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Dear Editor:
Concerning your quotation by industrial scion, Andrew Carnegie, I beg to disagree that a naturalized citizen born abroad "under institutions which insult him at his birth" has more intense patriotism, or is more "wildly devoted to the Republic" than are natural-born US Citizens. I especially take umbrage with Mr. Carnegie's remark, ". . . little does the native-born citizen know of the value of rights which have never been denied." To hold such a view in 2004 is not only naive, but demeaning to natural-born US citizens, especially veterans who gave service and lives in support of "the Republic". Mr. Carnegie was an astute business man, however, never serving his adopted country in a time of war, rather amassing a huge fortune in railroads and the steel industry after immigrating to the United States from Scotland in a time of relative peace. But it must be noted that Mr. Carnegie's fortune was made long before labor unions, by paying his workers starvation wages and all they could buy on credit at the company stores of the mill towns and on the railroad lines pushing westward into the new frontier - after all, cheap labor from Mexico had not been yet dreamed of, so besides Chinese coolies engaged to build the Transcontinental railway, cheap labor right here at home was the mode of the day. Rather than hold himself, and other naturalized citizens, up to a higher level than those born in the USA, Mr. Carnegie should have stuck to business, and his many philanthropic endeavors, rather than pontificating in the areas of sociology, political science, and philosophy, about which this quotation reveals he knew and understood very little back in 1886.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA



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