Since Vox Day, while living in Italy, sees fit to determine just who and what is American here, I must dissent.
I very much doubt any of those who romanticize the lie and brazenly declare that U.S. citizens born in Portugal and Somalia are realer Americans than the posterity of the Founders have ever actually read the play itself. I highly encourage you to do so, particularly if you believe in America the Melting Pot or think you subscribe to Judeo-Christian values. Guess what the play is really about? This exchange begins with the FIFTH line of the dialogue.FRAU QUIXANO Wos schreist du? Gott in Himmel, dieses Amerika!_
KATHLEEN What’s that ye’re afther jabberin’ about America? If ye don’t like God’s own counthry, sure ye can go back to your own Jerusalem, so ye can.MENDEL One’s very servants are anti-Semites.KATHLEEN Bad luck to me, if iver I take sarvice again with haythen Jews. Och, I thought ye was out!MENDEL And so you dared to be rude to my mother.KATHLEEN She said I put mate on a butther-plate.MENDEL Well, you know that’s against her religion.KATHLEEN But I didn’t do nothing of the soort. I ounly put butther on a mate-plate.MENDEL That’s just as bad. What the Bible forbids—-KATHLEEN Sure, the Pope himself couldn’t remimber it all. Why don’t ye have a sinsible religion?MENDEL You are impertinent. Attend to your work.KATHLEEN And isn’t it laying the Sabbath cloth I am?MENDEL Don’t answer me back.
How quintessentially turn-of-the-century American…. Here is how it ends, with the Christian Vera rejecting her Christian father, who has massacred Jews in Russia for the Tsar, in favor of the universalist vision of the Jew, David.
DAVID It is the fires of God round His Crucible. There she lies, the great Melting Pot–listen! Can’t you hear the roaring and the bubbling? There gapes her mouth–the harbour where a thousand mammoth feeders come from the ends of the world to pour in their human freight. Ah, what a stirring and a seething! Celt and Latin, Slav and Teuton, Greek and Syrian,–black and
VERA Jew and Gentile—-
DAVID Yes, East and West, and North and South, the palm and the pine, the pole and the equator, the crescent and the cross–how the great Alchemist melts and fuses them with his purging flame! Here shall they all unite to build the Republic of Man and the Kingdom of God. Ah, Vera, what is the glory of Rome and Jerusalem where all nations and races come to worship and look back, compared with the glory of America, where all races and nations come to labour and look forward!
The Melting Pot is the very anti-Christian globalist vision of New Babel and the One World Order that conservatives claim to violently oppose. It is the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, NAFTA, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is Somalis in Minneapolis, Liberians in Coon Rapids and Mexicans in Des Moines. It is Tikkun Olem and Heal the World and Judeo-Christ.
America is not, and never was intended to be, a place for “all races and nations”. To claim that it is, or was, is a direct attack on the identity, legitimacy, and existence of the American people. The Constitution was not written for Universal Man, it was written to secure the liberties of Englishmen living on the American continent and no one else, not even their “British brethren” back in England.
Perhaps because I’ve known many immigrants over the years, perhaps my perspective is a bit different. While I also grew up among the wealthy, I never thought that I had a silver spoon in my mouth or that I was better than anybody else. I’m don’t think that there ever was such a thing as “white America” except in the twisted minds of the Klan. Which like a lot of things belongs on the ash heap of history. The fact is that everybody, and I do mean everybody here in America is here because their ancestors came from somebody else whether it’s 5,000 years ago from Asia, 1,000 years ago from Norway, 500 years ago from Spain, 400 years ago from England or any time since. Homo the sap is an invasive species on the North American continent.
Also the North American continent has always been a polyglot of peoples from who knows where, even in the original thirteen colonies. Don’t believe me, take a look at old crew manifests from colonial ships. I’m sure that all those people were white and of Northern European backgrounds, right. Actually not. For that matter Things were probably not much different ashore. I doubt that they paid much attention to where you came from for the first one hundred years of the colonies’ existence. The need for warm bodies was just too great. Also the people living there were a polyglot of people from different areas of England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain or who knows where. From everything I v’s seen and read about colonial America, they were far more concerned with the content of your character than the tint of your melanin.
I think that the piece that has Vox upset is this one from Sarah Hoyt.
While Vox goes into his typical rant about Portuguese and Somalian immigrants not being real Americans apparently simply because they didn’t come over with the Pilgrims the simple fact is that Native American ancestors notwithstanding, I doubt that most of Vox’s family did either. The true genius of the founding documents was you did not need to be of English background to be an American. Or have roots going back forever. Where in, “We take these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal” is it said that men only equaled White Angle Saxon Protestants? Where did Patrick Henry say that only white men could fight for liberty. Were the Sons of Liberty only whites? I don’t think so, considering that the first casualty of the revolution was a black man, Crispus Attucks.
The fact is that the Founders were trying to build something new for the ages. They could not see what the fabric of the nation would be when they created the Constitution. To say that the Constitution is only for white Englishmen only diminishes the brilliance and the light of the ideals they held. It would have been all too easy in the late 18th Century to set up some sort of monarchy with themselves on top. They chose to do something completely new instead. When they did they created something far more powerful than a nation. they created the idea of America.
As for this play, Vox looks at it and says that it is some sort of propaganda. I read and say, welcome to New York!! Because that’s what the play is, poking holes and making fun of the great diversity that is the city of New York and just how impossible it is with so many different people from so many different places to hold on to the parochial village traditions. New York has, for about 300 years now had the habit of taking just about anybody and in a generation or two, making them New Yorkers. I imagine if for some reason little green men and women move into NYC that in 20 years there would green Tony’s from Brooklyn with their crazy cousin Izzy with his black Jewish girlfriend because that is New York as it has been since forever. Don’t think that NYC is a melting pot? Watch the city for forty years and you might change your mind.
The fact is that most of the immigrants that I have met come here for the idea of America. some even fought for America, the idea before they ever got here. Ted, meet Art, up above. I’ve known Art for Eight years now. He came from Poland. Communist Poland. Where he was a shipyard worker in Gdansk in the 1980’s and yes, was involved there. The fact is that he was fighting America’s fight even before he got here. He’s still fighting America’s fight. That’s him at a tea party rally back in 2009 giving one of the most eloquent and heartfelt speeches I have ever heard, straight from somebody who has seen the worst of oppression first hand.
I have to imagine that my ancestor Carlton(or Carleton, it could be either) didn’t really care very much what the men on either side looked like or where they came from when they were standing on the line with the red wall of the best army in world marching down on them. I think the he was more concerned with the content of their character and the willingness to fight America’s fight. I can do no less. I will not say to anybody that is willing to fight America’s fight wherever it’s being fought whether the battles are cultural, economic or true combat that they have no right to be real Americans. America is not just a nation, but an idea and if I believe that the idea is worth fighting for, I know that I cannot belittle anybody else’s fight.