This gem of intolerance showed up in the paper today, titled “Americans push back.” It’s a flying-spittle response to my letter two days ago, more or less confirming my suggestion that immigrants are the scapegoat du jour for scared white Americans. Can you imagine?! Uppity Mexicans and indigenous people wanting their country back?! Immigrants wanting to speak their own languages and practice their own traditions?!
We really were better than this.
— Jacques d’Nalgar, Wednesday, August 17 2016 CE
[Jacques d’Nalgar]’s letter of Aug. 15 was a rant about how horrible America has become. His final paragraphs said “America, once upon a time, we were a beacon of hope and hospitality for the strange[r], the refugee, the suffering child.” “America, we use to be better than this.” True but that was when people came here to become Americans. They came to assimilate. They did not come to turn America into the garbage dump they left like the Muslims are. They did not come and establish their own court systems based on their religion and insist that Americans adhere to their demands or die. They did not come and insist that part of America is, in fact, part of their old country as the Mexicans are doing in California.
This push back against immigrants has been brought about by the immigrants themselves. They come here demanding free housing, medical care, welfare and that we, true Americans, revise our traditions and country to meet their demands. The national anthem is offensive; the Pledge of Allegiance is forced assimilation.
This is America and if you don’t want to be a part of our country as an American with our traditions, then go home. This is an attitude developed by hardworking Americans as a push back against ungrateful immigrants who did not want to stay in the hell holes they came from and only want to remake America into what they left at our expense.
Robert Freeman Jr.