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Today I received this email. It was from a family member who thought I would agree with them, or be schooled by them, not sure which. It was titled ENIGMAS.

1) Isn’t it weird that in America our flag and our culture offend so many people,  but our benefits don’t?


(2) How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back student loans,  when illegal aliens are receiving a free education?


(3) Only in America are legal citizens labeled “racists” and “Nazis,” but  illegal aliens are called “Dreamers.”


(4) Liberals say, “If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it’s worth it.”  Well then,  if deporting all illegals saves just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?


(5) I can’t quite figure out how you can proudly wave the flag of another country  but consider it punishment to be sent back there.


(6) The Constitution: It doesn’t need to be rewritten;  it needs to be reread

7) William F. Buckley said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view.”


(8) Joseph Sobran said: “‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money.  ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own.

 ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.”


(9) Florida has had 119 hurricanes since 1850, but  some people still insist the last one was due to climate change.


You can’t fix stupid, no matter how much duct tape you use!


Some say that we should stop killing Ducks to make Duck Tape.  And THEY VOTE….SCARY!


I never know quite what to do when one of these bombs lands in my email. Usually, I confess, I delete it and move on.

Today, I just could not, and so wrote this response, and sent it the my family member (former family member? possibly!) and the person who sent it to my family member as well. And to my sister. I usually include my sister when I do this kind of thing, for moral support!

Gosh, is this a list of your beliefs?
_________, I gave you the benefit and read this whole email you sent me. PLEASE give me the same consideration and review my replies to these arguments.
1.FLAG: I don’t think anyone is offended by the US flag, in fact, the illegal Mexicans in Los Angeles loved both the US flag and the Mexican flag equally, and flew and wore both proudly.
2. EDUCATION: Would you really only take care of your own, and leave children uneducated because they have no legal standing here? The person who always gave me extra snacks for my friend who was poor would never do that. I happily educated non-citizens in California. They were some of my best students, and I would give them my time and help again, anytime.
3. A. DREAMERS: non-citizens are called “dreamers” because they came here as children, have only known this country their whole lives, and love it so much they wish to stay here.
3. B. NAZIS: No one would label me, a legal citizen, a racist or a Nazi because I celebrate people who are not white; I love their cultures; I adopted a non-white person, and I love being friends with Jews, and Muslims, and Buddhists, and Vietnamese, and Black, and Mexican people, among others. I have a good friend from Bosnia. So, who are the legal citizens who ARE racists? Those who think Jews have all the money. Those who think Mexicans working in the horrible chicken plants are stealing their jobs. Those who supported WALLING OUT the poor, something the JESUS they claim to love so much would NEVER do.
4. NON-CITIZENS VS. GUNS: AGAIN, deporting all non-citizens to save one life? YOUR Jesus was illegal his whole life. Would you send him back to die from drug violence or war?
5. FLAGS AGAIN: OF COURSE my Chinese daughter will proudly wave China’s flag, and OF COURSE she would consider it a punishment to be “sent back.” Would you or your friends WANT her to be sent back?
6. THE CONSTITUTION was written by very smart guys, but, #1. Only by guys, and #2. They could not imagine Facebook and iPhone’s. OF COURSE it needs to be a living document and revised carefully and according to the times. And if not, then those who want it the way it was should give up their indoor plumbing, central heat, cars, credit cards, etc., anything that does NOT appear in the original document.
7. WILLIAM BUCKLEY was actually a pretty great and clever writer. He could sell ice to an Eskimo, as they say. I do not agree with him. I fully understand we’re not all going to agree. What I do not understand is thinking that some people (white Americans) are more valuable or deserving than any other person. I am happy to share my taxes with the poor from any nation; I am happy to share the USA with people from around the world who need a safe place to live; I am happy to teach anyone who needs teaching.
8. That whole thing doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess it’s purpose is to scare us that poor people and politicians want to steal from us. I don’t agree.
9. CLIMATE CHANGE does not affect whether or not hurricanes exist. They have always existed. Climate change DOES affect how powerful they are. When the ice melts, there is more “loose” water on earth, and so more for a storm to pick up and pound a beach with. Plus, the warmer hurricanes are, the worse they are. No February hurricanes. If anyone would like information on how hurricanes work, I am sure the weather channel has this.
I would like to see our world, and for me that is the USA, go back to welcoming the huddled masses yearning to be free. I would like to see our world become safer for women, and offer them more opportunities to grow and thrive as humans. I would like to see a nation that cannot get enough tacos stop insulting the people who created them.
I would like to NEVER see another hate-filled email like this one sent around as a spam-load of shit to try to stir up discontent and make people hate each other and feel afraid.
______ has an Asian granddaughter. _______ has a Russian granddaughter. SEVERAL of our friends are Jewish. It amazes me that none of you think of that when you casually send this out as a representation of your beliefs.
Love you very much, and hope you can understand the way the world looks through my eyes.


And so, I am probably on the shit-list with someone I love very much, a person I am trying to keep low-key and pleasant with as we both age. She tried to “school” me, and I did the same thing back, which is not good, especially as I am usually playing with a much more informed deck.
But, sometimes, something is just too much for me to ignore when it is presented as just an off-hand joke that we’re all, of course, going to agree with. Lord I do not agree with one single thing it said, including using the term “illegal” for people who haven’t been able to get a chance to be Americans.

I was unable to get pregnant. I was ridiculously lucky to be able to adopt a wonderful daughter from China who had to be given up by her poor birth mother because of poverty, patriarchy, or communism, or all three even, and yet some in my family will open their arms to her, and turn their backs on all the other children in the world who are suffering and in need. If I had the money, I’d give Angelina Jolie a run for her money, and I would fling open the doors to the people who need to escape from gang violence, or Syria, or poverty.

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