Tom Tancredo vs. Third World Miami, “Capital Of Latin America”

[Previously
by Marcus Epstein:


The Conservative Best-Seller That National Review Won`t,
Well, Review
]


[VDARE.COM note:

Breaking news!
Congressman


Tom Tancredo

has been forced to cancel the speech discussed here,
which was to be given at the


Miami Rotary Club
,
[send them


mail
]
because of bomb threats received and the danger from
protesters:


“Both the club and
the restaurant were taken off guard by the reaction to
Tancredo`s scheduled visit, said club president Richard
Tonkinson. [
send
him


mail
]


“More than half of
the club`s members are foreign born, Tonkinson said, and
they were looking forward to grilling Tancredo about his
Miami comments.”

[
Miami
Rotary decides to nix invite to Colorado congressman
,
by Casey Woods,
Miami Herald, December 13, 2006]


Also the staff at the


Rusty Pelican

restaurant, site of the Miami Rotary Club`s regular
lunches, revolted—apparently as a result of some form of


bigotry

on their part. [
Tancredo`s
Miami speech canceled

| Restaurant cites bomb threats, worker gripes, by Anne
C. Mulkern,


Denver Post,
December 13, 2006]


We presume this
settles once and for all the question of whether


Miami

is part of the


Third World.

(Click here for


audio of Tancredo
.)
]

Michael Kinsley

once said
that a gaffe is when a

politician accidentally tells the truth.
Typically,
after the unintentional truth-telling, the media, other
politicians and assorted shakedown artists respond with
righteous indignation, demanding

not only an apology
but also some sort of ritual
discussion about What We Can Learn from this
unpleasantness. The

gaff-er apologizes
and offers politically-correct
legislation to show how caring he can be with other
people`s money. Sometimes, if the gaff-er

squirms and grovels
enough, he can keep his job. But
he is almost always in a weaker position than he was
pre-gaffe.

Congressman Tom Tancredo doesn`t make gaffes—because he
always intends to tell the truth. During the last few
years, he has been

accused
of racism, xenophobia and all the other

usual smear words
whenever he criticizes mass
immigration and

multiculturalism
. But, unlike most politicians, he
has stood by his convictions, never backed down, and
ends up more popular after each controversy.

The latest non-gaffe made by Tancredo occurred at David
Horowitz`s Restoration Weekend in South Florida.
Tancredo made a number of important points attacking

globalization
and the

`proposition nation,`

and then made a quick aside that,


`Look at what has
happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country.
You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace.
You would never know you`re in the United States of
America. You would certainly say you`re in a Third World
country.` [
Congressman
calls Miami a `Third World country
,
By Lesley Clark, Miami Herald, Nov. 27, 2006]

Following the script,
congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Cuba) called
Tancredo “flat-out wrong“ and invited him to
take a trip to Miami. Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez
[send
him


mail
] and called
the remarks “outrageous“ and similarly invited
Tancredo to visit and

“see what a vibrant community we have.“

Republican Governor

Jeb Bush
was less charitable: he reportedly called
Tancredo a `nut.` [Send
him


mail
]
He went on to send a patronizing and clichéd
letter. [
PDF
]
informing Tancredo of how many great schools and how few

ethnic enclaves
there are in Miami, ending (of
course) with a postscript encouraging Tancredo to come
visit.

At this point, the
story diverges from the gaffe script. Tancredo responded
with an open letter [
PDF
]
to Governor Bush. He noted that contrary to Bush`s
claims of

great academic achievement
, only

45% of Miami`s public school students graduate high
school.
In contrast to all the claims about
diversity being Miami`s and America`s greatest strength,
he noted that

`the tolerance of
cultural diversity in a city or a nation is admirable up
to a point, but when

diversity is worshipped to the detriment of assimilation
,
it becomes a serious problem that undermines the civic
culture that forms the basis for our

democratic institutions
and the

rule of law.`

Usually after a gaffe,
the

bien pensants
claim that they want a real
dialogue about the underlying issue brought about by the
gaffe. Of course, what they really want is a monologue
about why there are

certain points of view
that

people aren`t allowed to have
. Tancredo did not
accept this. He concluded his letter to Jeb Bush: `We
should encourage the discussion of this issue rather
than castigate those who attempt to bring it to light.`

In addition, Tancredo
has appeared on numerous talk shows. And he is taking
the advice of Bush, Alvarez, and Ros-Lehtinen, and is
coming down to Miami on Thursday to give a speech in
Miami on the important issues this controversy brings.
[VDARE.COM note: Speech
cancelled on account of the threats—see above—but it`s
available on VDARE.com
]

If we`re going
(finally) to be able to discuss the issue of diversity,
as Tancredo has urged, I would like to go a bit further.

Diversity can be good
in moderation—if what is being brought in is desirable.
Most Americans don`t mind a

little ethnic food
, some Asian

math
whizzes, or a few

Mariachi dancers
—as long as these trends do not
overwhelm the dominant culture.

However, some
forms of

diversity
are not desirable at

any level.

A few examples from
Florida:

These are not customs
that we want.

Of course, there are
many different parts of Miami that are quite nice. There
are plenty of beautiful gated communities. In fact the
wealthiest community in the country is there (Fisher
Island
, where

Oprah lives
). Similarly, there are

fabulously wealthy areas
in Mexico City and in

Rio de Janeiro
. [
There`s
Trouble--Lots Of It—in Paradise
| Restless
locals call Miami a corrupt, exorbitant mess, and many
are leaving
, by Tim Padgett , Time Magazine,
Nov. 19, 2006]

In Miami today, the
Spanish-language channel

Univision
is

more popular
than any other station. In 2002,
Governor Bush ran a campaign ad [
watch
it on Youtube
] that started off by displaying seven
Latin American flags. Nowhere in the ad was an American
flag, any mention of the United States (or even Los
Estados Unidos
) or a word of English.

In 2002, Zita Wilensky
was

fired from her job
working in the Domestic Violence
Unit for not being

able to speak Spanish
.

A number of Miami`s
boosters, including Time Magazine, have dubbed it

"The Capital of Latin America."

But why are
Americans
supposed to like this?

Even the Cuban
immigrants, still

preponderantly white
, law-abiding,
Republican-voting, affable people are not desirable if
they don`t assimilate. Perhaps a few Little Havanas are
manageable in a huge country, just as many Americans may
see a few isolated

Chinatowns
as an exotic novelty. The problem is when
the Little Havanas become Big Havanas and the Chinatowns
become

Chinacities
or even Chinastates.

The Miami Herald,

editorializing against Tancredo,
engaged in typical
immigration-enthusiast triumphalism: `Call us what
you will, Miami is

the future that already has arrived
throughout this
welcoming nation.`

If current mass immigration policies continue, this
statement is indisputable…except for the `welcoming`
part.

Miamians should have been allowed to have a say about
whether they

wanted their city
to turn into the `capital of
Latin America.`

And Americans should have a say about whether we want
our future to look like Miami.

Thanks to patriots like Tom Tancredo, we may get it.


Marcus Epstein
[send
him mail
] is the founder
of the Robert A Taft
Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
and
Team America PAC
. A selection of his articles can be seen
here.