FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: NORTH AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Phoenix 1. Buchanan on the Stump in Arizona
Yorba Linda 2. To Reunite the Nation (A Speech)
1. Buchanan on the Stump in Arizona
PHOENIX, Jan. 19 When my hand goes up, their New World Order comes crashing down, proclaimed Pat Buchanan, a Reform Party presidential candidate, speaking at a fundraising event in Phoenix on Wednesday night. Buchanan was referring to the swearing-in ceremony of the President of the United States on Capitol Hill, after the November elections, which he said he expected to win.
An enthusiastic crowd of Buchanans Arizona supporters roared back with applause and go Pat go! chants. But it wont be that simple. And Buchanan pointed that out. He said that he expected the two establishment parties to try to keep the Reform Party out of the electoral process, such as the national TV debates. And that they have already started to do it by appointing their people to the committee that sets the rules for the debates.
They want to keep a two-party system going in America because they want to keep the two parties monopoly on the U.S. Presidency, Buchanan said. They say, we dont need to debate the foreign policy because we agree on that. They say, we dont need to debate the immigration issues, because we agree on that.' I am the only candidate who wants to debate these issues; who wants Americans to have a voice in these matters of vital concern to them.
More cheers and applause
Earlier in the day, Buchanan had traveled to a small Arizona border town of Douglas, where he said one rancher alone had detained on his property over 1,000 illegal immigrants from Mexico during the last two years.
And he described the high fence with razor wire at the top, which Theresa Murray, an 82-year old resident of Douglas, has had to build around her house to try to protect herself from illegal trespassers.
Shelly (Buchanans wife, who was also present at the Phoenix event) and I have not seen such fences since we visited some maximum security prisons, he said.
Mrs. Murrays home had been reportedly broken into more than 30 times. So she now sleeps with a gun at her side. And has a couple of guard dogs to help her keep the intruders out, Buchanan said. Here is an American citizen who is a prisoner in her own country, the Reform Party residential candidate railed, to the approval of the sympathetic crowd.
This wide-open border and all those tracks (footprints) show that the Clinton-Gore administration doesnt give a hoot about protecting our borders against a wholesale invasion of America, he said in Douglas, according to an Arizona Republic report.
To which Buchanan added at the Phoenix event: Instead, they are sending our troops to protect the borders of Bosnia, Kosovo or South Korea. When I become president, I will bring all those American troops back home, and put them right here in Arizona to protect Americas borders.
More cheers and go Pat go chants.
On a lighter note, Buchanan joked that he might have won the February 1996 Arizona Republican Party primary (where officially, he came third) if he "had not held up a shotgun, and had worn a white hat instead of a black one" (also see "Was Buchanan Robbed in Louisiana, Iowa, Arizona?" - TiM GW Bulletin Mar/96). And he said he participated in the "Battle of Seattle" last December "disguised as a sea turtle" (also see "Toward a new Multipolar World in the New Millennium").
About 100 people attended the Buchanan Phoenix fundraiser. Organizers told the TiM editor that they had sold out of the Buchanan books which they were also using during the fundraising drive.
Following his public remarks, the TiM editor and his wife had a brief private conversation with Buchanan. The Reform Party presidential candidate expressed (again - see the note re. the TiM editors Chronicles column - A Bear in Sheeps Clothing) his appreciation of the Truth in Medias work, and thanked us for our support of his White House candidacy.
Later on, Mrs. Buchanan, a Michigan native who had met her husband while they were both working for Richard Nixon in Washington, also had a brief private conversation with the TiM editor and his wife.
To Reunite the Nation (Buchanans Speech on
YORBA LINDA, California, Jan. 18 The following is the text of the speech that Pat Buchanan delivered on Jan. 18 at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California:
me begin with a story: In 1979, Deng Xiaoping arrived here on an official
visit. China was emerging from the Cultural Revolution, and poised to
embark on the capitalist road. When President Carter sat down with Mr.
