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Higher education in the United States is a gigantic extortion racket. It’s time to do something about it. Colleges and universities should be forced to lower tuition—and to eliminate all outstanding student loans, with student loan give-backs.
Colleges and universities are not "non-profit." They grab as much money as possible from every source, spend every cent and then cry poverty. Tuition at private schools would be about $9,000 per year, not $44,000, at the rate of inflation since 1960.
Tuition is not determined by “costs.” It is determined by revenue. The more money schools have, the more money they spend. In effect, college “loans” make the poorest students indentured servants of colleges.
The IRS has strict guidelines as what is permissible for other non-profit organizations: only a certain percentage of revenue can be used for fund raising and administration.
But there appear to be no such guidelines for colleges and universities. So there are art museums, squash courts, luxury dorms, climbing walls, million dollar college presidents, multi-million dollar loans to administrators, diversity deans, sustainability deans, bloated salaries, excessive staff, minimal teaching hours (six hours of teaching class per week).
Congress should require the IRS to create and enforce such guidelines on colleges and universities. This would give them a choice: either colleges economize and reduce tuition, or lose their non-profit status and be taxed by federal, state and local authorities.
At my alma mater, Hamilton College, A.J. Lafley was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of from 2008 to 2013. He is the President and CEO of Procter and Gamble and attended Harvard Business School. You would think he could run a cost-efficient organization. Not the case.
On Lafley’s watch, tuition was raised from $38,600 to $44,346. That is a cumulative increase of $42,418,614 over five years.
Where did this $42 million dollars go? Lafley paid
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We post tonight an adaptation of Paul Kersey’s January 19 address “But For Birmingham” which was prescient in several ways, given this year’s debate, and is the only dissent you are likely hear on the fiftieth Anniversary of the Birmingham Church bombings, September 15, 2013.Paul Kersey’s book The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2013 was reviewed on VDARE.com here.
Time Magazine described Barack Obama as the “Architect of a New America” when it crowned him Man of the Year.
It's certainly an apt description for a man who just won a closely contested victory over Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
Conservatism Inc. would have you believe it was a blowout, but the truth is that Barack Obama relied almost exclusively on a coalition of post-1965 Americans, with the significant addition of the monolithic black vote. The GOP also sabotaged itself because of its inability to get the white working class to show up at the polls.
Only VDARE.com discussed the important truth behind the 2012 elections. Conservatism Inc. has swept aside any real discussion about voting behavior so as to better welcome the “inevitable” Hispanic tide. As for Barack Obama, he's hard at work cobbling together a mostly anti-American coalition and still telling us it is the same country as Norman Rockwell's. “Electing a new people” indeed.
Few men of courage exist in Obama’s America—as Peter Brimelow has correctly observed, this is an occupied country. However, Brimelow himself and the writers and staff of VDARE.com are among the few who express cutting edge political opinions. Unfortunately, this places them squarely in the crosshairs of the trigger-happy Obama Administration.
2013 is an auspicious year for a resurgent authentic American nationalism—the kind of real patriotism VDARE.com has championed since I first found the site more than 13 years ago.
2013 is, after all, the 50th anniversary of the events in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963: the year Bull Connor, water cannons, and vicious dogs were packaged as the last vestiges of dying way of life—the American way of life.
Think about it. But for Birmingham, would we have watched Watts, Rochester, Detroit, and Newark go up in flames as a result of what Life Magazine dubbed the “Negro Revolt”? Had the events of Birmingham transpired differently, would the Western World have capitulated?
It is this one city, and the events of 1963 in particular, that have been used to promote the radical transformation of America to conform with racial egalitarianism. The specter of Birmingham haunts America, providing the justification for the “Architect of a New America” to socially engineer the country out of existence.
Any politician who dares question the mass immigration of non-European immigrants into the United States (or Europe for that matter) will instantly be denounced as preparing to unleash the hounds and water cannons, a la Bull Connor. After all, illegals are just “people seeking a better life.”
But for Birmingham, would this be happening?
Theologian Bruce Metzger, in his 1997 book, The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significancee, claimed that the famous “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr, was actually considered by some ministers a worthy addition to the Bible. Metzger states:
“Shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, a group of ministers seriously proposed that King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” be added to the New Testament. All will appreciate that this letter, written in April 1964 after he had been jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, for participating in a civil-rights protest, conveys a strong prophetic witness, and interprets God’s will in the spirit of Christ. At the same time, however, most will recognize that the differences as to age and character between it and the books of the New Testament are far to great to warrant its being added to the canon, and today few if any take the proposal seriously.”
