The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take

From Monday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On Rand Paul’s indignation at Jack Conway’s ad on his college activities:

I think it’s time for the truce of 2010 where we declare that for all candidates, in all places, and for all time, life starts after college. And we’re not going to count witchcraft, wearing a beard and being a Marxist, or the joining of a fraternity where you do stupid pranks.

This really is a measure of the desperation of Democrats that his opponent, Rand Paul’s opponent, is running on a 20-year-old prank of a guy who is a respected eye doctor and a serious candidate.

On Angela Merkel’s speech on the failure of multiculturalism in Germany:

The problem is never immigration alone. Immigration with assimilation, as we had in the United States in the 19th and 20th century, is a great success. It made America what it is.

It’s immigration without assimilation. That is happening in Europe. Some of it is happening here as well. We tried, for example, bilingualism in some states and it was a disaster and a way to retarding assimilation in the culture. And it’s been dropped all around America.

But in Europe, it’s very strong. It goes under the name of “multiculturalism,” which is a fancy word for essentially leaving these people alone, outside. There are suburbs in France where it’s highly immigrant, entirely immigrant, mostly Muslim, where the French police cannot go. It isn’t in France anymore. It’s its own state of nature in many ways.

And that is happening in other areas of Europe, and now you’re beginning [to see] — maybe too late — a reaction in Europe because it knows the result. The result is it radicalizes the young and it stops their opportunity if they can’t speak the language of the country. You are not going to get ahead.

You get extremism and terrorism and you get a country ridden with strife. That is happening in Holland and France and Germany. It’s a wake- up call to multiculturalists in the U.S. It will happen here if we do the same thing.

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