Monday, September 8, 2014

The Pot That Melted

The great thing about blogging is that while you try to teach people things, many of them teach you things. My last post HERE got the insightful comment from "Luke" that I've immortalized in this quibcag. I must admit that I'd never thought to deconstruct the "melting pot" metaphor myself, and had never connected it with a blacksmith's crucible. To extend what Luke said, a blacksmith doesn't throw just anything into his crucible, but metal that he's judged worthy for his purposes. And, of course, he skims off the parts of it that aren't worthy, just as the authorities at Ellis Island used to turn back imbeciles, crazy people, criminals, and the diseased. We don't do that any more. Such people are considered worthy now, and are termed "refugees" when their intrinsic undesirability is to obvious to refute.

The Founders, you see, mainly envisioned their melting pot as welcoming their close relatives from the British Isles and their slightly more distant kin from Western Europe, as people who would melt down readily and fit right in to the American system. Believe me, they did not think in terms of mad mullahs and Chinese refugees and Lubavitchers and Obama's mama's baby daddy. That came later with LBJ's "come one, come all" policy.

And speaking of our idiotic immigration policy, if you can call it a policy, over at http://www.unz.com/, Steve Sailer writes today:

Conventional Wisdom Wrong on Politics of Immigration for Sixth Time in a Row
Amazingly, the Establishment consensus on the politics of immigration in 2014 turned out to be wrong again — just as it was in the five previous amnesty & guest worker pushes in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013, but who can remember the 21st Century? And the wacko extremist nutjobs like Mickey Kaus and myself turn out to be right again.
Read his whole piece here:
http://www.unz.com/isteve/conventional-wisdom-wrong-on-politics-of-immigration-for-sixth-time-in-a-row
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Quibcag: The illustration is Sakamoto Mio, of Strike Witches (ストライクウィッチーズ Sutoraiku Witchīzu)., with her sword, which was forged by a blacksmith, from metal in a crucible, which was selected very carefully.

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