This is My Home Country

I do not know Rosemary La Bonte nor her husband. All I know is that Rosemary wrote a beautiful letter to the editor of the Orange County Register, a California newspaper. It never got published. Her husband David took it upon himself to publish it for her. He sent it to friends via e-mail and asked them to keep it moving, and that is how I got it. Rosemary eloquently writes about immigration and the Statue of Liberty and what it means to her.. statue-of-liberty

Here is her husbands introduction to her letter:

For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper … Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get published via cyberspace! From: “David LaBonte

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

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The Statue of Liberty

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people. When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl. And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags. And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

(signed) Rosemary LaBonte

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In support of Rosemary’s suggestion that we not take down the Statue of Liberty I have often thought that we should build carbon copies of Lady Liberty and place them at the official entry points into the United States.  Along with the statue, I suggest we construct a replica of Ellis Island staffed to take care of all who want to become residents.  We must celebrate a system that worked as well as that which our parents endured with emulation. Instead, we have fellow citizens who want to tear down the successful system and open the door to anyone at anytime to partake of the benefits and to then  return “home” with the booty.

Many times, I asked my Dad if he missed his home country, each time he answered “this is my home country.”  Mom had a slightly different perspective. She pined for her home town and her mother and brother. The pining never stoped, and when she was seventy-eight years old we gifted her with a trip home. She spent six weeks living with her niece in her “home” town. When she returned, I asked her if she wanted to move back home? She responded, “this is my home.” Dad became an American with his first step onto North American soil.  Mom took a few years longer, but she finally admitted she too was an American.

 

Without Self-Reliance

This is a great piece of wisdom based on the words of American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. It totally condones and appreciates American exceptionalism.

Thanks Australia? This Is Awesome

I received this today from my brother. It is written by a dentist in Australia. He characterizes the people of America better than most natural born citizens of America. He hit the nail on the head and I appreciate his words. I wish everyone in America thought this way. The problem with this essay is that it was not written by a dentist in Australia. The piece was written by one Peter Ferrara and published by the National Review on 25 September 2001. Why do people do what they do? Wasn’t this essay good enough to steal and give credit to the real author? Or did the original thief think that he could change the author and spread the story without being discovered?

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THANKS AUSTRALIA THIS IS AWESOME

 

Written by an Australian DentistTo Kill an American You probably missed this in the rush of news,but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published ina newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, anyAmerican.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone

know what an American is . So they would know when they found one.

(Good one, mate!!!!)

‘An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish , Polish,

Russia or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian,

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or

Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot,

Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native

Americans. An American is Christian , or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist,

or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan.

The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them

chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion.. For that he will

answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to

speak for the government and for God. 

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. 

The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence,

which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other

nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago,

Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their

country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other

nation to the poor in Afghanistan.

The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired

and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless,

tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them

were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11 , 2001 earning a

better life for their families. It’s been told that the World Trade Center victims

were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including

those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo,

and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world.

But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not

a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the

human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere,

is an American.

Please keep this going!

Pass this around the World .

Then pass it around again.  It says it all, for all of us. 

Please do not just delete. 

Pass it on first. 

Thanks!

I Am the Democratic, Republican, Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare.

Harley-Davidson 1000 cc HT 1916

Harley-Davidson 1000 cc HT 1916 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A friend sent this to me today, and I want to meet the man who wrote it and to shake his hand. I want to  say thank you for expressing the views shared by the majority of Americans.

I Am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare.

I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker. That’s me!

I am a Master Mason. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.

I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.

I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and drive American-made cars, and

I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.

 I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal Governmental functionary,

Democratic or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!

 I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!

 I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.

 I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and

Does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!

 I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.

 I believe there should be no other language option.

 I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

 My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth,

Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

 I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.

I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.

 I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any

Witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!

 I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where

You came from and change your own country!

 This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way it was…

so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China , or some other socialist country!

If you were born here and don’t like it… You are free to move to any

Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house,

Starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.

 I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend

Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he

Is always part of the problem and not the solution?

 Can I get an AMEN on that one?

 I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re

Breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not

Just because you happen to ride a bike.

 And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license.

I think it’s good…. and I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money..

 I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I

Don’t want you deciding who should be running the most

Powerful nation in the world for the next four years.

 I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell

Me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause….

Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!

 I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents….

 I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!

 I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !

 If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.

 If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know…

 We want our country back!

