A Cultural Fence
Before I get started, I would like to thank Joe Budzinski for giving me space on NOVA Townhall to write (and vent) about issues that interest me and hopefully the denizens of this blog. My expressed opinions and views here are nothing more than a lightning rod for further discussion. I welcome all views, but I will not consider all views to be of equal merit. With that in mind please do engage.
A secure border has always has been of importance to any country throughout all of history. The Chinese and Romans have built walls on their borders to maintain security. Other societies have also built less known walls for the same purpose. These structures were as much symbols of resolve as they were practical force multipliers which enabled the fewer troops to more effectively maintain the border against invasion.
Today two primary factors drive our need to secure our borders; these are nuclear-terrorism and the cultural sovereignty. A nuke in a suitcase making its way to NYC, LA, or DC would do a real job on this country's psyche and economy.
The unwashed illegal millions crossing the border will do the same thing, just differently, and in a manner that is actually more insidious. We wonâ€™t notice it. The reason why America works so well is because we really are just one possible manifestation of ENGLAND.
The Magna Carta could not have occurred anywhere else. There is an â€œexceptionalismâ€ to us which is the result of the precious gift of English common law coupled to the Protestant work ethic, and Puritan ethos. This does set us apart.
Until very recently, all other revolutions have had periods of bloody reprisal against those who opposed said revolution. We have escaped this. Most revolutionary leaders became dictators once they came to power. France had Napoleon, and Cuba still has Castro. On the other hand we had Washington. The difference in outcome was a product of the cultural background which the three leaders came from.
If you look at the former English colonies such as India, Australia, and America you see by and large a respect for law and personal property. (Yes, we are eroding it here, but I pray we as a Nation will step back from that abyss.) If you gaze upon the former French or Spanish Colonies what you see is a real mess. Look at Jamaica and Haiti; both have problems. Haiti's problems are far worse. Both countries are islands both have similar ethnic backgrounds; the result however is two different outcomes. The Jamaican GDP/capita is triple that of Haiti, and the political climate is far more stable.
The United States has ingested large waves of immigrants in the past. However, the official cultural policy was to encourage these migrants to â€œAmericanizeâ€. There was no official celebration of the other culture until those migrants groups were inculcated with local â€œEnglishâ€ culture.
While the US has certainly been changed by its immigrants, the immigrants themselves have been far more radically altered. As a poignant example, most of those 40 million claiming Irish descent are no longer Catholic but Protestant. The same holds true for other migrant groups in this regard. Considering the shared history between Protestant and Catholic back in Europe such religious migration is startling. Other similar examples of such crossovers can be sighted.
Today however our official policies actively discourage such cultural immersion. As an example, Spanish language curricula being offered to (foisted upon) Latino students not only retard their integration but also much that is taught actively alienates them from the English culture. Another example of Balkanization is the printing of election ballots in other languages.
Our current political environment impedes our ability to convert the immigrant community into citizens. Citizenship is not only a legal journey but a cultural transformation. It must be so for a political entity such as the United States to survive.
If we lose our basic 'Englishness' we will lose it for ever. A culture once lost is not easily retrieved. We could lose the country here and the War on Terror (WWIII) all because we will not do something as simple as build a fence.
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