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  1. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 3 days ago

    Actually, they were not immigrants. They came as settlers. Natives didn’t have a formal government or sovereign nation status for us to join. And Natives were actually from the north, and they took up shop pushing out the Aztecs before the Pilgrims got here. So… yeah. Your history is a bit off.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 3 days ago

    Just not of the illegal variety.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 7 days ago

    What you guys fail to realize is that the SCOTUS has legislated from the bench. There was no lawsuit applied at the federal level; there was a specific statute in a specific state that was being challenged. There was no federal law that was being challenged. When the SCOTUS ruled that all 50 states had to adhere to the same-sex marriage decision, they overstepped their authority and constitutional limits.

    What I think they did was said, “I don’t feel like dealing with xyz more of these, so let’s just go ahead and legalize it across the country.” The problem is is that is not personal decisions surrounding the issue. The problem is they created a law without having Congress pass it. That’s what is being missed in all this back-and-forth vitriol. The SCOTUS can only decide if a specific law is constitutional, not write a law they feel is constitutional. They overstepped their bounds. That’s MY primary issue with this.

    And a secondary issue with this is states rights. This is a state-level issue, not federal. It’s not interstate commerce, it’s not currency, it’s not trade dispute, and it’s not national defense. After all, if they want to make a decision like this, they should also rule that concealed-carry should be legal and justified in all 50 states with reciprocity, since it’s legal in so many. But I can guarantee a lot of liberals will disagree with it, because it’s an issue they dislike.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 18 days ago

    Americans wouldn’t have understood the reference…

  5. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester about 1 month ago

    Except it’s not. I would dare say that conservatives are more diverse and forgiving of thought than Liberals. After all, Liberals are all about free speech, unless they disagree with the message. They are in support of choosing to execute your unborn child, but are against choosing to have the child and keep it or give it up for adoption. They are for birth control being given in schools, but they are against it being available OTC. They are for freedom of speech, but are against “hate speech” (aka cartoons) — even though it’s not hate speech.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers about 1 month ago

    In today’s day and age, privacy and security tend to be mutually exclusive.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    It’s time to retire that tired old excuse. Obama owns this economy.

  8. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester about 1 month ago

    You guys are missing the point. The point is liberals are all for him/her doing what they did until they find out they are a republican. Then it’s suddenly not okay. The hypocrisy is real.

  9. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez about 1 month ago

    “If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period.”

  10. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester about 1 month ago

    Good question. Simply put, they are the foreigners, and we are the indigenous population. They need to adapt to us, not the other way around.

    To answer your question more directly, they stop being outsiders when they do not require an interpreter, pay their taxes in the same manner as us (note, I’m saying paying taxes, not paying income tax. That’s why sales tax would be more … pervasive and hard to dodge), and stop trying to hoist their flag above ours.

    To answer your question about it being a two-way street, the answer is, “no.” We don’t owe it to them to change to their expectations, they are coming here, so they need to adapt to us. If you go to any other sovereign nation, the expectation is you learn things their way, not the other way around.

    But I’m speaking more to the point of what helps prevent them from sticking out, and the perception the American public would have if they did. If they stopped expecting us to change to them, they wouldn’t have nearly as much resistance to their presence.

    Contract law is in English. Our ID’s (driver’s license, state, or federal) are all in English. Our Road Signs and official markings are in English. And the law of the land is that the American flag is the top-most flag displayed on our soil; a Mexican flag does not go above it.

    But they still come here and expect us to have bilingual education, or they are being oppressed. They expect Hospitals to provide translation services, at their expense, to them because they do not speak English. They sign up for Auto Insurance, but do not speak English… how can they agree to a contract if they can’t even read it?

    These special treatments alienate them. Many of them make no (or marginal) effort to integrate into our society, and instead expect us to adjust to them. There may be many people who try, but the very fact that we have DMV tests in multiple languages tells me that the expectation is what I just said. If you can’t read the road sign, why are you on the road?!?

    @ Trout: No, I think everyone who comes here should learn English, and integrate into our society. But the vast majority of illegal migrants here are of Mexican origin. Also, many migrants from other countries have at least a marginal level of understanding of English. And lastly, it’s much harder to be an illegal immigrant from anywhere besides South America, simply because of customs and airline requirements.

    IMHO, illegal immigrants failure to learn English is what sets them apart the most. It’s the most visible example of “outsider” status. You want to help solve the animosity towards illegal aliens, that would be a great first step. And honestly, at the end of the day, I have no issue with Amnesty… IF they learn and speak English proficiently, and obtain legal SSN’s and pay taxes, etc. They want to become citizens, then become citizens. Don’t be a separate group that segregates themselves from the rest of society. Have your customs, your traditions. But recognize that this is America, not Mexico.