You know, when someone you feel you should not approve of because of their extremist values says something, or rather a few things, that actually make sense to you?
It’s disturbing, isn’t it, to silently have to agree that you agree with an extremist, especially if your lifelong motto has always been “Everything in moderation”.
Now, of course, as most people who suffer this quandary do, I could have privately accepted this moral conflict, told no one and sloughed the whole experience off as a bad hair day…but that is just not my style, I’m afraid. I feel better when I tell the whole world my failings, as if to do so will absolve me from them, like some sort of global Catholic confessional would. Geez, has MsBurb got issues or what, huh?
This last time I could not ignore my enthusiastic agreement with one of America’s foremost politically UNcorrect editorialists, Ann Coulter.
Yeah, yeah, I know, stop sighing and do NOT “X” out B3…just humour me for a sec, will ya!
This “agreement” didn’t come all at once, but over the last 2-3 years, as I have witnessed in Canada what I know Ann has been speaking of for some time in the U.S.
The tsunami which is 3rd world immigration to North America.
I whole-heartedly agree that North America – Canada & The U.S. – became what it is today from the toil and strain of millions of immigrants over many decades, and our ancestors from countries all over the civilized world, many war-torn refugees of two world wars, were extremely grateful to be adopted into these two countries and showed that gratefulness but working the land, building communities, investing their heart and soul into the country which had taken a risk in adopting them as new citizens.
And, by and large, the “unwashed masses” of old paid off countless dividends to Canada and the U.S., by their proud assimilation into their new homeland, giving the children of the future – us – such a bright and prosperous one.
No argument there from MsBurb.
But the thankful war torn refugee of old, who eagerly wanted to assimilate and “become” as American as they could – in language and custom – is not the immigrant of today, and Ann is just gutsy enough to publicly admit it!
With the world wars over and most of the civilized world repaired and prospering for many decades since, we no longer see immigrants who are well educated, raised by refined families, more than willing to give back three fold what Canada and the U.S. initially gave them, which was a chance to make a new home in a free land.
So, no longer do we see immigrants in great numbers from Europe and other civilized continents; what we now are inundated with is the flotsam of the developing countries, yes, often from war-torn locales in the Middle East and Africa and from the stifling communist regimes in Asia.
I am NOT talking about the educated immigrants coming over here to experience our way of Life. I am talking about those people who have heard from their countless relatives that if you come to Canada and the U.S., you can rape our social systems of benefits even native born North Americans are not offered, refuse to learn our national tongue, refuse to assimilate into our customs, style of dress, or civilized way of treating others, and milk our systems for all they’re worth, sending the proceeds back to their countries of origin, all the while thumbing their noses at us, the native born Canadians and Americans.
This new brand of immigrant is not well raised nor well educated, and instead of mingling with the rest of us and adopting our American ways, they huddle together and create miniature facsimiles of their former countries, never for one minute ever desiring to become one of us or to invest in our country and what we stand for as a people.
This is the new immigrant of today, my friend, and I and Ann are not happy about it!
(Watch the hate-mail fly to MsBurb now!)
For me personally, the real bad news started with Calgary hosting the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. I warned everyone back then that all this would do would be to tell the world what a jewel of a place we have here and the whole world will show up wanting a permanent piece. Nobody listened to me back then; they were too hyped about having the games…blah, blah, blah…
Guess what B3ers, old MsBurb was right all along, and after 1988, a slow but steady trickle of the 3rd world immigrant began.
The death knell of late was when the U.S.economy bottomed out in the last few years and the Gulf Wars artificially increased the worth of a barrel of oil. And Calgary, being the oil hub of Canada felt an economic boom, and with it, the global rumour mill began to churn that this country, and this city, was and is the place to go to cash in on your own pot of gold, as it were.
