My last post attracted the attention of an internet listserv about legal US immigration. [It shall go unnamed here.] After posting a "comment" rivaling the length of my post, one new Blogger-ista (I don't accept "anonymous") wanted to continue an extended dialogue on the topic in front of this readership.
I don't use this blog that way. But I'm not into censorship either; I didn't delete her post or the one from the guy who outright asked me if I'm "racist." I was respectful in reply. It is good practice for everyday life.
Meanwhile, here's what transpired on their site with my commentary in italics. Read on, because I've got a question for you at the end:
Listserv Original Poster (#1): reprinted my post verbatim [obviously did not read it, simply read the title]
--Oh well, we all make mistakes, Buddy!!
Listserv user 2 says: "Economic injustice is forcing the American taxpayer to subsidize employers that hire illegals (sic). We're sick and tired of illegals' (sic) hands in our wallets. At the same time we struggle to get by, getting fewer benefits from our governments than these criminals."
--OK, this person has a point I agree with: I wish US employers were not taking advantage of the desperate status of immigrants. But these people he calls "criminals" are guilty of a misdemeanor. Ever get a traffic ticket? Guess that makes you a criminal, too. And did you read the part about Social Security? [I thought not.]
Listserv user 3: "Deport, deport all undocumented illegal immigrants in our Country."
--We tried "just say no" to drugs, but that didn't work either.
Listserv user 4 catches on to the O.P.'s confusion and says: "Hey, if YOU know this is a piece of propaganda, like MANY other posts I see that you've posted, then WHY NOT note SOMETHING in the title..? ..or either at the top or bottom of said crap?
IGNORANT Americans are having a hard enough time differentiating the difference between "immigrants" and ILLEGAL ALIENS before visiting [group name] for the first time..
I surely don't think it's the responsibility of other [group name] members to come by and repeatedly point this out..!!"
--OK, that was supposed to shame the OP, I guess.
Listserv user 5: "Gee, I feel SO DUMB!!!!! All this time wasted calling Represenatives,writting letters, donating money & time and there it was right in front of me (kinda hidden by MSM)...
They just WANT WHAT I HAVE.... Gee, might have to discuss this one with my kids because it was thier (sic) country too.
Up here in North and South Dakota we are taught at a very early age...
RESPECT... and, You Just CANT Fix STUPID !
There is 10 minutes of my Life I can NEVER replace!!!"
--I'm not sure but I think this guy is ranting because other people want their basic human needs (like to eat) met. But maybe he's upset because other people would like to be citizens, I don't know. Again, I'm not sure, but I think I might figure in the "You Just CAN'T Fix STUPID" part of his post.
User 6 from Texas: "This is the biggest bunch of BS I have seen. Economic injustice, so now these poor illegal aliens are victims? We should feel sorry for them and open our wallets? Give me a break. Send them all back home so we can deal with our own economical problems."
--Did not a regular commenter here only yesterday say that immigrants are going to be scapegoated? You just saw Exhibit A, Folks!
Listserv user 7: [copies the earlier remark calling my post BS] Amen to that. I responded to this woman and tried to open a debate, but she doesn't want to use her blog as a place for that. Which tells me that she just wants to run her mouth about things she has no real understanding of. People like her are part of the problem. All complaint and "oooh, feel sorry for the poor, abused illegal immigrant, but don't call me on my obviously biased opinion and don't ask me to have a solution, I just can't think that far ahead..." You've never going to change the minds of these kinds of people until a tragedy happens.
--From my point of view, the tragedy is well underway already!
Listserv user 8: With the economy and job losses in the US, with temporary aid (welfare) being cut, how long before Americans will need to "migrate" to another country (Canada?) to be able to put a roof over their children's heads and food in their mouths? Like the author said, "When there is no work, there is no food, no livelihood, workers must migrate to live".
But YES, let's worry about Mexico FIRST!!! Sounds like a good idea.
--There was Exhibit B.
I'm a person more prone to action than words, but I'm tempted to join this Listserv.
What do you think about my trying to dialog on that listserv? I'd really like your opinion.