Skip to comments.Phyllis Schlafly: Are Mexican Immigrants Assimilating Or Invading?
Posted on 11/30/2001 7:47:46 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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Yeah, right. I'm sure Mexico came up with this "plan" involving several million people and the only way we found out about it was through the "fortuitous" discovery of a book at a Santa Ana bookfair. What a load of complete unadulterated horsebleep.
Know-Nothing Movement, a nativist political movement in the United States in the 1850's. It was organized to oppose the great wave of immigrants who entered the United States after 1846. Know-Nothings claimed that the immigrantswho were principally Irish and Roman Catholic threatened to destroy the American experiment. The Roman Catholic church, they charged, was subservient to a foreign prince (the pope), it was growing in power, and it potentially could exert political control over a large group of people. Such nativist sentiments had long existed among many Americans, but they had never before been expressed in such powerful form.
In several Northern states as early as the 1840's there were local nativist parties that drew support from the DEMOCRATIC and WHIG parties. By the early 1850's there was a trend to organize nationally against the presumed immigrant threat. The old parties, the nativists said, had not confronted the danger. The Democrats, it was charged, were supported by the aliens; the party needed their votes and catered to their whims. The Whigs appeared helpless before them.
Originally, nativist party members had worked through a number of secret societies, clandestinely throwing their support on election day with powerful effect to sympathetic candidates. Saying that they knew nothing about such activities, the nativists wreaked havoc with their votes in 1854 in the existing party system. They won sweeping victories at the state and congressional levels. They attracted many Northern Whigs to their point of view along with an important number of Democrats. Southern Whigs also joined because of growing sectional tensions caused by the reintroduction of the slavery issue into national politics in 1854. For a time it seemed as if the Know-Nothings (officially the AMERICAN PARTY) would be the main opposition party in the United States. Publicly backing Millard FILLMORE as a presidential candidate in 1856, they won more than 21% of the popular vote and eight ELECTORAL votes.
The Know-Nothings wanted to use government power to preserve their vision of a particular kind of Anglo-Saxon Protestant society. Their state and national platforms demanded that immigration be limited, that politics be purified by limiting officeholding to native-born Americans, and that a 21-year wait be imposed before an immigrant could become a citizen and vote. They also sought to limit the sale of liquor, to restrict public-school teaching to Protestants, and to have the Protestant version of the Bible read daily in classrooms. Despite their strength and appeal, the Know-Nothings were already in decline as a national party by 1856. Beset by differences over the slavery issue, many members joined the REPUBLICAN PARTY, which seemed sympathetic to much of their nativism and offered additional appeals on other important issues. Know-Nothing parties remained strong in a number of Northern states in the late 1850's, but the party was spent as a national force before the election of 1860.
The Know-Nothing movement illustrated two things: a persistent ethnoreligious hostility in American life that often intruded into politics and the potentiality for political disruption when existing parties fail to deal adequately with volatile social and political tensions. Although the movement quickly lost out to the Republicans, its ideas did not, and they formed one aspect of the Republican appeal for more than a generation to come.
Joel H. Silbey Cornell University
You people were dead wrong in 1850 and you're still wrong 150 years later.
More accurately, they are colonizing territory they believe is theirs.
How long have you been planning that post?
Waiting for the right moment?
Actually, we DO have it right by your own quotation - given the flood tide of Mexican-ness (immigrants, legal and illegal, dragging all the baggage of their other citizenship with them) and the events of 9/11 Americans have every right to "deal adequately with the volatile social and political tensions" thus created.
And a hell of a lot of us want those tensions sent back from whence they came.
They can haul the books and the flags they so love to wave in place of the US flag along with them.
The Irish and European Catholics brought with them European culture and values.
Mexicans bring neither.
If you wish to persist with a politcal philosophy that was exposed and discredited over 100 years ago, be my guest. Anyone who can fire more than 3 brain cells at once is mocking you.
????....hmmmmmm...sounds like a start to profiling.
