We’re coming up on two full years of wrestling with the immigration question in a highly public way. The striking fact is this: catastrophe has been averted. We have, admittedly, made precious few positive steps toward improvement; but fewer still have been the advances of that plutocracy which conspires to subjugate the Republic on this issue. A stubborn, noble resistance endures. I find this remarkable.
The weight of elite opinion — business, government, media, intelligentsia, ecclesiastic — is quite overwhelming. In virtually every field of affairs, the elite wants “comprehensive” reform and will not compromise toward an incremental policy of enforcement by attrition. Its failure bespeaks the lasting vitality of American democracy
We hear a lot about that “small but vocal” anti-immigration faction. We might as well talk about the small but vocal anti-Communist faction that drove Liberals to distraction throughout the Cold War, finally culminating in the twin landslides of Reagan victories. Or we might as well talk about the small but vocal Federalist faction in the late 18th century. It is true that that these factions, too, were opposed, bitterly opposed; but this does not vitiate the plain fact that they were broadly popular coalitions of opinion.
The Federalist gives us a fine phrase to describe enduring coalitions of opinion that shape the politics of the Republic: the deliberate sense of the people. The deliberate sense of the American people favored a federal constitution bringing the several States into a national union. The deliberate sense of the people opposed Communism on principle, judged it not merely unworkable but wicked and menacing, and set itself stubbornly against it.
Today the deliberate sense of the American people is against immigration. Its persistence is amply demonstrated, not least in the fact that even a dramatic change in congressional majority could not shake it loose. We opponents of immigration were warned in strident terms, back in late 2006, that parlay was our only option: “Work for the least bad bill you can get,” they told us, “because once the Dems take the Congress, you’ll get steamrolled with something even worse.” Didn’t happen, and not for lack of effort. I suppose the next piece of pedantry will be: “sue for peace, you fools, or the next President (Clinton) will sign a bill that makes these current ones look like child’s play.”
Sorry; not buying that one either. The great virtue of the anti-immigration coalition, like so many achievements of Conservatism in the past, is its transcendence of party. This is why I have long thought that the real dynamic at work is party versus party but plutocracy versus democracy.
The open borders bloc takes Leftist sloganeering and unites it to Capitalist financial muscle — a potent mix to be sure, but rather unpopular. Capitalism may be popular enough, but in this it is heavy-laden by an alliance with an ideology of national dispossession. The Leftist bromides amount to a repudiation of American sovereignty, a concomitant embrace of managerial bureaucracy, and a general drift toward European-style soft despotism. Take that collection of policies to the American people and see what they think of it. To this abortive ideology of dispossession the plutocracy adds the emollients of profit and prosperity, generally formulated in the negative: our economy needs cheap labor.
Without the patina of free enterprise, without the conceit that nationality is an impediment to prosperity, and citizenship to free markets, the whole project would be quite doomed. Left-wing globalization is about as unpopular a system as one can imagine. But right-wing globalization: now there is an idea with some legs. Making bureaucratic despotism, a la the EU, our world empire, fills most sane men with visceral horror; but making American Capitalism our world empire is a more cunning and seductive sophistry. That the anticipated empire may be Capitalist, but it won’t be American, is a difficult proposition for optimistic Americans to credit. A lot of Americans really believe that everyone else is just America-in-embryo.
Thus the open borders bloc unites the elites of both parties against the people themselves. Plutocracy vs. democracy.
Before the 2006 election, I ventured recklessly to offer advice to GOP House candidates on how to hold their seat: defend the House’s “obstructionism” on immigration. Defend without apology that body’s heroic resistance to the overthrow of our national sovereignty. I venture now, in light of this fascinating report, the same advice:
“Fellow citizens, I know almost everyone is lecturing you about the need for what is called ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform. I know you have heard a great deal of fulmination against the ‘obstructionism’ of the House or Senate, as the case may be. Our leading newspapers tell you that we have ‘abandoned’ immigration reform. We have done no such thing. What we have done, in fact, is quite simple: we have blocked a terrible bill. Actually several bills: Bills that are cheered by the agitators who organized great crowds of people to march on our streets, which an edge of militancy, under the flag of a foreign power — the sort of thing that earlier generations of our countrymen would not have failed to call sedition. Bills virtually written by an organization calling itself The Race. Bills that even their authors have made no serious compass of. How many more immigrants these ‘reforms’ will bring to our shores is a matter for conjecture, with the figures rounded to the nearest million. Bills that betray the good men who guard our borders; bills that insult those immigrants respectful enough of our laws to endure our bureaucracy and enter the legal way; bills that subject us all to the tyranny of King Mammon. I tell you truly, fellow citizens, that I have not the least tincture of shame in admitting that I have done everything in my power, every trick of parliamentary guile, every artifice of obstruction, to block this legislation; nor that I will continue to do so, until I have no power left. I stand on this ground — that a plutocracy connives to dispossess our beloved nation — and on this ground I ask for your vote.”