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The Changing Face of America: Left of Center View

America is a mosaic of cultures from around the world. We are the most powerful nation on Earth in large part due to the diversity of our people. In bringing new ideas and different cultures together we have built the foundation of a society that may well last to the end of mankind if properly nurtured and allowed to follow the path that truly free thinking can lead to. As we become more diverse we gain the strength of thousands of years of human history from around the globe.

Some in our country fear the changing face of our nation as if it somehow dilutes their culture or weakens their history. These outmoded ideas are as insane as they are arcane. If you look at the history of America you can see that it was precisely because we welcomed people from around the world to our shores that we have been such a leader in the world. By welcoming people like Albert Einstein and Carlos Santana into our nation from other places around the world we have become a military, economic and cultural leader to the world. Foreign born scientists were at the heart of the Manhattan Project which gave America nuclear technology that has given us not just weapons but also valuable medical technology that saves lives on a daily basis. Foreign born artists, actors and musicians have helped to make American arts and entertainment the most sought after on a global scale.

When you look at people of color in America you see that we have benefited immensely from the contributions of people like George Washington Carver, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., I.M. Pei, Cesar Chavez, etc. it is hard to deny that we are a richer nation for their contributions. While people who embrace hatred point to stereotypes as proof of their superiority the truth of American history paints a very different picture. We are a nation of accomplishment because people of differing backgrounds came here and contributed their thoughts and ideas to overcoming obstacles we face as a nation. The greatness of America is in her capacity to embrace that which is different and make it a part of the greater whole. We succeed not in spite of our differences but in fact because of them.

Diversity brings fresh perspective to a situation and often shines a light on a path that might have been there all along but could not be seen due to the perspective of those who had run out of ideas. The cultures and beliefs of a person shape their thinking and make it possible for that person to see possibilities where others might only see an intractable problem. When you stop and think about it, even some of our founding fathers were not born in America. Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies and immigrated to America. The man who graces our ten dollar bill was not born in America. When you think about that it makes the anti-immigrant argument lose a bit of weight.

Without question there are problems that are inherent to having a diverse population because there are times when different cultures clash but the gains far outweigh the costs. We gain so much and lose so little by being a nation of many colors that it is ludicrous to even talk about diversity as being some sort of threat to the American way of life. America is diversity and without our unique blend of cultures and ideologies we would not be nearly the nation we have grown to be.


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The Changing Face of America: Right of Center View

We are becoming a more diverse country. There is no doubt of this. What many may question is whether this is a good or bad thing. Putting personal beliefs aside letís look at both the positives and negatives of diversity. Some might think that to even ask such a question screams of racism but I would contend that if you look at things rationally you can find positives and negatives in just about anything.

When you look at diversity one of the big positives is that you bring new ideas to the table. When someone comes from a different culture they have totally different preconceived notions about life and the nature of things. Those preconceived notions shape how they approach a situation. If their culture is somewhat optimistic with a belief that success is always a possibility, they will approach a situation assuming there is a way to make it work and will give it every possible attempt before deciding that they might have been wrong in that one case. They will still see the next situation as being tenable because thatís how they were raised and thatís how they look at life. Thatís a great asset to have in times when solutions are needed to seemingly impossible problems.

On the opposite side of the same coin is a big negative of diversity. When the preconceived notions lean towards a fatalistic mindset that assumes failure is inevitable, failure is often the end result of their efforts. People who assume that they donít have a chance donít try very hard to overcome adversity. When you have a culture that assumes that they cannot succeed, they will often become not only despondent but also violent towards those who they see as having unfair advantages over them. Thatís a pretty big negative that can cause chaos to intrude upon a civilized society and do real damage to the fabric of that society overall.

In the final analysis of whether diversity is good or bad it seems to come down to a simple question; ďIs increasing diversity bringing more positive or negative people into our society?Ē If diversity can promote positive attitudes then it is a good thing. If it is increasing negativity then we need to find the drags on our society and figure out how to keep them from making things worse. Difference is not a bad thing but dwelling on it can be. If life handed you a crappy deal, you have to work it out. Just sitting around blaming ďthe manĒ or some faceless minority for it will pretty much do squat to help you get to a better place.

There are bad people and good people in every culture. The real trick is learning how to celebrate the positives and not dwell on the negatives while making sure that the positives move you forward and the negatives donít hold you back. Like it or not we live in one big old mixed up M&Mís bowl of a country with every color in the rainbow of humanity represented. You can either enjoy the mix or spend your life whining about something you can never change. And just one quick aside for those who suggest that those of color should go back to their country of ethnic origin, Iím sure the Native Americans would not mind if you all took your own advice and headed on back to whatever part of Europe your ancestors hailed from. Yíall have a nice trip now.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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