Squaring the Culture




"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

06/08/2009 (9:21 am)

The Sexual Revolution Cracks the Melting Pot

A Pew Hispanic Center survey of children with Hispanic parents in the US reveals that third-generation Hispanic children are not as prosperous as their parents in all areas, displaying lower birth weights, more serious health problems, and a greater propensity toward anti-social and self-destructive behaviors than their parents. The deterioration seems to be tied to the growing number of Hispanic children raised in single-parent homes — a trend they developed since arriving in the US.

From the Washington Times editorial discussing the results:

“The children of Latino immigrants experience better outcomes than do Latino children in the third or higher generations” the study found, the reverse of how the Melting Pot process is supposed to work. Hispanic children of U.S.-born parents have lower birth weights, more health problems during childhood, and higher rates of smoking, alcohol and illegal drug consumption. They also engage in more violent or delinquent behavior as adolescents.

The historical pattern in America has been that succeeding generations of immigrants fare better than their parents; their health, income, and social stability improve as they assimilate into American culture. We Americans are proud of this heritage, and ought to be.

However, the latest wave of immigrants is breaking the mold, and it appears that it’s due to something they acquire after they arrive. The divorce rate of foreign-born Hispanics is lower than that of white non-Hispanics, but that seems to change as they assimilate. Sixty-nine percent of 1st generation Hispanic children live with two parents, and 72% of 2nd generation Hispanic children live with two parents. By the time the families have lived in the US long enough that the 3rd generation is born — Hispanics who were themselves born in the US start to have children — only 52% live with two parents, while 38% live with a single mother. Thus, not only are the 3rd generation Hispanics suffering health and social adjustment effects from broken homes, but they seem to have acquired the habit of divorce from their American neighbors.

From Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health of 2002:

Marriage trends among Hispanics have been studied less often than trends among others. High overall marriage rates among Hispanic women (especially in the context of their low socioeconomic status) set them apart from other ethnicities, as does their greater propensity to marry even when marriage markets are tight (i.e., when the number of potential partners is low relative to the number of unmarried women). At the same time, however, trends toward greater social and economic assimilation among Hispanic immigrants have fueled increases in divorce, as many have adopted mainstream American cultural patterns.1

Thanks to the persistent efforts of Progressive entertainers, educators, jurists and politicians, America has developed one of the most sexually permissive cultures in the history of the world; and that permissiveness is now poisoning immigrants who come here searching for a better life. Welcome to the Progressive United States of America. Perhaps we should dismantle the Statue of Liberty and replace her with a very large NC-17 warning label.

(1) Bean, Berg, and Van Hook, “Socioeconomic and Cultural Incorporation and Family Behavior Among Mexican Americans,” Presented: Washington, DC, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 1995.

01/19/2009 (1:21 pm)

Ramos and Compean Freed

I’m about four layers removed from the actual story: AP informs Breitbart informs Hot Air informs moi. Still, the base will love this one. Apparently they cannot be pardoned, but their sentences can be, and are being, commuted.

That’s a relief. Even if you think they mishandled the situation, 10+ years in solitary is a Kafkaesque penalty for shooting an habitual drug dealer in the ass.

05/12/2008 (9:45 am)

Finally, We Get to the Real Issue

Missouri Republicans proposed an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would enable election officials to demand proof of citizenship in order to obtain the right to vote. Democrats, the minority in the Missouri legislature, are ratcheting up the class rhetoric, calling the measure “an assault on voting rights.”

Missouri already passed a voter photo ID law back in 2006, but the Missouri Supreme Court struck it down as an unconstitutional burden on voting rights, since the law often required citizens to pay to obtain a birth certificate. The US Supreme Court a few weeks ago upheld a similar law in Indiana, paving the way for voter photo ID laws all over the US. Eighty percent of Americans believe requiring photo ID to vote constitutes sound policy to protect the voting process from fraud.

