And while he has been stymied in many ways by opponents, he has also succeeded in many ways with a significant improvement to the economy and a large cut in the inflow of illegals who have become a serious drain on American resources. Meanwhile, deserving American citizens are sent to the back of the bus. And perhaps before continuing, it would be good to read the words of Teddy Roosevelt, spoken years after leaving the Presidency. Now Roosevelt was a Republican Progressive in the early days of the movement and there are many ways that this writer disagrees with his views, but on the issue of immigration, he was spot on. Here's what he had to say:
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.
"If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American.
"We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people."
- Former President Teddy Roosevelt, 1919
If we pay attention to what the President is trying to do, not the hype but the reality of the situation we face, and couple that with those words so many years ago by the first President Roosevelt, the importance of border, language and culture being unified into one package is what makes the United States of America a sovereign and free country. The idea was to welcome those who want to become Americans, learn the language and work hard for themselves. And to do that they had to come legally, following our law and procedures. In doing so, the "melting pot" of different peoples with different cultures and languages takes their background and Americanizes it. That's what made America the land for those yearning to be free, not yearning for a welfare check or a ghetto where they isolated themselves from what is America.
America was created to be just that, America, not Baghdad on the Hudson, Latin America in Miami or Beijing on the plains. No, it was created to take the energy, vibrancy and hard work of many different people creating the uniqueness that is American culture and yes, even our version of the English language. Border, language, culture: these are the three components that are central to it. And that doesn't mean that families can't celebrate their heritage at home or have specialty shops that also allow them to share some of their culture's excellence and goodness with others, but it does mean that the land has to operated in a way where each of us can work live and work effectively in peace.
Modern day multi-culturalism as we've seen it develop is a disaster; it has created chaos, disunity and disharmony. Let's end the experience of breaking America into cultural zones and bring the nation back to what is real about America. That is secure borders, a common language and the unique American culture which was created by understanding her history, not a sanitized politically correct version. Truth in all that is done is always the best way.