Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jeb Bush says something unlikely for him to say three months ago

"Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards."
A young woman approached the candidate and asked how the federal government could help refugees better incorporate into U.S. society.
"We should not have a multicultural society," Bush said, before beginning a longer explanation of his views of what comprises culture in the U.S.
"When you create pockets of isolation - and in some places the process of assimilation has been retarded because they've slowed down - it's wrong," he added. "It limits people's aspirations." (read more)
A different Bush emerges. Let's see how long it will take for him to backtrack. Can a RINO change his spots?


William said...

I think it's fair to say that in the 20th century our Germans were better than Germany's Germans. I think it's also fair to say that Anglo Saxons in this country are considerably less class obsessed than those in England. I could go on forever about other immigrant groups. My point is this: Assimilation is a good thing. The American Adam. We are reborn in this country. We have plenty of homegrown flaws, but we leave a lot of the old country's baggage at customs when we enter this country.......A lot of Mexicans are fleeing their country because of corrupt cops, murderous cartels, and sleazy politicians and not because of our better climate. A country that produces El Chappo and reveres him as a folk hero is in no position to despise Donald Trump. Maybe they should be working towards assimilation and not national pride n the country they are fleeing from.

edutcher said...

Must have killed him to say that.

But then, Angie Merkel said the same thing a couple of years ago.

bagoh20 said...

Immigration has always made a good part of American society angry, which has always been true for any society experiencing an influx of foreigners.

I always thought lack of assimilation was a recent problem too, but yesterday I heard a radio host say something that I couldn't disagree with. He said this assimilation thing hasn't really changed recently. Immigrants for the most part have always resisted full integration even back in the past during immigrations that we now celebrate and consider were good for the country, because it's very hard for adults to change like that. There were always areas like Chinatowns and Little Italy in big cities, and first generation immigrants often never learned the language well enough to use it, but their children always became fully integrated. That's how it was, and that's how it still is. I know a lot of immigrant families, a lot. I go to their homes. I employ them. I'm a godparent to some of their children. I was even a step-father for a dozen years in a Mexican family. I have to admit that it's true that nothing has changed in regard to assimilation. Some immigrants fully integrate, but they are almost always the younger ones, and the overwhelming number of young ones do integrate if they come before their 20's, and are of normal intelligence.

The problem I think that is different today and is very serious is the "safety net" that now makes them a public burden from day one, along with their employment and legal status that is virtually identical and even sometimes superior to a citizen, even when the immigrant is here illegally. Those things are unfair, and create a lot of anger toward immigration today.

bagoh20 said...

Here is another problem with modern immigration: the scale, the amount of it today, at a time when we have decided to make each immigrant a ward of the state.

at Powerline

ampersand said...

Read my lips. No new multiculturalismo, er multiculturalism.

ricpic said...

So we should eliminate "pockets of isolation." Bush has absolutely no problem, just like any other statist, with injecting diversity into every last neighborhood in America by way of Section 8 housing. A true Bush: smiley faced poison.