August 23, 2006
America Isn’t Full
of Pat Buchanan’s State of Emergency: Third World Conquest and
Invasion of America, at first glance, appears to provide great
ammunition to the pro-illegal immigration crowd. His scare tactics
include the comparison of the eventual fall of American and Western
civilization with that of Rome at the hands of its invaders, adding that
the Mexicans are seeking to recapture the Southwest they once lost to
Though there are some truths to what he writes, Buchanan’s arguments are
not exactly expressed in the most delicate of manners – which,
incidentally, reminds me of my very first direct interaction with one of
walked into the cafeteria to get lunch, I thought it was just going to
be just another weekday. Then I saw one of the leaders of my campus
conservative movement in the corner, and he motioned for me to come sit
with him. I was moderately intimidated – this was in my younger years as
a college freshman, when I was just beginning to be driven into
conservative activism by those enduring fragments of authentic hippie
culture concentrated in Ithaca, New York.
I did not
know Pat Jr., as I shall name him for now, very well at that point. But
he turned out to be a very nice man, and he continues to be my friend to
this day. He asked me for my story, so I told him about how I was born
and lived in Lebanon, and how my family decided to emigrate and come to
America. Pat Jr. listened attentively as I described the details of the
convoluted immigration and citizenship process that I had to go through,
the incompetence of everyone at the (then) Immigration and
Naturalization Service, as well as the cultural and language
difficulties my family underwent as we finally settled into the United
than a few minutes into the conversation, while I was still talking
about my background, I looked down and noticed Pat Jr.’s t-shirt. To my
astonishment, I saw a big American flag, surrounded by the words
“America is Full.” I hesitated, and paused. The irony was too good, the
timing appropriate for a cheesy movie. He noticed, and it got awkward.
It was at that very moment that I was introduced to the Buchananite
branch of the American Right.
Here I was a young, intelligent immigrant. I played by the rules and
waited in line to get into the country, where I became a productive
member of society and picked up the English language in little time.
Hell, Pat Jr. agreed much more with me ideologically as well as
religiously than he did with the majority of
citizens on campus. So why was
full and why was it too full for me? After all, even as a mere
“permanent resident,” I was advocating for and working toward a future
very much to his liking, unlike our feminist classmates (U.S. citizens)
celebrating abortion and our fellow students (also U.S. citizens) who
missed class to chain themselves to trees about to be cut down.
and countless others like him, are reasonable people who are being
pushed from logic to paranoia by the failure of our laws and their
enforcement. Though few of them truly believe in the effective
termination of immigration in America, their despair has forced them to
adopt a black or white stance, however unjustified. Most are neither
xenophobic nor racist, but they are hopeless enough to settle for
“America is Full” shirts and to adopt as their bible Buchanan’s work,
which describes the manner in which swarthy young men such as myself are
slowly but surely obliterating Western civilization.
In a way,
you can’t really blame Pat Jr. and his fellow Buchananites. Many
immigrants, particularly Hispanics, are very different from me. For
starters, over 10 million of them are illegal. Of those who aren’t, many
refuse to assimilate and learn the English language.
things worse, Hispanics flooded the streets in the hundreds of thousands
a few months ago to – get this – complain about Americans’ complaints
about illegal immigration and lack of assimilation. How do you think Pat
Jr. feels when he sees thousands upon thousands of Hispanics on TV
essentially saying “you have no right to prevent illegal immigration,
and no, we won’t learn English, so shut up”? He is probably going to
think that these legal immigrants are just as much of a threat as their
those who oppose illegal immigration and who rally around English as the
national language, a coalition that includes Pat Jr., myself, and the
majority of Americans, should be able to capitalize on the ludicrous
stance of many Hispanics and members of the American Left. What’s more
preposterous than speaking in favor of illegal immigration, or more
outrageous than Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid labeling as “racist” a
proposal to make English America’s official language?
Conservatives’ stance on illegal immigration and the English language is
simply too reasonable, and the opposition too irrational, for us to lose
the debate. The key, of course, is to communicate it effectively. Doing
so requires the Buchananites to stop demanding a moratorium on legal
immigration, and the rest of the conservatives to heavily emphasize the
difference between legal immigration, which is favorable, and illegal
immigration, which is not. It is our duty to make it clear that America
is not full, but that America is full for illegals.
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