The Obligation of Assimilation

For the record, I am not taking a position on whether or not change was needed in Egypt–that’s not my point. My point is simply we as a mass society didn’t even used to look that way (to the Middle East and other conflicted nations) and while we slept, problems and issues had 30 years to fester. Suddenly now what was on the back burner has had its flame increased and people are rising up to change their world.

The Middle East is filled with angry, unhappy people who have tolerated blind and deaf governments for too long. Now as these citizens observe the “Egypt-template” of February 2011 they say, “Well, well–that seemed to work pretty neatly … and quickly.” How likely are copycat performances of this historic event prone to be? Those that take place on foreign soil in the name of democracy I applaud. Man’s want to be free should be global but what about here at home?

Why Are You Here?

Today in America, there are a lot of factions of people who choose to maintain loyalty to the lands from which they came in preference to the USA. They have neglected to inherit the “melting pot” philosophy we were all taught in school years ago. How you put your heritage into the pot and stir. How your allegiance to your people can remain strong, but your support of the country that you live, work and raise your family in must be impenetrable.

When I watch today’s non-conformist and rebellious immigrants protest and burn this country’s flag, the paradox of knowing that only in this nation are such people free to demonstrate this way makes my head throb. This liberty they have is thrown in Uncle Sam’s face. The things they honor and hold dear are not of this nation. It begs the question then; “Why are you here?”

Melting Into Americans

My ancestors were all Italian. You know us. We appear on the cover of pizza boxes and spaghetti sauce jars with a big gut and handlebar mustache. Our brawling Irish brothers and sisters arrived here too and they take a lot of teasing on March 17th when their corned beef and cabbage are washed down with green-tinted beer. Polish, German, Scottish, Swedish, Hungarian–all of our relatives came here and winked at their flaws, held onto their traditions, and then gladly shared them with their new friends from all over the world.

We were under one roof. There was a sense of “family.” We didn’t demand that this country become more like us, we were honored that the people of this country allowed us to be more like them. But this habit now seems to be passé. As I said, there are people who demonstrate angrily on American soil and the irony is that if they were anywhere else, they would not have the right to even entertain that privilege.

So now here we are. Egyptians have now shown the world a new method of operation to achieving a passionate goal. I believe that such methods should indeed be utilized in resistance to tyrannical governments that lack civilized methods of proposing and objecting to the laws of the land. But I don’t believe such demonstrations belong on American soil.

If you are an American citizen, you need to respect the manner in which the founding fathers set up the boundaries of becoming part of “us” and allowing for a civil manner in which to question and challenge those beliefs. For me it isn’t enough to be in America, you have to become an American. So in sum, it is as simple as this: The privilege of membership carries with it the obligation of assimilation. What do you think? Am I out of line here?

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4 comments on “The Obligation of Assimilation

  1. Gloria De La Cruz-Sandoval on said:

    Well said, well said. I too believe being here is just not enough. It’s what we do with the privilege afforded us by those who walked before us. I am an American, of Mexican, Spanish and Indian descent who stands proudly saying; “My country tis’ of thee….One Nation under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.” My Parents and Grandparetns taught me this.

  2. johnny davis on said:

    I think this is a wonderful article. I am PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! I would not want to live in any other nation. Land of the free, home of the brave. It is ok to agree to disagree on matters, this is what makes America great. Its high time for all to take personal accountability for their actions. Quit counting on entitlements and bailouts, get out and make things happen. God, country, and family. We began with one nation under God and at the moment are trying to push him out of every aspect, but in the end, we will end one nation under God.

  3. Ed Farnan on said:

    Well written…We will not know what is going to emerge from Egypt until the process is complete. What disturbs me is that there is another rally today in Tahir Square. The main speaker is the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, the really only organized political faction in Egypt. We could have an Islamic Caliphate come into being, armed with the most advanced weapons America could supply…..But anyone who has been to Egypt could pretty much tell the place was close to a crisis. Thousands of unemployed young men loitering everywhere with nothing but time on their hands, something like this was bound to happen.

  4. Jim Henderson on said:

    I could not agree more. I am proud but more so thankful to be an American. I would ask also if any other nation would acquiesce to
    the language of another country as we have. The King’s English is
    fading fast.

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