National Review Endorses Who for President?

John J. Miller and Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review`s most enthusiastic immigration enthusiasts, came up
with a suggestion
for Bush to make when he visited Ellis Island this
week.

They wanted him to call for abolition of the clause
in the constitution that forbids foreign-born citizens
from being President – the wise and foresighted
provision that saved the world from a Kissinger
presidency during the 70`s, and prevents George Soros
from running today. They suggested that this could be
done by constitutional amendment.

This is how you can tell they`re conservatives.
Liberals would have asked the Supreme Court to strike
it down because of disparate impact, or something.

My first reaction to this suggestion was to forward
it to Peter
Brimelow
  with the heading "Brimelow for
President." But possibly Miller and Ponnuru
weren`t thinking of that particular unintended
consequence.

They also say that it`s “hard to imagine
[American voters] elevating a foreign-born candidate
who wasn`t essentially American.” It`s not hard
for me to
imagine, given the modern Democratic Party. In fact, I
can imagine the Republicans
nominating
Vicente Fox for first dual President/e. They might
take the Southwest that way, but would they give it
back?

Most countries don`t forbid immigrants from running
for Chief Executive. Canada, for example, started its
independence in the nineteenth century with a Prime
Minister who had been born in Scotland. Great Britain
had a Canadian Prime Mister during in the 1920`s.
England has also suffered badly from Scotch and Welsh
Prime ministers, the Welsh Lloyd George having two
chapters to himself in The
Penguin Book Of Lies
.

Now, even without Ponnuru and Miller`s help, at any
moment the United States Supreme Court may declare
that a foreign born citizen can be President
– at any moment the Supreme Court may declare anything – so VDARE`s readers should know what they`re in for.

In the 1993 edition of Modern
Times
, Paul Johnson points out that Leopoldo
Galtieri, who got Argentina into a pointless and
stupid war with Great Britain in 1982, was a
second-generation immigrant to Argentina, sharing this
distinction with equally troublesome heads of state
Ian Smith of Rhodesia and Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Of course, I already knew that the worst immigrant
in history was Adolf Hitler, the Austrian corporal,
("Hitler was a naturalized German subject. He was
the worst bargain in history. No other naturalized
person has ever caused half as much trouble to his new
fatherland."–George Mikes). But I`ve searched
out other historical examples:

  • Alberto
    Fujimori
    , known to the Peruvians as "El
    Chino”, but actually of Japanese descent.

  • The
    Roman Emperor Diocletian,
    a Yugoslavian.(Also second-generation, his parents
    had been slaves in the house of Anulinus, a Roman
    senator.)

  • Stalin,
    a Georgian, from the Black Sea region.

  • Marshal
    Macmahon
    , the Irish President of France
    1873-79 who, it says here "inaugurated
    measures designed to repress the republicans but
    was unwilling to go to the illegal extremes
    necessary to re-establish a monarchy."
    (Sounds like the Florida Supreme Court.)

And speaking of Irishmen,
Eamon De Valera, the first president of Ireland, was
born in New York City. He "greatly deplored"
the civil war he started in Ireland.

Spain probably shouldn`t have hired Ambrosio
O`Higgins of County Sligo as a colonial administrator.
His illegitimate son, Bernardo
O`Higgins
led a revolution against Spanish rule,
and Spain found itself with fewer colonies to
administer.

I haven`t listed foreign kings (Scotch,
Hanoverian, or Norman) or conquerors. When Pizarro
conquered the Incas, or Hitler occupied France and the
Netherlands, this is not immigration as we know it.

Immigration is when we deliberately invite people
into a country to take part in the national
enterprise.

The leaders I`ve mentioned were all hardworking
immigrants, the salt of the earth, who wanted to
succeed in their adopted countries, got their heads
down, worked hard, and killed a lot of people in the
process.

As George Mikes put it: "Normally it`s the new
subject who swears allegiance to the country; in
Hitler`s case it was the country which swore
allegiance to the new subject. That was a mistake. The
English could have told the Germans that it never pays
(1) to deviate from tradition and (2) to trust
foreigners too far."

July 11, 2001