I do not know who makes me want to puke more: Rosie O'Donnell or the Mexican illegal immigrants demanding their rights. I have tried to avoid expressing my opinion on these two publicly mainly because I feel like I do not have all the facts required to form an intelligent opinion. I still do not have all the facts and one still may not think my opinion is intelligent but I cannot be quiet any more. As outspoken as these two are, I have to speak back.
I thank God that I live in a country where we can speak our mind. I realize that not all peoples have this right and it makes me proud to be an American and yet, as with any right, there comes responsibility. Without responsibility, rights are abused. The first amendment to our Constitution guarantees free speach but common sense has to be used in civilized society. The old adage about shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater is an example. There are a number of factors to consider with free speach including context, audience, and credibility and it adds up to a right that can easily be abused especially in this day where common sense has been thrown out the window to make room for political correctness.
Let me start with Miss Rosie O'Donnell and I first have to say that I sincerely appreciate what Rosie does with her charity work that usually involves kids. Since 1997, Rosie's For All Kids Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in Early Childhood Care and Education program grants to over 900 nonprofit organizations that provide important opportunities for thousands of America’s kids in need. That is really incredible and I will gladly give her a hand for that. I wish more people cared about kids that much. She is also a multi award-winning talk show host and overall entrepreneur with magazine, television, and movie work all under her rather large belt. You might remember her from some of these favorites:
- A League of Their Own (1992)
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Another Stakeout (1993)
- Fatal Instinct (1993)
- Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
- I'll Do Anything (1994)
- The Flintstones (1994)
- Exit to Eden (1994)
- Now and Then (1995)
- The Flintstones (1995)
- Beautiful s (1995)
- Harriet the Spy (1996)
- A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
Okay, okay, I"ll stop! But I just cannot take it anymore! First, Rosie, who also has stand-up comedy experience, is the least funny person on the planet. Second, even with all that camera time, she is still a poor actress and performer. Third, she is hideous to look at. She makes Pauly Shore look funny and Rush Limbaugh look attractive. AIDS-infected orphans in Africa feel sorry for her. Okay, I did not stop and maybe not all of that is fact but the sad part is that those things are not the real reason for the problems I have with Rosie. There are plenty of no-talent hacks in this world. The problem I have with Rosie is her mouth or, more specifically, the trash that comes out of it.
Let me let Rosie speak for herself. At different times, "The Queen of Nice" has said,
-"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America."
-"Don't fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers."
-“This President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague. This man lied to the American public about the reasons for invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11. And as a Democrat, as a member of this democracy...I feel I have a responsibility to speak out, as does every other person who disagrees with this administration. And it’s scary in a country that you can say something against the President and then worry about your career. That Dan Rather gets taken off CBS News for writing, for saying a report that essentially was true, that George Bush did not show up-”
-"The NRA is buying votes with blood money!"
-"I am not the kind of actress who gets parts based on my physical appearance."
Well, she was right about one of them! I also agree with the right she has to let such idiocy come out of her mouth. The problem is that she has no common sense! She has no credibility and she obviously is in way over her oversized head in matters other than "Where's the best buffet?" Rosie, please keep your mouth shut on things about which you have no knowledge!
As much as I dislike Rosie and the words that she speaks, I have to admit that she, while being a sad commentary on what Americans consider entertainment, is considerably less of a threat to national security than our illegal immigration problem. Just so that we are crystal clear on this subject, the illegal immigration of which I infer is the crossing of the Mexico-U.S. border without the legal right that comes with citizenship with the intent to stay and work and/or raise a family. One understands that my definition is limited and purposefully so. One must also understand that my intent is never to offend anyone (okay, maybe Rosie) but I want to be very specific. The title "Mexican" is used for citizens of Mexico just as "American" is used for citizens of America. I do not feel obligated to use "North American". Hispanics come from Spain. Latinos are from Latin America. Is everybody offended now? I hope not. For the subject today, those will be the titles.
There are some things that I understand about this problem and there are some things that I do not understand. I understand the desire to want to better oneself and have a better job with higher wages and more opportunity. I understand wanting to get away from a corrupt government, wasteful spending, poverty and crime. The United States may not be anywhere close to perfect but it is still the greatest nation on the planet. Not only is our government less corrupt and less wasteful than Mexico's but we are a nation that has always encouraged diversity. We started out as a melting pot and will continue. The problem seems to be that some immigrants do not want to "melt".
The parts that I do not understand include the reasons why immigrants do not want to legally apply for citizenship and when they come into our country illegally they want to assume the rights of legal citizens. Surely I am missing something here! When you break the law, you forfeit rights. Remember? Without resposibility, rights are abused. When you abuse a right it is only fair that you lose that right. The very definition of an illegal alien implies a loss of rights. I am absolutely not against immigration. If a person makes the effort required to legally become a citizen then I will look forward to them being here. Understand, though, that rapists forfeit their rights are and are not allowed to be natural citizens. Bank robbers forfeit their rights. Drug sellers forfeit their rights. People who kill kittens will forfeit at least some of their rights and rightfully so. What I seem to be hearing from the Mexicans is that because there are so many of them that they should be exempt from having to immigrate legally.
I understand that part of the blame for this huge problem falls on the shoulders of the United States lawmakers who are more concerned about getting votes than doing the right thing. I understand that the Mexican presence is incredibly large and getting larger in America and that business owners can make more money by hiring lower wage-earning Mexicans who are undocumented. This is a problem that is actually hurting everyone involved and will, sooner or later, implode on itself as fewer people are paying taxes to subsidize an increasing number of recipients. Please, my Mexican friends, have some common sense and take some responsibility. Our country was built on it.