The Third World con­quest of Amer­ica

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Tony Blank­ley

On page 240 of Pat Buchanan’s stun­ningly log­i­cal new book, “State of Emer­gency: The Third World In­va­sion and Con­quest of Amer­ica” ap­pear the fol­low­ing words: “One of the truly ma­jor is­sues with which Amer­ica must deal [is] the vast tidal wave of hu­man be­ings com­ing from the Third World. There is a frag­men­ta­tion go­ing on in this coun­try. At what point does cul­tural, racial di­ver­sity be­come a kind of so­cial an­ar­chy? How do you get na­tional co­he­sion this way?”

But those are not the words of my friend and po­lit­i­cal spar­ring part­ner Pat Buchanan. They are words he quoted from a 1987 in­ter­view in the Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor with Eric Se­var­ied, the CBS correspondent and close as­so­ci­ate of Wal­ter Cronkite and Ed­ward R. Mur­row.

Only 19 years ago, one of the na­tion’s most re­spected pub­lic lib­er­als could un­self-con­sciously ut­ter words that to­day could be a scan­dalous ca­reer en­der for a pub­lic fig­ure.

And it is around that is­sue — race, eth­nic­ity, lan­guage, cul­ture and im­mi­gra­tion and the prob­lem of talk­ing hon­estly about it — that Mr. Buchanan has con­structed his most im­por­tant book to date.

Most peo­ple will be familiar

with Mr.

Buchanan’s view

on im­mi­gra­tion.

But even those

who have read

his ear­lier books

and read his

col­umns, as I

have, will not be

pre­pared for the

re­morse­less pre­sen­ta­tion of

unim­peach­able

facts with which

he makes his con­vinc­ing case for the re­al­ity of his book’s sub­ti­tle: “the third world in­va­sion and con­quest of Amer­ica.” Here he deep­ens his case against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion (and his case for a mora­to­rium on even le­gal im­mi­gra­tion) with statis­tic af­ter statis­tic con­cern­ing, among many top­ics, the shock­ingly dis­pro­por­tion­ate de­gree of dis­ease and crime that il­le­gal Mex­i­can and other im­mi­grants are trans­mit­ting into the coun­try.

For ex­am­ple, in Los An­ge­les, 95 per­cent of all out­stand­ing war­rants for homi­cide, which to­tal 1,200-1,500, are for il­le­gal aliens. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, Cal­i­for­nia now has al­most 40,000 cases of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (a dis­ease only re­cently thought to be vir­tu­ally ex­tinct in Amer­ica). He presents com­pelling ev­i­dence that the “Re­con­quista” of south­west­ern United States is not merely the silly con­ceit of a few ex­trem­ists, but is widely de­sired by Mex­i­cans (he cites a 2002 Zogby poll show­ing that by 58 per­cent to 28 per­cent, Mex­i­cans be­lieve the Amer­i­can South­west be­longs to Mex­ico).

New to me was his ci­ta­tion to the fact that all 47 Mex­i­can con­sulates in the United States are man­dated to pro­vide text­books to U.S. schools with sig­nif­i­cant His­panic pop­u­la­tions, which text­books teach his­tory from the point of view of Gen­eral Santa Ana — in which Amer­ica stole the South­west. The Los An­ge­les con­sulate, alone, has dis­trib­uted 100,000 such text­books just this year to the L.A. Uni­fied School Dis­trict.

Mr. Buchanan re­counts the ob­ser­va­tion that “ev­ery great truth be­gins in blas­phemy.” In that sense this book is one ex­tended blas­phemy against not only lib­eral pro­pri­eties, but even against re­ceived wis­dom about the na­ture of Amer­ica be­lieved by many con­ser­va­tives.

I have par­tic­u­larly in mind his chap­ter 9: “What Is A Na­tion,” in which he re­jects the ar­gu­ment that Amer­ica is fun­da­men­tally de­fined as a “creedal na­tion” of democ­racy, equal­ity and the in­sti­tu­tions formed by our con­sti­tu­tion.

Rather, Mr. Buchanan ar­gues, “The Con­sti­tu­tion did not cre­ate the na­tion; the na­tion adopted the Con­sti­tu­tion.” While the found­ing fa­thers did be­lieve in uni­ver­sal prin­ci­ples and rights, “they were loyal to a par­tic­u­lar na­tion and to kin­folk with whom they shared ties of blood, soil, and me­mory.” In this el­e­gantly crafted chap­ter, he weaves into a thought-pro­vok­ing ta­pes­try on the na­ture of na­tion­hood and pa­tri­o­tism the writ­ings of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Alexan­der Hamil­ton, Psalms and Ge­n­e­sis, Daniel Pa­trick Moyni­han, Alexan­der Solzhentsyn, Joseph De Maistre, Abra­ham Lin­coln, Charles De- Gaulle and Is­rael Zang­will (Jewish au­thor of the 1908 play, “The Melt­ing Pot”) among oth­ers.

Of course, there is noth­ing more dan­ger­ously con­tro­ver­sial than try­ing to de­fine the eth­nic, lan­guage and cul­tural na­ture and de­sir­abil­ity of Amer­ica.

But un­til we as a coun­try come to terms pub­licly with what kind of a coun­try we think Amer­ica is and should be, we can never have a ra­tio­nal and full de­bate about what kind of im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy we should try to en­force.

Mr. Buchanan quotes the French poet, Charles Peguy: “It will never be known what acts of cow­ardice have been mo­ti­vated by the fear of look­ing in­suf­fi­ciently pro­gres­sive.” By that stan­dard, Mr. Buchanan, in this book, is pos­i­tively fear­less. He is also right. Amer­i­cans, from what ever na­tion or eth­nic­ity we orig­i­nated, have formed a com­mon cul­ture worth pre­serv­ing, and a com­mon his­tory worth con­tin­u­ing.

I am con­vinced a large ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans agree. This book — “State of Emer­gency” — will give its read­ers both the facts and the back­bone to pow­er­fully make that case.

Tony Blank­ley is edi­to­rial page ed­i­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached via e-mail at tblank­ley@wash­ing­ton­times.com

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