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Monday, November 13, 2017

America-first immigration

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas lays down the history to civic nationalists and globalists alike:
For too long, a bipartisan, cosmopolitan elite has dismissed the people’s legitimate concerns about these things and put its own interests above the national interest.

No one captured this sensibility better than President Obama, when he famously called himself “a citizen of the world.”  With that phrase, he revealed a deep misunderstanding of citizenship. After all, “citizen” and “city” share the same Greek root word: citizenship by definition means that you belong to a particular political community. Yet many of our elites share Mr. Obama’s sensibility. They believe that American citizenship—real, actual citizenship—is meaningless, ought not be foreclosed to anyone, and ought not be the basis for distinctions between citizens and foreigners. You might say they think American exceptionalism lies in not making exceptions when it comes to citizenship.

This globalist mindset is not only foreign to most Americans. It’s also foreign to the American political tradition.

Take the Declaration of Independence. Our cosmopolitan elites love to cite its stirring passages about the rights of mankind when they talk about immigration or refugees. They’re not wrong to do so. Unlike any other country, America is an idea—but it is not only an idea. America is a real, particular place with real borders and real, flesh-and-blood people. And the Declaration tells us it was so from the very beginning.

Prior to those stirring passages about “unalienable Rights” and “Nature’s God,” in the Declaration’s very first sentence in fact, the Founders say it has become “necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands” that tie them to another—one people, not all people, not citizens of the world, but actual people who make up actual colonies. The Founders frequently use the words we and us throughout the Declaration to describe that people.

Furthermore, on several occasions, the Declaration speaks of “these Colonies” or “these States.” The Founders were concerned about their own circumstances; they owed a duty to their own people who had sent them as representatives to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. They weren’t trying to free South America from Spanish or Portuguese dominion, much as they might have opposed that dominion.

Perhaps most notably, the Founders explain towards the end of the Declaration that they had appealed not only to King George for redress, but also to their fellow British citizens, yet those fellow citizens had been “deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” Consanguinity!—blood ties! That’s pretty much the opposite of being a citizen of the world.

So while the Declaration is of course a universal document, it’s also a particular document about one nation and one people. Its signers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to each other, in English, right here in America—not in Esperanto to mankind in the abstract.
Civic nationalism is globalism lite. It has failed in America, it is failing in Europe, and it is no more viable than communism, libertarianism, or any other utopian social policy.

The senator's proposed RAISE Act is still woefully insufficient in the present circumstances, but it is a significant improvement on the disastrous current system.

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55 Comments:

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) November 13, 2017 10:04 AM  

Hopefully cotton can apply the same logic to military interventions

Blogger Amy November 13, 2017 10:09 AM  

“America is an idea”

Was Egypt, or Rome, or Britain, or China, or India an “idea” before conquerors drove out the natives, settled, established borders, and formed governments?

Blogger Lovekraft November 13, 2017 10:09 AM  

I'm pretty sure by now that there isn't a single thing Obama has done that could be considered an accomplishment. And down the road, more and more evidence will emerge that paints him and his entire cabal as just that, a cabal of destructive, power-hungry meddlers and obstructionists.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 13, 2017 10:18 AM  

THATS A BOLD STRATEGY, COTTON...

BUT I LIKE IT

Anonymous Jack Amok November 13, 2017 10:22 AM  

I've always despised the phrase "citizen of the world." Citizenship implies responsibility to your fellow citizens, and when someone declares himself a citizen of the world, he's saying he's above his benighted neighbors and doesn't owe anything to them. Instead, he owes his allegiance to cosmopolitans in far-off places who don't see how he treats the wait staff at the restaurant. It's the stance of a traitor and a moral coward.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 13, 2017 10:26 AM  

Current GOPe strategy is to try to tank in the 2018 elections so that enough Democrats are elected so that TGE will be impeached. They'll claim it wasn't their fault they lost so many seats, it was TGE's doing because of tweets and stuff. Once impeached, he and his family will be destroyed as a warning to any other upstarts. Pence will either cowed or removed as well. Having demonstrated to the 40% of the populace that the US Government is completely and utterly corrupt and unconcerned with democracy, things start getting really interesting.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents November 13, 2017 10:29 AM  

VD
Civic nationalism is globalism lite

That bitter pill won't go down easily with the average CivNat.

