After the demonization
of Patrick J. Buchanan, Lou Dobbs is the most important MSM asset
that immigration reform patriots have.
So it is sad to report that a recent interview he gave to Britainâ€™s Financial Times
is disappointing.Lunch with the FT: Lou Dobbs by Edward Luce April 20 2007
is admittedly hostile and soaked with the type of uniquely British supercilious condescension which, one suspects, had more to do with the American Revolution
than generally realized. Perhaps Dobbs felt the need to be conciliatory.
I had always assumed that what motivated him was a cultural - and particularly linguistic - chauvinism dressed up in the language of economic populism. Apparently I was wrong.
Since one manâ€™s chauvinism is anotherâ€™s patriotism, this is not encouraging. Neither is Dobbâ€™s response:
he goes to some length to disabuse me of the charge of xenophobia that he suspects is lurking beneath my questions. â€?There is no country that comes close second in the level of diversity or of lawful immigration that the US attracts. I embrace it.â€?
And much, much worse:
Norâ€¦does he have any fears about a competition between Spanish and English to become the dominant language in the US. â€?It just doesnâ€™t matter to me if America has one language or not,â€? he says. â€?What matters is whether immigrants are committed to this nation. Do they fly one flag in their heart?â€?
This suggests a disastrous misapprehension. As Joe Guzzardi pointed out
recently, refusal to learn the language of the host country is a very direct window into the hearts of immigrants
: and a discouraging
Furthermore the drift to a multi lingual society rapidly leads to discrimination
against monolingual speakers: the host community
whom Dobbs is concerned to protect.
Many correspondents tell us the Lou Dobbs Tonight
show frequently adopts themes and news items which have appeared on VDARE.COM.
(No, we donâ€™t expect to be acknowledged.) Suggest
his researchers read a little deeper