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IF VDARE.COM IS TO SURVIVE LATEST THREAT, IT MUST HAVE YOUR HELP NOW.
IF VDARE.COM IS TO SURVIVE LATEST THREAT, IT MUST HAVE YOUR HELP NOW.
(At least it's tax-deductible)
It's five months since we began our last fundraising appeal. Our individual readers (a.k.a. YOU) rallied round in a way that was not merely gratifying—but also deeply moving. We had our best Christmas ever.
But you don't get involved in the patriotic immigration reform movement—VDARE.COM's name for the movement to end America's post-1965 immigration disaster—if you want an easy life.
Within the last week, we learned that a major foundation, which has backed us since we began a decade ago, has abruptly denied us funding for this year.
We've lost close to a third of our budget and we've been plunged into an immediate cash crisis.
To keep VDARE.COM going, we must have your help--NOW!!!
Of course, I'm still trying to find out what happened. One explanation I've been given is that the Washington D.C. "Beltway immigration reform groups" lobbied against us, claiming that they would be tainted through guilt by association if our donor gave to us as well as them, because of our willingness to take risks and push the Political Correctness envelope.
I don't want to believe this and I won't say anything further about it at this point.
Except that any effective advocate of immigration reduction is going to be smeared in the usual vile ways—it's foolishness to think that any amount of appeasement will prevent it.
And that this explanation, if true, is yet more evidence of the tightening grip of Political Correctness on American public debate.
At VDARE.COM, we've been chronicling the tightening grip of Political Correctness for some time. We were one of the very few voices—and the only patriotic immigration reform group—that dared to challenge powerful lobbies to warn about the Obama Administration's Free Speech-threatening "Hate Crimes" legislation last year.
This tightening grip is simply a fact. It's one of the reasons I continue to worry that the Obama Administration just might be planning to push through amnesty for illegal aliens (the "Obamnesty") sooner rather than later—although most immigration patriots, particularly inside the Beltway, think it's stalled.
(I'm even more worried about the "stealth amnesty"--the Obama Administration's quiet dismantling of enforcement and relaxation of immigration controls through Executive Branch action.
(And I'm extremely worried, and even angry, about the utter absence of any public discussion of reducing immigration, let alone an immigration moratorium, to combat unemployment).
While I was trying to save our grant, I wrote a memo to the program officer explaining my thinking on VDARE.COM's role. (He didn't respond to my arguments, but of course what could he say). I want to share parts of it with you:
|At VDARE.COM, we have always said that the patriotic immigration reform movement absolutely needs Beltway representation.|
|But patriotic immigration reform will not come from inside the Beltway. It will come from the heartland. We saw that with Bush's amnesties—they were not stopped by Beltway maneuvering, but by unprecedented grassroots revolt.|
|This means the patriotic immigration reform also needs a mass readership publication to stir up, educate and channel that grassroots revolt. That is VDARE.COM's role.|
|The only way to build up a mass readership publication is to give the editor a free hand to find and develop readership constituencies—and to take risks to give those readers a reason to go, uniquely, to that publication.|
|VDARE.COM is a forum site and a coalition. We will run anyone, regardless of their other beliefs, who has something to contribute to the cause of patriotic immigration reform. That is why, for example, we have conservative Catholics and also liberal population controllers writing for us. It's not an easy balancing act, but we have been able to do it.|
To me, the classic vindication of VDARE.COM's grassroots strategy came after Bush's last amnesty was defeated--in the words of a pro-amnesty newspaper editor who wrote ruefully
"The opponents of the bill prevailed and they did so in a grand manner that I had to respect. It was democracy at its best—and an instructive lesson for anyone interested in politics. Countless times a day, I received messages from a variety of groups that had Freedom or American or Liberty as part of their title.
"The discipline of these groups was a sight to behold. Someone created a set of talking points that declared opponents need only focus on one word—amnesty—to denounce the legislation. And every group that came out against it did precisely that."
Note that this pro-amnesty editor was getting "messages" i.e. email—and that he had obviously never heard of the groups he was getting messages from, i.e., they were grass-roots organizations.
At VDARE.COM, our role is to create those "talking points", and the sophisticated arguments behind them, and make them available to patriots. (Our archives are all online—and we don't charge!)
And I'm happy to say we ran an article discussing the critical importance of the word "amnesty" way back in 2004.
I'm not saying VDARE.COM is not the only organization providing "talking points". And amnesty certainly would not have been stopped without e.g. talk radio's heroic performance in amplifying those points
But I am saying that VDARE.COM played a role.
And this vital work, essential to stopping the coming Obamnesty, can only be done if we can pay our writers.
We post every day at VDARE.COM, an enormous amount of material. There are just so many targets!
And what we post is prepared to the highest professional standards—I've not been working in the Mainstream Media for nearly 40 years for nothing. And we use hyperlinks, not the least of the advantages of this wonderful new medium, better than anyone else on the internet...at least, I think so. They help us document our case. Readers who are new to the cause of patriotic immigration reform find our hyperlinks particularly informative. But the whole process is very labor-intensive. (A special thanks to our James Fulford, who does our hyperlinks, pioneering a whole new journalistic specialty).
