Matchless Privilege of Being Born in America

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OK, I know I am going to catch it for this column. I will probably be called ignorant, racist, bigoted and perhaps even un-American, but let me assure you, I have been called worse, including many names I dare not repeat here. Why? Because I am going to make some particularly right-wing, conservative statements.

First of all, I happen to know a little about the privilege of being born in America. Allow me to preface this with some personal information. My great-grandfather, whom I met and am named after, Ben Kinchlow, was born a slave, the son of a white slave master and his half-white house slave. To prevent his son being raised as a slave, “Massa” sent him, along with his mother, to Mexico, where he remained as a free individual until age 13. He came back to the U.S., joined the Texas Rangers as a scout, tracked outlaws, became a citizen, married a freed black woman and fathered three sons.

I grew up in the segregated South, attended segregated schools and in a high school in a town 80 miles from home (there were no “colored” high schools in my hometown), drank from “colored”  water fountains and used “colored” restrooms for both sexes.

Why do I mention all that? Because, today, regardless of the unfortunate history of slavery and subjugation in America, I deeply and sincerely appreciate the privilege of having being born in the U.S. Is it a perfect place? No, for a simple reason: It is inhabited by less-than-perfect people. But then, so is every nation that has ever existed. There are no perfect places because there are no perfect people (heaven excluded). On the other hand, there are few places that can match the benefits, privileges and advantages, overall, of living in America.

Unfortunately, many of the younger generation, who have lived here all their lives – never having spent more than a cruise-ship-stop in any other country – fail to recognize the matchless privilege of living in America. As a result, they have a tendency to criticize, complain and otherwise negate the profound good fortune of being native-born citizens. They fail to realize how fortunate they are to live here and, consequently, do not appreciate the dangers associated with the uncontrolled migration of illegal aliens into our homeland.

While these uninformed young (and old) citizens read or see very little about illegals coming in from Mexico, they are even more unaware of the United States government’s policy of admitting thousands of undocumented Middle Eastern illegals into our country.

All of this brings up an interesting question: Why aren’t other countries, such as Russia, China or Africa, being flooded with these “refugees”? Why are Mexico and Venezuela, or even Iraq, which are all rich in minerals, fertile soil and even oil, not seeing immigrants flooding across their borders?

I have said this countless times before, but many have perhaps not considered it from the illegals’ perspective. Why do native-born Americans not appreciate living in America? Because most native-born Americans have nothing except other native-born Americans with whom to compare their lives. If you have never been outside of the United States except on a cruise ship or by way of exotic movie scenes, you have nothing by which to judge America.

The reason America is being flooded with immigrants (legal and illegal) is because what we call poverty in America is equivalent to upper middle class in two-thirds of the world. Why all the illegals from Mexico? Let me answer that question with a question: How many Americans could you get to work for $1.01 an hour? And, incidentally, it has been recently discovered that suitcases full of cash (one with $750,000 and another with $2 million) were/are being legally carried out of America on a regular basis.

Just case you are wondering why the number of illegal aliens continues to grow, how is this for a motivation: Illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. send $50 billion in remittances to their home countries each year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The World Bank estimates that number is even higher, closer to $120 billion. (That’s enough to fund North Carolina and Maine for an entire year.) Oh, did I forget to mention this? Americans (you and me) are the ones forced to pick up the $113 billion tab for taking care of the country’s 12 million illegal immigrants.

Am I upset about this? You bet your liberal media “reporting” I am. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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