The Streets are Paved with Gold

by Pilgrim's Pride | June 12th, 2012

“America, where the streets are paved with gold!”

“America is the Great Melting Pot!”

“America is a nation of immigrants!”

“America is the Land of Opportunity!”

“America is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Well maybe not that last one.

America.  What is meant by “America”?

Sure, it referred to the new world discovered by Christopher Columbus, named for a highly skilled navigator, and populated sparsely by Stone Age tribes of Indians, fighting among themselves endlessly.

But as a noun it once held a particular meaning to the “old world” that looked here and marvelled at what they saw.  Sure there was opportunity.  Sure explorers and colonists and opportunists from all the principal European empires were represented there, more or less immune to the worries back home (well not entirely as we all know, in hind sight).

To the “old world” America referred to the inexplicable desire of Puritan Yankees and Pennsylvania Quakers to live their own lives absent aristocratic supervision: independence in its truest sense.

This was almost literally inconceivable to the European masses, let alone their aristocracy.  In fact, some while after winning its freedom from England, a young French aristocrat dispatched himself hither to understand what might be in his future, living in the aftermath of the French Revolution and its hatred of the ancien regime.  We read Tocqueville’s findings as “Democracy in America” and scarcely recognize the people or the institutions he so vividly detailed for us.

You see, he noticed even then that the two primary cultures on American soil (already meaning the Thirteen Colonies and pointedly excluding Mexico, Canada and the various islands) were mutually incompatible.

The North was religious in a way he struggled to understand.  To him, religion was something you did because the king commanded it.  Yet the Yankees and others in the North did it from a sense of conviction that it was simply the right thing to do.

The American South, Toqueville saw as an attempt by “second sons of second sons” to create for themselves the manorial life they could not obtain in England — but which might be simulated in America.  Unfortunately, without a corresponding English peasantry they were forced to improvise, with repercussions that report even louder today.  (The Washington family is an outstanding example of minor English nobility who “won an everlasting name in lands to him unknown”.)

Durham Castle

Durham Cathedral


Toqueville understood the presence of the African on American soil would ultimately destroy the American society for a number of reasons.  Rank hypocrisy, especially among the stereotypically ambiguous Anglican “cavaliers” who drafted the stirring prologue to the Declaration of Independence, counted more to him even than stark biological incompatibilities.  To his mind, it was contrary to the spirit of America.  From this we learn that Europeans of the time were fascinated by the New England – Pennsylvania experiments, lacking an obvious aristocracy and peasantry in favor of broadly “middle class” citizens highly capable of self-rule, rather than  other identifiable American cultures which were, more or less, replications of existing social models.

A few years after publishing his findings, Toqueville’s prediction came to pass and Americans set about slaughtering each other using all the latest technology.  By the war’s end 600,000 Americans, almost all grandsons of the Founding Fathers, lay rotting in fields from Pennsylvania to the Gulf of Mexico.  Bullets fired in that war are discovered embedded in walls and trees even today, a century and a half later.

The war brought about important innovations quite apart from the destruction of the old Republic and its idealized federation of independent, sovereign states.

In clearing the way for the Industrial Revolution, it ushered in a period of almost unrestricted economic activity — with a great need of manpower to build the coming factories, roads, and other infrastructure as well as to dig, with bare hands, the anthracite coal necessary to power it all.

Not only were those 600,000 war dead, dead — and thus unavailable to work — missing too were their children never born.  Perhaps three or four million Americans that should have been weren’t by the time the American Industrial Revolution hit its stride in the late 1880s.

The principle constraint was almost insurmountable and yet the experience was familiar from the colonial period.  The solution was typically American.  As did the “Distressed Cavaliers” of the 17th and 18th Centuries, the answer was to import foreign laborers in their millions.  And without the slightest consideration of their suitability to become actual “Americans”.


An immigrant-ship 1890

Ellis Island Immigrants 1907



Portrayal of ship's company, goodship Mayflower.


