America has been called the “melting pot” since the turn of the last century because varied people from many European countries moved to America and blended, or melted, into this new land, all becoming Americans. Sustained by their Christian faith, these immigrants left their native country, their relatives, their language and their history behind in order to seek a better life for themselves and their families in America because it was truly the “land of opportunities.”
Although the British are considered the “founders” of the United States, many other Europeans followed
them to America. Initially, most came for religious freedom. Whether it was the Protestant Huguenots who were persecuted in Catholic France or the Quakers whose denomination of Protestantism was persecuted in Anglican Protestant England, religious people knew they could practice their own particular denomination of Christianity, free from persecution, in the wilds of America. And so, by the thousands, they sailed across the Atlantic in pursuit of religious freedom and a better way of life.
America’s weather and geography were similar to many of the European countries that the immigrants had left behind. This made the transition easier. But, despite the similarities, much was different too. The adjustments required were vast and initially many new settlers died from disease, exposure, and lack of food. Many others were killed by the native Indian tribes. But, despite the erratic 17th century beginnings, the lure of religious freedom and prosperity persisted. The trickle eventually grew to a flood, as settlers continued to arrive in America throughout the 17th and 18th century to replace, or increase, the numbers of those who came before them.
In 1847, a wave of Irish Catholic immigrants arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. They were propelled to America by the politically sustained “Potato Famine” in Ireland. Millions of Irish were dying of starvation because multiple years of potato crops were destroyed by a blight. The Protestant English overlords did little to help their countrymen during this disaster, so millions of Irish set sail for America, literally, in search of food.
In 1849, many of the Irish, plus the Protestant Welsh, Scandinavian and English, pushed on to California to try their luck
during the Gold Rush. Soon, millions the Catholic Italians, who were seeking political asylum, arrived in New York Harbor as well. By the late 1800s and early 1900s immigrants from all over Europe flooded into America seeking work, peace and prosperity.
Many of those who came to our shores wanted to become “Americans” so badly that they insisted that their children only speak English, knowing this would expedite the transition for both themselves and their children. Many parents also refused to teach their children the language from the old country as well, foisting the transition further.
The immigrants dedication to bettering their families lives and working hard to assure those results, placed America on its path to global greatness. Their vast numbers, along with the prodigious labor force they produced, ignited the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. During this time, America absorbed so many Protestant Germans seeking work and religious freedom that by the 1960s, the census data showed that 60% of America’s population were either part, or all, German.
The term “melting pot” came into popular use in the early 1900s, and of course, is a figurative term. The immigrants from different European countries did not, literally, blend or melt together. In fact, they didn’t even move into the same American neighborhoods. Each ethnic group, understandably, preferred to seek out their own people and as a result, they each established neighborhoods of their own. Although many different immigrant groups were forced to live in close proximity within America’s big cities, they chose to live distinctly separate lives while each pursued their version of the American Dream.
In fact, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the diverse neighborhood boundaries were nearly indecipherable to the casual observer. While driving through the city today, it is easy to see the two beautiful Catholic churches that stand just blocks from each other. To the uninformed it appears that this neighborhood was an active and prosperous Catholic community, as it was able to build two beautiful churches.
But, the truth of the matter is, that just 75 years ago, these two churches existed in two separate worlds. One was the Irish Catholic church and the other was the Italian Catholic church. Although thousands of miles separated these two ethnicities in Europe, in America, only a street separated them. A street that might as well have been a 30′ tall, because neither group ever crossed it. The neighborhoods were two separate worlds thriving within a single American city. And yet, two generations later the American grandchildren of those Irish Catholic and Italian Catholic immigrants, not only crossed that street, but married “the enemy” as well, thereby melting themselves through their shared faith, literally and figuratively, into Christian American citizens. So, although it took multiple generations for some ethnicities to blend within the American melting pot, they all eventually did so, affirming their ancestors prayers and dreams.
The successes of these Christian immigrant’s grandchildren kept the lure of America’s melting pot, alive and well, in Europe for the next 50 years. And so, as more and more Christians arrived in America, the immigrants began to leave the Atlantic coast region and traveled inland. Although many Irish Catholics stayed in New York to build bridges and tunnels and become fireman and policemen, many Protestant Germans and Scandinavians went to Minnesota to farm. The Amish Swiss went to Pennsylvania to farm. Many Catholic Poles settled in the coal country of Pennsylvania. The Greeks Orthodox Christians chose factory jobs and settled in Ohio. The Catholic Czechs worked at the meat-packing plants in Chicago. The Russian Orthodox Christians emigrated to the wilds of Oregon and Alaska. And, thanks to the burgeoning auto industry, thousands of various European Christian immigrants flocked to Detroit in Michigan to find work, but they too lived in separate neighborhoods.
In fact, by 1930, thirty languages were spoken in the Detroit public schools in order to assist with the transition
to speaking English. And Christianity was such a strong part of the work effect, and resulted in such good quality workers, that Henry Ford was known to personally harass his employees who were not in church on Sunday. And in Minneapolis, Mr. Dayton, who owned the largest department store in the city, called Dayton’s, believed in the tenets of Christianity so strongly that he not only closed his store on Sundays but draped the display windows so as to discourage window shopping on the Sabbath as well. Sunday was a day for faith and family only and every other entity, whether it was retail, business, government or academia recognized and respected that fact because they were all run by Christians too. This Christian cohesiveness produced wonders, as everyone, from top to bottom, lived according to the same rules.
