This is how I feel
FrontPageMag captures the essence of what I have been feeling of late.
We have arrived at a tipping point in American history. Make no mistake about it, these demonstrations are a challenge to what Aristotle and Straussian political theorists call a “regime” or “way of life.” We are witnessing the assertion of raw power (from and on behalf of non-citizens) that challenges our own citizenship and our very constitutional order. Illegal aliens who are here without the “consent of the governed” (aided and abetted by amoral corporate and ideological elites) are demanding that the views of the overwhelming majority of the American people (for border control and immigration restrictions) be ignored. This is an attempted social coup; war by other means.
But its possible virtue may be to concentrate the national mind. We have come to the moment when illegal immigration has become a raging cataract. We have finally reached the now or never. It is time for the Senate of the United States to stop its political parlor tricks and stand up to this mob. If members of the Congress do not openly criticize these anti-American demonstrations in behalf of those who committed a crime to get here, it means that the democratic representatives of the people have acquiesced not just to the presence but also to the influence of non-citizens. Silence means submission to their anti-American slogans and actions and foreign flags.
What to do? We keep hearing about “comprehensive” immigration reform. Fine, let’s have it. Let’s insist first on legislation with serious enforcements provisions of our immigration laws. Then secondly, let’s have a series of “patriotic assimilation” amendments. And the first of these should say that the Oath of Allegiance means what it says and that a new citizen must “absolutely and entirely renounce all allegiance” to his birth nation. Let’s make it against the law for naturalized citizens to vote or run for office in foreign country. And, then, yes, let’s cut off all federal funds for bilingual education, multicultural education, bilingual ballots. Let’s insist on vigorous “Americanization” programs, not the bird-walking and back-filling of “civic instruction.” If immigration reform is truly “comprehensive,” it will not reward the intimidation we’ve witnessed over the past few days and its chief objective will be the making of Americans, not placating the foreigners among us.
these demonstrations are a challenge to what Aristotle and Straussian political theorists call a “regime” or “way of life.”
is beyond President Bush’s world view.