Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. Here’s to another 231 years of American independence. It didn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t perpetuate itself by auto-pilot. Mudville Gazette posts a poignant reminder that “Freedom isn’t Free” from a soldier’s father. My Independence Day column takes a look at the forgotten “A” word lost in the immigration debate: Assimilation. Here’s the intro:
Amnesty is dead. Now, let’s talk about the other “A” word. It’s the word and the concept completely abandoned during the immigration debate: assimilation.
Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of illegal-alien demonstrators took to the streets lobbying for amnesty. Marchers waved “Amnestia Ahora!” placards in one hand, the flags of their native countries in the other. Open-borders strategists quickly replaced the foreign flags with Old Glory after militant activists caused a public backlash last year. National newspapers played dutiful propagandists and splashed patriotic photo-ops of the “undocumented” masses wrapped in red, white and blue to drum up sympathy.
But now that they’ve lost their amnesty fight, will they still embrace American symbols and traditions? Or was it all for show? And what of all that talk of illegal aliens being willing to study citizenship and civics? And take English classes? Why must they be bribed with the promise of a temporary guest-worker visa and mass governmental pardon in order to adapt to our way of life? When did assimilation become the means and not an end in itself?
Val Prieto has a moving thank you note to America. Amen and dittos:
Thank you, America. For the opportunity – the privilege – of living in freedom. A freedom your sons and daughters have given their all for.
I promise, America, to support and stand by your ideals. This freedom you’ve given me affords me many things, but most important, to me, is the freedom to choose to be an American. A choice I make with much pride and humility and one that bestows me the great honor of being among the ranks of those Americans that came before me, stand alongside me and will bless this country long after I am gone.
And I know it isn’t said nearly enough as it should be, but I love you, America. You are, truly, the greatest country in the history of the Earth.