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.
I'd prefer a more intimate, less insistent, rapid, and more modulated delivery, but Marco delivers the basic conservative message as only the kids of immigrants can do. He will mellow and ripen with age. (He is welcome to email me for advice!).
My other problem with his fine speech is equating power and/or money with the American Dream. There are over 300 million American dreams, no two of them identical. Freedom from the state, and opportunity with real risk and the possibility of real personal satisfaction with the shaping of unique lives, is what matters. The chance to follow your own heart and mind, bearing in mind that it might not work out and everybody might need a Plan B and a Plan C.
Only immigrants and the kids of new immigrants can remind us of how entitled and decadent we have had become.
My favorite line was about how the Obama administration is pushing the kinds of things immigrants came here to escape. It's like that sign reading "Welcome to Texas. Remember why you left where you came from? We don't do that here." In contrast, the Obama administration, like second marriages, is "the triumph of hope over experience."
re. "There are over 300 million American dreams, no two of them identical." That should read: About 150,000,000 American dreams, no two of them identical, want freedom from the state, and opportunity with real risk and the possibility of real personal satisfaction. About 150,000,000, all identical, want the government to guarantee sustenance from womb to tomb. That's what this year's argument is about.