Skip to comments.Assimilation depends on a shared sense of national pride
Posted on 02/07/2011 6:04:19 AM PST by La Lydia
Jonathan Sacks, the Commonwealth Chief Rabbi, has written a powerful article in todays Times about the failure of multiculturalism. He makes a point that this blog never tires of repeating, namely that a country that holds itself cheap cannot expect to integrate newcomers. If we radiate no sense of pride, no community of identity, we make it much harder for settlers to want to belong. If we deride and traduce the concept of patriotism, if we teach that the nation-state is finished, if we affect to believe that British history was a hateful chronicle of racism and exploitation, if we insist that were all Europeans now, we can hardly be surprised if people whether long-settled or the children of immigrants begin to cast around for alternative identities.
This point shouldnt need to be made. Yet, unbelievably, David Camerons assertion of national solidarity has drawn attacks from Labour and the Left-wing press as racist.
Since The Times is now hidden behind its paywall, let me quote a couple of sentences from the Chief Rabbis article.
The Times, in an editorial written on [Sir Moses Montefiore's] hundredth birthday in 1884, said that he had shown that fervent Judaism and patriotic citizenship are absolutely compatible with one another. My parents lived those values and taught them...They became the first Jews in their families for perhaps a thousand years not to teach their children Yiddish, because they wanted us to be English and to identify with the wider society
They were proud to be English because the English were proud to be English. Indeed, in the absence of pride, there can be no identity at all. They integrated and encouraged us to integrate because there was something to integrate into.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...
Assimilation into US society and culture has always been a hallmark of our immigration.
One reason why there is such a backlash against illegal immigration is not only because it is against the law but because immigrants, legal and nonlegal, steadfastly refuse to assimilate into American society and culture.
That is not to say that immigrants need to abandon their core values and principles but to assimilate into US society and culture by learning our language, English - an important and very significant first step.
Let us be clear. Our borders need to be secured especially these days what with the rampant amount of terrorists, radicals, extremists and jihadists.
The important thing for new immigrants is to not expect a handout from our country but instead to make our country stronger by finding a job, joining our military, and becoming a productive member of our society.
When illegal aliens protest they burn the US flag or proudly wave the Mexican flag which only polarizes and hardens the resolve of the American people against them.
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