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A key element seemed to be glossed over in James Antle’s article on immigration: assimilation. Whereas previous waves of immigrants aspired to become Americans, the current crop, millions strong, seem to vow to remain Mexicans while living and working here.
What’s worse, we’re making it easy for them. When was the last time you saw a government form that was not also offered in Spanish? They have their newspapers and magazines. My basic cable system includes three Spanish channels. My public library includes Spanish films and dubbed DVDs. Retailers, sensing extra sales potential, have latched onto the bilingual strategy. A checkout clerk at Wal-Mart recently called me senor!
Just as water always runs downhill, people tend to take the easier routes in life. All the above are disincentives to learning English. Bilingual education courses have proven to be utter failures in producing English-speaking students.p>Think about that the next time you have to “Press 1 for English.” br> — Gary Long /p> p> W. James Antle III speaks of possible problems if Tancredo runs an illegal-immigration-campaign for the presidency. He says, “Tancredo risks relieving the frontrunners — who already don’t seem too concerned about what restrictionists think of them — of any need to appeal to his constituency.” This argument is tantamount to saying that if illegal immigration doesn’t matter then it doesn’t matter, so why run. So if illegal immigration is of no real concern, then why should Antle or anyone else fret over a campaign that is sure to go nowhere? No, it’s better if Tancredo does run. If he does well, he will force the so-called frontrunners to speak about the issue and this is precisely why Tancredo is doing it. If he does not do well, then the frontrunners’ “non-issue” will still be a non-issue. Thus, Tancredo has nothing to lose and possibly much to gain. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?