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How Come MSM War On Poverty 50th-Anniversary Celebrations NEVER Mention Immigration?

See also National Data | Another Lesson From 1965: More Immigrants=More Poverty, by Edwin S. Rubenstein

One Annie Lowrey has proclaimed on the front page of the New York Times that  "50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag."  [January 5, 2014]. Miss Lowrey turns out to be 29.  I knew she had to be young because she doesn’t mention the dramatic, unplanned surge in low-skilled immigration that has occurred since 1965, with tens of millions of legal and illegal immigrants swarming the nation’s unguarded borders.   

(In fact, none of the Main Stream Media pieces I’ve seen on the War On Poverty so far have mentioned immigration. Here’s

Kosher At Last: FAIR Breaks Taboo, Protests Big Donor Corruption Of GOP Leaders

ZKA

Zuckerberg,Koch, Adelson: Billionaires for Open Borders. H/T Mother Jones

With Main Stream Media cheerleading for the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge legislation back to the heights of a year ago, and with another Boehner betrayal being widely expected, an important and encouraging development has occurred. FAIR (the Federation For American Immigration Reform), the wealthiest and least effective Inside-The-Beltway Immigration restraint outfit, has broken ranks and denounced the influence of Treason Lobby Plutocrats on the GOP Leadership. This topic had previously been mysteriously taboo.

Ira Mehlmans’ essay Will House Republicans Follow the Money or Their Consciences on Immigration in 2014? Townhall.com Jan 05 2014 is a fine statement of the ugly reality

“Follow the money.” It’s still the surest way to trace the roots of a political disaster: Watergate, the S&L crisis, the mortgage meltdown, Obamacare, and just about every other avoidable mess that has shaken this nation over the past half century.

It will also be the surest way to trace the next political disaster if John Boehner and his inner circle of House Republican leaders decide to force through a package of immigration bills that include amnesty for illegal aliens, and massive increases in future immigration. The primary reason why Boehner and company might move on immigration in 2014 – perhaps the only reason – is money: lots and lots of it.

(VDARE.com emphasis)

Mehlman truly understands what the Amnesty/Immigration Acceleration Bill will do to Americans and his emphasis on the Surge aspect is wise:

Vastly expanding access to new foreign workers at a time when more than 20 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed, and millions more find themselves downwardly mobile, would pound the final nail in the coffin of our once robust middle class.

He notes

…that sort of immigration “reform” is exactly what business interests in the United States are demanding…Having invested heavily in winning approval by the Senate for S.744, the so-called Gang of Eight bill, these interests are likely to spare no expense to get the House to follow suit.

Mehlman prudently emphasizes the iniquitous role of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying they are

Asserting de facto ownership of the party

but in a subsequent sentence discreetly indicates he knows the true situation

Ann Coulter: Could We Get Some Immigrants Who Can Take A Poll?

With Republicans tying themselves in knots over the Democrats' destructive, but superficially appealing, demand that unemployment benefits be extended to two and a half years, I return to my suggestion that Republicans stop playing defense and go on offense.Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican

For every issue that MSNBC loves to prattle on about, gloating that it will cost Republicans this or that demographic, there's an equivalent issue to use against the Democrats. (The difference is: Our proposals would actually be good for the country.)

In addition to my repeated suggestion that Republicans introduce bills to institutionalize the dangerous mentally ill and force the Democrats to defend the right of psychos to crap in libraries and shoot up schools, Republicans should take the public's side on immigration.

Democrats love to pretend their sucking up to illegals is all upside for them, but that's because they lie even when taking polls.

Liberals will claim that 99 percent of Americans favor national health care after taking a poll that asks: "Do you support Americans being nice to one another?"

WAIT! THAT'S NOT A POLL ABOUT NATIONAL HEALTH CARE!

It's the same thing. The government providing free health care to everyone is just being nice.

They'll claim "90 percent of Americans favor banning most guns" based on a poll that asks, "Are you for common sense gun safety or are you against it?"

Similarly, the immigration polls triumphantly brandished by the media ask about positions no one holds, no politician has proposed and no bills would require. Polls are irrelevant if you lie to the people being polled.

Most immigration polls are variations on the one taken by the liberal Brookings Institution last March. Although it has been endlessly cited for allegedly showing that a majority of Americans support amnesty, the poll never asked about amnesty, or any real policy.

Rather, the poll gave respondents only two options, neither of which have been proposed by either political party or are up for a vote anywhere in America.

The options were:

"The best way to solve the country's illegal immigration problem is to secure our borders and arrest and deport all those who are here illegally";

Or:

"The best way to solve the country's illegal immigration problem is to both secure our borders and provide an earned path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S."

Neither of those choices describes the position of anyone on either side of the immigration debate. Amnesty proponents have no intention of either securing the border or making illegals do anything to "earn" citizenship. Meanwhile, not a single amnesty opponent has proposed any program to "arrest and deport" illegals.

But amnesty proponents turn around and cite this fraudulent

Greek Anti-Immigration Party Golden Dawn Survives Crackdown—Because It’s Rooted In Middle Class

Greece took over the presidency of the European Union on New Year’s Day. For the next 6 months, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be the EU head, at least nominally. But back on his home ground, things are tougher: European elections will be held May 22 and his center-right New Democracy party is not only facing the possibility of a high-polling party on its left, SYRIZA, but also the surprising fact that, on its right, the nationalist, anti-immigration party Golden Dawn refuses to go away.

This is not because the Greek government hasn’t tried to make Golden Dawn go away—its unprecedented crackdown last fall verged on hard totalitarianism. And currently Athens is boiling with rumors about yet more new laws limiting or banning the party or prohibiting some of its best-known members from running for office.

But Golden Dawn still seems to have pretty decent chance of winning Athens, the Greek capital, in the municipal elections also held May 22. And the Euro-elections, currently scaring politicians all around Europe because voters use them as a chance to blow off protest steam, could give GD a vote even higher than what it might get in a national election.

More than ever after the murder of two of its young members in November—still unsolved, although a Leftist terrorist group claimed credit—Golden Dawn is surprising everyone with its opinion poll strength. It's a situation unique in the whole Western World: a party whose leader and Members of Parliament are in jail, and whose members have been murdered and persecuted, still achieves third place in the polls, scoring in the 7%-10% range.

After the government crackdown, the Greek Left is trying to reclaim the streets. With the police making it “criminal” for Golden Dawn members to organize almost any event or have any kind of weapons even for self-defense, the Left has been given a clear field to challenge the grassroots character of GD. But its efforts have merely emphasized the chasm in Greek society and highlighted why GD remains popular, especially among the middle class.

Thus one such Leftist effort was a play performed after the crackdown in Agios Panteleimonas Square (St. Panteleimon’s Square). Accompanied by MPs from the leftist SYRIZA Party, a group of performers, bused in from outside, staged a show that Greek’s Main Stream Media then fawned upon, with headlines like “Culture returns to Agios Panteleimonas.”  Naturally the MSM neglected to mention the hundreds of policemen cordoning off the area in case anyone objected to this “anti-racist flowering of civilization.”

But why was Agios Panteleimonas considered so important that it deserved this absurd ceremony of PC purification?

The area was one of the old middle-class neighborhoods in the center of Athens. During the 1990s, it suffered a series of blows. First, a wave of immigration from the Balkan countries arrived. Then, Africans and Asians came. Hordes of Third World immigrants were being dumped there by the organized gangs smuggling them in

The neighborhood quickly became the site for the main Afghan ghetto,

Common Core and the EduTech Abyss

Treason: The BOSTON GLOBE, Agribusiness, And The Mexican Colonization Of Mattawa WA

The town of Mattawa’s social hub is the Catholic church, where Spanish-language Mass is standing-room-only.

Here's a typical sob story reportorial from the Boston Globe about how illegal aliens from Mexico have swamped a perfectly innocent town in central Washington State and are really, really hurt because the mean old GOP won't let them have citizenship:

MATTAWA, Wash. – Eloy Cervantes, a cattle rancher and father of four, has staked his family’s future on this remote farming city in America’s apple country — a city riddled by troubles he wishes he could help fix. Teen pregnancy. Grating poverty. And violent gangs that shot bullet holes into his neighbors’ trailers.

But Cervantes is not a US citizen, so he is powerless to change a thing. In fact, the majority of people in this American town hundreds of miles from the southern border are not American citizens. Mattawa’s longtime mayor, a white woman in a town of 4,400 mostly Latino residents, won the last election with a grand total of 37 votes.

