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"They've All Come to Look for America"

As for "Multi-Culturalism"...  seems the multiculturalists missed the first and best multi-culture event...  it's called the United States of America!  It works best when all participants "melted" into one culture.  The great culture of freedom, democracy, free enterprise, and self reliance! 

Couple of nights ago I was listening to Simon & Garfunkle...  "America"...  lovely song...  but what really got to me was the ending chorus...  "They've all come to look for America... All come to look for America... All come to look for America"

That chorus...  oh my God!  For years it's reminded me of the great immigration of our parents and grandparents...  Ellis Island...  steamships crossing the Atlantic... black and white images of families gathered together deck side with their sole possessions bundled up in bags.

Finally after days at sea, breaking through fog, looming on horizon, the statue of Liberty welcomes them with open arms of hope to The United States of America!  Pride swells with excitement of joining countless others in the greatest union of the world's people... 

Ship after ship flock the harbor...  other ships wait at sea holding their place in line...  people of all colors, languages, and stature in life  passed through Ellis Island to face a future better here than from where they came...  all eagerly embraced One Nation Under God!!!! 

Can you see the ships gathering from far and wide?

They found opportunity, created businesses, learned the English language, and "melted" into one culture.... 

Listen to the opening humming of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle...  imagine the deep drone of the ships engines...  ringing in the passenger's ears for days and nights... 

Can you see the parade of ships gathering from far and wide? 

Just a few years ago, Ellis Island was an abandon ghost town in total disrepair...  I cried when seeing images of that place then...  thinking of my grandfather standing in long lines for hours among the other hopefuls there going through the process soon to become American citizens...  my own father, then just an infant, crossed the Atlantic in a paddle wheel steam ship with his mother to be reunited with his father who preceded them here... 

How soon we forget.... 

Can you see the parade of ships gathered from far and wide?

These were the same ones too soon to take up arms, fight, and die for this great country...  many on the same soil from where they or their fathers came...  They came here to proudly raise the American flag in front of their homes and shops... 

Can you see the parade of ships gathered from far and wide? 

Great minds, the pride of their parents, worked hard to put themselves through our great institutions of learning...  became the great industrialists, inventors, scientists, doctors, and artists...  opportunities otherwise unavailable were it not for this great country.

They built a railway coast to coast, later a road system for automobile travel for all to freely traverse, to see and discover the magnificent natural and cultural riches of our great country...

Can you see the parade of ships gathered from far and wide? 

Can you see the little ships that preceded them?  For as bold and brave as were our parents and grandparents to embark from the lands they knew to find a better life in America...  there were a few small ships that set sail long before...  imagine their vision...  there was no Ellis Island then...  no cities...  no government...  all that, was yet a vision carried in their hearts...  see what faith and hope can do... 

Do you have faith and hope? 

Can you see the parade of ships? 

The United States of America became the most prosperous, powerful, and generous nation of people the world has ever known.  Let us never forget our humble beginnings. 

And to think that just a few decades later so many of her citizens would devote their passion to criticizing and denigrating this great country!  Shame on them!  God Bless America! 


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