Does such a proposal sound so outlandish anymore?
Much has changed since 1997—a statue of MLK now rests
The Fulford File | After The Successful Colorado Recall We Ask “Why Can Gun Grabbers Have A “Moral Panic” After An Immigrant Mass Murder, But Immigration Patriots Can’t?”
“Colorado voters Tuesday ousted two state senators who succumbed to the post-Newtown moral panic and voted to enact new restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners” wrote James Taranto in his in his WSJ Best Of The Web column. [September 12, 2013]He calls the story of the Colorado recall elections a “feel-good story” and a triumph of democracy. But, as he notes, the New York Times Editorial Board says it’s a "a disgraceful low point in punitive single-issue politicking by the gun lobby.”[ Hard Lessons of the Colorado Recall, September 11, 2013]
Thinking about how unhappy it has made the NYT Editorial Board, whose evil purpose has for years been to impose New York-style gun control on the rest of America, is part of what makes people like Taranto myself (we’ve had many disputes but agree on this issue) feel good.
Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado, is a gun owner, and doesn’t want to be disarmed by an out-of-state campaign funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, covered this issue in her columns here, here and here. See also DNC Chairwoman: We Lost Colorado Gun Vote Because We Couldn't Cheat, By Patrick Cleburne.
However, the main thing you need to know: you can have a New York Times-approved “moral panic” about guns. But no matter how many blacks and/or immigrants commit crimes, you can’t have any kind of “moral panic” about immigration.
Here's what the late Lawrence Auster had to say about Ferguson's reason for shooting up the white passengers of the Long Island Railroad:
American Renaissance, February 1994
A black kills six whites at random. Liberals find it ‘unfathomable.’
This past December, a Jamaican immigrant named Colin Ferguson opened fire in a Long Island Rail Road commuter car, killing six and wounding nineteen. In hand-written notes carried in his pocket, Mr. Ferguson made undeniably clear his motive for murdering a bunch of white strangers: revenge for the racism he saw lurking behind every disappointment in his life.
Without missing a beat, the liberal establishment rushed in for damage control, declaring that the carefully planned massacre was simply the “incomprehensible” and “meaningless” act of a deranged man. “No more sense can be made of such a thing than of a typhoon or cyclone,” wrote Luc Sante in the New York Times. “Forget the gunman’s declared motive of racial hatred [emphasis added]. When someone with a semiautomatic weapon starts perforating citizens en masse, the question of motive evaporates.” Governor Cuomo of New York struck a similar tone of bemused detachment, saying that the massacre was “unfathomable.”
Unfortunately, nothing could be more “fathomable” than Colin Ferguson’s act of hatred. [More]
Ferguson is an early example of what we at VDARE.com call Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome. He's also an example of the black spree killer, who gets so much less publicity than the white ones—see my
[See earlier Is the Rule of Law Immoral? Ask Archbishop José Gomez!]
According to the New York Times, America's Catholic bishops are counting on the persuasive power of the pulpit this month to push "comprehensive immigration reform"—also known as amnesty for illegal aliens.
Unfortunately, we've already seen this movie, and it has an unhappy ending. Back in January 2010, our beloved shepherds launched a similar campaign supporting another amnesty bill.
Bishop John C. Wester chaired the Committee on Migration of the bishops' conference (USCCB) at the time. He told the Catholic News Service that "the church will prod lawmakers take action on the issue, beginning with a postcard campaign to members of Congress and prayer vigils across the country." [CNS, January 8, 2010].
Hey, wait a minute. Wasn't something else going on in January 2010?
Oh, that's right—Obamacare! But Obamacare wasn't a problem. After all, it never would have gotten off the ground, had the bishops not supported "universal health care" as "a basic human right" for years.
So the confident bishops focused on amnesty, announcing a nationwide "Justice for Immigrants" campaign in January 2010. They planned to distribute millions of postcards to parishes throughout the country urging Catholics to demand that Congress "enact immigration reform as soon as possible."
Then ObamaCare passed with abortion funding intact. The betrayed bishops expressed shock and chagrin.
It's shocking, I know. Simply shocking.
Then the most pro-abortion president in history betrayed them again, directing HHS to issue its notorious "Contraceptive Mandate." And today, dozens of bishops, Catholic universities, businesses, and individuals—among them Notre Dame—find themselves suing Obama, whose "universal health care" regulations threaten to force thousands of Catholic institutions nationwide to close.
The Experts Flunk Out
But, to paraphrase Samuel Huntington, "Who Are We?"
Richard Doerflinger, [Email him] Appleby's colleague on the USCCB staff, answered that question in 2010. He said that "one organization in particular [the USCCB] has the role of speaking for the moral voice
Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 presidential election precipitated a running series of exchanges among election analysts centered on the topic: Can the Republican Party remain nationally competitive without making itself more appealing to minority voters?
Note that the differences of opinion—the interesting ones, at any rate—are coldly arithmetical, without moral content. It is possible to believe that Republicans ought to try harder to appeal to minorities, while yet believing that they can achieve electoral success without doing so.
That seems in fact to be the position of Sean Trende, a key participant in this War of the Wonks. On immigration reform, for example, Trende wrote this:
From a “pure policy” standpoint, I find quite a bit to like in the basic “Gang of Eight” framework. But regardless of whether Republicans could or should back the bill, it simply isn’t necessary for them to do so and remain a viable political force.
[The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited, Real Clear Politics, June 21, 2013.]
That is taken from the first essay in a four-part series Trende published in June-July this year. (Parts two, three, and four are titled, respectively, “Does GOP Have to Pass Immigration Reform?,” “The GOP and Hispanics: What the Future Holds,” and “Demographics and the GOP, Part IV.”) That series in turn enlarges on a book Trende published earlier this year, The Lost Majority.
Trende argued, with numbers to back up the argument, that the biggest part of Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss was due to “missing whites”—blue-collar northern and Midwestern whites who didn’t show up at the polls in November.
(Note that “white,” here and in what follows, refers to non-Hispanic whites.)
The GOP, said Trende, could build a fairly strong coalition by going after these downscale whites:
It means abandoning some of its more pro-corporate stances. This GOP would have to be more “America first” on trade, immigration and foreign policy; less pro-Wall Street and big business in its rhetoric; more Main Street/populist on economics.
Various elements of the wonkerati rode into battle against Trende, brandishing their slide rules. Karl Rove, for example:
To have prevailed over Mr. Obama in the electoral count, Mr. Romney would have had to carry 62.54% of white voters. That's a tall order, given that Ronald Reagan received 63% of the white vote in his 1984 victory.
[More White Votes Alone Won't Save the GOP, Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2013]
(The slide rules there are purely symbolic. I may in fact be the last person in the Western world that knows how to use a slide rule. I actually have one here
It's been said that you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Unfortunately, this isn't true if you are speaking for the historic American nation. If the people pushing white dispossession can't prove you are a “racist,” they will just make something up.
That's exactly what happened to pro-Southern protesters in Uvalda, GA. A small group of members of the League of the South, a Southern nationalist organization modeled on the Italian Lega Nord, demonstrated against mass immigration and what they called the “replacement of the Southern people.” The group took care to make sure its message could not be misinterpreted, upholding a strict dress code, approving signs in advance, and encouraging participation from prominent figures, including the town's police chief, Lewis R. Smith.
This did not stop the Cultural Marxists at the Southern Poverty Law Center ($PLC to VDARE.com) from using their usual point-and-sputter tactics to try to derail the demonstration: League of the South to Protest “Southern Demographic Displacement” by Heidi Beirich, [Email her] August 21, 2013. In their usual conpiratorial way, they alerted the police chief that he was participating in a demonstration with people of whom the SPLC did not approve. When Chief Smith did not back down, they made him the center of their hit piece—even though his participation was limited to receiving an award and shaking hands with demonstrators.
Lewis R. Smith receives the Robert E. Lee Award.
Photo Courtesy Of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Damningly, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that there were muttered racial slurs throughout the demonstration.
Now, however, it's been revealed that the only racial slurs that were muttered came from the author of the $PLC piece—a mole named Keegan Hankes. According to another demonstrator at the rally, Mr. Hankes expressed his fury about “spooks” and “n*****s” and his pleasure that Chief Smith had “taken care of them.” He also consistently brought up race in conversations, trying to bait other members.
The Southern Poverty Law Center made the fatal mistake of publishing Hankes' piece under his own name, before removing it and replacing it with “Hatewatch Staff.” See Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award from Extremists During Rally Against Latino Immigrants, Hatewatch Staff on August 27, 2013, and see the pre-redaction Archive.org version here.
