by June Griffin
If you have been rocked in the cradle of fantastic drama, you perhaps will find this column a bit uncomfortable. Your head is full of error and misconception but herein may you land your feet squarely on the ground of firm reality.
I got to thinking about the word "immigrant." Your conception of immigrant will tell whether you learn by pictures or reading. Very dangerous to learn by pictures. Take that word. Get your 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary. "Immigrant. n. A person that removes into a country for the purpose of permanent resident." Hmmn. Now think. If you are an immigrant, you are forsaking your former allegiances to come to a BETTER place, forsaking something intolerable. Fact is, their ancient Magna Charta rights being abrogated by priestcraft our fathers faced the howling wilderness and "merciless Indian savages" to civilize it and teach them to sing Old One Hundred. It is important to remember what they were leaving and to remember what they were embracing. They won their war and civilized this nation, under the Scriptures. See "Of Plimouth Plantation" by Wm. Bradford,1620, and school textbook History of the U.States by Rev. Ch. Goodrich, 1822.
"Migrate,v.i., second definition: (the first is a synonym for immigrant!) To pass or remove from one region or district to another for a temporary residence." Well, dear me, for what purpose? It looks like what Migrants we have here are working to ship their wages back to their country. If you come here, you are going to speak our language, reverence our Bill of Rights, and fight our enemies. You are not here to make us like you. You are here because it is BETTER, remember?
"GYPSY.n. see Gipsey... a race of vagabonds which infest Europe, Africa and Asia, strolling about and subsisting mostly by theft, robbery and fortune-telling. The same is supposed to be corrupted from Egyptian, as they were thought to have come from Egypt. But their language indicates that they originated in Hindoostan.
2. A reproachful name for a dark complexion. (Shake-speare)
3. A name of slight reproach to a woman sometimes implying artifice or cunning."
"Citizens: In the U. States, a person, native or naturalized, who has the privilege of exercising the elective franchise, or the qualifications which enable him to vote for rulers, and to purchase and hold real estate. 'If the citizens of the U. States should not be free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own. Washington.' "
Dear Citizen: John Wesley admonished you after seeing your victory in the Revolutionary War, "Stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ hath made you so strangely free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."