Immigration puts small town on cultural divide| America’s immigration impasse is a daily, dispiriting fact of life in Mattawa, Wash., and many places where noncitizens abound, by Maria Sacchetti, Januart 5, 2014. Bolding added throughout.

A white woman! Can't have that!

The Globe's Sacchetti (email her) describes the hell that was Mattawa before the immivasion:

Thirty years ago, Mattawa was a fading town of 300 hardy white farmers on the banks of the Columbia River, which flows south through ocher-tinted gorges from the Canadian Rockies. City officials joked that Mattawa easily lived up to the meaning of its Native American name, “Where is it?”

Hardy white farmers! The horror!

Unusually, Ms. Sacchetti is naive (or subversive?) enough to say straight out what the political economy of this immigration disaster actually is:

...in the late 1990s, corporate farmers blanketed the brown hills with forests of apples, cherries, and grapes — with the government’s help. They tapped water from a federal irrigation project and some leased land from the state.

In other words, Big Ag

Is America Going to Pot?

In Memoriam: Bob Grant—Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Although It’s A Wayward Child

Leftists rejoiced with characteristic crudity at the passing of Bob Grant, the conservative Talk Radio pioneer who died December 31 at age 84. Daryle Lamont Jenkins of the One Person’s Project, er, “One People’s Project,” shrieked in triumph that Bob Grant should “Rot in Hell!”This is the same Jenkins who recently ordered to pay $50,000 to Comanche patriot David Yeagley for his role in forcing the cancellation of the 2010 American Renaissance Conference at which Yeagley was to speak. (Read Yeagley’s 2012 AmRen speech here. )

Bob Grant was an exemplar of the confrontational conservative radio hosts that the Main Stream Media loves to describe as “shock jocks.”Beginning in the 1970s, Grant steadily built a following in New York City as a token conservative who eventually emerged as a dominant force on Talk Radio during the Reagan years. [Bob Grant, a Combative Personality on New York Talk Radio, Dies at 84, by Paul Vitello, New York Times, January 2, 2014]

As most obituaries noted, Grant was notorious for controversial remarks. He referred to the now-sainted Martin Luther King Jr.  as “this bum, this womanizer, this liar, this fake, this phony. ”He expressed great pessimism about the future of the country, because “the quality of the citizenry seems to be heading down. ”Finally, and most damningly, Grant noticed the great double standard you are not supposed to mention, saying, “You can talk all you want about ‘minorities’ rights,’ but heaven forbid you talk about white rights.”

Grant’s fall in 1996 came about because of an ill-considered crack at the news that then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown’s plane had crashed. Grant joked that because he was a pessimist, he thought Brown would be the only survivor. Unfortunately, Brown actually had died.

With help from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the Leftist vigilante group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) managed to get Grant fired from WABC. Though he would continue on other stations and blog and speak until his death, the damage was done. By 2008, in an example of the curious intensification of Political Correctness after what VDARE.com describes as the post-Soviet “Interglacial,”Grant was deemed too controversial

Merry Christmas! Bang, Bang!

[VDARE.com: This Christmas piece is being published on Twelfth Night, when we traditionally either publish our War On Christmas Competition final article...or admit that we haven’t gotten around to it.]

On Christmas Day, 1914, at the beginning of World War I, British  and German troops, locked in mortal combat, had spontaneous a one-day truce to celebrate, in peace, the birth of their God.

During my childhood in the 1960s, Christmas Eve and Christmas were the two slowest news days of the year. On Christmas Eve the only news was last-minute shopping, and on Christmas Day just about everyone, save for emergency and hospitality workers, stayed home, opening presents and feasting. Even gangsters were home with their families. From the standpoint of the tragedy business, it was a beautifully boring day.

But we live in interesting times, and so Christmas has become a most interesting day.

Note that in most of the following reports, the Main Stream Media outlets do not tell us that the perpetrators were diverse. However, we know that they were, due to:

1. The locations of the attacks;

2. The name and face of one perp;

3. The victims’ refusal to describe their attackers; and

4. The MSM “reporters’” refusal to even try and describe the attackers.

  • Chicago

On Christmas Eve in Chicago, seven men were wounded, some critically. A drive-by shooting wounded four on what a neighbor reportedly called a “quiet block” in the Washington Heights/Brainerd area before 7:30 p.m. (The “quiet block”/“quiet neighborhood” line is a diversity-denying cliché like “drug deal gone wrong.”) The other shootings took place between then and midnight. [Christmas Eve Shootings: No Holiday From Violence As 7 Wounded In Drive-By Gun Violence, Huffington Post, last updated 12/25/2012 2:13 pm EST.]