Mayflower cutaway


Mayflower Landing at Plymouth Rock


The North felt the unintended consequences almost immediately and Nativist and similar political movements sprang up in a futile attempt to stem the tide.  Long established colonial cities were transformed into slums and ghettos that remain to this day.  The value of labor plummeted and, this author posits controversially, the gross imbalance between available jobs and unemployed immigrants was the direct cause of the Great Depression.

The South, insulated from the hordes thanks to an agrarian society that held little interest to immigrants, would have to wait for the immigrant fueled Civil Rights movement, when Dixie was smashed again with a vengeance not seen since Reconstruction.

Behold the Melting Pot



But this is best treated as its own subject, how America came to be a honey pot instead of a sacred “New Jerusalem”.   Even a cursory reflection on the strange but enduring propaganda slogans of the Great Wave tells us what we need to know.

Until next time I am your humble servant,

The Pilgrim’s Pride

3 Responses to “The Streets are Paved with Gold”

  1. I wonder about this one bill bouncing around Congress which wants to strip anyone of their citizenship who is found to be an enemy of the state. The FEMA camps were ostensibly built for some giant wave of “illegal aliens” they expected when the SHTF. At least that was the excuse in 1984 when Rex 84 was signed. But perhaps these will not be foreigners they expect to imprison…

    I’m just seeing the illogical conclusion of these things in juxtaposition: the DoD expecting trouble from various groups, the creation of these prison/labor camps (with 72 hours’ notice as per the ads on the govbizopps website), and this bill that wants to strip even natural born citizens of their citizenship should they be deemed “enemies”.

    If you’re adjudicated to be an “illegal alien” but you were born and raised here as a natural born citizen, you can’t be deported to your country because you’re in it already; so what do you think will happen to people who get caught up in this trap?

    Consider there is a guy at Gitmo who’s been there 10 years and his only “crime” was being a guest at a B&B kind of place where a terrorist also happened to have rented a room, even innocent bystanders could end up interned. Oh, and they waterboarded this fellow over 100 times in a month or two period of time, until they figured out he didn’t know the terrorist guy. They won’t let his lawyer see any evidence or anything.

    We may not be so lucky to be left alive so long in captivity. I will never go to such a camp, should this come to pass, except perhaps to liberate one.

    • “Curiouser and curiouser” is the only way to describe present circumstances. Your conundrum, that of the purportedly alienated American, is exactly why the Americanist concept was developed. We Americans, by adoption as well as blood (to be explained in a later post), preceded the legal fiction we created to further our mutual interests, presently called the “United States”.

      How can the creator be subjugated by the creation? This is a fascinating concept that, sadly, happens all too frequently. Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus” is the most interesting of the fictional treatments of the subject. Pertaining to ourselves, Wilmot Robertson’s magisterial “The Dispossessed Majority” is the go-to explanation of how it happened to us Americans.

      So what is to be done?

      First we must never concede the moral or psychological ground that this is our country (i.e., land) damn it and no one can change that, even if they have to kill us to be rid of us. It is our land paid in the blood of our forefathers.

      Secondly, I firmly believe we are in this mess only because we allow it. Yes, the Dr Evils of the NWO really do want their serfs back, but by and large we Americans bought into the immigrants’ fantasy called “The American Dream” by which one seems to be entitled to this thing called “The Good Life” simply for washing ashore at Ellis Island etc.

      We must reclaim control over our own enterprises! We must reassert proprietary interest in our public institutions, including the Democratic and Republican political parties, but also local school boards, Rotary Clubs and the borough hall.

      Washington D.C. is bound by Boyle’s Law which, rewritten for politics goes something like this, “A politician’s ego and hubris expands to fill the volume of his container”.

      In other words, our task is to stuff the genie back into its bottle no matter his kicking, screaming, or nasty spells of Gitmo waterboarding. These people fear death and humiliation as much as any of us. They are also lazy bastards or they would have onest work. We need only make this a clear value proposition that they cannot rationally refuse — and there is not even a need for “second amendment” solutions to do it. Humiliation and disgrace are potent enough!

      Pilgrim’s Pride

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