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Change We Can Live With

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2010 |

Here's the conventional wisdom: Americans scapegoat immigrants during bad economic times. They fear for their own well-being and turn on those they think are competing with them unfairly for jobs, for help, for a place at the table. But last week's L.A. Times/USC poll of likely California voters puts a giant dent in that political trope: 48% said they thought immigrants were a benefit to the state, and 59% were in favor of allowing illegal immigrants who have lived or worked in the United States for at least two years to remain here.

The Enemies We Create

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
October 18, 2010 |

Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, suggested recently to a group of tea partyers that the U.S. was being taken over by Muslims. Seriously.

She pointed to Dearborn, Mich., and wondered aloud how it could have happened that Sharia law was allowed to take over there. Never mind that, as Dearborn's mayor, Jack O'Reilly, later pointed out, no one was tapping into Islamic law to run the city. (Angle's defense? She said she read "somewhere" that Sharia law was in effect in Dearborn.)

Undocumented Workers: Essential but Unwanted

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
October 13, 2010 |

If Meg Whitman loses the gubernatorial race because her actions didn't jive with her words on illegal immigration, she could become a sacrificial lamb for the rest of us. Her sin is our sin. Because where illegal immigration is concerned, we are all hypocrites.

The American Dream: Is it Slipping Away?

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
September 27, 2010 |

For all the talk these days of porous borders and external threats to the United States, the core of our sense of security and identity as a nation has always come from within. What's surprising, perhaps, is that it derives less from our vaunted democracy or our freedoms than it does from that rather nebulous notion we call the American dream.

Australia's Identity Crisis Keeps Resurfacing

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
September 13, 2010 |

In the mid-1990s, Australia's then-Prime Minister John Howard  sought to quash his nation's "perpetual seminar on … national identity" by insisting, as he later said, that his countrymen never really "had any doubt as to what their identity was." A little more than a decade later, however, there are plenty of signs that Howard overstated the case.

The Cantankerous Cure

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2010 |

Australian philosopher Simon Longstaff hopes Westerners are nearing the end of what he calls a long age of forgetting. Even in the midst of a digital revolution that's making it ever more difficult for us to delete traces of our individual pasts, Longstaff, the head of the St. James Ethics Centre in Sydney, thinks forgetting who we are collectively is the most powerful threat to Western societies.

To Fix California, Empower Elected Officials

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
August 30, 2010 |

Are you tired of California's dysfunctional government? Sick of worrying about our perennial money woes? Has your trust in government reached rock bottom?

Well, then, there's only one thing to do: Join a movement to give elected officials more power.

That's right. You read that correctly. You may have a burning desire to throw the bums out or, at the very least, to take away as much of their power as you can, but the only way to fix the system is to do exactly the opposite: Empower elected officials, let them do their jobs, and then hold them accountable.

Keeping the Faith

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
August 24, 2010 |

The United States needs new immigrants to continually remind itself of its own values. That's the simple lesson I learned last week after a moment of despair.

Attack on 14th Amendment: It's Wrong

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  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2010 |

Just when you thought the Republican far-right had enough enemies to keep itself busy — gays, socialists, Muslims, Arabs, illegal immigrants — it launched a new war against babies "dropped" (in the loving words of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham) by illegal immigrant mothers. These politicians want to change the 14th Amendment so that those U.S.-born children would be excluded from "birthright citizenship."

Affirmative Action: How Far Have We Come? | NPR

August 15, 2010


"Affirmative Action's Time is Up," Gregory Rodriguez writes in the Los Angeles Times. He argues "white racial anxiety" will be "the most significant and ...

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