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.
While Booker says some immigrants come from shithole countries, he was pointing out that it was a tactic of division utilized by Republicans.
Although he's correct that Biden is using the same tactic, just with nicer words.
Of course, Spartacus may be correct once in a while, but he's still just a bantamweight amongst lightweights and welterweights.
Generally speaking, immigrants come to a country because they hope for a better future. Back in the day, when my grandparents came west, they were looking toward having a better life. But they were all prepared to work hard for same. In those days, one did not expect to walk across the border and receive major benefits. My grandparents - and my spouse's grandparents and greatparents - came west with a hope for a better future. But there was no certainty: they might get a grant of land, but with that came the opportunity to freeze to death, or starve to death, or even - in the time or prairie grass fires - burn to death. The survivors won through, and we are grateful for them.
Not so today: the opportunists crossing the border expect hard-working Americans and Canadians to support them and give them benefits most citizens of those countries don't qualify for. They're parasites, not interested in being a benefit to their new country but leaching off it.
Hong Kong is dangerously close to the edge now. Yesterday China released a new propaganda video showing what the PLA Hong Kong garrison could do and that they have been training for it. It ends with smiling people who embrace the PLA, literally. Flowers and hugs. The message is quite clear, we can do it the friendly way or we can do it the not so friendly way.
I wouldn't mess with the PLA. In Shanghai they bring them out to do crowd control on big holiday nights and they are pretty effective, even if it is just forming lines to direct the crowds across the intersections. When these guys show up, you know it's time to take things seriously.
Last week, I recall the Chinese government saying they were, "running out of patience" in re Hong Kong.
IIRC, it was the same type of warning they issued before crushing the protestors at Tienanmen Square. I don't know that history will be repeated on a larger scale, but I think things could get very ugly. Both sides have a lot to lose.
When I think of Hong Kong, I think of December, 1941. For Americans, it' Pearl Harbor; for Canadians, it's the defense of Hong Kong.
As war clouds gathered, the Royal Riles of Canada (Quebec City) and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to Hong Kong; both battalion had received only minimal training and were expected that would only see garrison duty. However, the Japanese followed up their attacks on Pearl Harbor with an invasion of Hong Kong on December 8th. The garrison (not just Canadians, but some Brits - the Royal Scots, two Indian battalions and some others), fought valiantly but were overwhelmed. Christmas Day, 1941, the Japanese finally overran the island; on the 24th, they had overrun a hospital and bayoneted the wounded soldiers while assaulting and murdering nurses. The remaining Canadian soldiers ended up in prison camps under conditions of great privation. Many years later, the Canadian government finally acknowledged these privations and granted those who were still living extra compensation. I think widows of the Hong Kong vets were also compensated.