Discord and open borders: Will the U.S. survive?
Hillary Clinton, with her recent attack on Democrat presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, is casting herself in the role of Discordia, the Greek/Roman goddess who was "the queen of warmongers, the embodiment of corruption, the personification of rot," and the spreader of chaos, strife, and discord.
Discordia, as you might recall, was so unpleasant that Discordia was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. Discordia’s revenge was to cast a Golden Apple among the invited guests marked: "For the Fairest One." Three of the godnesses got into such a hair-pulling, cat-fight over the Golden Apple that the Trojan War broke out.
Now, the Democratic Party’s candidates are in "discord" over whether to condemn Hillary or to defend Tulsi who is, at last, getting more press attention, increased fund-raising, and drawing larger crowds. Law of Unintended Consequences.
Speaking of unintended consequences, Douglas Murray in his The Strange Death of Europe, London: Bloomsbury Press, 2017, documents how the Western European nations with, presumably, the best of benign intentions, have allowed open-border, mass-immigration from the Third World to destroy much, if not all, of Western Civilization.
Murray, who writes brilliant, easily readable prose, cites two factors that are bringing about this destruction: 1. Post-World War II, the industrialized nations needed more workers whom they invited in as "guest workers." The guest workers were supposed to work and then go home. But too few did. Add to that the European Union’s open-borders policy and the race to flee the disease-ridden armpits of the world for potable water and flush toilets was on. 2. It appears the Western Europeans have given up on themselves. They have what the Germans call: Geschichtsmuede, meaning "weary of history," along with a feeling that Western Civilization does not deserve to be defended.
Indeed, some Brits and French evidence feelings of war guilt. The aggression of German Kaiser Wilhelm II aside, it was the bumbling of British, French, Austrian, and Russian diplomats over the assassination of one of history’s, otherwise, most forgettable figures that led to World War I. Following that, western diplomats botched the peace, giving us World War II and, inevitably, the Cold War.
Now, probably too late, western leaders are recognizing that what they mistook for a religious movement is actually a political movement designed to cast the foundations of Western Civilization on the funeral pyre of history and replace those foundations with an Islamic State rooted in Sharia Law.
As Douglas Murray writes, "Europe is committing suicide... As a result, by the end of the life spans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the people of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home."
What does all this mean for the United States? In 2020, voters can choose between open borders and controlled immigration. We report. You decide.
(Recently, my friend and fellow journalist, Paula LeMarr McBride Savage, left this earth far too soon; however, Paula will always be remembered as a journalist of the old school, dedicated to truth and objectivity in all she wrote and in all she edited for my hometown newspaper The Anadarko Daily News.)
©2019. William Hamilton.
William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamilton is the author of Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare, McFarland Books, (2019). For pre-publication orders: Toll free: (800) 253-2187 "Central View," can also be seen at: www.central-view.com.