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America The Melting Pot

July 28, 2006 by

America – the “melting pot�? of nations – we were called in the heyday of immigration. The melting pot may be pictured as the giant crucible of competition, heated by the flame of capitalism – that made the steel of the American temperament. Those poor “huddled masses�? of the early 1900′s that Emma Lazarus addresses in her poem (on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty) became strong, independent, liberty lovers once they dreamed the American Dream. And even today when Liberty is somewhat hobbled, it continues.

My and my wife walk in a new restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama. I notice that most of the kitchen and service help are short, dark-skinned, almond-eyed folks. The women, I’m thinking to myself – not loudly enough for my wife to hear – are quite pretty. Are they Mexican, Central American, African?

I grab one of the short, exotic waitresses. Well, I don’t really grab her. I just shout, “MAM�?! I interrogate her using my special, innovative linguistic technique which omits adjectives, articles, and multi syllabled words. This results in “country which one?” instead of “what is your nationality?�? Due to my linguistic skills, we can dialogue: me and this exotic. Incredible, what I learned. This new American is from a land called Nepal. A most difficult land in which to make a living. Crunched Between China and India and elevated by the Himalayas, it is mainly known to us Kipling lovers as a recruiting field for “Gurkhas�?. Fierce fighters – “soldiers of the Queen�? who laughed at rifles and specialized in a short, curved sword. The British Army was steeled with Gurkha regiments from the late 19th Century to now. Recruiting British Grenadiers was a snap because making a living in Nepal was not as easy as serving customers for tips in a Huntsville, Alabama restaurant. Yes, there is farmland, but most of it was vertical. Soldiering was and is an honorable, ancestral profession to male Nepalese.

They tell a World War II tale wherein the Brits tried to recruit an all-Gurkha Paratroop battalion, but to the amazement of the British officers, only about a third of the dark, swarthy fighters stepped up to volunteer. Disappointed, the officers elaborated on the strength of the parachute, etc., etc. “Oh, there’s a parachute�? – the entire battalion chuckled and shouted with glee and stepped forward.

How the world has broadened. Now a Nepalese girl who plans on a management degree from the University of North Alabama brings me my iced tea. I said “good, good�? several times and I tipped her extravagantly. And as she walked away I inspected her carefully to make sure a short, curved sword wasn’t slung over her back.

America – the melting pot – now more than ever.


IllegalImmigrationIntroduction July 29, 2006 at 12:23 am

Due to “multiculturalism”, America hasn’t been a melting pot for decades. Perhaps instead of Alabama you should travel to Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles or even parts of Iowa and see if you see much evidence of “melting”.

See, for instance, this.

Or, consider this quote: “We’re in a state [Kentucky] where there’s nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It’s clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico – everyone thinks like in Mexico. California’s broken.”

banker July 29, 2006 at 12:37 am

So “IllegalImmigrationIntroduction” posts an article that claims Latin women are sluts? Miami and etc are a horrible places because Latin women are sluts?

Miami’s unemployment rate is 3.2% (vs Kentucky 5.8%). Even for government statistics that is pretty good. I think this is all I will say about that point.

Is this how conservatives think these days? No wonder they want to exterminate all Muslims off the face of the planet or round up millions of human beings like cattle and dump them across the border. I would rather vote for socialist Democrats than fascist Republicans.

Bill July 29, 2006 at 8:51 am

Good and Sad:

Good that this country opens itself up to foreign folks who in total improve the culture and living standards of this country.

Sad that her own land is controlled by the socialist scum in the governments of China and India. Unfortunately government always increases and bad government increases in power faster than not so bad government.

banker July 29, 2006 at 9:14 am

Good point Bill. Maybe people should take the time to wonder what would posses a person to leave everything behind in their home country to come here with nothing but the clothes on their backs. New culture, language, and way of doing things are things that new immigrants have to get used to very quickly.

Ah, yes. People leave everything behind so they can live off of welfare…..

Dan Mahoney July 29, 2006 at 2:30 pm

Banker, you are an idiot. Nowhere in this
article is the word “slut” used. What’s wrong?
You don’t like the facts so you engage in

banker July 29, 2006 at 3:46 pm

The NRO article that is linked in the first comment talks about single mothers and other such garbage about latin women.

“Talk to any social worker and she will tell you that illegitimacy has become completely normalized among her Hispanic clients. ” – so how else to interpret this other than this person thinks Latin women are promiscuous and end up single mothers. Isn’t that pretty close to being called sluts by definition?

Implicating this kind of material is the fastest way to piss somebody off. Why don’t you fly down to Miami and start telling people to read this article and preach the holy sermon…?

And it is the same thing with calling all Muslims terrorists. Calling everyone man, woman and child who follows Islam violent people. Whatever happened to individuality and treating people with some dignity like they deserve?

I won’t bother posting with regards to the first post again. This just rubs me the wrong way.

Dan Mahoney July 29, 2006 at 7:25 pm

Bankrupt, my original assessment of you has
proved utterly correct.

Dan Mahoney July 30, 2006 at 7:37 am

On the contributions of Cubans to Miami, see


TGGP August 1, 2006 at 10:05 pm

To be fair, someone decrying illegitimacy could be advocating the use of birth control or social pressure toward “shotgun marriages” (although I suppose afterward they would no longer be “sluts”), rather than complaining about sluttiness per se. Furthermore, while you complain about someone lumping “all Hispanics” together, the quote clearly singles out the clients of a social worker, whom one would assume have more personal problems than the average Hispanic.

ted roberts August 2, 2006 at 11:45 am

I don’t get it. These comments don’t seem to have any relevance to my observation re Nepalese workers in a restaurant. I was simply commenting how exotic our immigrants have become – and adding a bit of color about these people who live on mountains peaks. ted

M E Hoffer August 2, 2006 at 11:57 am


you know it.

it’s proven to be quite Rorschach test.

Roger M August 2, 2006 at 12:08 pm

I saw an interview with a British writer by Bill Moyers on Now last week about immigration in Europe and the latest problems the Dutch, French and British have had. The writer said the rest of the world looks to the US as the model for handling immigration.

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