BRACK: Gwinnett is microcosm of what this nation will soon be

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher   |  Every now and then your mind wanders.

We in Gwinnett know we live in a good county, governed well at all local levels, with a beautiful mix of people from all over the world, who have decent jobs, get along nicely, and enjoy life here.

Also we know that Gwinnett is a place like no other, where its Chamber of Commerce finds it difficult to compare our county with any other with its strong workforce in many diversified fields. On top of all that, Gwinnett continues to grow, gaining since 2000 an average of 19,937 new residents a year. That’s more people migrating to Gwinnett each year than there are people living in 69 of the state’s 159 counties.

That’s the local scene.

Gwinnett is really a microcosm of what the United States will soon be. We have known that previously.

But have you thought: there is no larger country in the world like the United States, in that we have been a country of nothing but immigrants from our very beginning. A majority of us may have been born in this country, granted. But except for the native Indian population, all of us are descendants of people from across the waters.

Now think: are there other countries where immigrants make up the bulk of the population?  Yes, perhaps two major countries. Canada and Israel.

Of course, you have the South American countries. While some have large populations, we suspect that no country in South America is as diverse as is the United States.

When you think of the European and Asian major countries, none of them have been more subject to the continued influx of people than has the United States. About the only country in Europe that has added a significant immigrant population has been Great Britain, welcoming mainly populations from its colonial empire, from India, its Caribbean islands, and protectorates throughout the world. (Just think of places cricket is played: that’s where the immigrant Brits came from.)

OK, so with the United States being something of a unique nation, what happened?

Our nation adopted customs and ideas from many parts of the world, modifying them to fit into our culture, and growing from these many parts distinctive methods and practices that led to much of our success. It culminates in the American spirit of “Can do!”

Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of the many immigrant actions was adopting of the English language as their own tongue once they were here.  It has been only in the last 50 years that the influx of many Hispanic people has given rise to more two-tongued areas of the country. Perhaps the United States will someday be similar to Canada as being a country with two basic languages, a major change for the United States.

Serving as a melting pot in arrival of people from all parts of the world has been a major benefit for our nation. It has made us a stronger people, has driven us to new ideas and heights, and done its part in making us even a greater nation.

Now Gwinnett is leading the way in showing a people working together for the common good. Indications is that much of the rest of the country will be using this same platform as areas see the influx of a more divergent people.

It may be the catalyst of as President Trump says, “What makes this nation great.”