Blogger Lovekraft November 13, 2017 10:36 AM  

@ 6 Ron:

A possibility, but in the world of global politics, things aren't so easily predicted. What happens in Catalonia, for example, could snowball into a tsunami of post/pro-Trump change.

Blogger pyrrhus November 13, 2017 10:38 AM  

Meanwhile, US State Dept. vows wholesale interference in Hungarian internal affairs to support the Globalists...https://straightlinelogic.com/2017/11/12/manipulation-the-us-state-departments-new-program-to-take-on-hungarian-media-by-daniel-mcadams/

Blogger Were-Puppy November 13, 2017 10:49 AM  

OT: Or is it?

http://www.11alive.com/mobile/article/article/news/transracial-man-born-white-feels-like-he-is-filipino/491348396

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents November 13, 2017 10:52 AM  

@9 pyrrhus
Can't be true. Only the Russians would do something like that.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 13, 2017 10:56 AM  

Eric von Cuckler was on the radio a while ago saying he doesn't care about what happens 600 years from now.

Maybe he should be renamed to Eric von Boomer.

These civ nats are just a milder form of virtue signaller.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents November 13, 2017 10:56 AM  

@10 Were-Puppy
Who's gonna break the news to Godfrey Elfwick?

Anonymous BBGKB November 13, 2017 10:58 AM  

Only Elite (((Looters))) are $enriched$ when they import 60IQ moslem zerg onto US welfare+Sect 8, homeless vets wouldn't need taxpayer paid classes on how to use a toilet in free houses.

Instead, he owes his allegiance to cosmopolitans in far-off places who don't see how he treats the wait staff at the restaurant.

I have discovered how fun it is to say "Excuse me sir are you jewish" when dining more than an hour away from where I live.

OT: Fake news is saying the NFL boy cot backfired.

Blogger JohnofAustria November 13, 2017 11:06 AM  

Nonsense, posterity clearly means 3rd world mud people with 85 IQ averages.

Anonymous Eduardo November 13, 2017 11:15 AM  

We need the Declaration in Esperanto damn it! Had the Fathers waited a little while they could have used Bitcoin during the war too!

Blogger pyrrhus November 13, 2017 11:29 AM  

When the Boy Scouts established the Citizen of the World merit badge, we joked about it being Citizen of the Galaxy....When you think about it, what's the difference? Citizen of everywhere is citizen of nowhere...

Blogger DonReynolds November 13, 2017 11:47 AM  

Hooray for Senator Tom Cotton!
He may turn out to be the best US Senator we have...and the rest of the country has.

I would only add that the American Revolution was not a revolt by all British Colonies against rule by the Crown. It was not even a revolt by all of the British Colonies in North America. There were 17 British Colonies in North America and 13 of those joined the revolt against British misrule. So the "WE" and "us" is particularly significant in the Declaration.

The Declaration was NOT a universal declaration of human rights at the time. It may have become so important to others, who were uninvolved and untouched by the events surrounding the Declaration, but it was by no means a universal declaration at the time. It was addressed to the King and correctly asserted that he was unfit to rule over a Christian people. These were not hollow and empty words. A mere century before, the English people had rebelled against King Charles I and ultimately put him to death. This was serious business, not lofty oratory.

Blogger Quartermain November 13, 2017 11:54 AM  

World citizens have loyalty to no one.

Blogger CornCod November 13, 2017 11:56 AM  

I guess Cotton is an OK senator, but he us a warmonger and very cagey and worried about his image. He wants to become POTUS really bad. He allegedly supported Trump but spent half the election denouncing him. I live in Arkansas and he is obviously covered better here. Cotton isn't so bad for an Ivy Leaguer, but I can't say I trust him.

Blogger Cecil Henry November 13, 2017 12:11 PM  

Under capitalism, we are expected to work for money.

Under socialism, we are expected to work for mere words like 'diversity'. Forever.


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOgswCOUMAYFgdu.jpg


Decades of multicultural propaganda, 'anti-racist propaganda, suicidal immigration policies, and a widespread cover-up by the media and political
elites have convinced several generations of Europeans that our ancestral homelands, are in no way ours.

That is White Genocide

Blogger Jesse November 13, 2017 12:15 PM  

The US Senate is undergoing SJW convergence.

