Immigration is once more at the center of the national debate. The nation’s immigration lobby — comprised of the Democrat Party, foreign nationals, and the wealthy CEOs of fortune 500 companies — is campaigning to convince Congress and President Trump to create a policy allowing recipients of Obama’s illegal DACA Executive Order to stay in the country.
These current events bring to mind an insightful song from one of Hollywood’s classic western films, Bells of Capistrano. As seen on YouTube, the song “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You” includes lyrics directed at immigrants, whom the narrator instructs to respect their adopted nation, or else return to their countries of origin. These lyrics are perhaps more relevant now than they were when the film was released in 1942.
Bells of Capistrano is a musical cowboy film that came out right as the US was getting involved in World War II. The Western genre is a hallmark of American cinema, making it no surprise that this film and its most memorable song feature a staunchly pro-American message.
“Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You” describes masses of immigrants fleeing the old world and coming to America, which is represented in the form of “Uncle Sammy.” However, once here, the immigrants lose sight of the blessings America affords them.
The narrator describes the immigrants developing a sense of contempt for their adopted country, provoking “Uncle Sammy” to give them a stern warning: show respect for America, or go back to where you came from.
The most famous version of the song is the one sung on-screen by Hollywood legend Gene Autry in Bells of Capistrano (Autry was an American hero who put aside his movie star career to enlist in the military during World War II). But, as noted by First World War, “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You” goes all the way back to 1915. The expanded lyrics of the original version bring the present political scene to mind:
“Last night, as I lay a-sleeping, a wonderful dream came to me. I saw Uncle Sammy weeping for his children from over the sea. They had come to him, friendless and starving when from tyrant’s oppression they fled,” they read.
“But now they abuse and revile him till at last in just anger he said, ‘If you don’t like your Uncle Sammy then go back to your home o’er the sea, to the land from where you came, whatever be its name but don’t be ungrateful to me!'” Then the narrator goes on to rebuke the ungrateful newcomers with the powerful titular lyric:
“If you don’t like the stars in Old Glory, if you don’t like the Red, White and Blue, then don’t act like the cur in the story, don’t bite the hand that’s feeding you!” He also reminds immigrants of the help they receive from “Uncle Sammy,” and urges them to honor the oath they made to this nation when they stepped on its shores.
“I gathered you close to my bosom. Of food and of clothes you got both. So, when in trouble, I need you, you will have to remember your oath.” These words hit home today when so many are calling for “rights” for illegal alien “Dreamers” who show open contempt for America, her culture, history, language, and laws.
Breitbart notes that illegal demonstrators regularly wave the Mexican flag and hold signs with phrases like “Brown pride,” and “Make America Mexico Again.” Like the ungrateful migrants in the patriotic song, these “Dreamers” are biting the hand that feeds them.