Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Foolishness and Stupidity

 “JP” Pasquale’s most recent letters published in The Oneonta Daily seem to be disputing the factual information that Bob Parmerter  provided in a previous letter that pointed out that Trump said: “Our prisons are bursting with illegals right now.”  In fact, 1.6 percent of immigrant men aged 18-39 are in prison compared to 3.3 percent of American-born men aged 18-39 in prison.  Furthermore, in the past 25 years, the number of immigrants in the U.S. has increased, but crime has dropped.

Mr. Parmerter also pointed out, that Trump said: “Immigration is killing us, really killing us, and it’s bad for the economy.”  Actually, immigrants are 12.9 percent of the population, who start 28 percent of new businesses.”

Millions of undocumented people are contributing to our economy, because they’re consumers, who pay sale taxes and $12 billion a year into Social Security.  

There are over 200 cities, counties, and states, who are considered sanctuaries that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.  Immigrant-rich communities are much safer compared to the national average, because when a segment of the local population fears that law enforcement will try to determine immigration status, they usually don’t come forward as witnesses to help prevent crimes or solve crimes that have been committed.

By the way Mr. Pasquale, I haven’t abandoned my heritage, which goes back to my great grandmother Julia Livingston Sweetzer, who was a direct decedent of Robert Livingston.  During the Second Continental Congress, Livingston was one of five committee members, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

I’m also not a “fool” who would allow anybody to enter my home illegally to rob, beat, and kill my family.  And, I’m not so “stupid” as to believe the inflammatory, ridiculous, over- generalizations that you have made regarding undocumented immigrants.    


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