Immigrants used to learn the ways of our country and join in our culture. My father couldn't speak English when he went to first grade in Chicago in 1931 - his Lithuanian parents hadn't bothered to adapt - my dad learned English in a hurry. How do you have a melting pot when people isolate in enclaves that refuse to join our country?
Hey I agree. Now I could see if two of the five had American first names. With three having Muslim names. But for all five of them to have Muslim names and are born in America, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I would say the same if they were Hispanic. I like an American to have the name Robert Perez a lot more than Roberto Perez. It's about respect for the nation you came to for a better life!
posted on 09/16/2002 2:22:43 PM PDT
21st century multiculturalists don't want "a melting pot". They want fondue--many little pots with different contents so they can dip into the cultural coating of their choice. It works for toast/cake, but is not conducive to a unified nation.
posted on 09/16/2002 6:17:06 PM PDT
And are encouraged by the elites not to assimilate. In fact are told that they can do anything they want and American culture is corrupt so they do not have to fit in. The Pubbies led by George Bush are pushing this insanity in the quest for votes. It ain't gonna work George.
posted on 09/16/2002 8:16:47 PM PDT
The Muslims living here are so different from the immigrants that came to this country in the early 1900's. They were very proud to become American citizens. Now I read this in my morning newspaper-An eighth-grader from a Maryland Muslim school said, "Being an American means nothing to me. I'm not even proud of telling my cousins in Pakistan that I'm American." Where did he get such an attitude? We had better keep a sharp eye on what is being taught in Muslim schools in this country.
posted on 09/17/2002 7:42:07 AM PDT
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