In one of the more insidious methods the left uses to try to destroy the United States of America, the Soviet-style tactic of revisionist history is quite often employed. In many cases actually, it’s just made up history.
One of the more frequent untrue tropes one sees and hears with thoroughly unpleasant frequency is that “we are a nation of immigrants” or “we were founded by immigrants,” or other equally such felonious claims.
As always, an accurate study of history can provide the truth for any who want to find it.
In what the left would call appalling example of “white privilege,” the United States of America was founded by people of the country of England. The land on which the United States of America is found had been around for centuries before the US was formed, again, by people from the country of England. Our country was founded by people who came to the New World for reasons of religious freedom, to create new lives, to have political freedom, to make their fortunes, or second sons who didn’t have anything else to do with themselves. There were, of course, various other reasons for such a bold move.
The astonishing group of men who founded this nation, with very few exceptions, were third, fourth and fifth generations Americans. That would include George Washington, a fourth-generation American and the best among them, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Marshall, Gouverneur Morris, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and others. Among the inner group of Founding Fathers, in fact, the only member who was not a US native was Alexander Hamilton, who was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis from Scottish parents. In fact, only 7 of the 39 men who signed the Constitution were immigrants, and of the 81 Members of Congress who were the first members of that body, only 8 were immigrants.
The English settlers who did a remarkable thing in coming to the New World to make new lives for themselves. In so doing, they encountered natives in their new home, some friendly and some not, and made it clear that they were here to conquer land, which was at that time a brutal land, in the hope of calling it their own. This took not only enormous effort, not only with backs and arms, but with guns, scythes, knives, pitchforks, and basically whatever was needed to plow ahead to their future.
It was not the desire of these individuals to ‘assimilate’ with anyone they encountered on these new shores, but to create a new world of their own. The settlers brought English law, English education, English mores, English style, the English language, English manners, English cuisine, along with individual personal religious beliefs of numerous different denominations, and proceeded to conquer whatever land they felt they could tame and whatever peoples who stood in the way, in order to take this nascent paradise to a future home for them and their families.
Generations of these brave pioneers continued to conquer their new world, and everything in it. They survived, and later thrived to begin to develop the nation of the United States of America. There were continued arrivals throughout the ensuing years with the English, in different shiploads of people, all having different reasons for coming to America, settling in different parts of what had become the thirteen American colonies. Each one of these colonies presented different challenges to the settlers, and each one they conquered on their own, thus creating a highly civilized national entity that ultimately asserted its own national character and personality.
Then, in the late 18th century, the unique American character that had developed exploded, and national freedom was demanded. Separation from the motherland of England was necessary to achieve this, and our Founding Fathers, the quintessential Americans and ultimate conquerors of the New World, created a new nation to embody this new American spirit.
This new nation, which became the United States of America in the late 18th century, came to welcome immigrants from many other countries of the world who wanted to experience the freedom and unique way of life that this extraordinary new land provided. Progressive years of this human influx provided progressive rules to protect the United States of America in this experiment, with new Americans having to provide proof of how they could support themselves, a skill that could allow them to work in their new country, that they were healthy, and several things were assumed, that they would learn to speak English, and that they would become American What they were expected to do was not easy, as they had to do whatever was necessary to create the new life they wanted on their own, as no one was given anything, each new American had to make it on his or her own way. But the ultimate reward, to become an American, was worth the extraordinary effort that these brave men and women expended. Together, this amazing land, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico, was conquered, settled, civilized and made into the greatest, strongest and most prosperous country the world has ever known
It was done with a unique combination of the strength, bravery, and the efforts of these individuals, accompanied by the unique American spirit that seemed to be imbued in everyone who came here.
The accurate history of this country’s founding and its development makes it all the more tragic that the left has distorted this history into the pathetic version of a multicultural mess that they have promoted and that they falsely claim was our raison d’etre (reason for being) all along. Under leftist rule, there are pretty much no rules for people newly coming into this nation, (only against white Europeans), and the more illiterate, diseased, destitute, third worlders, the better! America remains a paradise for these immigrants, but a leftist version of Paradise: they don’t have to become American, what does that mean, anyway, and who cares?; they don’t have to speak English; they don’t need money or a skill to find a job, everything will be provided for them through the labors of those who have come before, and who comprehend how special it is to be American.
To the millions, and later billions under a President Hillary Clinton, America is no more special than any other nation, even the unlivable hellholes from which they came, so it’s perfectly fine to come here, accept our largesse, and stay what and who you were, no matter how detrimental to America, or even to the new citizen.
Stay Yemeni, stay Mexican, stay Afghan, stay Guatemalan, stay Syrian, it’s no longer important to understand, help and/or love this country, it’s only a means to an end to be able to acquire a cell phone, a big screen TV, any health care you may need and those wonderful new trainers, among many other bennies. And then whatever more stuff you may want, just demand it, and if you don’t get it quickly enough, steal it! And if those 2016 tried and true methods don’t work, riot until you get it – just remember to look as pitiful as you can and for the cameras, and even more importantly, always vote democrat. That is basically the only rule existing for these ‘immigrants’ by the left.
How far we have come from our initial founding, where our magnificent conquerors provided an example to all future generations, and to those newly arriving in this country, and now to the sad and broken nation ‘of immigrants’ that we are today under leftist rule.
Susan Smith brings an international perspective to her writing by having lived primarily in western Europe, mainly in Paris, France, and the U.S., primarily in Washington, D.C. She authored a weekly column for Human Events on politics with historical aspects.. She also served as the Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs and Alcoholism, and Special Assistant to the first Ambassador of Afghanistan following the initial fall of the Taliban. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and Georgetown University, as well as the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France, where she obtained her French language certification. Ms. Smith now makes her home in McLean, Va.