Today is May 2 – voting day. Even though I work with a Political Science department at a university, I’m not the most up-to-date on all of the issues. I’m not one to watch the news 24 hours a day – or even 1 hour a day to be honest. I like to know the highlights, important events, but haven’t paid too much attention to all of the issues coming up for vote.
However, I do think voting is important. Even if I only vote on the things I’m aware of, it is important for me to be there and make my statement. Too many people whine about not being given a voice, and then when it comes time to vote, they are lazy and indifferent. Can’t have it both ways.
As far as all the immigration news – Greg & I were talking about it this morning. They were showing the millions of folks marching in LA and other places and talking about the economic impact of it all. Greg looked at me and asked, “How did that affect us? In what way were we impacted by their march? We weren’t. The Midwest wasn’t affected by it.” The news reported that 27% of students stayed home from classes in the LA area. I’m wondering if they were ALL Hispanic, or if any percentage of those folks stayed home as a statement to support the cause, or even just used it as an excuse to take a day off from school.
My thought is this: If you want to be in America and work in America and take advantage of the American Dream, become an American. Don’t stay here illegally and march in the streets as if you have a right to access the same rights as American citizens. If my children are required to learn Spanish in order to communicate more effectively with those who emigrate here from Mexico, than those same immigrants should be required to learn English in order to communicate more effectively in return. I have no problem with people wanting to be in America and live the American dream, but it IS called the “AMERICAN dream” for a reason…