"Give me your tired , your poor ,your huddled masses, yearning to break free" says the inscription at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty. An appealing sentimental advertisement for the open heartedness of the American people.
The problem is that is not quite what the founders envisioned and they were not bigots for doing so. It was based on a poem composed by a socialist Emma Lazarus.There were many caveats in the founding documents, one of which being the Preamble to the Constitution which states "promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States ..."
Posterity can mean many things but most likely here it refers to kin or blood descendants. Now to be sure, the Founders were an eclectic and somewhat eccentric lot. Benjamin Franklin didn't care for Germans and preferred Jewish to Catholic immigrants. But in general they preferred Northern European and Protestant peoples. With exceptions for blacks who they were obligated to since they were brought over for the ignoble reason of slavery.
Now that the I word has come up. Samuel Huntington had helpfully pointed out the tortured logic of considering the founders of Plymouth and Jamestown as immigrants. They were not immigrants but settlers. Settlers create a new culture and civilization and imposes a political order to promote and protect the same. While immigrants are attracted to said order and wish to emulate it.
The early English settlers could be dismissed as immigrants only if they adopted the language and customs of the native tribes and abandoning their English ways and Christian religion.
Obviously this was not the case.
Full disclosure: I am a non white , non Christian from India who attended university in U.S and have fond memories of it.
I remember Indians there telling me that Americans are lazy and stupid and it is Indians who are the future. To this end, they cite all the Silicon Valley honchos, spelling bee champions, our over representation at NASA,as surgeons ,DARPA or whatever you can think of(but please not the military or police forces, those are for them redneck riffraff!)
Understandably while the average white American admires the Indians for their mental acumen, work ethic and low crime rate, they also get quickly tired of their condescending attitudes. Some of the more blunter sort asked very pointed questions such as "hey if you people are such hotshots, how come your country is such a shithole"
A very reasonable question. The answer is simple: India is a shithole. Why? because it is filled with Indians. And why is America not, because it is filled with Americans.
Now before the Indian hyper patriots jump on my back, please check my other posts where I basically pointed that we WERE the greatest country on earth. Note which word I capitalized there.
Our country is hellish because we are for the most part a fractured and broken people who are damaged physically, intellectually and psychologically.
When you immigrate to a country, you are basically making an admission that your motherland failed on a deep enough level that you feel the need to set up shop elsewhere and assume a new identity.
So its a tad hypocritical to keep singing praises of your old country (to assuage your guilt) to your
Americans aren't perfect but they have created a society which is successful and attractive to most in the world, all things considered.
And that culture and ethic which created such a society is the reflection of Anglo Irish/Teutonic Protestant peoples who created and continue to define America.
And they are dwindling and with them the culture is gradually being lost and hence the election of cretins and crooks like Barack Obama.
Neither Mexicans, nor blacks who comprise now nearly 30% of the population are either uninterested or unable to take up the mantle of American exceptionalism.
While Chinese, Japanese and Indian Americans are too small a minority and too attached to their motherland to implement effective policy that will place American interests first.
We certainly wouldn't like our country to become 15% Chinese and 10% Sinhalese. See the ruckus when a relative drop in the bucket Bangladeshis started swarming our cities.
Each country has an identity. India is at its base Ganga Yamuna Hindu culture with the related Godavari/Krishna cultures as a strong backup. Sri Lanka is Sinhala Buddhist. Bangladesh is Bengali Muslim. Chinese is Han.
Of course there is a place for minorities in all but minorities they remain nonetheless with all the color and tension it may entail.
Ditto for Europe and its respective white native nationalisms.
I don't blame non white immigrants who swarm to U.S if the U.S government keeps it doors open. But here the U.S government is at odds with its people who want to shut the doors like it did in 1924 and 40 years prior.
Failing that, expect to see flare ups and ethnic tensions reach fever pitch. I already see it on centre and centre right message boards. It is only a matter of time before it translates into action.
That's not because white Americans are bigots and racist but because they are human. Let us realize being human does not entail infinite patience, compassion and tolerance which the Left demands of white Americans.
Realize that before 1965 ,immigration to U.S was a rare privilege for which non whites were ever grateful and it was supposed to be a privilege NOT A RIGHT and we can avoid a lot of future ugliness.