Beware the company you keep

I got this e-mail today from a conservative. I’ve seen it before – a couple of times probably – but it never fails to make me giggle. I get the point it tries to make, but I wonder if the conservative thinkers who pass it on consider the countries they’re saying we should be more like. Here’s the content of the e-mail [sic’d]:

Let’s see if I got this correct?

If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get!

A job, a drivers license, Social Security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington, billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language, the right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect, and, in many instances, you can vote.

I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp on the “situation”!

It’s time to wake up America!

Yes. Exactly! Why can’t we be more like North Korea? Or Iran? Or China? Those are the countries we should be comparing ourselves to. Those are our peers, right?