Friday, January 12, 2018
About those "Third World s***holes" . . .
. . . allegedly described as such by President Trump: allow me to say, I've been in far too many of them for comfort. They are precisely as described: s***holes. They smell of s***. All too often, the food tastes of s***, and/or is prepared in circumstances so unhygienic I have no doubt whatsoever that it is actually full of s***. (Ever been in a tribal village where they kill a hog or cow to celebrate your arrival? I've personally watched as a pig's intestines were taken out of its stomach, stripped of their vile contents by hand into a bucket, without benefit of soap or running water or anything else, and then dumped straight into a cauldron of boiling water to cook. The instant they were regarded as cooked - not even halfway, I can assure you! - a chunk was hacked off and offered to me. I had no choice but to eat it, otherwise I would have given enormous offense to those who'd prepared it for me. Hello, huge prophylactic doses of Ciprofloxacin twice a day for the duration of the trip!)
I have no problem whatsoever providing aid to people living in such conditions, particularly when wars or natural disasters are added to the mix. However, I think President Trump is right to be concerned about allowing large numbers of people from such backgrounds to enter the USA. We do not want people from such backgrounds immigrating to First World countries, because they are almost completely incapable of fitting into our societies. They don't even understand such basic concepts as the germ theory of disease! I don't blame them for that; ignorance is not their fault, but the result of a lack of education. However, it is simply not possible for the first generation of people from such societies to become integrated into our society in any meaningful way. The hurdle is too great to cross. If you're in any doubt, look what has happened with ethnic communities who've arrived on our shores in the past. None of them can be faulted for their lack of education or understanding when they arrived here. However, the bulk of the first-generation arrivals have not assimilated, in the sense of becoming Americans, adopting this country as their own without reservation. Their children have; but not the parents. The burden of providing major assistance for the new arrivals has been a drain on US resources for decades.
I am an immigrant to the USA, but I arrived with the confident expectation of assimilating into the culture, traditions and outlook of my new home. I have done so. Many of those from the Third World do not arrive with that expectation at all. The same applies in Europe, where right now the immigrant tide is provoking serious concern about the future of that continent as a whole.
I think President Trump's point may have been unfortunately phrased; but I think it is nevertheless accurate. The USA does not need to be overrun by people who are not capable of becoming Americans. It needs immigrants who are able to make that adjustment. For those who are not, by all means let us help them; but let us do so in their own countries or regions, and help them to improve the quality of life there for everybody. That's the only practical solution that's fair to everyone, IMHO.