Rumours and riches by themselves will not be the downfall of a country, nor a city for that matter, unless that country’s immigration policies are so lax that bin Laden himself could land at Toronto International Airport and have his passport stamped with a Canadian seal of approval even if Osama’s occupation read “Terrorist”.
Sometimes, when I’m especially paranoid, I almost think that Canada has a special place in its heart for terrorists, and when they can’t find those guys to welcome as new citizens, they then put a call out to the lowest form of Life they can find on the planet and accept them into this country in bulk, like Costco buys colour TVs!
All these slowly unfolding events have been generally overlooked by Mr. & Mrs. Middle America because we have always encouraged our global reputation as a humanitarian continent, accepting rather than rejecting the world’s down-trodden. An endearing and refined civilized, even positive behaviour when it came to the war-torn refugees of Europe, but a down right dangerous behaviour when it comes to dealing with this new form of immigrant.
Today’s immigrant comes to America arrogant and cock sure, imperious in what they expect to receive from our governments and damned if they ever intend on paying our countries back by working hard, paying their taxes, assimilating our language or our customs or investing in our communities. Today’s immigrant does not care one iota for us or our land, or as it turns out, even our laws, often coming over here, and transplanting factions of their home drug cartels, committing heinous crimes, knowing full well that even being convicted of said probably will not buy them a deportation ticket out of here back to their country of origin.
YES, MsBurb KNOWS that there are exceptions to these overt generalizations she is asserting here, and for those few who do come here with every intention of making the most out of the opportunity we provide, I definitely welcome those hard workers here in a heart beat…but these hard-working, grateful immigrants are now the exceptions and not the norm, and it’s this norm that keeps me, and Ms. Coulter, awake at night.
Do Canada and the U.S. Immigration Services have any rules they enforce on today’s immigrant? ‘Cause in case they don’t, and I’m beginning to believe they don’t, MsBurb has a few she would like to slap on the negotiation table…
The new immigrant MUST take English classes and MUST pass a test for minimum fluency BEFORE citizenship is granted. (If it was “de rigueur” for our immigrant ancestors of old, it’s damn necessary for the immigrant of new if ya ask me!)
While out in public, a certain type of North American dress is necessary. (And no, blazers over saris and unwashed turbans do not count!)
The new immigrant MUST take civility classes in socially acceptable behaviour BEFORE citizenship is granted. (And no, purposely talking at an obscene decibel level, bumping people in lines, eating with your fingers, spitting on the ground or talking in your native tongue when you KNOW only English is acceptable are no-go's over here!)
Whatever financial benefits are offered to the new immigrant CANNOT be wired “home” to their 1000 our relatives and proof of expenditure of those benefits IN Canada MUST be offered every year in your Income Tax Return, you know, the one you MUST fill out every year as a North American…hint, hint!
Some kind of in-kind investment must be offered and made by each new immigrant BEFORE citizenship is granted. (Examples: a) working a minimum of two years in our Arctic North, rather than down south; or b) serve a minimum two years in our military; or c) volunteering for any social services (food banks, outreach kitchens, parks and highways clean-up, etc.) for a minimum 3 years before full citizenship is offered.
Yes, these requirements may seem harsh but they are actually a walk in the park compared to the toil and strain our forefathers endured as payment for acceptance into America, and to me, the above points just seem like common sense.
IF Canada and the U.S. I.N.S. adopted such legislation, the ill-educated, ungrateful, and unwilling to assimilate immigrant of the today would decrease to a trickle, a trickle we could manage, unlike the cultural tsunami disaster both our countries are experiencing right now.
“The” war, our war, is NOT on Terrorism my fellow B3er, it’s on 3rd World Immigration and we had better face up to fighting it sooner than later if we as a continent don’t want to be swallowed whole by the dregs of society. Not nice, not PC, but our reality, my fellow North American, whether you publicly want admit it to your self or not.
You say MsBurb is being narrow-minded and harsh to the extreme, well, I told ya I hated to admit it, but Ann is right…and so am I.