Seriously, how many of us would agree to get rid of Italian, Irish or Chinese immigrants? Yet, this was the populist chant throughout our history by the then citizens of the US. And, yet, we can all agree that all three immigrant population have been productive and additive to our society and helped make America great.
Yet, despite their contributions to America, all three groups were infiltrated by undesirable elements of their society, including La Cosa Nostra, Irish gangs, and the triad. The Italian mafia. the Irish mob, and the Chinese triad all wrecked havoc on our society with gang wars, alcohol and drug imports and sales, illegal gambling and prostitution, and, in general, through the corruption of our society and our societal institutions.
Despite this awful history and trials and tribulations that we had to suffer, we came out stronger and the better for Italian, Irish, and Chinese immigrants. This is the history, and legacy of our country. We take in people from all over the world, imbue them with American values, moralities, code of ethics, sense of integrity and honor and watch them burgeon and thrive in our society and, eventually, become not only “mainstream,” but also an integral and important part of our culture. In the process, we all become a little Italian, a little Irish, and a little Chinese, which then becomes part of our culture and partly defines what it means to be an American.
Who among us hasn’t eaten pizza, corn beef and cabbage, or fried rice? Who among us hasn’t used words like “ma ma mia,” “luck of the Irish,” or “reading tea leaves?” Who among us don’t know something about Italian, Irish, or Chinese culture?
The point is that what it means to be American from a cultural perspective has morphed over the centuries and now it includes elements of Italian, Irish and Chinese cultures. And, I believe we are stronger for having these influences, not weaker because of them, and, most importantly, we largely survived the infiltration of La Cosa Nostra, Irish mobs, and the Chinese triad.
Therefore, for me, to give up this rich heritage, tradition of immigration and the acceptance of refugees in need IS to give up on America and Americanism. And, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Islamist extremist terrorists (they are not only Muslim and extreme, but they put their thoughts and words into action, which is what ultimately makes them terrorists; meaning the real threat isn’t from Muslim extremists, but from Muslim extremists that actually put their philosophy into action) want us to give up on the idea of America and Americanism, so that they can replace it with their version of right and wrong and with their moral philosophy, based on their belief of what god wants AND impose sharia law across the world.
So, anyone advocating for the surrender of our immigrant and refugee traditions IS advocating for the defeat of America and Americanism, whether one knows it or not. We cannot and must not let this happen. We need to absolutely up hold our Six Pillars (morals, values, ethics, integrity, and sense of honor and honesty) despite the dangers and hostilities. Because, the defense of our Six Pillars is the defense of America and Americans and the defense of America and Americans starts with the defense of our Six Pillars.
This is because the foundation of America rests on our Six Pillars; no other country in the world was founded on a moral philosophy. All other countries were founded on ethnicity/genetics, and sometimes based on religion, but none on a moral philosophy centered on inalienable rights, and individual freedoms. This is unique to us and is central to Americanism. And, we’ve given anyone who believes in Americanism a chance to be a productive part of our country through immigration and refugee programs.
Yes, the dangers we face from having Syrian/Muslim immigrants coming to our country are real and palpable; however, if we don’t allow this group to come to our country, what does that say about us and our moral philosophy? I think it says that we are cowards, we don’t really believe in Americanism, we are weak, we are easily scarred, and we are all mouth and no action. We cannot let anyone, let alone Muslim extremist terrorists, use this as propaganda and recruiting tool.
But more than that, we cannot give up on ourselves and our Six Pillars, because the moment that we do we have lost to the Muslim extremist terrorists. If we give up on our Six Pillars, we are saying that our fear is greater than our belief in Americanism, and we are not only not willing to fight for our ideals, principals, and Six Pillars, but also that our ideals, principals, and Six Pillars are not worth fighting for in the face of more powerful and impassioned ideals, principals, and Six Pillars espoused by Muslim extremist terrorists. Is this really the message that we want to send to the rest of the world? Is this really what we want to stand for? Do we really want to tell the world that we are a paper tiger, a cowardly lion, or a dragon of smoke?
This is not to say that we don’t do what we can to prevent the infiltration of these destitute Syrian immigrants by ISIS or other Muslim extremist terrorist groups. However, it does mean that we don’t use the threat of Muslim extremist terrorism to deny a group in need access to the safe harbors within our borders.
One thing that we may be able to do is to recruit some of the immigrants as special agents of the FBI or Homeland Security and infiltrate Syrian immigration groups to help root out the Muslim extremist terror groups. Or, have a fast-track warrant program that would allow US security agencies to obtain warrants very quickly, may be even electronically over the phone, for any cases involving potential terrorism threats. Another idea that we could employ is to give everyone coming into this country a mandatory education program for one year in which people are taught our history, our Constitution and our laws. In this program, we should emphasize what makes America great, what are our faults, what we are doing to change that, and the faults and errors in our past and what we did to change them. Regardless, it is true that we need to find ways to minimize threats to people already living in our country.
Whatever we do to help the Syrian refugees, there are still things we, as good Americans must do to help send a message to the rest of the world about who we are. I am sick and tired of being, not only pushed around by wanna be Muslim extremist dictators, but also the rest of the world looking at us as the cause of all of this malaise and tragedies, and, more importantly, that we are powerless to do anything about it. And, based on the actions of the Obama administration, who can blame them.
I say, it’s time to send the world a message. All good Americans must unite and send a message to the rest of the world. So, I say we stand tall for our Six Pillars and strongly profess our conviction in the greatness of our country and Americanism. We say to the world that we are not powerless, nor lack compassion, and most importantly, we will never ever give up who we are, what we stand for, our Six Pillars and Americanism. Finally we shout to the world, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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