Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Case for Reparations

Black racial justice warriors such as Ta-Nehisi Coates want reparations.  Isn’t that rich, coming from Affirmative Action babies who have been politically moly-coddled their whole lives with special protections and generous handouts paid for by white tax dollars.

Now I’m inclined to reject any proposals to compensate groups of people for historical injustices.  I’m inclined to view the wars, invasions, persecutions, enslavements, genocides, and crimes of the past as lessons to be learned, not opportunities for monetization.

In the history of this country, large numbers of white people have been conscripted into armies, have been victims of war atrocities, and have been forced to labor as indentured servants – slaves by another name.  Meanwhile, some significant holders of slaves in places like Louisiana were black or mulatto.  Should the descendants of these slaveholders of color receive or pay reparations?  And as for those American blacks who believe they are the descendants of slaves rather than slaveholders, shouldn’t they be seeking reparations from the African tribes that originally enslaved their forefathers?

If you want to be concerned about slavery, then let’s focus on where slavery is actually still being practiced today.  For the most part, slavery doesn’t exist in white Western countries.  Slavery exists in places like Haiti, most of South Asia, and most of sub-Saharan Africa.  Why isn’t this the top priority of reparations advocates?  Why aren’t they demanding that these slave masters of color free their slaves and pay them reparations?

I’m open to the idea of reparations for injustices that were inflicted on people alive today by people alive today.  So if Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Huffington Post want to provoke a discussion on racial reparations in the United States, let’s have it.  Let’s consider the debt black Americans owe to white taxpayers who have been forced to pay for their welfare benefits and to white victims of systemic racial discrimination under Affirmative Action.  Let’s consider the value of white lives that have been lost due to the disproportionately high rate of black on white crime.  Let’s consider ways in which black people can begin to make amends for ruining the once great city of Detroit (not to mention Ferguson, Baltimore, Compton, and Watts).

Maybe reparations aren’t the answer.  But let’s at least recognize that black Americans living in the current year are the most politically privileged people the universe has ever known.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Donald Trump Proves He Is No Conservative

Donald Trump has finally crossed the line with his call to halt Muslim immigration.  That’s not who the GOP is as a party, and that’s not Conservatism. 

If you want to know what’s truly Conservative, all you need to do ask people like Jeb Bush, Bill Kristol, Paul Ryan, and Lindsey Graham.  They’ve Conservatively denounced The Donald as an “unhinged” “racist” “bigot” who is “soiling the robe of conservatism” and should “go to hell.”

Of course, it was Conservatives like Bush, Kristol, Ryan, and Graham who drove the country into the most expensive and longest wars in the nation’s history in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It was demagogues like Trump who opposed our massive sacrifice of treasure and blood in the Conservative Iraq war.  Trump warned that toppling Saddam Hussein and other secular leaders in the Middle East would destabilize the region and create power vacuums for radical Islamists to fill.  What a reckless lack of judgment on Trump’s part.

Trump has also failed to embrace the Conservative policy of arming Islamic rebels in Syria in the hope of overthrowing the secular Assad government.  What could possibly go wrong?  I mean, the hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrian refugees, and the millions of people posing as them, are natural Conservatives.  Just invite them in all in.  Invade the Muslim world and invite the Muslim world.  That’s the Conservative thing to do.  Invade and invite.

Don’t forget to also stir up hostilities with the one country that has enough nuclear weapons to wipe our largest cities off the map.  If Trump were a Conservative, then he would be calling for punitive new economic sanctions on Russia.  He would be demonizing Vladimir Putin incessantly, never forgetting to compare him to Hitler.  Anything that provokes an escalation of tensions with Russia is obviously Conservative.  But Trump has said he wants to get along with Putin.  If that doesn’t demonstrate just how dangerous a Trump presidency would be, I don’t know what will. 

Trump can’t be trusted.  He exaggerates.  A true Conservative like Dick Cheney doesn’t exaggerate.  He flat out lies when it’s necessary to get us into a war against a country that never attacked us.  Dick Cheney spearheaded a war in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims and the persecution and forced displacement of virtually all Iraqi Christians. 

So Dick Cheney is the ideal person to be lecturing Donald Trump about religious freedom.  After Trump proposed a moratorium on Islamic immigration, Cheney chimed in and said, no, that “goes against everything we stand for,” especially “religious freedom.” 

