As you know by now I am an immigrant. I left Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 on December 2, 1956 and walked across the "Iron Curtain" into friendly Austria. After spending a long but memory-filled two years in Vienna and the Salzkammergut region of Austria I was finally able to come to America, the land of opportunity, where the streets are paved with gold. I was sponsored by my relatives: two of my father's sisters and an uncle, Frank Padar. Without this sponsorship I would not have been able to emmigrate to this country. There was a quota system in place at the time, restricting immigration to every country's citizens. Due to the revolution the quota for Hungarians was filled and only blood-relatives of American citizens were allowed to immigrate into the US.
One of my ants took me on a job interview after about two months of leasure and I took a full-time job as stock clerk in a drug store called Doan's on State Street in Ithaca, New York. My salary was a dollar an hour and I worked six days a week. It was here that I met my future mother-in-law. My son, Stephan, was born in 1962. The marriage didn't last long and I kept working. At one point I was employed in three different places; full-time in a factory and part-time in a drug store and a small grocery store on the campus of Cornell University. The union at the factory went on strike for a week and the next time I was not working was in 2001, when I retired after 36 years in the computer industry. I learned English rapidly, as it was easier than teaching everybody else Hungarian. In the process I became a proud American. Proud of my new country in which freedom reigned, a definite opposite of life under Communism in Hungary. Doors to homes were seldom locked and one could park the car on the streets of Ithaca with belongings in plain sight, doors unlocked. These, in my opinion, are what separated us from the so-called third-world countries. Even in Hungary at the time thieves lurked everywhere in public places. You couldn't leave your belongings behind while you went swimming in a public pool in Budapest. Italy has been infamous for thievery even back then. One specific example was related to me by a Hungarian, who drove to Italy on his vacation. At that time the amount of cash he (and others) could take with him was not enough to eat out, so he bought groceries in Hungary and packed them in the trunk of his car. During the second night of his vacation his car burglarized and the trunk was emptied, forcing him to terminate his vacation prematurely. In the streets of large cities in South America hooligans would tear gold necklaces right off the necks of tourists. In the fifties-America this was non-existant. I am convinced that I have seen my country at its best back then. Things are much much worse now and "the good old days" are gone, never to be seen again.
In the years since the media, television and the movies in particular, has shaped the morals of this country. In the fifties we watched (and enjoyed) too-romantic, antiseptic, unrealistic programming with TV shows like "Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Andy Griffith Show, etc. which depicted life as I knew it growing up (my father wore a tie even if he never left the apartment and my mother always wore a dress, even at home), but, I am guessing, I was in the minority in BOTH countries.
The the sexual revolution happened and HBO was introduced to cable watchers. Neither of my parents, nor any of my other relatives, had ever used foul language in my presence. The first time I watched a movie with foul language on HBO I changed the channel. It offended me and couldn't watch it in front of Mary. Sadly, as time went on, I became "used" to it. It still makes me cringe and don't like it and I still don't use it myself, not even among buddies. Back to the "revolution", while watching the movies on HBO you could sense which women would appear naked. Truth be told, I liked the nudity. A well-shaped female body is beautiful, clothed or not. These movies, in my opinion, were responsible for increased teen pregnancy and a "love 'em and leave 'em" attitude and it was the beginning of not taking responsibility for your own actions that is so prevalant today. Shotgun weddings became obsolete and men no longer felt a duty to marry the female they impregnated.
Next came violence. Mind you, violence was always present in the history of this country. In the old western TV shows, like Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, etc. good always won over bad. This is not the case anymore. Graphic violence is not necessary and I believe it fosters acceptance.
Acceptance of homosexuality was next and now that the closets are empty we revere these people. |I guess the only good thing about this is that since they can't procreate, there are more children being adopted than ever before, but don't get me started on THAT!!|
How To Destroy America
We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. In mid-June 2005 there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America.
The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."
"Here is how they do it," Lamm said: "First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset , put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims."
Lamm went on: "Second, to destroy America , invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds."
"Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.' Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."
"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."
"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'victimology'. I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority placation."
"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. ‘E Pluribus Unum’ -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum', we will ‘Balkanize’ America as surely as Kosovo."
"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-cultum, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology', I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book 'Mexifornia'. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."
There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America. Take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book ‘1984’. In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: ‘War is peace’, ‘Freedom is slavery’, and ‘Ignorance is strength’.”
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.