Pat Buchanan’s Cri de Coeur

I have not read Pat Buchanan’s new book, Suicide of A Superpower, but I saw the author discuss it this afternoon with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. Buchanan expands on a theme he has articulated for the past decade-the suicide of the West.

He says multicultural America has destroyed the basic fabric that held this country together for two hundred years. How can we uphold E Pluribus Unum-out of many, one-when we no longer share a common language, religion, cultural norms, etc? We can’t. Buchanan hits on a theme expressed by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. twenty years ago.

Heather MacDonald focused on the liberal outcry towards Schlesinger in her 1992 book review in Commentary Magazine:

Originally published by Whittle Direct Books and now reissued with an expanded foreword, The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society is an uncompromising look at the fraud of multiculturalism and Afrocentrism. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s eminence as a historian—he currently holds the Albert Schweitzer chair in the humanities at the City University of New York—has not protected him, or his book, from the usual smears. Ishmael Reed, a novelist who teaches English at Berkeley, has denounced Schlesinger as a “follower of David Duke,” and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., professor of English and Afro-American studies at Harvard, has caricatured Schlesinger’s arguments as a “demand [for] cultural white-face.”

If the left was up in arms over Schlesinger—who possessed impeccable liberal credentials—what will they make of Buchanan? Pat, after all, has spent his life in the conservative movement.

They’ll probably ignore his warnings and use ad hominem attacks against him, just like they did with Schlesinger. Too bad. Regardless of what you think of the author, he warns of an existential threat to the United States.

Buchanan notes that America will no longer be a white-majority nation by 2041. What’s wrong with that? Immigrants no longer assimilate. They reject E Pluribus Unum. And our national leadership tolerates this. In fact, they have made diversity the end of social policy; diversity is the greatest good.

Social policy—chiefly from the Great Society days—has changed our demography in education and in the workforce.

The U.S. has favored brown immigration (from the third world, primarily) over white immigration (from Europe, which had been where the country’s immigrants had primarily come from since the nation’s founding) since 1965.

There’s nothing wrong with immigration, per se; after all, immigrants made this country and Ellis Island is a national landmark emblematic of our nation’s immigrant heritage. But whereas Europeans assimilated into an American identity (learning the language, making sure their children were literate and bringing professional skills the U.S. economy benefited from), most new immigrants do not.

Buchanan spoke about 50% of Angelinos (L.A. residents) speaking a language other than English at home. Many don’t teach their children the language of currency-English. The education establishment doesn’t insist on this either— bilingual education has become the norm in public schools.

America’s school system has not done its job, either. The racial gap in standardized testing continues—it’s not diminished since LBJ federalized K-12 education.  Buchanan says:

the decline in academic test scores here at home and in international competition is likely to continue, as more and more of the children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic. For though we have spent trillions over four decades, we have failed to close the racial gap in education. White and Asian children continue to outscore black and Hispanic children.

Can the test-score gap be closed? Buchanan doubts it. “With the Hispanic illegitimacy rate at 51 percent and the black rate having risen to 71 percent, how can their children conceivably arrive at school ready to compete?”

Poor scores leave immigrant teenagers ill-equipped to perform in the global economy. Policy makers have gotten around that inconvenient fact by incorporating a quota system and pursuing affirmative action. That champions skin color, rather than individual merit, in college admission and employment. Ultimately this hinders the American economy.

Diversity has Balkanized the U.S.; individuals are no longer judged  based on their skill set but on their skin pigmentation. It also breeds resentment among racial groups; whites feel reverse-discrimination while minorities seethe among the perceived preferential treatment that other minorities possess.

These ideas have indeed had consequences. Social policy is a mess, but it pales in comparison to the periolous effects of America’s cultural decline.

Buchanan highlights a cultural shift that’s affected this country over the last forty years. During the Johnson administration, Pat Moynihan pointed out the  skyrocketing illegitimacy rate among black children. At the time, black illegitimacy was around 25%. Now illegitimacy of all races is over 20%. Minority illegitimacy rates are much higher.

Our leadership—civil, religious, local, state and national—must address both the policy failures and our cultural decline. The present course will lead to ruin. If continued, America will go the way of Rome. It will slowly wither from within.

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