Go back to where you came from

July 14, 2017

So powerful was President Trump’s excellent speech in Poland last week defending Western civilization and American values that leftists are still soaking their Che Guevara T-shirts with mouth foam over it. It’s the usual litany of SJW clichés: promoting American exceptionalism makes him a Nazi, fascist, racist, classist, xenophobe, homophobe, imperialist, you name it. They have been indoctrinated by their teachers, professors and the media with the religion of multiculturalism, the belief that all other cultures are not just equal to ours but superior, and that America is to blame for all the problems of the world (well, America and capitalism – they like to use their iPads to tell people where to drive their cars to protest capitalism...and CO2 emissions).

Well, if you are one of the “Blame America First” group -- if you really think that other cultures are superior to ours, and that people who oppose, say, Sharia law or immigrants who refuse to assimilate are just bigots and haters -- then I have a modest proposal for you:

Go back to where you came from.

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Now, before you rush to your iPhone to send me angry, anti-capitalist Twitter tweets, let me make clear what I mean. I’m not saying “love it or leave it” or move out of America permanently, although if you really hate it that much, there are planes and ships leaving all the time. No, what I’m suggesting is that for your next vacation, why not spend some time in whatever country your ancestors called home before they came to America? Except for Native Americans, we’re all immigrants. So if you put your personal identity group ahead of your American identity – if you think that American culture is evil and inferior to the cultures that your ancestors used to be part of – then why not spend a week or two reconnecting with your roots? And I don’t mean in a five-star resort, but in the same places your ancestors lived when they decided it was worth risking their lives to get the heck out and come to America.

Take a vacation from America’s horrific culture of sexism, racism, homophobia and oppression. If you’re a woman, try going for a nice drive in Saudi Arabia. Make a derisive joke about God being a “flying spaghetti monster” in Iran. Ask someone in Cameroon or Uganda to direct you to the nearest gay bar. Call the national leader filthy names in front of a TV camera in China, Cuba, Russia, Sudan, North Korea, or various African nations run by warlords. Even in the UK, try getting your own child life-saving medical treatments if government health bureaucrats disapprove.

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If you do take that vacation back to the wonderful culture your ancestors fled to America to escape, and you manage to make it back alive, I have a feeling you’ll have developed a newfound respect for Western culture and values. No, of course America isn’t perfect, but compared to the rest of the world, it’s pretty darn close. That's because America isn’t based on ethnicity, tribalism, ancient geographical borders or the divine right of kings; it’s based on a written set of principles and human rights, like freedom of speech and religion, property rights, individual merit and equality under the law. That’s why it’s such a dynamic and cutting-edge nation: because its people had the guts and ambition to look at what was around them and say, “There’s got to be someplace better than this, and I’m going to find it or die trying.” Americans are those people and their descendants.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of the American values the Founders bequeathed to us. You should be. It doesn’t mean you have to abandon your roots, you should just think of yourself as an American first. Just like you don’t have to stop loving your mom just because you moved away from her and now you put your wife first.

If you really want to honor your ancestors, then try to understand why they left their native lands to come here. It wasn’t so that someday, their children’s children’s children could be so spoiled that they fail to appreciate the tremendous blessing their immigrant ancestors gave them by becoming US citizens and assimilating into American culture.


Comments 1-5 of 12

  • Connie S Belus

    07/22/2017 05:54 PM

    Mike, Mr. Huckabee, sir: I need to acknowledge you for this God-given gift you have of taking what seems like such a complex issue to me, sorting it out & putting the solution into words that make so much sense! WOW! You may not have won the presidency, but I have no doubt you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. God bless you.

  • Deb Plantier

    07/18/2017 12:19 PM

    One correction you need in your opinion here. Are you aware that Native Americans many years ago came to The USA from other Countries? There's other things I could point out for you but then I would lowering myself to your level of The Swamp.

  • June Lundstrom

    07/17/2017 07:50 PM

    Agree very much!!! However, my grandparent came here as immigrants ; they paid there own way to get here and worked hard to build a life and stay here.... They wanted to be here. These others coming in... Riding on coat tails and backs of others... The race payers. They are refugees.. Cowardly running from something. They are "given" a way of life NOT earned and NOT appreciated. Hand outs not hand ups . Besides americsn has had there civil wars... Others should stand up and fight there own civil wars. Instead of so called equality here where they can spend there foid stamps for margerita mix ; pop; pizza; junk food; fast food.. "Because working people do... Give th
    Equality to stay and fight in there own contry.

    Oh, on a side note.... Michelle Obama did school lunches NO favor... Kids don't eat healthy food when they can buy junk with there food stamps (EBT) cards.. Michelle Obama should have revamped what they can buy on the EBT cards. Similar to the WIC programs... WIC also educated on recipes and healthy cooking choices. Also... There are a lot if people selling there EBT in exchange for cash. WIC .. Hey have to bring there ID and be checked at the check out.

  • Kay Lynn

    07/17/2017 04:20 PM

    Both sets of my grandparents immigrated around the turn of the century. I think that our country has had it so good, it's like a drug. I remember when we started using the word "more" in every sentence. It's like when you go to Disneyland and it's the most fun you'll ever have on one lot....you always want more. Now I think we may have graduated to the word "most." When the bottom dropped out of the economy in the early 2000's, I had been one of those "more" people, and I quickly learned how incredibly blessed I'd previously been when we almost lost our home, after both of us losing our amazing jobs...in a small town, at midlife. Now when I receive any money, any gifts, any kind words and when I go to Disneyland, I just take it all in now, as in...."enough."

  • Maria Hufty

    07/17/2017 01:21 PM

    Excellent read, you have made some strong and great points. What ever happened to assimilating to the country you moved to. Like spoiled children, when you give them too much they don't appreciate it. Where's the respect for their new country and how about leaving this land a little better than they found it when you immigrated here. Like you said Mike, our country is not perfect but darn close to it! Check out other countries if you don't believe it!