Reader BumbleBee2013 snarked, “Other than that, how are the holidays going?”

  • Newark, New Jersey

On Christmas Day, an 15-year-old Newark resident, who remains unnamed due to his age, allegedly murdered Zainee Hailey, 13, and Kasson Morman, 15; and wounded a third teenager, while trying to kill a fourth person, whom the killer completely missed. [Newark violence ensnares teenage victims and suspects by Lisa Evers, Fox 5 News, last updated Dec 31, 2013 6:47 P.M. EST.]

  • Casa Grande, Arizona

On Christmas Day, Connie Villa, 35, of Casa Grande, Arizona, attempted to murder all four of her children. Villa forced the younger children (3, 5, and 8) to ingest opiates in an attempt to poison them. When her eldest child refused to take the drugs, Villa suffocated her with her own hands. Villa also lured her ex-husband, Adam Villa, 33, to the house, where she repeatedly stabbed him. Mr. Villa escaped,

Then They Came For Personal Injury Attorneys!—California Lets An Illegal Alien Practice Law

Previously by John Reid: Political Correctness At Elite Law Schools: It’s Not The Professors, It’s The Students—Which Is Why You Should Give To VDARE.com!

In 1911, Ambrose Bierce defined a lawyer as “one skilled in circumvention of the law” and a liar as a “lawyer with a roving commission” in his satirical Devil’s Dictionary. For the next century, many less-funny jokes have made similar points:

  • How do you know a lawyer his lying? His lips are moving
  • What do you call an honest lawyer? An oxymoron

Despite (or perhaps because of) this reputation, lawyers need to pass rigorous character and fitness tests before admission to the bar. A bar applicant must disclose all legal problems, down to traffic tickets. Many states require credit checks. While a couple of traffic tickets or even a DUI will not prevent most people from admission, any evidence of dishonesty will.

Illegal aliens commit a host of dishonest and illegal “crimes of moral turpitude” just to function in society—even putting illegal presence aside. Consider how often you need to give your social security number on some form. Illegals just fake it.

With this in mind, enter Sergio Garcia, an illegal alien who the Supreme Court of California recently approved for admission to the bar. [Illegal immigrant Sergio Garcia gets California law licence, BBC, January 3, 2014] As to be expected, Garcia has the relatively sympathetic DREAMER back-story. His parents brought him to the US as an infant, although he left when he was 9 and did not return until he was 17.

However, Garcia’s legal career is inconsistent with the celebrated “undocumented valedictorian” meme. He graduated from the ABA-unaccredited Cal Northern Law School, a school with a median LSAT score of 145—half a standard deviation lower than the lowest median LSAT of any ranked law school.

And—to his credit—Garcia does not lie to reporters and tell them that he aspires to use his law license to help the disenfranchised blah blah. Rather, he aspires to be a personal injury litigator—the type of attorney most responsible for the bad lawyer jokes.

Garcia passed the bar exam and then applied for his law license, admitting his illegal status. The California Committee of Bar Examiners found that, his illegal status notwithstanding, Garcia had

Genuine or Not, DUCK DYNASTY Dust-up Spells Hope For Regular America

 [See also by Boss Aktuba: "Robbin' Hood"—Armed Robbery And Redistribution In The Age Of Obama]

The story to date: Phil Robertson is suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty thanks to pressure from GLAAD. Reaction from both fans of the show and conservatives barely familiar with it is huge. A Facebook page supporting Robertson is “Liked” 1.5 million times and numerous Republicans—even a few from Conservatism Inc.—condemn A&E.  The network capitulates before even a single episode is impacted. The only recent comparison: the backlash against efforts to boycott Chick-fil-A for statements made by its Chief Operating Officer in defense of traditional marriage in mid-2012.

(Note that both the Robertson and Chick-fil-A controversies ended with a partial concession by the insufficiently tolerant party. Robertson made it clear that he “would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different,” while Chick-fil-A vowed to keep their vile opinions to themselves. [Chick-Fil-A Agrees To Cease Funding To Anti-Gay Organizations, Chicago LGBT Group Claims. Social Reading. Huffington Post. Retrieved September 19, 2012.]But neither went back on what they said. Robertson is reinstated and Chick-fil-A is still selling chicken sandwiches across the country. Contrast this with the fate of grovelers like Paula Deen, Michael Richards, or that white kid who played intramural soccer at Oberlin.)

