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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearling to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”—Saying at the base of the Statute of Liberty in New York harbor.
During its operation, Ellis Island welcomed over 12 million legal immigrants into the United States. That was over the 62 year span that Ellis Island was open, 1892 to 1954. Its busy day was April 17, 1907 when 11,747 people entered our country, about what is happening at the southern border today.
Now over 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants are in the United States today. Of those, 3.8 million have entered since Joe Biden became president. The border patrol has arrested 169 people whose names matched those on the watch list. I wonder how many on the watch list are got-a-ways?
Do those figures make you feel safe in your homes and during your daily life. How many of those came to take part in the American dream? Or to change our way of life, or inflict pain and suffering and attempt to change the way we are governed.
So many different cultures, religions and people with different life styles, many of whom do not allow opinions that are different from theirs, have attempted to change our way of life, and some have worked their way into elected offices.
If you have been paying any attention to the mass protests in this country since October 7th, you should by now realize that there are forces that want to bring changes into our lives.
As I have watched those people protests and listen to interviews of some, I wonder if they have any of the facts about why they are marching on our streets and campuses.
I found a paper on Brookings written by William A. Galston and Elaine Kamarck called “Is democracy failing? Published back in January 2022. I think it its very relevant today.
The paper “explores the state of American democracy and whether it constitutes a systemic risk that impacts fiduciary duties. They assess the question of whether American democracy is backsliding towards failure, and argue that it is, they examined whether democratic failure represents a systemic risk, and concludes that it does.”
A couple of conclusions of the paper are: “Democracy means the rule of the people, but Americans do not fully agree about who belongs to the people.
“Disagreements about who is truly American are part of a broader cleavage in American culture. 70 percent of Republicans believe that American’s culture and way of life have changed for the worse since the 1950s, while 63 percent of Democrats believe that they have changed for the better. Strong majorities of Republicans agree that “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country,’ that ‘Today, America is in danger of losing its culture and identity’ and that ‘the American way of life needs to be protected from foreign influences. Majorities of Democrats reject these propositions.
“Support of political violence is significant. In February 2021, 39 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of Independents, and 17 percent of Democrats agree that if elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves, even if it requires violent actions.”
About the same number indicated that they might have to resort to violence in order to save the country.
Back in 1960, while I was attending school in Minneapolis, a number of times, along with some classmates, we walked down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis to get a White Castle and we did not have any fears, I wonder if I could do that today?
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton