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Here in New York City, you do not have even go online or turn on the TV to find out which team won one of the day's three first round matches in the World Cup. You just go out of your apartment and walk a few blocks to the nearest bars and restaurants. The color of the jerseys that crowds of young and not-so-young people wear will tell you.
In my home borough of Queens, most of the fans seem to be Colombian. Every time the land of coffee, plastic surgeries, and cocaine triumphs over its opponents, dozens of its natives flood the local shopping district, turning the street into a small river of yellow jerseys. In Manhattan, you could see a few scattered English fans, smoking dejectedly near Irish bars, muttering curses about the latest sorry performance of their team.
One team's colors you will not see here in the Big Burrito is Good Ole' USA. The only indication that the American team won was the sound of some half-drunk cheers in a local bar. Not a single red, white, and blue jersey was in sight, and certainly, no one drove around Queens Boulevard chanting "U-S-A!". Not that I am a particular fan of boorish displays of sports-related national pride, but the dire effects of open borders and mandatory multiculturalism are especially visible during the World Cup.
In today's America, especially among the immigrant youth, dual loyalty is no longer an issue. Young immigrants and even the children of fairly recent immigrants are no longer loyal to America in any meaningful way. I noticed this with my fellow Soviet Jews right after Obama's first win. Both young and old, middle-class and poor, English-speaking college students and the babushkas of Brighton Beach, said the same thing, more or less bluntly: "How can this Kenyan Muslim represent me and be the president of my country?!" If you ask most of them, especially, the older ones, they will say that Bibi Netanyahu is their leader. And can you really blame them for picking an MIT-educated former commando over a weed-smoking, coke-snorting, White-hating leftist? Needless to say, Russian emigres of the 1980s would never pick Shamir or Peres over Reagan.
But this lack of loyalty to America cannot only be blamed only on the affirmative action, anti-white nature of the current administration. No, it is the result of both the uncontrollable and seemingly unending waves of immigration coupled with a policy of enforced political correctness and multiculturalism when Western civilization is denigrated and every so-called achievement of a non-Western society is put on a golden pedestal. There is also the sad fact that to many young people from my community, American "culture" is not literature, great movies, or even sports, but a miserable medley of gangsta rap, tra-la-la pop, and idiotic teen novels. Are the trashy and nauseating Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian worthy of being proud of?
There is a final and perhaps, main reason why many young men from my neighborhood turn to Putin and Netanyahu as political role models. For all their limitations, at least those two have their own people's interests at heart. Cannot say the same of the last several American presidencies.
Out here in the Heartland, the World Cup is still not much more than a blip. It was on the TV screens in a Scots-Irish bar-and-restaurant I patronized last week, but the sound was not. With the exception of one mild-mannered, skinny old guy in a sweatsuit at the bar, no one appeared to be paying the slightest attention, though there were faint cheers from the dining room in back of the bar (when they're really cheering in that place, you hear it!). Maybe you should move to the middle.
A sad commentary on the state of the continuing immigration debacle - in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Final of the US vs Mexico held in California's Rose Bowl, Team US was overwhelmingly smothered in boos by Team Mexico partisans. Most of the booers were Mexican-Americans born in this country. This particular incident is just one example of the animus which many of the "new" immigrants and their descendents hold toward our country. Obviously, Mr. Girin and his fellow travelers are the very antithesis of these people.
Mr Girin justifiably raises concerns about the loyalty of recent immigrants and their children, but his criticism also applies to many Americans of long standing vintage. In fact, many native born Americans could not care less about the country either. In bastions of liberal America, such as Manhattan and San Francisco, you will find many Americans who are not loyal to the country and some who express outright hatred for it. The point is that the cultural instruments and institutions that used to make people loyal to America have been either seriously weakened or dismantled and destroyed. And who weakened and destroyed these things? Not immigrants! Indeed, from my own observations and experience, leftists who hate America and teach hatred of the country to recent immigrants are almost invariably are of white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant lineage. This fact is also reflected in the names of the recent presidents who have done maximum damage to the country: Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and Bush (both of them). It is also not coincidental that Obama’s mother, Dunham, who was of Anglo-Saxon ancestry, gave her son a non-American name (Barack) and not her father’s name (Stanley), and embraced the Third World in her academic studies. Need I point out that the next president to betray the country will also probably be named either Clinton or Bush?
Mr. Ikaris is right, of course, and if recent immigrants and their scion are disloyal it is the fault of a particularly vile cadre for a) letting them in at all, and b) not insisting on certain standards of conduct once they were here. (Although I personally do not really want most of them to integrate, if you get what I mean.) Nevertheless, in his limited blog space, Mr. Girin has provided an incredibly helpful reminder of the consequences of this cadre's indifference. Having said that, as Mr. Olson points out, soccer is not particularly "big" in Anglo-America. Apart from foreigners rooting for their respective home teams, one does find a number of cosmo-academic-New Deal types going gaga over the World Cup, but of course their principal interest is in cultivating a "European" and therefore "sophisticated" social image (never mind that, like the WOC, the FIFA is every bit as lucrative and cynical as the NCAA, the NFL and the MLB and that the most passionate football fanatics over here are the Old World equivalent of the Heartland "white trash" most educated FDR Liberals would like to see extinct, although this just proves how little self-styled "educated" Americans understand anything but their own bums). Personally, having played soccer in high school, I would be delighted to see my country win the World Cup, if only to seriously blow the collective stacks of NFL fan boors. That said, I cannot participate in a discussion such as this without reminding everyone that "professional sport" is a clear oxymoron.
Good piece Eugene. Here in San Antonio they are now housing the illegal immigrants at Lackland Air Force Base and the Mexican gangs have infiltrated the Balcones Heights police department. Just who is loyal to America anymore besides us.
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