By this point, members of the “Southern Nationalist Network” had already identified him and linked him to the protests. [SPLC provocateur Keegan Hankes attempted to stir racial hatred in Uvalda, SouthernNationalist.com, September 5, 2013]
Memo From Middle America | News Flash—Obama Has Decided To Control Mexican Border…with Guatemala and Belize!
But recently Obama and his people have expressed interest in securing the southern border—Mexico’s southern border, that is:
Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.
Obama Administration Considers Plan to Bolster Mexico’s Southern Border by Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon, August 22, 2013
Oh, and they want to do it with your money!
The border control plan calls for U.S. funding and technical support of three security lines extending more than 100 miles north of Mexico’s border with Guatemala and Belize. The border security system would use sensors and intelligence-gathering to counter human trafficking and drug running from the region, a major source of illegal immigration into the United States.
According to the officials who discussed the U.S.-Mexican
Immigrant displacement of American workers has reached an all-time high—right as Congress returns from its August recess and, incredibly, is looking at passing some version of the Eight Gangsters’ Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill.
Employers added 169,000 jobs in August, slightly below expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 7.3%, mainly because people dropped out of the labor force and were no longer counted as unemployed. Labor force participation—the share of the working-age population that is either working or looking for work—has been dropping since the economy collapsed in late 2008, but is now at its lowest level since 1978.
The MSM and the Wall Street crowd played this as another ho-hum report. The numbers were good enough to keep current GDP growth projections intact but disappointing enough to forestall serious monetary tightening in the near term—a relief to Wall Street, which likes low interest rates.
But none of the chattering class commentary focused on the “other” employment report—of households rather than businesses. Total employment fell by 115,000 according to the Household Survey. Our analysis of BLS data finds native-born workers suffered more than 100% of the loss, while foreign-born enjoyed a big job gain.
- Total employment fell by 115,000, or by -0.08%
- Native-born employment fell by 338,000, or by -0.28%
- Foreign-born employment rose by 223,000, or by +0.95%
August is a month when seasonal factors—the change in car model years, the start of school, summer job terminations—can swamp long term economic trends. Even so, this August seems to be one for the record books. The immigrant share of U.S. employment—16.49%—was a new high for any August during the Obama years:
Foreign-born Share of Total Employment (%)
Source: Author's analysis of BLS unseasonalized data.
From August 2009 to August 2013 the immigrant share of total employment rose by 1 percentage point—from 15.49% to 16.49%. Had the immigrant share remained at its August 2009 level, 1.44 million more native-born Americans would have been employed this August, and the native-born unemployment rate would have been 6.4% instead of the 7.5% reported by BLS.
The displacement of native-born Americans by immigrants reached
It has been widely reported that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on U.S. Catholic bishops and priests to turn their prayerful pulpits into political bully-pulpits this Sunday, September 8th. Patriotic American Catholics—of whom I count myself one—must think about how to respond to this indignity should they be subjected to it.
The USCCB’s immigration-mad professional bureaucrats want bishops and priests to harangue the faithful—who come to Mass to worship their God and Savior, not to be a captive audience at political pep-rallies—with stump speeches in favor of the nation-destroying Gang of Eight bill the Senate so recklessly passed and that now looms in the House.
Of course, the mass-immigration dogmatism of U.S. Catholic bishops is not the Magisterial teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on immigration and the right of countries to defend their national character.
A look at what the Church has consistently taught about nations and peoples—teachings grounded in Scripture and almost 2,000 years of tradition—must lead any honest reader to conclude that no nation is compelled as a Christian duty to throw open its borders to the point of seeing its distinctive culture and character drowned by a flood of foreign migrants.
The liberal fetish for diversity, something most of America’s Catholic bishops have adopted, is nowhere found in Holy Writ. Indeed, the dissolution of nations and their distinctive cultures into a monoculture—the end-state for Open-Borders fanatics, who see America as a “proposition nation” rather than an organic ethno-cultural entity—is exactly what we are warned against in Genesis’s story of God’s confounding the arrogance of the builders of the Tower of Babel.
No faithful Catholic is obliged to suffer in silence misguided p
Apparently, the American Indian identity is to this day the most coveted ethnic status in the entire world. That is why the white oedipal liberals are so focused on diffusing the Indian identity, and redistributing its honor on any and all non-whites. The one thing the globalist liberal cannot tolerate is a strong, male, ethnic image. The American Indian has become the bane of the white liberal’s existence.
