Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Don't Take the Fruit Pickers Says the Sage of Singapore

When speaking of of Nobel Prize winner Lee Kuan Yew, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said, "He has become a seminal figure for all of us. I've not learned as much from anybody as I have from Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He made himself an indispensable friend of the United States, not primarily by the power he represented but by the quality of his thinking."

President Obama said he is, "one of the legendary figures of Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is somebody who helped to trigger the Asian economic miracle."

He has been praised world-wide, receiving prestigious honors from countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia and among others for his efforts to bring Singapore from a third-world nation to a first.  In other words, he is one of the world's few true experts on economic development.  So, when he speaks about the virtues of immigration, policy makers should take heed.
"America will not be reduced to second-rate status.  Historically, the U.S. has demonstrated a great capacity for renewal and revival.  America’s strengths include an ability to range widely, imaginatively, and pragmatically; a diversity of centers of excellence that compete in inventing and embracing new ideas and new technologies; a society that attracts talent from around the world and assimilates them comfortably as Americans; and a language that the lingua franca of those who rise to the top of their own societies around the world."
Lee credits the resounding success of the United States with two key factors: a unifying language, English, because of it's ease to learn and demographics.  But, he warns the country's mass immigration policies risk destroying all that.
“Multiculturalism will destroy America. Do you make the Hispanics Anglo-Saxons in culture or do they make you more Latin American in culture?”
That is the key question, says Lee.  In this interview with Charlie Rose, Lee explains why the U.S. must stop taking "fruit pickers" and go back to importing the world's smartest and brightest:


Barry Soetoro, Indonesian Overlord said...

Why, the very idea!

I'll have to refer this article to the Ministry Of Globalization (for a fact cleansing), the Ministry Of Propaganda (for a snappy re-write), and the Ministry Of Silly Walks (because I can).

We'll clean this thought crime up in a jiffy.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Charlie Rose sure changed the subject fast when the guy made that 'fruit picker' comment.

Baloo said...

Lee Kuan Yew is a bit of a treasure, isn't he. Well, this is a splendid post and I've taken the liberty of reposting it at the site below with commentary. Many thanks.
Lee Kuan Yew for President?

Nick Folkes said...

Lee is spot on but he forgets that the Chinese are also fruit pickers. It is not just the Hispanic invasion that is undermining the US but also the Chinese invasion.

I ask Lee, how do you expect Chinese to become Anglo-Saxons?

In Australia we are undergoing an Asian invasion and our standard of living is dropping. Asians esp. Chinese are competing and taking most of the menial and lower end employment thus making it harder for people with limited education to find employment.

For the West to survive all non-European immigration needs to be restricted including Muslim, Hispanic, African and Asian.

Anonymous said...


Since you are from Australia, could you please answer this question.

In the US, the farmers are too cheap to invest in automation, and since Mexico is right next door, they forgo any innovation in favor of a continual supply of cheap labor whose social costs are dumped onto the rest of us.

I thought Australia, surrounded by water, was more highly mechanized in its agricultural endeavors, and thus relied less upon manual labor to harvest its crops.

Is this not so?

Kurt said...

He has a point in that we don't want to import people who are lazy and stupid people. Instead of Hispanic immigration, the bigger issue is the immigration or population growth of the black community, who provide a net drag on the U.S. economy.