We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Naturally, the Left is pushing the "oppressed victim" route instead of the success route. My experience of uneducated new Central American immigrants on the East Coast is that they have no interest in being oppressed victims.
"My experience of Central American immigrants on the East Coast is that they have no interest in being oppressed victims."
Well good for them! America is still the land of opportunity and can always use people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get things done. Too many Americans have been conditioned to stand around with their hands in their pockets, waiting for the folks in Washington to offer them welfare and a free color TV. That attitude has got to stop or our country really will go bankrupt. If someone like Oprah Winfrey can go from being dirt poor to a billionaire, there's HOPE for us all, not the fake Obama kind, but the REAL kind....not that wealth is the only measure of success in life, of course.
But they grab every bit of welfare they can scam. Uneducated and happy with it. Big problems with alcohol and violence also.
Talk to cops and EMTs in areas with large concentrations-horror stories. Used to live in an area with very large numbers. Glad to be gone. Was getting dangerous. I was a minority and they let me know it. They had these feelings of superiority you see.
La Raza, etc.
Yikes! This starts a good discussion. I just watched "When Worlds Collide" narrated by Ruben Martinez covering the cultural histories of mestizos and indigenous peoples in the Americas. Then I read the coverage of Mr. Rangel.
I was raised in Chicago and spent a fair amount of time volunteering in the inner city, learning that Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Costa Rican, Chilean, etc. are not the same cultures (learned that the hard way). My relatives also live in Texas, New Mexico, California, New York -- lots of face-to-face interaction with those of other cultures.
Perhaps BD and his crew of highly experienced posters could develop this conversation before the politicos divide us into voting blocs. Think so?
There are a lot of short run advantages to being a victim. Lots of people and organizations will be delighted to help you be a victim. They will dispise you if you decide not to be a victim.
If you decide to be a victim long run, what you are implicitly saying is that you cannot cope with and overcome adversity, i.e., you are a loser. That's why professional victims receive pity and contempt, they self identifie as failures.