An Alaskan Says Goodbye and Good Riddance, Arianna; Peter Brimelow Reminisces Fondly

October 01, 2003

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From: Ryan Kennedy,
-Anchorage, Alaska

So Arianna (formerly Stassinopoulos)
Huffington has dropped out of the California
gubernatorial race. Just as well. Recently, I watched
her in the

California recall debate
scolding Arnold
Schwarzenegger for his

yes on Prop. 187
, which would have excluded illegal
immigrants from receiving welfare, and also for having

Pete Wilson
as his campaign chairman. 

That`s kind of funny because

not too long ago
she apparently had

remarkably different opinions.

Her opening statements from the

1995 Firing Line
debate on immigration:

“I want to begin by addressing
the apparent irony of somebody with my clear immigrant
accent being on this side of the debate.  I arrived in
this country 15 years before the 1965 Immigration Act
and became a citizen in 1990, and what really changed my
mind was what happened to me in the last year when I
traveled around Calif. and talked, not to former mayors
and to college presidents and to think tank heads, but
to real Americans who are being affected by the –

[laughter] [applause]
Americans who are being affected by the high numbers of
legal and illegal immigration.  I remember talking to a
couple, a black couple near San Diego, they`re making
together less than $30,000 a year, and they are
wondering why should their hard earned taxpayer dollars
go to pay for illegal immigrants on welfare?  So what
dawned on me was that America into which the immigrants
arrive today is a very different America than the
America of the past.  The last 30 years of bankrupt
welfare policies, the tragedy of bilingual education and
multi-cultural experiments, have turned America into a
nation in crisis incapable of absorbing and assimilating
high numbers of immigrants wherever they come from. 
My problem is not where they come from, Peter, whether
they`re white or black or Asian.  My problem is that the
explosive mixture today is the welfare society together
with high levels of immigration, and what am I arguing
here tonight is that until we dismantle the welfare
state, until we dismantle bilingual education, until we
dismantle multi-cultural experiments, we need to
drastically reduce the high levels of immigration.”

And later in the debate she also
seemed to imply that Prop. 187 was a good thing:

of the American Civil Liberties Union]
said that all this talk about immigration is pandering
to American`s most primitive fears.  Now this is the
kind of condescending statement that the American people
are tired of, and when you question Mr. Stein`s
FAIR] numbers, every poll, every poll taken shows
two-thirds of the American people in favor of reducing
illegal immigration, and it is indeed illegal
immigration—look at the results of proposition 187. 
Four million people, and a half, voted in favor.”


really like you to answer that question, because it`s
really at the heart of this debate.  Are you saying that
America is not different after the Great Society efforts
of the last 30 years?  The fact that they can come here,
and whether they succeed or not, whether they can make a
living or not, they can stay on welfare.  This is what
drives the Americans nuts.  Your side may not like
that—Mayor Koch, you called them a mob.  Somebody else
here said that it`s just poll numbers that we don`t
believe in.  Look at the fact that 187 won by 4 million
700,000 Americans voting against illegal immigrants
being on welfare and receiving free education and free

Arianna Huffington: walking proof
we need to rein in immigration.

Peter Brimelow writes:

Ah, I remember that
debate! Incredible as it seems now, I missed the birth
of my daughter,

Hannah Claire
, to take part. Everyone on both teams
congratulated me when the news came, except

Ira Glasser
, who pointedly stared off into the

with her
famous charm, even sent a baby present.

This did not prevent her from
running away from me
when we were subsequently attacked by

and Abe
 in the

New York Times – a literal
case, as friends pointed out gleefully, of the need to
beware of

Greeks bearing gifts
. But, hey, she`ll come running