Saturday, May 1, 2010

U.S. Citizens Deserve the United States

William Buckley once commented that we really should be able to discuss the proper management of our country without having to suffer being called un-American.

They march down our streets carrying the flags of other countries. They write articles attempting to "prove" that the United States belongs to another country or a specific race which unbeknownst to them their admixture no longer qualifies as even if property ownership was somehow limited strictly to race which it certainly is not. They lobby to force American citizens to pay for their ethnic "studies" programs which so often, when dissembled and examined, turn out to be unbalanced and seditious. They break our immigration laws by the millions establishing illegal immigrant networks that actively block American citizens from entire industries in the Southwest... an illegal practice in and of itself.

Are they right? Is the United States really part of Mexico and not for United States citizens? Of course not. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A Mexican is a citizen of Mexico. Though an indigenous people termed Mexica once existed in a small portion of Mexico called the Valley of Mexico, the term "Mexican" is not a race. Though most Mexicans are mestizos, citizens of Mexico include all other races and mixes found in the world as well.

A United States citizen is a citizen of the United States; "American" is not a race. Though most Americans are Caucasians, citizens of the United States include all other races and mixes found in the world as well.

That stated, we will use the term Hispanic in this article to refer to those of Mexican and Latin America descent and historically, America has referred to the United States of America with the term American often relating solely to the people, language, and culture found within the United States of America and I will use those terms in that context for this discussion.

If you check the census, you quickly discover that the total number of Mexicans in the USA in 1930 were 1,422,533 out of a population of 122,775,046 making the percentage of Hispanics here 1.16% of the total U.S. population.

This number, though extremely low by today's standards, represented a tremendous growth in the Mexican population in the United States as they had not begun arriving in any number until around the time of the Mexican War of Independence. Consider that in 1848, the non-native population of California is estimated to have been no more than 15,000.

The 1822 map of Mexico reveals that the total population of Mexico was only 8,500,00 persons.

By contrast, just Los Angeles County (California has 58 counties) contains over 10,000,000 people today. There were relatively few Mexicans in Mexico and very few in the United States before the Mexican Revolutionary War.

Following the onset of the Great Depression, the US government began an active drive against Latino immigrants who had crossed over illegally and begun working American jobs to provide relief for the many unemployed United States citizens. In 1954 the U.S. government purposed to send back 1.2 million of them to Mexico with President Dwight D. Eisenhower stating:

"The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexicans to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."

The U.S. government then deported approximately 80,000 Mexican nationals in the space of almost a year with an additional 500,000-700,000 leaving for Mexico before the campaign began.

However in 1942, the U.S. government launched the Bracero Program to fill the new demand for manual labor created by World War II. Millions of Mexicans came to work in the United States under this program until 1967 when it finally ended.

Interestingly, at the same time the U.S. government was importing Mexicans under the Bracero Program to work here legally, in 1954 they launched 'Operation Wetback' to remove about one million illegal aliens from the southwestern United States as they were lowering the wages for Mexicans here legally, American citizens, and threatening the jobs, wages, and benefits the Mexican government had negotiated for Mexican workers enrolled in the Bracero Program.

The history of birth citizenship in the United States is an interesting study and the reader is encouraged to further study it. There are many good resources online.

One criticism of the practice is the way the Supreme Court interpreted the Citizenship Act of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was passed on July 9, 1868 to reverse that portion of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision which declared that African Americans were not and could not become citizens of the United States or enjoy any of the privileges and immunities of citizenship, extended the Citizenship Act to include anyone born on United States soil no matter whether there parents were here illegally and without regard to their loyalties or politics.

In the late 1990s, opposition arose over the practice of automatic birth citizenship but United States Federal law continues to ensure automatic citizenship for ten categories of person including everyone born on U.S. soil.

By illegally avoiding the legal process and requirements to become U.S. citizens, which includes learning to speak English, learning U.S. history and U.S. government, etc..., real assimilation is bypassed to a material extent for both the illegal aliens and their automatic citizen progeny which has resulted in serious social and economic problems and undermined the traditional definition of E pluribus unum so let's discuss this further.

While a person's free-will choice ultimately prevails to the degree they choose to accept or reject the values and enculturation a society presents them with, sociological studies show that people internalize the norms and values (e.g. social contract) of a society to the degree that a society actively imparts them. Sociologists assert that members of a culture must conform to its norms for the culture to exist and function well. And the better those norms are, the greater they benefit society.

