In regard to the controversial immigration debate:
It is very true that we need one common tongue to unite us. Let there be no doubt that we do need one tongue to dictate and read and follow history, heritage, law and order in this sovereign nation. But do not let this tie down your heart. What makes us Americans isn’t our background. It isn’t about being privileged, or a refugee. It is not one single culture, or a handful of cultures, or of the predominant religions those people export from their countries. It is about a set of ideals, and the faith we all share within those ideals that gives us our American identities.
It is the belief that we are all born with inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and general well being. What we’ve been doing in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Libya in recent years is a testament of our dedication to those beliefs, and it is our contribution to the world. Trying to give them some of the same freedoms that we take for granted over here. A lot of us have forgotten just how good we have it. And it’s like they say, “you never fully appreciate something until it’s gone.”
Well we still have it, yet still so many of us are reluctant to share it. And while every one of us has enjoyed the American Pie, who can describe it better than those who have only just tasted it? What do you think they’d say? Certainly no less than that it is a mouthwatering beauty to behold; and a pleasure bordering on luxury to taste!
They might even go a little further and describe how much sweeter it is than caramel, as golden as the morning sun rising between the clouds, and as delicious as our hearts greatest desires! And after one bite, it’s no surprise that any of us have grown accustom to having it every single day. Freedom is an addictive confection, I think we’ll all agree.
And there is more than enough to go ’round. So why be so greedy? Those immigrants that we’ve come to resent, those men and women breaking their backs; picking the fruit that goes into that pie; they just want a little piece of it. Is that really so wrong?