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Alena Hromádková,Prague December 07, 2011 at 5:35 AM
The downward mobility of the most productive strata was a typical experience in totalitarian societies for decades.One could/had to learn a new ways of survival in un-skilled or semi-skilled jobs.Closely knit nets of families and friends psychologically coped with the unhuman human condition and developed high frustration tolerance, I think. Inadequate employment or dirty work was not a shame for long time, in my country. The suggested reasonable state policies are important as well as new intepretations of unexpected changes and bad luck, I believe. The American individualism combined with new ways of understanding and moral/practical support of ones's fellow citizens will be crucial, I believe.
Alena Hromádková,Prague December 07, 2011 at 5:34 AM
The downward mobility of the most productive strata was a typical experience in totalitarian societies for decades.One could/had to learn a new ways of survival in un-skilled or semi-skilled jobs.Closely knit nets of families and friends psychologically coped with the unhuman human condition and developed high frustration tolerance, I think. Inadequate employment or dirty work was not a shame for long time, in my country. The suggested reasonable state policies are important as well as new intepretations of unexpected changes and bad luck, I believe. The American individualism combined with new ways of understanding and moral/practical support of ones's fellow citizens will be crucial, I believe.
I still have my doubts as to the possibilities, much as they are consoling, especially as we enter the holiday season.

First, other relevant areas of concern - such as the economic and financial condition of the country - indicate serious damage 'below the waterline', if you will.

Second, I think that from a political science point of view, the fundamentally Gramscian dynamics and objectives that lie at the core of the Identity Politics of the past 45 years (i.e. to delegitimize the 'hegemonic culture' in the service of one's own vanguard-elite revolutionary agenda) have indeed put the genuine 'war' or at least 'struggle' in the term 'culture war' and thus the primary damage to the great Vessel of American Culture is on that level.

I have recently posted an essay on Professor Salins's gravid thoughts on Multiculturalism on my site, Chez Odysseus, on Blogspot.

There I wonder at length what consequences flow from immigrants coming into a national 'culture' that has been and is still being 'deconstructed' and 'delegitimized'.

And in that regard, 'illegal' immigrants, mentioned by Dr. Salins here, are as useful if not more useful to the Gramscian Project than legal immigrants.

The Beltway's eager and indulgent embrace of Big Identity while also allowing the interests of Big Capital to run wild have created a far more comprehensive set of lethal damages than any single professional viewpoint can encompass.

But as he said in his book a dozen or so years ago, it is the already-Americans, and not the immigrants, who bear the primary responsibility.

Lastly, I am not at all convinced that the so-called Knowledge-and-Service economy can sustain the needs of a nation of 300-plus million, let alone offer any sort of 'Culture' thick and robust enough to sustain the needs and hopes of either already-Americans or immigrants.

As Ike said, 'so much remains to be done'.
The fall of the American Education System can be laid squarely at the feet of Labor Unions and the American Welfare System..
A teacher gets accepted into Teachers College based on their academic qualifications. The failure rate in Teaches College is close to zero.Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher. Teachers College is the first place to weed out those who will not make good teachers. Once hired these teachers are protected by strong unions. This is one big problem with the education system.
The second big problem is that very few teachers in the elementary system have any math qualifications and yet they are supposed to give students the foundations they require for math and sciences. How can these teachers build student foundations when they don't know how to do it in the first place.
Until these two problems are addressed, throwing more money at the system won't make the students any better.

In the news--the Rasmussen poll that indicates that majority of Americans opposes birthright citizenship. INumbersUSA has pressed to abolish birthright citizenship since the founding of the pro-sovereignty organization 15 years ago. They have shown in the strong support Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, which would stop this misinterpreted practice.


So what does Gingrich, Perry, Romney, Cain, Santorum, Paul, Bachmann, Huntsman, Johnson have to say about the ‘foothold’ instant citizen baby act? Then what is Eric Holders plan to keep intimidating the states. First the vanguard driven by Arizona, followed closely by Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana with suing in such arrogant Liberal oriented courts as the Ninth Circuit in the Leftist progressive stronghold of San Francisco.

The bill is a concrete proposal and has a lot of support in the U.S. House, with 80 co-sponsors. It is one of the "five great immigration solutions" many politicians are standing for this year. THE GENUINE 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT; double 15 foot high fence, for fast track lanes in between for the US Border Patrol to use. However, they need a lot more momentum to win. Rep. King's bill, H.R. 140, that would require Congress to elucidate the meaning of the 14th Amendment and thereby ending the practice of automatically granting U.S. citizenship to all U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. We don't need a Constitutional amendment. Without an amendment the US taxpayers are the recipients of the law, which allows an estimated 340.000 babies to become instant citizens annually adding to the growing deficit, to support these children and the Mother.

