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Hard work, that's what the children of immigrants see.  They grow up, born American, watching parents work in thankless jobs, beneath their abilities, busting their asses.  It's about sacrifice; every first generation American feels it in their Soul.

First generation Americans build on the sacrifice of their immigrant parents, always aware of how hard it was for them, always aware of the courage it took to make that "Great Leap" into America.  

When you see the suffering and sacrifice of your family, the intolerance they endured, long days of thankless work, all of it, summed up in a word.

Summed up by George Allen -- "Macaca"

Let there be no question.  This is where the republicans stand.

Imagine your mother, working ten hour days, cleaning hotels.  Not because she wasn't smart enough for something else, but because she had an accent, because she had to learn English from daytime soap operas.  Dedicated, driven to give her children a better shot.

"Let's all welcome Macaca to America"

Saving up.  That's what an immigrant parent does.  Every penny.  Saving every penny, every tip from cleaning that hotel room, not for a down payment on an SUV, but to get into beauty school.  Because that means a few more bucks, and the kids will go to college.  Better believe it.  Nothing will stand in the way.

"Welcome Macaca to the real world of Virginia"

Mastery of the American way of life.  After beauty school, still working hard, making good money, paying taxes, becoming a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, hosting huge karaoke Jams every Sunday.  Putting two kids through school who will never know how hard it was in the early years.  Never once looking back on her war ravaged country for excuses, or the orphanage she grew up in.

Then dying of cancer at age 52.


Support Jim Webb.

Originally posted to Irishkorean on Sun Aug 20, 2006 at 05:06 AM PDT.

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