Breaking rules . . .

I feel a need to elaborate on one point of my earlier blog.  In the text of the blog, I wrote the following:

“Throughout history there have always been those who had to break rules to become what they dreamed of being…”

I do not want to sound like a hypocrite, but I do believe that there is a prerequisite to successfully breaking a rule when it’s necessary.  That prerequisite is this: first living BY THE RULES.

In other words, that earlier blog should not be seen in any way, shape, or form, as an endorsement of non-citizens who enter the United States illegally and then try to force change from within.  Oprah Winfrey didn’t wake up one day and start demanding that she be given a cable TV network to do with as she pleased.  No, she went to college, got a job at a small local TV station, and slowly climbed the  corporate ladder to earn her current place among the world’s wealthiest people.

Those of us already living by the rules in the US have no reason to trust outsiders who enter our country for no obvious reason but to change it.  We have the right, obligation even, to set rules we want to live by.  If you aren’t from here, you have no right to say we can’t live by the rules we choose for ourselves.  That is doubly true if you break our rules just to get here and start complaining about them.

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