At one time, the United States was the “Great Melting Pot,” the only nation on Earth where people from all backgrounds, nationalities, races, sexual orientations, pretty much any configuration of human being you can think of, came together under the banner “American.”
People from every corner of the planet wanted to move here, throw themselves into that pot, become Americans and melt themselves into all the opportunity that word offered. That’s no longer the case. Thanks to the progressives’ “divide and conquer” electoral strategy, the melting pot has been thrown away and replaced with a series of chafing dishes.
People are no longer individuals to be treated based on who they are. They are their skin color, their heritage, their genitals and what they do with them. We have become a nation of hyphenates segregated by political leaders in a cynical attempt to pit us against each other to solidify their grip on power.
This racist and, yes, evil political tactic has been in the works for years, but it has been perfected in the Obama years. Any criticism of President Obama, no matter the source or how valid, is ignored by the progressives in major media or written off as racist.
Don’t like the government seizing control of the health care system? You’re a racist. Remember how some progressives claimed protestors hurled racist slurs at black members of Congress on their way to cast their Obamacare vote? The late, great Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone who could offer proof of this. Dozens of people filmed and recorded the members on their way to the Capitol. Yet the reward remains unclaimed.
Still, the charge was made, and the charge stuck – not because it was true, but because the media wanted it to be true. It is still reported as fact by progressive outlets who either can’t prove it themselves or don’t want Breitbart’s money. Tells you all you really need to know.
There are countless examples of “ist,” “ism,” and “phobe” charges leveled against Americans for the crime of non-conformity to the progressive agenda. It’s now to the point there are more unicorns in captivity than Americans who haven’t been charged with some sort of bigotry in the Obama years.
And although Barack Obama generally has been the focal point of these charges, he’s smart enough not to make them himself. He dips his toe in the victimhood pool but no more. If the charges came from him, that would be whining. Besides, he knows they aren’t true.
Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez has not picked up on these subtleties.
Gutierrez was born and raised in Chicago. He moved to Puerto Rico after his freshman year in high school until college, but you’d never know it by listening to him. Much like Madonna developed an English accent after a few years of living in London—for which she was roundly and rightly mocked—Gutierrez speaks with a heavy Spanish accent. Whether it’s real or fake or embellished or whatever doesn’t much matter … Gutierrez is the force behind amnesty in Congress and wants to be seen as the Martin Luther King of the Latino community.
He represents the 4th district, which looks like a sneeze on a sheet of paper, drawn specifically to elect a Hispanic progressive. Electorally, he’s 10 feet tall and bulletproof. He wins in a walk every two years. He’s so untouchable he can openly say he doesn’t give a damn about his constituents or his oath of office because, “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.”
He left out the word “illegal” in that quote. But either way, it’s telling about the character of the man. He doesn’t mean immigrants from Europe, Asia or Africa. He means Latin America only. He sees only ethnicity, and if yours doesn’t match his – thus enabling to travel down the road he sees as his path to glory and more political power – you don’t matter to him.
The Washington Post and the rest of the progressive media portray him as a “fierce fighter for immigration reform.” But he’s just David Duke wrapping himself in a Martin Luther King costume, and the progressive media loves him for it.
People with the ethnocentric priorities of a Luis Gutierrez exemplify the progressive vision for America – a land of hyphenated, self-segregated victims pitted against one another, ready to be manipulated and mobilized in any direction against other groups of Americans, depending on the need at any given moment. If you don’t support the wholesale destruction of our border (southern only, Luis doesn’t give a damn about Canadians), you “hate all of our children.”
That’s the only way the progressive agenda advances – hate, fear, accusations and unfounded charges. If they could win at the ballot box they would’ve won already and wouldn’t have to resort to the courts and the tactics of hate. But they do.
Thanks to progressives, the debate over whether we will remain a nation of laws and maintain our very sovereignty will be one not of substance and logic but rather anger, hatred and racism. It will be led in Congress by a man who personifies those traits—which are the worst of human nature. And that man is progressive Luis Gutierrez.
If we are to move forward not only as a nation but as a species, we have to reject the progressive tactic of divide and conquer. Ethnic strife is exploding all over the world; progressives seek to bring a version of that here. The more people are encouraged and enabled to focus on differences, to see themselves not as an individual in a nation of individuals, but as a part of a group, the more easily they can be manipulated like pawns and pitted against one another.
We aren’t a plot of land on a map. We are a nation with borders and laws. And we are not hyphenates—we are Americans. It’s time we reject the bigotry of progressivism and reclaim both.