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Destroy Amerika!

I just got this email from a friend and I just had to post it.

Wherever you stand, please take the time to read this; it ought to scare the pants off you!

We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week 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 Davis Hansen 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

Bi-cultural 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, and Corsicans."

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 multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the n_ce 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 population."

"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 precedent. 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-culturism, 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 Davis Hanson'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.

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barbaatus
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Closing the door to immigrants? Certainly not. But I think we need to make it clear to potential immigrants that if you are going to live in America, you need to be American. My great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland and we assimilated. We don't pretend to be Irish people living in the US. That's the message we need to enforce, I feel. We will welcome you, but you must become one of us. Not the other way around.
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winstonthriller
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Victor Davis Hansen is a neoconservative moonbat who thinks the Iraq War is justified and on the whole a success. Promoting his racist shellback views is akin to pointing to a load of horsehit and saying "Tastes Great!"
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kauko
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what non-sense. typical conservative fear mongering, disgu8ised as reason. America has always been multi-cultural and always been multi-lingual. The homogenity that conservatives imagine is a lie, this never was a homogenous country. We've always been the salad bowl and not the melting pot.
hwynym
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's a great bowl of hogwash. The same litany has been spewed over and over, down through this country's history, about Italians, Asians, Irish and Eastern Europeans, especially Jews.

It's a xenophobic scapegoat ploy that narrow-minded people trot out when they feel that they can't deal with all the change that happens in society. Those of Irish descent are ensconced in every level of power in this country, after they were looked at as a plague that would destry the WASP vision of what America was. The asians are now doctors and businessmen. They've kept much of their culture and language intact while gladly assimilating into the larger society. Same with the Italians and every other immigrant group that has come here.

So it will be with hispanic immigrants. Have you ever watched Telemundo or other spanish-language TV. Almost constantly, they advertise "Ingles sin Barreras", which is a set of audio and print learning tools to teach hispanics English. The great majority of immigrants WANT to learn the language of the country they move to, as it is a way to future prosperity.

One thing that is different between the US and the other countries cited in that article is this: When you move to France, even if you become a citizen, that culture will never accept you as a Frenchman. Same with any other European or asian country. Almost alone among nations, when you gain citizenship here, you are recognized by society at large as an American. Sure there are some who will always call immigrants names based on the country they came from, but by and large - once you're here and a contributing member of society, American society gives you the chance to prove yourself.
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djmadadam
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I suppose I'm preaching to the choir that is your readership by highlighting the fact that the majority of illegal immigration is committed by the lower classes of other societies. They have less education, less individual ability to self-actualize and less mobility within their society of origin let alone the society they've now entered by coming here.

The masses of immigration during the super-industrialization of the U.S. were able to succeed because there were support systems, through both the availability of employment as well as through the communities of others who shared their same national heritages.

It is categorically irresponsible to say that the peoples of the history of U.S. immigration are the example for all future generations of immigrants to follow. It's not the same now as it was then. The demographics have changed, global political climates have changed, industry and commerce have changed, and the population worldwide has overall increased exponentially. Can we assuredly say that all the descendants of the U.S.'s original settlers and great thinking minds have been productive members of this society? The Hilton Family may have accumulated wealth, but Paris is no shining example now, IS SHE?

Wealthy, college-educated Mexicans either stay in Mexico or come to the United States through proper channels and with a specific task in mind. We're also not just talking about Mexicans or even other Latin American peoples here. There are plenty of Canadians, British, Dutch and slews of others here on U.S. soil who are here illegally, and amongst many of those who are here legally they have U.S. citizens who are conspirators, native-born people who are even of contrasting cultural heritages to their immigrant counterparts, who fudge paperwork to make it seem that these immigrants are here performing a vital function in society.

Cultural diversity is an inevitability in a country that was founded upon the individual's right to assert his freedom. One cannot be any more innately individual than to engender the nationality and heritage from which he and his ancestors originate. Wealthier, more educated people born outside the U.S. but living here have already achieved their assimilation through their education, but they still maintain an essence of who they are. Now, generations past the immigration of their great and great-great grandparents, people of various European backgrounds are assimilated as "American".

The impoverished immigrant lacks the ability to navigate and negotiate while he or she is systematically denied access and simultaneously may be afraid to gain that access for whatever are the perceived negative consequences. Have we inspected America's inner cities lately? Have we looked at the Ozarks? I think the same can be safely said for anyone who is impoverished and living in the U.S., native and immigrant alike.
cubdaddy
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Nicely put.
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
politics
What you quoted is the rantings of a politician who wants to get elected again.
quirkstreet
Aug. 1st, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Seems to me that immigrants are less of a problem than the fact that native-born Americans who speak English disagree on how serious the problems of immigration are and what are the best ways to fix them. Rather than punishing immigrants, we should tackle each other first.