I have noted before how Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute attempted to blur the American Indian image. When George Soros took over the documentary division of Sundance, it focused concentrated on an “Native American Initiative”—but immediately began including Pacific Islanders, Asians, Africans, and even homosexuals as part of the meaning of “Native American.” Anything non-white, non-Christian, and non-American, was to be classified as “Native,” and thus to share the incomparable historical dignity and honor of the American Indian. [See my George Soros and the Sundance Kid, FrontPageMagazine.com, February 07, 2005]
In Liberalism, all weakness, real or imaginary, must be validated. Calling Indians like me “Native American” is a standard tactic to destroy distinctions. Even the National Museum of the American Indian was early in on this racial amalgamation, disappearing American Indians in the name of validating every Third World tribe on earth, as I reported some nine years ago:
It’s official: the new National Museum of the American Indian declares all brown-skinned people of the Western hemisphere are now “American Indian.” All “indigenous” people of North, Central, and South America, and even Pacific Islanders, are aggrandized in the $219 million dollar showcase of brown pride. The NMAI is shrine for native resentment – a cultural center for anti-white, anti-European sentiments.
[The Smithsonian Redistributes Honor, FrontPageMagazine.com, September 28, 2004]
Some people thought I was neurotic to protest this racial elimination of my own people. Some thought I was beating my own war drum, so to speak, by vehemently objecting to the eradication of the historical identity of my people.
Then came the Hindu invasion. The “real” Indians, we were advised to understand. In a few years, the internet search engines were all wondrously mixed with Hindu and American Indian topics—all under the word “Indian.”
This historical dignity and honor of the American Indian simply cannot be shared with any other ethnic group in the world. Only the American Indian, however misnamed, can stand as the “natives” that fought against the United States.
Our mark is upon this grand country. And the mark of America is upon us. No other people share this honor.
I’ve written about the historical propriety of the word “Hindu” more than once on VDARE.com. It is from the ancient Sanskrit, sindhu. It means simply, “river.” The people that lived in the great river valley were called “river” people, or, people of the river.
Later, the Persians called it “hindu”, with a hard “h” sound. When Marco Polo and the Europeans came, they Latinized it by dropping the initial consonant altogether. It became the “Indus” River, and the territory, “India.” But, in the late 1600s, the English were still using “Hindou” to identify the people.
Yes, Hindus had a distinct religion, but the word hindu did not pertain to that, originally, at all.
When Christopher Columbus wrote in Spanish (1492), he called the New World natives of the Caribbean “Indians,” after the Spanish custom. They were called Indians ever after. When the English colonists encountered the North American natives, they were called “Indians” as well.
But now white liberals would have this distinction all done away with. American Indians are Hindus, and Hindus are American Indians.
A youthful, agonizingly ignorant site called Elite Daily recently published an article Tribal Man Carries Pregnant Wife 25 Miles Through Monsoon To Receive Medical Treatment. (by Sean Levinson, June 11, 2013.) It begins, “An Indian tribal man…” Not until the ninth line of the piece is the setting identified as “India.” A linguistic coincidence?
Hardly. The devious article features this giant picture of an American Indian northern plains warrior at its top, underneath the headline, before you even begin reading. There is no photograph of any Hindu person, people, village, or city. The picture is of some clay model, perhaps to avoid suit for actual ethnic fraud, or some such outrage:
Senior Editor Levinson, a white liberal elitist, clearly
Black-On-White Crime: If You Want To Get To Grips With Hatefacts, You Need To Understand The Hatenumbers
My August 29th column on the effort by Tim Wise to explain away the great imbalances in inter-racial crime stats brought in a lot of email. I’m going to give over a column to dealing with some of the issues raised by readers.
Inter-racial crime: The context.
Kent Falls, CT, Beautiful…until America’s Immigration Disaster (illegal AND legal) reached it
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So, despite suspending our Appeal over the Labor Day weekend, we’re already over 57% there!
I want personally to thank all of our readers who have contributed—above all our old friends. We owe you everything.
We now hope we’ve resolved the technical software problems that caused us to suspend the Appeal. So (to ape the immigration enthusiasts) let’s get this done! We don’t want to be forced into a supplementary Appeal later this year.
Congress reconvenes this Friday, September 6th and the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill is still hanging fire. There’s just too much going on!
