On July 8, 2008, during one of his campaign rallies, Barack Obama touched upon an issue of multiculturalism, stating the following: "Instead of worrying whether immigrants can learn English, they'll learn English. You need to make sure your kids can speak Spanish."

I must confess that the Illinois senator's statements were, at least according to my reasoning, non sequiturs.  As a resident of South Texas, I have met a number of American citizens who are living in my neck of the woods and who cannot speak English. It is not because they are newcomers or have had no opportunity to learn.  Many have lived in this country for years. Their lack of proficiency in English highlights their refusal to assimilate to American culture.  If this were not enough, the political powers that be are encouraging this state of affairs  by printing ballots bilingually, contracting with linguists to translate courtroom testimony, marketing consumer products in Spanish, and requiring employees to be fluent in both languages.  This enabling behavior, if you will, is a financial and transactional burden upon those who have bothered to master the English language, not to say a blight upon American culture.

My experience in South Texas is shared in many other parts of the country; for example, in other regions throughout the southwestern and western United States and in southern Florida, not to mention in many cities like Hartford, Connecticut, Los Angeles, and New York. Obama's assurance that "they'll learn English" is dead wrong.  Many never do, and many who do continue to transact their business and governmental concerns in Spanish.  Does Obama live in another world, or what?

His admonition "to make sure your kids can speak Spanish" is puzzling.  Why should I do that if I desire their second and third languages be German and French instead?  Is it because this country is deluged with Hispanics now, many of whom have come here illegally and refuse to speak English?  Or might it be because the United States is currently a bilingual country?  (If so, when and why did this happen without so much as a vote?)  Or, finally, perhaps it is because Mr. Obama's vision of America is that of a motley, polyglot people, marching to the disparate, cacophonous sounds of multiple cultures.  Well,  to that dismal prospect, I respond "Thanks, but no thanks."

Europe is also in the throes of cultural chaos.  I recently read a speech, given on September 25, 2008, by Geert Wilders, Chairman of the Netherlands' Party for Freedom, in New York City.  He spoke in a no-holds-barred and politically incorrect manner concerning the Islamization of Europe.  He pointed out that a total of 54 million Muslims now live in Europe. They will, he added, comprise one quarter of its population in 12 short years and are predicted by the end of the century to be in the majority.  Listen to Mr. Wilders describe the situation there (it sounds like he's sick of it too):  "It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children.  Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead.  With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read.  You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity.  These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics.  These are Muslim neighbourhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe."  Yes, indeed!  When I visited Germany, France, and Britain, I saw this reality firsthand.  Mr. Wilders's statements about the matter are not given to hyperbole.

Why do I mention Europe?  Because whether in Europe or in South Texas, we in the West are being victimized by a crude egalitarianism, profferred by not only intellectuals but also by those in the Third World when it serves their purposes to do so. Its fundamental premise is that all cultures are equal; so, ergo, there is no need to safeguard our own. This is a recipe for cultural suicide, or genocide.  Barack Obama has bought into it hook, line, and sinker.  Upon examining his associations past and present, one might reasonably predict that this ideology, which is profoundly at war with America, would appeal to him.

I have stated it many times, but it bears repeating.  I have nothing against a person learning as many languages as he can.  I am certainly not opposed to students delving into the mores, practices, and traditions of other cultures.  But I am unalterably opposed to any politician who suggests that it is incumbent upon citizens of this country to learn a language other than English in order to communicate with his fellow-citizens within this country. Obama's facile conclusion that we should learn Spanish for that reason is sheer rubbish, and should be roundly rejected and condemned for the cultural nonsense that it is!

Mr. Wilders emphasizes that "[t]hese are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in.  These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain.  These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:  'Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'"

Immigration and multicultural concerns are but one reason why I think the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency of the United States will be no better than disappointing and no worse than an all-out disaster. 

And shame on John McCain for not being sufficiently enlightened and outraged to make a compelling case against Obama.  During much of his campaign, the Arizonan has seemed to me little more than a potted plant, wilting a bit more with each passing day.

October 29, 2008