Because, of course, when the Founding Fathers wrote religious freedom into the Bill of Rights, they wanted Muslims born in Syria, Pakistan, and Somalia to be able to use their religion as an excuse to sidestep any scrutiny over the heightened real-world risk their demographic represents to our freedoms.  Religious freedom means Muslims born abroad have the right to come here to try to establish Sharia zones in our cities or Sharia law through the voting booth in areas where immigration has given them demographic strength.  As far as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were concerned, the Koran was just as good a basis for a government of a free society as the Magna Carta. 

That’s what a Conservative believes.  The great Compassionate Conservative George W. Bush told us that Islam is a “religion of peace” and that what Muslims really want is to have democratic pluralistic societies just like ours. 

Conservatives can disregard centuries of divergent history, can disregard cultural incompatibilities, can disregard genetic incompatibilities, and can disregard statistical probabilities.  In any conflict between reality and Conservative principles, the Conservative puts his full faith in his principles.  If they happen to reinforce the policy prescriptions of the left, so be it.  A Conservative would rather support government programs to resettle welfare-dependent Muslims from war-torn hell holes into our cities than have his principles called into question by someone on the left.  You’ll know a Conservative who stands on principle by the fact that he carefully avoids taking any position that could be construed by the New York Times editorial page as Racist, Xenophobic, or Islamophobic. 

When a Conservative advocates spending a trillion dollars on a foreign war that wreaks havoc, he might be called misguided.  But he’s misguided in the name of global egalitarian ideals.  He’s operating within the window of allowable opinion.  On the other hand, to suggest that immigration policy not be concerned at all with serving the world, to demand that it serve national self-interests, to propose that it discriminate – discriminate! – on the basis of cultural compatibility and population risk characteristics is to commit an intolerable ideological transgression.

That’s why the entire GOP establishment is lining up to denounce Trump.  He crossed a line.  And in doing so he could move the window of political viability so far from the Conservatism of Jeb, Dick, and Lindsey as to render their wing of the Republican party electorally impotent.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hungary for a Real Leader

“I feel that we have to seize every opportunity to finally talk about demographics openly, free from political taboos, and, if possible, among the widest possible circles.” 

These words are from a recent speech given by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.  He is the rare European leader who grasps what’s now at stake for European civilization.  If the current policies of the European Union stand, Europeans will be demographically swamped in their own countries by Third World transients.  Europe as we have known it will cease to exist.

From Viktor Orbán’s speech to the Budapest Demographic Forum:
The situation is that in Europe today it is not PC to talk about demographic issues. I am personally faced almost daily with the fact that there are certain topics which nowadays are not considered suitable subjects for discussion in the European public sphere. There are words which simply cannot be uttered – not for aesthetic reasons, but for political reasons.  
The Europe of which we were once proud – because this was the world of freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of opinion – is today in such an intellectual state, has manoeuvred itself into such a spiritual state, that certain words, questions and political concepts cannot even be uttered….  
I sincerely hope that we who have gathered here today want a Europe which is based on families rather than on immigration… 
There are times when demographers must have their voices heard. We are now living in such times. The survival of our civilisation and culture is at stake. In the history of the world, not a single culture which was unable to populate the land in which it lived was able to survive…

This is the kind of talk we need to hear from heads of state in all Western countries, because all Western countries now face the prospect of demographic decline and population replacement.  More than talk, we need action.  To its credit, Hungary’s government has resisted mandatory EU refugee quotas.  It has erected a border fence to stem the flow of handout-seeking invaders. 

But last year it shut down a conference made up of people who gathered from around the world to discuss the very issues Orbán says we must speak openly about.  Conference organizer Richard Spencer was jailed by Hungarian authorities for thought crimes. 

Maybe it took this year’s unprecedented flood of uninvited migrants to wake up Hungarian officials from their EU-induced Politically Correct stupor.

When I visited Budapest in 2010, there were no visible signs of any refugee invasion.  But I knew it was only a matter of time before population replacement programs hit Hungary.  Here is the video footage and commentary I recorded while on the ground in Budapest:

I couldn’t have conceived of just how big a demographic tsunami would strike Budapest five years later.  This is how the Gatestone Institute described the disaster:
The realities on the ground at Hungary's international railway terminus had to be seen to be believed. Hungarians were easily outnumbered 200 to 1 by predominantly young Muslim males. These newcomers engaged in sporadic violence; rioted at the sight of passing camera crews, and left the station littered with human excrement.

A country’s main railway station literally gone to shit.  That’s what happens when a country’s will -- to defend itself and its borders -- goes to shit.  That’s what PC culture does to a country.
  European Union migration policy represents a demographic death pact for EU member countries.  Hungary’s defiance represents the possibility that some countries in Europe will act to ensure that their European character lives for future generations.