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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Prosperity Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum

It is an interesting paradox that those immigrants who come here for economic opportunity (as opposed to wanting to become Americans) may well be the downfall of the very prosperity they came to enjoy. I have been thinking long and hard lately about why America is so very prosperous. What is the root cause? We started out living in log cabins, after all. How did we get from there to McMansions?

I have come to the conclusion that our wealth is a by-product of our culture. Yes, we have a culture, and it's more than just Mom and apple pie. There are certain psychological traits that make an American truly American. In this posting, I will list a few...

1. Rugged Individualism

Americans have always believed that a man (or woman, for that matter) ought to be responsible for himself. When a young man wondered how he'd get along with few skills and no social capital, he was told, "Go west, young man. Go west!" Nowadays, we would tell him, "Go to the corner of East Fourteenth and Melbourne, and stand in the welfare line. They'll take care of you." It is this diminution of the independent, working-man's spirit that threatens our economic future. As America becomes less American, the prosperity we have enjoyed will vanish.

Many immigrants, though not all, come to work, yes, but also to receive the freebies that our government gives out as if they were Halloween candy. There are free clinics, funded by the American taxpayer, that routinely treat illegal immigrants. Many illegals make the trip just to have a baby in an American emergency room (which has to treat them). This baby is born a citizen, and its parents have just been granted de facto resident status. They may now sign up for MediCal, welfare, and a whole host of other entitlements. Many rural communities have set up migrant worker "camps", apartments specifically for illegal immigrants. California actually has a Migrant Education program set up for the children of illegal aliens, many of whom ditch America each year during the winter, when there is little agricultural work available. These migrant workers are not here to become Americans. They are here to take American money to Mexico.

Perhaps most telling, almost all Hispanic citizens register to vote as Democrats. Largely Catholic, they ignore Democrat positions on abortion, gay "marriage", and a whole host of other issues because the Democrats promise to keep the freebies coming. This desire to be taken care of, as opposed to supporting oneself, is the antithesis of what it means to be American.

2. Puritan Morality

We are very proud of our Puritans. We dress like them each Thanksgiving. Their old communities and townships are still tourist hot spots. While the elitists poke fun at them, most Americans admire their staunch moralism. That Puritan moral character is what keeps American churches busy while Europe's cathedrals are empty, unless you count tourists with cameras. We are a Christian, moral nation. To deny that is to deny both statistics and common sense.

To their credit, Hispanics are largely Catholic, and thus believe in a fairly strict moral code. Unfortunately, many are Católicos a mi manera, or "Catholic in my own way". They do not practice the moral precepts of Catholicism, nor do they vote for leaders who would see them encouraged by the legal system. They show up at church only when absolutely necessary, to prepare for the First Communion and so on. Maybe they'll even show up for Christmas and Easter. Their lives and voting habits, however, betray the superficiality of their faith.

Most Asian immigrants are Hindu or Buddhist. Their religions do not have the same moral code as Christianity. Sexual licentiousness isn't forbidden, and is actually encouraged in some cases. In Japanese culture, adultery is seen as acceptable so long as one's other duties to the family have been fulfilled. Should such views become commonplace here, the results would be disastrous. Combining the lack of sexual morality and rugged individualism is a toxic mixture, one which already exists even in America; we call it the ghetto.

Should the culture at large lose both traits, that is what the entire nation will become.

3. Nationalism

I have heard it said that one should be patriotic but not a nationalist. For some reason, nationalism, the putting of one's own country ahead of other nations, is seen as a negative. Leftists like to point out that it was Germany's nationalism that fueled Hitler's rise to power. That is true, but they forget one very important factor: We are not Germany.

Any man who claims to be a patriot but not a nationalist is neither; he is a liar.

Unfortunately, too many immigrants enter the country with the wrong sort of nationalism. They still carry a torch for their nations of origin. We saw evidence of this during the infamous May Day riots. Hispanic marchers in Los Angeles, protesting for the right to reside in America, were waving the Mexican flag. For this fact alone, none of them should ever be granted citizenship. You cannot be both Mexican and American; you must choose one. If you do not choose America, you are not worthy lo live here.

There are many other cultural traits that define America: faith in the future, Yankee ingenuity, pride in the military, self-betterment, religiosity in general, respect for the Constitution as sacred writ... the list goes on and on. Too many of our immigrants are not becoming American. They are not adopting the ways and values that have made us what we are. When the tide finally turns, and the culture loses its core, the economy will surely follow. Economies are created by people, and people act according to their culture. If we adopt the culture of the Third World, the mentality of a less-productive nation, how can we expect to avoid the economic consequences of that decision?

I fear for our future. Let's stop accepting new immigrants until those already here have had time to become American. Then, let's accept only those who will adopt our ways, instead of trying to change them into theirs.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Independence Day at the Hispanic Food and Music Festival

I love Hispanic culture. I love Hispanic food even more. However, there has to be a limit on how much we're going to bend to the annihilation of our culture. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, someone at city hall allowed the scheduling of the Hispanic Food and Music Festival on the Fourth of July.

I had to go. First, I had to see if anyone would show up (we were practically the only people there). Secondly, my wife was bored, so we had to go somewhere because, as all married men know, it is the solemn duty of every husband to keep his wife entertained every moment of her life. Therefore, we packed up the kids and headed to Headwaters Park, square in the center of downtown Fort Wayne.

We arrived at about eleven o'clock, one hour after the event opened. At first, there was only one other group there. In contrast, there were at least ten vendors. The Democrats and Republicans had voter sign-up booths. If it weren't for the blaring Santana music, you could hear a pin drop.

We dutifully bought some overpriced tacos of questionable quality (I really miss the authentic Mexican food so bountiful in California) and sat down to eat. Finding seating was, of course, no problem. I couldn't share in the repast because of my current dietary restrictions, so I wandered over to the Obama table to pester people. I asked some rather impertinent questions whose answers I'd like to share with you.

Question One: Do you have a way to check people's citizenship before you let them register?

Answer: No. We're not allowed to ask people about it.

Question Two: Don't you think that's a recipe for voter fraud?

Answer: Well, most non-citizens we talk to tell us and politely refuse to register.

Question Three: If they don't tell you, is their citizenship checked anywhere in the registration process, like in some computer database?

Answer: No, I don't think so. But they do have to show I.D. when they vote.

Question Four: Doesn't that just verify residence, not citizenship?

Answer: Well yes, but I don't think it is such a big deal. I mean, we're in Indiana after all.

Question Five: I come from California. There are a lot of illegals and other immigrants. Do you think it makes a difference there?

Answer: Oh, well, yeah... In California, sure.

That was a surprisingly candid conversation. Voter fraud is easy to perpetrate. The registration process is the primary culprit. If we want truly American elections, unaffected by the votes of foreign nationals, we need to pass a law requiring that everyone provide either a birth certificate or naturalization papers at the time of registration. Voter I.D. laws are a step in the right direction, but are insufficient.

The only reason to oppose such measures is the intent to facilitate voter fraud. Wait a minute... Don't Democrats always oppose things like that? Does that mean that they want voter fraud to happen? No! It couldn't be!

Yeah right.