In the first post on the situation in France, a few commenters attempt to compare the immigrant situation there with the illegal immigrant situation here in America. It’s an imperfect comparison, to put it mildly. For one thing, legal immigrants to this country aren’t barred from full participation in the greater society--either de jure or de facto—nor are any other minorities. The French, however, are far more restrictive toward people who have been in their country for a generation; people whom they invited to come. Basically, it's 1955 in Mississippi for France's guests, the North Africans and their children. The latter can never move past their low station in French society and become full participants in the land that, sometimes, is the place in which they were born.
Negative examples: to my knowledge, no Frenchman of Algerian descent has been appointed to a position equivalent to the Attorney General of the United States. No son of Moroccan immigrants has risen to become the mayor of France’s second largest city. And no daughter of these North African Muslim immigrants has married into one of France’s most famous political families without so much as the turn of a hair.
(I’ll let you industrious folk figure out the corresponding Mexican and American references in all cases.)
Mexican immigrants--illegal or not--have never done anything on the scale of the Algerian/Moroccan immigrant rioters (that’s reserved for us native-born types). Hundreds of American cities burning? Riots springing up in several of the states? Right. It wouldn’t happen because--again--no American municipal authority/governor/president would allow things to get that far; none of the appropriate chief executives would hem and haw around for a week and half trying to figure out what to do about it. And if one did (see Hurricane Katrina), it would be time to overrule him/her, political consequences be damned.
Yes, yes; I know about La MEChA, thanks. They are yet another of the various (insert phenotype here) superiority groups—along with the white supremacists and certain black nationalists--who believe they have dibs on the land called the United States of America. Somehow, however, I don’t think that even most of the people who would naturally be allied with such a group would give them the time of day. Most Mexican immigrants and Mexican-descended Americans are smarter than that and, most importantly, they have a stake in this country in its present form: too many have helped make this country what it is today.
Note the comments of one of my guests, Miguel from Mexico:
I'm a Mexican, living in Mexico most of my life, and I want to butt in here. For starters, 99% of Mexicans down here (that's about 100 million) have NEVER EVER heard of Mecha (meaning "fuse" in Spanish) or La Raza ("the race") ("everything for the race, nothing outside of the race" sounds like Mussolini). The territories up north were never called "Aztlán". That is an invention of La Raza and all of those sob's. Most Mexicans have never even heard the word Aztlán. It is not taught in school, because it doesn't exist. It is just a figment of the sick imagination of Mexican communists in the US (Mecha and La Raza and Co.). [SNIP]Hello?
So, the immense majority want to go over there and WORK, and I mean WORK. That's why American employers are so much fond of Mexican workers. They go there TO WORK and not to waste time in idiotic political things. This is the Mexican mentality. As for the Communist Chicanos up there (who are mostly American citizens), they were taught to hate the US, to be leftists, to demand Aztlán back and all of that crap BY AMERICANS, many of them White, others Black or of some other origin. So please take a good look at it and realize that THE WORST ENEMIES OF THE US ARE SOME AMERICANS.
To compare the La MEChA idiots to the rioters who are destabilizing Europe is silly if only for one reason: most Americans of any descent will not take the violent overthrow of their way of life lying down, unlike far too many Europeans appear to be doing.
Let’s not play the “moral equivalence” game that many on the Left are inclined to play whenever one of its iconic persons or societies shows its seamy, STANK underside. Any American that has spent any significant amount of time outside of the US knows that his/her home country is at the forefront of true equality and that most other countries treat the “other,” especially blacks, as barely human. Let’s face it; the American Civil Rights Movement worked and it did because Americans actual had concrete, written-down ideals to live up to. But in self-righteous France, for example, there was no perception that change was necessary, so the French didn’t bother changing. That's why,
France has no Colin Powell or Condi Rice, no minority heading the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company, no vibrant minority political culture.And French arrogance is the reason why they don't see anything wrong with that fact.
Fix illegal immigration, yes. (I approve of the Minutemen and want better-guarded borders also.) However, don’t lump in illegal Mexicans immigrants--and their American cousins--with those who would burn down any “infidel” society--including that south of the border—in order to blackmail us all into submission.