In the USA today, we are much divided as a people, maybe more so than at any time since the Civil War. But, unlike the Middle East, our divisions come from many sources—religion is only one of them. Many of these divisions are old ones that are being reconstituted, like race and religion. Then there are the newer ones such as immigration or illegal immigration, depending on your point of reference. Much of our population now has had no life experiences with these issues and is forming its opinions from schooling or the media. Stir in a bit of utopian equality for all and a dollop of compassion, and you have a very potent liberal Kool-Aid. When passions run high and divisions widen, we are liable to forget that we are a nation built on common beliefs. You might say that we, too, have been factionalized.
Distinct cultures tend to thrive because there is a net birth rate ratio which sustains their norms, customs, and beliefs. However, when the birth rate ratio falls below a certain point, the presence of that culture begins to slowly withdraw. Over time, a continued declining birth rate can erase an entire culture from the earth. Suffice to say that the birth in the USA has not reached the tipping point, but it certainly is not far from it—we are dangerously close. In light of that fact, other methods which are controllable must be considered.
Of course, there are ways to offset the loss of a culture and one way is immigration. We invite foreigners into our culture for the purpose of assimilating them and expanding the population base—in essence, replacing the birth rate deficiency. This approach has proven effective over decades right here in the USA. Many subcultures in this country have embraced the ways of America and a free-market capitalist system. At the same time, they have come to love this nation and sworn allegiance to it making it their home. They may be Chinese or Irish, but in their hearts, they are Americans.
Unfortunately, our leaders today do not subscribe to this practice. In fact, they claim that such a system of immigration is broken and cannot function. They ignore the enforcement of our laws regarding immigration and leave our borders unsecured; at the same time, they tell us that security of our homeland is of utmost importance. Illegals cross our borders by the thousands. The federal government annually allows more than 100,000 legal immigrants from Muslim countries. Our population is growing, but the assimilation is not taking place. For the most part, the new immigrants are not people who have come to America because they admire our nation and want to be a part of it. They are a people who want to sponge off America’s generous programs while they trample the very values and beliefs that have sustained us for over two centuries. Amazingly, the brain dead walking among us think this perfectly fine.
I saw a talk show program last week in which the roving reporter was sent out on the street to ask people of the Islamic culture whether they preferred to live under U.S. laws or under Sharia law. Now, I will tell you, I thought this was one rum-dumb idea from the git-go, but the producers of the show felt that it was important to show how many of those interviewed actually preferred Sharia Law. Unsurprisingly, given that premise, the majority of those asked did choose Sharia law over U.S. law, which certainly begs the question, If you prefer Sharia law, then why did you come here? Sadly, their response might be, So I can enjoy the fruits of your country, and you can assimilate my ways.
Recently, riots fueled by racial tensions and accusations of police brutality have been in the news. We saw this in Ferguson, MO, and again in Baltimore. In both situations, we witnessed a faction of people who claimed that another faction of people was oppressing them: the Blacks vs. the police. The rioting ended with nothing accomplished other than more bad blood and fracturing of the elements—more factions.
In many of the cities of America, we are seeing communities of illegal immigrants begin to form—some simply by ghettoization and others by government negligence (No border? No problem!) or willful disregard of current immigration laws. Most recently, we have become keenly aware of this with the Muslim immigrant population who, for all intents and purposes, is not interested in assimilating so much as proselytizing or fiercely retaining their culture. And their numbers are growing.
So, where is all of this headed? I am sure there is much speculation on that point. For me, I suggest that you go out and rent the Mad Max series and watch what happens when factions who share nothing but geographic space face off on their differences. Our future is not a pretty one by any means.
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