382 GRIPES and Griping Strong!



I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Illegal Alien's (Part 2)

I had a response to my last Gripe on illegal alien's by an anonymous Griper which made me think a bit more on this subject.  Many of you think that the R2G is only a place to vent your anger on, however it is also meant to make you think and debate topics of interest.   Here is that response followed by the R2G response.

ANONYMOUS:  I agree with much of what you wrote, but at the end, you need to be a little clear on facts. The time of many of our grandparents, coming to the U.S. was as simple as going through Elis Island. There were no passports, visas or sponsors required. What many claim was the right way wasn't really what people think it was.  As far as speaking English. The United States has two states where English is not the native language, plus many territories and of course Nordeast Pennsylvania. These people ARE citizens of the United States. So, do we simply ignore their heritage and/or needs?  Additionally, the press 1, 2, or 3 or literature in other languages is simply smart business. Why should any business owner limit their potential customers to those who only speak English. Are you that fat and lazy you can't press 1?  Larger cities are tourist attractions, even the Poconos get international travelers.

It is true that many moons ago when our grandparents came to America they did not need the mountains of paperwork that is now required.  They also did not have to pay a bucket full of money or have a sponsor to get into the country either.  They came to America with hopes and dreams as many do even today.  However, as anonymous stated they came through Ellis Island which was the correct thing to do at the time.  The current illegals are being trucked in, tunneled in or running in from everywhere and anywhere.  They are not doing it the right way!  If we let our borders wide open to anyone who wanted to come in, our population would be 10 times what it is now.  The government has put rules and laws in place that govern how people become citizens for a reason.  It has checks and balances in place so not every Tom, Dick and Jose can become a citizen.  It also slows down the flow of people coming in so we are not way overpopulated. 

As for the English part, I remember my grandfather who was from Poland saying to my grandmother, "You are in America now, speak English".  He was an American and proud of it.  He thought that part of being a citizen of the U.S. was to speak the official language.  I can tell you I cannot remember ever hearing him speak Polish.  His English was somewhat broken, but it was English.  As for the two states where English is not the native language, I can only guess that those two states are Hawaii and Alaska.  I may throw Louisiana in there because they do speak a lot of French.  However, native language and official language are two different things.  My grandfathers native language was Polish, but America's official language is English.

I do agree with Anonymous on his or her point concerning businesses having multi-lingual telephone systems.  Yes it is good business.  However, the Lowes store in Edwardsville, Pa does not need all their signs in English and Spanish.  Hell, in Edwardsville it should be English and Hennabonics if anything.  A store chain like Lowes recognizes that the majority of people coming into the U.S. speak Spanish and prefer to speak their "native" language.  I still believe that if you come to America, speak English.  If I were to relocate to Paris, I would learn to speak French and pretty fast.  I would most likely speak English in my home, but would adapt to my outside surroundings.

I guess the bottom line here is that people are coming into the U.S. illegally and taking jobs.  The key word here is "illegally".  Business owners are hiring them, "illegally", paying them under the table "illegally"and raking in more profits "illegally".  I think I see a trend here.  IT'S FREAKIN' ILLEGAL!       


  1. Very salient points, except again you are off on your facts. The United States of America doe NOT have an official language. Many states have multiple "official" languages.

  2. Correction. There are only a few states and/or territories with multiple "official" languages. Many states do NOT have an official language.

    I have no disagreement with illegal immigrants, but not every immigrant is illegal. The majority are legal. (actually since the economic downturn there is less and less illegal immigrants because there are no jobs for them either)
    For those here legally is trying to provide a welcoming community to them is not a bad thing.
    Growing up many local communities had enclaves where Italian, Polish, Slovak, etc.. were heard everywhere you went. While I agree that folks should learn the language, there is nothing evil with making life a little easier for those new to this country. This has nothing to do with promoting diversity, but just applying common sense. Is it easier for someone to acclimate and blend in if they actually understand what is going on? Or, would it be better for them to be utterly clueless because someone was offended that a business spent 50 cents to letter a sign in multiple languages?

    There are areas in the country, mostly in the southwest, yes there is more than NEPA to the country, where Spanish is actually an older language than English.

    Are people really so small minded that a sign in more than one language is an offense? Then again, this is an area where people think the trees come between the twos and the fours. So, offense probably is taken at seeing words in a different language.

    We are one of the few nations whose citizens can't converse in more than one language and this mindset is part of the problem. Asshole Americans are so pompous that when they travel to other countries they think speaking loud and slow will make themselves understandable to those in that foreign land.

    There are real issues to deal with, and yes halting illegal immigration is one of them, but taking out hatred on people simply because their skin is a different color, or they speak with an accent, or have difficulty with the English language need not be one.

  3. I'm SICK of hearing that line about people being bi lingual everywhere else in the world. Of course they are, ya know what their 2nd language is? English. English is the language of money. My grandparents would not speak their native language in the household because they wanted to make sure everyone KNEW English.
    You criticize Americans expecting everyone to speak American when they go to other countries, where's the condemnation of Spanish speakers coming here expecting things to be in Spanish?