An Open Letter To Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser
By: John Lillpop
September 6, 2007
Mayor Mark Funkhouser
Kansas City, Missouri
Dear Mayor Funkhouser,
Congratulations for your courageous and honorable stand in support of Frances Semler.
Although some in your community would like to silence Ms. Semler because of her views, your support affirms the “American way” of open dialogue and genuine respect for diverse, conflicting views.
Is it not ironic that those who preach tolerance and understanding the loudest are often the most intolerant and least understanding among us?
For such people, diversity is a wonderful concept, except when it spawns opposing beliefs. In other words, diversity is great as long as you believe the way I do!
Racism is an evil, abhorrent defilement of the spirit that devastates one’s ability to appreciate the humanness present in all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.
America’s gift to humankind has been the promise of freedom and equal opportunity in accordance with the rule of law. In order to fulfill that promise, it was essential to expunge slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and other incidents of racism from our midst.
To the credit of America and her people, we have succeeded in removing the cancer of racism from our institutions. Not entirely of course, but in great measure.
Unfortunately, certain organizations in America have agendas that are not sustainable by virtue of logic or common sense within the framework of the rule of law.
Lacking sufficient moral and legal underpinning to compete in the marketplace of ideas, some radicals use the word “racism” as a wedge to impugn the motives and character of those with whom they disagree.
Illegal immigration is an explosive issue that has polarized this nation like few before it. Regrettably, those who advocate open borders and or liberal immigration policies, often resort to calling those of the other side of the issue racists.
That is the easy way out, especially compelling when one has no sustaining arguments grounded in logic and fairness.
For the record, I do not believe that it is racist to demand that U.S. borders and immigration laws be enforced to the fullest extent of the law, especially during time of war.
It is not racist to demand that millions of illegal aliens who have come here illegally be forced to leave in accordance with our laws.
It is not racist to demand that employers follow the law by verifying the right of new employees to work here.
It is not racist for states and municipalities to enact laws that deny services and benefits to those not entitled to such services.
It is not racist to inquire as to the immigration status of those apprehended in other crimes.
It is not racist to secure our borders to prevent further invasions.
In short, it is most assuredly not racist to insist that American sovereignty and rule of law be respected and followed by all: Brown, yellow, black, white, and red!
After all, in America the rule of law applies to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality. That is precisely what makes this the grandest society in human history.
Again, the irony of contemporary race baiting is astounding: The real racists in America are not the Minutemen or other patriotic Americans fighting to preserve this nation’s sovereignty.
In fact, the real racists are organizations like La Raza who believe that any Latino who wishes to come to America should be allowed to do so unilaterally, at the time and choosing of the individual Latino, without authorization or sanction by the United States government.
That La Raza philosophy applies only to Latinos.
Now that is racism!
Again, Mayor Funkhouser we applaud your stand against racism and tyranny. Please do not yield to the open border advocates in this vital struggle for the future of America.
We understand that groups like La Raza are exerting financial pressure in order to cause you to abandon the rightful cause advanced by Frances Semler. Again, please remain resolute in your refusal to sell out to those who do not respect American values.
Finally, perhaps we can work to persuade the heroic Minutemen and other patriotic American groups to meet in Kansas City to offset any losses caused by the cancellation of the racist groups. Just a thought.
John W Lillpop
San Jose Ca