Maryland, Multiculturalism, and Mass Immigration

For most of this month, while the
rest of the country worried about what was happening in
Iraq, the state of Maryland had other concerns—namely,
whether its governor, Robert L. Ehrlich, is too
insensitive to the

Tower of Babel
into which mass immigration has
helped convert his state and the nation.

Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican whose
major effort so far has been to push for

legalizing slot machines
, spouted off on a recent
radio talk show in Baltimore about the theory and
practice of what is known as "multiculturalism"—the
idea that immigrants from non-Western cultures

should not assimilate
to Western and American
cultural norms. The state—or at least the

self-appointed
and often taxpayer-funded
multiculturalist mafia—has been jabbering about what he
said ever since.

"I reject the idea of multiculturalism," the governor said. "Once you
get into this multicultural crap, this bunk, you run
into a problem. With respect to this culture,

English is the language. Should
we encourage young
folks here to be

assimilated
, to learn the culture and values? Of
course."
The governor was defending a remark made by
former governor and current Comptroller, the
curmudgeonly 82-year old William Donald Schaeffer, who
was grousing about not being able to be understood at a
local

McDonald`s.
"I don`t want to

adjust to another language.
This is the United
States. I think they ought to adjust to us,"
the
Comptroller said.
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Well, now, a tip of the sombrero to
Gov. Ehrlich and Mr. Schaeffer, though not everyone is
tipping. The Montgomery County Council immediately
passed a resolution [PDF]
expressing "deep concern" over Mr. Ehrlich`s
remarks (Mr. Schaeffer, a Democrat, was not mentioned),
and professional Hispanics around the state soon

chimed in
as well with various recommendations as to
how he should be punished.

The Washington Post reports that
state Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, herself a

Salvadoran
immigrant, believes the governor needs

"diversity training."
Miss Gutierrez says "I
think what the governor said absolutely is

offensive
"
and "It`s also a dangerous
comment."
Montgomery County Councilman Thomas Perez,
son of Dominican immigrants, prefers a different fate
for Mr. Schaeffer. "He said Schaefer should return to
that McDonald`s to sit down and have lunch with the
employee who served him. `He`d learn that person is no
different than anyone else in this country.`"
How
Mr. Schaeffer could learn that when the employee doesn`t
speak English is not entirely clear.
[Ehrlich
Calls Multiculture Idea `Bunk`
| Radio Show
Remarks Offend Latino Leaders
By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post,
May 8, 2004]

The very idea of these two gringos
going around claiming that immigrants should adapt to
the country they`ve chosen to come to and even learn its
language. Whose

country
do they think it is, after all? Someone
should explain to them the real meaning of mass
immigration, which new Americanoes like

Miss Guttierez and Mr. Perez
understand perfectly
well.

That meaning is this: Mass
immigration means revolution, the displacement of one
people and its culture by others, and anyone who still
thinks immigrants should assimilate to the old culture
has missed the whole point of the last 30 years. Sadly,
among those who have missed the point is Mr. Ehrlich
himself.

In the inevitable clarification the
governor had to issue, he did not back away or apologize
for what he said—to his immense credit. He did, however,
try to clamber onto safer grounds by invoking the
traditional idea of immigration and the duty of
assimilation.

"In America we have a singular
culture, common values and a common language,"
the
governor explained. "It`s a

common history
, it`s a common culture…. We should
not separate ourselves. This is a melting pot society.
… I think we need to get back to our roots, which is
to celebrate the melting pot."

Unfortunately, that`s not quite
good enough. The

"melting pot" metaphor

may have been appropriate when immigration came

largely from Europe,
with similar languages,
religious beliefs, political cultures, and moral and
social values.

Today it doesn`t.

Today not only do the fragments in
the pot not melt into the

common history and common culture
, they openly and
deliberately reject them —as "racist" and
exclusive. Immigrants, in particular Hispanics, who make
up the largest component, now have the numbers to

thumb their noses
at the common history and common
culture and the very suggestion that they should
assimilate to it. Soon they will have the numbers to
kick the common culture into the gutters.

To old Americans nothing either Mr.
Ehrlich or Mr. Schaeffer said is offensive or wrong, but
what their remarks and the governor`s later explanation
tell us is that neither understands the inexorable logic
of mass immigration: When you let an

alien people
invade your country, sooner or later
your country will lose its culture and its identity.
Those who continue to defend them will find themselves
consigned to diversity training—if they`re lucky.

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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available
from

Americans For Immigration Control.

Click here
for Sam Francis` website. Click

here
to orderhis monograph
,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
here for
Glynn Custred`s review.
]