Posted by Curt on 9 February, 2014 at 1:21 pm. 4 comments already!


John Bennett:

Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently gave one of the finest and most memorable presentations on the subject of immigration.

America could be on “a path to Armageddon,” given the blend of relativism, racial preferences, and nullified immigration laws, warned Hanson in an interview with Mark Levin, [link opens in pop-up, interview begins at 51:00].

Hanson is a military historian who taught the classics and is now a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Winner of the prestigious National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008), his writing is generally seen as well reasoned and insightful.

Hanson offered a blistering attack on Republicans and left-wing immigration policy, pointing out that Republican leaders have stopped using the word assimilation. Assimilation used to be the ideal that was strived for by immigrants and encouraged by our society. Instead of urging assimilation, some Republicans are bizarrely promoting amnesty for people who are not assimilating.

Hanson pointed out that many of today’s immigrants are not repeating the pattern of the Italians or Greeks, as just two examples. While Latino studies programs can be found at almost all universities, one does not find such “studies” for Italians or Greeks. That is just one dramatic distinction between immigrants today and past immigrants.

The GOP’s Strategic Blunder

Hanson lampooned Republicans for floating amnesty at a time when the executive branch is increasingly lawless. “I don’t know why they would trust [Obama] after they told us not to trust him.”

As he has done with Obamacare, the president would simply ignore parts of any immigration law he disliked. If amnesty passed, the president would reject enforcement, but keep the amnesty.

That’s not the only ridiculous aspect of the pro-“legalization” approach. The timing of the proposal couldn’t have been worse, and there were several better alternatives. The pro-amnesty GOP could have delayed the proposal, or only discussed enforcement, but instead took the most divisive approach at the worst possible time.

Aside from being incompetent, the amnesty effort is also futile. “The establishment thinks it will be better liked and it can appeal to so-called Latinos which are not going to vote for them anyway because now they are going to add the wage of being weak in addition to being considered illiberal,” Hanson warned.

If the idea is to be liked by MSM, “we’re going to lose every time by trying to be liked.”

In a challenge to Republicans, Hanson said that the pro-amnesty GOP is ready to fall into Obama’s trap. “He’s going to not only make you look ridiculous, he’s going to make you look weak.”

Rather than playing into his hands, Hanson suggested a response to Obama rooted in the concerns of the middle-class. The response should emphasize that “[t]his president favors the very wealthy liberal elite and he’s creating a dependent culture for everybody on the bottom, and he does not care about the middle class. He finds the [middle class] without the romance of the poor and without the connections of the elite.”

Instead of amnesty, the Republicans should be pushing for limits on immigration. Hanson suggests that we can take 100,000 legal immigrants per year, but we can’t take one million per year, especially when they lack high school diplomas or English proficiency.

The “Destroyed” State of California

A Californian, Hanson has seen firsthand the fiscal, social, and educational problems stemming from illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is “the reason the state is destroyed,” Hanson bluntly stated.

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