On one side you have nationalism, tinged with outright racism.
They say things like:
-They can't speak English! (or whatever's the native language of the complainer), their ways are different, they should do things like WE do them.
- They're lowlife and don't belong here.
- They should go back to where they came from.
- They're thieves, dishonest, they treat women badly, beat their animals...
- Their religion is evil.
- They take our jobs.
- They take all the government handouts. etc.
These people are mostly of a conservative persuasion, but definitely NOT entirely. People from ALL political colours express these opinions.
On another side the idea is ultimate freedom with little thought on how that could actually work in reality.
There are ideas like:
- Universal freedom of movement everywhere.
- Places with low population should take their fair share.
- All refugees should automatically be accepted into the community no matter what.
- Country borders should be removed...
Progressive liberal minded people, some libertarians and even some conservative people have these ideas
What I find interesting and very disappointing is how much ignorance and lies there is surrounding the issue.
Here's an E-mail I just received from someone I did a graphic design job for last year:
Haven't heard it put this way before, but it's a great analogy.
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back patio and filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.
But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.
Then came the shit... It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table...everywhere!
Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.
And other birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn't even sit in my own back garden anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.
Soon, the back yard was like it used to be .... quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now let's see..... our government gives out free food,
subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.
Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands.
Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.
Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press
one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than the our Flag are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.
Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.
If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the shit!
This e-mail had an animated gif of the Australian flag waving on it... And I was frankly shocked and sickened to get it.
All the scary stuff at the bottom isn't true in Australia and will never be likely to be:
-Neither education nor medical care is free here and it's hard to get subsidised housing. The government makes education and medical care cheap, but it is certainly NOT free,
-Illegal immigrants don't come in their thousands to Australia.
-Our taxes haven't gotten much higher for decades and hardly any of it goes to pay for anything used by immigrants or refugees.
- You don't have to press a number on the phone to have your bank speak in English to you. It's the only language they speak.
-Small apartments don't host 5 immigrant families each. The main problem with too many people in houses are our poor aboriginal population and they're NATIVE and it's our fault that situation exists in the first place.
-You don't wait 6 hours to be seen in the emergency ward hat hospitals- I know this for a fact, I was there 3 weeks ago and saw doctors and nurses immediately. It was about 5 minutes wait.
-All classes speak English in government schools here and nothing else.
-Cornflakes only have English as the main language. Products will only include other languages for things like ingredients etc if they're also intended for EXPORT.
-Ironically the ONLY people who wave flags, squawking and complaining in the streets that I've ever seen in Australia are other Australian with Australian flags. ...complaining about immigrants.
It's interesting how the bird analogy is used to make the whole idea of the nationalist chauvinism sound plausible, and then that's followed up with outright lies, exaggerations, and bigotry that is obviously imported from somewhere else. I would bet money that that whole e-mail originated in another country and is being used and adapted by various idiots all over the world.