604: Slavery in modern times

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Not all Civil War monuments celebrate slavery – many memorialize the Americans who served and died, whose relatives raised the money to erect a memorial in their honor, as a remembrance of lives lost in armed conflict. There is nothing stopping others (whose views and memories are different) from raising the funds and erecting new memorials that reflect their differing views. There is room to coexist.

I come from that part of the USA that has a unique history. We are the only American citizens to suffer defeat in armed combat – if you don’t count the recent military “actions” that were never rightfully called a war, even though Americans also fought and died there in armed conflict, too.

Georgia (and her Confederate sisters) was defeated. Yankees still to this day call what we did in those times as “treason,” although no Southerner calls what we did (honorably seceding from the federal union), treason. Many southerners fought that war for state’s rights, since many (most) southerners were not wealthy enough to even own slaves – what we are continually told (lectured) was the sole cause of that conflict. If the North thought the South committed treason when they seceded, perhaps freeing the slaves was not the sole reason they fought, either. Especially considering that when they freed the slaves, they did not promote them to equal status even in their own self-righteous northern homelands. Even into the 1960’s, a white boarding house owner in Green Bay, Wisconsin (among other northern states) was not allowed, by law, to rent a room to a colored man, even if he *was* a team member of the Green Bay Packers that they were all ostensibly so proud of.

My Wisconsin-born husband tells me gleefully about when the other sports fans disdainfully referred to his Green Bay Packer fans as “cheeseheads,” and how they  took that slur and made it a point of pride for the Packer nation. And he completely and willfully ignores how the term “Rebel” came to be a point of pride for oppressed Southerners during the very long years of Reconstruction that the entire region suffered under the hands of rapacious Yankees and the low-life Southern-born who sucked up to them, and who should have been raised better. Blacks like to claim that the repercussions of slavery still resonate today – and that, to a large extent, is still true for Southern people of whatever skin color.

LEGAL slavery ended in the USA as a result of the defeat of the Confederacy – and states’ rights died there, too. Slavery in modern times is primarily economic (overlooking the recent horrific actions of the Islamic State). Modern slaves are those people who, through economic need, are forced to submit to providing their labor for less than a living wage. I’ve been hearing a lot (from liberals, primarily) about how illegal aliens are beneficial to the USA economy and their illegal status should be overlooked and forgiven because they take the jobs no American citizen will take.

Well, DUH.

What do you think the South’s primary reason for importing forced labor (slaves) into the cotton and tobacco fields (labor-intensive cash crops) was, idjits? They were imported to perform necessary work that few free Americans would take, because the work was not worth the wages. That legal slavery wasn’t a whole lot different from the sharecropping that white and black Americans did, and it wasn’t much different from laying those railroad tracks across the West that the Asians did, and it wasn’t much different from the coal mining that the Irish immigrants and poor whites did. It was economic slavery. And now, in your enlightened liberal minds (ha!), you want to PROMOTE economic slavery for a whole new crop of human beings who happen to be primarily Hispanic.

Yeah right – we can be SOOOOOO proud of our self-righteous humanitarian progress in the USA, can’t we?

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387: Misdirection, Diversion, Bait-and-switch, Spin

I ran across a video slamming people who say that immigrants are sinking the country (you pick whichever country you like). For starters, every country has immigrants, except for those actively involved in a war, and even then, they get mercenaries. Immigration is the influx of people who are migrating to try and improve their lives. Any geography or history textbook will tell you about this topic, and the causes of it. People migrate due to environmental factors (drought and famine), war, medical reasons (plagues come to mind), for financial reasons (government implosion and mass inflation), and for political reasons (Barack Obama got elected – TWICE).  That last reason is why I migrated from the USA.

What I see from the news coming out of America is that they are masters of diversionary tactics, these Obama-drones, as are most other liberal policy followers. You have to be a master of spin to keep believing in failed liberal policies, now, don’t you? Especially to keep promoting said failed liberal policies to inexperienced new generations of people who also believe they know better than anyone else, and therefore, should be running the world. That’s why we call it young AND STUPID. That problem is usually fixed with time and experience.

This particular video: http://www.upworthy.com/next-time-someone-tells-you-that-immigrants-are-destroying-our-country-show-them-this?c=reccon1, goes into exquisite detail about how immigrants are not destroying the nation. Guess what? This nation was founded upon immigrants. Period. Of course immigrants are not the problem.  Immigrants are not the problem.

