the kids are all right

LOS ANGELES - Tens of thousands of students walked out of school in California and other states Monday, waving flags and chanting slogans in a second week of protests against legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Personally, I just don't care if people come to this country illegally. Let's be real: this is a racially-charged issue. It's not solely about race, but race does have something to do with it. Certain people just do not want to see their communities heavily populated with Mexicans. And it's not just right-wing conservatives, either. Mexicans place an emphasis on working hard and not so much on receiving a college education, an attitude that confounds both conservatives and liberals. For all their supposed differences, conservatives and liberals do not disagree so much when it comes to attitudes toward success and ambition. In fact, when you really examine it, the whole DIY/indie subculture is just good ol' fashioned go-it-yourself-conquer-the-last-frontier entrepreneurialism that any aspiring businessman would be proud of.

But hey, as long as people are lazy and can't pick up after themselves, they'll be a need for janitors. And as long as liberal celebrities can't be bothered to take care of their kids, they'll be a need for Juana, Lupe, Rocio, etc. to be the nanny. And as long as people need their fast food and precious lattes, they'll be a need for hard-working bottom dwellers. You know it, I know it.

So welcome these people. Who else is going to take care of you?