Now read on:

The Duck dust-up is widely understood to be a sign of the escalating culture war between Coastal Elites and Regular Americans. The Coastal Elites despise the Regular Americans as closed-minded, bigoted, religious, old-fashioned rednecks, holding America back from what they view as her true destiny: stylish global popularity-contest-winner. Regular Americans, meanwhile, grow weary of having an ever-heightening stack of Political Correctness and “tolerance” policies—written and unwritten—shoved down their throats. And they correctly sense they are seeing their country taken from under them and changed for the worse.

But there are plausible arguments that the whole Duck Dynasty drama was staged (Manufacturing Outrage, by Guy Somerset, TakiMag, December 24 2013) and that the premise of the show itself might be a fake (See Duck Dynasty is a Fake Yuppies-in-Red-Neck-Drag Con Job, Salo Forum, December 22, 2013,  or have a look at pictures of the Robertsons without beards).

It wouldn’t be the first case of “yuppies in redneck drag.” Ever heard of Larry the Cable Guy? How about George W. Bush? In these examples,

Obama's Afghanistan Mess

Obama Should Go to Sochi

John Derbyshire: Britain’s Latest Immigrant Invasion Is White (Bulgarian)—Perhaps That Means Something Can Be Done About It

[John Derbyshire writes: I’ll be speaking at the 2014 American Renaissance conference, which takes place April 25-27 at the lodge in Montgomery Bell State Park, near Nashville.

Full details are on the AmRen website, as is a write-up of last year’s very successful conference, at which I gave a talk.

It’s a warm, friendly gathering, with many opportunities to socialize and exchange ideas. The staff at the lodge are hospitable, and the food surprisingly good. The park itself is beautiful, with miles of hiking trails and many noble prospects.

Some antifa neckbeards may show up for light entertainment, but the park police will keep them well corralled.

Early birds get discounts, so if you can make it to Tennessee that weekend, register now!]

Visa Turistica, John DerbyshireAmong other, much more important anniversaries, 2014 is the semicentenary of my one and only visit to Romania. According to my passport, I entered what was then the Rumanian [sic] People’s Republic on September 11th 1964, and left ten days later. I recorded some random reminiscences here.

I have never been to Bulgaria; although once, again back in Iron Curtain days, I patronized an automobile service station in White Plains, New York, run by Bulgarians. On the office wall hung a photograph of King Simeon, then living in exile in Spain. (He is still with us—the only living person to bear the title “Tsar.”)

My base of knowledge for estimating the impact of several million Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants into Britain, following the complete opening of the borders this Wednesday, is thus regrettably narrow.

And note that word “complete.” There are already plenty of people from these two poor, corrupt Balkan nations already in Britain—around 100,000 Romanians and 50,000 Bulgarians at year’s end. They have been allowed in since joining the EU in 2007, although subject to quotas and work permits.

The Avis clerk who checked in my rental car return at Heathrow Airport last November 11th was a charming young lady from Romania, who reacted with delight when I tried out my very limited stock of remembered Romanian phrases on her.

This Wednesday the quotas and permits were dropped. There will be some easily-evaded limitations on what welfare programs the immigrants may apply for (the BBC website has a handy Q&A here), but the British border has essentially been abolished for them.

This latest opening of Britain’s borders has generated a mass of commentary. At one pole there is blithe enthusiasm:

On behalf of The Economist’s home country, we invite you to come and work here. Beginning on January 1st, you can go anywhere in the European Union. We hope lots of you choose Britain. [You’re welcome: An open letter to the citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, The Economist, December 21, 2013.]

At the other pole there are forebodings of doom:

THE day of destiny has almost arrived. Another stage is about to be reached in the destruction of national identity and our existence as an independent country. From the beginning of January, all restrictions will be lifted on immigration to Britain of people from Bulgaria and Romania. Under European Union free movement laws, the 28 million citizens of these two countries will have the legal right to settle here.  [Mass immigration is destroying our once great nation, by Leo McKinstry, Daily Express, December 30, 2013.]

