Senate Sellout: Did You DO Anything In The Great War For Immigration Sanity — Or Just Bitch?

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Last Wednesday, May 16, I eavesdropped on the

Treason & Anarchy Lobby`s
weekly conference call.
(OK, that`s my name for them!) The dominant theme was

horror at the harshness
of the Senate`s
comprehensive-capitulation-to-Mexico

bill
. (If they`d try to

visualize
the

dysfunctional, Balkanized mess
the country will turn
into if they get their wish, one wonders if they`d have
second thoughts—or, as

Thomas Sowell
would say, "perhaps
first thoughts
.)

The person who closed the call assured his
listeners—allegedly in the hundreds—that "although
the anti-immigrant movement out there is

very loud,
it`s

very small."

While noting the speaker`s conflation of

anti-immigration
with

"anti-immigrant,"
I thought to myself, "Oh,
sure
"
. After all,

poll after poll
shows that Americans want
immigration to be, in

Brenda Walker
`s words, "legal,
controlled, and reduced
".
(For the results of
last fall`s comprehensive poll commissioned by the
Center for Immigration Studies, see

here
.)

But in an email alert sent late that same evening
(5/16) to the 320,000-strong

NumbersUSA
activist list for faxing and phoning,
NumbersUSA President

Roy Beck
wrote:

“Many Senators are
telling staffers and other Senators that they are
inclined to vote for the giant Kennedy/Bush amnesty bill
(S. 1348) next week
[i.e. the week of 5/21]
because they say they have been surprised at how few
phone calls of protest they`ve gotten during the last
two months of highly-publicized negotiations to create
the amnesty.

“They are concluding that
the citizens of their states just

aren`t all that worked up
about granting an amnesty.
And they`re interpreting that as a green light to give

corporations
the huge new supplies of

legal foreign labor
they desire.”

In short, most of our beloved senators seem
to have a death wish for our country. By now we`re used
to this kind of nonsense.

But it`s still startling to reflect upon: Why should
they need massive phone calls from the

grassroots
to do the right thing? After all, the
U.S. Senate is often described as the "world`s
greatest deliberative body
"
. They deliberated on

this
??

Anyway, it`s the kind of

nation-wrecking irresponsibility
that advocates of
immigration sanity are familiar with and that we must
compensate for with the power of our numbers. But in
that same email, Roy went on to say,

“I know that most of you
have never made a phone call. Your faxing totally
dominates the written communications in offices. But our
phone presence just isn`t powerful enough. We need far
more phoning to give more weight to the piles of faxes
they are getting.”

So where are all our missing-in-action troops? In
these days of peril for the American future, we want the
forces of immigration-sanity to be functioning smoothly,
all cylinders firing.

Note that if those 320,000 Numbers participants are
divided uniformly among 435 congressional districts,
that`s 735 per district. (Uniform distribution probably
is a reasonable first approximation — recall former
House Speaker

Dennis Hastert
`s announcement last summer that "Every
state is a border state, and every town is a border town
… everywhere I travel around this country, illegal
immigration is a top concern
".
)

Thus Arizona`s

Senator Kyl
, who`s apparently leading the
capitulation cadres, should be hearing from about 5,900
people, since the state has nine districts. And 24,000
faxers/phoners from 32 districts should be hammering
Texas`s wishy-washy-or-worse Senators

John Cornyn
and

Kay Bailey Hutchison
. And the staffs of Georgia`s

senatorial weasels Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson

(see

photo
—I apologize to all

genuine weasels
for this odious comparison) should
be begging for surcease from the attentions of about
8,800 enraged NumbersUSAers.

So we in the immigration-sanity movement are big in
number. But, per Roy Beck`s plaint, apparently we`re
acting small
.

Well, yes. And Roy`s is distressingly far from being
the only example. Here`s another: A good friend is
active in one of the San Diego Minutemen groups. Every
Saturday for many months, he and about

half-a-dozen other stalwarts
have been picketing at

day-labor pick-up sites
and generally "showing
the flag,"
in an area where the atmosphere is
becoming increasingly hostile and tense for such
actions.

"It`s always the same six or eight of us", the
friend told me. "People drive by and give us thumbs
up or toot their horns in approval. But do any of them
stop and join us? Almost never. Yet having
merely another half-dozen people with us would make a
big difference"
.

