Sunday, July 20, 2014

Riot at the Border

At the foot of the Statue of Liberty are the words "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free..."

In light of this tradition I have nothing but compassion for those who make the long, dangerous trek to this country to work and make an honest living. I believe that honesty and hard work need to be reintroduced in this country where mediocrity and dishonesty so often prevail.

However, I have contempt for those who rioted at the border in mobs and assaulted  the Border Patrol. In any other country, foreigners assaulting border guards would be fired on with live ammunition.

It's WRONG when our government invades sovereign countries without just cause, and it's WRONG for anyone to bring violence to the borders of another country, including ours.

I believe that a poor migrant looking for sanctuary ought to be given compassion; that rioters assaulting US officials ought to be given rubber bullets; that armed criminal insurgents invading our country ought to be annihilated.

If these rioters are angry, they should direct their rage against the ultra-corrupt government that keeps them in poverty, and against the drug cartels and affiliated gangs that bring hyper-violence to their communities.

Mexico is a country rich with vast natural resources, unique flavors of Western and indigenous culture, and a proud history of ordinary people fighting for freedom. It brings me great sadness to realize that a Mexican's worst enemy is not an American, but another Mexican.

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