Analogies for America: Beyond the melting pot

  • Article by: Timothy Taylor
  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 5:34 PM

my preference is to think of America as chocolate fondue.

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basia2186Jun. 29, 13 6:03 PM

The melting pot; fondue pot, or whatever you want to call it has turned into a Tower of Babel.

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pumiceJun. 29, 13 6:05 PM

Chocolate fondue: Even the etymology of the term is fitting... a blend of New World (indigenous Nahuatl "chocolatl") and Old World "fondre" (French), thus a blend of the literal, "food made from cacao seeds" and the figurative, "to melt".

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treetoad22Jun. 29, 13 7:22 PM

Diversity is great. With assimilation optional, it's great not understanding your neighbor without an interpreter.

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myob_STJun. 29, 13 7:56 PM

Lots of countries have inhabitants that speak more than one language; lots of neighborhoods are home to people who also speak more than one language. So what? Smile. Use hand gestures. Meet their eyes. You can still communicate. I like the author's metaphor of a fondue - if you leave any of the dippers in the chocolate for too long, they, too, melt - and become part of the American chocolate. Loosen up a little. We've always been a nation of immigrants. Not everyone has to look like you or sound like you.

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arspartzJun. 29, 13 8:42 PM

The Balkanization of America continues. Without a common language there is very little to hold a country together.

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braxozJun. 29, 13 9:13 PM

An old joke from some foreign friends: What do you call someone who speaks 3 languages? trilingual; What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages? bilingual; What do you call someone who speaks 1 language? American.

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arspartzJun. 30, 13 6:52 AM

What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages? bilingual; What do you call someone who speaks 1 language? American.

You may have a point. Most of the 1st and second generation immigrants to the US speak only one language, and it's not ENGLISH!!!

America is the only major country that does not expect new immigrants to assimilate and learn the mother tongue.

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unclemushyJun. 30, 13 8:14 AM

At one time the government insisted on assimilation. Today democrats and liberals discourage it. By not assimilating these people stay tethered to government and dependent on welfare which ensures more votes for democrats. Unfortunately, some immigrants are succeeding in spite of liberals and democrats. These new citizens become productive and more conservative when they see how the democrats have worked to suppress them. To keep their power base the liberals and democrats need to add more dependents onto government. That is why the democrats are pushing so hard for the new immigration scam. Just part of the plan.

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unclemushyJun. 30, 13 8:17 AM

"America is the only major country that does not expect new immigrants to assimilate and learn the mother tongue".

That is incorrect. Europe has become socialized and actually embraces separate states withing their own countries. France is a prime example. In certain areas of France you do not speak French - you speak a middle eastern dialect. They are not required to learn French or be a part of the French culture. Coming soon to American - Dearborn Michigan is already on board!

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my4centsJun. 30, 13 9:16 AM

unclemushy hit the nail on the head. It wouldn't really matter which analogy fits, any of them could work, as long as the welfare system is removed from the equation. New citizens can choose how much they want to assimilate - but they should not receive welfare benefits when their choices prevent them from prospering on their own. Take away the welfare and they can remain distinct in many ways - but they must also assimilate enough so that they can support themselves.

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