Below is my latest Op-Ed. Please read and share on your social media accounts.

Written by DML

Ryan is a former Trump campaign worker who lives in California and sees the decay of his state accelerating despite the Trump presidency and booming economy. He recently sent me this email:

Ryan writes: “This past week has made it feel tangible that America can’t be saved; not just on paper anymore. The demographics in N. California have reached a tipping point. I mean, they seem night and day in some places near me after just 6 months.

In high school in the Bay Area during the late 90s, it was still a novelty to hear Spanish on the street.

Today, I went to get my daughter her passport. It’s incredibly tedious to get a passport out here. Only certain post offices process them and the wait time is literally about 8 hours just to speak to someone. In 2001 I remember walking in and out. 

Every single person waiting for a passport was a foreigner except for me. Halfway through the wait, an 80+ year old veteran hobbles in with a walker and oxygen tank. A perfect metaphor for the future of America. In 10-15 years everywhere will be California.

A few days ago the GOP passed amnesty and cheap labor amendments like 2016 never happened. And Trump? Not a word.

Sure, it’s not all doom and gloom but I just don’t see how anyone can be optimistic for the long term.”

Ryan is not alone in his fears.  Not a day passes when I do not get an email from someone voicing a similar concern.

In May 2018, for the first time in years I traveled across the USA.  I did this in an RV; we were on the ground seeing everything first hand.

My film team and I traveled from Florida to Ohio, hitting Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky along the way.  Then we went from Ohio to Texas, hitting Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma in the process.

We then traveled through New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California, Nevada and Utah.  Heading back to Florida, we drove through New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma a second time, and then hit Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama before arriving back in Orlando.

I share this because we had no choice but to see everything on the street level.  Truth is, we had to look hard for the beautiful old style towns that once made America great.

Yes, we found beauty along our travels, and we captured it in our picture book, but at times it felt like finding a needle in the haystack.  Simply put, we saw more decay than roses.

Most cities and towns look outdated and lifeless.  The investment in homes and buildings appear to be limited to certain areas, while most places in each state are begging for a major facelift.  As a side note, I also noticed more people living in tents than ever before.

There has always been ugly-looking towns in America; there have always been homeless people, but what Ryan is explaining, and what we saw happening, is something new.  It’s called: the culture shift.

The culture shift in America has driven neighborhoods to change in a way that makes America feel and look different to those of us who have lived in the U.S. for more than 40 years.  As Ryan points out, California is no longer what it once was, and most states are following in line.

Sure, the visuals in N. California remain the same as they once were — big parks, big trees, and big waves make the landscape just as amazing today as it did yesterday.  It’s what we find going on in the towns and cities surrounding those areas — that’s what makes the decay.

The culture is different in many ways, and none of it is based on skin color.   This is not about race, but rather, it’s all about attitude.

Even the merchant to customer experience is much different from when I was a kid.  For example, when I was in high school I recall going to DiMaggio’s Pizza Place every day after school.  I would place my order and then get into conversation with “Mr. D” as the oven heated my slice of pizza topped with meatballs and peppers.

During the 5-minutes it took to warm my slice, Mr. D would ask me a million questions as he stood behind the counter refilling my small Coke cup at no charge.

We would talk about life, school, girls, sports, and what it was like for him to live in Italy as a boy.

Mr. D’s great tasting pizza and heavy Italian accent was the perfect TV commercial for selling the value of inviting hard working immigrants to come to America.

Make no mistake, Mr D. was fluent in Italian and he was proud of his roots, but outside the parlor was an American flag, and he spoke English at all times.  It was the right thing to do, or so he said.

Today, it’s different.  What was once the normal is now gone.  A conversation between merchant and customer conducted in English is slowly becoming the abnormal, and if you complain about it you get unfairly labeled as a racist.

From coast to coast I witnessed it myself time and time again.  Most merchants and counter workers  we met are either incapable of, or unwilling to hold a full conversation in English.  Like it or not this is part of the culture shift, and I find it to be unhealthy.

Some people, believe it or not, want America to change in a divided direction, and so they will say Ryan’s commentary sounds racist, and that I liked Mr. D because he is white.  Nonsense!

One of my first employees back in the 1990s when I operated a computer warehousing business was from the Caribbean.  His skin was dark, and he did not practice the same religion as I do.  He was a legal immigrant and his accent was heavy, but his ability to speak fluent English was only outdone by his desire to mix in with the American culture.

I recall our first interview.  He had responded to an ad I placed for a computer repair technician despite having no experience in the area. But I liked him so much, that despite his inexperience with computers, I put him on the payroll in order to help him make a better life for himself.  He was with me for years, and Mary and I ended up inviting him to our wedding.

If I went into DiMaggio’s Pizza for the first time and Mr. D had spoken to me in full Italian, I know I would have walked out, or at the very least never returned for a second visit.  My exit would not have been a function of not liking Mr. D because he was an immigrant, or because I am Irish and he is Italian.  It would have been a function of not understanding what the hell he was saying to me, and therefore feeling uncomfortable and not welcomed in his establishment.

