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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Losing Our Culture

Recently, a correspondent chastised me for being so much in favor of open borders and allowing illegal immigrants to work.
If we were to get rid of our immigration laws, the U.S. population would explode in an uncontrollable fashion. According to a recent study, as many as 1 in 6 persons around the world would leave their countries and come here. That's one billion people, many of them would have tremendous cultural differences that would make much of this nation unrecognizable. Our population is up to 300 million. Do you honestly believe we should allow our population to double or even triple in the next hundred years or so? Our quality of life would evaporate into even more gridlock and crime, not to mention the burden on social services. Your open borders would see something like one billion people in America by the next century, America would turn into a chaotic welfare state.....bleeeech.

The points are curious.
While 1 in 6 would like to come here, it's highly unlikely that such a large percentage would actually make it. But even if they did, how would this loss of culture be any different than what we have already experienced?

Consider the country of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln:

They lived in a country:
  • 80% agrarian (we are now 80% urban),
  • built around family farms with
  • no abortion or contraception,
  • no naked women in advertisements,
  • no naked couples publicly copulating in theaters to the delight of audiences,
  • no mass shootings (apart from shooting Indians),
  • institutional slavery,
  • no vote for women, slaves or men without property,
  • virtually no divorce,
  • virtually no standing army,
  • the bare minimum of a navy,
  • no separation of church and state (in the modern sense),
  • government representation at a much higher per capita level than today,
  • no all-powerful Supreme Court (SCOTUS was seen as the WEAKEST of the three branches, even decades after the ruling which ostensibly gave it supreme power),
  • no Environmental Protection Agency,
  • no CIA, FBI, NSA or Secret Service,
  • no Social Security,
  • No Medicare/Medicaid,
  • no corporations,
  • no taxes on personal income,
  • no taxes on business income (there was no corporate income - see point above),
  • no sales tax,
  • no Department of Education,
  • no public school system,
  • virtually no private school system,
  • no literacy problems (nearly 100% literacy in the colonies in all the decades prior to the Civil War).
If we take the argument at face value, this hasn't been America for quite some time.
So what's the beef?

We're worried that Hispanics may change our culture?

Without a rapid increase in population, we will not have enough people to sustain the changes we have already imposed - Social Security will collapse, despite the extra billions of dollars poured into the coffers by illegals with fake SSNs. Old people will have to be euthanized. And Muslim Europe is growing more Muslim by the minute.

So, which is the greater danger: the Hispanics or us?


Patrick said...

Can you imagine the impact of open borders? All of Canada would live in Hollywood!

Jordan Potter said...

Yes, not only was there no separation of church and state in the modern sense, but in many states there were legal establishments of religion until the 1830s. The First Amendment only said "Congress shall make no law" regarding an establishment of religion --- it said nothing of the states, several of which had establishments of religion. Indeed, if the Bill of Rights had forbidden establishments of religion in the states, it would never have been ratified, so the Founding Fathers limited themselves to forbidding the establishment of a national church.

Of course, following the Civil War, the Constitution was amended so that states are bound by the Bill of Rights in the same way that Congress (allegedly) is, but in the beginning it was not so.

Anyway, it seems your correspondent is one of those believers in "population control." Your correspondent wouldn't happen to be Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, would it? The Wisdom of the Bubblehead: "It's ridiculous to ban contraceptives -- you only have to think of the diseases that are transmitted without them. I think it should be compulsory to use a contraceptive."

Compulsory contraception for all -- who needs border patrol in the Brave New World of Maggie Sanger and Gisele Bundchen?

Patrick said...

Ahh, Gisele Bundchen: "Today no one is a virgin when they get married ... show me someone who's a virgin," and "How is it possible to not want people to use condoms and also not have abortions? It's impossible, I'm sorry." However, to be fair, she is Brazilian.

mary said...

I get it. Like many so-called orthodox Catholics, you the author subscribe to the doctrine of "uncontrolled immigration as the deserved wrath of God upon America."
It may be true that we will be visited with an invasion of sorts as a punishment for our many sins, but your promotion of it is no less reprehensible.

c matt said...

ITs not a punishment, its a simple fact. You can call obtaining third degree burns a "punishment" for sticking your hand in a fire, but it is also just the natural and probable consequence of committing such act. Same with decreasing one population demographic while another increases.

Besides, I think th elarger point is that fear that "our culture will be changed" is based upon some questionable presuppositions (1) that our culutre has not changed (it has drastically!!), (2) that we even really have a culture (what is it? Sex, drugs, and rock n roll? Baseball and apple pie (baseball - ironically - is much better played by Latinos than Anglos) we can't even define our culture, (3) our culture, even if we could identify it somehow, is worth preserving, and (4) even if its worth preserving, that somehow we can preserve it in light of staggering demographic decline.