Two interesting posts
January 26, 2016
I wanted to call attention to two blog posts by Science Fiction author Sarah Hoyt. If you’re not familiar with her, she’s a naturalized (and fanatical) citizen of the U. S. A. originally from Portugal.
In this one she’s reflecting on experiences in her native land and how they relate to current events here.
People were angry. They were upset about their kids being indoctrinated in the schools. they were pissed over mandated prices, mandated salaries and massive government interference AND the attendant financial crisis. So–
People were ripe to pick a government that interfered less with private rights. Now keep in mind that the furthest right Portugal would go (then or now) is social democrat. But people were pissed and primed enough to give the social democrats a landslide victory.
Only none of the social democrat candidates were saying QUITE what people wanted to hear. They certainly weren’t reflecting people’s anger at them, and weren’t calling out the press which was pulling things left.
Mind you, of course, if they’d come out and said something against the press, the press wouldn’t have reported it, and if they’d come out… oh, against rent controls, say, they would have been called insane and destroyed.
And then this man showed up, running for one of two Social democrat parties. He was fearless. He said all the things people wanted to say that no one dared say. He said them, and he got away with it. I remember one pivotal scene, in which his demonstration was invaded by extreme left hecklers and he called them out. He asked who sent them, he yelled that they were clearly paid, look at how they’d all arrived in a bus.
People cheered. There were some rumors that in his previous career, as an army officer, he’d been a left-socialist. We didn’t believe it. He said he’d had a change of heart. He stood for the things people wanted someone to stand for.
So he won in a landslide. And he got in power. And the press switched immediately to fawning. He governed as a left-socialist. Decision after decision, was what a left socialist would make. And the press fawned on him, his private life, his upright nature.
And there we come to the walking pneumonia that’s killing our country.
It’s taught in our schools. It’s the church our elites pray at. It’s what every immigrant imbibes from day one. He’s asked where he comes from and encouraged to say how his land is better than America.
It takes a stubborn and determined person to hold off against the temptation to let memory and homesickness gild the place they came from with all virtues. And it takes even more determination to acculturate despite the pressure NOT to.
I’m a stubborn cuss. I have will power to spare. Even so it was difficult and painful to adapt to a new way of living, of thinking, to a new language, to a new frame of cultural reference. In a way it was like dying a little.
No one will do it without incentive, and we give them no incentive.
Our problem is not immigration. It’s that most of these people never immigrate. They just come over and live here, and take advantage of our systems, but they remain loyal to “back home” and never think of themselves as Americans.
Both of these are worth reading.