A secular anthropologist may choose to exercise pure relativism in cultural studies and declare that headhunters in Borneo shooting each other with poisoned darts, collecting each other's heads, and eating each other while paying their shamans to put curses on each other somehow exactly equals the dizzying heights of Western Civilization but their assertion is in direct opposition to real world observation. It is not chauvinism to note that observable reality refutes their assertion.

What is observable is that our norms and values are better and have taken us much farther as a nation than theirs have (and as Stanley Jaki noted, 'ever can') than the country's cultures they seek escape from enmasse.

In order for immigrants to become successful in the U.S., while ensuring the U.S. stays successful, instead of failing and becoming a social, economic, and cultural cost to this country; they must be taught what those social norms and values are with the expectation that they will follow them and pass them on to their children.

In a well-functioning society, people cooperate like a system of interconnected parts because they believe it is the "right thing to do." We call this the "social contract." Though it is looking tattered these days, America still has a social contract.

If internalization and socialization fail to produce a positive social conformity to the social contract, some costly form of “social control” is eventually needed (e.g. ostracism, fines, punishments, and imprisonment).

In the U.S., a great many millions of immigrants simply bypassed the entire process created by our government and society to accomplish the proper enculturation of immigrants and retained the very norms and national loyalties rooted in the poor performing societies they were seeking to escape from passing them on to their children.

And what has been the result? Millions upon millions of illegal immigrants have illegally entered the U.S. and propagated. In large portions of the Southwest United States today, gone is a large measure of Americanism along with much of the American dream.

In their place are sprawling concrete urban barrios held by criminal gangs and a new La Raza racism which preaches a seditious policy of reconquesta based upon a false history and logic surrounded by miles of poor performing neighborhoods.

Our judicial and social safety nets have been stretched to the breaking point and our public education system, despite twice as much in real dollars per pupil spent today, has declined dramatically. In areas like California, it has fallen from first in the nation to almost last place.

The U.S. has been partially transformed into the dysfunctional places they sought to escape from rather than them being transformed into the America they entered... an America which was a great forward-thinking, homogeneous, safe, and educationally challenging one to grow up in with seemingly infinite opportunities... even right in Los Angeles County in those days.

President Teddy Roosevelt once noted:

"We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.

But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American.

There can be no divided allegiance here... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people."

America today falls far short of Teddy's statement. But let's press on.

Another reason that there were so few Mexicans here, even after they overcame the Native American tribes present here whom had been their historical enemies into antiquity, was due to the Spanish custom (inherited from when the Umayyad ruled Spain (Read about the Muslim invasion and their subsequent loss of southern Europe) of granting large tracts of land to mostly absent landowners. Mexico mismanaged this system so badly that many of the few Mexicans here during that time actually left before California became a state.

Due to the continuing assertion of some Hispanics that they are actually Native American Ameri-Indians, it needs to be stated that Hispanic mestizos are not North American Native Americans. The American Journal of Physical Anthropology reports the paternal ancestry estimated in Western and Northern Mexican Mestizos is mainly European (60-64%), followed by Amerindian (25-21%), and also African (15%) from the great number of African slaves Mexicans imported during the Atlantic slave trade years.

Genetic admixture, relatedness, and structure patterns among Mexican populations revealed by the Y-chromosome. -National Center for Biotechnology Information

Full blooded Ameri-Indians from tribes in Mexico continue to be officially and systematically oppressed by Mexicans in Mexico. Mexican mestizos with some link to a tribe in Mexico have no valid ancestral claim on any land via the tribes here in the USA and, as a result, are not on tribal rolls here in the United States. Furthermore, a great many Europeans intermixed with the North American Native American tribes here in the United States.

Anthropologists in the USA do not classify Hispanics as Native Americans because they are not Native Americans. They are officially defined as "a person[s] of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race."

And pre-Columbian tribes here warred into antiquity with the pre-Columbian tribes south of the United States to the extent that their languages, rituals, cultures, etc.. are different.

For example, the warrior Aztecs/Mexicas (for whom Mexico named itself upon gaining their independence from Spain) buried each male child's umbilical cord as a pledge they would live the life of a warrior dedicated to murdering, eating, and enslaving other tribes and whom were the dominant pre-Columbian indigenous people dominating northern Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest led by Hernan Cortes in the early 16th century never even got a foothold here due to the fierce resistance of the northerly tribes in what we call today the United States of America.

