Exactly seven years ago, on
If you graduated from college in the late 1960s to 1970s, you will remember that many of your fellow grads quickly learned that their four years of college had little value in the job market unless they`d gotten their degrees in science or engineering. Thanks to the record numbers of new college grads looking for their first jobs as a result of the post World War II Baby Boom, Bachelors degrees in history, English, foreign languages or other arts subjects were as common as dirt and just about that helpful.
Many a baby boomer with a Bachelor of Arts found himself working as a waiter or shoe salesman with no prospect of utilizing his college education anytime soon.
There were of course some exceptions in this bleak
Proponents claimed that this new curriculum would be more effective in encouraging assimilation, while at the same time alleviating the stress children would feel about being "different". As a result, if you happened to be a new college grad with a degree in Spanish, a job was yours for the asking.
My late wife Ellen, in her last semester of college in
the fall of 1970, was one of the many undergrads
facing the reality that her B.A. in Spanish was
unlikely to lead to paying employment. But suddenly
Boston schools needed Spanish speaking teachers by
the dozens—and needed them
So off to work
she went at a
public school named for a
Puerto Rican composer, run by a principal from
As the grandchild of immigrants Ellen was excited at the
prospect of helping
immigrant children become English-speaking Americans,
continuing the tradition that had enabled her immigrant
family (and mine) to take full advantage of the
opportunities available in
It didn`t take long for Ellen to be disappointed. She soon learned that the true purpose of the program was not to teach the kids to become English speakers and not to help them to assimilate into American society. The intent of the staff and the program was quite the opposite: to prevent the teaching of English and maintain the non-American identities of the children.
At the outset, Ellen had actually tried to teach her kids English. But she was firmly put in her place, being told that "the private foundation funding this `experiment` [does] not want any deviation from the Spanish-only curriculum". She would comply or leave.
After three semesters of watching her kids being
directed to perpetual isolation and minority status as a
result of this program, she found a job in
Cleveland where the private foundation behind
(An interesting part of her
Well, this was 1971. We just thought this program was an
isolated example of a few crazies at the education
department at one of
However, hindsight has shown that, as Cold War diplomat Dean Acheson entitled his memoirs, we were "Present at the Creation". What we were witnessing was the creation of a radically new and different political order. This was among the first implementations of what we now recognize has been a decades-long strategy, a "Long March" to create an America radically different from the one that had existed before. The goal was to destroy the American melting pot and weaken American national identity by splintering the nation in as many ways as possible; by ethnicity, by religion, by national origin, by language, by degree of democratic heritage or the lack of it.
And all this was done under the radar—without a vote of the American people.
In the thirty-six years since
Thus we have second and third generation
In the disUnited States of today, we have second generation Moslem immigrants who express approval of the mass murder of almost three thousand Americans by their Moslem co-religionists, and who demand that Americans` First Amendment rights be curtailed to prevent "insults" to a person who is their prophet but no one else`s.
Millions of aliens
voluntarily come to the
They believe it is their right to retain their language to the exclusion of English. They demand and receive election ballots in their languages, as well as driver`s license manuals and testing; and public education, in languages other than English extolling the virtues of their cultures, nations and even their religions over any known in the United States prior to Ted Kennedy`s opening the floodgates of unrestricted immigration in 1965.
Thirty-seven years after
And Republican nominee John McCain attempts to legitimize the linguistic balkanization of America by exalting the fact that Spanish was spoken in his home state of Arizona before English—neglecting to mention the fact that the people who spoke Spanish were a minuscule number of Europeans who had no racial or ethnic connection with the descendants of Mexican and Central American Indian peoples who are now invading us.
Certainly, back in 1971 neither Ellen nor I understood that we were Present at the Creation. But creation implies destruction of what formerly was.
And now we all are witness to the
destruction of America as it was—and its re-creation
according to the designs of that private foundation