Monday, April 25, 2005

Dios Mio!

"Mexican Radio" - Wall of Voodoo

I was watching the news the other night, and saw a group of Latinos protesting the Maryland DMV because they were being denied licenses. Apparently they believed that their simply being in this country, albeit illegally, gave them the right to have a license. Seems to me that having a license is a privilege earned, not a constitutional right - even for citizens of this country.

Now I am not a prejudiced person by any means - I try to love everyone and give everyone the benefit of the doubt as I have been instructed to do by God. Sometimes, however, certain things about a person or group of people will piss me off - enough so that I have to rant about it - so here is the topic for the blog du jour.

The Latino community in the Metropolitan Washington, DC community is over 500,000, expected to be more than 1,000,000 by 2010. It is estimated by some that more than 50% are here illegally, although that seems a little high. Their presence has certainly permeated the entire regional persona, which is not a bad thing at all. What is bad, however, is what the folks that are here illegally are doing to bring our government processes and finances to a screeching halt. Perhaps one should try the following to illustrate what this would look like if it occurred elsewhere - Mexico, for example.

Try to:

- Enter Mexico illegally. Ignore immigration quotas, visas, international law, and all that nonsense.
- Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
- Demand that the federal government provide retirement benefits for your elderly parents.
- Procreate abundantly.
- Demand that the Mexican school system provide schooling for all your children.
- Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do the same.
- Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.
- Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
- Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
- Deflect any criticism of this irresponsible behavior with, "It is a cultural United States thing. You would not understand."
- Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop; proudly display it in your front window and on your car bumper.
- Demand a local Mexican driver's license.
- Use your Mexican driver's license to apply for other legal rights and to legitimize your illegal presence in Mexico.
- Demand that the Mexican driver's license be acceptable documentation for voter registration.
- Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.
- Insist that you should not have to pay taxes, because you are not a Mexican citizen and are only there "temporarily."

Good luck! You'll be demanding for the rest of time or soon be in jail. It will never happen. It will not happen in Mexico or any other country in the world. The only place such things happen is right here... in the land of the gullible and the home of the naive.


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