Random Thoughts from An Immigrant
I was blessed with the opportunity to settle in the US about 15 years ago. The road to permanent residency and citizenship was fraught with frustration and financial costs. That typed, I thank God each day for bringing me here and I also thank Him for my citizenship, The Constitution and the friends that have been placed in my path.
I would like to get a few frustrations off my chest.
I was born and raised in South Africa, a wonderful country with countless natural resources, friendly and hospitable people, stunning wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Growing up, I saw the twilight years of the Apartheid era and that was indeed a dark time in the country’s history. I was one of countless whites who voted for change and with Mandela’s release and the ANC taking power in 1991, there was a feeling of hope and excitement that this new chapter in the country’s history would have the people working together to build on what was a solid infrastructure.
Well, sadly as the years passed, the ANC proved that a leopard does not change its spots. Government corruption grew, and certain elements within the ANC leadership clearly stated that the current generation of whites had to be punished for all past evils that had occurred. Crime exploded and although petty crime was and is still plentiful, violent crime became the order of the day. Vehicle hijackings, brutal gang rapes, home invasions during which the occupants were often beaten, shot, stabbed, raped and murdered, military style cash in transit heists and then stories of brazen government corruption are daily news headlines.
I realized that if these conditions were to prevail, this was not a place where I would choose to raise a family. Fast forward to my arrival in the US. Although the journey over the last few years has had many difficulties, I have been embraced as a legal immigrant. I have met many down to earth, liberty minded people. That typed, I have wanted to assimilate and I have no desire or need to try and stamp my previous culture on this country that I now consider home.
This is a phenomenal country and Divine intervention definitely had a profound impact on the founding. The past several years have been really concerning as I have had first-hand experience with the racial divide that is constantly being fueled over here. Certain elements actually make a living by constantly stirring hatred between black and white people. Calls for monuments to be removed, calls intimating that the flag, national anthem and even names of places be changed is not a surprise to me. You may ask why? Well this is the exact same strategy that has been carried out over the last several years in South Africa. Province names, city and town names, airport names and yes, the flag and national anthem had to change.
History cannot be erased. One has to learn from it so that past mistakes do not take place again. I will echo the sentiment of others who note that in order to destroy a nation, one part of the strategy needs to involve editing the history. Once this is achieved, destroy any sense of sovereignty by embracing ‘multiculturalism’ to the extent that any sense of nationalism is considered taboo. This strategy is effective and it is being implemented with absolute abandon in the US.
I will type on and let the readers know that while the future of SA played a key role in my decision to leave, it was evident that the absence of a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms made that decision quite painless. There are many of my fellow Americans who have no idea how blessed we are to have the Bill Of Rights. Let me simplify things and state what many learned individuals have mentioned on countless occasions: 2A is the foundation of liberty. The Founders were schooled in English Law and they had an intimate understanding that the right to keep and bear arms dates back to Sixteenth Century Europe. Those politicians and proponents of the nanny system who preach that ‘a well-regulated militia’ refers to the National Guard, are only trying to deceive those who they wish to control. At the time when 2A was written, the concept of a ‘National Guard’ was not even a figment of the human imagination. These tyrants need to read writings of Aristotle, Machiavelli, Beccaria and others on a right which is God given. I read once that if you want to know what is in a man’s heart, just ask him what his thoughts on private firearms ownership are-a real simple litmus test.
So all the calls for increased gun laws? THEY DO NOT WORK. South Africa’s laws have become so draconian. Law abiding citizens who wish to defend themselves have to apply for a license for a specific firearm. When purchasing ammunition, the license for the firearm in question has to be shown. The purchase is entered into a register and the amount of ammunition purchased and owned is also restricted. The quantity of firearms owned is restricted and although in certain instances, such as a sport shooter, additional licenses may be granted, the process is tedious and frustrating. I provide this trivia because, the criminals are not impacted and have access to whatever the black market can offer or whatever they can steal. ‘Common sense gun laws’ is intentionally a vague and open statement because those who despise liberty need to be able to move the goal lines so that the incremental erosion of our rights can continue.
Anyone who talks about increasing gun laws in the name ‘gun safety, sensible gun ownership, saving the life of just one child’ is either ignorant or a tyrant. Criminals never ever obey any laws. Case closed. 2A does not grant ‘We the People’ a right to keep and bear arms. It ACKNOWLEDGES the right.
In conclusion, as a proud naturalized citizen, a few thoughts:
- As a fully assimilated citizen, I expect all other immigrants to do likewise. I wanted to live in America. Living as an American. Period! If you do not like this country, leave and go back to where you came from. No one is forcing you to be here.
- The Constitution and Bill Of Rights is not a living document. It is not a flexible guideline. I will not tolerate anyone who thinks otherwise.
- The Second Amendment is non-negotiable. If you cannot understand this, I will have to think that you do not embrace liberty or a respect for a right that comes from God. For the Atheists reading this, I am sure that each one of you also has an inbred desire to protect yourself and your families from harm. You may not believe that the desire is God given. That is fine. The desire to protect ourselves from harm is wired into our DNA. No politician has the right to infringe on this. We are not subjects.
- History cannot be erased. Learn from it and try not to make the same mistakes now and in the future.
In conclusion, I am proud to call the US home and I will do everything in my power to respect and protect the Supreme Law of the Land. May God have mercy on the United States of America.