As this issue marks a momentous benchmark in
Although the impact of overcrowding—pollution, increased energy consumption, widespread use of limited natural resources, sprawl, and environmental degradation—is one that has to be confronted and controlled, the regulation of numbers alone, however, neglects important immigration matters. It fails to confront an unavoidable set of related issues: That much of this growth is attributed to rising immigration levels, not to mention a host of critical cultural, national, and social issues that accompanies this population increase—important considerations that Americans will eventually have to tackle.
Patrick J. Buchanan’s
Buchanan pulls no punches in
describing what he views as “the
Consider the following:
● Each month, the border
patrol apprehends more illegal aliens breaking into our country—roughly
150,000—than the entire number of troops we have in
● One in every 12 people
● By 2050, there will be
more than 100 million Hispanics concentrated in a Southwest that most Mexicans
believe was stolen by the
● Diseases once stamped out
● In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all warrants for homicide (1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens.
● Metropolitan Washington, D.C. suburban communities have been rocked by “gang violence” as a result of a steady rise in Latino gang activity.
Buchanan draws attention to
important national, cultural, and ethnic factors that others either neglect or
tiptoe around. Especially encouraging is Buchanan’s blunt assessment that the
As so few have put so well,
Buchanan sizes up the fallacies of
This ideology is the antithesis of conservatism, for it is
rooted in a belief in the plasticity and malleability of human beings. It
teaches that history and race, religion and culture do not matter, that roots
mean nothing. Though this is gospel among our New Class elite, it is rejected
‘Suicide of the GOP’
Few high-profile political commentators are as refreshingly forthright and sincere in expressing their concerns and convictions as Buchanan. He acknowledges the valued insights and contributions of the late Sam Francis (a frequent contributor to The Social Contract) when so many others turned their backs on Sam after his firing from The Washington Times. Buchanan remained a loyal friend to the end and wrote a solemn tribute to Sam after attending his funeral.
Buchanan’s chapter, “Suicide
of the GOP,” draws attention to the fact that the Republicans have steadily
abandoned Middle American conservatism for the Economism of Wall Street while
embracing the political correctness of multiculturalism, and as a result the
GOP could easily become
A recent Boston Globe editorial takes Buchanan to task for “peddling dangerous ideas.” The editors take a swipe at him for “fear-mongering” even though the paper admitted that “no one denies that ‘the West’ is undergoing huge demographic change.” For suggesting that the country should have a ten-year moratorium on immigration, that the country should assimilate the legal immigrants already in the U.S., and that employers should face legal repercussions for hiring illegal aliens, the Globe rebukes Buchanan for “layering in the toxin of racial animosity.”
When one considers, with a rational, open mind, the social indicators that have accompanied the present wave of immigrants—from crime and poverty to educational levels and health standards—which statistician Ed Rubenstein has thoroughly documented, and the dismal extent to which these immigrants have culturally assimilated into the U.S., Buchanan’s assessment of what the future holds for America seems extraordinarily realistic.