I don’t know what my great grandparents would have done if the immigrated to America today? it seems so odd that there is such a change in immigration. while I have had to experience what it is like to immigrate somewhere else, the lack of language, and most everything else one takes for granted. it had to be a lot easier than the throngs of poor, tired and weary who came to the country for a better life and a chance at opportunity.
There also were no safety nets outside of your family that could help you along the way.
today, in Europe and even in the states, I don’t know where people fleeing another country or seeking a better place on the planet think or feel they are owed, housing, food, clothing and everything else. do I think it is great that they can get it, yes? but I think back to welfare and the system created in the united states with Franklin Roosevelt and the great depression and realize my great grandparents came with two nickels and a suitcase holding their possessions.
the world has become more complicated, and the speed of life has changed quite a bit since the turn of last century. while I was so excited about the world wide web, it appears to have gone the way of current immigration. some countries are building walls to keep people in, others to keep people out. the folks that are native in the country can be found complaining about the people, “not from here!” my favorite ludicrous statement is when I hear a bubba say, “these immigrants are taking jobs and they isn’t from round here!”
“dude, about the only people I would consider native to the united states are the Indians. everyone came from somewhere else, and it is what made the country great – albeit at a high cost, that we seem to take for granted.”
but talking about immigration last night over a dinner with friends, I was taken back at how good the developed world has it, yet, the various fears, complaints, demands, and entitlement trends make me shake my head and wonder how long until a bit of normalcy will creep back into the systems.
it’s like there is a system of rules for everyone, but the ones making the rules get a pass and/or can sell privilege to the wealthy.
wasn't’ there something like that in the Renaissance where you could buy away your sins?