Television commercials are a reminder of the social engineering agenda that direct positive stereotypes at the cost of common sense.

 By R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us

A Dick's Sporting Goods advertisement tells the story of an immigrant, presumably from Latin America, working hard and overcoming obstacles to succeed. On the surface, it seems like a harmless and positive message. The unfortunate reality of this and other TV ads is the ethnocentric and even racist attitudes promulgated within the popular culture. It is a vision to break the prevailing culture for a more inclusive and 'tolerant' public. A vision aimed at a heterogeneous and culturally nondescript America where everything is 'American' at the expense of the country most of us cherish.


Depicting the Hispanic teenager as a hard working student dealing with spoiled brat white girls at work somehow misses the wrath of the sensitivity police. Why are whites portrayed as insensitive and spoiled? If we are truly diverse, why weren't the rude young women Asian and black? 

She studies on the floor while watching her siblings. Her mother works late. She inevitably succeeds at high school field hockey, scoring a goal. 

This commercial is not so coincidentally similar to last fall's Northwestern University ad where a young illegal immigrant attends the prestigious university as a women's soccer player and has a Valley girl accent. 

The nebulous 'she' is the new propaganda piece for amnesty and has become known as a 'Dreamer'. 

The Dreamers were and are young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents or others and were the basis for the Dream Act which would have allowed for various benefits including in-state tuition for young illegal immigrants.


The reality is that illegal immigrants from Latin America are in the US at great expense to the tax payer and the prevailing culture, including the English language which is a cohesive necessity. 

It would be a far different debate if a significant number of those crossing from Mexico and Central America were more academically inclined and contributed with advancement and innovation. The reality is far less exciting. Hispanics continue to have excessively high drop-out rates from high school. 

The mass numbers of immigrants crossing our borders daily is creating a larger Spanish speaking community that sees no need or interest in becoming 'American'. 

Many Latin American emigrants in fact have quite hostile attitudes toward the United States. When the US national soccer team plays Mexico in Los Angeles our national anthem is booed. Has anyone wondered why the national team now plays all its matches against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio or Portland, Oregon?

I believe most Americans are generous and compassionate but using these tactics to engineer the debate is disingenuous and harmful if we truly hope to find a solution to the immigration situation the country faces.



Hamas members burning the Israeli flag in Gaza (Reuters)
A sticking point in negotiations is Palestinian insistence on a 'right of return' for those displaced by the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 Six Day War.

By R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us

The Palestinian position has insisted repeatedly on a provision that would allow millions of Arabs to live within Israel. It's called 'right of return' for Palestinians displaced both voluntarily and by force during Israel's 1948 War of Independence and to a lesser extent, the 1967 Six Day War. 


Israel would not simply sign a peace agreement and then lock the doors on its border. 

Consider that the 1948 War of Independence was over 60 years ago. Many, if not most of the displaced, are no longer alive. Those living and the descendents of the displaced (about four million people) would be given a 'right' to relocate to a country that speaks Hebrew and is Jewish in religion and ethnicity. Israel is a country of about eight million. It isn't difficult to imagine the violence and mayhem that would follow.

Working along side of 'right of return' is an increasing international distaste for Israel as a 'Jewish' state. Palestinian negotiators are willing to eventually recognize Israel, but not as Jewish. It's no coincidence that both issues run in parallel during negotiations. It is part of a puzzle designed to upend Israel's existence.

Israel guards its borders obsessively as non-Israeli Arabs moving freely within the Jewish state (not including the West Bank) would result in certain bloodshed. Prior to Israel's West Bank Barrier (Link), bus explosions and bomb blasts were common and deadly on a horrendous scale. After the new Israeli policy, terror acts within Israel have dropped to almost none. The suicide bombers are gone or at least unable to escape their towns in the West Bank. 

The Left screamed apartheid and a policy reminiscent of Jewish ghettos in Nazi Germany when the wall building began. Extreme comments by extreme people that consider Israel a vestige of European and American 'imperialism'.


The Hashemite Kingdom's ruler, the late King Hussein, viewed PLO chairman Yasser Arafat as a troublemaker, as he was subsequently exiled. End of story. It was not until Israel routed Arab armies in 1967 and sent them home in disgrace that the modern ideas for peace between Israelis and Palestinians took hold. Suddenly 'land for peace' became the phrase.

Prior to the 1967 Six Day War, East Jerusalem (including the Old City) and the West Bank were in the hands of Jordan. In 1989, Jordan removed itself economically from the Palestinian territories where Jordanian dinars had continued to be the currency following the '67 war. This action further isolated West Bank Arabs as they became increasingly dependent on Israel and the United States for economic assistance.  

On a side note, wealthy Arab states have been strangely absent in providing economic assistance to Palestinians in order to exhibit the suffering as fodder for anti-Israel propaganda.
  • The right for over four million Arabs to 'return' to Israel proper (the area accepted by the United Nations as 'Israel')
  • A Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem
  • Return of the Old City of Jerusalem to Palestinians and a return to Israel's borders prior to the 1967 war.
  • Arab recognition of what would be left of Israel, but not as a Jewish state.
  • Preserving ability for Palestinians to work in Israel despite their 'independence'.


I fear that international pressure and the decades of war footing have made the Israeli public wary and more accepting of terms not in their favor. The result of 'peace' could eliminate Israel's ability to remain viable. 


The peace negotiations are but a strategy to remove Israel from the Middle East. There are no Palestinian traditions or capitals. There never were. 'Peace' is simply a means to an end as anti-Western forces consider Israeli Jews nothing other than Europeans occupying Arab lands.

The right of return allows for the elusive Arab victory against Israel without having to fire another shot. All should beware.