And the Aztecs were bloodthirsty. As Inga Clendinnen states in 'Aztecs' published by Cambridge University Press in 1995:

"There is one activity for which the 'Aztecs' were notorious: the large-scale killing of humans in ritual sacrifices. The killings were not remote top-of-the pyramid affairs. If only high priests and rulers killed, [but] they [the Aztecs] carried out most of their butchers' work en plein air, and not only in the main temple precinct, but in the neighborhood temples and on the streets.

The people were implicated in the care and preparation of the victims, their delivery to the place of death, and then in the elaborate processing of the bodies: the dismemberment and distribution of heads and limbs, flesh and blood, and flayed skins.

On high occasions warriors carrying gourds of human blood or wearing the dripping skins of their captives ran through the streets, to be ceremoniously welcomed into the dwellings; the flesh of their victims seethed in domestic cooking pots; human thighbones, scraped and dried, were set up in the courtyards of the households and all this among a people notable for a precisely ordered polity, a grave formality of manner, and a developed regard for beauty."

W. H. Prescott wrote in the eighteen forties, in his widely read history of the conquest of Mexico, the flesh of Aztec human victims was "presented not as 'the coarse repast of famished cannibals, but as a banquet teeming with delicious beverages and delicate viands, prepared with art, and attended by both sexes, who... conducted themselves with all the decorum of civilized life. Surely, never were refinement and the extreme of barbarism brought so closely into contact with each other!"

One can certainly surmise what the result would of have been if the Aztecs had developed firearms and nautical travel faster than the Europeans. A European holocaust would have resulted. This is what the great North American Native American civilizations banded together to prevent before they themselves suffered material collapses around the fourteenth century. 

Fortunately for them, the Mexica/Aztecs were actually much farther south than the current Mexico/United States border and their territory reduced to about the size of Kansas when Hernan Cortes discovered them.

It was primarily through diseases originating in domesticated animals not found in the Americas and the advent of Spanish weapons and tactics that the Spanish-Mexican effort finally overcame and were able to wrest away the southerly portion of what now is the USA from the North American Indian tribes here long before American settlers migrated West and settled California.

And when they did, the Spanish-Mexican mestizo invasion resulted in great death (the death toll reaches 70% in the state of California which today is the state with the greatest number of Native Americans in the nation). Enslavement of Native Americans was common by Mexico and official persecution of Native Americans from tribes within Mexico today is systemic.

Finally in 1846, Mexico initiated an action that led to the Mexican-American War by attacking a 63-man US patrol in contested territory with a 2,000 man Mexican cavalry killing 11 of them. The Thorton affair, as it became known, prompted President Polk to declare that Mexico had "invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil" and war was declared. Mexico lost that war and the land they had once taken by force from the Native American tribes here which they had decimated.

It wasn't until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (proposed by Emanuel Celler and heavily supported by many Democrat politicians for ideological and political power-building reasons and many Republican politicians so they could exploit cheap labor) that the national-origin quotas which had been in place since the Immigration Act of 1924 were abolished.

Since then, tens of millions of legal and illegal immigrants have rushed into the United States. In large portions of the Southwest United States today, gone are many of the fields, groves, orchards, and farms that once helped define the American dream as well as provide relief within growing urban centers.

In their place are sprawling concrete urban barrios held by criminal gangs and a new La Raza racism which preaches a seditious policy of reconquesta based upon a false history and logic surrounded by miles of poor performing neighborhoods.

The present demographics of Los Angeles County (only 1 of 58 counties in California) have changed dramatically. Aging white non-Latinos now represent about one third of the population with their children making up less than 9% of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Los Angeles County has an official population of over 10,000,000 people which is more than the entire population of any single state except for seven. Some of the cities in Los Angeles now have very small white non-Latino populations falling from over 90% to less than 1%.

Both Los Angeles County and the state of California run substantial respective deficits despite its citizens being the second most taxed state in the nation. The state along with many counties and cities are in serious fiscal trouble and are continuing to seek new and ever increasing taxes and stealth fees (for example the total cost of parking in a handicap zone in at least one county in California is now over a thousand dollars) in a state that once had taxes and fees at the national average.

