This week I checked in with that dark underbelly of Nashville’s soul, or as everyone else calls it: the Ticked Off column. Ticked Off is basically an anonymous rant ‘n’ rave forum in the free community weekly which lands in everyone’s driveway each Wednesday. This is old-school stuff: until really recently, the only way you could leave your comment was via snail-mail or a message on a telephone answering machine. So in other words, this is basically blog comments for people who haven’t figured out the internet, i.e., cranky old people.
And we’re off to the races:
I want to comment on illegal immigrants. We need to wake up and look around our neighborhoods that are, one by one, getting destroyed. Look at Madison and Antioch in the last 10 to 15 years. Now look at Hermitage and how they’re starting to have these tacky taco stands.
The immigrants who came in the ‘50s were clean, took pride in their neighborhoods and kept it American.
I don’t even eat at Mexican restaurants. Sorry, but I want Americans to have jobs and I don’t want them running down my country with all of that trash.
Yeah those immigrants who came in the ’50s were so much better than the low-lifes we have entering the country now! And they had the decency to open real American restaurants, not those roach-coach taco trucks you see around these days! Hell, wasn’t everything better in the ’50s? Forget Jim Crow and the Cold War: “Leave It To Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” were documentaries, right?
It’s so easy to blame immigrants for the country’s problems. The people who mow your lawn and wash your dishes and change the adult diapers at the nursing home are easy targets, but they’re not what’s wrong. It’s hard to blame immigrants when you read stories like this and this. No, I think the problem lies a little higher up the food chain. And I have to wonder how Mitt Romney would handle issues like this. Judging by the way Wall Street whines over the smallest efforts to restrain its congenital corruption, I think we know: absolutely nothing.
The Obama campaign has released its latest ad, and I think it’s a winner. It might not sway people like our friend who refuses to eat at Mexican restaurants, but people like that aren’t going to be convinced to vote for a black POTUS with a funny name anyway. And I fully expect the whining and moaning over Obama’s “attacks” to begin in 5… 4… 3…