Abolishing America (contd.): Establishment Sages Say Nation Obsolete

The first Independence
of the new century—maybe the last century of
the American nation as it has historically
existed—was greeted by a hot flash of brain waves
from the nation`s illuminati. The main burden of
their reflections on national independence seemed to
be that it`s time to call it all off and start over.

How else can one read William
Safire`s insight
that the holiday is now generally called “The Fourth
of July” and not “Independence Day,” because
“the idea of national
sovereignty—independence—has become
controversial.” “We are members of one world, one
planetary family, transfixed by the notion that
national aspirations and powers should defer to a
loose, global government driven by the power of world
opinion.”  [Click
to read Chilton Williamson on Safire.]

It`s not quite clear if Mr.
Safire is speaking for himself or just for lots of
others almost as illuminated as he, but one for whom
the passage does speak is Wall Street Journal editor
Robert Bartley.

Mr. Bartley observed
Independence Day, which he dutifully called “The
Fourth of July,” by rehearsing
just about every known cliché and some hitherto
undisclosed about the glories of immigration. He
repeated his favorite proposed constitutional
amendment, “There shall be no borders,” and
insisted that “North of the border, the solution to
the problem of illegal immigration is to make it
legal, or at least to normalize the movement of

Like virtually all crusaders for
open borders and the effective abolition of the United
States that would ensue, Mr. Bartley refutes anyone
who disagrees by lobbing insults. The “Naysayers who
want to limit or abolish immigration look backward,”
he whines, “to a history they do not even
understand.” “Anti-immigrant hysteria peaked in
1994,” he wrote, with the massive popular vote for
California`s Proposition
, to deny welfare to illegal immigrants. It`s
odd that the editor of the most pro-free enterprise
newspaper in the world thinks a popularly adopted
ballot measure against welfare represents

“The ability to assimilate,”
Mr. Bartley asserts, “is the heart of the American
genius, precisely the trait that sets the United
States off from other nations. Immigration makes the
U.S. what it is.”

The idea is preposterous on its
face. It was neither immigration nor the “the
ability to assimilate” that formulated this
nation`s distinctive social and political
institutions, its language and literature, its
historic experience, its cultural values of freedom
rooted in order, or its unique people. It was
precisely the British and, more broadly, the European
heritage that Americans received from their ancestors
that bred the American genius and allowed it to be
born at all.

The assimilation of new
immigrants in the last century was possible, not
because America possesses some supernatural gift for
digesting what is otherwise indigestible, but for two
reasons: Most immigrants shared a European identity
closely related to the mainly British identity of the
original pioneers and were therefore not at all
indigestible, and European immigration was cut off in
the 1920s, allowing the newcomers time to be digested
as part of their new nation.

Neither reason applies to the
new immigration that has flooded the country since
1965. As Mr. Bartley acknowledges, “about half of
current immigrants are Hispanic,” coming from Latin
American peoples and cultures
radically different from those of modern America and
Europe. The refusal of American elites to control
either legal or illegal immigration means that there
will be no time-out, that new immigrant communities
will perpetuate themselves apart from the national
mainstream, and that we will wind up assimilating to
them, not they to us.

It does not occur to Mr. Bartley
that the very capacity of the American nation to
assimilate derives from the Anglo-European
civilization of which the United States is a part.
There is no reason whatsoever to believe that the
repopulation of the country by Third Worlders from
Latin America, Asia and Africa will allow the European
virtues of tolerance, freedom, openness and personal
achievement to survive. What have been virtues for our
civilization for millennia are often merely vices for
others and the peoples who come from them.

Nor does it occur to him or
other cosmopolitans that abolishing borders and
legalizing illegal immigration would effectively
abolish the nation itself. Mr. Bartley`s argument
winds up in a self-destroying contradiction: If
“immigration makes the U.S. what it is,” then the
extinction of the United States by abolishing the
borders that separate it from other nations and
peoples should be our goal.

Americans who want to keep both
their national sovereignty
and the civilization their ancestors created need to
know what sages like Mr. Safire and Mr. Bartley have
in mind for their future. If they still care about
that future, they need to ignore just about everything
the sages are trying to tell them.

[Click here
for Bob Bartley`s real opinion of the American


09, 2001