by Frosty Wooldridge –
Part 8: Depressing to see your country fundamentally change from its successful self into a polyglot of failure. California’s demise into multicultural madness.
As we move into the “new” America with its multicultural morass, I find my interview with Mr. Warren a bit gloomy. Why did we change a vibrant society into a fractured civilization within my lifetime? Historians may enjoy a field day spelling it out: lazy, stupid, apathetic and actionless citizens.
“At this point, I have to admit that I am a little depressed,” said Warren. “No, make that very depressed, and I don’t know what can be done about it. The problem, again, is that while the most important elements of the ongoing immigration muddle have been thoroughly examined by some of the best minds in America, we still proceed as though none of this objective analysis has taken place or that another perspective on this historic national debate even exists. Moreover, as we have seen, it is commonly asserted by “The Powers That Be” that we do not even have the right as American citizens to question their official narrative about immigration, and that anyone who does so is some kind of a racist xenophobe, or worse.”
Ironically, as an American, I questioned legal and illegal immigration 30 years ago. I saw what we faced long before it manifested. Yet, I suffered name-calling. Even my sister called me a few scurrilous names. A number of magazines banned me from publication. They didn’t want to deal with my national “reputation” for rocking the boat on immigration. Big time radio stations won’t interview me for fear they can’t answer the questions I ask or the facts I pose to them. The producers at “60 Minutes” don’t dare interview me or anyone who speaks about immigration or overpopulation. It’s the last taboo and it’s a dilly of a taboo.
“As if to confirm this assertion, it seems as though the only people speaking out against open borders and unlimited immigration on the national stage are towering narcissists like Donald Trump and one or more syndicated radio talk show hosts. Yet, lacking a coherent and compelling counter-narrative about immigration and its impact on the culture and sustainability of America – and absent an articulate, charismatic spokesperson of the stature of John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan – we are, at best, conducting a perpetual rear guard action that is doomed to fail, even as we understand that the facts, as amply vindicated by history, are on our side.
“The tragedy for our country is that the ‘missing’ master narratives about immigration have already been written, even as Official Washington and its cadre of presstitutes do everything within their power to make sure that no one is aware of them.”
Mexifornia and the Death of the American Dream
“The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, they gave us California as paradise … Jackson Browne gave us California as paradise lost.”
Bruce Springsteen, from his comments at the induction of Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“That the Golden State has become a sort of paradise lost and a metaphor for all that seems to be going wrong in America is a dominant meme these days, but its ubiquitous nature doesn’t negate its powerful truth,” said Warren. “What happens in California, as Georgie Anne Geyer has observed, is a bellwether for the rest of the country, and no one, to my knowledge, has done a better job of explicating California’s precipitous fall from grace than Victor Davis Hanson. Indeed, if anyone wants to read a single volume that covers all of the most salient dimensions of this country’s immigration dilemma, Prof. Hanson’s Mexifornia: A State of Becoming would be at the very top of the list. The amazing thing is that Mexifornia, first published in 2003, continues to be one of the most unknown and undervalued books in America, and the kinds of things that the author talks about are – it goes without saying – anathema to the agenda of America’s reigning elites.
“One of the best and most informative reviews of Prof. Hanson’s book has been provided by Columnist Mona Charen http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/charen062703.asp , and I would urge anyone reading your column to check it out. As Ms. Charen suggests, now a dozen years on, this is still an incredibly important and timely book. Moreover, its lucid and well-researched arguments ought to provide the foundational basis for any rational discussion about immigration, even as the establishment Republican and Democratic Clown Cars [and their respective partisan spokes-trolls] lurch deeper into the weeds of incoherent ideological babble. This is a book that is so filled with scholarship, historical perspective, and deep personal experience that it should serve as the intellectual scaffolding for any narrative about immigration whose focus is on preserving and sustaining our American way of life.
“Given the current climate of slander against anyone who dares to object to open borders and the elites’ utopian fantasy of a multicultural, multilingual America, it is important to note that Prof. Davis is neither a knuckle-dragging xenophobe nor does he have anything ‘against’ Hispanics and their culture. As any reader of Mexifornia will quickly enough discover, the author’s own roots are deeply intertwined with California’s agricultural history, and his description of the troubled intersection between Anglo and Mexican worlds is both objective and deeply moving. Likewise, his treatment of Mexican workers, their families, and their sometimes deeply conflicted home culture. For all of these reasons, Mexifornia is not a book that is ‘about’ the problem of too many Mexicans in America, but rather a penetrating examination of all of the forces and agendas that have brought them here.”
California and America; An Uncertain State of Becoming
Warren continued, “The core argument of Hanson’s book, of course, is that a constellation of geographic and historical forces (somewhat akin to John Naisbitt’s concept of ‘megatrends’) have all come together in California to unleash what amounts to a perfect cultural storm. The question – again echoing Ms. Geyer’s concerns – is just what kind of citizens, and what kind of culture, this demographic tsunami is engendering. In the author’s own words:
“What is the nature of California, traditionally the early warning sign to the rest of the nation, and what will be its eventual state of being? After September 11 [and the subsequent rise of al-Qaeda and ISIS], the question of secure borders and a unified citizenry no longer stands afar in the future or remains a parlor game of academics and intellectuals, but is a matter of everyone’s concern right now, both in and out of California. In a nation beset with new enemies who wish to destroy us, do we have common values and ideas that unite more than they divide us? … [And] is America, as our medieval foes assert, a single culture?”
Having bicycled the entire coast of California this past April-May, I can attest that California no longer warrants being called an American culture or state. It’s a mismash of Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Central Americans, Africans, Muslims from Africa and the Middle East, and a dwindling group of European-Americans—now in the minority as a population.
America faces incredible debt, drought and failing infrastructure. It faces useless educaional systems, incredible welfare handouts to millions and the second largest underground economy in the world—that pays no taxes and drains the state broke.
That’s just for starters. It’s developing the Central Valley beyond recognition. It’s paving its farmlands to its future starvation from lack of food. It can’t water itself because too many people drinking too little water.
And, as I have said before, California adds 1,655 people, net gain, every single day of the year on its way from 38 million to 58 million before the mid century. Yet, no one will mention a thing about the “elephant in the living room.”