The Coin Of Citizenship
By Bill The Butcher And Brother Theo
America greatly resembles Ancient Rome in many ways. Both great nations can reasonably be called republics. Both great nations have fought their wars with citizen soldiers. Both great nations’ currencies have been the coin used by the rest of the world as trade currency, and both great nations can be said to have had discrete borders within which citizens had sovereign power. Not for nothing was the saying “when in Rome, do as the Romans”. This is because when inside the boundaries of Rome, one did not wish to call attention to their lack of official sanction.
For some time ordinary Americans have fought for their right to establish recognition of the official rights and declared value of our citizenship status. These efforts have been continually hindered by courts who see fit to tinker with our constitution ,the ultra rich who do not care to pay progressive taxes (actually none of us want to pay progressive taxes, but it is the only way to provide an equal value of citizenship to all legitimate citizens), and employers seeking cheaper and yet cheaper labor. This has been compounded for the last 35 years or so by outright corruption by nearly all of our government offi cials, a c ompletely broken fourth estate, and a television/ motion picture industry utterly bent on making us feel guilty for being the world leader in a every category that matters.
So how does illegal immigration affect these issues? What’s the big deal about illegal immigration? Well, I’m glad you asked! It’s not so much a matter of borders; our borders are well marked. Since the great tide of immigrants from the 1850’s to the 1950’s it’s not been a matter of country of origin. Just about every person in America has their genetic roots in another country. It’s also not a matter of color; in fact, nearly every African American can trace their family’s appearance in America back further than most whites. Without question the closest thing to an ideal profile of being American is the idea that American citizens, great and small built a great nation which has risen above all other nations to lead, rather than rule the rest of the world, and in so doing created entitlements for future generations of Americans. This in turn creates an obligation for citizens to increase the legacy for future American citizens. In fact, only by increasing the pool of commonly shared benefits of citizenship by more than one has taken from it may anyone hope to find true greatness.
Simply shopping in a French clothing store does not make one French. Merely staying in an Irish hotel does not make one an Irish citizen, no matter how much Irish blood one has flowing in their veins. Just as working in a chicken processing center in East Texas, or picking fruit in California simply does not make a Honduran, Guatemalan, or Mexican an American citizen, regardless of how many family members they have in America, or how long they have been doing it. So, any equity built in America was built by American citizenry, and may unquestionably be viewed as a legacy by surviving Americans and their American born offspring, as well as persons awarded citizenship according to the naturalization laws of our country. There can be no argument with this truth.
No other country in the world would allow an American to cross their borders illegally, and take up residence, acquiring access to all of the benefits that legal citizens of that country have built for generations, much less remove currency from that country’s economy by sending it back to America where it would acquire yet more value on American soil, thereby weakening the value of that currency in the country of its issue.Truly, in a very real way, nations are like country clubs; if one wishes to join, they must first apply for membership. Upon acceptance one then pays dues and agrees to abide by the rules and bylaws developed by previous membership, including conducting oneself in a polite and agreeable manner, and speak to one another in a language common to club members. Also, one simply does not wear clothing to affairs in their new country club that advertises the superiority of their former country club.
Think of it this way, if folks who are not members simply carry their clubs onto your country club’s golf course, say climbing the fence around it, whenever they want to play a round, bringing the family, of course, to picnic on the greens whenever they like, you might get a tee time in the next decade.
The big deal about illegal immigration is that it waters down the coin value of the citizenship of those persons whose citizenship is rightful by the laws of that nation, and by God, I’m fed up with it. I disagree completely with fathead historians who snigger at the comparisons made between Rome and America, and will debate the issue with anyone who likes, as long as t hey agree not to cry when I destroy their pretentious arguments. One of the pillars of Rome was a prosperous citizenry, and one of the corrosive effects on that prosperity was that the city, and the entire peninsula, for that matter, was awash with slaves and cheap labor in the form of freed slaves (so freed because they became old, disabled, or too expensive to keep). By the 1st century B.C.the watering down of the citizen profile in Rome which led to a similar dilution in both citizen identity, and the value of the coin of citizenship. For more, keep reading the articles we write in this series. It ain’t over by a long shot, and as long as it ain’t, well, we ain’t done talking about it!