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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."
The weatherman spooked everybody again this past weekend by predict'n extreme weather with ice. People were making a run on generators in town and crowded the grocery store for extra supplies.
Several folks left on vacation a few days earlier to avoid the predicted storm. As it turns out, the weather person was getting advice apparently from the same folk that were predict'n Hillary Clinton's victory in the presidental election.
It shore seems a lot of despondent liberals are having a difficult time accept'n the victor in the recent presidental election. Some, especially the Hollywood type, are calling for Marshal Law. The more they express their radical views the more certain those who voted for Trump are sure they did the right thing.
Congressman are statin' they aren't even gonna to attend the inaugration because they won't accept who won and the will of the people.
It seems those are the same ones who were give'n the victor thunder for not definitely say'n he would accept the results of the election. It seems those Hollywood types forget they are getting paid to entertain mostly through make-believe. Now they are take'n themselves too seriously and think they should tell the people how to run their lives.
By all appearances they are'nt good at run'n their own lives let alone tell'n other folk how to run theirs.
It's a shame they don't follow their brag that they would leave the country if Trump won the election.
Philosophy of Today's Immigrants & the Liberal Press
Previously, we shared with ya a long-time area resident's information concern'n immigration and a selective immigration ban.
With those thoughts in mind there is the follow'n letter written to the editor of the Orange County Register, in Florida.
This letter was written in response ta a letter written by Ernie Lujan. It's an enterest'n take on immigration as well:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants.
Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer.
Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.
Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times.
They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them.
All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.
My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan.
None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American.
The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were.
It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges.
Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about.
I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill.
I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
Well, there ya have it then. Some enterest'n perspectives on immigration.
As fer me and the boys, I reckon we'll dwell on the subject with Christian "love"
Slow to suspect,
Quick to TRUST
Slow to condemn,
Quick to JUSTIFY
Slow to offend,
Quick to DEFEND
Slow to expose,
Quick to SHIELD
Slow to reprimand,
Quick to FORBEAR
Slow to belittle,
Quick to APPRECIATE
Slow to demand,
Quick to GIVE
Slow to provoke,
Quick to CONCILIATE
Slow to hinder,
Quick to HELP
Slow to resent,
Quick to FORGIVE
And as John Wesley
is quoted as say'n:
John Wesley's Rule
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
He certainly covered all the bases with that and combined with perfect love, gives one an enterest'n perspective ta the immigration issue.
We lost another good man up north in Raritan in Art Kane. He certainly lived a life of what John Wesley wrote.
He was an important influence to Henderson County, young and old, Institutions, and all that was good in our communities.
The large attendance at his visitation on Sunday afternoon at St Patrick's Community Center was a testimony to what he had contributed to the community and the appreciation that they felt toward him.
Me and the boys will sorely miss him. Hope'n ta see ya in church this week.
Remember; Wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later