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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Not Your Uncle McCain's Bipartisanship

Back from an unintentional day off, sometimes things just get away from you...

I'm posting a long article today so I'll keep the commentary short. As ugly as the partisanship in America has gotten, I still hate "bipartisanship" more. At least in a traditional partisan debate you have two sides standing up for what they believe in. Bi-partisanship takes that balance and mutates it into a mushy middle ground where neither side is happy and nothing productive is accomplished, yet the participants get to brag about their momentous achievement (see: Filibuster Compromise).

The key to real bipartisanship is finding a cause that both sides can actually agree on but have avoided coming to a consensus on for political reasons. Illegal immigration is one such issue. No one wants to touch it for fear of alienating the Hispanic vote, but a vocal majority of the country from both sides of the aisle is demanding something be done.

In that spirit, I want to reprint a speech given by Richard Lamm, the former Democratic governor of Colorado. His speech is hard to ignore because it simply makes sense, and directly address the legitimate fears people have. I'd appreciate the opinion of anyone who disagrees, so without further ado:

I Have A Plan To Destroy America Richard D. Lamm

I have a secret plan to destroy America. If you believe, as many do, that America is too smug, too white bread, too self-satisfied, too rich, lets destroy America. It is not that hard to do. History shows that nations are more fragile than their citizens think. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and they all fall, and that "an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide." here is my plan:

I. We must first make America a bilingual-bicultural country. History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. One scholar, Seymour Martin Lipset, put it this way:
The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon-all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with its Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.

II. I would then invent "multiculturalism" and encourage immigrants to maintain their own culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal: that there are no cultural differences that are important. I would declare it an article of faith that the black and Hispanic dropout rate is only due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out-of-bounds.

III. We can make the United States a "Hispanic Quebec" without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic monthly recently: ...the apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically, and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together. I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with a salad bowl metaphor. It is important to insure that we have various cultural sub-groups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

IV. Having done all this, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated - I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% drop out rate from school.

V. I would then get the big foundations and big business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of victimology. I would get all
minorities to think their lack of success was all the fault of the majority - I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

VI. I would establish dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would "celebrate diversity." "Diversity" is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other-that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse," peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together, and we can take advantage of this myopia. Look at the ancient Greeks. Dorf's world history tells us:
The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games in honor of Zeus and all Greeks venerated the shrine of Apollo at Delphi. A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet, all of these bonds together were not strong enough to overcome two factors . . . (local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions . . .) If we can put the emphasis on the "pluribus," instead of the "unum," we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.

VII. Then I would place all these subjects off limits - make it taboo to talk about. I would find a word similar to "heretic" in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like "racist", "xenophobe" that halts argument and conversation. Having made America a bilingual-bicultural country, having established multiculturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of "victimology", I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra - "that because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good." I would make every individual immigrant sympatric and ignore the cumulative impact.

VIII. Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson’s book Mexifornia — this book is dangerous — it exposes my plan to destroy America. So please, please — if you feel that America deserves to be destroyed — please, please — don't buy this book! This guy is on to my plan.
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." — Noam Chomsky,
American linguist and us media and foreign policy critic.

6 Comments:

Blogger Nedhead said...

Well if he has a plan to destroy America (which, by the way, sounds like it is already in action), does he have a plan to save America? I guess just the opposite of what he describes?

And anyway, civilizations rise and fall. Always have, always will. As he stated in his speech, history proves that. History also proves that human nature, as a whole, cannot be changed. We are doomed to repeat our failures for eternity. His speech appears to be a rant against the direction our society has taken. I cannot say that I disagree with all his statements, quite the opposite, but "the end is near" is a tired mantra. His point of view is that what we are doing will tear apart our nation. But who is to say that we would last forever if his "plan" wasn't in action? What I read in his speech is fear that the changes occuring in our society are rending it apart. It is OK to be afraid, but is it not possible we can survive these tumultuous times? No matter what we do, our nation is doomed to collapse, sooner or later. I do prefer later myself.

6/21/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Interesting view Ned. I disagree that all nations are destined to fail, rather, I believe that you can trace their decline to specific events or movements. Unfortunately I think the governers reading might be spot on.

6/21/2005 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Ahh, but Brash, give me an example of a nation/state/union that has not eventually collapsed or been absorbed by another?

6/21/2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

I don't dispute that fact, but how does that prove that it was inevitable and not the result of a specific chain of events or actions?

6/21/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

I don't understand...it what state is this happening? Quebec, Belgium and Malaysia aren't "melting pots" they are TV dinner with discrete portion sections. They also cause diarrhea.

Who, beside a few seperatist wackos, are suggesting races need to forge seperate political units? I could attack, say neo-confederates, as a insidious cabal driving public opinion in the south. But that would be wrong, because it is batshit insane and not accurate.

if you are suggesting that bi-lingual ballots or Univision are somehow the cobbles of the primrose path to Communism, that's kind of weird.

The first public version of the Declaration of Independence was printed in German.

6/25/2005 01:44:00 PM  
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