Im­mi­grants in­fuse U.S. with life

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Is Amer­ica still the last, best hope for mankind? That sta­tus could have slipped some on our watch (see Iraq, deficit spend­ing). And we have been a bit stupid (see Cit­i­zens United, con­cealed carry, ex­tended ammo clips). Well, our na­tion was founded on money and vi­o­lence (see slav­ery, na­tive geno­cide). But re­mem­ber also the Civil War, women’s suf­frage, civil rights and gay rights, and re­mem­ber Amer­ica’s ex­tra­or­di­nary la­bor-sav­ing and

life-length­en­ing con­tri­bu­tions to hu­man­ity.

Does the good still out­weigh the bad? Some things are true ev­ery­where and for­ever. Along with ag­ing power and wealth come complacency, big­otry, op­pres­sion and waste. Along with awe­some weapons comes the itch to use them. Along with huck­sters come vic­tims. And along with youth and im­mi­grants comes vi­tal­ity. It is with these strong hands that Amer­ica’s prom­ise and its con­science are con­stantly renewed.

MERLE BORG San Diego

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