Archive for the ‘Imperialism’ Category

In many countries worldwide over the last 200 years, people have bordered one another and dueled over disputed lands:  Bessarabia, Kosovo, Danzig, Alsasce Lorraine, Ossetia, Palestine, etc.  Often different names for places, different languages, and a question of cultural supremacy was the root of the conflict.  Spiritual–not material–questions of whose culture, religion, language, heroes, symbols, and people would be dominant were the main issues.

America and Mexico share the largest frontier of a First and Third World country on Earth.  Mexicans in Mexico (and now in American public schools) are taught how America dastardly stole the Southwest.  It is brushed over that Mexico lost a war, signed a treaty, and even sold additional lands to the US some decades later in the form of the Gadsen Purchase.  Nonetheless, for them this is an ancient land, their ancient soil, and they want it.  Quite a few of them live here now, and where they have coalesced in large numbers, they have little respect for American claims over the symbols, culture, and language of their new home.

Once upon a time, perhaps 30-50 years ago, the fewer Mexicans that lived here were more fully assimilated, particularly in smaller towns where they worked in agriculture. They were eager to fit it, not least because their differences were often a source of derision by natives. It was a painful process, but it yielded great dividends for everyone concerned. (Of course, there’s always been some tension, as in the infamous Zoot Suit Riots.)  It’s noteworthy in the video above that one of the young American-flag-wearing students was part Mexican, though he has chosen his American identity.  His type, once more common, is becoming the minority.  The very numerous Mexican-Americans are reinforced every year by huge numbers of native newcomers from Mexico, are cordoned off in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, enjoy a parallel media and a compliant education system, and see nothing but declining pride and confidence by Americans, as exemplified by this school principal’s idea that it’s “disrespectful” to wear an American flag in America on Cinco de Mayo.

A little cultural pride by immigrants is to be expected, though it’s dangerous for it to be tolerated without parallel displays of loyalty.  But in this instance it’s more fraught with political and social meaning because there is, in effect, a colonization of the American southwest taken place, complete with linguistic, political, economic, and social ascendancy, complete disrespect for our laws and customs, and mass departure by native born Americans.  This is not about having a few margaritas at Chilis and seeing a native dance.  Most Americans enjoy such things.  It’s about whether native born Americans and our country’s sacred symbols will be complete displaced, as the Serbs have been displaced from Kosovo, the Germans from Alsasce Lorraine and Danzig, the Romanians from Bessarabia, and so many others have been pushed off their lands by a more confident, more numerous, and more organized group.   If there’s one thing a video like this should convey, more than anything else, it’s that diversity is anything but our strength when it involves the migration of large numbers of very different people that have no interest in assimilating into their new, chosen land.

There is already a Mexico, and it’s hardly a paradise.  If we don’t want to see the entire Southwest turn into Tampaulipas North, then we need to kick out the illegals and forcibly erase the cultural pride and expressions of those that choose to live here, just as they (and their taskmasters in the media and academia) are trying to erase ours.

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McCain often wields his patriotism like a cudgel, criticizing his opponents because, unlike him, they are not “war heros.”  His military record is supposed to prove his patriotism and his rectitude.

But what kind of patriot is McCain?  Lawrence Auster notes that his real passion is for a new, multicultural American Empire to replace the Old Republic:

[H]is “patriotism,” which is sincere, is directed toward things that represent the undoing of the nation. For example, opponents of open borders are, to him, anti-Americans, and that’s why he hates them so much. As we would hate a traitor, he hates opponents of amnesty. And in feeling that way, he feels himself to be supremely patriotic. If he were to seek to turn America into the multicultural empire you envision, he would also see that as a supremely patriotic project, and opposition to it as anti-American and hateful.

This shouldn’t be so surprising.  Militaries are often successful multicultural and multiethnic institutions; they are held together effectively by the natural strictness of military discipline.  National armies, such as Frederick the Great’s, in fact have served to grind down regional differences and create a new national identiy. Some of the best militaries have united men from many lands, such as the multi-ethnic horde of Genghis Kahn and the polyglot Red Army of World War II. Even among the Nazis, the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS drafted Cossacks, Turkistanis, Ukrainians, and other ethnic minorities into the ranks of “Aryan Supermen.”  Among ourselves, we see more and more citizenship ceremonies taking place among American soldiers.  Far from being touched, I’m disturbed.  It’s a short step from that to a military made up largely of mercenary immigrants.

McCain, in spite of his genuine suffering as a POW, looks at war archaically:  in wars and conquest, he sees power, glory, and meaning.  McCain’s love of war and national power take the place of ordinary patriotic feelings. 

McCain’s ideals are crude and utopian.  He’s willing to wipe out his country’s people in the name of the false American ideal of multicultural empire.  Far from insulating him from criticism, his attitude about war exposes him as a dangerous and nostalgic warrior, alienated from civilians in general, including his own countrymen. 

Through the social engineering of mass immigration, he’s willing to make the nation bigger, more populous, more divided, more servile, and thus more suited to a global empire.   The ability of the military to turn flabby civilians into hardened soldiers suggests to McCain that it has the same ability to transform the world and its peoples into people more like ourselves.

Not all soldier-politicans avoid war because they know of its horrors.  It seems just as common that war casts a long shadow over the remainder of their lives, standing out as a time of purpose, manly courage, and group unity hard to attain in civilian life.  There is little doubt that McCain will make war very familiar, and because of his rhetoric and biography, we’ll be too embarassed as a people to tell him that war is not a great thing to be induldged in the service of great ends, but a great evil to be avoided.

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