How Nations Perish
September 10 2003
Gray Davis is a desperate man. Facing recall, he has just put the safety of
California motorists at risk in a naked bid to buy Hispanic votes. Davis
signed into law a bill he had twice rejected, to allow illegal aliens to get
driver's licenses.© 2003 Creators
One million illegals, many of them young, single males, will soon be on the
roads of California. Inevitably, the toll of traffic dead will soar and
California families will pay in the lives of loved ones so Davis can collect
enough Hispanic votes to serve out his term.
The day Davis signed the bill, eight Democratic presidential candidates
promised blanket amnesty to an estimated 10 million illegal aliens. Sen. John
Kerry says he wants instant U.S. citizenship for illegals who have been here
Politicians used to buy our votes with our tax dollars. Kerry & Co. are now
trolling U.S. citizenship before an entire class of lawbreakers, to purchase
wholesale the votes of the ethnic groups to which they belong. The Democratic
answer to the invasion of America is: surrender. We are inviting what Arthur
Schlesinger calls, "The Disuniting of America."
U.S. citizenship used to mean something. Now, all you need do is sneak in and
lie about it, and in five years – if the Democratic Party prevails – you, too,
can be an American citizen.
This is how countries cease to be – how they become little more than a
geographical place where one happens to live or work.
What would be the effect of an amnesty for all illegal aliens?
It would send a message to all the good people in foreign lands who filled out
all the forms and waited patiently for years to come to America to become
citizens. That message: You were fools to obey the law. The lawbreakers who
crashed the gates were the clever ones. For you are still there, and they are
on a fast track to citizenship.
After amnesty, anyone who wants to live here would be stupid not to sneak in.
If breaking into the United States is rewarded with permanent residency and
citizenship – and access to all the social welfare benefits of the richest
nation on earth – the 5 billion people now living in the Third World will say
to one another: "What are we waiting for? Let's go!"
Illegals who become citizens can bring in wives and children. Amnesty will
thus mean that legal – as well as illegal – immigration will soar. As new
immigrants are mostly poor, the tax costs of Medicaid, welfare, schools, food
stamps, earned income tax credits will soar. If you think California and the
U.S. government have big deficits today, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Some businesses will benefit from the endless supply of low-wage labor. But
U.S. workers – 3 million of whom have lost jobs in the private sector since
Bush took office – will have to compete with millions of immigrants for the
jobs that remain.
For high-school dropouts – black, white, Asian, Hispanic – who are citizens,
amnesty means their road to the American dream will be as clogged and
congested as a California highway at rush hour.
There are 33 million foreign born now in the United States. Half the people in
L.A. County do not speak English at home. With the birth rate among
native-born Americans below replacement level, our population growth is almost
entirely among immigrants and foreign-born. Almost 90 percent of these are
from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Islamic world.
Not only have these folks never been fully assimilated in any First World
country, they are coming to an America where the idea of assimilation is being
rejected in favor of identity politics and ethnic entitlements. Naked appeals
are now made to people based on race, ethnicity and national origin. Few
Indeed, Gray Davis and the "Amnesty Eight" Democrats are a perfect example.
Americans know this. A majority wants immigration halted. A huge majority
wants illegals sent back. In California, 60 percent voted to deny
taxpayer-funded social-welfare benefits to illegals. Yet the pandering goes
on. Indeed, President Bush may have incited it with his earlier talk of
amnesty for Mexican illegals to President Fox.
But if Bush yields now to the temptation to ape the Democrats and pander to
win the Hispanic vote, the price will be the alienation and demoralization of
his political base.
What amnesty is ultimately about is whether America is still a country,
whether we Americans are any longer a unique people. Or is America nothing
more than the biggest 24-hour-a-day mall in the Global Economy, where anybody
walks in and nobody cares?
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