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    Default Of Immigration And Loyalty

    The first part came to me via email and is somewhat satirical, but it has a point. The second part was in today's NBC4 News.

    We have become a very "politically correct society" and thus now we are paying the price!!!!

    A Letter to the Editor (excellent letter) .

    So many letter writers have explained how this land is made up of immigrants. May be we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today's Canadian is not willing to accept the new kind of immigrant any longer.

    Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to Canada, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in Halifax and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new Canadian households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.

    Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labour laws to protect them. All they had were the skills, craftsmanship and desire they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

    Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. Canadians fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy, France, Japan , Czechoslovakia , Russia, Sweden, Poland and so many other places. None of these first generation Canadians ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Canadians fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the Freedom as one people.

    When we liberated France, no-one in those villages was looking for the Ukrainian-Canadian or the German-Canadian or the Irish-Canadian.
    The people of France saw only Canadians.

    And we carried one flag that represented our country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be a Canadian.

    They stirred the melting pot into one red and white bowl.

    And here we are in 2008 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes a Canadian passport and a guarantee of being faithful to their "mother country". I'm sorry, that's not what being a Canadian is all about. Canadians have been very open-hearted and open- minded regarding immigrants, whether they were fleeing poverty, dictatorship, persecution, or whatever else makes us think of those aforementioned immigrants who truly did ADOPT our country, and our flag and our morals and our customs. And left their wars, hatred, and divisions behind. I believe that the immigrants who landed in Canada in the early 1900s deserve better than that for the toil, hard work and sacrifice those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags, fighting foreign battles on our soil, making Canadians change to suit their religions and cultures, and wanting to change our countries fabric by claiming discrimination when we do not give in to their demands.

    Its about time we get real and stand up for our forefathers rights, we are CANADIAN Lest we forget it!!! I am White Native of this Country & proud of it!

    NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
    NO MORE not saying CHRISTMAS in stores and our schools,
    Seasonal Holiday be dammed!!!

    I Want my Canada of birth BACK !!!
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    Iwo Jima Flag Raiser Finally Gets Citizenship Papers. Naturalized Citizen Never Received Documents

    POSTED: 1:01 pm EDT July 29, 2008
    UPDATED: 1:19 pm EDT July 29, 2008

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- A seven-decade oversight involving one of the men who raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima has been officially corrected.

    Immigration authorities on Tuesday presented a posthumous certificate of citizenship to Marine Sgt. Michael Strank.

    Strank was born in Czechoslovakia and came to the United States in 1922 at age 3. He was naturalized in 1935, when his father became a citizen, but immigration authorities never presented Strank his papers.

    At the ceremony at the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Jonathan Scharfen presented the certificate to Strank's sister, Mary Pero.

    Pero said the family was surprised to find out that her brother, who lived near Johnstown, Pa., had never officially received the papers.

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.
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    Same sort of thing here of course - and it ****es me off! I don't believe in any such thing as 'white Australian', 'black Australian', 'Chinese (insert any country you like) Australian', 'Islamic (insert any religion you like) Australian'. You can be an 'Australian', or bugger off back where you came from as far as I'm concerned!

    To make things clear, I was born in England. I'm an Aussie and have the certificate to prove it! I'm proud of my heritage, but THIS is my country. My ex-wife was born in Germany. She's an Aussie and has the certifiacate too - and this is her country. My two sons are proud of their parentage, and are as Aussie as I am, and they have the (Birth) certifiactes to prove it.

    PC is BS. End of story.
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    I am of Scottish/Irish descent down both sides and have the kennel association papers to prove it.
    I was born here in the US so that makes me a "Native American"if it matters to anyone.
    A lot of people call themselves a hyphenated American but get upset if you ask them for immigration papers when hiring them(one reason I don't stay in management for long when promoted)saying"I was born here.".
    Well,that doesn't mean that you are from another country no matter how 'feel good' it makes you to know your heritage.
    A couple years ago,I was driving an ice cream truck for little pay and lots of expense when a yard crew came up to my truck wanting something cold.
    Since few spoke English,they usually pointed to what they wanted and understood as I held up my fingers for the price in dollars.
    The last guy in line told me"You need to learn Spanish so you can talk with your customers".
    My response of"I'm not the one crossed an international border to find work now,am I?"probably didn't make any friends.I know enough to understand the gist as he translated what I said but their looks needed no translation.
    For the rest of that summer,they'd stop working when they heard my bell and music box but when they saw who it was,went right back to work.
    Be proud of where you are from but don't expect anything to be handed to you just because of it.Someone else has to pay for it and may resent you getting handed an easier time.

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