"Conservatives (or “paleoconservatives”) with whom I usually agree, such at Pat Buchanan and Sam Francis, have been raising alarms about the danger to this country posed by immigration. I must say I don’t understand.
"Europe may have a serious problem, with its plunging birthrate and rapidly reproducing Muslim immigrants who may transform the continent. Italy and Spain, traditionally the most Catholic countries in Europe, are expected to have Muslim majorities, hostile to Christianity and more or less sympathetic to radical Islam, in the fairly near future. I can see where this may lead to difficulties.
"But the American situation is different. Most of our immigrants are Mexican (or Latin American), and most Mexicans are Catholic. It is argued that they resist assimilation to American culture. Maybe so, but they are hardly likely to be loyal to the Mexican government in any way that could be subversive of American law. True, they may overload the welfare state, but whose fault is that? If the welfare state is here to welcome them, the solution is to get rid of it, as should have been done long ago. Overpopulation is a problem for socialist systems, not for free societies. In fact, the welfare system may be more destructive of the immigrants’ families than to the natives.
"What are the cultural differences that are believed to be menacing to America? Americans and Mexicans tend to live apart, peacefully preferring their own races, but they don’t seem radically incompatible. Why is total assimilation so desirable? Why shouldn’t the immigrants retain a distinct sense of identity? Would it be better if they gave up their own healthy traditions and adapted to American culture, especially considering the sorry condition that culture has come to?
"It’s not as if America still had its edifying old Protestant ethic and stern Puritan morality. Every morning, as I read my papers at McDonald’s, I find myself surrounded by teenagers with body-piercing and exposed navels, gabbing on cell phones and listening to hip-hop. Is that what the Mexicans should aspire to for their children?
"Maybe I’m missing something here. But I just don’t feel the least bit threatened by immigrants."
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Some thoughts on immigration from Joe Sobran:
Friday, August 06, 2004
The Jib-Jab cartoon "This Land" was funny, but this is simply hilarious. Be sure to listen to the audio (requires Realplayer):
LBJ ordering pants
LBJ ordering pants
Could the words of the hated Redlegs captain be the new American motto? Excellent article by Scott Trask.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik is dead-on in his assessment of the Republican "plans" to eliminate the IRS--it's an election-year stunt, to be forgotten as soon as the votes are counted. The Republicans have cried wolf too many times. We won't get fooled again.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
William Lind is one of LRC's most interesting new writers, generally covering military history and strategy. His series on the four generations of warfare and the "canon" of military history texts that explain modern military thinking is fascinating. Here are the three relevant articles in order: