In the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed; “I stand for straight Americanism unconditioned and unqualified, and I stand against every form of hyphenated Americanism.”
America was originally settled by light skinned European Caucasians in the late 1700s. They brought their existing values and customs with them and adapted to their new environment. Ethnicities immigrating into this new land assimilated its customs and blended into the majority Caucasian population. Newly arrived immigrants were “Proud to be American.” Voluntary assimilation helped create an America that became the envy of other nations.
America’s survival was tested by an armed conflict between the country’s Northern and Southern regions. It survived and lingering aspects of this regional conflict have not lessened America’s overall pride. It continues to thrive after two World Wars and the societal upheavals of the tumultuous decade of the 1960s.
Our country’s cohesiveness is being tested by has various groupings of hyphenated Americans. African Americans are our principal hyphenated group. Although only 13 % of our population, they receive the overwhelming majority of media attention.
The Leftist establishment’s promotion of diversity conflicts with the tribal nature of human beings. But the Left and its media assume they can force diversity on a resistant public. Essentially the public is already rejecting diversity. Consider the example of Freedom, Georgia, a newly established town about two hours South of Atlanta. Freedom is an all Black town created by blacks supposedly to get away from White racism. But this voluntary re-segregation by blacks involves much more than moving away from Whites.
I maintain it is the beginning of a trend by blacks to develop their own towns. Blacks and whites both prefer living with and associating with their own ethnic group. We’ve already experienced separate black and white neighborhoods within the same city. This all-Black town of Freedom, Georgia, simply takes separate neighborhoods to the next level.
The United States is already characterized by diversity in its current population as well as its ethnic and racial ancestry. Continual immigration, from the 1800s onward, formed groupings of foreign-born persons unmatched by any other nation. Many were driven, seeking escape from political or economic hardship, while others were drawn by a demand for work. Until fairly recently, most assimilated American values and customs.
The overly indulgent immigration policies of the Biden administration encourages immigration without assimilation and has greatly increased the number of hyphenated Americans. But although this group enjoys the perquisites of citizenship, they don’t feel pride for our country. Indeed, a recent opinion poll indicated that if America was attacked 38 % would leave.
Our politicians create clever political language (spin) to alter public opinions. Social justice is their current fashionable panacea. It involves a distribution of economic and social opportunities especially for marginalized groups. The Far-Left talks about “fairness” and scrupulously avoids the term “equality”.
Many of our younger citizens view America’s capitalism unfavorably and lean towards socialism. We should be concerned about young America’s enthusiasm for socialism. In fact, the organization “Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) “has well over 100 chapters in America. These youthful socialist are well-covered by news media. But two important cable news broadcasters were recently terminated by Fox News : Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs.
After graduating from Hartford’s Trinity College in 1991, the Young Tucker Carlson spent some time as a print journalist, his conservative views already apparent. Carlson also had stints with various televised news outlets including CNN, PBS, MSNBC and finally in 2009, Fox News. Carlson began his own Fox News program in 2016 and it became the highest-rated cable news program in prime time. As the last week in April 2023 began, Carlson was terminated for unrevealed reasons.
I was watching Lou Dobbs long before I watched Tucker Carlson. Dobbs was also terminated by Fox for unrevealed reasons. Like Carlson, Dobbs was an outspoken Conservative commentator and staunch Trump supporter. Before joining Fox News, Dobbs like Carlson, was part of CNN’s news team. The outspoken Dobbs didn’t mince words in his reporting and often offended the subjects of his reports.
Lou Dobbs is castigated for opposing immigration but he does so because immigrants refuse to assimilate. He opposes racism but objects to its characterization as “systemic.” That opinion, shared by many Americans, caused the Southern Poverty Law Center to describe Dobbs as a racist. Lou Dobbs not only opposes far-left opinions but insists that they harm our society. He currently hosts The Great America Show radio podcast and his news show can be found on the Internet.
The Biden Administration has been accused of de facto socialism. It uses the euphemism “equity” to mean equal outcomes rather than equal opportunity. Consider the administration’s new executive order regarding the housing market. Financially solvent home buyers will pay more for their mortgages to subsidize buyers with poor credit - another indication that the Biden administration is becoming a Marxist-Leninist entity
But weak, inept opposition from complaisant Republicans mustn’t be overlooked. It would be highly unlikely for a failed president like Joe Biden to be re-elected to a second term. However elections have been stolen and there are strong suspicions that voting fraud decided the 2020 presidential election.
But even if Biden is not reelected, he could do great damage to our way of life before his current term ends. So we’ve lost Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs at a bad time.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.