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Shame on you, Buck

Posted: February 20, 2010 11:31 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2010 11:32 p.m.
What part of the word "if" do Howard "Buck" McKeon and Meg Whitman and other Bob Kellar detractors not understand?

Kellar said that if wanting one flag and one language made him a racist then he was "a proud racist."

As Kellar pointed out, using that interpretation of the word, then so was Teddy Roosevelt. But I doubt you'd find that definition in any dictionary.

Shame on you, McKeon.

If we had been that politically correct in Roosevelt's day, we would have had schools teaching in German, Polish, French, Italian, Russian and a dozen more languages.

That makes about as much sense as printing ballots in 13 different languages - as California now does.

This is supposed to be the United States. How united would we be if we had a plethora of languages? How strong would we be if were balkanized?

And why do we have to press "one" for English? If you moved to Mexico, would you expect to press "one" for Spanish? Would you expect them to teach English in their public schools? Would you expect to receive free medical care and Social Security from a system you had never paid into?

You can't blame people for wanting to escape abject poverty to come here for a better life. But there are millions of starving, destitute, homeless people all over the world.

Unfortunately, we don't have room enough or wealth enough to welcome them all.

If we follow our immigration laws, we can admit some without doing too much damage to our faltering economy. But if we don't stop anyone who wants to come illegally to enjoy our largess, we will do irreparable damage to our economy, and, indeed, to our society.

Some of the warmest, most hard-working people I have ever known have been Mexicans. I would encourage them to preserve their rich culture, their language and customs.

But at the same time, they should assimilate as rapidly as possible. Otherwise they hurt themselves. And they should come here legally.


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