Thursday, April 26, 2012

Immigration no longer requires assimilation.

Some time ago I wrote a post, more of a rant than anything, on extreme multiculturalism. I included President Teddy Roosevelt's wise words of wisdom on the topic.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
 ---Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

 "We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people." 
---Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

Roosevelt saw the dangers of extreme multiculturalism undermining the American identity, even back then. Could you imagine what he would think today?

Could our nation be characterized as "dwellers in a polygot boarding house?" Unquestionably so.

Since when did immigration, legal or illegal, not include assimilation? The older I get and the more I actually observe the immigrant class, the more I realize that the immigrants we have coming to this country today in the 21st century are not the immigrants that came to America in droves in the early 20th century. There is a complete difference in ideology and philosophy between the two.

It is increasingly rare to find an immigrant who genuinely loves this country and wants to be an American first and foremost. Instead, the majority of immigrants choose to hold their allegiance to their native land, making no effort whatsoever to assimilate into the American culture.

Learn to bake apple pie. Try to watch baseball o fĂștbol Americano. Drive a Chevy. Learn about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Be proud to call yourself an American and honored to live in the greatest country on earth!

Instead, there are many who immigrate here with no intention of assimilating into the culture. America is simply a landmass, nothing more.

Perhaps I am a different breed. I can tell you, if I immigrated to any other country I would make a conscious effort to actively assimilate into that culture by learning the native language, adopting the customs, learning to appreciate that country's art and being happy and grateful to be a citizen of that nation. I can't imagine moving to Russia and refusing to learn Russian or flying a big fat patriotic American flag over my residence in Moscow. If I moved to another country and started a life there, I would proudly fly that nation's flag and be proud to call myself a citizen of that country, whether it is Canada, Spain, Argentina, or Sweden.

There are plenty of patriotic immigrants out there. From all nations. My time in the Army has allowed me to meet proud Americans of countless backgrounds: Korean, Indian, Mexican, and Iranian to name a few. They love America, which is why they chose to serve. Unfortunately these patriots are a dying breed.

The United States and the West are too tolerant. And immigrants know this. They know they can get away with it. Muslims are who I am referring to here and the European nations, primarily Britain, France, and Belgium are just now beginning to realize the destructive path they have started down. In Brussels, Muslims make up 25% of the total population, and segregate themselves into strict Islamic communities, such as "Little Morocco", which are governed by Shariah law and have no regard for the nation's rule of law. The same can be observed here in the United States, in places such as Dearborn, Michigan, which some have nicknamed "Dearbornistan".

It isn't just Muslims or those of Arab descent. There is an increasing number of immigrants of Hispanic origin who are beginning to identify with La Raza and the Mexica Movement in the American southwest. If you haven't heard of the Mexica Movement their mission statement goes something like this: "The United States stole land from Mexico and all European Americans should be deported to Europe and the American southwest given back to Mexico." This video pretty much sums it up...

These are extremists. But the basic ideology is widespread. No need to assimilate or better yet..."I am not an American." This is a problem and should be addressed. 


Silverfiddle said...

It is suicidal to do as our government has done and purposely open up immigration from countries that hate us and whose culture is 180 degrees from ours.

I live in the Southwest and anecdotally I can tell you that the La Raza types are not immigrants who swam across, but spoiled American brats, indoctrinated by our communist propaganda institutions disguised as colleges.

Take away government money for taking worthless college classes and end all government payouts to young healthy people and these dingbats would be out working instead of engaging in this idiocy.

RightKlik said...

This is a product of the Frankfort School, as recently discussed by Bill Whittle. The left is united by their anti-American sentiment, and they're happy to encourage new immigrants to reject American culture.