VDARE.COM`s

Patrick Cleburne
has

remarked
on the "articulate ferocity" of
online comments that attend spineless op-eds on
immigration in venues like Townhall.com and
OpinionJournal. Indeed, the phenomenon is
widespread—though not universally "articulate"!
Any article having to do with immigration in, say, the
Billings Gazette spurs a barrage of readers`
input, with the vast majority of it on our side. For
example, Saturday`s article on the capitulation bill (Senators
take dubious view of immigration bill
, [ By
Noelle Straub] scroll down for comments) had attracted
54 comments by 6 p.m. Sunday. Even if the article has
nothing explicitly to do with immigration, immigration
comments appear. See the second comment

here
.

But when our cause needs bodies or bucks, where
are all these people
?

And what about YOU? If you`re strongly with
immigration patriots in opinion but always from the
sidelines, what will move you to step up? Perhaps

some Dutch-uncle talk
from

Winston Churchill?

“If you will not fight
for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed;
if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and
not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will
have to fight with all the odds against you and only a
small chance of survival. There may even be a worse
case; you may have to fight when there is no hope of
victory, because it is better to perish than live as
slaves.”

Los Angeles talk-radio host

Terry Anderson
says it in his own way: "There`s
no practice, America. This is not a drill"
.

And Terry practices what he preaches, big time.

In the fray
since his

south-central Los Angeles neighborhood
became an

illegal-alien magnet
in the early 1990s, he`s been
doing his one-hour Sunday night radio show [Listen to it

here
]on the immigration invasion since the fall of
2000. Closing in on 350 shows, he`s never missed a week
(so never had a full week`s vacation in all that time),
through sore throats, allergies, and existential
tiredness. Doing the hour-long shows can be physically
draining, and that`s on top of 40-plus hours per week
spent preparing, assembling materials and thoughts,
answering

emails
from listeners, and on and on.

But Terry`s famous now and makes big bucks doing all
this, right? Ha ha. He and helpers burn a lot of energy
raising funds to keep the show on the air, and they`ve
never taken a dime in recompense. Not even gas money for
the weekly drive to KRLA`s studio in Glendale.

So Terry`s independently wealthy? Ha ha, again. He
used to do body and fender work, until

illegal aliens flooded the Los Angeles market
,
driving jobs that had paid $20/hour in the early 1980s
below $10/hour today. He`s now self-employed — spottily
— doing custom electric work on classic cars.

Of course, Terry`s sacrifices on behalf of a livable
American future, while heroic and exemplary, are far
from unique.

  • Glenn Spencer has been a Paul Revere about mass
    illegal immigration since the late 1980s, when he
    started by placing informational flyers on
    windshields in his San Fernando Valley neighborhood.
    Subsequently the creator of

    American Patrol
    , he moved to the border in
    Arizona in 2002 to be

    on the front line
    .

  • Then there`s Barbara Coe, fearless colleague of
    Glenn and Terry, in the fight since the early 1990s,
    leader in 1994`s campaign for Proposition 187,
    founder of the

    California Coalition for Immigration Reform
    .
    (For 19 sound clips that ought to get your pulse up,
    go to

    this
    CCIR web page and scroll down. Most of
    these were recorded, undercover, by
    Spanish-speaking, retired school teacher Evelyn
    Miller, one of Barb Coe`s lieutenants, who joined up
    during the Proposition 187 campaign and never looked
    back.)

In a recent conversation with a NumbersUSA registrant
who teaches in a southern California public school, I
learned that while she`d done some faxing, she`d never
made any of those phone calls:

PN: Let`s see. Offices in
DC are open from about 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. California time.

T: My work starts before
8 a.m. and runs until about 3 p.m. …

PN: They`re open from
about 5 a.m. though …

T: But that would mean
I`d have to get up earlier.

PN: Well …. yes.

Several years ago, Roger Clegg, in one sentence,
explained most Americans` habitual complacency. In a
brief article (Madison
Memory
) about our Constitution-writing Founder,

James Madison
, Clegg wrote:

[P]erhaps it is a
measure of Madison`s success that he helped create a
republic in which most people don`t have to worry much
about politics, and can take freedom for granted, and
don`t worship the authorities.”

Yes. Taking

freedom for granted
. We are a very spoiled people,
probably unique in human history. Will enough of us get
"unspoiled" in time?

