LC: What should the people of the United States do concerning Hugo Chavez?
FW: The first thing we can do is realize that Chavez himself has declared himself a Communist and is an enemy of our country. As such, we should stop purchasing CITGO gas, which is owned by PDVSA. Another thing we can do is to become better informed about what the differences are among the countries in latin America.
LC: You mean not all of us are Mexican?
FW: (Laughing out Loud) As I’ve said at times,” Hispanics don’t exist outside the USA”. What I mean by “Hispanics don’t exist outside the USA is, outside the USA we’re Puerto Rican, Mexican,Chilean, etc, not “Hispanic”. So by strengthening ties and commerce between the countries in Latin America trying to become more democratic and prosperous, we wil benefit the USA and Latin America. In order for Communist revolutions to exist, there has to be poverty and upheaval. THAT would be the way to defeat people like Chavez.
LC: Which brings me to illegal immigration, I’m kind of on the fence here. I see how both views are actually beneficial to the United States, politically, defensively. Push me off the fence, convince me, what’s your position on immigration, legal or illegal?
FW: Illegal immigration is obviously a huge problem – particularly in times of terrorism. However, the greatest problem that I see with illegal immigration is that it undermines the immigrants themselves by preserving a mindset that ignores and defies the law. American society used to routinely provide the means for teaching immigrants what it is to be an American, through schools, civic organizations, churches and charities and that doesn’t happen anymore. I see this as a critical problem in today’s society. While the problem of thousands of people daily coming into the country can not be ignored, the bigger problem is how to create more Americans.
LC: What do you think we ought to do about immigration from Latin America? What’s the solution since we don’t want to put ourselves at risk, but at the same time, we can’t allow these countries to drop further into poverty. Can we do both at the same time?
FW: I don’t have one answer; on the one hand, the porous borders present a security risk, on the other hand, the immigrants that are here aren’t about to go away. The reason I’m so preachy about abolishing farm subsidies and agricultural tarriffs is because that would help the countries where the immigrants originate to improve their living conditions. I don’t think direct foreign aid is the way to improve conditions in the long term. Whatever we do, we should give serious thought and take action towards creating more Americans of the immigrants that are already here.
LC: Let’s change the subject, who are some of your favorite blogs?
FW: Captain’s Quarters, Belmont Club, No Pasaran, The Anchoress, Babalu, Dr Sanity, Little Green Footballs, American Digest, SigmundCarlandAlfred, so many blogs, so little time!!
LC: I know, that’s why I always ask, it gives people an opportunity to find new blogs. Fausta, thank you so much and I look forward to reading more of your blog.
FW: Thank you Jeffery! It was my pleasure.