Immigrants Get It?

Immigrants Get Our Greatness — Do We?
By Charita Goshay

I recently attended a naturalization ceremony hosted by Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Taryn Heath during which 16 people from 14 countries became citizens.

The blend of languages, cultures and colors was like a human quilt, yet they all had one noticeable thing in common: Once they became Americans, not a single person took the opportunity to complain about how bad things are or how crummy the president is, or to rant about the crooked ineptitude of Congress.

I saw a lot of handshaking but no hand-wringing.

The ceremony was an hour late in starting, but no one seemed to mind. The room radiated happiness, which is not always the case in a courthouse.


In fact, the applicants seemed — dare I say it? — thrilled to be here.

Maybe they don’t get it, though they all appeared to be well-educated folks. There were teachers, business owners, engineers and a newly minted graduate of Ohio State University.

So, are they just blissfully naive, or do they see something in this country that so many of us born here seem to have forgotten?

These days we nitpick and name-call and knee-jerk and demonize while lobbing charges of sedition and treason and bemoaning our lives, even as ones born in the greatest nation in history.

The American can-do optimism that attracts so many to these shores now wilts at the slightest challenge. We’re becoming less and less tolerant of others, all the while demanding information to fuel what we already believe, so we that can become even more angry, scared, self-righteous, resentful, paranoid and pessimistic.

Immigrants must think we’re crazy.


But what does it say about America — at least the essence of us — that people still are leaving their own countries, sometimes at risk of their lives, and are to willing renounce their allegiance and loyalty to those nations just to become a part of this nation?

There’s no other country for which I’d be willing to do the same.

There are places in the world where you can be killed on the mere suspicion of independent thought. So, imagine the wonder of coming to a place in which free expression is not only encouraged, but it’s also protected by the Constitution.

I often wonder if we do really understand how incredibly fortunate we are to be living under a system that’s as close to perfection as any human has ever devised.

We live in an information age, but it’s the American mindset that’s in dire need of a reboot.


I usually don’t like the columns that Charita writes because she is pretty much a Democratic talking head.  Which isn’t really a problem… except her articles are somewhat “liberal-annoying”, if you know what I mean.

Subtly, I think Charita wrote this article to condemn the immigration debate that’s heating up across the country.  I disagree with her because I disagree with illegal immigration.  Mostly because, well, it’s illegal & illegal immigration does have negative effects on our country.

However, Charita makes a valid point.

Those who seek to make a life in our country (legally) are appreciative of our ‘exceptionalism,’ something even some Americans are not appreciatve of.

The Constitution, Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, & the base of the Statue of Libery… all boast that this country welcomes people from across the world & protects the rights of those citizens.

The base of the Statue of Liberty reads:

The New Colossus
By Emma Lazarus, 1883

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
‘Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

“I often wonder if we do really understand how incredibly fortunate we are to be living under a system that’s as close to perfection as any human has ever devised.”

I wonder the same thing.


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10 Responses to Immigrants Get It?

  1. hybridtalk1 says:

    No. Look at kids like PolarCzar who want to destroy this great country and turn it into a socialist utopia. They don’t get it.

  2. therealgirlscout says:

    Look at other people on this blog site who continually ridicule and name-call our current President. Is that loyalty to our country when he was duly elected by the people? they don’t get it either.

  3. mzkatie says:

    The people on this blog are the reason I posted this article, Girlscout(;

  4. therealgirlscout says:


  5. Hacksaw says:

    Look at other people on this blog site who continually ridicule and name-call our current President. Is that loyalty to our country when he was duly elected by the people? they don’t get it either.

    Yeah, it’s not like nobody here has ever ridiculed or called our 43rd U.S. President any hateful of insulting names, I must’ve just been imagining all of that – along with the vile, vulgar personal attacks that are still consistently leveled at other duly elected but conservative officials, both in & out of office and in some cases, their spouses & children as well…

  6. therealgirlscout says:

    Not by me. And I have NEVER insulted anyone’s children.
    My comment was for the conservative side in here, who constantly calls Obama names and ridicules everything he says and does. Even if he does something that normally, a conservative would have done, a way is found to condemn him for the actions.

    • Hacksaw says:

      Perhaps you have not personally launched the vulgar personal attacks of which I speak, but you do sit silently by and constantly allow them to occur without ever “correcting” anyone and although we are all adults who post here and no one poster is responsible for what another one writes, I’m sure that you have previously heard the commonly held theory that “silence is consent.

      If I write something that you view as arrogant or insensitive, you don’t have a problem letting me know but whenever one our liberal buddies here post any vile & hateful remarks, I don’t hear a peep out of you and it is always other posters who rise to the occasion and defend the wrongly attacked.

  7. therealgirlscout says:

    Okay, Daddy, whatever you say. Who are you to tell me what I should say in here? If I disagree with pb, I will tell him so, (see recent blog on Death Penalty). I am not his mother! It is not up to me to “correct” what he says! He’s entitled to his OPINION, as princess said about Beck. We all have opinions in here. I may point out my different views when bloggers post their views in here. I do not TELL them what to think!
    “Our liberal buddies in here?” Who? There’s just me and pb! LOL

  8. therealgirlscout says:

    Besides – you should talk – I just saw the picture you posted in another blog of Obama as a baby crying. Now I wouldn’t normally say anything about it, but since I don’t want to be accused of “silence by consent”, I say “Shame on you” for mocking our President!

  9. Hacksaw says:

    I most certainly did, but I believe at this point it’s pretty hard to deny that the guy is pretty thin skinned, and does not accept or respond well to any kind of criticism at all. His quick dismissal of a General over a magazine interview in which most of the comments were made by other people illustrates that. It was President Obama after all, who fired General David McKiernan as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and personally selected General Stanley McChrystal to replace him. He asks McChrystal what he needed to succeed in Afghanistan, and McChrystal tells him many more troops – he originally wanted about 60,000, but ended up getting “talked down” to 40,000. McChrystal puts in the request, and Obama hyms & haws for months trying to decide if he should even send additional troops at all, and if so, exactly how many. It was around this time in which McChrystal was being interviewed and was asked how often he speaks to the President, and he admitted that he had not in a very long time. Obama starts to get criticized for this, and he arranges a visit with the General to scold him. After a bit of more courtroom style “deliberation”, Obama decides to send his hand picked General only ¾ of the troops he requested.

    Fast forward to the modern day when the news of the Rolling Stone interview becomes public knowledge, and Obama flies off the handle and quickly relieves McChrystal…if only he had been that prompt & decisive when it was time to support the General who he personally chose for this mission, especially with his additional troop request.

    The President was well within his rights to relieve General McChrystal, who showed poor judgment in allowing a reporter from an anti-military magazine that much access to him & his staff, but in the middle of a war in which the General has performed so well in Iraq that it led to his being promoted to his current billet, this was a petty reason to get rid of him, and virtually end is lengthy & distinguished career.

    Just because you can do something, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. If I possess a gun and I am confronted by a person who is wielding a knife, then I would be within my legal rights to shoot them dead but if I have another option and I don’t feel I’m in mortal danger, then shooting them full of holes may not exactly be the best course of action.

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