The United States shall guarantee
to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government, and shall
protect each of them against Invasion…
Constitution of the United States, Article IV, Section
What kind of government does my state,
This is a question that has darted into my head
unbidden at odd moments when I was momentarily
crisis-free and had nothing urgently demanding my
In particular I have wondered if I and my fellow
Alabamians truly live in
guaranteed by the Constitution.
The answer never came, but unbeknownst to me help
was on the way.
The weekend of February 6-8
convened in Baltimore a
conference to address the astonishingly germane
question of "Preserving Western Civilization."
Some dozen speakers were there to address the
Western decline from the
perspective of their specialties.
was on hand to explain the large contribution
immigration is making to the problem.
Anyone reading this page will know of Peter`s
patriotic efforts in the field of immigration,
especially his landmark book
Alien Nation, as
well as his invention and continued production of this
Pat Buchanan has rightly called
indispensable website" on immigration matters.)
Remarkably all this work is done while Peter
continues to function as a financial journalist.
Peter especially emphasized the danger posed by
the possibility that
Mr. Obama will attempt to implement a
"hate speech" law.
It is always exciting to hear what
Philippe Rushton has
Rushton, together with
Arthur Jensen of
Berkeley, are the premier workers in the field of IQ and
In June of 2005 they scored a major coup when
broke through the barrier of political correctness
and published the essence of their work in the American
Psychological Association`s quarterly journal
Psychology, Public Policy,
Their paper was titled
Thirty Years of
Research on Race Differences in Cognitive Ability.
at this writing neither has been lynched.
(One can only hope that this is more than just a
delay while their academic nemeses hunt for a
Rushton and Jensen used ten independent
approaches to scientifically examine the evidence of
heritability of IQ in individuals,
and concluded that it was probably 80 percent heritable,
with the other 20 percent due to environment.
Finally, they adopted
hypothesis" that the black-white gap is
explainable in the same ratio.
At the Baltimore conference, Rushton
explained the heritability of
world IQ differences, with
emphasis on the evolving use of modern medical imaging
techniques to determine brain size, and how brain size,
whether measured with a tape measure, by the
size of a hat worn, or by an MRI scan, correlates
remarkably (and some might say surprisingly) well with
Lino Graglia is the
A. Dalton Cross Professor of Law at the prestigious
University of Texas Law School.
He talked about the great problem of granting
citizenship to anyone born in this country.
Such newborns are popularly called
and under present rules even an illegal alien mother,
just this side of the
Rio Grande for the past 24 hours, can give birth to
an infant who is a brand-new American citizen.
This rule is a great contributor to the explosion
of the Hispanic population in the country.
Graglia argued that
the present rule is
based on an erroneous interpretation of the 14th
Amendment which declares that
"All persons born or naturalized within the United
subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United
I have added the emphasis, because these are the
words that he argues are critical to the interpretation
of the amendment.
He set out in detail why anchor babies are not
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and
hence are not automatically citizens at birth.
During the Q and A, I queued up behind
When I reached the front of the line I had a
question that was a little off the subject, but the
professor was as a captive standing on the podium, and I
had possession of the microphone, so I asked my question
have a republican form of government as guaranteed by
Prof. Graglia responded with a brief
You elect your legislature.
And then there was George Wallace, who called up
Alabama National Guard and
stood in the schoolhouse door.
Judge Johnson had some
things to say about what happened, and Kennedy
nationalized the Guard and took it away from him…."
I had walked back to my seat, but when
he finished I said:
"Well ok, but what`s the answer, yes or no?"
A pause, but then
The whole room laughed in merriment. I
joined them, but of course this is a serious matter, and
I think that Graglia is certainly right.
Here in Alabama, for example, if we want to
adjust slightly a school zone line we have to get
permission from the U.S.
other words some faceless, nameless, unelected
bureaucrat in Washington has to grant us permission.
This doesn`t sound much like a
sovereign republic to me.
And the question is equally applicable to the
The last speaker was
noted blogger and
The Path to National Suicide [PDF]
and Huddled Clichés.
He discussed the threat of Islam to the West
that our absolute commitment to
non-discrimination is a great liability, and he proposes
a sharp turn away from it.
In a clever and compelling stroke, he assumed the
role of the American president making an incredibly
shocking speech to the nation.
In this speech, he proposed enacting
constitutional amendments and statutes needed to allow
discrimination against Muslims, on the ground that
belief in the Koran, which commands them to kill
infidels, i.e., us, is
incompatible with our culture.
Having made the necessary changes to our legal
structure, he would then
Muslims from the country.
Auster admitted that for such a
proposal to be accepted, we would have to be on a planet
different from the one we inhabit today.
Michael Hart put the period to the
conference and summed up the threat to the West, giving
words of encouragement.
Earlier he had given the argument for preserving
our civilization, and pointed to the obvious when he
said that essentially all the elements of civilization
come from Westerners.
He might well have added that there is
no reason to expect that civilization can be maintained
without the predominant influence of the West.