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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

We Tell Ourselves

A Day Without A Mexican
What Would Jesus Do?
USMC Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzales - His family has not yet decided whether to petition the American Government for posthumous award of his U.S. Citizenship.

Good enough to defend this country
Not good enough to be a US Citizen

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

12 April, 2003 - U.S. Marines attend to a wounded comrade that was shot during an exchange of fire at the Saddam medical city hospital. The Marine died shortly after of his wounds. The Pentagon identified the soldier as being Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, of Indio, Calif., who was killed while manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.

Mexican Border crosser forced to pose for this picture by Minutemen in Arizona - it reads: "Bryan Barton caught me crossing the border and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

The story about this man intercepted at the border is even more disgusting. The man spoke no English so he didn't even know what the tee shirt actually said until later. He was hungry so they gave him a bag of potato chips and five bucks to pose for the picture.

Why aren't chickenhawks like Bryan Barton or the other fools who proudly refer to themselves as 'Minutemen' serving their country in Iraq?

Because they know Mexicans are the brown people who won't shoot back at them like the brown people in Iraq will.

The ultimate irony is that a Mexican National gave up his life to protect their right to be flag-waving bigots.



At Thu Jul 07, 09:17:00 AM MDT, Anonymous tannia g. robles said...

I love that you touched on this point. I always bring this up with people that think Latino immigrants are a disease to American society, yet many are dying for a country that does not accept them. So many people are patriotic bigots that would much rather arm themselves against defenseless immigrants than to fight against armed men. They are good enough to die for a country that hates them but not good enough to try and make a better life for themselves and in turn contribute to the economy.

At Thu Jul 07, 02:50:00 PM MDT, Blogger justme88 said...

My heart goes out to the Gonzales family

At Sat Jul 09, 05:18:00 PM MDT, Blogger curious servant said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

My heart goes out to his family

At Tue Jul 12, 09:16:00 PM MDT, Blogger valerie said...

Isn't it ironic, don't ya think?

At Tue Jul 12, 11:59:00 PM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...


Yes it is ironic. That has always been the plight of the disaffected and disenfeanchised in the US. We serve honorably in the military and are relegated to second-class status. For the lowly Mexican, it is even worse.



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