Due to the lack of enculturation and socialization, a result of simply bypassing the legal process of becoming a U.S. citizen, the dropout rate is almost inconceivable (despite huge sums of money being poured into the LAUSD each year).

For example, the 2009-2010 school year saw 18.3 billion dollars in total appropriations for LAUSD to produce a product that is not ready for today's labor market, improperly enculturated, often socially marred with addictions and whatnot, and tests almost dead last in the nation. See LAUSD Superintendent's 2009-2010 Final Budget, page I-45:

This may be the future of America as the 77 million aging baby-boomers with their financial and voting clout pass into their retirement years and eventually out of the picture and illegals continue to pour in without any attempt made to properly enculturate them.

In the author's father’s day, high school students in California gained measurable aptitudes in higher math, engineering, science, and pre-college English that led to real competency as well as learning vocational trades like mechanics, electrical, and automotive courses preparing them for both the work force and college. And they did it for less than we spend today, in real dollars, with but a fraction of the skyrocketing dropout rate we see despite jobs for high school graduates being plentiful in my father's day.

Students were properly encultured in the American way of life and instilled with meaningful Judeo-Christian values that led to an internalized sense of ultimate morality, a real sense of both personal and corporate societal responsibility, a solid work ethic, an understanding they were part of something (homogeneous American culture), while being empowered with a high level of education in subjects that mattered and challenged to do their part in making this country something they could be proud of. That's what we used to do and it worked.

Today, it's all but gone. We spend enormous amounts of money (fully 40% of the entire state budget plus the lottery proceeds) to have public union employees present a dumbed-down sanitized modern liberal curriculum, that filters out a great deal of content older generations received.

For example, gay history is mandatory by law now (with an emphasis on presenting people who engage in homosexual acts as heroes to school children) and has displaced something relevant of the prior content I mentioned that would have helped them become financially successful. Students today get a fraction of the quality education we used to. It's a feel-good politically correct mash up that produces an unprepared product that tests almost dead last in the nation which tests poorly internationally.

On the nation's report card, despite enormous sums of money being allocated to them, California schools are failing. In 2011, despite posting a very small gain, California students scored at nearly the bottom of the nation in reading and math. In reading, California performed worse than all other states and only outscored Washington, D.C. In math, state fourth-graders ranked above only D.C. and Mississippi; eighth-graders did a notch better, also outscoring Alabama as per the National Assessment of Education Progress administered every other year to a sampling of students across the country. It is the only nationally standardized test for public schools. And many liberals want to make California a model for the nation.

Education has been failing for a long time and the reason is systemic to the existing bureaucracy, not financial, and as such may be unreformable. It's time to shut it down for a competitive voucher system that let's parents keep the money and home school their children, send them to private schools, or if they wish spend it to send their child to a public school. 

In addition to the failing way education is done today, the unencultured immigrants and their children are also at fault for what they don't bring to the classroom. The children are often born to single mothers who don't know how to raise their children to be successful and when there is a father present, too often he's not fathering. 

It's not racism that's keeping them down. It's themselves and their failure to transcend what they came from to where we need them to go. Our immigrants and their progeny that were never encultured or educated properly need to awaken from their cultural anathema.

Both the Republicans and the Democrats have supported massive illegal immigration into the U.S. and both refuse to correct it. Both have exploited illegal aliens for cheap labor and votes while failing to ensure they became properly encultured and educated Americans.

In hindsight, little thought or care has been given by the U.S. government as to what makes for a good American citizen and, however it is decided, this needs to change but one fact remains: U.S. citizens deserve the United States, not the citizens of other countries... especially, when they refuse to assimilate properly.

Only U.S. citizens and Native Americans formally on a tribal roll of one of the 562 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States deserve the United States!

I hope this has been informative and let it be stated that Americans, on the whole, are not against immigrants (illegal or legal) nor the nations or cultures they come from. We simply believe that ours is better and that illegal immigration destroys the superior culture we all share here in America (citizens and immigrants together) while causing a wide range of societal ills, problems, and divisions for us and that it robs immigrants and their progeny of what they might have become. It must be noted; however, that our culture is in a state of rapid decline. There are many reasons for this outside of just a broken immigration system; however, illegal immigration and amnesty has and is a primary contributor.

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