Looking around America today, you can see and feel many things. The dysfunction of some of our institutions, confusion about our principles and values, and a country perhaps slipping beyond our grasp.

Sometimes I feel I can barely breathe; the grievances and the complaints — topped by the guilt we are expected to feel — come so fast as to seem almost overwhelming.

Georgie Anne Geyer is a nationally syndicated columnist.

(23) comments

Carlos Ponce

"Latinos hate the immigration laws."
Hispanics are not a monolithic group. The Hispanics I know obey the laws of the United States. They have no problems with "immigration laws".
But you could say "Liberal Latinos hate the immigration laws."
For those who believe in polls,
"50 percent of Latinos support the job Trump is doing, a significant jump from the 31 percent who had the same answer in a December poll."
http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NPR_PBS-NewsHour_Marist-Poll-USA-NOS-and-Tables_1901141631-1.pdf
Take it for what it's worth. This is not an endorsement of any poll (which I believe are all flawed).

Emile Pope

Blaming everyone is the right-wing tactic of absolving itself of responsibility for creating a problem...

Robert Braeking

Actually, Emile, it is a left-wing tactic. The politics of hate comes from the Democrat party. When some people get more from the government than others there is envy which foments hate. Texas was settled by fiercely independent self-reliant people who wanted nothing more than for the government to protect them from the Comanches and Mexicans. The Democrats developed a dependent class who are envious and haters.

Emile Pope

Texas was stolen from the rightful owners. Stephen F. Austin came here to settle the land and become Mexican citizens. Instead they decided to take the land and declare themselves independent of Mexico. Joined by a failed politician, a man fleeing debt and arrest who abandoned his wife and children, and a slave trader, all of whom entered the country illegally, they fought and eventually succeeded in taking land that was not legally theirs for their own. Please try to learn Texas history before trying to use it to support your case...

Carlos Ponce

"Please try to learn Texas history" , Emile.
Spain and later Mexico had trouble attracting Spanish and Mexican settlers to Texas - no "oro" (gold). So they gave land grants to foreigners such as Moses Austin (father of Stephen). Part of Galveston County lies in the Mary Austin League.
Things were fine under Mexico's Constitution of 1824. It allowed the Texans great freedom to rule themselves as they saw fit. But then the Mexican government removed that constitution giving more control to the Federal government. Texas settlers wanted the 1824 constitution reinstated.
The Mexican government then combined Coahuila y Texas making it difficult to conduct government affairs without a long trip.
"Texas was stolen from the rightful owners." No, they fought for independence when the Mexican government refused to acknowledge them. Rather than discuss the problems, Stephen Austin was imprisoned by President Santa Ana. The fallen at the Alamo and those who fought for independence include a lot of Spanish surnames.
Looks like Emile was not paying attention in 7th grade Texas History class.

Emile Pope

Long winded way of saying that they didn't like the government. And what they didn't like was that the Mexican government outlawed slavery. So they stole it the first chance their numbers improved. And there were a lot more people on the other side with Spanish surnames...this was written to dispel the myth that Texas was taken by noble people for noble purposes...

Carlos Ponce

Long winded way of Emile posting he knows little of Texas, Spanish and Mexican History. The slaves of Mexico were indigenous people (Native Americans) used primarily to mine for gold but used for other tasks as well.
Texas did have slaves of African origin at the time of the Texas revolution but it was not a key factor for the revolution.
Here is the full text of the Texas Declaration of Independence:
http://www.lsjunction.com/docs/tdoi.htm
Slavery is not given as a reason nor even mentioned.

Dan Freeman

I wonder how the First Nations thought about the Spanish and other Europeans who stole Texas. Prior to 1492 we had cultural groups including the Natchitoches, the Hasinai, the Wichita, and the Kadohadocho. Then we have the Atakapa tribes on the coast, and the Puebloan peoples. To the west we have the the Apachean tribes and the Comanches. I guess filching land is a fairly common habit. No such thing as “rightful owners” until the Peace of Westphalian and after.

Emile Pope

let's see...
Slavery was mentioned by every state as the reason they were seceding, but that wasn't the reason. Slavery wasn't mentioned as the reason for the Texas revolution so it wasn't the reason. Convoluted logic at it's best...

Carlos Ponce

You cannot rewrite history, Emile.

Jarvis Buckley

Georgie , one morning try waking up on the sunny side of the mountain.
✌️

Bailey Jones

"And if a candidate for office dares to make even one statement that offends some poor fellow’s tender sensibility, he is denounced and demeaned into silence." Really? I'm pretty sure that's the path to the presidency.

George Croix

A path away from it was avoiding Wisconsin.....that decision was, for that candidate, 'deplorable'.....[whistling]

George Croix

ps:
Future Psych 101 students might want to print this article....it's a perfect example of projection.....

Bailey Jones

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

George Croix

Life in ancient Corinth might have been a bit different from these days....maybe....

George Croix

Actually, we're living in a world fueled by the unvetted, uncorroborated, yet still largely printed and disseminated by the MSM and TV talking heads, mostly anonymous internet crap put out by people too cowardly and/or dishonest to even use their own names as they verbally assassinate others.....
We now have 'news' and 'programming decisions', something that's become so often fake as to be more suspect than newsworthy, based on 'Twitter explosions' and 'Facebook viral posts' and whatever other in-the-shadows nonsense and hyperventilations can be posted by people who would not last 15 seconds if actually having to back their claims in public....

Well, that's called' progress' these days.............

Emile Pope

Speak louder, the slaves can't hear you...

George Croix

Leave it to you, Pope, to come back with 'slavery' to answer a fake news post.....
BUT, since you brought it up, it's a fact that people who actually experienced forced servitude and kidnapping (or, often, being sold by their own kind...) from their home country(s) CAN"T hear me, all being dead for roughly a century and a half, give or take.
On the other hand, the descendants of that long dead practice are still alive and among us, with some co-opting the suffering of their forebears,and adopting it as their own.....
That's a personal choice....not a forced one....unlike those long ago.....

Robert Braeking

If Texas was stolen from Mexico then the united States was stolen from England. It goes something like this: "When in the course of human events it becomes self evident........"

Robert Braeking

Ours goes something like this: "When a government has ceased to protect the lives,
liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived....."

Emile Pope

Sam Houston...Wonder what ever became of him?

George Croix

England and France and Spain 'stole' parts of this country from the 'indigenous peoples'...then each other at times.....
THOSE peoples 'stole' it from the OTHER ones here before any particular generation(s) of them were here...
THEY 'stole' it from the dominant animal life species that changed from eating to being eaten....
Fact is, Darwin was right....
Laws establishing ownership of anything are only effective because more people than not have decided to obey them, and those same people support punishing anyone who does not obey them.
If THAT attitude ever 'evolves' back into strictly 'what's in it for me'..., then whomever can take your stuff by force, 'steal' it, owns it....
In the end of the analysis, it's the same rose it's always been since the dawn of ma, just by several different names.....

We just like to pretend that we are, at the core, so much more advanced now....[beam][beam]

Or, we can simply blame all land takeovers as because of slavery, and thus keep feeding that one trick pony....
IMO, as always.....

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