In the highly competitive world of wingnut pathopoeia, yesterday's iron-spined extremism can easily become today's Streisandian capitulation. There was a time when defending existing immigration laws with fancy-dress vigilantism might've been viewed as sufficiently patriotic. But it's strictly for accomodationist pussies now that Carl Braun of the California Minutemen has come out against legal immigration:
“By 2015 we will be a third world nation because of legal and illegal immigration,” Braun said. “We must stop both legal and illegal immigration or our nation as we know it will end.”Braun made these remarks during "a dinner hosted by the Southeastern Tulare County Republican Women." I suspect that our nation as this group knows it is perennially doomed - thanks to its infestation with environazis, Wahhabist feminists, and leprosy-ridden Mexican pedophiles - and I doubt they'd want it any other way. It's a hatemongers' version of the Pleasure Economy.
Still, there's a good chance that this agreeable fantasy will end, like Peyton Farquhar's, with "a stunning blow upon the back of the neck." Not because predictions like Braun's will finally came to pass, but because they won't.
David Walker, the US comptroller general, also worries that we're turning into a third-world country:
Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned there were “striking similarities” between America’s current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government”.The role of moral values and political civility in establishing a Raubwirtschaft seems to elude Walker...even though our best and brightest agree that invading Iraq was a moral duty, and are shocked when we use mildly obscene language to describe an unbearably obscene reality.
To each his own apocalypse, I suppose. Personally, I'm hoping our troubled nation will be destroyed by the alchemical conjunction of Islamofascism and pacifism (probably because the eerie parallels between these doctrines trigger fond memories of comic book ads for the Lincoln-Kennedy Penny):
Islam requires Jihad, which is the struggle to spread Islam all over the world. Pacifism requires struggle for Peace all over the world.There's more evidence than that, of course. What were the Selma marches, if not a secular Hajj? Who was Gandhi, if not an upstart furriner swaddled ludicrously in grubby linen, just like Osama? And did you ever notice how the Amish and the Taliban are both compelled by a barbarous religion to grow beards?
I suppose it's defeatist to argue that people who are too opportunistic, paranoid, or stupid to distinguish between car bombers and pacifists, or legal and illegal border-crossing, aren't going to have much luck understanding our geopolitical problems, let alone solving them. But I can't help it. As long as I'm held fast in the succubus embrace of Islamofascipacifism, I may as well enjoy myself, as Diego Hurtado de Mendoza recommends:
Let us endeavor to anoint ourselves(Illustration: "We not only excel at destroying the old world, we excel at building a new one." People's Republic of China, 1967.)
With aromatic oil, and to crown our brows with garlands,
For we finally near our end.