it seems that Independence Day is more and more about immigration
—at least in the MainStream Media (MSM).
A typical ABC News story from South Carolina
Newest U.S. citizens take oathJuly 01, 2011"CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — As the nation celebrates its 235th birthday, the newest United States citizens will celebrate Independence Day for the first time as Americans."More than 50 people took the Oath of Allegiance at Middleton Place on Friday."The ceremony is part of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service`s annual Independence Day celebration. Nearly 2,300 candidates will become American citizens at about 30 ceremonies around the world."It was a major achievement for the men and women who came from all over the world to the U.S. for a better life."If I`m going to work and live in America I might as well make myself an American," Kareem Phillips said."Kareem Phillips has been in Charleston for three years as an active member of the Air Force. Now he will continue his service as a U.S. citizen.[More, links added.]
That`s just your marginally disloyal MSM, but the alternative left wing media is in full-on treason mode. On NewAmericaMedia.org
, "the country`s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations, Iranian
immigrant Behrouz Saba
] writes like this
- "The architects of the American idea were inventors and authors, soldiers, farmers and diplomats of differing, often clashing, notions. Yet they were united in a single, most powerful belief that found the intrinsic value of each human being transcendent of birthrights, inviting the largest, most enduring waves of migration in human history to these shores."[The Founders issued no such invitation—there have been immigration restriction measures and immigration pauses throughout American history.]
- "Today, that spirit of inclusion is being eroded by the de-facto formation of a new American slavery which lets people cross this country`s southern border under treacherous conditions and without documents to serve obediently at small wages in jobs that most citizens would not accept. Just as African slavery led to a devastating Civil War whose toll of Americans exceeds all lives lost in foreign wars to date, the virtual Latin American slavery is also creating alarming fissures in our body politic."[This part about the modern-day slavery is actually a good point—one we`ve made ourselves. But his conclusion is wrong—if uncontrolled Latin American immigration might lead to a new Civil War, doesn`t that argue for stopping it, using the Army if necessary?]
- "This Independence Day calls for renewing our conviction in three common yet uncommon words, "We the People," to include farm laborers, factory workers, construction workers, nannies, gardeners, janitors, cooks, food servers, dishwashers, cashiers, clerks, painters, carpet installers, movers, drivers, security guards, housekeepers, chamber maids and business owners, not to mention high school graduates with no way forward who were brought to this country by undocumented immigrant parents."[This last part is the craziest of all—the whole point of immigration is that the immigrants aren`t "We, the People": they`re entirely different people.]
Crossing the Border: Immigration & the Founding Fathers, NewAmericaMedia, July 3, 2011
This is standard stuff on the pro-immigrant left—but at least Berouz admits that the illegal immigration crisis is a "conflict which touches upon America`s very national identity",
which is exactly what we`ve been telling you.
Remember that conflict will still exist when you`ve finished celebrating America`s Independence, and come back from the barbecue and the weekend`s "shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations
" as John Adams promised on the very first Independence Day,
and come back ready to fight to keep
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