Victims of the slave years? Only in that there is an entire race industry built up perpetuating the status of "victimhood", that someone owes you something, instead of getting off your butt and working for it.<quoted text>
I’m perfectly OK with you sleeping in most mornings. The important thing is to get up in time for breakfast.
“Dredging up” sounds a lot more sinister than “noting.” Nevertheless we have invested in compensation, but it has not and could not possibly right all the wrongs. African Americans are still victims of the slave years and Native Americans are still victims of prejudice and economic disadvantage. Only time can and ultimately will lead to equality.
Let me try to explain what “rules for fools are guides for the wise” means. Although curt, it’s noter se an insult. I’ll break it down by saying that people can choose simply to obey rules or they can be more perhaps respond more appropriately in specific situations by considering the rules along with other relevant information before deciding how best to respond. Does that help? Thanks for asking.
Indeed the immigration issue is extremely complex. If we were to let people immigrate without quotas, we could become overpopulated and that would result in too many people competing for too few resources. That’s basic economics. So we set quotas, x people per year from country A, y people per year from country B, etc. The problem is that when there’s an emergency, people from other countries come here without our permission. If they broke the law but starving, should we kick them out? Maybe. If they give birth to children here, should we kick them out? Where to? Some strange country where they don’t even know the language?
Should we sometimes bend the rules? Probably.
What should President Obama do about it? Something. Should Congress help find a solution? Also something.
The Vietnamese and Cambodian boat people came to the US worse off than the blacks that were here when they arrived-and now? through hard work, family values, etc, in just a generation or two, they've risen to the middle class, small business owners etc. B/c none of them were waiting for their "reparations"
As for the poverty of the Native Americans, you should see that as our future with the government running our lives, our healthcare, our businesses and the rest. The few tribes that have instituted property rights, and taken control of their lives are starting to create wealth and take advantage of the opportunities here in this country.
Only a refusal to stay a "victim" and taking responsibility for ones own life will things start to change.
back to your "rules for fools...guide for wise" etc, that's all well and good, but when the "rules" are actual LAWS then perhaps the wise need to institute legal changes? Otherwise, what's the point of the law? In reality, it means that there is no law.
Immigration-just like any other subject, you can't save everyone. And cutting your own throat doing what we are now, isn't helping. We're already seeing the strain on our education system, health care system as well as other social service programs, let alone the cultural and criminal impact.
As for the rest of your questions/points on immigration-lets say that Mexican nationals flood the border do to out of control cartel violence. Do we turn those people away? FEMA camps? It's a real possibility, the point is there ARE issues to confront and work with....not just wave a magic wand, suspend the rule of law and the Constitution to garner a few votes.