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/every-us-senator-will-be-required-undergo-sexual-harassment-training

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 13, 2017 12:16 PM  

As a civic nationalist, I don't see anything wrong with what Senator Cotton said.

But I define civic nationalism as far more than a desire to come to the United States and make money. There's more to being an American than a dollar bill.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera November 13, 2017 12:19 PM  

The God Emperor needs to respond favorably to this.

Blogger Feather Blade November 13, 2017 12:36 PM  

Jesse wrote:every-us-senator-will-be-required-undergo-sexual-harassment-training

Oh, like they need to be told how to sexually harass their interns. /sarc

Blogger Chris Mallory November 13, 2017 12:56 PM  

Cotton got his start as a big war, Israel Firster. Don't trust him unless you want a knife in the back.

Blogger DonReynolds November 13, 2017 1:17 PM  

Chris Mallory wrote:Cotton got his start as a big war, Israel Firster. Don't trust him unless you want a knife in the back.

If you do not trust Senator Cotton, which US Senator DO you trust? I won't lead you in any direction in your reply. You have 99 others to pick from. Just one will suffice.

Anonymous Blastmaster November 13, 2017 1:30 PM  

If my immediate family and I die at the same time, Hillsdale College gets my estate. They have been beating these drums for a century

Anonymous Blastmaster November 13, 2017 1:34 PM  

There was a filipino that I wanted to feel when I was in high school

Anonymous Blastmaster November 13, 2017 1:41 PM  

Lez.B.N Tammy Baldwin?

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd November 13, 2017 2:05 PM  

DonReynolds wrote:If you do not trust Senator Cotton, which US Senator DO you trust? I won't lead you in any direction in your reply. You have 99 others to pick from. Just one will suffice.

Must I trust one? Why?

Blogger Nobody of Consequence November 13, 2017 2:15 PM  

Attorneys are by fact Officers of the Courts and therefore members of the judicial branch of government. Any practicing attorney who holds an office in a legislative or executive branch is subverting the concept of separation of powers by serving two masters. Tom Cotton, like dozens of others, is a lawyer by practice and therefore his presence in the Senate, and prior presence in the House, violate one of the central tenets of our government, separation of powers. The only proper way to correct this issue is for any lawyer who wishes to serve in an elected office in the legislative or executive branches to resign from the bar.

OpenID intbal November 13, 2017 2:27 PM  

Cotton was one of the original #NeverTrumpers at that gay retreat in Key West, hosted by Faceberg.

Until he can explain that, I don't trust him.

Blogger Silly but True November 13, 2017 2:28 PM  

Come 2024, I might think about picking Cotton.

Anonymous Magna Carta November 13, 2017 3:00 PM  

I suspect, Cotton, Coulter, Buchannan, Bannon and a growing list of high profile people may be moving toward the Alt-Right without explicitly mentioning race because they would lose their platform. Though I'm critical of them in that regard, they are useful to moving many others our way. (It will never happen with Prager, Shapiro, Levin.) It's almost comical to see them dancing around the word "race" using euphemisms like, "culture," "tradition," "values," crime statistics, etc. The funny thing is that the left gets it while the right plays dumb. Hopefully, in the future the jig will be up and Republicans will once again say what the first Republican said, "I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people." -- Abraham Lincoln

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 13, 2017 3:24 PM  

What happens if a Senator refuses to attend sexual harrassment training? Will the bastards refuse to seat him?

Anonymous Magna Carta November 13, 2017 3:43 PM  

@27 DonReynolds said,
"If you do not trust Senator Cotton, which US Senator DO you trust? I won't lead you in any direction in your reply. You have 99 others to pick from. Just one will suffice."

Answer: Pat Paulsen, of course! Back in the day, there were bumper stickers saying, "Pat Paulsen for President." Pat had the guts to go on the Mike Douglas Show in blackface and make ethnic and Jew jokes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-2u40Tv9D0

Blogger Matt Davis November 13, 2017 4:03 PM  

@36

Prager is more than just unhelpful, he is trying to create another round of moderate conservative GOP voters.

Little Benji can't stop showing off his ability to outwit college kids in abortion debates or he will lose his entire fan base of Republican housewives addicted to Facebook.