I want to be very clear.  I am not saying Mexicans and or Latinos are decaying the streets of America.  Only a hater of truth would deem that the message here.  Truth is, what I am saying is that immigration into the US is so over-the- top, and so out-of-control, and so massively unmanaged, that a nation once filled mostly with English speaking people is turning into something which is hard to comprehend both figuratively and literally.  And because there is no longer a push for new immigrants — be they here illegally or legally — to mix into the American culture and learn English as a primary language, the towns and cities are changing.  They are becoming more divided in the sense that only those who speak Spanish will visit the Spanish-speaking merchants, and vice versa.

This divide is sad, and it results in a lack of interest to enhance and invest in one’s town because the thinking is: “It’s too far gone.”

Immigration is a wonderful thing when and if done correctly.  That said, we’ve been doing it wrong for a long time, and so if it continues this way, and if Ryan is correct in saying California is the poster example for what America will be in 10-years, then those of us who speak only English have a major problem to address.

Either we learn how to speak Spanish as our primary language, or we perish in the workplace and in our place as townspeople.  In other words, we become the minority.  This rings true whether you are white, black or brown.

Unfortunately, this problem isn’t being addressed as it should be.  I think the smart people realize that tweets can’t undo the fundamental transformation started by President Obama, and punctuated by Congress and cheap labor enthusiasts.

24 COMMENTS

  1. I also see the change first hand, would we be called names if we make it the law that English is the American language and businesses must use it for all transactions!

  2. America is no longer… Within a very short period of time this country is almost unrecognizable. Walk down the streets of Chicago and at least half the people don’t speak English. Go shopping and the percentage increases. No longer a reason to assimilate because there seems to be more non-English speaking people than English speaking Americans. Our leadership let us down and President Trump, our last hope, doesn’t seem to care.

  3. Well said! Living in Phoenix, I see this daily! A nation that cannot communicate with one another will be a nation divided!!

  4. Language is becoming a division factor to the people. For years I have never understood why the US has never made English the primary language of the US. It has been the universal language for written and verbal transactions, laws, and education. I admire people who can speak other languages and have no problem with that, but there were many places in the US where other languages were not introduced because English was the predominant language and translators were not required. Spanish, Latin, French, and German were offered as classes in junior high or senior high school for a semester if the school budget covered it but many school did not have it on offer, and we know having only one semester of a language is like sticking your toe into the ocean. You are not able to do more than know a few words or sentences and with in a few years even your little knowledge will fade. In other countries there is a declared national language and if you do not understand it you hirer a translator. One is not provided. As English is the language of the heartland if not the East and West coast should not the majority of English speaking people have a voice?

  5. I’d like to know more about the legislation that Ryan is referring to in his email. Amnesty and cheap labor amendments

  6. Hate to sound so pessimistic about what’s happening all over the world now…not just here. It’s all spelled out in THE most reliable source that exists in this world…the Holy Bible.
    All that is happening at a very accelerated pace now, is part of the drive towards the ultimate OWO (One World Order)…and preparation for the anti-christ to attempt to lead mankind straight to hell with him. All this craziness, including the deliberate destruction of sound minds, is all part of the prophesied agenda of Satan himself. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy ALL of mankind…ALL of us!
    Those that have eyes can see…those that have ears can hear…those that know what’s happening will look to The Only Answer…The Only Source of True Power…and follow Him.

  7. America is becoming the 3rd world because the immigration policy has not been enforced.
    It’s been going on for a long time and we have all become complacent at what is happening Nation Wide, now it’s on our doorstep and we are threatened by the people that are coming in illegally and the Muslims that are taking over in cities and government positions that should never be allowed.irresponsible politicians in Washington who don’t care about the people.
    I think it’s gone too far and unfortunately I don’t see it getting any better, I also can see a war coming because people are angry and frustrated and much more.
    I didn’t come to America to speak Spanish or be taken over by Islam, so I will also fight to stop these invaders that do nothing for the good of this country.

  8. This can be remedied tomorrow, and yet it’s not, so apparently dirt cheap lav]bro that filthy lucre is far more important then saving our country. Jesus was right the love of money is one of the worst evils in the world and will destroy our country as we once knew it, and Obama didn’t start this, he finished it.

  9. I’m in Central FL. I grew up here for the most part, elementary to high school, after moving from Chicago as a kid. It’s always been fairly diverse. I lived out of state for several years in Georgia then came back here. The demographics have changed dramatically. Not that diversity or immigration is a bad thing, but with so many from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and other Spanish speaking countries it’s a challenge. The challenge is because folks aren’t assimilating. They mostly rely on Spanish and even if the immigrant can speak English, they often will go right to Spanish if they know you speak it.

    I had a co-worker that was with the company for 20 years in Orlando. He spoke hardly any English at all. This was a CDL A class truck driver as well. If his English was this poor now I can’t imagine what it was like 20 years ago and it makes me wonder how he obtained his CDL. He was a nice person and worked hard but I just don’t know how you can live in the United States for 20 years and never have an ability to speak English.

    I saw Miami like this 15 years ago. Walk into a McDonald’s and no one spoke English other than the menu. This is quickly happening here in CFL now with the large Latino communities where it’s just not necessary to assimilate. All the utilities and most businesses also cater to it. At my employer, it’s 70% Latino as well. Many can speak some English, but only enough to get by.

