AMERICA LOSING ITS LANGUAGE AND CULTURE WITHOUT A WHIMPER
By Frosty Wooldridge
June 11, 2009
Twenty years ago, Americans enjoyed walking into their supermarkets, banks, recreation halls and hardware stores with confidence knowing that cashiers, clerks and managers spoke English--America’s national language for 233 years.
Every immigrant that attained citizenship learned to speak English. But today, millions of illegal criminal aliens along with legal immigrants drive America’s language and culture into a fragmented polyglot pile of mush.
Without the ability to speak to ourselves, we fracture at the core of our national foundation. Without a common language, we cannot and do not communicate. You may witness other countries fracturing today because they let their immigrants displace their languages and cultures. Unhappy and unhealthy examples abound: France, United Kingdom, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Quebec, Malaysia, Lebanon and Belgium. Cyprus and Pakistan split. They all face major upheavals. You wonder why the leaders of those countries allowed the degradation of their own cultures and languages.
The great scholar Seymour Lipset said, “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy.”
Already in America, hundreds of Mexican radio and television stations supplant English and American culture by injecting Mexico’s culture and language into the heart of America. Author Mark Krikorian, The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal, said, “Those new transnationals have one foot in the USA and their ear to a cell phone and their other foot back in the old country. They never fully become Americans.”
Detroit resembles a second Baghdad with close to a million immigrant middle-easterners that refuse to speak English. You wonder why they took the time to migrate to the United States if they reinstate their countries within our country. Worse, what will become of them and us as they separate into their own little mini-state? A clash of cultures grows as their numbers grow.
They do not invest their minds or spirits into becoming Americans. Thus, this civilization fractures on many levels.
Why do we need a single language? Why do we need everyone driving on the right side of the road? Why do we need a single currency? Why do we need a single weights and measures?
Former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm said, “America has been successful because we have become one people. There is a “social glue” of a common language, a shared history, uniting symbols that tie us together. We live under a common flag, which we honor and salute. A nation is much more. It is a state of mind, a shared vision, and a recognition that we are all in this together. A nation needs a common language as it needs a common currency.”
Today, Los Angeles features 40 percent of its population foreign born. They wouldn’t know Thomas Jefferson from Al Capone. They couldn’t tell you any one of the Bill of Rights. They wouldn’t know Babe Ruth from the local janitor.
These days, when I walk into Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Home Depot, Lowes Hardware, Target, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, or phone numerous other companies—I might as well be in a foreign country. Press ‘1’ for Spanish; press ‘2’ for English. Those businesses feature a language not of our country, which is a direct contradiction to our U.S. Constitution. I cannot understand anyone in line because they speak other languages. I am irritated that I must contend with my native language being undercut and undermined by my fellow pretend-Americans.
What further annoys me stems from the outright apathy and tolerance Americans display as their language and culture sink into mangled confusion. American whites, blacks and Hispanics fail to understand the loss of their own language.
In particular, blacks in America suffered loss of their language, culture and religion when they were dumped into an all white, European society. They have not recovered to this day if you look at black ghettoes, poverty, crime, drugs, homelessness, millions of unwed mothers and fatherless families as well as the lack of a spiritual foundation.
One reader Dave said, “On a more serious note, what disturbs me almost as much as our endless legal and illegal immigrant invasion is Anglo-Saxon apathy and tolerance. [I would add black and American Hispanic apathy] Our country is being turned into Los Estados Unidos in a not so subtle manner, yet we just don't care.
“Could it be that we love Mexicans so much that we are willing to suffer the consequences just to bring about this dramatic demographic shift? Aren't we angered that we are the only ethnic group not allowed any race based organizations or lobbies, while every other group has literally hundreds, if not thousands of such groups?
“Was there no one else angered a couple years ago when the Dodgers donated $100 to the Mexican college fund for every home run? I guess the Dodgers don't want to help poor white kids get an education, but that is OK with White Dodger fans.
“Of course, it is also OK with us Anglos that both Obama and McCain address "La Raza", when we do not even have a group to be addressed, and yet we could not care less that we have no representation.
“Instead, Anglos and blacks of every class just put out their collective welcome mats and in effect say, "Here, take our country." And we smile graciously as we say it. I am sorry about the rant, but I would like to know if you could recommend some books and/or articles that can logically explain our apathy and tolerance, along with our willingness to give up our nation without the least bit of anger and resentment, and without a fight, despite what should be obvious future consequences? I am sure many of your loyal fans are wondering the same thing.” Thank you, Dave
To that question, I recommend Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations. Huntington explains our predicament. We suffer from a collective fear of our own history of slavery, racism and brutality to minorities. Instead of addressing what we suffer, we keep injecting ourselves with hundreds of more languages and cultures in a grand experiment that can only fail on every level. It fails in the aforementioned countries already deep into the quandary.
You may call it a “human dilemma” on a grand scale. Multiculturalism fails on every level and mixing languages within a country causes the tension, turmoil and tragedy noted by Seymour Lipset.
Final result for America: fractured into ethnic enclaves, tension-filled schools, loss of national identity, linguistic chaos, loss of cohesive culture and ultimate breakdown into factions dominated by competing religions and ethnic groups. We find ourselves becoming a nation of strangers.
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What might save America?
10 year moratorium on all immigration
* Mandated English language
* No more push ‘1’ for Spanish
* All media must express in English
* All government documents in English
* Awareness that our congenial openness has pulled the rug from under our feet and our civilization
* Request meetings with congress-critters to move them to change to our country’s and our citizens’ benefit
* Finally, lower all immigration to less than 100,000 a year because that would allow a sustainable level that we can incorporate and maintain a national balance
Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Wednesdays as he interviews top national leaders on his radio show "Connecting the Dots" at www.themicroeffect.com at 6:00 PM Mountain Time. Adjust tuning in to your time zone.
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