Now there's more proof that Americans want to abolish automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. .A new Rasmussen poll shows that 65% of likely U.S. voters oppose birthright citizenship. That means two-thirds of all voters want to end this absurd practice, as most industrialized democracies have already done. Although the tourist from other countries comes to have their babies in clinics this is a story in itself, is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands cross the border, while others come through air terminals on a visitor’s visa, with full intentions to stay and allow taxpayers to cover their baby care from their time in hospital, to the child’s life as a so-called citizen under the wrongly interpreted law. While American mothers are hunted down by credit collectors for the 6-$ 8.000 dollar care. The impoverished foreign nationals easily slip away from debt accountability, by giving force information and either no personal ID or procured documents, that the emergency hospital has no choice but to accept, or by federal laws must treat the patient.

Just because an illegal alien mother gives birth in the U.S. doesn't mean the baby should be a U.S. citizen. Don't you agree? In fact, this form of birthright citizenship is destructive to the rule of law. American citizenship is one of the most precious and desired privileges on earth. People wait in line for decades to receive a coveted U.S. green card, if they can get one at all. But we've corrupted the whole process by handing out citizenship and residency to people who do not deserve it.

Rep. King's Bill will solve the problem, but we can't push it through without more help from Patriotic Americans. Why is this sovereign nation being forced to not only support any individual or family group who slips across the border, but must subsidize the whole family?

As to birthright citizenship policy, you cannot blame the kids, the so-called "anchor babies." Naturally they have no say in the matter of where they are born. Nonetheless, their unearned U.S. citizenship has terrible consequences for this country. Billions of dollars are swallowed up, that should be going US children for their education, health care.

Here's what's so clearly wrong with birthright citizenship Law.

 Rewards lawbreaking. If people break into this nation only long enough to give birth, they are rewarded with a U.S. citizen child and the cost is substantial and adds to even more American poverty.

 Increases chain migration. There are about 340,000 ‘foothold babies’ born here each year. Their families often use them to bring more relatives into the country, starting new family "chains." Immigration continues to skyrocket as a result. And the billions of dollars grow?

 Adds to government social costs. Illegal aliens aren't eligible to welfare benefits, open-borders, corporate welfare and special interests advocates often point out. That's generally true (with the significant exception of emergency room healthcare). Their U.S. citizen children are entitled, however, for a galaxy of social benefits. We taxpayers are stuck with the tab for Medicaid health benefits, free education, food stamps, etc. Each year the dollar figure rises and taken from your income, state pensions, even Medicare and retirement benefits. The cost doesn’t end, not does the barrage of people slinking through the border or lying to the agent at airport inspection entry..Please—how can a traveler from Europe, South America tell if the women are carrying a fetus? Immigration doesn’t even have a tracking system like other sensible countries.

 Misuses the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment, on which birthright citizenship is based, states that people born in the U.S. who is also "subject to the jurisdiction" of this country are automatically citizens. Yet children born of parents illegally residing in the U.S. generally have automatic citizenship, voting privileges, and a passport from their home countries. The 14th amendment law was meant for slaves, not foreign females smuggling babies or fetuses into the United States. Why should they also receive automatic citizenship from a country where their mother lives illegally? Absurd! Despicable to the taxpayer upon people who wait for years for an entry visa.

The biggest goal for in the upcoming weeks remains bringing co-sponsors on E-Verify to 100 of which we need 35 co- sponsors and getting this bill passed in the House of Representatives. But we continue to press for other long-time goals as well, such as abolishing birthright citizenship. Yet we can't do any of this without your help.

It is this point in time you should contact the Ways and Means Committee responsible for bringing ‘The Legal Workforce Act’, bill H.R.2885 to the House floor in Congress. Only the American voter or legal resident has a say in this urgent matter, which will produce large numbers of jobs STOLEN by the 8.2 illegal workers as estimated to self-deport. The number to call for the Washington political phones is 202-224-3121. The legislators need to listen to the People, instead of misleading us anymore. If you have further questions read about the widespread corruption in the federal and state governments at Judicial Watch. Be attentive that the TEA PARTY does not agree with any kind of Amnesty, Dream Acts or Sanctuary cities. Controversial as it is, everybody who want a green card who overstayed their visa, or just slipped through the border, must eventually leave the country to be reevaluated for legal entry. Bringing to America is a different situation altogether and should be promoted expeditiously. The beacon should be lit for the highest skilled imaginable, but we must remain sensible and not be hoodwinked by mediocre workers, who could easily end up on the taxpayers dime. Build the real fences along our lengthy border, and then we can talk about another ‘Bracero Project’ like during the World War 2 for agriculture.

Attn: Keep an eye on Democrats as they are intentionally pushing non-citizens to vote in all coming elections, that includes the 2011 presidential. They are also trying to change electoral laws, so you can register and immediately vote, using groups like the fraudulent canvassing of the ACORN group, that’s reappeared under another name. Additionally the Left is introducing legislation, so you don't even need a picture ID; this to me is as close to fraud as you can get.