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Living With Fear

A few years ago, I was in a real financial bind. I had a job and a regular income, but it was not enough to pay all my bills. So I let a few things slide.

For about six months, I didn't make any car payments. During that time, my driver's license also expired and I couldn't scrape up the cash to get it renewed. Naturally, my car's registration expired at the same time as my license, so that was another danger. So I lived in fear all the time, driving only when absolutely necessary, to and from work, knowing that at any instant my car could be repossessed, and I'd be left unable to get to work. Or the police could pull me over and bust me for driving without a license or registration -- and, again, unable to get to work.

I wasn't bothering anyone, wasn't hurting any one. I was just trying to hang on by my fingernails until I could get things under control again, make enough money to get back on the right side of the law. So I kept my head low and did everything I could to avoid official attention -- like Bob Dylan wrote, "to live outside the law, you must be honest."

But one thing differentiated me from these people: I acknowledged that the situation was entirely of my own making, and I didn't whine about it.


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a reminder that an... (Below threshold)
a reminder that anyone who is in the country illegally can suddenly have a life uprooted, leaving family members to fend for themselves.
Boo freakin' Hoo!
Thousands of immigrants have poured in to work as painters, roofers, and landscapers in this town of 27,000 people.
At far less than union scale I bet.
Maria, 20, who is here illegally from Ecuador, lives in a crowded two-bedroom apartment rented by three families. A man rents the living room; Maria, her husband, and newborn baby rent one bedroom, and another couple rents the second.
Hmmm..., illegal, 20 and with a newborn [U.S. citizen!].

She's not the sharpest Ecuadorian living in near squaller. May I suggest, at the very least, keep your G-Damn panties on and your knees locked shut!

"They say they're knocking on doors. They're coming to get us. What will happen to her?" she asked, motioning to her daughter.
What will happen? A bleeding heart will send you off the some church to hide from the law. And you'll become a "celebrity."

Cry me a frickin' river.

Amen!Everyone, at ... (Below threshold)


Everyone, at some point or another, finds them self in a situation that is less than ideal. What separates us from "them" is that we accept it and do what we can do right the situation. It has become all to common for people to blame everyone else but themselves for life's hardships.


Marc, I agree with... (Below threshold)

I agree with you on this one.

There are so many things wr... (Below threshold)

There are so many things wrong with that story, I don't know where to begin - except with the immediate opening, a Brazilian "immigrant's" death. They spent paragraph after paragraph telling one side of a totally unrelated sob story, withholding just enough information to keep anyone from coming to their own conclusions, and barely a sound bite or two about the actual issue - who withheld this man's medicine? That's all I want to know.

Spare me all the whining and crying when the problem can be easily avoided by, oh say, being here legally. I mean c'mon. The guy had enough money to buy new clothes, cologne and meat for barbecues, but couldn't find a way to get himself legal.

"They say they're ... (Below threshold)
"They say they're knocking on doors. They're coming to get us. What will happen to her?" she asked, motioning to her daughter.

Two choices lady. Take your kid back to the country you came from until the kid is old enough to return to the United States. Or, find someone you know and trust in the United States to assume guardianship for your kid when you get your illegal butt deported.

Bad choices got you in this position to begin with. Now you are faced with more bad choices. They're all of your own doing.

This is why the Fourteenth Amendment needs to be challenged in the courts again, or needs to be amended to correct this anchor baby defect.






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