So, reader, what was it you were saying about being
unable to get up early to make phone calls to

Capitol Hill
or about being loath to use a few hours
of accrued vacation to make an in-person impression in
your senators` or representative`s district offices or
about sending (say) $100 to (say) Terry Anderson to fund
five minutes of airtime?

You object that you did make some phone
calls and donate some money a few years ago, but now
you`re wearied by the struggle? Sorry, but that`s not
going to cut it, either. We`re all weary.

Or perhaps your weariness is intellectual: When are
enough other Americans going to get it?

Here I draw on some pithy wisdom, third-hand, from—of
all people—Richard
Nixon
. In a long New York Times Magazine
article (Master of the Game, 10/31/1993,

pay archive
) about political chameleon David Gergen,
journalist

Michael Kelly
wrote

[Gergen] learned
the importance of saying the same thing, over and over
and over: `Nixon taught us about the art of repetition.
He used to tell me, “About the time you are writing a
line that you have written so often that you want to
throw up, that is the first time the American people
will hear it.”`"

Alright, so what can you do?

First, forget about fix-it-in-a-day blitzkriegs for
immigration sanity. This is a LONG struggle. Instead of
cooking up grandiose plans that can never amount to
anything — like boycotting every company that does
business with Mexico –- do something real, like
attending a public meeting and

speaking out
, even though you don`t feel comfortable
doing so. Do so, especially, if it involves

standing up to cowardly bullies
like John McCain. Go
put your body on the line with the

Minutemen
, locally or at the southern border. Cough
up some bucks, even if it means a bit of sacrifice.

And, darn it, make Capitol Hill`s switchboards melt
down with your phone calls.

Tom Tancredo laid it out clearly in his Lincoln Day
speech on April 14th in Des Moines:

“People say to me: `What
can I do now, you`ve got me all riled up about this
issue. What can I do?`

“And I always say, `Well
… everything! Everything that you can do.`

“If it`s the people you influence around the watercooler, if it`s the people you influence when you
write a letter to the editor. Or if you run for city
council. Or anything. Whatever you can do is
what you have to do.”

Congressman Tancredo, first elected to Congress in
1998, has been at it for a LONG time, too. A
correspondent recently wrote to me:

“A few years earlier (in
the late 80s), I had met Tom Tancredo at a school choice
conference at the Mackinac center in Saginaw, Michigan.
We walked the mile back to the hotel together. I wanted
to talk about my great cause:

introducing market competition in K-12 schooling
.

“Tancredo said words to
the effect: That`s a big issue all right, but there is
an even bigger challenge: out-of-control immigration.
Even then he could see the trouble coming.

“I thought he had his
priorities mixed up, to get sidetracked on a secondary
issue.

“I would learn.”

To close, I`ll remind you of what`s at stake with
more words from

Churchill

"We must recognize that
we have a great inheritance in our possession, which
represents the prolonged achievement of centuries; that
there is not one of our simple, uncounted rights today
for which better men than we have not died on the
scaffold or the battlefield. We have not only a great
treasure, we have a great cause. Are we taking every
measure within our power to defend that cause?"

… and with this

startling rumination
from Thomas Sowell in his May 1
column:

“When I see the worsening
degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators,
and our intelligentsia, I can`t help wondering if the
day may yet come when the only thing that can save this
country is a military coup.”

Postscript:

OK, you want to know what
I

do, besides writing occasional pieces, gratis,
[VDARE.COM note:
we`ve tried to pay him!]
for VDARE.COM?

Last year I donated more than $11,000 (tax
deductible) to the

various organizations
fighting for us and more than
$5,000 (non-deductible) to political candidates who were
focusing on immigration sanity. I`m on track for similar
levels in 2007. No, I`m not rich, and I content myself
with driving a trashed-out 1984 Mazda truck.

This year I`ve made half a dozen 200-mile round trips
to Helena to testify on Montana bills aimed at combating
illegal immigration.

Since the start of 2006, I`ve submitted about 85
letters to newspapers (with about 25 published),
ghostwritten several published op-eds and letters, and
had two op-eds published under my own name.

I also send every NumbersUSA fax (n.b. after
customizing them
) and make most of the
requested phone calls—the latter being a distinctly
non-favorite activity.

I`d much rather spend my time thinking about physics!
But Madison`s creation has been undone. Today—and
especially this week—patriotic Americans are being
forced to worry about politics.

Paul
Nachman [
email
him] is a retired physicist and immigration sanity
activist in Bozeman, MT. Read his VDARE.COM blogs



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