American Dream Vs. Perscription For American Nightmare

American Dream Vs. prescription For American Nightmare

My friend, Dr.  Frank, wrote the following (in bold). My views follow each paragraph in normal print.

What do you think?

The easiest way to drastically reduce the number of illegal aliens is to make legal immigration easier. 

This idea is very similar to another radical liberal idea.  The easiest way to reduce illegal behavior is to make the behavior legal. This is a disastrous Idea. Immigration should be based upon this Nation’s basic needs for talent. Race should not be a factor. Considerations of talent and this Nation’s needs for particular forms of talent should be the primary consideration in our setting quotas and accepting legal immigrants. Exactly where the recruited Legal Immigrants come from, or what their skin color is should not, and need not, be a consideration.

But I suspect that it isn’t the “illegal” part that is troublesome, it’s the immigrant part — we were all immigrants at one point — but now that we have arrived, we wish to deprive others of the opportunities that we enjoy.

It is plain to see that there are bigots in every race. But the idea that the anger over illegal immigration is because, in general, Americans have animosity for legal immigrants and want to deprive them of opportunity is preposterous. I hope you will rethink this particular point. The majority of Americans are gravely concerned because they understand that no socioculture can sustain an endless flood of illegal aliens invading its borders.

America isn’t defined by borders or a population — it’s an idea. The idea that all people are endowed by the creator with inalienable rights, and that anyone can rise through the class system with the right talents and motivation.

America is an idea and a magnificent one, like no other on planet earth. But it does have borders and borders are essential to its continued existence. Other Nations may imitate us, if they choose. But, from a psychological perspective, individuals cannot retain their personal identities and function as an integrated and unique whole without having and defending their personal boundaries–and so it is with America.

If our native-born citizens have the talents and motivation, then they will be able to out compete all immigrants. If the immigrants have the talent and motivation, then they deserve the American dream more than our native-born citizens do.

I am with you on this one! This has ever been so in America and that is an important (though certainly not the only) source our strength and vitality.

We must recruit, exclusively through legal immigration, the various talents this Nation needs, at any point in our evolution, and then provide everyone (so far as it is possible to do so) with the upward social and economic opportunities that have been the hallmark of America.

Our government’s job has always been, and must continue to be, to ensure equal opportunity among its legal citizens.  We will destroy ourselves if we attempt to provide equal opportunity to anyone who illegally invades our borders. We will destroy ourselves if we attempt to provide equal outcomes for all.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  5/13/10

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One Response to “American Dream Vs. Perscription For American Nightmare”

  1. Frank Fujita Says:


    I’d like to thank you for your conisderation of my points — I truly believe that you aren’t a bigot. But if the motivation was pure, then the support for increased enforcement of our borders would be multi-racial instead of an almost exclusively white concern. Our current immigration policies are highly prescriptive *from country of origin* with only minor allowances for talent. I’d be happy to open the flood gates to the many talented Chinese and Indian potential immigrants to this country — but our elected representatives don’t want to do this.

    And when we have a quota free (but talent restricted) immigration policy, then I will join you in calls for tougher enforcement of the laws on the books. If our policies don’t have strict numerical caps, but allow the best and brightest from the world to come here — then we will have a mighty fine population.



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