My Pizza Guy Ricky

When I first moved back to North Carolina last January, my wife and I started frequenting the same pizza place pretty regularly. It's attached to an Italian Restaurant, no delivery or anything but a good place to get a slice. Anyway, as time went by I got to know the fella behind the counter, Enrique or Ricky. Now, I'm not saying that my neighborhood is snotty, but it's not the kind of place where everyone is going to chit-chat with the illegal working behind the counter. Me, I'm blue-collar, reformed white trash through and through - so Ricky and I get along just fine.

I was talking to him tonight and it got me thinking. See, Ricky has a wife and three kids in Mexico that he sends money to every month. He hasn't seen his kids in almost three years, because he's illegal, and they live outside the US. Here's the interesting part, Ricky is one of the many illegal aliens that uses an Individual Tax Identification Numbers to pay taxes.

What sense does this make? We have a hard worker who has been in this country for years, paying taxes, filling a key job...okay for ME - pizza is a key job. The workers at this shop are either 16 years old (this group changes weekly) or illegal (these guys have been there all year). You know once upon a time Ricky would not have been called an illegal alien, he would have been called an immigrant. He would have passed through Ellis Island or another port of entry farther down south and worked hard to find the American Dream. But now that dream is denied him. Now Ricky has no chance to get ahead, instead the system has locked him down as sure as if he were chained to that pizza counter.

But, it's not just Ricky. To some extent its all of us. Under the Bush regime we have moved slowly but surely towards the days of aristocracy, where the haves will become the ruling class and the have-nots will toil in their sweat-shops - whether they be factories, cubicles, or behind the counter at Bojangle's.

The fight today isn't about black and white, it isn't about Democrat and Republican, it isn't about God and Godless, or Gay and Straight or any other frame on which the Neocon movement would like us to focus. This is really all about creating an Aristocracy in America. A wet dream of the Skulls at Yale that they were just rich enough, just connected enough, just evil enough to push forward, no matter the cost.

God may have mercy on their souls, but I won't.


Posted at DailyKos BTW

With crossposted at BlueNC tag.

As I said there, serve up a slice of whoop-ass for GWB.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I've got mixed feelings here

The only place it's ever seemed to me that GWB has his heart in the right place is immigration. Guest worker programs and amnesty -- both suggested by the Prez at some point during his terms -- are a good thing and a far cry from the standard right-wing racist shut-the-borders stance. His talks with Mexico on the subject sounded promising, but kind of got lost after 9/11.

I don't mean to take anything away from your point about aristocracy. I really do believe that we're more stratified than ever.

I agree

There is a contradiction - it's standard Bush operating procedure. Talk nice, cut the shit out from underneath. Republicans will never do the amnesty program, which is good for us, bad for the workers who who will never get residency status.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


Well, the DKos story took off after I was asleep. 75 comments, most of which came after I was asleep and about 20 recs.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

You nailed it.

Aristocracy indeed. Right Mr. Pope?