    In another 10 years if I don’t speak Spanish I’m sure it will be difficult for me to conduct business or have general conversations outside of my family or social circle.

  10. I wouldn’t care what label you would like to give me I am all America 24/7 everyday. If you do not adjust to the American way it’s fine with me it just make for a lonely world. I am not changing in any way shape or form. I will wear the label I am given proudly. English please and thank you 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  11. I started seeing the transformation start in the mid nineties in Arizona. I’ve been in the home construction industry for over 30 years, by the late nineties I was pushed out of the framing aspect of the business and now I see it in the General contractor side. There are communities in AZ that are as you explained in your report, you see what I call little Mexico areas all around. They come here and change communities to what they left, soon we will see the same problems here as what they left. Culture has shifted in many areas and when you go into them they look at you like you’re the foreigner. It’s sad that this is the way it is, because American culture has always been a diverse and rich one. I don’t see it changing in ten years, it’s already here. Many state city governments allowed it to happen and you can’t say that Obama was just at fault, Bush and Clinton played their parts as well, Obama just really pushed the culture and racial divide in this country to a point where we may not able to fix it. I can say the policies and the Americans first agenda by Trump will just slow it down, it’s up to Congress to really make the changes that will stop it. Even my Hispanic wife sees the fundamental changes and we have had many conversations about it. DML, I’m a big fan of yours and have followed you through the 2016 election cycle and have to say you nailed it for the most part but only scratched the surface. I pray that this country will heal the damages caused by our last president in his efforts to destroy this country. I strongly believe that Trump didn’t cause hatered by being elected, he exposed it.

  12. I live in a suburb of the city of Los Angeles. There is not a store, a restaurant or anywhere within the confines of this city or neighboring cities where you go that you can hear English being spoke in any manner. Ryan is correct. I moved here in 2000 from NJ due to a job transfer for my husband. I am the ER/trauma coordinator for a large hospital out here and the influx into our ER over the last 5-8 yrs has been overwhelming. Having grown up in NJ most of the immigrants that we knew seemed grateful to be here in America. Now, not so much. Many immigrants now seem very indifferent to what it means to become an American citizen and instead of them assimilating into our culture here they feel we should have to assimilate into their culture/language. That is a problem and is not sustainable for a country as big as ours is to survive.

  13. Sandra your comment hits it spot on …..soon instead of seeing signs in English and Spanish underneath it will be the other way around.

  14. I am so despondent over the ruination of our country and what it is becoming! I’m now 80 yrs old and have lived thru the GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICA, seen almost every major invention and lived thru it’s wars, being a flag waver is putting it mildly. A time when there were laws to be followed and we obeyed to keep our country FREE! What I see coming is total destruction of our values and the Road Warrior mentality taking over!
    Life actually does imitate art as we have seen a lot of art become reality over the years.
    I pray for my children, grandchildren and all my descendants as I know it is going to get rough for them. For me it has been an amazing ride and G-od has been good to me and mine! Sure I’ve had hard times but I endured them in the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, BAR NONE!

  15. This is all so darn sad, I almost cry reading it. But read it I did. I love America and with each day we can all make change in some small way. But the how to do so is an ever moving target. How do I, a 61 year old female American help America? Voting is my only avenue for change, and yet there are those that want to o give that right to illegal aliens.
    Just yesterday, a family that lives behind me were having a birthday party for their child. No English was heard from anyone there. Even the children in attendance weren’t speaking any English. So sad. Not saying those neighbors were bad people. But where are we here?

  16. I live in Southeast Florida and it’s starting to move out of Miami and into Fort Lauderdale. However, If these immigrants want to become US citizens, they must speak, write and read English. That’s our saving grace. We need to make a petition for our government to finally make English the rightful language of this country.
    According to U.S. English, the following states have existing official language laws on their books: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming. A small handful date back more than a few decades, such as Louisiana (1811) and Nebraska (1920), but most official language statutes were passed since the 1970’s.

  17. I lived in Hawaii for 16 years, whites and blacks are a minority. Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Samoan, Figi, Hawaiians, pure Hawaiians, Tongan, every nationality there is, they speak English. In the Ohana(Hawaiian) for family, they probably speak their language. Speak English!!

  18. I am second generation American. My grandparents came from Europe speaking a few languages. They instilled into their children a love for America and the English language. My Dad spoke seven languages and was most proud to speak English. You are in America (USA). You speak English. It is wonderful if you can speak more than one language. However, if you choose to stay in America, you learn English. That is it!

  19. It seems assimilation is no longer required because of the political correct atmosphere in the United States. I ask, why? Is it not to offend them? Is it lack of funding to teach English? Is it the “let them do what they want” so as not to make trouble? Are we to become North Mexico instead of America? I want to know WHY we aren’t doing anything to correct this and WHY this is happening!

  20. When I lived in Ft. WORTH, Tx, I once applied to the hospita in my area. After the personal info on the application, the FIRST question was, “Are you bilengual?” , which I am not and because of that question I knew I didn’t have a chance. I was never even called for an interview.

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