Monday, November 19, 2007

Yes. That guy is back

Dora, Immigration, and our pride.
Amazing the faults we find in another. Yet with scrupulous detail we praise our youth.My daughter speaks Spanish now. She can say whatever Dora happens to be adventuring in Spanish very clearly. My wife and I take joy and thank God she is so smart. Her ability to grasp my wife's native Ebo language has prompted me to explore immigration and the wealth of diversity it creates. Good or Bad.

I do believe in an American way. Perhaps we may differ on it's proposed meaning. But I would call myself a patriot. A patriot that has and will continue to support values of freedom and reciprocity that have only proven to be crucial to our superpower status.

But this immigration..Well,I, I, I, like it. Yea. I kind of do. I like the fact, call me an optimist, that millions of people would risk their lives on a raft, cargo freight or other ways to even taste the freedom I live in. Call me proud, you probably already have, but the need to feel good about something this election cycle is calling. Middle school sense gay would be saying negative campaigning and blah, followed by Blah, education, and blah(fill in the blank). Lets delight in one issue that is polarizing to millions of people.

I recall an SNL skit in which Justice Rehnquist(Will Ferrell) calls to vote during the House impeachment of President Clinton, a vote to agree to disagree. Har, har.That's the good stuff.

In an abstract opinion, we have this right and tons of people travel in a raft or tunnel to come here and pick whatever migrant workers pick on their own free will to reach this right and in the land of opportunity.

Yet we fight. Oooo, we fight a lot.

Nothing tangible will be done soon of course, that would be too risky. Touchy subject. Taboo. Push pull factors on both ends.

So in celebration of our diversity and

"Americanism that is better then your country," what", "whatever" day, (pronounce in hick uneducated voice)

I propose a list of top ten reason to celebrate our multicultural influence on our current civil landscape and all things in the name of coolness.
1. Menudo(props to Toothless)

2. Bruce Lee, but mostly Bruce Lee movies like the ones that make fun of them and create huge subtitles for short statements. Surprisingly this joke is older then my Dad yet is still fresh.

3. Wu-Tang Clan(Emphasis on Ghostface Killer). Certainly no disrespect intended to the other fine members of this established crew.

4. Country Music. Yes think about it. If there wasn't immigration they would all be working, hence the country music. Then the wives, and you know the rest. Very old unfresh joke.

5. New Jersey.

6. Dating Dutch. This should be number one. Thank you my Dutch friends. Who knew cheapness could be taken this seriously

7. Chakira and Chakira videos.

8. The way Latinos speak broken English. Explaining with simple head nods and si. Hysterical.

9. American Idol. I argue this England implant plays dual roles. Keeps our wives occupied for two hours a week allowing us to be free from the leash of love. Then that guy, the one that said she bang accented heavy in Asian. Classic.

10. How could I forget. A staple of the American way, as I was reminded via her Vanwizzleness, an obvious sign of our pursuit of consumption

......I'll have the buffet.

The joy we have in finding "the best China Buffet" or even new local Indian cuisine.We delight in the feast and tell our friends of the variety we have experienced in life. Yet all to often when that variety is put against our pride, we favor our pride. As one always will, it is difficult to let go of our need for control in any situation. Not Janet Jackson control, but the control to define the surroundings we thrive in.

In the political arena, work and the private. because it is in these venues where we feel the need to filter. Change of which will be made at our own accord.

Sound familiar?"Maybe the Mexican fair downtown this weekend honey".

We can drive to said location, dictate the surroundings we put our self in and leave at our pleasure for the security in the home.In the heart, I argue yes. For it is the feeling of cautiously letting these new surroundings into our lives that gives us the coincidental thrill of progressive yet surreal touch of cool.

All too often the pretentious begins to creep.

Election year and polarizing topics will at the very least, define our country's will on diversity and who we let in so to speak.I suppose the idea of immigration while quite the quagmire, has alienating consequences.

One certainly could not be for immigration while celebrating diversity?

And here it is, Americans as a whole are not loathsome, took my job, diversity haters.

I argue we are the exact opposite. As mentioned above, we delight in these differences in our ever growing cultural mosaic.Proponents of either side claim the other are un-American.

Allowing such a display of ignorance, we fuel this argument by letting it be. Let it play out on TV, or the radio, then we simply use our powers through the remote to again, dictate our surroundings. But loose the remote and no more power, we search for ways to claim back the power even blaming others for misplacing our sense of control. AHH..But it's back now. Be cool. Provoke dialogue and ride it out.

Americans are not scared, quite the opposite really. Anxious and willing for this invasion of human innovation and technology. Potential growth and the mystery of whats next.

The loss of control, not so much.

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