On Wednesday, January 21 at the National Cathedral here in Washington, the Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins delivered a sermon to President Obama and other luminaries entitled "Harmonies of Liberty", [full text| Video |MP3]which greatly inspired many, including my LA-based daughter, who was so impressed, she emailed me the sermon which I otherwise would have missed.
Rev. Watkins offered a stirring call to unity and good will. Her words were full of hopeful advice about sharing and compassion which of course befitted the occasion.
In her sermon, she quoted Emma
Lazarus. That poem is frequently used by those who want
to promote open borders. But Emma didn`t write it for
From a book about the Statue of Liberty,
"Historical amnesia also seems to have affected the Lazarus poem. According to Mr. Moreno`s book, `The New Colossus,` though written in 1883 to help raise money for the pedestal, it was forgotten until it was rediscovered in a Manhattan bookshop; the text was inscribed on a tablet placed on the pedestal in 1903.
`Emma Lazarus`s poem was not originally attached to the statue in the public mind,` historian Dr. Boime said. `That would come with the waves of immigration after the turn of the century.`" [Cracks Found In the Myths Around Statue; Park Service Librarian Writes Book to Clarify Lady Liberty`s Origins, By Glenn Collins, New York Times, October 28, 2000]
As a keynote to her sermon, Watkins talks about a Cherokee grandfather telling his grandson that humans embody within two wolves, one full of vengefulness, anger, resentment, self pity, and fear, while the other embraces "compassion, faithfulness, hope, truth and love." "Which one wins?" asks the grandson. "The one you feed."
problems facing this planet really call for a reduction
of our human numbers, which are heading for 9 or 10
billion by 2100, absent an apocalypse, from the almost 7
billion today. The
This is how to express compassion
for our fellow man—by appreciating our limits and having
respect, love, and kindness. Giving away our country to
the point of bringing it to ruin, which unlimited,
unneeded immigration is in the process of doing, will
eliminate the USA`s capacity to continue as the primary
example of providing for the world with foreign aid
generosity. Weakening the
Rev. Watkins says at one point: "In international hard times, our instinct is to fight—to pick up the sword, to seek out enemies, to build walls against the other–and why not? They might be out to get us. We`ve got plenty of evidence to that effect." I can only hope this "walls" reference is not a slap at the newly built US/Mexican border fence, which will actually protect lives and has proven an effective deterrent here and many other places in the world. See my OP ED Israel Proves Border Fences Work.
Every aphorism has an opposite one,
fences make good neighbors".
And it would not be harsh to note that the Mexican
government has been promoting the export of its
unemployed to the
Today, I fear, the down economy is
another excuse for corporate
Did you know that there are more
English-speaking people in
As he made numerous personal contacts after his inauguration, Mr. Obama of course met with many special interest groups, including a group representing illegal aliens. I am hopeful that he will not succumb to the importuning of those who think the Rule of Law is obsolete.
A Taiwanese immigrant and a legal
Yeh Ling Ling, Executive Director of
a Sustainable USA, in Oakland, CA, just had
published a most temperate and straightforward article
entitled, in Harvard Law School`s
Examine Mexico`s Real Intent Before Reforming
of wolves feeding, she just sent me a
video about the supporters of Aztlan, those claiming
the US Southwest belongs to illegal aliens, which speaks
volumes about the kind of anarchical situation that is
What the open border crowd want is "comprehensive immigration reform"—which to anyone who can read means full amnesty for the 20 or more million here illegally now.
Many patriotic immigration reform advocates, including FAIR, offer solid advice on how to turn back this burgeoning invasion of illegal aliens, actions which are "comprehensive", achievable and effective. These include no amnesty, a security fence from San Diego to Brownsville, enforcement of immigration laws against employers, mandatory employer verification of identity and Social Security numbers, restriction of all federal and state benefits, Justice Department support, a congressional declaration that children born to illegal aliens are not automatic citizens, no chain migration, English as the official language—and a "time out" for all immigration until these actions can be put in place.
Will the majority of these suggested actions be done? Sadly, probably not. But if E-verify is extended (this government system allows employers to quickly and accurately check to see if job applicants are here legally–it works almost 100% of the time) and the recession deepens, the power of the open border demagogues will be substantially reduced. People of every ethnic background who are here legally will see their best interest lies in the Rule of Law.
Of course the greater problem now is the legal importation of 138,000 immigrations a month on various visas, the kind that could put many, even more high tech Americans, like my engineer son, out of work. Over a million a year brought legally into a deepening recession! Idiocy!
By the way, I should remind readers
to go again and have a look at that Roy Beck`s seminal
lecture on world migration and
Just remember, folks, whichever of those two Watkins wolves are embraced, the world can`t go on breeding at present levels if it expects to be able to keep feeding the masses of new arrivals.
Rev. Watkins, I hope you meant that we could be generous to the world in our external giving and in our attitude toward those in need without opening our borders indiscriminately.
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.