August 21, 2013

Our anthem's missing word(s)

I was taken aback this past weekend, while at a Texas Rangers' baseball game, I noticed that they had the words to the national anthem displayed on the big screen.  It struck me as odd, since our anthem was something that all kids learned when I was young.  We sang it at school, we sang it at sporting events, we even sang it at home on occasion.  I suppose that putting the lyrics up is a good thing in one sense, but it is a disappointing reminder of how low of a priority any sort of patriotism has become to our society and educational system.

Even without MLB's reminder, I know that the last line to our anthem is:
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
This sprang to mind while reading this article, and wondering where illegal aliens get the idea that they have any right to demand things of America's taxpaying citizens.
For over a week now, undocumented immigrants, many on a hunger strike, have gathered outside a prestigious Chicago-area hospital to demand free organ transplants for themselves and others who entered the country illegally.
About 40 demonstrators joined the 14 hunger strikers gathered outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital to protest the facility’s stance on providing organ transplants to immigrants not possessing a green card, according to Fox-32 Chicago.
“We’re asking for help,” said Blanca Gomez, 23, who needs a kidney transplant. “I go to dialysis three times a week. I’m not going off the hunger strike until I get on the transplant list.”
None of the hunger strikers are U.S. citizens or even documented immigrants. All are from Mexico and require either a liver or kidney transplant that they can’t afford on their own, and they’re unable to obtain federal health care benefits such as Medicaid.
Another related article points out how much we generous Americans already contribute to the cause:
The U.S. government already spends upwards of $4 billion a year to provide the millions of illegal immigrant who live here with medical care, according to figures released by a nonpartisan organization dedicated to researching both legal and illegal immigration. Most of that money goes to hospital emergency rooms and free clinics that treat the uninsured.
This has created a huge burden for hospitals nationwide that get stuck with the exorbitant cost of treating uninsured illegal immigrants. A few years ago a Florida hospital spent more than a quarter of a million dollars to fight a lawsuit from an uninsured illegal immigrant returned to his native country after racking up a $1.5 million bill. The case involved a Guatemalan Mayan farm worker who was hospitalized for 3 ½ years at the Stuart facility with severe brain injuries sustained in a car wash.
After receiving a judge’s permission, the hospital put him on a plane back to Guatemala and a legal battle ensued. The same hospital also spent a substantial amount of money treating a brain damaged illegal immigrant from Mexico for two years and, in congressional testimony, the facility’s administrator said more than half of the hospital’s births were to illegal aliens.
They break our laws by entering our country illegally, then they rake in the dough with all of the spoils of American life that are available to them (healthcare, civil rights, welfare, WIC, food stamps, driver's licenses, in-state college tuition, etc), and then they have the ability to sue us, in our own courts, when we hold them responsible for their own debts.  Sheesh, can I renounce my citizenship, become a Mexican citizen, re-enter the U.S. illegally, and start to reap the same benefits?

If this is America, we need to add a few words to our anthem:
O'er the land of the free healthcare, education, and welfare funded by those living in the home of the brave Mexicans that demand we pay for their every need...

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