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Possible Solution to Mark Steyn’s Problems with Multiculturalism July 20, 2009

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Several months ago I wrote about the book, America Alone: the End of the World as We Know it. I criticized Steyn’ attacks on multiculturalism, since I live in a very multicultural city, one in which whites are the minority, and in a state most Americans aspire to see at least once in their lifetimes – Honolulu HI. However, I was criticized for not stating my views on Steyn’s demographics, and rightly so, rightly so.

I have an idea that ought to please both Steyn and those irritating European nations that need immigrants due to negative population growth, but don’t want to see their cultural norms and ethnicity radically changed. Why not attract Americans of European ethnicity to move back to Europe?

Like it or not, by 2020 the US white population will no longer be a majority. It won’t be a minority, but as an economic and political block it will be challenged by growing non-white multicultural minorities that are learning quickly that to challenge the “Old Guard”, despite differences and tensions, it is better to stick together. I think the election of Barak Obama is a harbinger of the new America on the horizon and the new power of minorities. And then there are the annoying haoles (whites) who tend to think the “Old Guard” isn’t as sacrosanct as they would like everyone to believe. I am white by ethnicity, but not by much else. I think whites, and the “God put man on earth to subdue it” mentality have done a great job of almost making our planet uninhabitable for future generations. I say “almost” because I can’t help being a cock-eyed optimist (South Pacific syndrome?). We taught our economic paradigm to Japan and now China and India. Only a few brave pockets of humanity are spurning our devouring ways, Bhutan, for one. It’s hard to compete in this world by not playing by our economic paradigm.

So, if Steyn and Italy and others want a homogeneous area for Western European  culture, to preserve their cultural identity, why not attract immigrants that are much closer to that identity than the people from alien Arab and Muslim cultures? And what is wrong with a nation choosing the immigrants they want? Hell, Italian officials can start recruiting in New York City! Just promise opportunities for better education and better career advancements and a Rosetta Stone crash course in Italian! I mean, how hard can that be? Italy has a very pleasant climate, good food, opera and many cultural assets, as well as a negative population growth. I’m sure many struggling Americans of Italian ethnicity would jump at the opportunity, and probably some whites of non-Italian ethnicity that wouldn’t mind becoming Italian. Or Greek. Or Spanish. Or Portuguese.

Those people, such as Steyn, who want to keep Europe and America “white” need to understand something about America. It was never “white” in the first place. For tens of thousands of years the inhabitants were non-white natives. They had a deep understanding of North and South America. They had wars and greed and all the tensions of human beings, but they had a deep love and respect for the land. They limited population growth; they didn’t try to farm places never intended by nature to be farmland; they had hierarchies, but even the poorest at least had enough to eat and a humble dwelling to live in. Those few cultures that began to behave in a similar fashion to Old World civilizations began to have all kinds of social, overcrowding, and feast/famine problems – the Mayan cultures, for example. Anglo immigrants called the North American natives “savages” because they “didn’t develop the land”. Yeah, it’s been developed all right, to the edge of collapse. America is returning to a land of colored people, and that isn’t going to change. The Mesoamericans from Central and South America are the fastest growing minority, and separating the legal from the illegal immigrants is a huge headache the federal government keeps avoiding, as though denial will make it stop.

That leaves only one other solution to preserving Western European culture, whites returning to Europe from America. Just think about it. If an active recruitment began, more people returning to Europe would think more conservatively and would help to change politics in Europe. It wouldn’t be just the jet setters and disgruntled with the political right celebrities expatriating to Europe – it would be more average American Joes, who are more conservative than the Hollywood mentality. Yeah, I think I’m on to something here. Those ex patriot “Joes and Janes” could help Europe to see things more from their viewpoint, and Europe and the US would return to a time of being on the same page again. Am I brilliant? Has Steyn thought of this solution?

The only places I can’t see any Americans volunteering to go are in the former Soviet Union and Soviet bloc nations. Oh, well, but my idea would have to start with one nation, probably; Italy I think, or Greece.

So, Steyn’s next book can be about how white Americans can preserve Western culture by emigrating to Europe and how to get Europe to open its borders to the new preferred immigrants without appearing too blatantly racist.

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Nevada, Learn to Pronounce Your Name! July 17, 2009

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On the History Channel, I saw a miniseries about the history of all 50 states. The name of the series was, originally, The States. The segment on the State of Nevada included two entertainers, Penn and Teller, well, more like one entertainer and one wordless dummy, and they were making the case that the state name should be pronounced ne VAD uh. They even showed a license plate with the “correct” pronunciation. The Net’s wikipedia would agree with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada

 

Hu-hum, ne VAH duh, the last time I checked, is a Spanish word meaning snow clad, and since the English short ‘a’ phonetic isn’t even used in Spanish, I strongly disagree. Nevada is a Spanish word, and thus is subject to the phonetics of that language, hence, ne VAH duh, NOT ne VAD uh. Nevadans, if you can’t even pronounce your own name correctly, maybe you should change it, to say, Nevade, long ‘a’ or Nevad, short ‘a’, instead of insisting that everyone else pronounce it as incorrectly as you do. If you don’t like the Spanish pronunciation, change your state’s name to a non-Spanish word!!

But I’m being very thorny, picking on Nevadans. I mean, afterall, Americans have a very long history of not respecting the Spanish or Native American names we seem to like so much. We like them so much we eradicate them. All a part of  the Manifest Destiny mentality that is so hard to shake. Carlos Beltran, the talented Mets slugger, is often called Carlos BEL-tran instead of BEL-trahn by sports announcers. I have friends with the last name of Sanchez, and they have to correct ignorant Americans who insist that last name is pronounced SAN-chez instead of SAHN-chez. Come on, America, that kind of naivete was okay in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s because we had an excuse being a whole continent, surrounded by two vast oceans, away from the rest of the world. Now we have contact with the world in seconds, thanks to electronics and in hours, thanks to aerodynamics. It’s time to upgrade to respecting the phonetics of other languages.

The way Nevada was added to the United States is hardly a chapter in US history to be proud. Basically it was a stronger nation, the US, creating a war with Mexico to get very valuable land. The Mexican-American War was not necessary. Whites squawked about Mexicans raiding or murdering, but the other side of the story, whites raiding or murdering the native peoples and Mexican nationals was conveniently overlooked, as though white lives lost were more important than the lives of people of color. The US only compensated Mexico with $15 million dollars for about one third of what became the USA. One lonely silver mine in Ne-VAH-duh no doubt produced more than $15 million of silver.

Whenever someone from Nevada challenges my pronunciation of that state’s name, I remind him/her of that state’s shady acquistion. Ne-VAH-duh Ne-VAH-duh NeVAH duh