To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of Election Night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. (Snip) This is what less-enlightened societies call tribalism: for example, in the 1980 election leading to Zimbabwe´s independence, Joshua Nkomo´s ZAPU-PF got the votes of the Ndebele people while Robert Mugabe´s ZANU-PF secured those of the Shona – and, as there were more Shona than Ndebele, Mugabe won. That same year America held an election, and Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory. Nobody talked about tribal
Looks like we agree on this. The Republican Party just needs to talk solely about all the free ice cream. All we have to do is promise everybody that they can have all the ice cream you could ever want.
Completely forbidden to even breathe a word about who pays for it or where all the free ice cream is going to come from, just promise free ice cream. The Democrats can promise anything, free health care, free phones, but they will be forever preempted by the free ice cream cause we promised it first. Everybody loves ice cream, even Democrats. We will have people falling all over themselves voting for the "Free Ice Cream" party.
My wife is Peruvian. We won´t talk about the amount of money we spent getting her here LEGALLY.
I will only say what she said to me when she saw on Univision Latinos bragging that they had won the election for Obama: "Why are they bragging? Are they proud to be able to f--- up this country the way they f---ed up their own?"
I feel like the birthright of every American, those native born and those who legally join us, more and more comes from a pathetic crack prostitute who will sell it to whoever will provide the next rock. It is sickening. This is the unknown result of parties. The Founders feared political parties. And now, after 225 years, we know why. The entrenched corruption, the entrenched bureaucrats who make life less free, the entrenched government addicted individuals and corporations, the educational institutions that feed on government largess like crap birds in a pasture continue to suck the life blood from We the People.
And still, in the face of all evidence that America is fiscally broke beyond the ability of the human imagination to imagine, enough citizens voted for the absolute worst individual to ever occupy the office of president. The lies do not even bother them, since so many of them are addicted to the lie.
I honestly don´t know what to tell my son about his future. It certainly isn´t what my father told me.
Sorry for incomplete post (I hate touchscreen keyboards.) This is an excellent article, which discredits the wrong -headed advice of many Republican talking heads that the key to winning lies in embracing Hispanic immigration and courting Hispanic voters. This would only work if we could be selective about which Hispanics to admit, which is not the case--especially with those who enter the US illegally. Instead, we would just end up with more uninformed voters who would look to the Santa Claus party for handouts.
FTA: "While Canada and Australia compete for high-skilled immigrants, America fast-tracks an unskilled welfare class of such economic benefit to their new homeland they can´t even afford a couple of hundred bucks for the necessary paperwork."
I suspect that the marxists were too impatient to wait for their policies to destroy the American middle class and drive its former members into peasanthood. Here´s an idea: why not just import a few million peasants and accelerate America´s decline? Like gas on a fire. Brilliant, Watson!!
But there is something else going on here. Ever watch TV with the sound off? You see subtle little visual things you miss when your hearing gets in the way.
By continuing to call them Latinos and Hispanics we are failing to recognize who they really are and what is really happening. Look at them. They are not Spanish. They are not European. They are Indians. Incas, Mayas, Aztecs, and assorted southwest north American Indians who went south into Mexico.
North America is being resettled by Indians. Reclaimed. Forget the language you hear. Block it out. Just use your eyes. This is ALL race, and nothing BUT race.
Looking for the infusion of foreign blood and brain power to jump start our prosperity? I have been told by a resident of the American southwest that the people coming across the Mexican border are far from the sharpest knives in the drawer.
The Republicans are about to commit long-term political suicide. The illegal alien population consists mostly of poor generally uneducated people who earn very low wages. The liberal Democrats through ethnic politicians and a huge number of community organizers in ethnic and immigrant communities have been setting this up now for a couple of decades. The Republicans don´t know what to do, their business oriented constituency group seeking an unlimited supply of cheap labor got mass uncontrolled illegal immigration going in the first place, and now it is coming back to bite them big-time. If the Republicans now support any sort of liberal Democrat amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens the liberal Democrats will end up eventually granting the legalized aliens US voting rights, and the Republicans will have handed the liberal Democrats many millions of new socialist oriented foreign born voters to continue the transformation of America. Then the stupid party and their educated idiot politicians and consultants will never again be able to win national elections.
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Donna M, 11/16/2012 9:43:52 PM (No. 9019688)
Well, finally Mr. Steyn is telling the truth, which those of us who have to work with heavily immigrant populations already know.
Immigrants--not just Hispanics--are coming in such numbers that they are bringing over the culture they allegedly fled. We are unable to acculturate them, and we are also paying for not only uncontrolled immigration but also uncontrolled H1-B programs and outsourcing, which have been manipulated to collapse formerly strong American wages in IT, project management and increasingly many other areas such as administration, lab work and even creative services.
Reasons why immigrants aren´t adopting American values: 1) Too many immigrants are ´global (fill in the nationality)´ and weakly committed to the US for starters. Doesn´t matter if they are hard-working, it pays for more trips home. Mentality remains in the old country, no interest in really being more than superficially American. 2) We permit their ´tribal´ perspective, expectations of corruption, prejudices and working the system (a/k/a ´getting over´) from Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America and the Middle East, and are imposing it here. Please note the mindset of the Kelley/Khawam sisters--pure ´getting over´ with powerful men, Lebanese style. 3) We fail to demand that they adopt our culture, not theirs, in areas like business practices and morals.
#5, exactly my point. My parents´ families came to this country specifically to GET AWAY from the corrupt ´culture´ of Italy and Sicily that prized graft and theft.
I´m so tired of conservatives thinking immigrants belong under the big tent, because few are suitable. We need to drastically wind down immigration, make citizenship meaningful by making it a difficult, long process, end H-1B programs, and not let down OUR standards.
The problem with all these "hard working immigrants" from south of the Border is that their children and grandchildren in the barrio increasingly become remorseless gangbanger thugs. Numerous Asians and eastern Europeans have also formed organized crime gang units as well. Why work when you can peddle drugs and live La Vida Loca.
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