I believe this is municipal politics blending with our innate fear of being seen as racist. This ethnomasochism is bad for people of all races and it seemed to have spread to Muslim immigration, too. Like in London, burqas were everywhere and like Londoners, Pennsylvanians didn”t seem to care. While walking to see the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, we were stuck behind a family of nine that included two children in wheelchairs and three women completely hidden in their black polyester bag suits. I don”t have a problem with handicapped children, obviously, but one can”t help but think, “How did they get here?” It took me ten years to get my green card. Why does Ellis Island now take on gigantic families in need of round-the-clock care? Today they”re clogging up the street and preventing us from seeing American history. Tomorrow they”re rewriting it completely. It’s possible the only good thing about 9/11 is that immigrating Muslims assume New York City hates them and choose neighboring cities such as Boston and Philadelphia. All praise is due to Allah.
We went to Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed. We visited the oldest neighborhood in America. We saw Benjamin Franklin’s home and marveled at all the inventions he created. We took family photos at his National Memorial and put pennies on his gravestone. Philly could be a wonderful city, but it needs a kick in the ass. It represents our liberation from the British, but it could do with a big dose of what Thatcher called a “short, sharp, shock” and what Giuliani called “managing fear.” America is about freedom, but that doesn”t include the freedom to be crapped on every day. Sure, the politicians running the city are free from allegations of being called racist or cruel, but as Ben Franklin put it, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
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