And there definitely has not been as delicate a transition, from an business point of view, since Roosevelt succeeded Hoover.
The insolently-named website Change.Gov â€?The Office of the President-Electâ€? tells us that the Obamanistas have formed a â€?Policy Working Groupâ€? on Immigration. The two men named are T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean of Georgetown University Law Center and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar of Stanford Law School. The inference from the name-order protocol is that Aleinikoff is the chief. Cuellar, a young man, is obviously the token Hispanic.
VDARE.com-minded questioners might ask: in the face of such nation-changing forces, would naming a representative of the historic nation not have been appropriate?
Who is T. Alexander Aleinikoff? When I googled him this evening I saw less than 12,000 results. An extensive writer on immigration issues, he is a fine example of academics talking only to other academics.
But thanks to the beauty of the Internet, what he thinks is available. In a Carnegie Endowment Event in 1997 Aleinikoff was reported thus:
Mr. Aleinikoff asserted that values such as liberty, democracy, and equal opportunity are political values most immigrants already hold. â€¦There is no broad consensus to support a particular concept of what "Americanization" might mean. Mr. Aleinikoff also voiced concern about the choice of the term â€?Americanization." Simply by using it, the Commission implicitly says that disunity is a problem caused by immigrants which will be solved once they are Americanized.â€?
This is of course utter rubbish. â€?Liberty, democracy and equal opportunityâ€? are qualities exceptionally rare in history and in non Anglo-Saxon societies. Furthermore this sounds suspiciously like the delusion of other immigrant academics - that America did not exist before their own palâ€™s ancestors arrived.
Of course, that comment was 11 years ago. Perhaps Dean Aleinikoff has changed his mind. Ask him