Has anyone looked to see what the ‘Originals’ thought

What next?

What next?

The American people continue to be involved in a long-overdue national discussion of immigration. And yet, during the debate over the immigration bill that recently died in the Senate, I do not recall hearing the views of the Founding Fathers — even if only out of curiosity — considered, pursued or even raised.
Contrary to what most Americans may believe, in fact, the Founding Fathers were by and large skeptical of immigration. If the United States lacked people with particular skills, then the Founders had no objection to attracting them from abroad. But they were convinced that mass immigration would bring social turmoil and political confusion in its wake. Does any of this sound remotely familiar?
 What was likely to happen, according to Thomas Jefferson, was that immigrants would come to America from countries that would have given them no experience living in a free society. They would bring with them the ideas and principles of the governments they left behind –ideas and principles that were often at odds with American liberty.
Hamilton was likewise unconvinced that diversity was a strength. The safety of a republic, according to him, depended “essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment, on a uniformity of principles and habits, on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice, and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.”
He then drew out the implications of this point: “The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”
This is precisely what the notion of ‘America: The Melting Pot’ means. There are a lot of people — especially in academia — who subscribe to the notion that America is really a ‘Tossed Salad’ allowing for each ingredient to be recognized as a part of the whole.
In all openness this is the far left’s version of celebrating diversity in what they refer to as the politically correct way. As for American Age we are still scratching our heads at the notion of changing precisely what America is; futhermore, what America was founded to be. Sure it is fine to celebrate diversity — we’ll go in for chips and salsa or Scotch rocks every day of the week. However, where these radical-nation-changing ideals originate are from those who also want open American borders, open immigration, and non-assimilation.
One should never try to effect change in a nation that is perhaps the best on Earth into what our Founders described brilliantly.
 

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