America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Give it a "chance"

This from a Southern California local newspaper editorial page:
Our esteemed president is quite the gambler.

Recently, I heard him ask that we give both the surge in Iraq and the so-called comprehensive immigration bill a chance.

A chance is something you take when you spend a dollar on a lottery ticket or try to score on a close play in your church softball league.

I would hope the leader of what, at least temporarily, is the most powerful nation in the world would show more vision.

Taking a "chance" on the surge, if it doesn't work, means a few hundred more Americans will be killed and wounded.

Taking a "chance" on an immigration bill could leave our borders insecure and lead us closer to Third World status.

Of course, both risks are worth taking for the president and other elites in the country. You can be sure their children won't be in Iraq, and their wealth insulates them from the burden of unchecked immigration, though only in the short term - something they may realize after it is too late to preserve America.

Thank you Lee Meese - you have put into perspective something that I do not think many people (myself included) would have thought in those terms.

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