....when existing parties fail to deal adequately with volatile social and political tensions.
Hmmm... seems many 'illegals' contribute mightedly to a present 'volatile social and political tensions'.
My ancestors were immigrants. They worked, they saved, they cherished family. They learned the language, the laws, the customs. The learned the history of this great nation and the sacrifices of its citizens. They assimulated into the great American melting pot, while still celebrating their unique traditions (within their own communities and not on the community at large). Political correctness was not fostered on the general populace.
Welfare/government entitlements were not an option, therefore not an inticement to migrate. 'Uncle Sugar Daddy' did not exist as we know it today.
Freedom for one's destiny was their goal. Freedom to succeed, freedom to fail. The choice was theirs and their 'families'.
Oh really? I'm pretty sure they speak SPANISH and are CATHOLICS for the most part. I guess you probably wouldn't want facts to get in the way of an otherwise solidly racist screed, now would you?
Hmm. Really? I grew up in Tustin right next door to Santa Ana and I've been working in Santa Ana for over two years now and I've never had so much as a hint of a problem.
And yet another racist lie goes up in smoke. This is starting to get monotonous.
We don't need such foolishness.
If you don't like America, don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. You would probably be more comfortable in North Korea or China.
What part of Santa Ana, O enlightened and non-racist one? And what do you consider a "problem"? Obviously not the fact that folks are speaking Spanish instead of English and flying Mexican flags instead of American ones, right? BTW, did you ever consider that you might be getting tiresome too, O politically correct one?
The government doesn't like Anglo-Saxon and European republicans as they tend to resent government. It's decided it needs a new citizenry-- competing groups of social democrats--so it has set about importing them.
I'll be in the corner holding my breath.
There might still be time to give Kosovo back to its rightful owners BEFORE the UN starts demanding that we hand half of Florida, Texas, and California over to Mexico on this same stupid basis.
Here are some facts: UNLIKE immigrants of the past, the "new" American "immigrant" barge through our borders UNINVITED, invade our country ILEGALLY, demand "rights" and resources afforded as an actual American citizen, pledge NO allegiance to the United States of America.
Just why the h*ll should we allow THEM circumvent U.S. law?
But according you, anarchy is perhaps an option?
History has been making fools of people like you for over 150 years.
I'm still waiting for any type of evidence that would suggest that Mexican immigration is any different than any other past wave of immigration.
Either comprehending the English language is too much a strain on your brain cells, OR perhaps the "caps lock key" in bold did not register with your retina.
An eye exam is recommended -- if that still doesn't work, please have an amigo read Ms. Schlafy's article to you, a history of U.S. immigration, AND a peak at the U.S. Constitution....Still not too late for you to learn SOMETHING.
Your opinions are factually incorrect, racist, disgusting and decidedly un-American. You would be well advised to crack a book some day and pause just for second to remember who you are and where you come from. Mexicans do all the shitty jobs that natives don't want to do. Just like the Irish, Chinese, Italians etc. did before them. Mexicans have come to this country for the all same reasons as our ancestors.
If the wall is going to be too much of a problem, line the border with nuclear waste.
What part of 'legal immigration' don't you understand? Or should I type that question in your native language?
I'll say it again, I am FOR the same LEGAL immigration we have had for hundreds of years. I do not favor the types that sneak in, cover a convenience store parking lot like locusts and give you the finger if you even look in their direction.
BTW, JimRob dislikes profanity being used in his house, so do respect his wishes.
You seem to be rather paranoid, (besides enjoying the use of the "f-word" and disgusting made up from whole cloth personal attacks in place of arguement.)
Allegedly he doesn't like racists either. So, likewise to you.
Well for one how about the fact that the Mexicans can just walk over an undefended boarder any time they feel like it. Where as other imigrants had to sell everything, get on a boat an forget ever seeing thier homeland again. I'd call that a very very big diference.
Been great seeing you around, good luck with your vocabulary development, and better luck with your self control next time.
Please stop (both abusing each other and then complaining).