We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. ~ Phyllis Diller
Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? ~ Donald Trump
This question was asked by our president very close to the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. So I thought I’d just go ahead and steal the quote from Big Orange, and answer it for him on this day.
First of all, unlike so many of our president’s critics, I agree that there really are some shithole countries out there. I’m with you on that point, Mr. Prez.
I know I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a country like Haiti. Nor would I want to live in just about any country in Africa. From what I hear on the news, these countries are rife with all kinds of problems, such as poverty and corruption. And then there are the civil wars, religious fighting, dictatorships, and on and on.
No, I agree, there really are some shithole countries beyond our borders.
But the question you asked, Mr. President, is why are we allowing people from those countries come here?
The way I see it, most of our ancestors came from shithole countries. I’m part Irish and British, and a bunch of other European blood. When the Irish immigrated here they were escaping famine, poverty, British oppression, and so on. What a shithole country Ireland was back then.
For that matter, when the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, they too were escaping a shithole country. What shits the British were, for all the religious persecution that drove those pilgrims onto the Mayflower.
And every other European country has been a shithole country at one time or another.
America has traditionally been a place of escape from shithole countries. That’s why we allow the poor huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, to reach our shores and inhale deeply.
If this has been harmful to us, then we would be one of the worst countries in the world to live in. But in spite of our problems, and we do have a few, I say we are one of the best, if not THE best nation on earth. In fact I would go so far as to say that immigration is one of the main reasons we have such a great country.
The escapees who travel so far to reach our shores tend to be the brightest and best. Consider their motivation. Consider that they come here to better themselves. Consider that they want to live free and prosperous. These are the very kind of motivated folks we want. They are like our ancestors, who built this great nation. They are willing to work hard to make a better life for themselves, and their community.
We skim the cream of the crop from the shithole nations. We win, they lose. Maybe after they lose enough of their best and brightest they’ll learn to treat their citizens better, and stop being such shitholes.
So there’s the best answer I can give to our President (other than the way I cast my vote in 2020).
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr day to you! And whether you are an immigrant or not, may all your dreams come true.
A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless. ~ May Sarton, American Poet & Novelist
I think all my dogs and cats would agree.
There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson–Nature
He must have had a very well-lit bathroom, to figure that out.
The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’. ~ Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist
For some people they qualify as synonyms. For others, they are mere anagrams.
The spirit of the man is great. How puny are his deeds! ~ Anne Frank, “The Diary of a Young Girl”, 11/17/43
Only for men with small hands.
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. ~ Anna Freud, Psychologist & daughter of Sigmund Freud
This is a dangerous philosophy. If it gets around, it can undermine the very authority of our institutions.