On My Mind; Arianna, Go Home!
Republished in VDARE.com – October 01, 2003
The New York Times, June
By A. M. ROSENTHAL
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington,
if that`s how you feel, go home! Love us or leave us!
And take some other immigrants with
you—the kind that, like you, talk about how America
should be worried about allowing more immigrants in. For
British-born fellow, I forget his name, who is
running around promoting his book about how he fears
that in America his little son, the one he tells us has
blue eyes and blond hair, will have to grow up among
too many dark folk.
Arianna, for somebody like me, an
immigrant himself, [VDARE.COM
NOTE: An illegal immigrant:, Rosenthal was
born in Canada, and was brought to the US during the
Depression by his
illegal immigrant father.] and still
remembering what I was taught in civics classes about
how America was built by people from all over the world,
it is hard to be mean to another American just because
she or he is an immigrant too. But that is exactly why
I`m picking on you.
I danced at your wedding to a young
man from an oil family. Ever since, I have watched with
great interest what you were doing in America—how you
helped make him almost senator from California, how some
people believe that one day he will run again and this
time you will make sure there would be no almosts, how
you moved from writing books about art to books about
the inner self, I believe, how you are now very close to
Newt himself, and how you would get a big job if a
Republican is elected President next year.
I did not agree with everything you
were saying. But that did not diminish my admiration for
your get-up-and-go. And I kept thinking: Only in
America—only in America could a girl born in Greece, an
immigrant first to Britain, then to the U.S., a double
immigrant you might say, become a nationally known
political and literary figure a relatively few years
after getting her visa. What a terrific example of the
importance of immigration and immigrants.
Now here you are helping the
anti-immigrant line. You heard me—anti-immigrant. The
people who promote that line professionally and whose
side you take on TV never say they are anti-immigrant,
of course not. They just say America should not let any
more into the country for 10 or 20 years or at least cut
way back—a third, a half, whatever.
But you are not a political naïve.
Eliminating or drastically reducing immigration will not
just deprive the U.S. of
talented people by the millions, and hurt the
economy by eliminating the jobs they create. It will
also help anti-black, anti-brown, anti-yellow and
general anti-foreign nastiness, of which we have good
and plenty already.
And please listen to this: If
opposition to immigration grows, some day being a former
Greek will not be a political asset at all. After all,
Greece is in Southern Europe, not what you might call
Nordic or Anglo.
Surely you understand you would
never have been able to enter America as an immigrant if
some of your friends had their way about immigration
before you got off the plane. So what are you saying?
Pull up the gangplank, Jack, I`m aboard? That is not
very good for a healthy inner spirit.
There may be other Greek-Americans
who say after me lock the doors, but I have not met any.
Greeks not only brought endeavor and brains to this
country but they brought
kinsmen who did the same.
Talk to Nicholas Gage, who wrote
that classic book "Eleni," about hunting for the
Greek Communist killers of his mother. His father
brought him to America—and about 100 others from their
village. Among them, over the last three decades, they
have created about 5,000 jobs.
Arianna, must you pick as your role
models the narrowest-minded conservatives? Why not
Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett, Rudy
Dick Armey, the House majority leader, and
other conservatives who understand the importance of
immigrants to America?
Now I have cooled down a bit. So,
if you talk and listen to people like that I will
rescind my expulsion order against you.
Just a few words, no more needed,
about that British-born immigrant—Peter Brimelow is his
name, I remember now. His book is much too farbissen,
my mother`s Yiddish word for embittered, to be of value.
Save time and money by reading instead Ira Glasser`s
in The Times of June 16 about his racism—a
masterpiece of intellectual demolition.
That British immigrant really must
go home. Mercy extends just so far.