Biblical and Historical Perspective. America began with all the right ingredients for prosperity: a heritage of religious persecution like that suffered by the Israelites in Egypt. Throughout Biblical history, periods of prosperity and promise were preceded by periods of oppression and slavery.
America’s founders came to a Promised Land. As with every entry into a promised land, it was already inhabited. Some of the Native Americans thought it a crime for our ancestors to possess land which they had assumed was theirs, but our ancestors did not think so. The Native Americans did not think there was enough land for them and us. While there might not have been, had everyone remained in the stone age, advancing technology made greater population density not only possible but so comfortable that to this day, citizens are still fleeing rural areas to live in the largest cities.
While there were many abuses of Native Americans by our ancestors, God placed his stamp of approval on the general program of migrating here, by miracles such as the evacuation of the land upon which the Pilgrims first settled, by pestilence, only a couple of years before the Pilgrims landed; just long enough for the disease to die out, but not long enough for the neighboring Native Americans to develop the courage to settle the area. Another great miracle of God’s provision for those first Pilgrim immigrants was the preparation of Squanto, captured from that same decimated tribe years before the pestilence, trained in Spain and England, and then brought back to his empty homeland just before the Pilgrims arrived – just in time to show them, in English, and as a Christian, how to live!
While skirmishes between natives and settlers were bitter and many, the Oneida Indians helped George Washington defeat the British in the Battle of Oriskany, New York, August 6, 1777, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Revolution – a landmark battle which forced the British to change their war strategy. .
(Sources: “American Heritage”, May 2004, p. 6; World Book Encyclopedia, “Five Nations” and “St. Leger, Barry”, 1958.)
God has a habit of helping people migrate to new lands. Amos 9:7 “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?”
For many generations the migration to this land continued, from all over the world. There were temporary ghettos and shameful prejudice with new waves of arrivals, but there were no laws restricting anyone from coming, and certainly no laws against anyone working! They assimilated quickly and were identified as “Americans first”.
In the beginning, our ancestors remembered their roots, which made them sympathetic with those who followed in their footsteps. It was very natural for them to remember and revere the Scriptures which said, Exodus 22:21 “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger [foreigner], nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” 23:9 “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Leviticus 19:34 “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 10:19 “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Luke 3:11 “He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”
Our ancestors readily obeyed God’s commandment to place no legal burden, through discriminatory laws, upon fresh immigrants which were not borne equally by their own second, third, and more settled generations. Exodus 12:49 “One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.” Leviticus 24:22 “Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.” Numbers 15:16 “One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” Numbers 15:29 “Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.”
That did not change until after the Civil War through which America paid a terrible price for its irreverence for fellow human beings created in the Image of God. As if the price had not been great enough; or as if the irreverence which could no longer be vented fully on Blacks was now vented in smaller measure towards many races.
“Between 1860 and 1885 8 million immigrants arrived in America. [At first they came mostly] from Northern and Western Europe. [Then from] Southern and Eastern...Europe....this resulted in...A law passed in 1875 [that] brought to an end almost 100 years of open borders. The first racial law, The Chinese Exclusion Act, was enacted in May 1882 to bar Chinese laborers....Japanese immigrants...were forbidden to buy or lease land in California and Texas. ...Later...they were excluded by law from entry as immigrants. ...Chinese were at first welcomed as unskilled laborers. ...As their numbers grew, however, they were perceived as a threat to native labor...racist sentiment increased. Chinese were subjected to various discriminatory laws...” (Immigration and American Life Graphing Immigration Data, by Mary Elizabeth Jones, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.)
What irony that about this time, France, itself free only a short time after the Napoleons and inspired by our example, gave us the Statue of Liberty. We were more worthy of it when its construction began, years before 1882 when we began 60 years of not allowing a single Chinese person to immigrate legally. But it wasn't finished until 2 years we had betrayed its noble principles. It was presented to the Minister of the United States in Paris, on July 4, 1884, brought to the U.S., and unveiled October 28, 1886, (World Book Encyclopedia, 1958), while we were trashing what it stood for.
The “Immigration...Data” report continues: “In 1908 the San Francisco Board of Education attempted to place all Japanese children, native and foreign born, in a segregated Oriental school in Chinatown. A protest from the Japanese ambassador led the school board to rescind the order. However, a Gentleman’s Agreement obtained by President Theodore Roosevelt caused Japan to pledge that it would halt further immigration of its citizens to the U.S.”
The picture for black immigrants, whether from Africa or the Caribbean, was not so rosy.
1908 was another year of irony and infamy in U.S. immigration history. It was also the year “The New Colossus”, by Emma Lazarus, was inscribed on the pedal of the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps we should recognize it as God's knocking on the doors of our dangerously hardening hearts, rather than as a well deserved tribute. Although in all fairness, it acknowledged a welcome mat to immigrants unknown in the rest of the world, even if it shut out Chinese, Japanese, and oppressed Blacks and, to a lesser degree, Southern Europeans.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Despite the barriers our later ancestors placed in the road of immigrants following in their very own footsteps, immigrants jumped our hurdles and helped make our nation strong, as President Bush pointed out January 7, 2004: (he may have exaggerated how much America “welcomed” its immigrants, but compared with the rest of the world, Lady Liberty still shone brightest here):
“Every generation of immigrants has reaffirmed the wisdom of remaining open to the talents and dreams of the world. And every generation of immigrants has reaffirmed our ability to assimilate newcomers -- which is one of the defining strengths of our country.