Money is our secret weapon at VDARE.COM. Our fixed costs are very low, we operate entirely virtually. We don't have to pay printing and postage (thank goodness!).
What this means: essentially everything you give goes to pay writers and editors.
Our writers and editors are not paid as much as I would like. But they do get something. This ability to pay our writers is what has distinguished VDARE.COM from a host of excellent but evanescent blogs which have come and gone.
Writers will often write for love—because they passionately believe in our cause. But in the long run, they need to be able to justify the time spent, to their families and to themselves.
At VDARE.COM, we are in this for the long haul. We are building an institution. We need money to do that.
That is why last week's disappointment is such a blow. That is why we need your help.
To me as a professional journalist, the quantity and quality of non-professional writing on the immigration issue that comes in over the e-transom has been a revelation.
Many of these writers have full-time careers in other fields, some are students; I encourage these to write anonymously because of the reign of terror imposed by the curse of Political Correctness. Others are struggling, idealistic free-lancers; I shudder for them.
All are patriots—deprived of outlets because of the orthodoxy of the Mainstream Media.
And, as a professional journalist, I am constantly amazed at the huge immigration-driven stories that are just not covered in the Main Stream Media—liberal or "conservative".
I mean, how can they resist? But they do.
Let me go back to the memo I wrote to our former donor's program officer. I want to give an example of our risk-taking, but compelling and vital, journalism.
|Part of our coalition is interested in human biodiversity e.g. IQ, and has important points to make about it. It's only one part of the coalition and it is entirely rational, reasonable and willing to debate. The rest of the coalition must tolerate this.|
Why was this even an issue? Because I was being told that those "Beltway immigration reform groups" particularly objected to Steve Sailer—our Sunday night columnist and regular blogger.
Steve Sailer is the pre-eminent American journalist covering the science of human differences and their political and social implications. Right now, it's one of the hottest areas of intellectual inquiry.
But only in academe--in the Main Stream Media (and apparently inside the Beltway) many of the issues that Steve Sailer raises, regardless of how thoughtful and well researched his treatment, cannot be discussed at all.
I especially like Steve's work on education and Affirmative Action, but these are the Issues he's pioneered on VDARE.COM that he thinks I should mention:
|The "Diversity Recession". Steve has been able to demonstrate that the subprime mortgage meltdown that triggered Crash of 2008 and the deepest recession for a generation came about because of a relentless campaign, by both Republican and Democratic Administrations, to promote minority home ownership by forcing banks to make riskier loans than they would otherwise have done. (So much for the Beltway's bipartisan judgment). And the Obama Administration has started doing it again.|
|"The Sailer Strategy". Steve has repeatedly proved that the real target of opportunity in American electoral politics is the white vote, not minorities or immigrants. (I don't really understand why this is so controversial, since it's just a matter of math, but I've been explicitly assured that it unmentionable inside the Beltway).|
|"Affordable Family Formation". Steve has shown statistically that the key determinant in how states vote is how costly it is to buy a home in a safe neighborhood with good schools. Current mass immigration makes both more difficult.|
|"America's Half-Blood Prince". Steve was the first to point out, from his reading Barack Obama's own autobiography, that the President is not the postracial transcender that his handlers sold to the rest of the media, but instead is profoundly motivated by race. (Ironically, New Yorker Editor David Remnick's new Obama biography, which Steve just reviewed for us, comes to the same conclusion, albeit in the usual boring and hypocritical PC way).|
Supporting Steve is one of our main expenses, although we can't pay him even a tenth of what he'd earn in the MSM and on the lecture circuit if he'd toed the Politically Correct line.
If VDARE.COM fails, Steve Sailer will have no other outlets for his path-breaking work.
But that's true for so many of our writers.
|Who else but VDARE.Com would publish Brenda Walker on the Mexican drug dealers' takeover of California's parks? (Wasn't there something in the Constitution about the federal government's duty to protect the states against invasion?)|
|Who else but VDARE.Com would publish Patrick Cleburne's devastating analysis of the finances of the Southern Poverty Law Center (Known to us as the $PLC), revealing that it's basically a huge, aggressive investment pool to which a moderately-sized leftist public interest law firm is anomalously attached?|
|Who but VDARE.Com would publish our anonymous Washington Watcher's analysis of which congressional candidates really favor a moratorium—and which of them tell the Beltway groups they favor patriotic reform, but tell their voters something else?|
|Who but VDARE.Com would publish Ed Rubenstein's meticulous documentation of what proportion of new jobs go to immigrants, not Americans—proof of worker displacement that should accompany every MSM discussion of unemployment but (guess what?) never does.|
If you want these writers to continue their essential work, I have to ask you to help us--now.
One final thought for tax week: Obamacare was not central to VDARE.COM.s immigration focus (although we did point out that it represents a further subsidy from the American tax payer to immigrants).
But hidden in the vast Obamacare legislation was a significant increase in the marginal tax rate on "unearned income", i.e. income from savings. for "rich" taxpayers, i.e. those earning over $200,000 a year.
There are certainly more tax increases coming.
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It's one bright spot in a bad week for all of us.
Please help us now. I, and all of us at VDARE.COM, and I believe future generations of Americans, will be profoundly grateful.
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