“The scum of creation has been dumped on us. Some of our principal cities are more foreign than American. The most dangerous and corrupting hordes of the Old World have invaded us. The vice and crime which they have planted in our midst are sickening and terrifying. What brought these Goths and Visigoths to our shores? The manufacturers are mainly to blame. They wanted cheap labor: and they didn’t care a curse how much harm to our future might be the consequence of their heartless policy.”
Thomas E. Watson, 1910.
The tune changes, but the lyrics are basically the same. Red wonders how many of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the “scum of creation” are now Tea Party supporters of Donald Trump’s updated version of Watson’s errant nativism.
For more on the curious political career of Tom Watson see the New Georgia Encyclopedia.