Thursday, March 20, 2008

Review of "Day of Reckoning"--Part II

Aside from his able discussion of the unsustainability of American foreign policy, in Day of Reckoning, Pat Buchanan predicts the dissolution of America. “It is the belief of this author and the premise of this book,” writes Buchanan, “that America is indeed coming apart, decomposing, and that the likelihood of her survival as one nation through mid-century is improbable—and impossible if America continues on her current course. For we are on a path to national suicide.”

The existential crisis identified by Buchanan is largely a byproduct of the immigration invasion unleashed by elites enthralled by the dual ideologies of homo economicus and multiculturalism.

Before 1965, immigration was shaped by the national origins quota system, which granted visas primarily based on an immigrant’s country of birth. As a result, 70% of visas went to three countries--Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany. Modifications to the 1965 law established family reunification, and to a lesser extent employment preferences, as the new criteria for admission and led to a demographic tsunami that is changing the political, economic and cultural landscape.

Coupled with a falling birthrate among American whites and the wholesale slaughter of a generation as a consequence of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. is undergoing an epic demographic transformation. Writes Buchanan,

According to the U.S. Census Bureau…our minority population rose 2.4 million to exceed 100 million. Hispanics, 1 percent of the U.S. population in 1950, are now 14.4 percent. Since 2000, their numbers have soared 25 percent to 45 million. The U.S. Asian population grew by 24 percent since 2000, as the number of white kids of school age fell 4 percent. Half the children five and younger today are minority children.

Apologists for mass immigration point to the assimilation of prior waves of immigrants. The Wall Street Journal rhapsodizes, “These newcomers by and large aren't listening to the left-wingers pushing identity politics. Mexican immigrants, like their European predecessors, are assimilating. Their children learn English and by the end of high school prefer it to their parents' native tongue. They also marry people they meet here. Second-generation Latinos earn less than white Americans but more than blacks and 50% more than first-generation Latinos."

Likewise, political whiz Michael Barone, who ought to stick to politics, said, "I believe the likelihood is strong that Latinos will eventually become interwoven into American life. With luck, it will take less than 100 years."

But immigration from Mexico is an entirely different animal. "Mexican immigration," writes Samuel Huntington, "differs from past immigration and most other contemporary immigration due to a combination of six factors: contiguity, scale, illegality, regional concentration [in the American Southwest], persistence, and historical presence... Demographically, socially, and culturally, the reconquista (re-conquest) of the Southwest United States by Mexican immigrants is well underway."

The happy twaddle that “diversity is our strength” is recited by editorialists and politicians sounding like a five-year-old reciting a catechism. But it is in unity that strength resides and an excess of diversity goes hand in hand with Balkanization, social isolation and the breakdown of community.

Buchanan suggests terminating birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens who become anchor babies, eliminating subsidies for illegals in the form of welfare, health care, and education, and punishing lawbreaking employers with steep fines and jail terms.

What will be the consequences of failure to stem the tide? Tyranny-- for immigration and multiculturalism are inextricably tied to statism. A social order constructed on the sure foundation of broad ethnic and religious unity provides a framework for trust, fraternity, and security, but syncretizing ethnicity and culture produces collectivism and imperialism, a bureaucratic order governed by social engineers and meddlers. States with diverse populations ultimately require authoritarian governments as the only alternative to anarchy. Hence, mass immigration is welcomed by those who manage racial, ethnic, and religious conflict.

“History teaches,” writes Buchanan, “that multiethnic states are held together either by an authoritarian regime or a dominant ethnocultural core, or they are ever at risk of disintegration in ethnic conflict.”

The post-Christian West is in the process of committing suicide. Is it too late, or can we yet save what remains of the common culture and destiny we have inherited from our forefathers?


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