A couple of weeks ago, controversial and now beleaguered Fox News host Laura Ingraham said something that has possibly struck anyone living or visiting the USA as being 100 per cent bang on.
Here’s part of what she said that proved to be so truthful that it hurt: “In major parts of the country, it does seem that the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.” It possibly evoked nostalgia among Americans who not so long ago lived in a different social and political world.
As she spoke, film on the screen behind her depicted people scaling what appeared to be a giant border wall or slipping under a fence.
Sounds familiar? What she said could well have been said by someone honest enough on national television here in Canada. In the west today, even wishful nostalgia for towns and neighborhoods that no longer exist except in one’s imagination is seen as racist. What Fox News host Ms Ingraham said was once echoed to me by an elderly Punjabi who had visited his town in Punjab after almost 15 years. He complained that the town was full of Biharis and other North Indians who spoke Hindi. He could barely recognize the town he grew up in and was concerned his town would soon cease to resemble a Punjabi character.
Here in Canada Conservative MP Maxime Bernier set off a political and social storm with a series of tweets in both French and English saying he believed promoting too much diversity could have the effect of dividing Canada into ‘little tribes’ that cause division, erode Canada’s identity and destroy what makes it a great country.
“Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism and cult of diversity will divide us into little tribes that have less and less in common, apart from their dependence on government in Ottawa. These tribes become political clienteles to be bought with taxpayers (money) and special privileges.”
In another chillingly honest twitter post he said: “Something infinitely diverse has no core identity and ceases to exist.”
He has since been criticized by Liberal Canadians as being racist and out of step with the times and his own Conservative party leadership with an obvious eye on ethnic vote banks have distanced themselves from his views. And while most media outlets have taken issue with his comments and dismissed them without even debating it, an Ipsos poll commissioned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as part of ongoing research to gain a better understanding of the attitudes of Canadians toward immigrants and the federal government’s immigration programs found that while most Canadians favored an orderly and steady flow of immigrants, they were deeply concerned about the influx of asylum seekers flowing through our borders.
An earlier Ipsos poll indicated that 65 per cent of respondents were convinced Canada received “too many” irregular border crossers for the country to handle.
It was not just old stock Canadians who felt that way, but newcomers and PR residents who viewed asylum seekers, especially those flying into the US on visitor visas from countries like Nigeria and then heading for the border to seek asylum!
In the US, Fox News host Laura Ingram hit a nerve by pointing out what is obvious to anyone who has visited the country- parts of it don’t look and feel like America at all. In fact entire neighborhoods in cities like LA look like Mexican barrios. Massive demographic changes have transformed themselves into enclaves filled with ethnic immigrants who mostly converse in their own languages. Parts of cities like Los Angeles, New York, Miami and even Minnesota look and feel foreign and unfamiliar. It’s a fact, but pointing out the obvious seems to be a social crime these days.
Progressive Canadians and Americans filled with moral and historical guilt for being comfortably rich and enjoying so-called white privilege, see nothing wrong with swaths of their respective nations changing demographically and having no identity whatsoever. Infact it was our own PM who early on in his term famously stated in the New York Times that Canada was becoming a new kind of country, not defined by its history or European national origins, but by a “pan-cultural heritage”.
“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” Trudeau said, concluding that he sees Canada as “the first post-national state.” I know many Canadians who took umbrage to the PM characterized their beloved country.
Yes, a post-national state where nothing is truly Canadian yet everything brought in by every new immigrant from across the globe is Canadian sounds bewildering to anyone who has come from or lived in countries like China and India which take pride in their culture and core identity.
There is a chasm between progressives and a significant number of North Americans who are refusing to buy into this whole post-national narrative being foisted upon them by politicians and the liberal media. “How can you respect and be proud of a country when its countrymen are constantly attacking its history, bringing down statues of its founding fathers and insisting that their country has no identity and values?” said a new immigrant to me. On the other hand, Canadian politicians encourage new Canadians to be patriotic to the countries they either fled or abandoned.
They wish Indians and Pakistani- ‘Canadians’ on their Independence Day and celebrate their patriotic fervor. They don’t encourage new Canadians to display similar pride in the Canadian flag because really there is nothing in its values or history worth celebrating or being proud about. This is the message we give new Canadians. Given this messaging, which parent would encourage their children to join the Canadian Armed Forces and potentially give their lives to a country with nothing apart from health care and a great quality of life to defend? All that security is the responsibility of old stock Canadians who still hold on to the now unfashionable notion of national pride in shared Canadian values.
Meanwhile working class North Americans feel increasingly alienated on different levels in a world that looks, sounds and feels different. They flee neighborhoods seeking refuge in communities that look familiar and yearn for a world where its okay to be proud of Canadian accomplishments rather than ashamed of its history.
Meanwhile what Maxime Bernier said could well be happening as Canadians increasingly divide themselves into tribes working together but socializing separately.
The Melting Pot that was responsible for creating Americans and Canadians out of Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries is now frowned upon by the progressive liberals who encourage every tribe to keep its own culture intact and this ends up creating ethnic enclaves in every city on the continent. Millions of Canadians are rejecting this nonsense, including many newcomers who understand the danger of Canada not having core values or an identity and many of them are expected to make their voices heard in the upcoming federal elections. -CINEWS