Put another way, “A house divided cannot stand”. This month is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act – an act that was, but should have never been, necessary. The necessity is demonstrated by how the Congressional votes went (below). The importance is in the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and others before and after him; his legacy is not civil rights alone. It was much bigger than that - it was the fight against tyranny and oppression through corruption. Those that have followed in the footsteps they cannot fill have lost that. You can pick up where he left off. He emphasized rights for all - not a few or a group - all rights for all people.
I was thinking of this again last night. Racists (and sexists) bring up these slanderous issues because they are the guilty ones. Be ready for these being the accusations of both the 2014 and 2016 elections. They have no other argument for or against. They will not admit their bias for voting only or even primarily because of race or sex - emotional and guilty as charged - to make history. It will happen again. I have written of this in my book and book blog about the history and direction of our Country. I am a conservative, but registered Independent – and I vote only on character and no social issues; strip personal identifiers and social issues from the thought and voting process. Neither party cares about their constituents or supports. Their constituents and supporters only care about making history and further dividing our Country. It took 100 years from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Act; and 50 years to reverse the progress of a law that should have never been necessary. The Civil War was not about race or slavery specifically, and if we are not careful -- I fear the next one will be.
From Beers With Our Founding Fathers (originally posted almost a year ago - 07/23/2013) - Is Racism Class Warfare?
"The use of illegal immigrant labor is bigotry. The politicizing of illegal immigrant labor for the economic benefit of another is bigotry. The politicizing of workplace conditions to the economic benefit of another is bigotry. The politicizing of race for the economic benefit of another is bigotry. The largest minority in our Country, the world, is the individual. That is the core issue – we are all individuals, and to make any decisions based on a personal characteristic that is not by personal choice is bigotry."
Continued at http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/is-racism-class-warfare
The events at the border have nothing to do with race or children. Both are emotional tools to further divide America. There are more adults crossing and no one cares what race they are - if they are coming from Latin America, that kind of narrows it down. If this were on the Canadian side, the same basic valid points of contention would exist. These events also have nothing to do with refugees or asylum. Specifically, the 1980 Refugee Act:
The Act amended the Immigration and Nationality Act by defining a refugee as any person who is outside their country of residence or nationality, or without nationality, and is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
I have said this many times and recently...
I 100% support and appreciate those who have come here legally. They should not be pushed aside for those who have stormed the borders. Immigration reform does not include amnesty. Streamlining is one step. Securing the borders is a second step.
The real enemies of any form of immigration – politicians. Their pawns – you. The goal is to divide and conquer.
Some have told me I risk friendship posting some commentaries. How is it risky to express that people are being manipulated into divisiveness. I have never unfriended a person for their views or beliefs - but have been many times. Tolerance has its limitations, apparently.
How contentious was the Civil Rights Act? How divisive? Here are some key votes in Congress…
The Senate version:
- Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
- Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
- Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
- Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)
By North / South (South are the 11 Confederate States of the Civil War)
The original House version:
- Southern Democrats: 7–87 (7–93%)
- Southern Republicans: 0–10 (0–100%)
- Northern Democrats: 145–9 (94–6%)
- Northern Republicans: 138–24 (85–15%)
- Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5–95%)
- Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0–100%)
- Northern Democrats: 45–1 (98–2%)
- Northern Republicans: 27–5 (84–16%)
I fear for our Country becoming more divided - right down to family and friends. These emotions should never be part of relationships. Religion, politics - and some say sports - are supposed to be non-starter topics (and they should not be intermingled, just as oil and water aren't). That is not to say that expressing them is wrong - I think every person should, just not emotionally and not with the intent of changing a person's mind or having a conversation with someone with different views.
Here is an example of what I see as divisive. I don't like Pat Buchanan, never have. He should not be in politics or anything related.
"Pat Buchanan, suggests that allowing illegals to continue to enter the country may lead to the ‘breakup’ of the United States."
It is much more than illegal immigration that is shaking the very foundations of our Country. Its a legitimate concern - but a distraction from others. Like all problems in relationships, there is not one issue or one solution to our relationship with our government and each other.
The real enemies of your well-being and our freedom are politicians. Their pawns – you. The goal is to divide and conquer. Do not help them with this goal, do not be distracted and do not be part of it. Do not let yourself be called a terrorist or a racist – or any other label. We are all mutually and self-respecting better individuals.
United We Stand and Divided We Fall - it is time to be the United States of America, one and all.
Dean A. Beers
Author and Speaker