To say I've been disturbed by the recent protests against congressional efforts to tighten security on our southern border and make illegal immigration a felony instead of a misdemeanor would be an understatement. I've seen a plethora of photos from these protests and I'm shocked by the display of "patriotism."
I use the scare quotes because the patriotism I see isn't pride in America, but instead pride in Mexico -- a barely functioning democracy riddled with corruption that all of these protesters voluntarily left.
It's becoming apparent to me that we have a serious assimilation problem. For years multiculturalism advocates and teachers in high schools and colleges have been pooh-poohing the old concept of an American melting pot where people come from around the world and add a new flavor to the American soup. Instead, they've replaced the melting pot with a salad bowl -- individuals come here, but don't really change who and what they are. They don't become Americans, they become Mexicans or Irish or Salvadorans or French who happen to reside in America.
These protests of the last few days, with their abundance of Mexican flags and dearth of American flags, will likely have the opposite effect than protesters intend. Photos like this one taken earlier this week at Montebello High School up in L.A. are sure to make even sympathetic moderates question the wisdom of amnesty, earned or otherwise.
Lez Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News
We've got a serious problem on our southern border not much will to do anything about it. I'm sympathetic to the idea of a guest worker program, but one that merely gives legal cover to people who have already broken the law isn't an acceptable solution.
For more links regarding this issue, check out Michelle Malkin's site.