Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth
my hands to war, and my fingers to fight . . .
According to the Washington Post, McAllen, Texas is an “all-American city,” albeit one “that speaks Spanish.” So it’s small wonder that “immigration isn’t a problem for this Texas town—it’s a way of life.” The Post’s Kevin Sullivan knows. He visited McAllen and stopped in at Maria’s, a local restaurant offering pollo en mole for a reasonable $8.25 and, for a quarter, “patriotic red, white and blue peanut M&Ms” in a gumball machine at the front door. One can almost envision Norman Rockwell portraying this “all-American” city on canvas. Sullivan goes on to reveal that McAllen, located on the U.S.-Mexico border, is a suitably “diverse” environment for a Washington Post reporter: Maria’s, he tells us, “is a reflection of the blended community it has served for 41 years,” raising the question of how “blended” the “all-American city” can be if it speaks Spanish and was, as Sullivan informs us, “built on immigration.”
That’s not quite the case, and if Kevin Sullivan had done a quick Internet search, he could have brushed up on...