Deng, he told him he was concerned over the right of the Chinese people to
emigrate. The Jackson-Vanik amendment, Mr. Carter said, prohibited
granting most favored nation trade status to regimes that did not allow
their people to emigrate.
Mr. President," Deng cheerfully replied, "Just how many Chinese
do you want? Ten million. Twenty million. Thirty million?"
answer stopped Carter cold. In a few words, the Chinese leader had driven
home a point Mr. Carter seemed not to have grasped: Hundreds of millions
of people would emigrate to America in an eyelash, far more than we could
take in, far more than our existing population of 270 million, if we threw
open our borders. And though the U.S. takes in more people than any other
nation, it still restricts immigration to about one million a year, with
three or four hundred thousand managing to enter every year illegally.
is more to be gleaned from this encounter. Mr. Carter's response was a
patriotic, or, if you will, a nationalistic response. Many might even
label it xenophobic. The President did not ask whether bringing in 10
million Chinese would be good for them. He had suddenly grasped that the
real issue was how many would be good for America?
Carter could have asked another question: Which Chinese immigrants would
be best for America? It would make a world of difference whether China
sent over 10 million college graduates or 10 million illiterate peasants,
would it not?
the Carter-Deng meeting, America has taken in 20 million immigrants, many
from China and Asia, many more from Mexico, Central America and the
Caribbean, and a few from Europe. Social scientists now know a great deal
about the impact of this immigration.
all of you, I am awed by the achievements of many recent immigrants. Their
contributions to Silicon Valley are extraordinary. The over-representation
of Asian-born kids in advanced high school math and science classes is
awesome, and, to the extent that it is achieved by a superior work ethic,
these kids are setting an example for all of us. The contributions that
immigrants make in small businesses and hard work in tough jobs that don't
pay well merits our admiration and deepest respect. And, many new
immigrants show a visible love of this country and an appreciation of
freedom that makes you proud to be an American.
Virginia, where I live, has experienced a huge and sudden surge in
immigration. It has become a better place, in some ways, but nearly
unrecognizable in others, and no doubt worse in some realms, a complicated
picture over all. But it is clear to anyone living in a state like
California or Virginia that the great immigration wave, set in motion by
the Immigration Act of 1965, has put an indelible mark upon America.
are no longer a bi-racial society; we are now a multi-racial society. We
no longer struggle simply to end the divisions and close the gaps between
black and white Americans; we now grapple, often awkwardly, with an
unprecedented ethnic diversity. We also see the troubling signs of a
national turning away from the idea that we are one people, and the
emergence of a radically different idea, that we are separate ethnic
nations within a nation.
Gore caught the change in a revealing malapropism. Mr. Gore translated the
national slogan, "E Pluribus Unum," which means "Out of
many, one," into "Out of one, many." Behind it, an
inadvertent truth: America is Balkanizing as never before.
years ago, a bipartisan presidential commission, chaired by Barbara
Jordan, presented its plans for immigration reform. The commission called
for tighter border controls, tougher penalties on businesses that hire
illegal aliens, a new system for selecting legal immigrants, and a
lowering of the annual number to half a million. President Clinton
endorsed the recommendations. But after ethnic groups and corporate
lobbies for foreign labor turned up the heat, he backed away.
data that support the Jordan recommendations are more refined today. We
have a National Academy of Sciences report on the economic consequences of
immigration, a Rand study, and work by Harvard's George Borjas and other
scholars. All agree that new immigration to the United States is heavily
skewed to admitting the less skilled.
other industrialized democracies, the U.S. allots the vast majority of its
visas on the basis of whether new immigrants are related to recent
immigrants, rather than whether they have the skills or education America
needs. This is why it is so difficult for Western and Eastern Europeans to
come here, while almost entire villages from El Salvador have come in.
consequences flow from having an immigration stream that ignores education
or skills. Immigrants are now more likely than native-born Americans to
lack a high school education. More than a quarter of our immigrant
population receives some kind of welfare, compared to 15 percent of
native-born. Before the 1965 bill, immigrants were less likely to receive
welfare. In states with many immigrants, the fiscal impact is dramatic.
