While my Democratic Party's would be nominees, Senators Obama and Clinton are scrounging votes and money—I get daily email requests for urgent infusions—the issue of population as it relates to our world and our country is never mentioned.
Those numbers are apparently so frightening that leaders don't want to tell their constituents how ominous they are. The world is becoming awash with humans who can't find enough to eat, clean water to drink or personal safety.
But now Britain's Guardian newspaper reports a European Union paper that concludes: "Climate change is a threat multiplier which exacerbates existing trends, tensions, and instability." The report says the EU (which means the U.S., too) must prepare itself for a new type of refugee, the "environmental migrant". [CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, Paper from the High Representative and the European Commission to the European Council, March 14, 2008 (PDF)]
"The French this week must now feel they are living Camp of The Saints thirty years late.
"Do you remember the allegorical tale in this 1973 novel by Jean Raspail? He tells about the end of his world, our world, where Western civilization is not destroyed by a meteor, nor some new plague, nor pollution, nor nuclear war. It is destroyed by an alien invasion—not aliens from outer space, but from the Third World."
Well, now, the Guardian's Ian Traynor summarizes:
"The main message is that the immediate and devastating effects of global warming will be felt far away from Europe, with the poor suffering disproportionately in south Asia, the Middle East, central Asia, Africa, and Latin America, but that Europe will ultimately bear the consequences. This could be in the form of mass migration, destabilization … radicalization of politics and populations, north-south conflict because of the perceived injustice of the causes and effects of global warming, famines caused by arable land loss, wars over water, energy, and other natural resources."
But when are the people claiming to be qualified for America's highest office going to get this message?
The Republican nominee, John McCain, now running around the world telling us how great we are doing in Iraq. McCain loves the idea of a long war in the Middle East. Obama and Clinton want to import more foreign labor, both legal and illegal.
New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson, is running hard for an appointment as Vice Presidential candidate, hugged Obama, spoke to him in Spanish, chanted "Si Si Puede," and said:
"Now — now I — I just asked Senator Obama if I was going too long. And he said, "No, go a little longer." So before concluding my remarks, I do want to say that we're blessed to have two great American leaders and Democrats running for president…Barack Obama will be a great and historic president who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad. And I know that all Democrats and all Americans are going to work tirelessly to get this man elected.
Hey, with all this Spanish, we know Governor Richardson has impeccable Hispanic credentials. [VDARE.COM note: That is, in spite of the fact that his full name is William Blaine Richardson III, and he's descended from the Mayflower Pilgrims through Giles Hopkins. But that won't get you elected in New Mexico.] And if you feel that the "change" he wants might include limiting the present immigrant invasion, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn you might want to buy.
Of course, John McCain has impeccable Treason Lobby credentials too, as the co sponsor of the infamous Kennedy-McCain-Bush Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill which would have given amnesty to the 20 million or more illegal aliens here now and done nothing about securing our ports and borders.
This European Union report makes urgently clear what effect the pressures of climate change and poverty will have on immigration from the developing world. If I were a citizen of Iraq or Afghanistan, I would be anxious to get out too.
But the present Presidential options for us citizens are mighty dreary on the immigration issue. And with a Democratic Congress ready to enact anything that opens our borders further as soon as possible (bills are now pending for more liberalization), the flood of poor, desperate, unskilled, and dangerous migrants that Raspail allegorically portrayed in his famous book could soon be coming our way too.
Allowing immigration to continue at present rates will trigger the erosion of our democratic form of government and bring further diminution of the strong middle class which has proved a bulwark for keeping us free and prosperous.
Democrat or Republican, all of us citizens must demand real immigration reform. Failure to stop this Raspailian flood is the road to ruin.
Europe gets it. Why can't we?
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.