“However the illegal immigration crisis is resolved, or not, there are tens of millions already here. Who helps make them Americans? . . .
“They need instruction on the meaning and history of America. Here it should be noted that we have some of the best immigrants in the world, who work hard and have no hostility to American religious culture. In fact, they’re part of that culture. Help Americanize them in other ways.”
— PEGGY NOONAN, speechwriter and special advisor to President Ronald Reagan
WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 4-5, 2019, p. A13
EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s a lot to unpack in the above brief quote. Upon first reading, the thought that came to my mind was: Well, this is NOT President Donald Trump’s view of immigration. No it isn’t, but look further.
Ms. Noonan was careful about what she said, and what she did not say. Let me suggest that you may need to read between the lines a little in order to discern the subtle observations she is making about immigration in present-day America.
Here’s a hint. Obviously, the subject is “immigration.” However, the key words may be “religion” and “culture.”
If you comment below, please try to be as circumspect as Ms. Noonan was. Any disrespectful or inflammatory comments will be deleted at the discretion of the blogger-in-chief.
— John Hayden