Rich Lowry recently apologized for the posting fall-off at National Review Online. (It's tough attending all those Administration cocktail parties). Some might wish this meant less news of Jonah Goldberg's personal activities, but this outlet's true name isn't Goldberg Review for nothing.
However, less might mean better. Subsequently, Goldberg suddenly raised the question of Turkey's joining the EU, saying, oddly:
"What do conservative immigration skeptics … think about the Turkey-EU brouhaha? It seems to me it highlights countless numerous concerns over legal immigration …Do you guys think it's a bad idea for Europe? If so, does its badness for Europe mean, for whatever reason, the US should support it?"
(Showing an attitude to Europe which Europeans should think about.) And Ramesh Ponnuru astonishingly replied
"TURKEY AND THE EU
I used to support accession (as academic a position as that is for an American citizen to take). Nowadays I am more receptive to arguments like these.
Posted at 03:09 PM
linking to Steve Sailer's VDARE.COM Turkish article—without the usual abuse!
Ponnuru was of course notable amongst the Republican/ neoconservative hacks who took over National Review after Buckley's immigration capitulation in that he actually attempted to rationalize the magazine's new policy: supporting immigration reform without, well, doing anything about it.
Maybe all we have to do is wait for these kids to grow up!
Consider these two sentences from President Bush's year-end press conference in response to questions about immigration:
"Now, one of the important aspects of my vision is that this is not automatic citizenship. The American people must understand."
Note that it is "his vision" that the "American people must understand."
Bush, if he dusted off his fourth grade civics text, would realize that his concept of government is backward.
The president's job is to carry out the will of the people.
And of all the U.S. domestic issues, none has greater support among Americans than protecting our borders and severely restricting legal immigration.
What would we do without the New York Times and its amusing multicultural stories of diverse immigrants Seeking a Better Life? Immigration remains a cheerful topic, despite all evidence to the contrary.
The paper does go a bit overboard during the holidays, though, as it gears up to being the Nurse Ratched of the nanny press.
"Indo-Caribbeans have not felt particularly embraced by the more flourishing Indian communities of Flushing and Elmhurst in Queens." Oh, the angst! [Indians, Twice Removed, 12/17/04]
India is the culture which created the caste organization of society,, in which karma dictates your social position from birth to death. So the chill shown to new kids on the block is not exactly surprising. Social mobility is not high on the Indian values scale.
In fact, the Times published an article in October that spotlighted the continuing practice of caste discrimination among Indian immigrants, despite their relocation to egalitarian (in principle at least) America. [Family Ties and the Entanglements of Caste, 10/24]
But it's all part of the wondrous diversity that makes us strong, according to the infinitely wise Gray Lady.
Across the pond, however, European elites in increasing numbers are condemning multiculturalism as a delusional phase they went through.
"The notion of multiculturalism has fallen apart. Anyone coming here must respect our constitution and tolerate our Western and Christian roots."—German conservative leader Angela Merkel
"Multicultural societies have only ... functioned peacefully in authoritarian states. To that extent it was a mistake for us to bring guest workers from foreign cultures into the country at the beginning of the 1960s."—former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt
"I believe we have been far too tolerant for too long, especially being too tolerant of intolerance, and we only got intolerance back."—member of Dutch Parliament Geert Wilders, now living in safe-houses because of Islamist death threats
Back to the subcontinent for extra-credit multicultural points: browse one of the many Indian matrimonial sites for a spouse of the proper, um, social status.
Or for the full India monty, investigate marrying off your child to a dog.