"During one great period of immigration -- between 1891 and 1920 -- our nation received some 18 million men, women and children from other nations. The hard work of these immigrants helped make our economy the largest in the world. The children of immigrants put on the uniform and helped to liberate the lands of their ancestors. One of the primary reasons America became a great power in the 20th century is because we welcomed the talent and the character and the patriotism of immigrant families.
The contributions of immigrants to America continue. About 14 percent of our nation's civilian workforce is foreign-born. Most begin their working lives in America by taking hard jobs and clocking long hours in important industries. Many immigrants also start businesses, taking the familiar path from hired labor to ownership.”
The Present. Immigration, Abortion, Social Security. Since 1973, irreverence for fellow human beings created in the Image of God found a vent even wider than the slavery of a century before. Then, an entire class of people was “merely” enslaved. Now they are murdered. From that time to this, Americans have slain roughly 50 million of the most innocent among us. (We have to rely for most of our figures on the killers themselves.) One direct result of this dramatic population reduction in our 0-30 age bracket, is that the generation that allowed this to happen faces retirement with the certainty of a Social Security collapse. If decisive steps are taken soon, the damage will be less, but there is even less political interest in taking decisive steps than there is in defending our shores from Moslem terrorists. (As of 2007, our nation is about evenly divided whether to do even that. If we can't take seriously a lethal immediate threat, how are we going to get worked up over the mere threat of impoverishment 10 years away?)
Current Social Security taxes are enough to pay for social security benefits with enough left over to bail out a nice chunk of our out-of-control budget. But as our median population ages – because 50 million youth have been subtracted from the American population – excess Social Security funds are reduced. 2018 is the projected year Social Security payments will equal Social Security taxes. After that the burden of the elderly upon the too few younger taxpayers will steadily become prohibitive. “...the number of retirees will shoot up, hitting 49 per 100 by 2040 and fast turning surpluses into large and growing deficits. The federal government, meanwhile, has already spent the surpluses from past years....By 2045 its projected deficit will approach 2% of gross domestic product....[Social Security] ‘is seriously underfunded and financially unsustainable in the long run,’ declared Treasury Secretary John Snow” after “Last week the trustees who look after Social Security warned that it faces a long term unfunded liability of almost $4 trillion.” Wall Street Journal, “How ‘Fixing’ Social Security Might Hit You”, by Greg Ip, 3/28/04. Dick Armey, former House Majority leader and chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy, said: “As the Chief Actuary of the Social Security administration has shown, [in the just-released Social Security Trustees Report], with Personal Retirement Accounts it is possible to pay promised benefits without raising taxes, while allowing today's workers to build a reliable source of income and wealth for their retirement years." March 23, 2004. How serious is the problem? The Wall Street Journal article talks as if a couple of percent here or there could fix it. “Raising the current worker-employer tax of 12.4% to 14.3% would keep the system balanced for 75 years.” Or, stop indexing benefits to the average wage; instead, index benefits to inflation, which grows 1% to 1.5% slower than wages. Of course, this would mean someone born in 2002 would receive benefits that are 41% lower. The article takes into account the impact on government budgets only of social security benefits, ignoring the fact that by 2040, only half the population will be taxpayers, making the cost of infrastructure and services almost twice as high proportionate to population.)
God in His Mercy was willing to replace those unloved slain infant souls with an equal number of ready-made workers – not helpless babies so “hard to love” because they can’t take care of themselves, but workers ready and anxious to plug right into those social security siphons and start building up those “reserves”.
God created a win-win solution for everyone. To the bloody generation, He said “You have slain the generation I had created to care for you in your sunset years. But I have raised up souls to replace them who are easier to love because they work hard for low pay so you can make a lot of money off them! Love them, at least enough to allow them to serve you, and you may still live!”
Meanwhile, to the Hispanics living in poverty and oppression, He said, “I give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; [I]...the Lord...brought thee forth...from the house of bondage. [Deuteronomy 6:10] I bring you to a land where you are needed to fill the empty cities, lands, and furnished houses of its own choicest sons, slain by their own fathers and mothers!”
So the Hispanic population in the U.S. grew from 9.6 million in 1970 to 35.3 million in 2000, 58.5% of whom were Mexican.
Source: (Pew Study: “Immigration and American Life Graphing Immigration Data”, by Mary Elizabeth Jones. Also, http://www.homeaccentstoday.com/CCHispanics.PDF)
But the Hispanic population in the U.S. could not grow to replace all those slain, as God had provided, because the bloody generation posted guards along its borders to keep Hispanics OUT! That’s right, ready-made hard-working taxpayers were not easy enough for the bloody generation to love, after all! Americans made sure the would-be workers could not get welfare (while accusing them of mooching off welfare, see Welfare) and even made it illegal for them to work! In fact, Americans even called them “illegals”!