The problem with immigrants, any sort of immigrants, is not the ones who come legally into a country and work, start a business, raise a family, attend school, pay taxes, employ people. The problem is the ones who don’t do it legally, and the politicians who cater to a segment of the population that are not citizens of the nation they were elected to serve.

This sort of video does not address the problem with immigrants. Legal immigrants have the right. The problem with immigrants is that illegal ones, breaking the law, ALSO have the rights – and should not have.

 

307: US Alien in Transit Visa

I am so angry I can hardly see straight. It will be very difficult to type this post without profanity, but rest assured I am thinking all sorts of bad words as I type this G-rated.

My husband and I met a Moroccan lady whom we adopted into our family. She is a delight, and I love her dearly. I accepted a new job in Panama, and we asked her to come and live with us. This means we apply for a Panama visa for her, and as a temporary Panama resident, she does not work while she is there – I support her, and her needs (living expenses, school if she wants, and healthcare insurance). I submitted documents to this effect for her visa.

We discovered in the process that we needed to get another visa from the US, in order to change planes in the US on our flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Panama City, Panama. It is called an “alien in transit” visa, and means you have permission to change planes in the US. It costs 160 American dollars to apply for this visa.  It took me hours to fill out the online application, because the form on the Embassy Web site kept kicking me out, no matter how many times I hit “save.” Once I finally completed the form, we got to sign up for an interview appointment time – but all the slots were filled. We called (only from 2-4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (WTF??)) and e-mailed (returned as undeliverable) for over a week, getting no helpful responses from anybody. It was not until I sent several nasty e-mails that appointments suddenly opened up on the site – and they sent me a nasty e-mail letter themselves, telling me I was unprofessional – who started it, I’ll ask you???

So, we scheduled an appointment (finally) and took two days to drive to Casablanca (five hours one way) paid a hundred dirham in road tolls each way, 400 dirham in gas, 300 dirham in the cheapest hotel I could find, over 200 dirham in taxi fares, and four meals for three people, plus the 1, 437 dirham in visa fees. This fee had to be paid at any branch of a certain bank in Casablanca, which closes at 2 pm every day, meaning we had to go a day early and spend the night to be sure we had the visa fee receipt paid for and ready to submit by her 9:30 appointment for her interview.

Three hours later, she returns with a rejection letter saying that all non-immigrant visa applicants are evaluated as if they had applied to be immigrants.

Excuse me.

If you have only ONE KIND of visa, why did you not SAY SO???? A non-immigrant visa would APPEAR to IMPLY that the applicant did NOT want to become an US immigrant, would you not think? And these bozos want to call ME unprofessional?? I would not have bothered to apply if this little fact had been disclosed on the site – IT WASN’T. They cost us money and time we did not have to waste.

My government kisses the butt of every illegal alien who sneaks in and votes Democrat. But they discriminate against legitimate travelers who only want to pass through. This is FAIR?? I guess Barack needed the money to help pay the benefits of all the illegal aliens he’s already kissing up to. It’s a great scam – dozens of Moroccans were applying at our one appointment time. There is no telling how much money they clear a day, telling people no that they already knew were not going to qualify, and did not tell the truth to in the first place.

Michelle Obama has nothing on  me – I am thoroughly ashamed of my country. Hopefully it won’t take me long to formally repudiate it.

301: Dealing With Government

People who take government jobs forfeit the appellation “people.” They cease to be human and morph into government drones. All humanity is forcibly removed, and what is left does not qualify as human anymore.

We have a Moroccan friend who joined our family and that means dealing with government in order to arrange all the necessary paperwork for her to accompany us to Panama. She needs a visa from the Panamanian government allowing her to live there with us (expected), and another visa allowing her to change planes in the USA on the way to Central America (NOT expected). Our government makes people pay a fee and get a visa in order to change planes in the US. Legally passing through the USA – and have to pay a fee and get a visa.  

Our government sucks the a……kisses the butt of every illegal alien who manages to sneak across the border: free food, medical care, housing, cell phones, voting rights, and any-other-freaking-thing-you-want, but a foreigner who is solvent (has the funds for an airplane ticket) and who is PASSING THROUGH the US on their way somewhere else, has to pay a fee and obtain a visa. Is this freaking NUTS or what? Punish legitimate people, and embrace illegal people who did what they did, knowingly intending to commit a crime by coming to the US illegally.

Chaps my butt. Seriously. I am totally perturbed, annoyed, frustrated, angered, and just plain mad.