From my new VDARE column:
It’s funny how, in the woozy minds of America’s elite, celebrating Independence Day has turned into celebrating Immigration Day. For a particularly ripe example of Ellis Island kitsch, let’s review this July 3, 2010 Washington Post op-ed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam:“A better welcome for our nation's immigrants
“On our national birthday, and amid an angry debate about immigration, Americans should reflect on the lessons of our shared immigrant past.”
By the way, have you noticed how the word “angry” has come to mean “The state of mind of any person who is winning a debate with an immigration enthusiast?”
Putnam and Bush then add a topical Independence Day note:“We must recall that the challenges facing our nation today were felt as far back as the Founders' time. … Today's immigrants are, on average, assimilating socially even more rapidly than earlier waves.”
Why haven’t more recent immigrant groups assimilated enough not to default on their mortgages? Well, what kind of angry person even notices hatefacts?“One important difference, however, that separates immigration then and now: We native-born Americans are doing less than our great-grandparents did to welcome immigrants.”
See? It’s all your fault.
Who are Jeb Bush and Robert D. Putnam and why are they saying these foolish things? In the past, Putnam and Bush have both made themselves conspicuous over immigration to a comical degree. So let’s review their history.
Read the whole thing there. I also outline Benjamin Franklin's grand strategy in response to the usual immigrationist attack on Franklin.