Media Prescription for a Carefree Future
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Yesterday's letter inspired me to read further about the story of contractor David Shafer, a home-builder in the Atlanta area whose life was battered by the influx of illegal alien workers [Illegal Immigration: One man's ruin ... and recovery, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 12, 2006].

Mr. Shafer had gone from a comfortable middle-class living to the brink of financial disaster in a few short years because of illegal immigrants taking over his livelihood. But the AJC was disturbed at Shafer's "anger" and unpleasant "bitter" attitude at how his life has been sabotaged.

Now, at a time when all levels of government are grappling with illegal immigration, Shafer embodies the sentiments of many Georgians. He's certain the immigrants are damaging him but doubtful that elected officials will solve the problem. [...]

By that December day in Suwanee, Shafer had grown as bitter as the wind signaling the end of another construction season without a paycheck. He had just started taking the antidepressant Zoloft. Gone was the happy-go-lucky Cub Scout leader whose previous activism was limited to raising money for the neighborhood swim club and the Collins Hill High wrestling squad.

But never fear — this story has a kumbaya ending, as suggested in the "recovery" part of the title. After a breakdown triggered by getting off his meds, Shafer got back on Zoloft and embraced diversity by learning Spanish. Problem solved, according to the AJC.

Is that the media's prescription for coping with invasion? Drugs and politically correct attitude adjustment?

It was a good thing for Britain that antidepressants didn't exist during Winston Churchill's time. (For appeasement relief, listen to a sound clip of Churchill's call to arms, "Their Finest Hour").

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