America is becoming like the Austro-Hungarian Empire; a precarious nation of balkanized peoples with increasingly dissimilar interests
The 2012 Election and the Austro-Hungarian Scenario
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“The best way to contain Asian dynamism is to absorb it as the United States is doing. Business people keep pointing out that it is far more cost-efficient to import the rest of the world’s talent than to train citizens at home.” —Robert D. Kaplan, “Travels Into America’s Future,” The Atlantic Monthly, August, 1998, 37-61
Asian Americans - a traditionally Republican voting block - went 70% for Obama in the last election.
Granted, they have been drifting toward the Democrat Party for the last decade, but why?
Leon Hadar at the American Conservative takes a crack at it:
“There are an about 17.3 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States (a number that includes also immigrants from India and South Asian comprising 5.6 percent of the population). Many of them are concentrated in key “swing” states, like Virginia, Nevada and Florida and close to 80 percent of these voters took part in the 2012 election.
The main reason for the growing support for Democrats among members of this electoral bloc is that that younger and more educated Asian-Americans are drifting by large numbers to Obama’s party, very much like younger and more educated white Americans.
That social-cultural affinities and not economic interests seem to determine voting behavior explains why younger and more educated Asian-Americans tend to fit into the demographic profile of the educated and middle class professionals, the so-called “creative class” who reside in areas like northern Virginia and who made it possible for Obama to win this important “swing” state two election in a row - mirroring the trend of less educated rural and blue-collar Americans voting for the Republicans.”
But there’s more to the story.
In 1965 Congress - at the behest of Ted Kennedy - passed The Immigration and Naturalization Act otherwise known as the Hart-Cellar Act (sometimes spelled Hart-Celler), which fundamentally restructured the way legal immigration is done in the United States. Prior to Hart-Cellar immigration was based on a quota system, permitting immigration primarily from target countries (primarily in Europe). The 1965 reform changed that, stressing reuniting immigrant families and recruiting skilled labor from foreign countries of any persuasion. Hart-Cellar changed the racial and national makeup of immigrant groups to the United States, and led to a large influx of people of Asian decent.—
“In the first five years after the bill’s passage, immigration to the U.S. from Asian countries—especially those fleeing war-torn Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia)—would more than quadruple. (Under past immigration policies, Asian immigrants had been effectively barred from entry.) Other Cold War-era conflicts during the 1960s and 1970s saw millions of people fleeing poverty or the hardships of communist regimes in Cuba, Eastern Europe and elsewhere to seek their fortune on American shores. All told, in the three decades following passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, more than 18 million legal immigrants entered the United States, more than three times the number admitted over the preceding 30 years.
By the end of the 20th century, the policies put into effect by the Immigration Act of 1965 had greatly changed the face of the American population. Whereas in the 1950s, more than half of all immigrants were Europeans and just 6 percent were Asians, by the 1990s only 16 percent were Europeans and 31 percent were of Asian descent, while the percentages of Latino and African immigrants had also jumped significantly. Between 1965 and 2000, the highest number of immigrants (4.3 million) to the U.S. came from Mexico, in addition to some 1.4 million from the Philippines. Korea, the Dominican Republic, India, Cuba and Vietnam were also leading sources of immigrants, each sending between 700,000 and 800,000 over this period.”
(It should be noted that the act promoted immigration from areas largely lacking in experience with free market economies. This is no coincidence; the rise of the New Left coincides with the change in immigration policy which led to a flood of new immigrants - uncomfortable with America’s system of free enterprise and self-reliance.)
One also must wonder if the new immigrants were not fundamentally different than the old. Certainly many of them are Chinese apparatchiks. Many more have come purely for economic benefits. Certainly, this group of Asian-Americans think so.
Below is the 2000 Census data,
Census 2000 showed that the United States population was 281.4 million on April 1, 2000. Of the total, 11.9 million, or 4.2 percent, reported Asian.
The 1990 census counted 6.9 million Asians. Using the Asian alone population in 2000, this population increased by 3.3 million, or 48 percent, between 1990 and 2000. If the Asian alone or in combination population is used, an increase of 5.0 million, or 72 percent, results. Thus, from 1990 to 2000, the range for the increase in the Asian population was 48 percent to 72 percent. In comparison, the total population grew by 13 percent, from 248.7 million in 1990 to 281.4 million in 2000.
