“And when you lose control, you’ll
reap the harvest you have sown”
—Pink Floyd (“Dogs,” Animals, 1977)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)
recently addressed a well-publicized gathering at the Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library, the first questioner during the Q & A session
asked how the Governor would handle our nation’s “immigration
crisis” and the “education expense associated with this
problem.” Christie said he favored the status quo of legal immigration
but would secure our borders. He also opposes the Dream Act — federal
legislation that would give the children of illegal aliens in-state
tuition costs at public universities.
The fact that the first question posed to Governor Christie addressed
our nation’s immigration “crisis” — and not the
economy, or health care, or the federal budget impasse, or our ballooning
national debt — shows that more and more citizens view our unsecured
southern border as a national “crisis,” and voters wonder
what our elected officials are prepared to do about it.
Over the years, immigration policy and border security have remained
priority concerns of an electorate impatient with our political elites
who refuse to stem the flow of illegal immigration. Grassroots activists
forced Congress to abandon comprehensive immigration reform in 2007
— another amnesty comparable to the one President Reagan approved
in 1986 — which had the endorsement of the Bush Administration and
Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ).
Pat Buchanan’s new book, which hits bookstore shelves next week,
is about a nation losing control — of its heritage, its history, its
cultural and religious traditions, and ultimately its future.
of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?* is a fearless
description of our nation’s plight, arguably Buchanan’s
sharpest-edged assessment in print. It defies a number of cultural,
social, and political trends and serves as a dissident conservative’s
manifesto. Buchanan’s full-throttle defiance of Political Correctness
is unlikely to “Win Friends and Influence People” in the
elite media circles where the conservative author earns a lucrative
salary, but it will resonate in Middle America where the nation’s
transformation is on a destructive trajectory.
Unlike beltway neoconservatives, Buchanan views America as more than
just a “proposition” nation (a country devoid of a nation).
It is the ancestral home of millions of European descendants who settled
a new nation; forged our political institutions; expanded our Christian
faith; and developed a common set of folkways, customs, and traditions.
These various European strands, assimilated over generations, formed
the core of America’s national character and served as the basis
of the legendary melting pot. The notion that America has always been
a “diverse” nation remains at odds with reality. Our national
development is an outgrowth of European folkways, which David Hackett
Fischer so eloquently described in his 1989 book, Albion’s
The eminent threat to our national posterity is what Buchanan identifies
as the “Death of Christian America,” the “Cult of
Diversity,” the “End of White America,” the “Triumph
of Tribalism,” and “Demographic Winter,” among others.
America’s demographic transformation reflects the shift in population
trends since the mid-1960s when our immigration laws were radically
overhauled. Consequently, America’s declining quality-of-life
indicators track this demographic revolution — a dysgenic phase threatens
our national wellbeing.
This policy change shifted priorities. The interests of immigrants
and ethnic lobbies now supersede the national interest. When it comes
to this sweeping change in public policy, Buchanan correctly asks, “Cui
Bono?” (Who benefits?) Organized ethnic lobbies and foreign interests,
often backed by wealthy liberal philanthropists such as George Soros,
influence cultural trends and ultimately public policies.
As American society diversifies, it also becomes fractured and dissolute.
The distinguished sociologist Henry Pratt Fairchild once noted, “The
traits of foreign nationality which the immigrant brings with him are
not to be mixed or interwoven. They are to be abandoned…. If
immigration is to continue, and if our nation is to be preserved, we
must all, natives and foreigners alike, resign ourselves to the inevitable
truth that unity can be maintained only through the complete sacrifice
of extraneous national traits on the part of foreign elements. There
is no “give-and-take” in assimilation.”
If Buchanan had his way, he would rein in a government that is too
large and too expansive abroad. Government agencies, such as the Bureau
of Population, Refugees, and Migration in the State Department, are
detrimental to preserving our national heritage and should be eliminated.
The futility of equalizing educational outcomes, a priority of the
Department of Education, has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in
funding Head Start and other failed “intervention” programs.
(Even Time magazine’s Joe Klein has called for an
end to Head
One refreshing aspect of Buchanan’s analysis is that stalwart
intellects of the “Old Right” — Murray Rothbard, Sam Francis,
Paul Gottfried, Robert Nisbet, Willmoore Kendall, Garet Garrett, and
James Burnham — as well as original scholars such as John Derbyshire,
Charles Murray, Jason Richwine, Frank Salter, and Robert Weissberg
receive recognition in his book.
In his recent speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Barak Obama
closed on this note: “It’s a vision… where we live
up to the idea that no matter what you look like,
no matter where you come from, no matter what your surname — whether
your ancestors landed at Ellis Island, or came over on a slave ship,
or crossed the Rio Grande — we are all connected, and we all rise and fall together. That’s
the America I believe in. That’s the America that you believe
For many Americans, who do not trace their ancestral lineage to Ellis
Island, or slave ships, or the Rio Grande, but to Plymouth Rock and
other American settlements up to the late 1800s, the nation of our
forefathers is finally repeating the harvest it has sown — a transformative
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