On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :
"In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.
If you read this a couple times and really think about how many of our current problems are directly related to the message Putin delivered in this short speech, you may be surprised.
Yes, America is a melting pot and all of our ancestors came here from some other place. America offered great opportunity to these immigrants as a place where they could live in freedom, raise and educate their children, practice their own religion, work or own a business, and on and on.
We now have millions of immigrants to this country, some legal and some not, who refuse to even learn English and disagree with many of our laws. As some of these groups of immigrants grow in numbers, they actually want to replace our laws and our religions with their own. Some have even been able to get elected to positions of power where they can actually change some of our laws to better suit their own beliefs.
Huge numbers of these immigrants, both legal and illegal, have become a huge drain on our Entitlement (AKA Welfare) systems. The opportunity for good paying jobs just doesn’t exist anymore for the immigrants or our own citizens. Many immigrants have no choice but to go on the dole for survival, and they do. For some immigrants, our Welfare system provides them a better standard of living than they had where they came from.
We have allowed some groups to build their own places of worship wherever they want to in our country; while in their own countries they are burning ours to the ground and killing Christians.
We have the “Gang of Eight” that is working diligently crafting a plan to grant amnesty and a path to citizenship for millions of illegals who have been living in our midst for many years. I have to wonder if any other country would be this involved with dealing with illegal residents on their own real estate.
We print most important documents in at least two languages, and most business telephone systems allow us to choose the language we wish to use to conduct our business.
Just suppose that you took in a family of refugees into your home. At first they were very grateful that you were providing them with food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. As time passed, this family of refugees begins objecting to what you watch on TV, demanded you prepared food from their culture, and insisted that you learn their language so you could better communicate with them. They stated they had no interest in learning to speak your native language.
Would you be hurt and outraged? Yes, most likely you would and you should be.
Yet that is exactly what has happened to our country. We opened our doors to people from many different countries and cultures, primarily because they desired a better way of life. As time went by, these same people wish to change our country to be more like the country they chose to leave.
Am I confused and alone, or does anyone else see anything wrong with this scenario?
Try relocating to some other country and making demands they change their laws to better suit you, and see how far you get. Try making their citizens learn to speak English because that is your native language. Try getting approval to move to another country without proof of income that will keep you from becoming a welfare burden to them. It will not happen.
Try living in many of the other countries without proper paperwork and documentation. I hope you enjoy prison food because you will be eating it for a long time.
While I don’t agree with Putin on many things, he has my complete approval on this message he delivered to his own law-makers. Perhaps we should invite Putin to deliver this message to our own law-makers in this country. I doubt that many of them would have a clue what he was talking about, but it would be worth a try in my opinion.
We have made far too many concessions and drifted way too far to the liberal side when making concessions to those allowed to enter our country legally. We have pretty much ignored all of those who enter our country illegally and it is time to deal with this issue. Amnesty is not the answer as that is rewarding them for breaking the law by entering our country by means other than the proper channels.
I have no problem enjoying cultural traditions in other countries, but I go to their country to do so. While visiting their country, I don’t try to show them all those things I think they should change, and I don’t expect them to provided me with fried chicken and apple pie just because I like that better than their local fare.
Maybe, just Maybe, Putin has this figured out and we still have a lot to learn.
Your comments are welcome and appreciated. It is also fine if you choose to disagree with me as I have a very thick skin.