 My Country….. I hope this offends all illegal aliens.

 My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his

friends died in the Revolution & the War of 1812.

 My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War.

 My great, great grandfather watched as his friends & brothers died in the Civil War.

 My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War.

 My grandfather watched as his friends died in WWI.

My father watched as his friends died in WWII.

 I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, Panama & Desert Storm.

 My son watched & bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 None of them died for the Mexican Flag.

 Everyone died for the American flag!!!

 Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole,

other students took it down. Guess who was expelled…the students

who took it down.

 California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo,

because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

 Enough is enough

 This message needs to be viewed by

every American; and every American

needs to stand up for America!!!

 We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.

I’m taking a stand.

 I’m standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting

in wars for this country, and for the American flag.

 If you agree, stand up with me. 

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

 AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS !

 Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY!!!

 This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration!

 YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome tocome legally:

 

1. Get a sponsor

 2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!

 3. Live by OUR rules!

 4. Get a job!

 5. Pay YOUR Taxes!

 6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!

 7. NOW find a place to lay your head!

 

If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone,

then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !

 We’ve gone so far the other way . . . bent over backwards not to offend anyone.

 Only AMERICANS seem to care when American Citizens are being offended!

 

WAKE UP America! ! !

 Made in the U S A & PROUD OF IT!!!!!

What Does it Mean?

What does it  mean when you finally do something that has been on your to-do list for fifty years?

Earlier this summer, I spoke with my granddaughter and asked what she was going to do with her summer. She is an avid reader. She announced her intention to read all the books on her school recommended reading list.

“What are some of the books?” I asked

She rattled off several that didn’t register but then struck a chord with “East of Eden.” I am a John Steinbeck fan and have always intended to read that book. I never did, until now.

Why I put it off so long, I cannot answer, but the wait was worth it. Steinbeck has a beautiful style of writing. His characters are so real, I feel I know them personally. He describes the  locales in such a way as to see, smell, and hear the surroundings.

In the early chapters of the book, I kept thinking this sounds like something I have read before. The people and places were so familiar. As the pages rolled by I realized that I had not read this particular story before, but I had read several other Steinbeck stories. All of them take place in the same valley  near Salinas, California. He had to have borrowed some of the same characters for his novel.

East Of Eden is a complicated story that spans three generations of families, and it would take me the same six hundred pages to tell it. I love the period the story is from, i.e. 1875-1925. Life was hard then, but so much purer, yet so much more decadent at the same time. Steinbeck’s depiction of the era is historically accurate. His characters fall into the categories of good and evil. He describes how evilness is a trait a person is born with just as he might be born with a physical defect. Why not a defect in the brain that makes one inherently evil?

Thank you Dana for triggering me to read this book. Now, I am anxious to see the movie. In my mind, I have determined which generation I would have made the movie about. The movie will be higher on my to-do list, and not take fifty years to get to. I wish we could watch it together.

Unamerican, You Call Me Unamercian?

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

That’s the last straw. I have been tolerant of democrats even though I do not believe in their liberal BS.  Now, however, they  have gone too far by calling protesters unamerican. It seems to me that the only unamericans are the ones calling us unamericans. Have they not read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights either? Do you even know who you work for? . Do you care? I don’t think so. Who signs your check? It certainly isn’t POTUS.

If our our representatives really cared for their constituents they would listen to what we have to say.  I know it is hard to sit patiently, and listen to a bunch of angry people holler at you, but did you ever think they are hollering because you have put your own agenda before those of the people?

Why is it so important for you to follow POTUS’s  directions so blindly? He has only one vote to give you, just like the rest of us. Or, does he have something else you need that makes you so blind?  Is POTUS so omnipotent, and all wise, that you must bow, and cow tow to his whims? He has less experience in this life than you do, and I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Yes, I am unamerican because I still believe in this country. I never thought we needed change we can believe in.  I do not  believe I need hope for a country that is damn near perfect with all of its flaws intact. I believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the way they were written by the founders. I believe in fiscal conservatism. I believe it is a place where all can have equal opportunity, including legal immigrants. Yes, I believe all those things, so Mr. Democratic Congressman, call me unamerican.

You know what else I believe in?  I believe that you will lose my vote. I believe that you have instilled within me a fire to oppose you with every dyne of energy this old body can muster.

Yes, you, my name calling unamerican American, are the source of all problems in this beautiful country. The world will become a much better place without you.

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