Thursday's Child ... has far to go ... (0nm10wn2feet) wrote,
Thursday's Child ... has far to go ...
0nm10wn2feet

Blog Wars!

Yes, friends, those infamous flying fingers of mine have been at it again ... alienating people and making trouble.

In this case, however, the DRAMA came to me and not the other way around (shocking, huh?).  It seems that one of my recent 'rants' on Myspace has offended a person who only knows me in a very superficial, peripheral fashion, through my sister.  I did not realize he was of Hispanic descent; I don't think he ever mentioned it, nor did he seem to make an issue out of it.  He is gay - not that it makes any difference to me, I've always welcomed people into my home based on who they are, not based on their race/nationality nor on their sexual/religious preferences.  He always seemed like a pleasant person, if somewhat sarcastic, so I never imagined that he would be so horribly offended by my position on the question of ILLEGAL immigration.  I thought he was educated and open-minded enough to understand that some people in this country weren't as in favor of the demands being made by the illegal immigrants as others might be.  As Melanie would say "There you go, thinking again!"

At any rate, the poor fellow became horribly offended at my suggestion that we send the illegal immigrants back to Mexico, if they think they have so much 'clout' here in the U.S.  He seemed to feel that, by using the term "Mexican-Americans" once, I was condemning the entirety of those who emigrated here from Mexico.  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, given my history of interaction with, and liking for, my Hispanic friends.  Ok, "friends," using the term loosely to apply to my "acquaintances" of Hispanic descent.  I just know someone would point out that I don't actually HAVE but one or two real "friends."  Digressing as usual ... sorry.

To continue, I really, truly do NOT harbor any ill-feelings toward anyone that comes into this country LEGALLY and proceeds to become a citizen by the accepted route.  My problem stems from watching, and reading about, all the protests surrounding the status of the illegal immigrants ... who, for some odd reason, seem to feel entitled to make demands of a government that MY tax dollars help support.  Hmm, let me think ... they get paid 'under the table' in most cases, thus they are not having taxes withheld from their pay.  They are not citizens with the requisite identification, so they don't pay taxes.  So, our government should do what they want because ... why, exactly?  That's what I thought ... like, no fucking way in HELL!  But I didn't even say it like that.  I just expressed my frustration with the demands.

So, this dude, who had just spent an afternoon at my house, laughing and joking with us about all kinds of stuff, gets all uptight and offended.  And proceeds to post a comment calling my blog "shocking and offensive," as well as "borderline racist."  WTF? "Borderline racist?"  I do believe that is the first time in my entire life that I have been accused of being "racist."  Perhaps that is why I felt so compelled to respond to the little goober.  Or, maybe not.  I often have those 'knee-jerk' reactions to criticism, especially when I consider it unfounded.

I mean, c'mon.  I'm usually the first person to admit that I might have screwed something up.  Anyone who's read through my journals in the past knows this about me.  In fact, I think that's probably one of the most irritating things about me - my tendency toward self-flagellation.  Eh, what the hell, we all have our faults, don't we?  To attempt to shorten this, though, I posted a response.  The cretin responded with a snippy little comment to the effect that he couldn't be bothered to read through all my "pointless justifications" and "arguements[sic]" before he went to work that morning.  All righty then, why the hell did he even bother to respond at all?  To be irritating, of course.  And it had the intended effect.  I still can't let go without that damned 'last word.'  You would think that, by this time in my life, I'd be able to let it go ... but N-O-O-O-O!  Not me!

So, I snapped back with a simple (for me), relatively brief comment and proceeded to let him have it with an interesting fact I gleaned from Lou Dobbs' page on the CNN.com website.  Did you know that the average meat-packer's wages went from a high in 1980 of $19/hour to around $9.00/hour today?  What do you think caused THAT?  In an interesting connection to that little statistic, I also noted that food processing companies like Tyson, Perdue and Con-Agra were among the hardest hit by the recent "Day Without Immigrants."  Hmmm ... might there be some relationship between the degradation of wages for some of the least-appealing jobs and the influx of illegal immigrants willing to do those jobs for FAR LESS?

Sorry to have bored anyone daring enough to read to this point, but I just had to get that one off my chest.  Me, "racist?"  I suppose I could tolerate the implication that I am somewhat "narrow-minded," but RACIST?  Grrrr.  Hope the little beastie ends up stewed in his own juices!

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth."
- John Locke, 1690

"Minds are like parachutes.  They only function when they are open."
- James Dewar 1842-1923
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