Towards A Good Samaritan World

Sunday, June 12, 2005


When a person holds a position that is deeply iniquitous, they sometimes mask it with mock concessions to the other side. Thus Hitler told Europe how much he wanted peace, provided there would be a few revisions of Germany's borders to amend wrongs done after World War I. Opponents of immigration play the same tricks. Here's Victor Davis Hanson:

Both sides agree that when newcomers arrive legally from Mexico in the thousands, rather than unchecked in the millions, they become some of our best citizens.

Thousands? Thousands? In a world of billions, hundreds of millions of whom dream of coming to America; in a nation of almost 300 million people; VDH wants thousands of Mexican immigrants? Only thousands?

If there were only thousands of Mexican immigrants, of course, this would for practical purposes be to eliminate Mexican immigration. For Mexicans, coming to the US would mean being one-in-a-thousand.

No, VDH, you don't get any enlightened-and-politcally-correct points for this travesty of a concession. It is evidence of your bad conscience, nothing more.

I buy groceries almost every day at a shop run by Hispanics (Salvadorans I think). They work hard, they're friendly, their prices are low. They are some of our best citizens when they come unchecked in the millions. I pray that they may, in the future, come unchecked in the tens of millions, not only from Mexico, but from countries all over the world, living out that greatest of American traditions that underlies all the others: that the hungry, the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, may build new lives on this soil, while they enrich our economy and our culture, and their dreams continue to be the lifeblood of our nation.


  • Hear!

    The one great benefit I enjoyed as a result of WWII was the chance to grow up among a huge number of refugees from Hitler's idea of a homogenous society: Hungarians and Poles, Czechs and Russians, Romanians and Slovaks. Living in California I my character naturally owes as much to Mexican culture as it does to my own ethnic roots (German, Scots, Irish, Dutch & Russian). If Hispanic immigration, legal or otherwise, were completely eliminated, I'm absolutely certain that we'd have the same vocal concern over the desirability of allowing unchecked hoardes of Italian gangsters, Irish papists, or some new specter. The only group in America with a legimate reason to worry about immigration are those who were unfortunate enough to welcome the Pilgrims.

    By Anonymous Strophyx, at 10:24 PM  

  • Speaking of WWII and immigration, one of the saddest and most shameful aspects of our history is that we refused to allow (more than a few tens of thousands of) Jews to immigrate to the United States in the 1930s, when it was becoming clear that it was dangerous for them to stay in Europe.

    The Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, writing about this, says that "the US could have absorbed many more." What an understatement. We could have absorbed all of them. Of course, not all of them would have wanted to come, but we could have saved millions from Hitler's gas chambers merely by opening our borders.

    Imagine it. In the streets of Philadelphia, Omaha, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Los Angeles, European Jewry would have built its synagogues. That brilliant people that contributed so much, that was snuffed out in the night forever (Hitler's Final Solution mostly succeeded: only a few hundred thousand European Jews survived, while 6 million were killed) would have lived on, and lived among us. No doubt they would have brought their brilliance with them, and we would be better off for their company, but that monstrous event that, more than any other, casts a shadow of horror across mankind's history and symbolizes his capacity for utter evil, would never have taken place, or at any rate would have taken place on a smaller scale. Imagine, too, the contribution those Jews would have made to the war effort!

    Our grandparents' generation is often called "The Greatest Generation." It was their parents who told opinion pollsters by wide margins that they opposed immigration, and thus made the politicians shut the Jews out (which is not to absolve the politicians of blame either, of course). It was they, too, whose giddy greed fuelled the stock market bubble of the 1920s; and they who voted for FDR who overturned the limited-government constitution. The Greatest Generation beat Hitler; the generation before it has a more shameful record.

    It seems that a certain generational rhythm characterizes American life. One generation excels in the arts, drifts towards the left, is narcissistic and self-indulgent, and leaves the country weakened and with legacies of shame; the next generation is relatively sterile from the artistic point of view, giving rise to no great cultural movements of note, but achieves great things for the economy and on the world stage, strengthening America and spreading freedom.

    Today's twenty-somethings are to the Boomers what the Greatest Generation was to the flappers.

    By Blogger Lancelot, at 6:27 AM  

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