Kenneth Cuccinelli is an Italian-American. Born in the U.S. Somewhere in his lineage, his descendants were born in Italy.

His career a successful one. The Virginia State Senate, Virginia Attorney General, a Republican who lost a gubernatorial race. Now serving as Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Mark Razel is a George Mason University political scientist. Re Cuccinelli he said, “People perceive Cuccinelli as a hard-right figure on a number of issues. They don’t tend to see him as having a soft side.”

Hard right figure. His record supports the impression. Cuccinelli is a self-described opponent of women’s sexuality rights, as Attorney General he defended anti-sodomy laws and prohibitions on same sex marriages, he rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.

He has been vigorous in his disagreement re climate change. As Attorney General, he investigated climate scientists, who he argued were engaged in fraud.

He filed lawsuits against the EPA.

An immigration hard liner, he sought to prohibit undocumented immigrants from attending universities, repeal birth right citizenships, force employees to speak English in the work place.

Cuccinelli is beginning to be regarded as an historical revisionist. His interpretation of certain historical records is off base. He challenges the views of yesterday. In cases such as immigration, it involves a reversal of older moral judgments.

Revisionist and moral the operative words.

His confrontation today with history and its meaning as regards the verbiage on the Statue of Liberty is in play. Properly described as an historical revision involving the reversal of an older moral judgment.

The plaque on the Statue of Liberty reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-loss to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Cuccinelli wants a revision which is referred to as the “public charge rule.” The U.S. does not want you if you can’t afford to sustain yourself  upon arrival. He also considers persons of color as falling into the class of the poor requiring public assistance.

He would change a portion of the Statue’s verbiage to read: “Give me your tired, your poor who can stand on their own two feet and will not become a public charge.”

As an Italian American, I am ashamed of Cuccinelli. He should be ashamed of himself. What he intends is to limit immigration to whites and those able to sustain themselves financially. No one else.

Not the way it has been in the U.S. We are a nation of immigrants. Our doors are open to those seeking a better life or refuge.

Cuccinelli was born in 1968. Probably to a family already part of the American scene. His parents born in the U.S.

Somewhere back in his family’s history, some came to the U..S. seeking that better life. Under Cuccinelli’s new interpretation, they would not be permitted to enter. Cuccinelli probably would not have received the education he has and become the success he has were it not for them seeking the benefits and protection of the U.S.

He turns his back on that which provided him with opportunity. Had the family not come, Cuccinelli very likely would still be living in Italy working as a farmer or sheep herder.

Which brings me to my background and the reasons I feel Cuccinelli shames himself. Especially in the position he presently holds. It appears he has sold his soul to the company store.

My mother was born in Italy. My father of parents who arrived before his birth. Neither side was affluent. Simply stated, poor. They came seeking the better life for themselves and theirs.

My mother was living in the U.S. when she was 8 years old. Not educated. Not in a public school. At 8, she was working in a New York City shoe factory 16 hours a day.

My father never finished high school. He was ashamed. When I was 10 years old, he studied at home and took final examinations for the third and fourth years of high school. At the high school with the regular students.

He graduated with them also. Cap and gown. My father was excited. We all were. And proud.

I was a welfare baby. Born in 1935 at a hospital that provided free services to indigents. It was the height of the Depression. My parents both were out of work.

My cousins and I are all second or third generation. All successful. All having made contributions which have bettered the U.S.

My grandfather, my father’s father, came to the U.S. when he was 12. He had no family. Knew no family. Grew up on the streets and farm areas surrounding Naples. Neither read nor spoke English.

He made the trip alone.

Cuccinelli forgets. Or maybe he never knew. Perhaps he grew up in a comfortable existence. Whatever, I say again…..Shame on him!

Enjoy your day!




  1. Cucci represents the base of the new, modern, Trump Amerika. People like him have always been around, but Trump is encouraging them to crawl out into the open from under the rocks where they have always been lurking.

  2. Trump said two things, A) He was going to drain the swamp and B) he was going to make America Great again. This is his way of doing tat with a single guy. This is HIS way of doing that.

    HA, HA Amerika, the joke is on YOU!

  3. Kenneth Cuccinelli – A disgrace, forgetful of his ancestors journey and one more example why Trumpism must be defeated.

