The Fulford File | Independence Day And The WSJ Edit Page

On July 3, 1984, the Wall Street
Editorial Page published an editorial

In Praise
of Huddled Masses
which proposed an
amendment to the Constitution: “There shall be open

It pulled out all the economic and
sentimental clichés about immigration—and completely
ignored the realities of

immigrant crime

immigrant welfare
, etc.

In passing, it attacked Senator
Alan Simpson, (R-Wyoming)
co-sponsor, with Rep. Romano Mazzoli, (D.-Kentucky)
of the Simpson-Mazzoli bill, without actually naming
him. “[T]the `nativist`
Americans who still dominate Mountain States politics”

is how the WSJ put it.

Two years later,

Michael Kinsley
was saying they hadn`t gone far

the Journal`s hypocrisy is in concluding that,
therefore, nothing needs to be done. As the conservative
mantra goes, `If it ain`t broke, don`t fix it.` The
once, in passing, proposed a constitutional
amendment saying, `There shall be open borders,` but
immediately called its own proposal `overly ambitious.`
Its general position is that we should `leave bad enough
An Open U.S. Door for Both Political and
Economic Refugees
By Michael Kinsley. Wall Street
Apr 3, 1986.

Throughout the rest of the
Nineties, the WSJ recycled this editorial four
more times, enough that it became a tradition:

  • The Rekindled Flame,
    Jul 3, 1986. Compared the

    Border Patrol
    to Darth Vader: “A
    recent news photo depicted the guards wearing
    helmets equipped with infrared telescopes to better
    track today`s tired and poor. The question for this
    Independence Day is which symbol more accurately
    represents this country`s attitude toward the modern
    equivalent of our desperate immigrant forbears —
    the Statue of Liberty or the Darth Vaders trying to
    `get control of our borders`?”


  • Simpson-Volstead-Mazzoli,
    Jul 3, 1987 Compared border control to Prohibition:
    “`We have lost control of our borders.` Nativist
    Americans cried that loud enough to obtain a new
    law. Immigrants, they wailed, were swarming over the
    Mexican border. They were taking jobs. They were a
    burden to the people of this country. Congress
    passed Simpson-Mazzoli-Rodino and Ronald Reagan
    signed it last November.”


  • The Rekindled Flame,
    Jul 3, 1989 Opened with the

    Emma Lazarus
    poem, and still doesn`t like the

    Border Patrol
    : “Yet
    other, less noble images lurk in the background of
    our July 4th celebrations: the guards who patrol our
    2,000-mile border with Mexico; news photos of
    rickety wooden boats, laden with Vietnamese, sitting
    in the harbors of Hong Kong.”


  • The Rekindled Flame,
    Jul 3, 1990 The same
    again, but this time they added a pseudo-civil
    rights note
    : “…Reports by government agencies
    that the nation`s immigration law has indeed caused
    widespread hiring discrimination against

Then, for some reason, the WSJ
stopped—for ten years. No one knows why.

With the election of Presidents

, (Norte Nafta) America, and

, (Nafta del Sud) and the possibility of a

huge amnesty
, the WSJ started again, with
signed pieces by the late, lamented,

Robert L. Bartley.


But that was the last time this
peculiar constitutional amendment was mentioned in the

This time, we know why.

September 11, 2001
made the idea of

Open Borders

obviously dangerous
that they didn`t think they
could possibly get away with it.

They`re still in there plugging for

cheap labor
, though. As recently as June 20,

Tamar Jacoby
was trying to push amnesty by telling
amnesty pushers they needed to change the name. [Getting
Beyond the `A-Word`

We do have our own Independence Day
editorials here at, you can read them below.

On the other hand, you could go

enjoy yourself.

The day after the Declaration of
Independence was proclaimed, John Adams

said this

fourth of July, 1776, will be a memorable epoch in the
history of America. I am apt to believe it will be
celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great
anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the
day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to
Almighty God. It ought to be solemnized with pomp,
shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and
illuminations this from one end of the continent to the
other, from this time forward forever.”

He was right. Go prove it.`s Independence Day columns:

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It`s the Bombe—An Independence Day Ice Cream

July 04, 2003

On Independence Day: Fly The Flag – But Defend The

July 03, 2004

A Patriotic Hispanic Reflects On Independence Day

July 03, 2001 –

Wall Street Journal: Independence Day Means Immigration!

July 04, 2002 –

Immigration Day?

July 03, 2004

Jack Kemp vs. George Washington On Independence Day

July 04, 2001

Patriotic Bore

July 02, 2004

View From Lodi, CA: Pass Up The Politicians This
Independence Day