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My views tend toward Thom Hartmann's on the issue of immigration.  That being said, today Americans of all ethnicities should be humbled by the organizers and participants in the recent marches for immigrant rights. It has been an awesome display and reminds us America can still be a great country if the people are allowed to lead.  I think these marches will be looked back upon as a watershed event.

Grab those American flags marchers and let them wave 'wide and high'.  Let the world see something we can be proud of for once.

Hat's off to all of you, and from the bottom of my heart, thanks for giving me a little hope.  

Originally posted to TheMank on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 06:43 PM PDT.

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  •  Its been a great day (2+ / 0-)
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    themank, YucatanMan

    CSPAN covered the demonstration in DC and it brought tears to my eyes. And all of the American flags- these people are true patriots.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

    by dem4evr on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 06:46:57 PM PDT

  •  I think the Mexican flags last time didn't play (2+ / 0-)
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    voltayre, just passing through

    too well. I'm not sure that I'm so proud of the fact that we have an endless stream of desparate people south of the border who will work for less than the last wave. It would be positive if this energy could be used to transform Mexico so that they can have a middle class.

    •  wave that flag (0+ / 0-)

      Mexico will never develop a middle class if we can't keep ours.  I guarantee it.

      The Mexican flags didn't phase me but the responsiveness demonstrated by switching to American flags was terrific.  I'm one of those that wants to take back the flag and flaunt it in the face of these ignorant jingoists and warmongers. 'Wave it wide and high' as the song goes.

      ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

      by themank on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 07:03:20 PM PDT

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  •  Humbled?????? (1+ / 0-)
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    themank

    No, enlivened, emboldened... and rejoicing.

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 07:07:47 PM PDT

  •  Right On Brother ! ! ! (1+ / 0-)
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    just passing through

    Now that we've “done” immigration laws, which laws should we protest next?  

    I’ve got it ! !  Wireless internet access.  I hate being forbidden to “hitch a ride” on my neighbor’s wireless internet access. Why should I have to pay too?

    Nah. That’s small potatoes. But those freakin’ building codes laws are a TOTAL nuisance and they drive up construction costs.

    No, wait. SPEED LIMITS and TRAFFIC LIGHTS. Yes!! They are so oppressive...

    •  read the Thom Hartmann article I mentioned... (0+ / 0-)

      then get off your high horse.

      I'm celebrating the fact that several million US citizens can still care enough about an issue to get off their duffs and demonstrate civil power like we haven't seen for a while.  

      And we are not 'done' with immigration laws.  Let's solve this problem in a civil and enlightened way that brings out the best in people and protects American workers.

      Let's solve this problem on a solid bedrock of fundamental respect for other human beings. The United States has legitimate issues regarding it's borders and immigration, and something needs to change.  The status quo should be unacceptable to everyone.

      That being said, let them who pick their own food, and slaughter their own meat, and wash their own dishes in a restaurant cast the first stone.

      I bet even Tom Tancredo and Lou Dobbs don't check to see who is washing their dishes when they dine out.

      ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

      by themank on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 09:22:19 PM PDT

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      •  I had read the article... (0+ / 0-)

        ...but wasn't sure you had. We probably agree. But your diary didn’t sound like you were celebrating the generic act of protesting. It sounded like you were celebrating the position of the protesters.

        I don’t think you and I are watching the same protests.  Of course they want amnesty and an open border. I could put a pretty good crowd together for a few months of free cable TV if we had any chance of actually getting it.

        I hear immigrants saying, “I chose to come here illegally, now give me citizenship! How dare you make me live with the consequences of my decision!”

        And I hear their American supporters saying, “I don’t give a rat’s ass about the well being of my fellow lower and middle class working Americans. These illegal immigrants were suffering in their home countries and that’s all that matters. They should come over in whatever numbers they choose. I don’t care how much it costs”.

        Both positions are childish.

        The extreme rhetoric you’re hearing from the reformers is (for the most part) born out of intense frustration, not racism. If the government would FIRST secure the border and enforce existing immigration laws (including sanctions against employers), THEN you would see an amnesty-like package pass without a whimper. But do it the other way around, or even together, and they will shriek day and night.

        To quote our President: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”  With this issue, it actually matters...

  •  Folks in the protests know they are the future (0+ / 0-)

    We had a unity press conference and a several thousand person march here today. The spirit is great: determined but celebratory.

    What exclusionists don't seem to understand is that the border runs right through most immigrant families. The migra's "illegal" is some legal resident's uncle or wife. And the kids are the next generation of Democrats.

    •  it's a watershed (0+ / 0-)

      like I said, history may point back to this time period as the beginning of an era.

      Tough problems to solve in the meantime.  Unity, maybe that's the key word.

      ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

      by themank on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 09:36:34 PM PDT

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