2,314,537 of whom were Chinese.
How many of those over two million Chinese are here by the grace of their communist governments?
And the children of this new surge in immigrants are now the young voters who helped elect Barack Obama.
This has only increased since the start of the millennium. Asian immigrants are now the largest group in the current immigration wave.
Bear in mind, America’s attitude toward enculturation has changed during this time period. America used to be a melting pot, a land where E Pluribus became Unum, where the immigrants melted in the great pot, becoming Americans in culture, in tradition, in desire. No more. Multiculturalism has decimated that way of thinking, and now America is more like a salad, with each culture maintaining itself against the larger backdrop. The fact that the Asian population went overwhelmingly for Obama suggests that these new immigrants have stopped assimilating. This is bad; multiculturalism has destroyed innumerable nations. Rome, for example. How about the Austro-Hungarian Empire? The Tsar’s Empire and the subsequent Soviet Union? The British and French Empires? Now even the Belgians are thinking about calling it quits. Two or more cultures cannot occupy the same space; eventually such a structure must be held together by force of arms since the populace has nothing in common to hold them together.
America is becoming like the Austro-Hungarian Empire; a precarious nation of balkanized peoples with increasingly dissimilar interests. The petition for secession that recently made its way onto WhiteHouse.gov is a prime example of how America as a unified concept is dying.
And our fate will be no better than Austro-Hungary’s. In fact it will be worse, because America once was a nation and each group will believe it has as much right to power as any other. At least with these empires there was an established pecking order. America will face the fury of true civil war if the multicultural movement continues.
But how can it not when immigration is unrestricted and our culture places as it’s highest priority the rights of those immigrants - and indeed anyone who wants to disassociate from the mainstream culture - to maintain separate nations inside of the Uber-state?
That the Asian-American community has defected is a bad, bad sign; it means we are losing the most stable, best educated, and hardest working of all minority communities to the mental disorder that is Progressivism.
Does anyone remember Charlie Trie? He was the Asian-American restaurateur who helped funnel Chinese money to Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign. This was in the mid 1990’s. Trie should have been a warning that this was the direction the Asian community was heading.
The Irish potato famine led to a huge wave of Irish immigrants into the United States during the 1840’s, and this could perhaps be linked to the increase in governmental power that led to the Civil War. These Irish immigrants were used to government oversight, and they had come not out of a thirst for freedom so much as great economic need. The wave of Italian and Eastern European immigrants in the early part of the 20th century saw the coincidental rise of Progressivism; these immigrants came from lands steeped in socialist longings and authoritarian systems. It should be no surprise that every major increase in governmental power has coincided with a large influx of new immigrants. That is not to say that immigration is de-facto bad - immigration is great when it is in digestible clumps - but that huge influxes of peoples who are not enculturated generally leads to more government, more intrusive government, and a rising red tide of socialism. America has been in an era of unprecedented immigration - both legal and illegal. The newcomers are not intent on becoming part of the American tapestry but on maintaining their cultural identity, essentially becoming nations inside a nation.
And without a desire to melt into the American culture these groups will naturally gravitate to whosoever giveth them the most. In short, they will logically become Democrats; the GOP has nothing to offer but toil, sweat, and a future as Americans.
The demographic shift so worrisome to the GOP establishment and the news media is a much larger issue than anybody understands. Immigration reform must be undertaken - and not the “comprehensive reform” that is code for amnesty. Ted Kennedy’s Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 must be fundamentally reformed. Until that is done the GOP will continue to hemorrhage votes.
Multiculturalism must end as a guiding principle in American society
America is a nation of immigrants and immigration will always play an important and necessary part of our social fabric. But unrestrained immigration - and we are in an immigration explosion at a time when the public confidence in the institutions and purpose of America are at an all-time nadir - will destroy us as surely as it did the Roman Empire; the first Germans were allowed inside the Roman borders in 376 and the German Odoacer was crowned Western Emperor in 476, demarcating the fall of Rome. One hundred years of immigration destroyed the greatest empire in history. With faster transportation and communications, how long will America be able to continue?
Still the elites in the GOP push for amnesty for illegal aliens.
Multiculturalism must end as a guiding principle in American society. Immigration law must be reformed. Until those two things happen the GOP will be fighting a rearguard action, treading water in a Hurricane Sandy sized flood.
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