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Multiculturalism and the Holidays: Left of Center View

It seems appropriate that we should talk about multiculturalism at this time of year when many celebrate the life and wisdom of Jesus. This man, so ahead of his time, had a great message to offer about embracing your fellow man and living in harmony with those around you. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or Eid the message of this season is supposed to be hope and brotherhood. In the spirit of that long standing tradition of shared celebration, I want to ask you to join me in pledging to learn more about the cultures of the people around you and sharing the joy of your traditions with others.

There are some who call for an outright ban on celebrations honoring one faith or another. To me that seems to be a plan certain to drive people further apart rather than to bring people together. While these people advocating banishment for public celebrations of religious holidays have a right to their opinions, they can claim no more right to theirs than the opinions of those who do not agree with their views. To ban anotherís celebration because it conflicts with your views is not what democracy is supposed to be. The minority must have a voice but the majority should be heard as well. When you silence the majority to appease the minority you tear away at the fabric of any democracy.

A multicultural society like America must have a place at the table for all but to the exclusion of none. Everyone should be invited to the party and allowed to have a space for their ideals to be seen but none other than the majority should decide what the government chooses to acknowledge in its policies. Legislation is supposed to be written to serve the best interests of the body electorate as a whole. While we should not be giving one religion different legal treatment than others, we also should not be so dismissive of the traditions that built this nation as to put aside the joys that made the efforts all worth it for the ones who labored and suffered for the freedoms we all hold dear.

When the earliest of American colonists came here, they would stop everything for the holidays. They only did the labors that could not be put aside and spent that brief period of time simply enjoying their families and giving thanks for the bounty they felt their god had put before them. They lit candles and danced and sang and exchanged gifts just like today. These traditions in America go back hundreds of years and they cause no real harm to anyone. Likewise the cultural celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo and Dia de las Muertos should be embraced and celebrated by all for their richness of tradition. In this cold dark society we live in we need more celebrations not fewer.

Take a quick minute out of your life and learn about another tradition. Find out what they are all about. Find out about Eid al Adha. It came around Christmas this year. Chances are youíll be one of the only people you know that knows about it. America is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. The richness of these cultures and their traditions is part of what still makes America a great country despite our current administration. Savor the richness and bask in the beauty of a nation built on the idea that no matter where youíre from, you can be one of us. Ellis Island has seen people from every nation on Earth pass into this nation and make the choice to call it home. Instead of dividing ourselves over how we celebrate we need to be sharing the celebrations and uniting ourselves behind the idea that together we are more than we are individually.


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Multiculturalism and the Holidays: Right of Center View

Merry Christmakwanzukkah! And could you tell me how to say that in Berber, Tagalog and Swahili please? I need to make sure that I have my cards made out in every language for every person on Earth because otherwise someone might be offended. OK so maybe itís not quite that bad but it seems like you have to know the cultural traditions of every person on the planet these days to avoid offending someone with a holiday greeting. The kicker of it all to me is the Atheists getting their panties in a bunch because we have any public celebration of the holidays at all. Lighten up folks! Itís supposed to be a joyous celebratory time. Itís not supposed to be about whom is oppressing whom.

Just to make sure I wish everyone their greetings, here are the ones that I found for December:

Happy Chanukah!
Happy St. Nicolas Day!
Blessed Bodhi Day!
Joyous Immaculate Conception Day!
Happy Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe Day!
Feliz Posadas Navidenas!
Al Selam Aleykum during Hajj!
Peaceful Eid al Adha to you!
Happy St. Thomas Day!
Joyous Yule!
Happy Litha!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Boxing Day!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy Feast of the Nativity!
Blessed Zarathosht Diso!
Happy St. Stephenís Day!
Blessed Holy Innocents!
Happy Feast of the Holy Family!
Happy Watch Night!


I donít know for sure if I got all of them and obviously you will have to handle the translations into the 6,912 languages spoken on Earth for complete political correctness but let nobody say I didnít try to please everyone observing a significant date in their culture. Iím no bigot and in todayís society, that requires proof with every spoken word lest some activist with too much time on their hands label you as one.

While this is obviously meant to be tongue in cheek, there is a real problem today with people taking themselves far too seriously and others not seriously enough. We are all so focused on whether our particular beliefs are honored instead of worrying about whether we are honoring the spirit of our traditions. The holidays are here for celebration and affirmation of life and loved ones. Everything else is relatively unimportant. So to all my brothers and sisters of all faiths and all cultures, I say that I hope you and your families have a wonderful year and if this is a time your culture celebrates, I hope all your celebrations are joyous!

For those who take pleasure in sapping the joy out of other peopleís holidays, please stop whining. We are not oppressing you by being happy about our culture and celebrating our traditions. Be joyous and celebrate your culture and traditions. If you come from a place where there are no traditions, make some up and celebrate them! Traditions donít just come from the past. For every tradition there was the first person to do it and another that liked it so much, they repeated it. Instead of trying to take away someone elseís celebration, share something worth repeating with the ones you love.

Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!

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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...

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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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