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A confession: I haven’t had the time or patience to wade my way through the new immigration legislation, but I surely am appreciating all the hysteria on Fox News, CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo. It’s like a trip back to the twenties and early thirties. Did you know that the White Race, which is the bearer of Western Civilization, is facing extinction as a result of our immigration policies? It’s Oswald Spengler’s Untergang des Abendlandes all over again – here we are late in the Winter of Western Civilization, barbarians pounding at the frontier (no, already inside; no, actually pouring water in our restaurants and collecting our garbage!) Of course, it’s a considerably dumbed-down version of Spengler; today’s audience couldn’t manage all those quotes in Greek and Latin. Consider this breathlessly delivered rant from Bill O’Reilly, from Friday:
make no mistake, it’s not fair. It drastically alters the United States of America. And there will be unintended consequences all over the place.
The new census report says America’s now one-third minority. And in four states — California, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawaii — whites are the minority. So with the infusion of as many as 20 to 30 million new citizens in the next 10 years, the landscape of America will absolutely change.
So there you have it. There is one reason to panic: we will be less white as a result of this immigration reform! Heaven forbid, they will become citizens, and we might even have to start treating them like human beings!
As it’s Sunday, I have a lesson from Scripture for Billo, Tancredo and Dobbs – it’s right on point, located in a portion of their Bibles which I am sure they have overlooked:
And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”