Gates of Delirium
What a friggin minstrel show. Thank God, GOV is there to direct.
Anyway here's a little snippet from Fjordman:
Many Americans seem to believe it’s all about the Constitution, and that everybody who sets foot on US soil is equally an American.. Put in the extreme, this view would mean that you could exchange the present US population with 300 million Zulus, yet the USA would still remain as American as apple pie if the Constitution remained in place. I’m not so sure that is true.
And, of course, none of us said it was. There's this little thing called assimilation you might have heard us Americans talking about once in awhile, if you were paying attention, Fjordman.
(By the way, doesn't Fjordman wear wooden shoes and speak that language where they just say, "Fer-de-fer, de-fer-de-fer," over and over all day long?)
Anyway, I wouldn't bring any of this up if the comments weren't so precious. I love Sodra, for instance. He really lets it all hang out:
Very good article, Fjordman. It certainly should be noted that such severe shifts in historically "minority" groups have only occurred over the last 60 years or so. Which of course begs the question, "Are these Zulus really equal?"
So many otherwise intelligent individuals misread the American Declaration of Independence, specifically the phrase "all men are created equal" to provide support for a colorblind society. It really is shocking to see just how deeply this politically correct brainwashing has taken hold.
Yeah, it is shocking that 230 years later, after a Civil War, wave after wave of immigration (each wave of which was predicted to destroy America as we know it), a war against Nazism, and the Civil Rights movement, we are still fighting about whether the American idea will work. I guess we'll have to get back to you on that in another 230 years, ok?
Latte Conservative serves up a double Mocha with an extra shot of rancid cream with this comment:
These people who think it's only about the Constitution probably don't have two sets of African neighbors, as I do. Sure, they're middle class and don't bother anyone, but they don't have the slightest idea about what it means to be a neighbor in America. Both families: televisions blaring most of the time, don't say good morning or make eye contact, etc. How many generations will it take for them to understand how to share space?
I don't know why, but that really makes me laugh. In fact, I think it may well be featured on the next episode of the IBA Radio Show.
It is GOV commenter Archonix who wins the IBA GOV commenter of the week award, though, because he actually seems to get it:
Well... in this instance, I disagree with you all.or let me put it another way, I can see why you would think this way - unassimilated immigrants cause what is often euphemistically described as "tension" and akrge numbers of immigrants in a short time will overwhelm the host culture - but I can't subscribe to this idea that minorities will inevitably overwhelm the host culture by their sheer presence. The problem is assimilation, as I just mentioned.
In the 50s, the UK brought in a large number of afro-carribbean workers to bolster the population lost during the second world war. They assimilated, by and large, and their children are as English as any other native of these isles. The thing is, they were brought in, already quite immersed in English - as opposed to British - culture and generally willing to work. They assimilated. Of course they kept hold of their parent culture and that slowly blended into the host culture over time but, importantly, they didn't cling to it in defiance of th culture they were joining.
There will be similar stories in most of Europe.
What Archonix describes is the process Americans know by the name of the "Melting Pot." Often, when I have brought this process of assimilation up to Europeans I have been reprimanded as an idiotic "multiculturalist."
Thing is, there is a difference between multiculturalism and Melting Pot assimilation. However, if one has not seen it happen, then I can understand it would be hard to imagine.
Melting Pot assimilation is what happens in a culture which allows for a free market of ideas. In such a culture, the good ideas (whether they are political, economic, or culinary in nature) will sustain themselves by the sheer fact that many people will buy into them.
In other words, if 20 million Hispanics move into the United States and they all bring burritos with them, and we like their burritos, then the burrito will become part of the culture of the United States. If Hispanics bring with them a way of doing business which is rife with corruption, then that idea will be gradually elimnated, because it is dangerous, and ultimately, it is not efficient. If Hispanics bring with them a certain notion of how a family ought to run, and white guys buy into that notion, then white guys will marry the Hispanic girls and a new kind of American family will be born. (Hint, hint, white chicks) But, I digress ...
What do you know? Capitalism and assimilation go together. We can have immigration and freedom. We don't have to resort to a state-enforced Ethnic Nationalism to preserve our culture.
Well, actually, if you want to keep wearing those wooden shoes, you might have to have state help, because no one really wants to wear them anymore. We just want to put them in museums and look at them.