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Old March 1st, 2017, 05:31 PM   #21
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What a completely unrelated and irrelevant remark.

Read the article before you start ablowing, Blowhard ! ---
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You said "If only they had listened, the billionaires would not now be destroying the United States."

I was only addressing what you said.

WOW! You have a short attention span!
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Old March 8th, 2017, 03:29 PM   #22
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CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? --- Rodney King

Sigh. Americans have such a talent for hysteria. Have European nations fallen apart because they have open borders? Sure, there are potential problems, but they are manageable between people of good will. So what if Spanish becomes a second language along with English? Educated and cultured people consider knowing a second language to be a plus, not a minus.

And why this obsession with assimilation? Why in Heaven's name must everyone "assimilate"? Are Americans punctilious about assimilating with other cultures when they go to live overseas?

Life is not necessarily easy for people when they are thrust into a different language and a different culture. I, for one, am willing to cut them a little slack. Go live in Japan or Germany, and see if you assimilate completely! At times, I suspect that you may sink so low as to have a craving for a hamburger and a chocolate shake! Perhaps also, a craving for a little conversation in English.

In this century, national cultures will explode over the world in multitudinous and complex diasporas, much like the Diaspora of the Jews. If people think that they can stop this process, they are just as foolish as King Canute commanding the tide to turn back. People must get used to living cheek-by-jowl with other cultures, and they would be wise to learn how to get along with each other.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 03:33 PM   #23
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CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? --- Rodney King

Sigh. Americans have such a talent for hysteria. Have European nations fallen apart because they have open borders? Sure, there are potential problems, but they are manageable between people of good will. So what if Spanish becomes a second language along with English? Educated and cultured people consider knowing a second language to be a plus, not a minus.

And why this obsession with assimilation? Why in Heaven's name must everyone "assimilate"? Are Americans punctilious about assimilating with other cultures when they go to live overseas?

Life is not necessarily easy for people when they are thrust into a different language and a different culture. I, for one, am willing to cut them a little slack. Go live in Japan or Germany, and see if you assimilate completely! At times, I suspect that you may sink so low as to have a craving for a hamburger and a chocolate shake! Perhaps also, a craving for a little conversation in English.

In this century, national cultures will explode over the world in multitudinous and complex diasporas, much like the Diaspora of the Jews. If people think that they can stop this process, they are just as foolish as King Canute commanding the tide to turn back. People must get used to living cheek-by-jowl with other cultures, and they would be wise to learn how to get along with each other.
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Some examples of hysteria would be nice. I cannot think of any. Get a headache try to think of one.
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