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.
New York's Bravest lowering standards to avoid DOJ problems. Apparently literacy standards are racist. LaShawn digs into the subject. If those of African heritage really have lower average "g" than other races, as abundant studies show, it's a big problem. I remain a skeptic.
We should stop, slow down and absorb. We should sit and settle. We should do what you do after eating an eight-course meal. We should digest what we've eaten.
We should close our borders. We should do whatever it takes to close them tight and solid. Will that take the Army? Then send the Army. Does it mean building a wall? Then build a wall, but the wall must have doors, which can be opened a little or a lot down the road once we know where we are. Should all legal immigration stop? No. We should make a list of what our nation needs, such as engineers and nurses, and then admit a lot of engineers and nurses. We should take in what we need to survive and flourish.
As we end illegal immigration, we should set ourselves to the Americanization of the immigrants we have. They haven't only joined a place of riches, it's a place of meaning. We must teach them what it is they've joined and why it is good and what is expected of them and what is owed. We stopped Americanizing ourselves 40 years ago. We've got to start telling the story of our country again.
I think it has been mentioned before, but the story deserves repeating. In Seattle in the mid 1990's a fully tenured white professor of nursing refused to pass an African/American woman through a critical nursing/science course. At that time Christine Gregoire was the Attorney General, and the same women who stole the governor's mansion in November of 2004 were in power. The decision was made to fire this fine woman, who had been teaching and practicing nursing for years. Not only did they break her tenure, the refused to re-install her. Her only crime was refusing to pass an African/American in course critical to becoming a competent nurse. She spent $70,000 trying to regain her job and nothing was accomplished. DO NOT tell me that any minority you see in the medical profession got there because they were bright, or skilled, or talented--I know of at least one that was pushed forward for other reasons.