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[For more Colorado politics, see Losing A State, Losing A Nation—What's At Stake In Colorado by James Kirkpatrick]
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Out: The boy who cried wolf. In: The girl who cried birth control. Desperate Democrats are imposing false-alarm feminist politics on a high-stakes recall election in Colorado this month. It's a golden opportunity for independent-minded women to reject empty femme-a-goguery and tear up the Sandra Fluke card.
On September 10, Colorado Springs and Pueblo will decide whether to boot two top state Democrats (state Senate Majority Leader John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron) over their support for radical gun- and ammo-control measures spearheaded by outside special interests. Left-wing billionaires Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Eli Broad of Detroit have poured $700,000 between them into defending the endangered Colorado Democrats.
A whiff of elitist progressive panic
As goes Colorado, so goes the nation.
Under the “all seeing eye” of the Centennial State's seal, there has been a remarkable political transformation: this onetime bulwark of the New Republican Majority is now the model for the Permanent Democratic Regime. But not for the reason you hear in the Main Stream Media.
The MSM is quick to credit the demographic change resulting from immigration—all evidence of The Growing Power of the Latino Vote [By Kathleen Geier, Washington Monthly, November 7, 2013]. But the real story in Colorado: wealthy Democratic donors built a media/ organizational/ activist machine that cut into the Republican share of Colorado whites.
Colorado has long been important to patriotic immigration reformers. Dick Lamm, the leading Democrat to oppose mass immigration, was the longest-serving governor in Colorado history. In the immigration battles of the last decade, Colorado enacted some of the toughest anti-illegal immigration legislation in the nation, with the reluctant acquiescence of then-Republican Governor Bill Owens. And, of course, Colorado was the launching pad for Congressman Tom Tancredo, who stopped George W. Bush's Amnesty efforts and almost reduced the Republican Party to a single-digit share in his 2010 Third-Party run for governor. [Hickenlooper wins easily, by John Moore, Denver Post, November 5, 2010]
So when Colorado turned blue for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, MSM pundits were eager to credit the change to the much-vaunted Latino colossus. [Latino voters helped Colorado stay blue -- more so than in any other battleground state, By Sam Levin, Westword, November 7, 2012.
According to CNN exit polls, Romney won 54% of the white vote, with Obama picking up 44%. But Obama also won about 75% of the Latino vote, which constitutes 14% of the electorate. And that was enough to make up the difference.
But this misses what is really remarkable: whites in this traditionally right-leaning state, home of conservative bastions like Focus on the Family and the Air Force Academy, voted for Romney at a rate lower than whites nationwide. According to the New York Times,
EPI’s home page does have some stories about immigration, but they are significantly abstract—here’s a sample, with my comments:
A standard wonkish point, totally disconnected from real-world mass legal (and illegal) immigration. “Numbers are of the essence”—Enoch Powell.
- July 19, 2013 Is Senate Immigration Bill Better Than the Status Quo?
EPI’s answer: a resounding, Politically Correct fudge. But it does say: “Shockingly, the bill does not increase staffing or funding for the enforcement of labor standards.”
Doesn’t shock me.
However, EPI also has stories that are really about immigration, but don’t acknowledge it:
- August 21, 2013 A Decade of Flat Wages: The Key Barrier to Shared Prosperity and a Rising Middle Class
- August 19, 2013 State Jobs Numbers Show Sluggish Growth
- August 6, 2013 There Has Been No Improvement in the Hires Rate in Two Years
All of that is caused by sluggish labor markets swamped by too many immigrants.
Here are a couple of other EPI items that ought to reference immigration.
- August 22, 2013 A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity
EPI’s approach to prosperity:
States can increase the strength of their economies…by investing in education and increasing the number of well-educated workers.
- June 24, 2013 Brazilian Protests: Could They Happen Here?
Well, the answer to that is: it’s much more likely that the United States will suffer riots of the kind that rocked Brazil in June if it keeps importing the kind of people who do that kind of rioting.
Happy Riot-Free Labor Day to all our readers!
Previous Labor Day Columns
No American patriot should have failed to study the recent New York Times cheerleading reportorial Catholic Push to Overhaul Immigration Goes to Pews (by Ashley Parker and Michael D. Shear, August 21 2013). A huge offensive is about to be launched against US citizens by a (tax-exempt) church, led by a foreign power, for its own secular and selfish motives:
Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.
