re: #48 Dizzy
It’s a point that gets lost in the whole immigration debate: people want to come to America.
No one comes to America to be a freeloader or live off the charity of others. People come here because of what America represents, or what’s it supposed to represent. A new lease on life, a second chance, a land itself composed of immigrants. Being American isn’t a matter of ethnicity, like it is here in Europe; even if I gained Czech citizenship tomorrow, I’d never really be considered a Czech, because I’m not ethnically Czech.
But there is no such thing as an “American ethnicity”; we’re a hodgepodge of peoples from all over the world.
Sure, America’s not perfect - no country is. We have an ugly past, and the Founding Fathers were anything but saints. But they had a vision, granted, a vision somewhat limited by their time and place in history. But successive generations have gradually expanded that vision over the last couple of centuries and that is what can make America great if we continue to choose going down that path.