The drumfire of post-election-defeat blather continues apace. Today, Charles Krauthammer, noted righty pontificator, expounds on his "solution" for the GOP: Immigration Reform. Read his essay.
Okay, I read it.
First impression: Ivory-tower wishful thinking.
The Krauthammer Solution operates on two faulty propositions: that a proper, effective Border Fence CAN be built (all types tried so far have not worked), and that a total basis of trust with immigrants is the way to go.
The Fence issue is easy: we don't really need such a Hadrian's Wall. We need our military guarding our borders with all of their tools, and no "fence" will ever work without the military patrolling it.
The Trust issue is more problematic. It's all wrapped up in PeeCee, and that wrapping must be peeled away before real Trust can begin. Here are the real issues beneath that phony wrapper:
- Most Latino immigrants are here for one big reason, economic opportunity, and that's a fine motivator, but then they turn around and send their under-the-table wages out of the country, using up public resources (welfare) to replace them, so our Nation derives a negative benefit from their presence, not a positive one. We're missing the tax revenue from most of those wages, also.
- The political players (now including Krauthammer) see them mostly as votes/cheap labor, as did President Bush the Younger, not as citizens contributing to the good of our society. We need them as part of our bedrock of society, which they could easily become.
- The sad fact is that the Latinos have been morphed into a giant subset of the Gimme-Gimme class, and are, as a result, a cultural AND fiscal drag on our Nation. This factor has to change. Just a few years ago, the Latinos avoided political contact, fearing deportation, but when deportation for merely having entered the country illegally was ended under Obama, the Obama Community Organizers began to heavily recruit the Latinos.
Okay then, what to do?
First of all, there is NO way in Hell that the (D)onks are going to trade Amnesty for a Fence, and, as I said above, we don't need a fence anyway, we just need the military on the border. Now having seen a weakness, the (D)onks are going to go for the jugular, and try for Amnesty without the "Fence".
Second, the Amnesty has to be strengthened with pre-conditions. Here are those pre-conditions:
- The (D)onks drop their resistance to English as our Official Language, and stop forcing all this bi-lingualism on the Nation. The immigrants MUST be fully integrated into the society, not just integrated enough to pull a (D)onk voting lever.
- The (D)onks drop their opposition to using the military to guard the border.
- The (D)onks drop the "anchor baby" doctrine. If the parents aren't legal residents, neither are their offspring. Yes, that means the end of the "Dream Act". When the parents become naturalized citizens, so then do the babies, but not before.
- The (D)onks drop their fawning support of the LaRaza-type outfits, and revert to the time-tested "Melting Pot" doctrine. It's time for all to realize that the great social experiment of internal cultural segregation has failed, that the Melting Pot worked for generations, and can still work. "Celebrate Diversity" started out as a push for the "Melting Pot", but has been morphed into a divide-and-conquer strategy to kill off the Melting Pot doctrine which brought us such a strong and vibrant Nation for the first two hundred years.
- Technically, something has to be done to end the gimme-gimme status of immigrants. The easiest way to accomplish that is that immigrants must promise to keep all their wages in this Nation for their period of naturalization processing/probation, and that period should last 5 years. That gives immigrants plenty of time to learn English, to learn to live within their means and learn to support America, not leech off of her.
- It goes without saying that the full efforts of all Governments involved will coalesce to keep foreign crime cartels out of the USA, and by full efforts, that includes use of the military, not only to interdict drug shipments, but to take the offensive against the cartels on their side of the border, with the help of the Mexican Government, of course. Our Special Forces could end the hegemony of the cartels in a month of operations. If that Mexican Government is unwilling to let us remove the cartels from the border areas, we end support for that Government.
"Amnesty", as Charles Krauthammer uses the word, can work, but only if all of it's failure-elements are engineered out before it is implemented.
Most Latino immigrants I have come across are hard workers, and to my lights, it's worth bringing them into the culture just for that, and bringing them into the citizenry just for that, because the culture is going the wrong way on work ethic just now. I welcome them, once all the exploitation of their presence is removed, and so should all citizens interested in a strong and vibrant USA.