Smallholder Says Amen To Robert Novak

The Chicken Littles of America who worry about the sky falling don’t seem to be aware that we used to worry about those dary I-Tals, Poles, Mics, and Jooooooos were going to destroy the very fabric of our society. Did that happen?

American assimiliation is powerfully erosive of ethnic identity.

At least one icon of the right has his head screwed on correctly:

The GOP’s Battle on the Border

By Robert D. Novak
Thursday, May 24, 2007; A31

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia were booed at their respective state party conventions Sunday for supporting a compromise immigration bill. Their specific sin was collaborating with the liberal lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. But behind the catcalls was Republican rage over undocumented foreigners, a sentiment GOP lawmakers must appease if they want to avoid dire consequences.

Why are the party faithful throughout the country so incensed by immigration? When I asked Graham, he quoted from a federal government report on the new arrivals to this country, “largely unskilled laborers” and heavily illiterate: “The new immigration has provoked a widespread feeling of apprehension as to its effect on the economic and social welfare of the country.” The report, by the U.S. Immigration Commission, was dated 1911.

When Graham returned to Washington on Monday as the immigration debate began, he read the 96-year-old quote into the Senate record to demonstrate that fear of foreigners is not new for Americans. This nation of immigrants has greeted successive waves of newcomers with apprehension stoked by demagogues. It has overcome such past xenophobic impulses. But that will be more difficult in an era of Internet bloggers and radio talkers, with the Republican Party in trouble and seeking a unifying issue at the grass roots and with the Democratic Party sensing its adversary’s weakness and moving in for the kill.

Graham and Chambliss, both up for reelection next year, were unprepared for the hostility they encountered at their state party conventions. In Columbia, S.C., delegates erupted in boos when Graham mentioned Teddy Kennedy’s name. Chambliss’s apparent proximity to Kennedy in a photograph evoked booing in Duluth, Ga. Unaccustomed to such treatment, Chambliss expressed his resentment to Senate colleagues back in Washington. Graham was not happy with his junior South Carolina colleague, Sen. Jim DeMint, for playing to the convention crowd with anti-immigration oratory.

Nor was Graham happy with the performance in Columbia by DeMint’s candidate for president, Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts won cheers by claiming the Senate compromise constitutes “amnesty” — the word guaranteed to rouse Republican audiences. Only two years ago, Romney supported a less restrictive bill passed by the Senate on the grounds that it did not constitute “amnesty.” Sen. John McCain, who supports the Senate compromise and is Graham’s choice for president, said Monday: “Maybe I should wait a few weeks and see if [Romney’s position] changes.”

Nobody can testify better than Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), a nationally renowned conservative, about how dangerous this issue is for a Republican. In 2006, Pence brought a cascade of abuse on himself for proposing an immigration compromise. He held his ground, recalling his Irish immigrant grandfather. But last week, he rejected the new Senate compromise as “amnesty,” although it resembles his own plan.

Many Republicans reach for an anti-immigration lifeline because of the party’s plight. Burdened with an unpopular president and an unpopular war, the GOP cannot claim to be the party of limited government and controlled spending. But immigrant-bashing divides rather than unites Republicans, as the South Carolina and Georgia conventions showed. In a recent closed-door meeting of the House’s conservative Republican Study Committee, Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) raised the danger of resembling South Africa’s National Party advocating apartheid.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, while probing for the compromise’s weak spots in Senate debate Tuesday, warned of “cultural” change resulting from a flood of low-income immigrants. That recalls the 1911 report of the U.S. Immigration Commission (headed by an old-fashioned Republican conservative, Sen. William P. Dillingham of Vermont) asserting that the “proportion of the more serious crimes of homicide, blackmail and robbery . . . is greater among the foreign born,” who also refuse to learn the English language.

In reading part of Dillingham’s report into the Senate record, Graham declared that these immigrants who were “ruining America” fathered the “greatest generation.” That immigrant wave included my grandfather, a Russian Imperial Army veteran working on the John Deere tractor assembly line in Moline, Ill., as an unskilled, undocumented alien who could not speak English. Refuting Dillingham, he was an American patriot proud of a son who fought with the U.S. infantry through Africa and Italy in World War II.

1 Comment »
Polymath said:

The examples quoted in the Novak article (1911 report, Dillingham’s Russian grandfather, Pence’s Irish grandfather) date from before the ‘Great Society.’ We now have a nanny state which will give away taxpayer dollars to people who don’t want (but are otherwise able) to work.

The hispanic people I have met while working in the construction industry were very friendly and very hard working. Some of them were illegal, and were paid under the table. Some had forged documents. And some were legal, as far as I know.

Unfortunately, the incentive to work hard will likely be lost on future generations of hispanic illegal aliens, just as it has on low-skill, low-education, and low-income Americans of all stripes. We hand out money to these people without a thought to figuring out a better way to improve their lot.

I am no demographic expert, but we will soon near saturation with people on the Government dole. Social Security is the example which illustrates te problem. An act of Government largesse which now requires 3 (or is it 2?) *taxpaying* workers to support every person recieving payments. Soon the top shall be larger than the base.



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