Yesterday, radio talk show host Phil Vallentine (99.7) hosted an anti-illegal immigration rally in Nashville. It's about time someone did! While I did not have the opportunity to go, I was there in spirit. Anyone who has been in the Nashville area for more than a few hours can see that we have become a magnet, to use Phil's term, for those people. Anyone that is but the liberals and their allies in the illegal immigrant community. I see them through my job, I see them in my neighborhood, and on my streets. Yes I said it was all mine. I paid for it, along with a few of my friends, through the honest, hard work we do.
Now before I get accosted for "labeling," anyone let me say that I am ok with controlled legal immigration, I am ok with people of mexican descent being proud of their country of birth. What I am not ok with is the fact that in a state where we speak of budget problems, TENNCARE shortfalls, ethically challenged legislators, and 2 consecutive governors who would-be-king, we can let people tell us that is is in our best interest to allow illegals to have driver's licenses, free health care, special educations classes, and preferential treatment.
The old argument that they are doing jobs that we will not is invalid. I bet you there are plenty of people in this state that would take the jobs if offered. The root problem is a lack of respect for law, for our neighbors, our state, and our nation (note I did not mention country). Small businesses are there to make money for the owners, but the greed that takes over, and telling us that the extra pennies we save by hiring illegals is worth the impact on our communities is what needs to be reformed. This reform cannot take place with a revival of the sense of community.
We will not have that reveival, I fear, anytime soon. The liberal have intrenched themselves in our schools, convincing our children that we are wrong, and ensuring a future generation warm to their agenda. But oh, if we could. We need men and women of charachter, who care about their community, right here, not in Mexicao, or DC, or China, but here in Dickson, Murfreesboro, Johnsonville, and Cordova, to take charge, evict the corrupt legislators, and remove the illegals from our borders. Tennessee for Tennesseans!