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.
No one has the "right" to live in America. This country is not the final destination of everyone who believes that they "deserve" something better than what they have. It is not the responsibility of this country to provide anything to anyone, despite the claims of a million Entitlement groupies. When the last wave of immigrants came here, it wasn't because their own government demanded that our government be open to giving them jobs, so that they could stimulate the economy of the homeland. When the last wave of immigrants came here, it wasn't because they wanted free school, driver's licenses, or medical care. The immigrants built this country, but they built it for themselves. They came here legally, they came here with skills, and with the idea that they were going to build for themselves and their families a better life, above board, and with everything that they could give to it.
My grandparents, my parents, came here with papers, through Ellis Island. They came here legitimately, they earned their jobs legitimately, and they worked and paid taxes and sent their children to public school. They earned the right to be called an American through their hard work, through their desire to leave behind their old ways, the ways that had made them poor, and despite the pull of their nationalism, they made a commitment to this country.
Re: marriage is for white people.
And God have mercy on all our souls. What a depressing article. Marriage was ordained by God for the procreation and rearing of children in the service of God. Spouses are supposed to be helpmates to each other not playmates. Marriage is for grownups, not hedonistic children. Some happy few stay happy married. But there are many of us oldfashioned types who sustain a marriage thru years of misery, unemployment, conflict because we put our children's welfare ahead of or own. I'm sure my hsband wd prefer a more Geisha-like mate, and I would have been happier if he had not been unemployed for most of the last 18 years. But we want to teach our children to keep their promises, and not just get going when the going gets tough. Every child deserves 2 parents who live together and have the staying power to stay married. I have read much specios nonsense about the harm parental conflict does kids. How much more harm does it do a kid to know that their parents were too immature and self-centered ever to marry their coparent, or too fickle to hang in there and face the inevitable difficulties we miserable sinners all face staying together?