National Academy of Sciences contends that immigration has raised the
annual taxes of each native household in California by $1,200 a year. But
the real burden is felt by native-born workers, for whom mass immigration
means stagnant or falling wages, especially for America's least skilled.
are countervailing advantages. Businesses can hire new immigrants at lower
pay; and consumers gain because reduced labor costs produce cheaper goods
and services. But, generally speaking, the gains from high immigration go
to those who use the services provided by new immigrants.
you are likely to employ a gardener or housekeeper, you may be financially
better off. If you work as a gardener or housekeeper, or at a factory job
in which unskilled immigrants are rapidly joining the labor force, you
lose. The last twenty years of immigration have thus brought about a
redistribution of wealth in America, from less-skilled workers and toward
employers. Mr. Borjas estimates that one half of the relative fall in the
wages of high school graduates since the 1980s can be traced directly to
some point, this kind of wealth redistribution, from the less well off to
the affluent, becomes malignant. In the 1950s and '60s, Americans with low
reading and math scores could aspire to and achieve the American Dream of
a middle class lifestyle. That is less realistic today. Americans today
who do poorly in high school are increasingly condemned to a low-wage
existence; and mass immigration is a major reason why.
is another drawback to mass immigration: a delay in the assimilation of
immigrants that can deepen our racial and ethnic divisions. As in Al
Gore's "Out of One, Many."
of this sort are even older than the Republic itself. In 1751, Ben
Franklin asked: "Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English,
become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize
us instead of our Anglofying them?"
would never find out if his fears were justified. German immigration was
halted by the Seven Years War; then slowed by the Great Lull in
immigration that followed the American Revolution. A century and half
later, during what is called the Great Wave, the same worries were in the
1915, Theodore Roosevelt told the Knights of Columbus: "There is no
room in this country for hyphenated Americanism
.The one absolutely
certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility
of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a
tangle of squabbling nationalities." Congress soon responded by
enacting an immigration law that brought about a virtual forty-year pause
to digest, assimilate, and Americanize the diverse immigrant wave that had
rolled in between 1890 and 1920.
once again, it is impossible not to notice the conflicts generated by a
new "hyphenated Americanism." In Los Angeles, two years ago,
there was an anguishing afternoon in the Coliseum where the U.S. soccer
team was playing Mexico. The Mexican-American crowd showered the U.S. team
with water bombs, beer bottles and trash. The Star Spangled Banner was
hooted and jeered. A small contingent of fans of the American team had
garbage hurled at them. The American players later said that they were
better received in Mexico City than in their own country.
summer, El Cenizo, a small town in south Texas, adopted Spanish as its
official language. All town documents are now to be written, and all town
business conducted, in Spanish. Any official who cooperates with U.S.
immigration authorities was warned he or she would be fired. To this day,
Governor Bush is reluctant to speak out on this de facto secession of a
tiny Texas town to Mexico.
in referendums that play a growing part in the politics of California is
now breaking down sharply on ethnic lines. Hispanic voters opposed
Proposition 187 to cut off welfare to illegal aliens, and they rallied
against it under Mexican flags. They voted heavily in favor of quotas and
ethnic preferences in the 1996 California Civil Rights Initiative, and,
again, to keep bilingual education in 1998. These votes suggest that in
the California of the future, when Mexican-American voting power catches
up with Mexican-American population, any bid to end racial quotas by
referendum will fail. A majority of the state's most populous immigrant
group now appears to favor set-asides and separate language programs,
rather than to be assimilated into the American mainstream.
list of troubling signs can be extended. One may see them in the Wen Ho
Lee nuclear secrets case, as many Chinese-Americans immediately concluded
the United States was prosecuting Mr. Lee for racist reasons.
a cultural Marxism called political correctness is taking root that makes
it impossible to discuss immigration in any but the most glowing terms. In
New York City billboards that made the simple point that immigration
increases crowding and that polls show most Americans want immigration
rates reduced were forced down under circumstances that came very close to
government-sponsored censorship. The land of the free is becoming
intolerant of some kinds of political dissent.
