Thursday, March 2, 2017

Melting Pot

A Nation Of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate. Dennis Prager
Excerpt: I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought. "Why is there is so little crime in Japan?" I asked. Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded, "Because we don't allow immigration." Anyone who visits Japan is struck by the ethnic homogeneity of the nation. If you meet a Caucasian, a black or a Hispanic in Japan, you can be all but certain that the person is visiting or studying there, not a citizen. (In the past few decades, what passes for liberal/PC thinking decided that the American "melting pot" was a bad idea, a suppression of the natural rights of alternate cultures, and that multiculturalism had to be sancified and made the only proper way to respond to newcomers. But the melting pot didn't force the incoming people to abandon their religions, their cuisine, their family customs, all of that went on nicely, and we got Italian restaurants, Greek restaurants, etc, plus ethnic festivals that have become time hallowed, like the Scottish games, Chinese New Year, and so on. The assimiliation meant you learned English, you observed the laws, you picked up on some of the underlying Judao-Christian value system, and you tried to get along with everyone else. And you adopted the nation and its founding values as your own, you would say the Pledge proudly and stand when the national anthem was played. You didn't have to believe the society was perfect, you could criticize various things in it and work towards correcting them, but you still gave your allegiance and appreciation to it. And it worked pretty well. Now we have some immigrants who don't really want to buy the whole package, they retain loyalty to some other nation or other system, and actively resist assimilation. Some even despise this nation, yet still choose to live here and act out their contempt and worse. I have zero patience with this, if you don't want to be American, don't go away mad..... just go away. Prager makes the point well. I want us to keep taking in immigrants... just the ones that really want to join us, not the ones who want all the benefits to be had here, but have no desire or intent to really become American. --Del)

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