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Makes enough sense to me, but Colman was using it to mean people whose roots have been here for a hundred years or so.  

Obama is "US-born".


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by poemless on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 05:48:55 PM EST
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But not a whole half of his family on his father's side.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 06:05:12 PM EST
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That's a long tradition ... "natives" against immigrants in the Gangs of New York in the 1860's, where the ancestors of some of the "natives" would have arrived around the turn of the century.

Allowing native-born children of immigrants as small-n native Americans would be too loose to create an effective tribalism, but going more than two or three generations back would normally sacrifice too many potential nativist allies.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 11:40:07 PM EST
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