William Frey has documented an out-migration of black and white Americans
from California, some of them seeking better labor market conditions,
others in search of a society like the one they grew up in. In California
and other high immigration states, one also sees the rise of gated
communities where the rich close themselves off from the society their own
don't want to overstate the negatives. But in too many cases the American
Melting Pot has been reduced to a simmer. At present rates, mass
immigration reinforces ethnic subcultures, reduces the incentives of
newcomers to learn English; and extends the life of linguistic ghettos
that might otherwise be melded into the great American mainstream. If we
want to assimilate new immigrants-and we have no choice if we are remain
one nation-we must slow down the pace of immigration.
its shortcomings, the United States has done far better at alleviating
poverty than most countries. But an America that begins to think of itself
as made up of disparate peoples will find social progress far more
difficult. It is far easier to look the other way when the person who
needs help does not speak the same language, or share a common culture or
who feel it natural and right that their taxes support the generation that
fought World War II -- will they feel the same way about those from Fukien
Province or Zanzibar? If America continues on its present course, it could
rapidly become a country with no common language, no common culture, no
common memory and no common identity. And that country will find itself
very short of the social cohesion that makes compassion possible.
of us are true universalists: we feel responsibility for others because we
share with them common bonds -- common history and a common fate. When
these are gone, this country will be a far harsher place.
is why I am proposing immigration reform to make it possible to fully
assimilate the 30 million immigrants who have arrived in the last thirty
years. As President, I will ask Congress to reduce new entry visas to
300,000 a year, which is enough to admit immediate family members of new
citizens, with plenty of room for many thousands with the special talents
or skills our society needs. If after several years, it becomes plain that
the United States needs more immigrants because of labor shortages, it
should implement a point system similar to that of Canada and Australia,
and allocate visas on a scale which takes into account education,
knowledge of English, job skills, age, and relatives in the United States.
will also make the control of illegal immigration a national priority.
Recent reports of thousands of illegals streaming across the border into
Arizona, and the sinister and cruel methods used to smuggle people by ship
into the United States, demand that we regain control of our borders. For
a country that cannot control its borders isn't fully sovereign; indeed,
it is not even a country anymore.
these reforms, America will begin a rapid drift into uncharted waters. We
shall become a country with a dying culture and deepening divisions along
the lines of race, class, income and language. We shall lose for our
children and for the children of the 30 million who have come here since
1970 the last best hope of earth. We will betray them all-by denying them
the great and good country we were privileged to grow in. We just can't do
immigration at the reduced rate I recommend, America will still be a
nation of immigrants. We will still have the benefit of a large, steady
stream of people from all over the world whose life dream is to be like us
- Americans. But, with this reform, America will become again a country
engaged in the mighty work of assimilation, of shaping new Americans, a
proud land where newcomers give up their hyphens, the great American
melting pot does its work again, and scores of thousands of immigrant
families annually ascend from poverty into the bosom of Middle America to
live the American dream.
Also, check out... Death of the City, Cavorting with the Enemy (Albright), Toward a new Multipolar World in the New Millennium, Albright's State, Soros' Estate, NWO "Liberals" Cancel Christmas, Stitching Together the New World Order Flag, Chinese Embassy; Slovakia; bin Laden and Bosnia, Criminals Return to Scene of Their Crimes, "Buchanan Jumps GOP Ship," "Services-based Economy Means Cheaper Labor," Truth in Media Statement on the Kosovo War, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Serb WW II General Exhonerated by British Archives," "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques", "Kocevje: Tito's Greatest Crime?", "Perfidious Albion Strikes Again, Aided by Uncle Sam", "Lift the Sanctions, Now!" (1993)
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"