I often fume about how multicult/globalist goals have hijacked conservatism.Â In the name of conservatism, politicians, pundits, and millions of ordinary citizens believe:
- America is a universal nation which benefits from Open Borders
- Warrantless searches, denying habeas corpus, and secret wiretaps are necessary to protect us from terrorists
- We need a strong central government to export democracy by force if necessary
And so on.Â One of the shiftiest, slickest, and slipperiest of pundits responsible for the successful re-packaging of these warped views as â€œconservativeâ€ is National Reviewâ€™s Jonah Goldberg.Â
Hereâ€™s Jonah laying claim to one of the central beliefs of genuine conservatism, from an article he wrote in National Review entitled, Enlightened Times:
One of the central tenets of conservatism is a respect for, and loyalty to, the familiar, the particular, the local. The conservative view of culture is that one should be a jealous, though not necessarily absolutist, defender of oneâ€™s own things. Southern conservatives understand this more implicitly than many ideological conservatives of the northeast (John Derbyshire calls them â€œMetrocons”). An attachment to home and soil, to oneâ€™s way of life, and to the traditional order which gives that life meaning and context is an essential part of what it means to be a conservative.
Nothing there that would stir any paleoconservative or Southern conservative to dissent.Â So, how in the name of Ernest T. Bass could Jonah attack those who actually take steps to defend and preserve both â€œour way of lifeâ€ and our â€œtraditional orderâ€ by resisting a Third-World invasion by illegal immigrants?Â For example, in an article featuring the questionable subtitle â€œWhy one standard should rule us all,” Â Jonah slams Pat Buchanan:
On this Martin Luther King Day, with the Left in complete denial over their abandonment of Kingâ€™s Dream, mainstream conservatives are the only ones left willing to argue resolutely for universal standards. …
Meanwhile, Buchanan has explicitly abandoned the free market, favoring high tariffs and even higher barriers against immigration in order to protect the white, Christian, European ethnics he considers to be his constituency. â€œBetter the occasional sins of a government acting out of the spirit of charity,â€ writes Buchanan, â€œthan the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.â€ Charity for you-know-who, that is. As my indispensable colleague Ramesh Ponnuru (a recipient of typically repugnant potshots by the paleos) has written, with no doubt great restraint, â€œBuchananism is a form of identity politics for white people â€” and becomes more worrisome as it is married to collectivism.â€
Thereâ€™s a lot of baggage in that article to unpack and examine.Â Since when did Martin Luther King set the standard for â€œmainstreamâ€ (by which he really means â€œbig-government”) conservatives?Â Sadly, supposed â€œmainstreamâ€ conservatives from Newt Gingrich to Ronald Reagan have indeed done so.Â Second, how does one reconcile loyalty to â€œoneâ€™s own way of lifeâ€ to universalism?Â Notice how Jonah skewers Buchanan for trying to preserve American jobs and culture, and for sounding the alarm about Third-World colonization.Â How can one defend â€œoneâ€™s own thingsâ€ and at the same time surrender to, or worse, endorse, floodtide immigration?Â Notice how Jonah so effortlessly adopts the leftist tactic of implying racial hatred with the loaded charge of â€œidentity politicsâ€ and the implication that thereâ€™s something inherently evil about protecting the interests of white people.Â
And make no mistake about itâ€”Jonah Goldberg supports Open Borders:
Philosophically and politically, I am on the side of every pro-immigration movement of the last two centuries. Weâ€™re a better country because of previous waves of immigrants. â€¦ If I had my druthers, in 2001, Bush would have pursued a real clampdown on illegal immigration while at the same time expanding legal immigration, including from Mexico. I donâ€™t even mind the idea of a one-time amnesty for illegals, if in fact it is a one-time deal.
But then, this is the Wall Street Journal, which has long been advocating America as the â€œuniversal nation,â€ even to the point of trying to reconstruct Independence Day to Immigration Day: â€œwe annually celebrate the Fourth of July with a paean to immigration.â€ Thatâ€™s the same Wall Street Journal that has advocated a constitutional amendment stating, â€œThere shall be open borders.â€
How is it possible to preserve a way of life without preserving the territorial integrity of the nation in which it dwells?Â No traditional society can survive if its people are overrun by invaders importing their own cultural standards.Â (Ask any Serb who once lived in Kosovo, or any Lebanese Christian squeezed out of his own country by Muslim Palestinians.) But this is the great fraud thatâ€™s been perpetrated on us by the Neocons, who are actually ghouls feeding off the name of conservatism.Â Thatâ€™s how this website can claim to be promoting the philosophy of Edmund Burke while actually advocating the exact opposite of what Burke stood for. But as I said, the logical disconnect in mainstream conservatism has created an unbridgeable gap between its purported values and actual objectives.Â Thatâ€™s why so many people who think theyâ€™re supporting conservative values are unknowingly working for self-defeating goals. The long-term result can only cripple the real conservative movement, as well as eroding the very culture and way of life Jonah and his associates claim to protect.Â
Again, we have to look at what these people do, rather than just relying on what they say.