Losing the Essence of America
May 13, 2011
What have we been doing to ourselves? Why have we set about destroying our once great Republic? Why are we giving up the “glue that held a polyglot population together?” I am talking about the end of our nation as we have known it. First of all, why are we afraid to tell newcomers and foreigners that our nation’s official language is English? Has anybody ever questioned why being politically correct is so important? Does it make sense to give up our freedom and our way of life in order to be politically correct?
And what is being politically correct? Do you remember back in the late 50s and throughout the 60s there were people extolling any broadcaster or spokesman of any stripe for telling it like it is? Here is a quote from the Los Angeles Times written in 1968. It is from a lengthy opinion piece about a new format in radio called telephone talk. “Bob Grant is another one of the verbal provocateurs who has been successful because he tells it like it is.”
The legendary Howard Cosell of ABC Monday night football broadcasts, who could never be accused of modesty, false or otherwise, said proudly, “I tell it like it is.” In those days to be considered a person who would tell it like it is was a compliment. And then bit by bit, the left-wing dismantlers of the fabric of American society began outlawing any honest description of anyone’s conduct or speech. It got to the point that you couldn’t even use the term let’s “call a spade a spade.”
There was a secretary of agriculture who said his department did not discriminate against anyone and said, “We have hired crippled people.” He had to resign even though he was proud of his agency’s hiring record. If a person wanted to describe a person with a physical problem such as a limp due to one leg being damaged, you could not refer to that person as being crippled. Nowadays, they are referred to as physically challenged. I don’t want to belabor the point, but it has gotten so bad that it makes many people afraid to speak honestly no matter how well intentioned they are.
We are afraid to stand up and proudly say English is our language. In Miami, Florida the other night, there was a debate among three candidates running for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Even though the election is being held in an American city, the debate was conducted in Spanish, not English. Every corporation prints instructions on the use of their products in both English and Spanish. When you make a call, the voice at the other end says “Press one for English; press two for Spanish.” At every American hospital there are instructions for the use of at least 40 or 50 different languages which must be provided at a huge cost to the facility.
The same thing goes for our so-called criminal justice system, where at considerable cost we must provide a translator for whatever language the accused or complainant would require. Urdu anyone? When did we decide that the melting pot was to be thrown out? Who made the decision that the United States of America was no longer an independent nation in which the people are called Americans? Did you know there are some places in California, and wouldn&38217;t you know it would be California, where flying any flag, including the flag of the United States, is not permitted? The reason for that is somewhat vague, but it seems to have to do with the belief that we should be so politically correct even the stars and stripes might offend some people’s sensibilities.
Our ancestors came here for the better way of life and opportunities available in America. They wanted to be Americans, not anything else. They did their best to learn English and, along the way, provided a better life for themselves and their children. What would our first president, George Washington, or for that matter, the great composer, George M. Cohan, think if they were to come back and see the changes in America today?
My friends, this used to be the United States of America, but now it is only a geographic location where we live.