We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
How did the old assimilationist model work? Brutally and effectively. In our grammar schools during the 1950s and 1960s, no Spanish was to be spoken on the playground—officially at least. Groups of four and larger were not allowed to congregate at recess. When we were caught fighting, nontraditional kicking instead of the accepted punching earned four, rather than two, spankings. A rather tough Americanism in class was rammed down our throats—biographies of Teddy Roosevelt, stories about Lou Gehrig, a repertory of a dozen or so patriotic songs, recitations from Longfellow, and demonstrations of how to fold the flag. “Manners” and “civics” were taught each week, with weird lessons about not appearing “loud” in public or wearing glittery or showy clothes, and especially not staring down strangers or giving people the “hard look” with the intent of “being unpleasant.” Our teachers were at times insufferable in their condescension as they disclosed the formula for “making it in America”—but make it in America the vast majority of these immigrants did.
Two images from around the web this week that, I think, capture how many see this:
On the question of respect, does America really deserve any? A country with no law, where policy directives from Washington compel self destruction in too many ways to count? I'm going to guess not. Those claim jumpers in the photo have it about right. They know what's up.
On the question of Americans feeling put out, I can't tell. The streets are quiet, the beaches are full and HBO has great new shows. The gun enthusiasts recently assembled a few hundred people for a rally or two someplace in New England I heard. Some bikers had a rally and drank some beer. They may have smoked some pot. Mostly, I listen to lawn mowers and smell fresh cut grass. At five bucks an hour and dropping fast, I could listen for days... Let's have another beer.
As much as I would want to disagree, I think #1 expresses a point: we live in a physically, morally and ethically weak America. Folks have gotten soft, especially men. This would not be going on in a healthy country.
I don't live in the continental U.S. When I come to the U.S. for a visit or for work, a dominant impression I have is that Americans no longer work. From the car rental place, to the restaurants, to the fast food joints, to the hotels, virtually all the workers and on-line management are immigrants. So part of me says they deserve to take over, if Americans cannot actually be bothered to put in the sweat and effort a real life requires.
You must only pass through the large cities that have been inundated with immigrants. Visit small towns where teenagers still work behind the counter at Subway and bus the tables at the local restaurants. The immigrants in larger cities have taken over those low wage jobs in lieu of teens and younger people starting out in life. Why? Because the immigrants won't quit when they go back to college and will take any shift because they don't have to go to high school 5 days a week. Easier to hire an adult who can be put on any shift, than give a job to a kid who is only 16.
Seeing a lot of immigrants (status unknown) across the Southeast as well. Some bought and/or opened own time intensive businesses (motels, c-stores, laundry, grocery stores, restaurants) and others doing work that others won't unfold their hands for less than $15-20 per hour, (construction, lawn work, etc). In the rural parts, odds are your MD trained overseas (the native born prefer city lights it seems) . Their children (and for all I know grandchildren) are displacing Angelos at the fast food places and at the top of varied honor rolls.
Angelos seem to work mainly in rent to own, title pawn shops, used car lots, banking, government (including contractors) or for overseas owned companies (BMW, Honda, BAE, etc).
In the small towns of rural America, the "jobs that Americans won't do" are, in fact, done by (mostly white) Americans. You don't see many immigrants working on ranches in Montana, for example, serving customers in restaurants, or changing your hotel linens.
Close the border. Stop all travel between Mexico and the U.S. No trucks, no commerce, no products across the border. The only way that we can go back to a normal border would be if Mexico stops all ilegal immigration from their side and accepts all deported people from our side until all ilegals are out of the U.S. Same policies with Guatemala and every other country sending illegals here.