The Americans said, “Behold, the people of the children of the Spanish are more and [are growing politically] mightier than we: Come on, let is deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any election, they join also unto our enemies, and vote against us, not caring about our great heritage.” (Adapted from Exodus 1:9-10)
Though Americans had the wealthiest civilization in the world, which one would think would give them understanding of what creates wealth, they imagined that additional wage earners would only compete with their own ability to earn, forgetting that every wage earner is also a consumer, and that civilization is the personification of cooperation, consisting of citizens sharing little bits of their talents with their neighbors in exchange for a share of their neighbors’ talents! They imagined that if they could artificially depress the wages of their Hispanic neighbors below their actual value, that they themselves could be wealthier. They forgot how the same mentality a century and a half before had actually impoverished the South by allowing neither reward nor opportunity for human ingenuity and invention, artificially depressing the output of human beings to nearly that of animals.
Yet God put within Hispanic hearts such desire to come and save the generation that slew its heirs, that they came in droves, at great risk to their own lives, many losing their lives in desperate, cruel border crossings. That is the only way the Hispanic population could grow as God had provided. And grow it did! By 25 million in 30 years. That was only half the number of native babies slain, but in order to get even 25 million here, about half of those had to come and live as “illegals”.
Nevertheless the 25 million were only half enough to save the bloody generation, and half of those were tragically restrained from benefiting the economy by being classified as “illegals” which reduced their opportunity to share their talents and realize their potential to nearly the level of the slaves which preceded them a century before.
But God was merciful again. He prepared Hispanics already here to grow to the numbers needed, since the required numbers were not able to cross the border. He gave Hispanic families more children than other demographic groups. 59% of Hispanic households were given at least one child under 18, and by 2000, 31% of Hispanic households numbered five or more persons. (Source: http://www.homeaccentstoday.com/CCHispanics.PDF)
Abortion, after all, is still illegal in Mexico. Murdering their young is not yet part of their culture. "Missionaries to the Preborn" Dan and Donna Holman say Hispanics, though recruited heavily by Banned Parenthood, are the easiest to "turn away" through their literature and posters of slaughtered babies outside Planned Barrenhood; and the abortion rate among Hispanics is dramatically lower than among other groups.
God said, “Love these. I give you children which others will love and nurture since you don’t want to. There, I give you all the delight of children, and none of the responsibilities! Can you love these? Allow these to live among you, and when you are old you may still live.”
But the Americans fought back against their own salvation! In fact, they were led by their "Moral Conservatives" - their Bible Believers! (See "Moral" redefined) They fought great battles in Congress to drive back the half of the new Hispanics called “illegals”, not minding the harm to their immediate economy, not to mention the future economy of their sunset years!
What therefore shall the Lord of the nations do unto them? He shall come and destroy these leaders, and shall give the nation to others. And we who hear this warning pray, “God forbid!” (Adapted from Luke 20:15-16.)
“Some time between 2005 and 2010 Hispanics will surpass blacks and become the dominant minority...according to The Official Guide to Racial & Ethnic Diversity.” (Immigration and American Life Graphing Immigration Data, by Mary Elizabeth Jones.)
In almost the same time frame and proportion that the retired bloody generation will become an impossible burden to the relatively few younger taxpayers supporting them, Hispanics will become an important voting block. Their votes will affect the level of patience of younger U.S. taxpayers with the bloody retired generation. Their votes will influence the point at which the young will tire of depriving themselves for the sake of old “useless eaters” who might, after all, have more “dignity” if they were “euthanized”.
Will Hispanic sympathies lie with the American voters who made it a crime for them to work – who called them “illegals”? With a generation which has done everything in its power to avoid sharing its blessings with the “illegal” families of the new Hispanic majority? With the cruel elderly here whose votes shed so much blood and created so much oppression of the poor and downtrodden South of the border? With the masters of the ruthless foreign policy based on irreverence for fellow human beings made in the Image of God? With those who counted God’s blessings as “just for us”, haughtily refusing to share?
Or with their own elderly back in Mexico and farther South, to whom they still send support?
One solution for future retirees could be to go live in Mexico, where a social security check will go a long, long way. But under current social security laws, benefits are no longer mailed after a retiree has left the U.S. for six months. It would save the social security system if retirees were allowed to go to Mexico and still receive half their benefits, which would still allow them to live comfortably. But will hard hearted Americans refuse that solution because it would also benefit Hispanics?
But if that agreement is made, releasing a flood of U.S. retirees to Mexico desperate to pay their bills with falling benefits, will Mexican doors remain open to them? Will the Americans be perceived as undesirable refugees?
It is not only concern for the poor that prompted Jesus to warn Luke 3:11 “...He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.” Jesus was also concerned for the giver. Because Jesus, the creator of ourselves and the universe, and our savior, constructed all things in such a way they are held together by our love for each other. Without love, things fall apart.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall
men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again.