[Rushtalk] A Nation of Immigrants - Only If They Assimilate - The Dennis Prager Show

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sat Apr 15 15:36:36 MDT 2017

> http://www.dennisprager.com/a-nation-of-immigrants-only-if-they-assimilate/
> A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate
> I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the
> lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese
> translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought.
> “Why is there is so little crime in Japan?” I asked.
> Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded, “Because we don’t
> allow immigration.”
> Anyone who visits Japan is struck by the ethnic homogeneity of the
> nation. If you meet a Caucasian, a black or a Hispanic in Japan, you
> can be all but certain that the person is visiting or studying there,
> not a citizen.
> Likewise in the United States, there is direct correlation between
> ethnic homogeneity and low levels of violence. According to 2016-2017
> data, the four states with the lowest percentages of violence are:
> 1. Vermont — where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
> 2. Maine — where 95 percent of the population is one race (white).
> 3. Wyoming — where roughly 93 percent of the population is one race
> (white).
> 4. New Hampshire — where roughly 94 percent of the population is one
> race (white).
> Sweden, which for much of its modern history has had among the world’s
> lowest rates of violent crime, was almost always as homogenous as
> Japan. Now that it has admitted hundreds of thousands of immigrants
> from the Middle East and North Africa, it is no longer a homogenous
> country, and its levels of violence have increased dramatically.
> All this leads to a particular rule, which is, in order to maintain a
> low crime rate and social stability, a country has only two choices:
> Do not allow immigrants into the country, or allow immigrants into the
> country, but be certain to assimilate them into the native population
> as quickly as possible.
> The second choice has been America’s choice throughout most of its
> history, and it has been uniquely successful in shaping people from
> all over the world and from every background into one nation known as
> Americans. One of America’s three fundamental principles has been e
> pluribus unum, or “out of many” (the other two, as our coinage
> testifies, are liberty and In God We Trust). And that is precisely
> what America has done.
> But since the 1960s, the left has supplanted e pluribus unum and its
> national American identity with the antithetical doctrines of
> diversity and multiculturalism.
> Diversity and multiculturalism celebrate the national/ethnic
> identities of the nations from where American immigrants came instead
> of celebrating the American identity and traditional American values.
> The result is the beginning of the end of the United States as we have
> known it since its inception.
> The left constantly repeats “we are a nation of immigrants” without
> citing the other half of that fact — “who assimilate into America.”
> The left mocks the once-universally held American belief in the
> melting pot. But the melting pot is the only way for a country
> composed of immigrants to build a cohesive society.
> America was never just “a nation of immigrants.” America was always a
> nation of immigrants who sought to become — or at least were taught by
> American public schools and by the general American culture to become
> — Americans.
> If America becomes a nation of nonassimilating immigrants, or a nation
> consisting of nonassimilating ethnic, racial and national groups who
> are already here, it will cease being a glorious idea and become just
> another nation torn by conflicting interest groups. These various
> groups will fight one another — first verbally and then, perhaps,
> violently (and America will see more and more violence) — just as
> France, Sweden and Germany have seen since they began taking in
> millions of immigrants, many of whom have no intention of becoming
> Frenchmen, Swedes or Germans.
> Contrary to one of the left’s more mendacious claims, diversity has
> not been America’s great strength. America’s great strength has been
> forging an American identity out of diversity.
> But the left, with its identity politics and commitment to
> multiculturalism — as expressed, for example, by ballots in dozens of
> languages, the proliferation of ethnic studies departments at
> universities and the allowance of all-black dorms and graduation
> ceremonies — is undoing that.
> If you want to understand the immigration crisis, just know that
> because the left has undone the second choice, it has made the first
> choice — Japan’s choice — look tenable to many for the first time in
> American history.
> This column was originally posted on Townhall.com.


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