View From Lodi, CA: A Patriot`s New Year Resolution

Here`s a New Year`s resolution to add to your list:

If “I resolve to be more
aware of the efforts of well-organized,

and influential organizations whose
mission it is to destroy the United States as I know and
love it. I further resolve to become more active in
fighting back.”

This is a column I would not have written five years
ago. I may not have written it two years ago. But after
studying immigration and language issues closely, it is
obvious that those who want to change America beyond
recognition have the access, the influence, the money
and the power to do it.

Those who want to preserve America—what`s left of
it—are sinking into the quicksand.

My first columns

appeared in the Stockton Record,
as it was
then known. In those editorials, I commented on how
federal immigration policy really worked. My perspective
came from an insider`s point of view based on my

Lodi Adult School experiences.

I saw immediately that everything was wrong with U.S.
immigration policy. And I also knew exactly where we
were headed.

In my naiveté I thought that when others learned what
was so abundantly clear to me, then reform would follow.
Surely, I reasoned, change was inevitable.

I was wrong.

If you had said to me in 1988 that fifteen years
hence California would have a

$35 billion deficit
and preparing to fire policemen,

and park rangers while still providing


and a host of

other benefits
to illegal aliens, I would never have
believed it.

But that`s where we are.

I could write 800 pages on this subject but I am
limited to 800 words. That small amount of space permits
only two brief overviews of how those who want to crush
us are succeeding.

First, the recent

ugly incident
at the Lawrence School by non-English
speaking parents demanding more bilingual services and
greater respect for their Hispanic culture was most
certainly not the work of a handful of concerned Moms
and Dads.

The National Council of La Raza or the Mexican
American Legal Defense Fund, both of which are
generously funded by the

Ford Foundation
, have played an active role in

organizing demonstrations
to relentlessly press for
more bilingual education. Their involvement—directly or
indirectly—is probable.

Or more ominously the

National Limited English Proficiency Advocacy Task Force
might have orchestrated the protest. The
newly-created task force has one purpose: to sue those
who aren`t complying with

Executive Order 13166.

The E.O., signed into law as one of President Bill
Clinton`s last official acts, states that any
organization that receives a dime of federal money for
any purpose must provide free interpreting services.  

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission and the

American Immigration Lawyers Association
are gearing
up to enforce E.O. 13166. Looking off into the horizon,
those lawyers see nothing but dollar signs.

(For a more comprehensive look at the litigious
activities of these various groups, go to

Ho Ho! This Inverted Santa Clause Wants Your Money (In
Any Language)

Second, you have doubtlessly read about a group of
so-called “vigilantes” or an “armed militia”

patrolling the border
between Arizona and Mexico.
These individuals have been widely denounced in the

mainstream media
and generally portrayed as loose
cannons. Some are “reported to have links to hate

On a trip to the border (coincidentally on 9/11) I
met several of them and listened to their stories.

What you have not read is that the ranchers pleaded
for years with the federal government to help them
protect their

land and their families
. They have written, called,
e-mailed and FAXed. Some have traveled to Washington,
D.C. to beg the government to enforce the law.

One rancher told me that he became so frustrated when

John McCain
wouldn`t reply that he got on a plane
and went directly to the Senator`s office.

Over the course of several days, McCain repeatedly
refused to speak to his constituent.

Given that these law-abiding, taxpaying citizens have
been ignored for years and given further that there is
no end in sight to the trespassing and destruction that
takes place on their property, I`m not surprised that
the ranchers are now

policing the border
themselves. What recourse do
they have?

And by the way, as part of your new resolution, the
next time you read the phrase

“linked to hate groups,”
may I suggest that you
contact the reporter to demand the specifics of what
“hate” activity took place and when and where it

We now live in an era where “rights” are extended to
those who have no “right” to be in the U.S. The rest of
us are dismissed as racists or kooks. We`re marginalized
or, the most effective weapon, dismissed.

But with public awareness on the rise, 2003
represents a brief window of opportunity to lay the
foundation for meaningful change prior to the 2004
election year.

The trend since 1988 is well defined. And what the
next 15 years will hold is certain – unless concerned
citizens speak out.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English
at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly
column since 1988. It currently appears in the

Lodi News-Sentinel