I can’t stand it. I just can’t listen to it anymore. The heartless rhetoric by some on the right regarding desperate immigrant children, huddled in detention camps on our border, has made me utterly disgusted with some people I used to respect.
Have they forgotten who we are as Americans? Or maybe they have never truly embraced the American Dream and what it means to be American. Maybe they need a reminder. There are many historical examples of international crises when our free shores offered the only chance of survival for millions of people, and they risked everything to come here.
There was a time when the situation was so desperate in Ireland that millions of Irish people were forced to emigrate away from their homeland simply to survive. Many many of them came to the United States, and Americans took them in.
Did you know that by the mid-1800s the Irish made up more than a quarter of the population in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore? I wonder how many people in those cities were crying, “This is the end of America as we know it?” That’s what I have heard coming from some here lately. Continue Reading…