The coming flood of Romanians and Bulgarians is an interesting “control” case for commentators on mass immigration in that there is not much of a race issue to it. These are mostly white Europeans.

You could argue in fact that in British resistance to the flood there is something of straining at gnats while swallowing camels.

Having admitted hundreds of thousands of blacks from Africa and the Caribbean, the Brits have given themselves a U.S.-style race problem all their very own, where they had none before.

Having further, across the same span of decades, admitted hundreds of thousands of Muslims from West Asia and Africa, the Brits added a religion problem to their race problem, with mad preachers inciting horrid crimes, and the dysgenic consequences of cousin marriage.

And now outrage is being expressed at the prospect of some similar number of white mostly-European Christians settling in Britain?

As the kids say: Hel-lo?

(Nobody knows how many Romanians

DUCK DYNASTY, The Bible, And The Sacralization Of Anal Sex

Unable to comment on the "Duck Dynasty" controversy last week due to my hectic Kwanzaa schedule, I am able to sweep in at the end and comment on the commentary.

Anyone who utters the mind-numbingly obvious point that A&E's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson doesn't involve the First Amendment because a TV network is not the government, should be prohibited from ever talking in public again. You can bore your few remaining friends with laborious statements of the obvious, but stop wasting everyone else's time.Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican

We know A&E is not the government. It may shock your tiny little pea brains, but free speech existed even before we had a Constitution. Free speech is generally considered a desirable goal even apart from its inclusion in the nation's founding document.

Suppose TV networks were capitulating to angry Muslims by suspending people for saying they opposed Sharia law? Would that prompt any of you pusillanimous hacks to finally take a position on the state of free speech in America?

Or would you demand that we stop the presses so you could roll out your little cliché about a television network not being the government? That fact has very little relevance to someone whose life has just been ruined. Hey! Don't worry about it—at least it wasn't the government!

Instead of the government censoring speech, what we have is shock troops of liberal agitators demanding people's heads for the slightest divergence from Officially Approved Liberal Opinion.

Evidently, the word of God is on the banned list. As Robertson himself has said, all he did "was quote from the Scriptures, but they just didn't know it."

His offending remarks delivered to GQ magazine were:

"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong. Sin becomes fine ... Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."[What the Duck, GQ, January 2014]

There's absolutely no question but that Robertson accurately

Christians Awaken For Duck Dynasty Flap

Will Ryan Rescue Obama By Giving GOP Donor Class Its Amnesty/ Immigration Surge?

As 2014 begins, President Barack Obama is on the ropes—and the only thing that can save him is the Republican Party. Luckily for him, Rep. Paul Ryan seems determined to oblige, by handing him an epochal political victory in the shape of some form of the Schumer-Rubio Amnesty/ Immigration Surge (which the Treason Lobby and the Main Stream Media call “Immigration Reform” in a telling tacit admission of its unpopularity).

This is all the more unforgivable because it is unnecessary. Obama has had what Queen Elizabeth II might call an annus horribilis. Though Republican bumbling led to political defeat in Virginia and New Jersey, the larger political momentum has turned decisively against the President. In foreign affairs, he was outmaneuvered by Kremlin chessmaster Vladimir Putin, and America seems increasingly irrelevant even as tensions increase in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Northeast Asia. [Barack Obama – our irrelevant President, by Michael Goodwin, New York Post, August 26, 2013]

In domestic politics, the Sandy Hook shooting in late 2012 was supposed to allow President Obama and the Democrats to pass transformative gun control laws. But after a year of speeches, social media campaigns, and biased hysteria from the Fourth Estate, the result was still crushing defeat. The assault weapons ban and the gun background check both failed in the Senate in April. [Gun background check compromise, assault weapon ban fail in Senate, by Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post, April 17, 2013]  

And in the states, the majority of laws based actually loosened restrictions on guns. [State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newton, New York Times, December 10, 2013]

Obama even seemed strangely detached from the year’s fierce budget battles. Instead of negotiating with leading Congressional Republicans, he took every opportunity to make impotent threats from the bully pulpit, to the indifference of the country. This made him look even more unnecessary to the governing process. [Obama the Irrelevant, by Larry Kudlow, Daily Caller, September 20, 2013]

Finally, and most importantly, that apogee of racial socialism known as Obamacare has become a national joke, mocked on everything from Saturday Night Live to the Country Music Awards. The inability of the Minority Occupation Government to build a website is a priceless political gift to the Republican Party.  

