Being Politically Correct in America, Illegal Aliens vs. Undocumented Immigrants
We live in a country where our freedom of speech is protected by the first amendment, at least to a certain extent. We can say or write anything we want as long as we don’t offend anyone. The art of manipulating words to be less offensive, without changing the meaning is called being “politically correct”. Notice what I just said, the words are different, but the meaning is the same. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. The word that you choose to use doesn’t change the meaning, if you meant it to be offensive, then it’s going to be offensive to someone. That’s why politically correct words are always changing, because someone is going to be offended, it’s inevitable.
Americans are the worst about needing to be politically correct. We are a multi-cultural society and we walk around on eggshells in fear that someone is going to be offended by something we say or do. I’m sure that something that I have already said has offended someone. One of the biggest reasons that we fear being offensive isn’t the offense itself, it’s what comes afterwards. Civil rights groups monitor the internet, TV, and newspapers on a daily basis, just waiting to slap a lawsuit on an organization or individual that violates human rights or causes an offense. It’s not that they really care about rights violations, at some point, someone was just smart enough to realize that they could make money off of it, “Hey, let’s sue”. If they don’t win, it doesn’t matter, because they gained the publicity, which will cause more people to come to them, meaning more lawsuits, hence more money.
Recently, civil rights groups have sought to change the term “illegal alien” because it is offensive to individuals who have slipped through our borders and want to remain here without becoming a productive member of the American society. Let’s take a look at the term “illegal alien”, the word “alien” simply means, not of this place. A plant or an animal can be alien to a certain climate, just as a foreigner can be alien to America, nothing offensive there, just a statement of fact. Now let’s look at the word “illegal” in reference to immigration, which simply means not legal; a person that is in this country and not going through the process to become a legal citizen. Civil rights groups say that the term “illegal alien” is demeaning and therefore against a person’s constitutional rights; they want the term changed to “undocumented immigrant”.
Let’s stop the presses and back the hell up, I don’t give a damn what you call it, they immigrated to this country from someplace else (alien), and they are undocumented (illegal). As far as rights, the United States Constitution was written to protect the rights of American citizens, not foreign nationals that happen to be hiding in this country and living off of programs designed to provide for the underprivileged American. If they want rights and don’t want to be called “illegal aliens”, then go through the process of becoming documented to obtain those rights. That doesn’t mean, slip across the border, screw around and become pregnant. Then live off of welfare, food stamps and WIC that is provided by American taxpayers just so you can have an anchor baby (delivery paid by the same taxpayers) and instantly you have an American baby that protects you from deportation.
This almost sounds like I hate foreigners, which is not the case, somewhere along the lines, my family immigrated to this country. I have no problem with anyone who wants to come to America. I just want them to do it the right way. Announce your presence, start the process, learn the language, then learn the language (that’s not a typo), and become a viable, productive, taxpaying citizen. Then you can have all the rights and privileges of every other American, until then, don’t cry because a couple of words hurts your feelings.
I believe that one of the biggest problems in this country today is that we pussy-foot around issues that are important because we don’t want to rock the boat. I say, to Hell with the boat America, it has a big hole in it and it’s sinking fast. We had better learn how to swim or this nation is going to drown. The longer we sit back and not let our voices be heard, just gives that much more time for our rights and freedoms to be stripped away from us. It’s time to Stand Up America, Come Together, and Take This Country Back!!
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