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Dear Editor:
A charitable posture to the poor, or to anyone, according to the Good Book as well as civilized society, is an admirable attribute. But, the references there seem to all apply to the character of individuals, not to government policies. A false, solicitude towards the poor, the children or other such "victim" or helpless class, is also commonly utilized in crass, hypocritical ways by some, including politicians seeking election or passing a bill "for the children", con men setting up a "charity for the helpless" or even various groups justifying their existence. Which category recent letter expressions of concerns for the downtrodden should be placed, only that individual and a Higher Up, knows for sure. Original settlors to America came not only for economic opportunity, but more importantly, for liberty, not for Socialism's benefits as there were none. The classic treatise defining the difference was written over 150 years ago by Frederic Bastiat in "The Law". Many Americans today question our direction as well as the phenomenon of mass immigration and the effect upon our (former?) liberties. Migrants today seem more interested in social and economic benefits than in preserving the liberty and freedom that created American prosperity (now endangered), or because of their experience, they may just be unawares. Many might be more useful and happy remaining in their own cultures, fostering freedoms and opportunities in their own lands, making what political changes that need to be made there (if ready for them), as we did and try to here, without the ordeals of disruption, separation and relocating that many do-gooders call for which is a weakening burden upon US all. Trying to crowd so many other cultures here seems to be diluting what Americans have laboriously achieved from the dregs of historical oppression. There is much more at stake than "the plight of the illegal". Our Founding Father's primary concern was: "The plight of freedom". How can we be an example of liberty to the world if we succumb to this dilemma? Indeed, the controversy and heated discussion in this forum testifies to the similar frictions throughout our society, contrary to the romantic, idealistic beliefs and proclamations of utopia made by many advocates, regardless of sincerity.

RL Ranger