Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Heritage

I am proud of who I am. I think everyone should be proud of their heritage. As human beings living in a free country, we have an opportunity to be who we want to be. Many people do not like the family they came from and try to make their own lives better. I think that is what we are supposed to do, whether you like where you came from or you do not like where you came from. Make it better. Make it even better for your children. Make it possible for you children to have more opportunity than you had. That should be what responsible adults do.

My wife Kathi came from Oklahoma. Her ancestors are Scottish and Choctaw. I have been in Texas all my life. My ancestors were Swiss and Scottish. One of the first Boozers in this country was Ulrich Buser who moved from Switzerland to South Carolina. We are primarily from central European stock and we are proud of who we are. We had loving parents who did the best they could with what they had. Kathi and I tried to improve our lives for our children. More jobs available, more innovation and more education helped us along the way.

Mexicans that come to this country flying Mexican flags are proud of their heritage also. Puerto Ricans are proud people. More than one has told me they do not like being called Mexican, not because they do not like Mexicans, but because they are proud to be Puerto Ricans. They should be. Black people are proud of their race and they should be. Black people came to the US from many different countries. Italians migrated to the United States and usually clustered near other Italians. The same is true for most nationalities that come here. It is normal for people to want to be among people most like themselves, until they assimilate with their surroundings. Many Irish families migrated to the United States during the Irish famine in the mid-1800s. Many Chinese immigrants came here and helped build our railroads. They are still coming.

We live in a country of immigrants. There are people living in the United States from every country in the world. The immigrants that are the most successful are the ones that take advantage of their natural skills and abilities and assimilate with their neighbors. People that stay in enclaves of people just like themselves and do not try to assimilate have a harder time coping, no matter where they come from or in which country they settle.

We have school districts that have to teach in 70 languages. Can you imagine how hard it would be to find qualified teachers that could make all your students successful. Wherever people migrate, they will be more successful if they speak the local language. Language is the basic way we learn to cope with each other.

Pride in your race, pride in your country of origin, pride in your family origin and pride in yourself is good. Pride is one of the means we use to stabilize ourselves and preserve our mental health. Immigrants should also show pride in their new country, otherwise what is the purpose of moving here? No one moves her to get a worse life.

We are trying to assimilate a lot of people in the US of A right now. It is causing difficulty and resentment for a lot of the immigrants and their neighbors. It is causing a lot of resentment of our government. With government policies causing fewer jobs to be created, we have less and less people working to support more and more people who are trying to take their jobs and lower their wages. This may be smart for immigrants, but it is stupid for a government, unless the government purpose is to collapse the economy. We could do a better job preparing immigrants for success.

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