AMERICAN'S - UNDER ATTACK
American's are under attack. The weapon being used against them is immigration. Who is the enemy? We are. For decades we've been importing illiterate people from nations who have no experience with, or appreciation for, our form of government, or our history.
What is an American? Some were born here; many were not. Nationality does not, therefore, conclusively define an American. What distinguishes the ones we call Americans, and those we don't?
Americans have bought into unique American ideas: They know that their fundamental rights come from God, they cherish their freedom and have died for it, and they believe that they should be governed in a way that is compatible with the ideas that are contained in the founding documents of the nation, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
This thirst for freedom from tyrannical government did not come from the genes of the Founders, as exceptional as they were. It came from the un-exceptional emotions that all Colonists shared. The mother country, England, was trying to submit them to the kind of tyrannical rule that they had fled Europe to avoid. The Founders and the Colonists wanted a government that left them alone to build a life of their own -- and one that protected their God-given freedoms.
To build the new, free nation, a certain population mix was necessary, adventurous, hard-working people, with some understanding of orderly government, even if they hated the place they came from.
Western Europeans fit the needs of the new nation; they flocked to its shores. In the 1820s, 78 percent came from Europe, mostly Irish and English; in the 1850s, 93 percent came from Europe, mostly Irish, English and Germans; in the 1890s, 97 percent of immigrants were from Europe, featuring late arrivals from Austria/Hungary and France. These were the people who populated America from coast to coast and made it an international power.
Things changed rapidly in the 20th century, especially in the 1960s. Immigration quotas were changed in favor of third world nations. In the 1960s, Europeans were only 35 percent of all immigrants; in 2012, eight percent.
In the flick of an eyelash, America dumped the immigration system that favored Europeans for one that favored the immigration of people from third world countries who had no knowledge of what an American is and who, in many cases, did not care -- from people who spoke (or who rushed to learn) English to those who were reluctant to adopt the new language and make it their own. A multilingual mob of two to four million people has been pouring into the schools and other institutions of America for decades, and the results are sad to see.
A quick profile of America 2014: School dropouts galore; teenage unemployment soaring; black leaders ignoring the destruction of the black family; illiterates from "social promotion" schools unable to perform on American jobs; hordes of minority groups facing Washington saying: "Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee."
In 1960, the American population was 80 percent white. In 2060, it will be 43 percent white and 31 percent Hispanic -- with Hispanics growing at a faster rate than whites. If Hispanics are assimilation minded, this could be good news. But will they be?
Consider: Amy Lacey was, until recently, the principal of Hempstead Middle School, located near Houston. She insisted that her students, while on campus, speak English.
Racism! howled Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of the United American Latin American Citizens. He elaborated: "When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity, it sends the message that the kid is not wanted: We don't want your color; we don't want your kind. Then they tend to drop out early."
Enter Superintendent Delma Flores-Smith and her school board. They folded under the pressure that the Hispanic community put on them -- they threw their stalwart educator, Lacey, under the bus.
Hispanics, more than any other immigrant group in history, resist assimilation. If this trend continues, "American" culture will fade away in favor of a multicultural society. Common language is the foundation of a common culture; a multicultural society will bring multicultural politics within which tribal loyalties will prevail. It won't work.
To say that immigration policy must change is understatement to a ridiculous degree. To do so will be a political job filled with rapids. But if the American idea is be saved, it must be done. Soon! It's time to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.
Robert Kelly, author of several books on baseball and history/politics, is also a freelance, award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in many newspapers. His latest books, The National Debt of the United States and Neck and Neck to the White House, are available at Amazon and the better bookstores. His e-mail address is [email protected]