Barone Admits (Unintentionally?) That A Real America Preceded The “Nation Of Immigrants”

Fulford writes:
This piece addresses some of
the points I was making about the core American nation
being overwhelmed and outnumbered in yesterday`s
Virginia Dare piece,

Virginia Dare—White Minority!
For more of`s Barone Beat see

Michael Barone, The Immigrant Invasion, And Our
, and

many more

Michael Barone has long been a
fervent proselytizer for

open borders
, a relentless celebrant of America as a
perpetually self-reinventing "Nation
of Immigrants

non sequitur
if ever there were one). In

Barone`s view
, the United States of America is the
ultimate economic

tabula rasa
It can absorb

endless numbers
of anybodies from everywhere. It
doesn`t matter how greatly the newcomers

differ from Americans
or even how much they differ
from each other.

Yet somehow America, despite
having—again in Barone`s eyes—no true ethnic core of its
own, no true original nation, has a mystical ability to
assimilate anyone to a common culture and society.

I wonder if Barone bothers to look
around him as he makes his way around

New York

, both cities teeming with patently
unassimilated and unassimilating non-Americans!

Barone claims, despite plenty of
evidence to the contrary, that the

Great Wave
of European (Italian,


, et al.) immigration of 100 years ago
was assimilated without any real hiccups, and without
changing the character of the country. But anyone who
has watched
machine politics
in action in cities like B.


, or knows anything about the

, or is at all familiar with how

largely Jewish intellectual elites
have utterly

American social and political discourse
, knows that
is nonsense.

Barone even

in a recent book that today`s Great Wave of
far less assimilable foreign interlopers will

assimilate just as thoroughly
as the Great Wave
immigrants did. Setting aside for a moment the question
of just how thoroughly the First Great-Wavers actually
did assimilate, anyone who has observed the



Somali enclaves

Hmong tribal camps

– and

now springing up all across our country
knows that is utter nonsense, too.

Barone`s premise is the classic

formulation that America is distinct
in possessing a Rule of Law grounded in certain

(let`s also decline to inquire into

the ethnic and religious background
of those who
supplied the Propositions). But it isn`t rooted in
anything else, and so is ultimately all the world`s
inheritance. Everybody in the world is a
proto-American—even if he doesn`t know it yet.

Michael Barone is definitely The

Wall Street Journal
`s kind of guy.

So it was a little surprising to
read an interesting recent

in which Barone reviews trends in American
elections. Rehashing some American political history,
Barone—perhaps unintentionally—acknowledges patterns
with deep roots in American history and the American
people, ones that precede post-independence
immigration.  [Haunted
By Ghosts Of Political Leanings
, August 08,

In other words, Barone perceives in
the historical America just the sorts of things that

make America a real country
, not a hypothetical
Proposition Nation/Nation of Immigrants.

Thus Barone also acknowledges, at
least implicitly, that America is a real country with a
real history of its own.

Wow. Has he been reading David
Hackett Fischer`s Albion`s Seed?

As his column`s title indicates,
Barone thinks this year`s political campaigns are
"haunted by ghosts of political leanings." So he says,
opening the column:

understand changes in the political map, we naturally
tend to look for contemporary explanations. But
American political alignments are not written on an
empty slate. Beginnings matter, and the civic
personalities of states tend to reflect the cultural
folkways of their first settlers

Barone is explicit: America did not
begin as the tabula rasa his open-borders
would have us believe!

He goes on to give examples, ones
that show he is well aware of how the original

Thirteen Colonies
were settled by distinct groups
from Great Britain, as so ably documented in
 Albion`s Seed
: London and

East Anglian Dissenters
became the forefathers of

Massachusetts Bay Puritans
and other New Englanders;

West Country Anglicans
were the founding stock of
Virginia and (with

English Catholic
founders) Maryland; while the

(often in fact people from the

Anglo-Scottish border
) became the ancestors of the
highland Americans
of the


Those distinctions have persisted
even as

American settlers headed West
from the original 13
states, and remain important today, even after

intermittent waves of post-independence immigration.

There`s nothing surprising about
this phenomenon. It`s the cultural equivalent of the
in genetics—the propensity of the first
generation`s characteristics to be magnified through the
generations that follow.

Barone then applies this insight to
today`s politics. He writes about two areas of the
country where John McCain is, despite what should be
crushing negatives for

himself personally
and the

GOP generally
, polling as well as or better than

G.W. Bush did in 2004

"One is the route of the
westward surge of New England Yankees across upstate New
York, northern Ohio, southern Michigan and into northern
Illinois. McCain is running ahead of Bush in
Massachusetts and just one point behind in New York and
(despite its economic problems) Michigan.

"This Yankee-settled
region has been turned off by Southern accents, such as
Bush`s Texas twang, and McCain evidently is less
off-putting to its cultural liberals.

"The other area in which
McCain is running even with or better than Bush is the
set of states settled by the

Scotch-Irish stock
, who thronged to the Appalachians
in colonial days and whose descendants followed the
southwest path pioneered by their

hero, Andrew Jackson

What Barone is talking about, of
course, is the patterns of settlement, culture and
political attitudes established by the original
Americans (no offense meant to

American Indians
, but the United States of America
is the creation of

British colonists
and their

). These are American patterns that predate
immigration; indeed they predate independence.

Barone would no doubt prefer not to
see it that way, but he inadvertently reminds us that
what was achieved by the American Revolution (itself

something of a misnomer
) was not the creation from
nothing of a new nation on empty land waiting to be
populated by immigrants. Rather, it was the securing of
political independence for what was already, by 1776, a
settled country.


grew after independence
, and many immigrants—for
good and ill
—have played their part in that growth.
But there was an

before there were immigrants to her—a point
worth remembering, even if the reminder comes from as
unlikely a source as Michael Barone!

There is one question I have to

Aware as Michael Barone is of
America`s national distinctiveness, that our country is
in fact something more organic and real than a

"Proposition Nation"
or a

"Nation of Immigrants"
, and given that he writes
of this distinctiveness with what seems to be genuine
enjoyment, why does Barone nevertheless adamantly

our remarkably successful country—by
flooding her territory with

unceasing waves of inassimilable foreigners

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