang, they are known for being particularly heinous when committing murder, often carving up the victim…sometimes when still alive. To be sure, the present administration has done a pretty good job so far, rounding them up and deporting them.
Within the overall immigration “problem”, and it IS a problem, America is hearing about, and facing, diseases which were eliminated in this country, but not in others. So, we’re seeing a return of those diseases, along with NEW ones that have NEVER been in the United States. To say that it’s a challenge to doctors would be an understatement. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has been quite busy looking at these new diseases and making recommendations for combatting them. In my opinion, had the immigration of these people not been FORCED on America by the previous administration, we would not be facing these diseases now.
Now we come to “welfare” …and that is a VERY sore point with me. America, you have always had poor people and probably always will, but the big difference has always been that they WANTED to work. Sometimes they couldn’t find work in their field and were re-trained to another field. Sometimes, an injury kept them from seeking work…and we understood that. The current crop of “refugees” and “immigrants” are, to a large degree, non-working. They don’t want to work because they have been told that America will take care of them if they can just get into the country. This attitude has put a huge strain on the money that a city or state is able to dole out. I would prefer a program of “workfare” but very few people in any sort of government are with me on that.
Last word: Sit back, watch some TV, especially some news, and you too will be asking “What’s going on in America?” …and maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll see someone proposing changes. I hope so.
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