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Americans rallying for the wrong causes sometimes

Register • Jul 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

On reading some of the feedback on Matt Westerhold’s column (“Set the children free” Register, July 6):

I wanted to ask a few questions of the sign-carrying American citizens who blocked a busload of helpless children:

Will those same people block a load of illegal drugs from entering the States?

Will those same people line up to stop a load of illegal guns from entering the U.S.A.?

Will those same people line up in areas where illegal drugs are being sold?

Will those same people line up in front of gun stores where guns are being sold to anyone who will buy them? 

Will they line up in front of a residence where known gang members assemble daily?

Will they line up in front of a school where bullying may cause the death of a lonely teen?

To all the questions I have posed, the answer would probably be: “I don’t think so” Many of these so-called Americans are descendants of immigrants who were honest, hardworking people who were looking for a better life. Some found it better, some didn’t.

As for abortion, I don’t care for it, but for a baby to be put in a microwave oven, or shot to death by a disgruntled boyfriend, or stomped to death by an angry mother, or even starved to death by coldhearted people, that baby knows it’s dying. And that’s got to be the most horrible thing in the world. You rally about abortion, rally about that.

If I am not mistaken — and I could be — but what else is new?

There are words engraved on the Statue of Liberty: “Send me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and “I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door”

If I am right, maybe these words should be erased, as they don’t seem to ring true anymore.

—Carrie King


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