"We want to try to pull out all the stops," said Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who said the immigration issue was at a now-or-never moment. "They have to hear the message that we want this done, and if you’re not successful during the summer, you’re not going to win by the end of the year."
Catholic leaders, who have tried to wield their clout against Mr. Obama on issues like abortion, birth control and same-sex marriage, are betting that their congregations will be able to exert pressure on reluctant Republicans and wavering Democrats to support the president on immigration. They say they are motivated by the Bible’s teachings and by the reality that many Latino immigrants are Catholics and represent a critical demographic for the church.
[Emphases and links added throughout].
This Appleby point man [email him] makes clear the rhetoric will be emotional and manipulative:
‘Sometimes [the bishops] are criticized that they're encouraging lawbreaking, but the fact is, these folks are here, and their families are getting separated, and what the bishops are trying to do is change the law so they can help them,’ said Kevin Appleby, director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' migration policy and public affairs office.
Bishops' immigration outreach based on 'pastoral' concern, by Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency, Aug. 30, 2013
Whoa! Come here illegally and that gives you the right to stay?
Pass this kind of legislation and the U.S. on the way to becoming a banana republic.
And note that there’s no discussion of overall numbers, of
America’s college students are returning to their campuses as you read this. So, as VDARE.com’s Athena Kerry once did, I am writing to inform you of the desperate state academia is in—from the inside. Unfortunately this means that both my name, and the particular college, I attend must stay secret.
Kerry seems to have assumed that because her college was Catholic, it would not suffer greatly from the Cultural Marxism now often found in higher education. My mistake was similar. I assumed that attending a college featured in VDARE.com contributor John Zmirak's otherwise valuable book All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith would be a place where someone could agree with VDARE.com publicly.
I had followed Zmirak's advice in looking over the college's curriculum and everything seemed right. There were classes on ancient philosophy, the Bible, medieval Christian thought, Shakespeare, etc. Beyond that, there were no required classes on multi-culturalism and there was a place of worship on campus.
The blind spot: I did not have the presence of mind to consider the student body itself. My mistake may seem laughably foolish to some, and perhaps it was, but I cannot emphasize this enough: If you or your children are looking for a college, talk at length with many different students who currently attend. No matter how conservative or traditional the college's curriculum or ethos may seem, a bad student body can ruin it.
Here are some instructive examples of the mindset that many students now have, even in a place that prides itself in teaching many of the "Great Books":
- In a class on International Relations, Iran came up and I noted how ironic it was that a man as deeply religious as Ruhollah Khomeini would consider the atheist USSR a "lesser Satan" compared to "Great Satan" America, where freedom of religion was respected.
At this, the class stopped as one student after another explained
For example, SLATE’S Aisha Harris proclaimed Are You White? Then You Should Probably Watch This, August 16, 2013. (She’s black, by the way). And The Huffington Post’s C.C. Stinson (also black) wrote in BLACK VOICES, the Huffpo section dedicated to articles of interest to blacks:
“Mr. Wise has been an educator for many years teaching the masses about White Privilege and the psychological effects of our societal norm to ignore it…Numerous professors and subject matter experts are lined up to discuss this issue including John H. Bracey, professor and author of How Racism Harms White Americans, Imani Perry, a feminist and author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States and Michelle Alexander, civil rights advocate and author of The New Jim Crow..” [Links added]
[Exploring Race With Tim Wise's film White Like Me, June 21, 2013]
Five years ago, I also released a documentary film about “racism,” A Conversation About Race. In it, I used taped interviews with a diverse group of adults to raise the question: if America does, truly, have a problem with “racism,” wouldn’t it be wise to take the time necessary to define just what “racism” is—before stripping citizens of their constitutional rights in ill-conceived schemes aimed at eradicating it? My film then demonstrated how all humans are “racist” to some degree.
Now, the reason I’m writing this is that I’ve noticed, shall we say, a distinct difference in how those in a position to judge greeted the release of these two, very different racism films.
The release of Wise’s film was celebrated, as seen above, and its content was acknowledged by both academia and MSM as being “educational.” (Wise is often described as an “educator” although his connection with educational institutions is minimal. He seems to be a professional anti-white agitator. Perhaps “educator” is Cultural Marxist-speak for “brainwasher.”)
The release of my film was, on the other hand, unanimously ignored.
Now, I concede
A military jury sentenced unrepentant Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday.