July 3, 2006

But you're American if you think you're American...

The Fourth made this article by Jerry Bowyer in TechCentral seem very apposite...

If 200 years from now America will be filled with people who know and love the ideas of Jefferson and Madison -- but these people are overwhelmingly dark skinned -- will this be good or bad?

That's the question I asked Pat Buchanan when I debated with him about the content of his book, The Death of the West. He said it would be 'a disaster and a tragedy'. What do you say?

Your answer is a pretty good indicator of whether you're a we-hold-these-truths-to-be-self-evident conservative or a blood-and-soil conservative. Let's use a technology analogy: the first kind believe that the software of liberty runs equally well on all hard technology platforms. The latter think that some platforms (whether for genetic or cultural reasons) are not easily adaptable to the liberty program...

Well, I've blogged my thoughts on this before (Good post for the holiday, go read it). "Blood and soil" I am not. And I think Pat Buchanan is a prime idiot.

New citizens sworn in...
Service members are sworn in as U.S. citizens during a pre-game ceremony
at a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the
San Francisco Giants in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday
Chris Park / AP Photo, From ArmyTimes

In the post I mentioned above, I quoted Steven den Beste...

...You're French if you're born in France, of French parents. You're English if you're born to English parents (and Welsh if your parents were Welsh). But you're American if you think you're American, and are willing to give up what you used to be in order to be one of us. That's all it takes. But that's a lot, because "thinking you're American" requires you to comprehend that idea we all share. But even the French can do it, and a lot of them have.

That is a difference so profound as to render all similarities between Europe and the US unimportant by comparison. But it is a difference that most Europeans are blind to, and it is that difference which causes America's attitudes and actions to be mystifying to Europeans. It is not just that they don't understand that idea; most of them don't even realize it exists, because Europeans have no equivalent, and some who have an inkling of it dismiss it contemptuously...

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Posted by John Weidner at July 3, 2006 6:23 PM
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