Monday, May 01, 2006

May Day reactions

The link below is to an article from today's LA Times about the impact May Day labor walk outs in that city affected certain major industries and underscored, for me, the truly vital nature of immigrant labor. It has been heartening to see these Mex-American people showing solidarity and righteous indignation at the callous indifference to economic and social reality being shown by the idiots who run the U.S. federal government.,0,6871969.story?coll=la-home-headlines

These immigrant people belong here because they are doing real work and living real lives. I also happen to like their customs and food. What's wrong with them being here? After all, the United States DID invade and occupy one-third of their mother country. They are now re-taking it lock, stock and barrel without firing a single shot. I just love watching this happen as the white bread gringos helplessly find themselves assimilating into an ever growing alien culture that they have no way of stopping, much less understand. Que pasa amigo?

My grandfather was an illegal immigrant. He snuck in from the Ukraine by way of Japan and then on to Seattle. He was eventually offered legal citizenship in exchange for enlisting in the Army to go and fight the Kaiser in WW1. Luckily his unit was quarantined due to an outbreak of some contagious disease and spent the war confined at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He made a very lucky deal with the devil I'd say.

I think the idea of one's citizenship is a fairly abstract matter. Is "nationality" something the government imprints on my being? Shouldn't being a citizen of a place be a voluntary experience, not some burden to bear as the result of your accidentally being born in a particular place?

If someone hires you to do a job that should be enough reason for any person to stay wherever they want. Buying property is also a legitimate way to belong to a place without any need for some larger national identity. Let the private market decide. It will allocate and disperse as nature intends, with people migrating towards opportunity and fleeing despondency. The human spirit, when left to flourish freely, can create remarkable symmetry and order within its environment resulting in beauty and grace just like all the rest of God's other creations.

And here you thought I was just another angry crank, but I ain't. I love you all very much and want us to be truly free. That's all.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the Jesus quote: "Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God." (Matthew 22:21) and am beginning to think He was making a sly, Jewish sort of joke about the fact that Caesar don't deserve diddly squat and that rendering unto God is simply being true to one's inner spirit as a sovereign soul, apart from and not subject to earthly masters. He was maybe the first true Libertarian of them all.

This last link is to that fathead Lou Dobbs of CNN who claims the immigrant movement is being taken over by radicals. Better news I could not imagine! Let's hear it for more radicals in the land of the arrogant gringo government! Lou who do you think picked your boiled breakfast prunes you constipated ninny? Where do you come up with this stuff you bloated windbag!

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