Perhaps the most ridiculous sentence ever written on immigration from the right:
Were Americans once again to take citizenship seriously, to dismantle the welfare state’s bureaucratic and psychological culture of entitlement, to dismiss the image of themselves as white-gloved administrators, and to banish America’s drug culture, then Americans could safely stop worrying about our southern border.
Yeah, and if there were less gravity we’d all run faster.
What’s more amazing is that this wasn’t written by a two-bit conservative bloviator (there’s lot of us!) but by Angelo Codevilla, a professor of international relations who’s written quite sensibly about things he actually knows something about. And most amazing, this appeared in the Claremont Review of Books (the article isn’t online yet, I’m afraid), which usually has higher standards.
The article is too full of errors, clichés, and gauzy nostalgia to examine in detail here, but it’s enough to address the fundamental misconception of the piece, as summarized above. Of course we all as conservatives want citizenship to be taken seriously again, the mentality of dependency on government to be ended, manual labor to again be valued, and narcotics to stop being abused. Any ideas on when all that’s going to happen? To posit that we must allow our nation to be crucified on the cross of unlimited immigration until such time as it regains a lost state of perfection is utopianism of the most risible kind.
It’s also a mark of contempt for the actual people living in the actual United States of America who, whatever our manifold sins, would like to preserve whatever’s left of our country. Codevilla, who wrote a book (and long American Spectator article) condemning the behavior of our ruling classes, is unwittingly serving as a useful idiot of those very ruling classes by attempting to undermine opposition to one of their most important tools — mass immigration.