First of all, let’s state what this is really about: it’s about Democrats getting felons and illegal aliens to vote Democratic. Democrats have been systematically using Hispanics from Mexico to bolster their electoral results in border states since at least 1996. They show up at illegal alien rallies with voter registration posters. They routinely submit falsified voter registration information to allow illegals, felons, and other ineligibles to vote Democratic.

Voter registration poster from 2006 illegal alien rally, courtesy of Michelle Malkin.

And then, when Republicans take measures that nearly everybody agrees is a good idea to stem this flood of illegal votes, Democrats jack up the rhetoric about “disenfranchising the poor.” There could be some minor barriers created by voter ID laws, but most states recognize this and devise mechanisms to minimize that effect, like absorbing the (minimal) cost of the ID for indigent voters. Meanwhile, though, Democrats scream that Republicans are trying to keep the poor from voting, forgetting that Democrats favor photo IDs for the poor when they’re discussing improvements to the welfare system. Worse, Democrats won’t even mention the problem potentially caused by millions of illegals. It’s just another instance, like dozens of others we’ve seen, of the insane, vicious dishonesty of the left, a group that brooks no moral obstruction in its lust for political power.

I took a tour of the leftist blogs that spoke about the Missouri measure today, like Diogenes with his lantern, looking for an honest man. Like Diogenes, I did not find one. Not one of them even acknowledged that Republicans have the slightest reason to object to illegals voting. A couple mentioned that Republicans “pretend” the issue has something to do with illegals voting. Many of them cite alarmist predictions of the number of legal voters who will be “disenfranchised” by insisting that voters prove they have the right to vote. Most of them cite the meaningless statistic that there has never been “a single proven case of voter impersonation at the polls.”

Memeorandum at 9:05 AM on 5/12/2008, listing blog responses to the Missouri proposal.

What they mean by “there’s never been a proven case” is that nobody has ever been convicted of such an act in a court of law, which in fact proves that it’s ridiculously hard to secure a conviction in a voter impersonation case, not that voter impersonation never happens. It happens all the time, and everybody knows it, including the Democrats. This is why everybody but Democratic partisans favors voter photo ID laws. From the Wall Street Journal in 2007:

Last week, election officials in San Antonio, Texas determined that 330 people on their voter rolls weren’t citizens and that up to 41 of them may have voted illegally, some repeatedly. In 2004, San Antonio was the scene of a bitter dispute in which Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez charged his primary opponent with voter fraud.

In Florida, a felon named Ben Miller was arrested last week for illegally voting in every state election over a period of 16 years. The Palm Beach Post discovered that in Florida’s 2000 infamous presidential recount, 5,643 voters’ names perfectly matched the names of convicted felons. They should have been disqualified but were allowed to vote anyway. “These illegal voters almost certainly influenced the down-to-the-wire presidential election,” the Post reported. By contrast, only 1,100 people were incorrectly labeled as felons by election officials, the Post estimated.

Missouri’s measure is a level more stringent that Indiana’s benign, totally charge-free voter ID requirement (to which Democrats also objected); some voters may be required to produce naturalization papers or a passport. I think we can expect a new challenge in the courts if it passes. Democrats are persistent; if they can’t cheat one way, they’ll find another way. We can only count on the fact that no matter what happens, come rain or shine, they will try to cheat.

02/08/2008 (3:14 pm)

Grasping the Impact of Immigration

The YouTube link below explains in graphic terms how much immigration is adding to the burden of infrastructure in the US — how many schools, roads, buildings, hospitals etc. need to be built to accommodate the new immigrants at the rate we’re receiving them. He also illustrates graphically just how much impact this is having on poverty worldwide. It’s information everybody should have when discussing immigration, legal or illegal.

The speaker is Roy Beck, Executive Director of NumbersUSA. You can review his credentials here.

Keep in mind that about 200 million people are off the graph below the bottom. He’s using the upward extent to emphasize the problem; this is not dishonest, but you do need to keep it in mind.

The movie is 9 minutes long.