There isn't one regular reader here who doesn't know that I'm adamantly opposed to granting citizenship to illegal aliens. I am even sufficiently hard ass to demand even the so-called "dreamers" earn their citizenship by serving four years in the military or with a nationally recognized community service organization.
So yesterday I'm scrolling through my Facebook posts and find a post sponsored by an organization called Stop Amnesty that dares to criticize Republicans who are proposing granting citizenship to illegal aliens willing to serve four years in our military. As a retired Vet myself I felt qualified to comment on this post. I reiterated my belief that anyone who's willing to serve and sacrifice and offer your life up for your country is the just the kind of folks we need in our citizenry.
Well, you would not believe the degree of vitriol I received for advocating for citizenship for those willing to serve. One female chicken hawk asked if I was willing to share a bunk space with an illegal Mexican. Well, the term "racist" seems to be thrown around rather loosely these days but I would have no problem calling this woman a racist. I've served with Mexicans and Asians and Blacks, and so many of them were some of the finest people I ever met. Go look at that Vietnam wall and take a look how many Hispanic names are on that wall. So yes...knowing how difficult and challenging it is to serve in the military, I would embrace anyone who's willing to endure four years of it, all the while writing a blank check up to and including your life.
I guess if I had to choose between an illegal Mexican and a gutless chicken hawk, I'll opt for Pedro. Since less than 1% of Americans choose to serve in our military today, and even during the Vietnam era only 5% or so did so, there are damn few out there who deserve to weigh in on who serves and who doesn't.
At a time when Americans are weighing in on immigration reform, at a time when our entire culture is wrestling with our demons....desperate to find some human redemption, I have now found a significant swath of folks who are pure haters, pure racists who go far beyond answering the question of illegal amnesty and choose to carry that issue into the nightmare racism prevalent in the south in the first half of this century.
Stick to your guns, folks. Maintain your morals and your standards; feel free to speak out about amnesty for illegal immigrants....but be careful who you ally yourself with...there are hating White Supremacists out there for whom no measure of human redemption is possible if your skin is brown or black.
Sad. Damned Sad.