  4. “Cuccinelli very likely would still be living in Italy working as a farmer or sheep herder”

    Instead, he is in America, a herder for the sad sheep that follow Trump.

  5. If I may offer some historical context, without commenting on Mr. Cuccinelli personally or current administration policies:
    The U.S. Congress began excluding certain categories of immigrants in 1875, long before Emma Lazarus’ poem appeared on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Title 8, section 1601 of the U.S. Code states:
    “(1)Self-sufficiency has been a basic principle of United States immigration law since this country’s earliest immigration statutes.
    (2) It continues to be the immigration policy of the United States that aliens within the Nation’s borders not depend on public resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own capabilities and the resources of their families, their sponsors, and private organizations…)
    It seems to me, therefore, that the proposed changes to the Public Charge Rule are merely refinements to U.S. Code that has been in place for 150 years.

  6. John, yours is an extremely vague interpretation of what in 1875 was an extremely broad inniation of what was then just basically the beginning of ANY sort of Immigration policy and processing. Whereby, ANY change in “rules, regulations, procedures, policy, etc., etc, would be a refinement of that original code – good, proper or bad and foolish, just or unjust.

    It is like saying that any changes in any law since the constitution is merely a refinement to U.S. Code for that has been in place for over 250 years. True but impossibly vague withe context.-+

    Basically you are full of fancy word diarrhea.

    And no, you cannot properly comment on the issue without Mr. Cuccinelli’s comments, not expecting to be accused of trying to twist (spin) the discussion. Without his comments there isno issue.

    • The portion of US Code, section 1601, that I quoted is not a holdover from 1875. Sorry, I should have made that clear. It is from a 1996 revision of immigration law signed by President Clinton. Section 1601 remains in effect today, and clearly states that immigrants are to be self sufficient and are not to depend on public resources to sustain themselves.

      My own opinions on this are meaningless, vague or not. I don’t have a dog in this hunt. I never heard of Mr. Cuccinelli before this week, and it would be difficult for me to spin a section of clearly stated U.S. Code. But I do have some interest in history and the law.

      Immigration law is extremely complex, and has been modified repeatedly over the years. It would be foolish of me to claim extensive knowledge of the subject. In this case my source is the Cornell University School of Law.

      I suggest that those who object to elements of the law should petition the Congress to change it. Insulting me accomplishes nothing.

  7. Tim Cuccinelli, is not the only swamp rat Trump has in his cabinet dubiously attempting to make America Great again. Sonny Perdue, the secretary of Agriculture representing the policies of this country, told an insensitive joke at a farm show in Minnesota this past week, that two farmers in a basement are called a whine cellar. This at a time when so many family farms in Minnesota can’t pay the bills amid an ongoing trade war with China. Apparently this did not go over very well, as he was loudly booed.

  8. People will go along with the joke [Trump} as long as they are doing well economically. When that condition changes for the worse, the joke will be over.

  9. Voter suppression, voter intimidation, redrawn voter districts. hacking voter registrations, hacking voting machines, hacking voter results, foreign interference, false advertising, robocalling, multiple voting, encouraging and or enabling any of the above! The possibilities are just too many to list.

      • What? Don’t be such an OBVIOUS troll, at least try and act like you are serious. You asked How he will cheat – I answered how he will cheat! Those and more, probably.

        • You left out using an illegal server locked in a bathroom closet. And smashing up your phone after the court said not to do that. Now who should I trust?

          • Did Trump use an illegal server locked in a bathroom closet (sounds a little kinky to me) or smash up his phone after a court told him not to? That’s something I never knew. What was he doing with one of his servers in a closet in the first place Sandy? And what does that have to do with election cheating?

          • Your posts are sounding like a campaign slogan for 2020. Hope that works out for you. Wouldn’t like to see anymore of the weeping and gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, like at HRC campaign headquarters in 2016.

            • Fear not, there will be no need, on this side at least. But I will accommodate your shout out for a good anti-Trump/pro-America slogan following his defeat in 2020.

              Taking-Out-The-Trash **2021**

  10. Hi Lou

    Have bee reading you for a long time now.
    Enjoy the perspective you give.

    Your family sounds like wonderful an tough people.
    Imagine working 16 hours a day in a shoe company or
    leaving home alone at age 12. Thats tough.

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