Only 35 percent of Americans approve of Obamacare and the numbers are still falling. [Obamacare Approval Ratings Hit Record Low, by Charlotte Alter, Time, December 23, 2013] And Barack Obama’s own personal approval ratings have fallen below 40 percent in some polls, a level that marked the beginning of George W. Bush’s second-term death spiral. [Obama’s Approval Rating Dipped Into Dangerously Low Territory Yesterday, by Brett Logiurato, BusinessInsider, December 4, 2013]

So the GOP Establishment may be about to win the only way they know how – by default. Generic Republicans now have an edge going into the midterm elections, part of a 13 point swing away from the Democratic Party. [CNN Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator, by Paul Steinhauser, CNN, December 26, 2013]

Obama needs a massive legislative triumph to reestablish his relevance and to animate his nonwhite base. Thus the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge is not just Barack Obama’s top legislative priority – it is his last hope of avoiding lame duck status.

In contrast, all the GOP has to do is nothing. And the strongest force in politics is usually inertia. But with the Beltway Right, inertia is often overwhelmed by stupidity.

Enter Paul Ryan, who with his dogmatic, even religious, rationalizations for cheap labor, his political talent for describing surrender as victory, and his sociopathic contempt for his own constituents is almost a caricature of the soul of the Beltway Right.

Ryan, who shares with National Review Editor Rich Lowry the characteristic of looking like a pubescent boy despite being well over 40, has already been working to save Barack Obama by crafting a “bipartisan” budget plan with Senator Patty Murray (D.-Washington State). Obama, vacationing as

Blast From The Past, 1993: US Agonizes Over Its National Identity As Melting Pot Overflows

James Fulford writes: This appeared in the London Times in 1993, shortly after Peter Brimelow published Time To Rethink Immigration in NR. Since then, a number of things have happened, starting with  the National Review changing sides.  In Britain, the truth of Enoch Powell’s arguments are becoming much more obvious—and thus much harder to say, since as Powell also predicted,  mass immigration erodes free speech.

Note the reference to “grass-roots insurrection”—the Tea Party is doing that now, and there are signs of the same phenomenon in Great Britain.

New York, April 24, 1993

THE issue of immigration into the United States is in what might be called its pre-Powell stage. The sharp influx is causing increasing discontent, just as there was in Britain before Enoch Powell made his famous speech 25 years ago. The political establishment has been sitting on the problem, but is looking increasingly uncomfortable.

As well it might: American politics lacks the British parliamentary system's institutional barriers against grass-roots insurrection.

The immigration issue has an explosive characteristic: it blasts across all political lines. Last year, for example, my story in the conservative magazine The National Review raised economic and crypto-Powellian questions about the influx. That got me into trouble with luminaries of the conservative movement, such as the editor of The Wall Street Journal, who complained not unreasonably that he had been instrumental in my arrival here.

Jack Miles, an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, published an Atlantic magazine story questioning immigration from a liberal perspective (new evidence suggests it is worsening the economic plight of poor blacks). His heresy was equally denounced, especially by ethnic factions.

The American immigration situation is unprecedented in world history. The 1965 Immigration Act, which abolished the previous preference for Europeans, triggered an unexpected immigrant influx, predominantly Hispanic and nearly nine-tenths coloured. Simultaneously, illegal immigration has soared. An estimated nine million people arrived in the 1980s, equalling the previous peak decade of the 1900s. About 15 million are expected this decade.

White American birth rates are much lower than at the turn of the century, so the ethnic balance is shifting quickly. Whites have fallen from almost nine-tenths of the population in 1960 to less than three-quarters in 1990. Demographers calculate that America might cease to be majority white by 2050.

So much American political debate trembles with barely contained hysteria about race and ethnicity. To anyone who knows about the history of nation-states in Europe, it is obviously no more possible to change the ethnic content of a polity without fear of consequence than to replace abruptly all the blood in a human body. Yet this is the experiment upon which America has embarked.

To be fair, the rationale for the post-1965 immigration influx is that America is not a nation-state in the European sense. Instead, it is said to be an "idea", a political construct based on adherence to a written constitution, without any specific cultural, ethnic or linguistic content.

That rationale is unhistorical. It would have astonished Theodore Roosevelt, president during the last great immigration influx, whose