As someone who generally thinks that diversity is a good thing, I'm probably your biggest worry. When Governor Lamm gets elected, please make sure he enacts policies that destroy me. ;-)
hwynym
Aug. 1st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's another point that often gets left out by the xenophobic right: What about the businesses that they hold stock in, whose profit margins are helped by hiring illegal immigrants and exploiting them?

A good example of this, if not in terms of stock, but in terms of the country reaping the benefits - the raid in New Bedford last fall was of a textile manufacturer who was making equipment for the army, under a government contract.

The contract process forces the price down to a point where anyone not using immigrant labor is never going to get awarded the contract and then the same government that awards them the contract comes down on them like the hammer of God. But who paid the higher price in that raid? The children of immigrants who were left alone at home when their parents didn't come home after being arrested - or the owner who had to post bail and was out in time to get dinner at home?
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ex_earthmonk411
Aug. 1st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
this really disturbed me. almost everything he mentioned as a means to destroy America is what is already in place in Canada. In fact he mentions us.

i really don't know what to say....wow this upset me. could it be true?
guiser1
Aug. 1st, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
The word "claptrap" comes to mind.

The man is trying to redefine America through some sort of neo-Imperialism.

It's a classic ploy: start your argument by telling the other side exactly what portions of their arguments you won't accept. "Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate." He's suggesting that calling him a xenophobe closes the debate. Perhaps it closes his end of the debate, because from his argument, the most apropos qualifier for him is xenophobe.

Anyone not like us is dangerous! Assimilate!!

Chicken Little complained the sky is falling, and Jesus' return is just around the corner...

Hogwash.

But interesting--thanks!
kevynjacobs
Aug. 1st, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
What a bunch of fear-mongering, xenophobic shite.
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mikeybill
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
For a nation founded on genocide and slavery, well, I can see how sections of it find any tolerance of "the Other" frightening.

But the US has always depended on immigration, and not always assimilation. There were all those anti-Catholic scares in the 19th cent , complaining how they would defile the purity of the protestant US culture.

thegreenbear
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I am no tech whiz so techies out there, please forgive my lack of knowledge of proper terms for various things I am about to say here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a fascination with many cultures. I'm even making an attempt to learn Nihon-Go (Japanese) JUST because I like the culture and love the language.

My computer runs the programs that help me learn to type, play City of Heroes, speak Japanese, balance my finances, check on job opportunities, play Mah-Jongg and Spider Solitaire, watch movies online, read news, view weather around the world, download recipes for anything from new superpowers to Chicken Cacciatorre even when I can't spell it right and refuse to hit the spell sheck. :P

However, EVERY program out there that can run on this system DOES speak the computers language. Its how the computer is able to communicate with them and let my hero's make it to level 50 or tell me that I lack the drivers necessary to run program X. If the program doesn't speak PC, then either I need an emulator to run it or I need a different computer. Barring tweaks here and there, the programs are still the same across platforms and I'm sure you get where this is going.

I think the issue has zero to do with background or culture and is a bit more fundamental than that. I believe multiculturalism is possible, but perhaps by a different perception or paradigm. To my understanding, my computer is multicultural in its own right though it DOES speak a single language so that all parts of it can exist together. Before I put a new program in it, I check to make sure it can communicate with my system. I don't expect the program to be what I THINK MY version of it should be, but I really don't want it to crash my system either. If I choose to try to install a program that my computer can NOT handle OR communicate with, then I am positively BEGGING for problems that have NOTHING to do with the program manufacturer. However, there ARE programs that DO try to get into my system and not obey the system rules. We have a word for them. I'm sure you know it. No one wants them and everyone hates those that make them. Unless I have something in place in my system to screen them out, my system would become a dead thing that I would, at worst, have to wipe clean and start over with. It happens to people all the time that think it won't happen to them and then it DOES happen. I'm one of them.

Like any system, a country and its government MUST IN FACT have a system in place by which ALL of the individual parts can communicate. If this did NOT occur, then it never would have BECOME a country OR culture AT ALL. Otherwise, you have a bunch of people standing around staring at each other blankly and wondering, each one in their own language, how to talk to each other. Even the Bible got it right with the story of the Tower of Babel.

Different people come together for whatever reasons be it pursuit of greater learning, exchanging reviews of last weeks episode of 'Who Wants To Be A SuperHero', or to debate the relevance of developing space travel. If you remove that communication, then what little communication IS made is subject to be faulty, mis-interpreted, and just plain incorrect.

A country, ANY country, and its collective culture form a system that we, as a visitor or resident, MUST be able to interact with and access in order for it to be able to work for us with ANY degree of success.

I think I have begun to digress.

Sorry about that.

I need some lunch.

Mmmmm... Chinese buffet sounds good.
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