Patrick J. Buchanan is a brave person who loves his country. In his latest book, State of Emergency, he says his country, along with European ones, is rapidly ceasing to exist. Massive unassimilated immigration is changing the cultural and linguistic face of America. Hispanics are taking back the lands seized by the American empire in the 19th century.
Buchanan is correct that no creed can turn a Tower Of Babel into a people. Unassimilated immigration Balkanizes a country. Americans do not like the loss of identity that they are experiencing, but their concerns receive no political attention. The myth of diversity united by a creed prevails.
Buchanan provides many examples of the power of race and tribe, powers that are denied every day in the US and Europe. Highly intelligent far-seeing leaders, such as Enoch Powell and Jean Raspail, were marginalized by elites despite their immense public following.
Unassimilated immigration transforms communities and dissolves connections to our past. Neighborhoods in which people grew up become hostile terrain that they cannot enter. Social organizations disappear. To revisit one’s high school in a class reunion becomes like visiting a foreign country.
America as Pat Buchanan and I knew it was destroyed by the Immigration Act of 1965. This act destroyed the national origins basis of the American population, the essential element of the American “melting pot.” In those days there were American communities. Today there are a variety of Asian communities, Hispanic communities, Muslim communities, black communities, and white communities.
What can be done? Buchanan agrees that a moratorium on immigration is necessary until the huge number already here can be assimilated.
Another remedy is to realize that there is no such thing as a country without borders. The idea that a country must have immigration in order to be in the global economy is absurd. China is in the global economy, and China has no immigration. Neither does Japan.
Many Americans are puzzled why the Republican Party is so much more concerned with Israel’s borders and Iraq’s borders than it is with America’s borders. The Republicans are busy at work trying to establish hegemony over the Middle East and Central Asia while they permit Mexico to establish hegemony over the American southwest.
This is an amazing disconnect. How does a country that is being erased at home have an empire abroad?
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
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