This is why nearly every Christian immigrant group, that arrived on the shores of America from Europe, did exactly
the same thing. They formed their own little Christian countries within America, including shops, schools, religious churches and businesses. These devout Christians all led their lives according to the tenets of Christianity, all of which were based on Biblical teachings highlighted by the Ten Commandments.
Many European Christians built entire towns, including small coal towns located near the mines where they found work or fishing villages near the sea. But the outcome was always the same, Christianity, which at one time divided different denominations of the Christian faith in Europe, now united them, in the far off land of America. And so, as the grandchildren intermarried, they fused all European Christian immigrants into truly Christian Americans. This assimilation was pursued, pronounced, permanent and profound. Christian America was absolutely, “One Nation Under (their Christian) God.”
So, despite their heritage, the diverse Christian European immigrants became Christian Americans, blending farther and farther into the landscape, and the lifestyle, with each new generation of children born. Western Civilization based on European Christian culture was taught in the public schools and it was absorbed, revered and respected by school children whose ancestors had left Europe to find a better world in America. Those tales, goals and dreams still inspired them.
And so, these Christian children, using their faith to guide their daily interactions, and their Protestant work ethic to direct their energies, built the “shining city on the hill” known as Christian America.
Today, this is no longer the case and the blame can literally be placed on the shoulders of the deceased
Catholic named Senator Ted Kennedy, who said in the 1960s that he was going to “change the color of America.” To this end, the immigration policies of the United States were drastically changed. Immigration from Europe was nearly extinguished, while at the same time, the flood gates were opened first, to immigrants from India, and finally to Japan, China, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and beyond.
Not only did the color of Americans change but Kennedy’s short-sightedness caused tremors at all levels within America. Kennedy and political his cronies never considered the main reason why America was a glorious success. They never analysed why the American melting pot worked so well. They never understood that the principle reason that Americans were doing so well was because all of America’s immigrants were European. Europeans who may have come from many differing backgrounds, traditions and countries, but shared ONE, single culture and ONE, single faith.
Despite the surface differences, Americans all shared a common belief in the tenets of Christianity and lived according to Western Civilization’s priorities and standards. This was NOT the case for the new Kennedy immigrants. These immigrants were from totally different cultures, based on different faiths, different traditions and different civilizations. But more importantly, they lacked the critical elements of Christian cohesiveness that enabled the Europeans to blend. And these dissimilarities would prove to be our undoing.
As millions of Kennedy immigrants started to flood into the country during the 1960s, not only did the color of America change but the tenor of the country changed as well. Rather than reinforce the existing strengths and successes of Democracy and Capitalism based on Christian European principles, the new immigrants could contribute nothing. Their faiths and cultures actually precluded them from “blending” into the American landscape. Their religious convictions made matters worse, rather than better. It actually put them at odds with Christianity, as they, predictably, continued to adhere to Hinduism, Islamism, Buddhism, primal indigenous traditions, atheism, agnosticism, Sikhism and Chinese traditionalism.
America was no longer “One Nation Under God”, it was becoming a lot of people under a lot of gods. This drastic diversity began to divide Americans, rather than unite them. Only a fool could think that traditional American values could flourish, much less survive, under this type of internal pressure. And Ted Kennedy was the perfect ploy, as he continued to prove himself to be a profound fool during his life, beginning with his being expelled from Harvard and his personal responsibility for the drunken, drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
And so, as more and more people, whose lives were defined by cultures and religions alien to European Christianity and Western Civilization came to America, the melting pot itself, began to flame-out, and finally melted.
Today, the grandchildren of these Kennedy immigrants continue to live separate lives within American’s big cities, never crossing the streets that divide them, never intermarrying and never blending because they predictably, refused to jettison their faith, or adopt a culture that was totally alien to theirs.
This foolish, egalitarian, pompous and elitist decision by one of America’s most disgraced Catholic Senators has left America crippled and floundering. Where once European immigrants were focused on working towards a bright future for their children, driven by their Protestant work ethic, business savvy, cultural drive and intellectual talents, we are instead today, left with millions of disenfranchised “Americans” who are incapable of contributing to America’s success story. “Americans” who are a drain on our society, rather than a contributing asset. And, unlike the Christian Europeans, this new flood of immigrants are either unwilling, or unable, to make the transition to a better future, instead, preferring to live in isolation hampered by their ancient, cultural past.
For this we can, not only thank Senator Ted Kennedy, but the public school system as well. Our formerly, Christian public school system, which has been hijacked by the atheist, lesbian-led, radical, second-wave feminists (who abhors Christianity and Christian men) has deliberately failed to teach these new immigrants about the wonders of American Capitalism and Democracy based on Christian principles. A public school system that has instead pandered to their differences and their diversity, thereby diluting, undermining and demeaning Christian America’s inner strength and resolve. And so, our once bright future has been tarnished and extinguished by fools, as America is now a pathetic reflection of the biblical admonition, “a house divided against itself, cannot stand” and, not surprisingly, everybody loses.
So, devoid of the cohesive goodness of hard-working, selfless Christian fathers, whose singular purpose in life was to make a better world for their children, our country continues slip backwards into the past, crippled by its diverse citizenry, rather than enhanced by them.
THE END It’s the Women, Not the Men!