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March 30, 2006

Peggy Noonan On Patriots, Then and Now

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Cultural assimilation is a far different matter than patriotic assimilation - the love of country and what it stands for!

Peggy Noonan writes at Opinion Journal of her meeting with some of the 114 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, at their annual dinner, held, as it has been the past four years, at the New York Stock Exchange.

Later, with thoughts of the honor and patriotism exhibited by these men in mind, her attention wandered over to the issue of immigration, of the lack of patriotism and love of America lacking in so many of the Illegal aliens (made perfectly obvious this week on national television and in the press with their exhibitions of love for Mexico and hatred of the U.S.) and the fact that we are not assimilating our immigrants patriotically now. We are assimilating them culturally (or rather many of them are failing to love the hand that feeds them the freedoms that they enjoy in America).

... we are not communicating love of country. We are not giving them the great legend of our country. We are losing that great legend.

What is the legend, the myth? That God made this a special place. That they're joining something special. That the streets are paved with more than gold--they're paved with the greatest thoughts man ever had, the greatest decisions he ever made, about how to live. We have free thought, free speech, freedom of worship. Look at the literature of the Republic: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist papers. Look at the great rich history, the courage and sacrifice, the house-raisings, the stubbornness. The Puritans, the Indians, the City on a Hill.

Please read the rest...

Hat tip - Harry Owens

Posted by Richard at March 30, 2006 8:03 AM



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