Anonymous FoxOntheRun November 13, 2017 4:09 PM  

Magna Carta, you are more right than you realize:

14 words, Laura Ingraham convention speech 2016, start at minute 6:05

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqNhDVcvrsg&t=927s

Blogger dc.sunsets November 13, 2017 4:12 PM  

Unless the markets break HARD down, I'm beginning to think 2018 will be another kick-the-can-down-the-road year, and thus usher in another couple years of digging the hole in which we're in that much deeper.

Then again, when I read headlines anywhere but a tiny few websites (like this one), I have difficulty escaping the idea that the restructuring of North America will be anything but peaceful.

Riots and mayhem will come. Will the political state follow the 1992 LA Riots model (Let The Monkeys Act Out, who care how many innocents are raped, robbed, murdered) or the 1967 Detroit Riot model (send in the 82nd Airborne, no reporters need apply?)

Appeasement or Intolerance? Appeasement is definitely winning today.

Blogger WATYF November 13, 2017 4:13 PM  

@23 Napoleon 12pdr

As a civic nationalist, I don't see anything wrong with what Senator Cotton said. But I define civic nationalism as far more than a desire to come to the United States and make money. There's more to being an American than a dollar bill.

Yeah, I don't see how that article does anything to rebut civic nationalism, even the part Vox quoted. The founders and original Americans may have been (mostly) one people and may have appealed to that in their writings, but they also baked naturalization right into the government that they established, so they obviously didn't just want the (mostly) one people that were currently represented in America to be the only future Americans.

And agreed... I don't think immigration should be simply about who wants to make a buck either. The original rules applied to character, not economic impact.

WATYF

Blogger WATYF November 13, 2017 4:22 PM  

Also, Cotton is silly to shun the nation of origin caps/limitations.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd November 13, 2017 4:44 PM  

WATYF wrote:The founders and original Americans may have been (mostly) one people and may have appealed to that in their writings, but they also baked naturalization right into the government that they established, so they obviously didn't just want the (mostly) one people that were currently represented in America to be the only future Americans.

The Founders were a few Englishmen on the coast with an entire continent full of savages and Spaniards to occupy. The idea that some additional Englishmen might help with the project was probably sensible. The idea that other Whites of good character might also assimilate was probably less sensible.

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 13, 2017 4:46 PM  

These are not immigrants to either the United States or Europe, these are COLONISTS.

Anonymous Pitcrew November 13, 2017 4:56 PM  

Civic nationalism, like other unnatural -ism's would only work under a police state. And to be effective the government would have to police non-integrators (minorities) extra harshly.

Such a society is not free, natural or healthy. After the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire was diverse (with Latins, Greeks, Jews, Slavs, Egyptians and Armenians), and probably an ancient type of civnat- but all it did is rot over the centuries and slowly disintegrate.

Blogger James Dixon November 13, 2017 4:56 PM  

> I'm pretty sure by now that there isn't a single thing Obama has done that could be considered an accomplishment.

He imported an entire jihadist army into the US. As little as I like it, I have to consider that an accomplishment.

Blogger DonReynolds November 13, 2017 5:39 PM  

Nobody of Consequence wrote:Attorneys are by fact Officers of the Courts and therefore members of the judicial branch of government. Any practicing attorney who holds an office in a legislative or executive branch is subverting the concept of separation of powers by serving two masters. Tom Cotton, like dozens of others, is a lawyer by practice and therefore his presence in the Senate, and prior presence in the House, violate one of the central tenets of our government, separation of powers. The only proper way to correct this issue is for any lawyer who wishes to serve in an elected office in the legislative or executive branches to resign from the bar.

Good luck with that idea. You are bucking 240 years of tradition in the House of Representatives and the US Senate. Never before have I heard anyone make that same argument.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 13, 2017 5:40 PM  

The GOPe is already talking about removing Moore from the Senate when he wins the election, yay Democracy.

Blogger DonReynolds November 13, 2017 5:41 PM  

Do you know how many presidents have been attorneys?

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent November 13, 2017 5:41 PM  

Liberal Logic:

Tom Cotton, huh?

Isn't cotton white?

Isn't cotton what the slaves were forced to pick?

Therefore, that makes Cotton RACIST!

Yay, we win!

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd November 13, 2017 7:24 PM  

Mr.MantraMan wrote:The GOPe is already talking about removing Moore from the Senate when he wins the election, yay Democracy.

The GOPe is an enemy of America.

Blogger VD November 13, 2017 8:26 PM  

They also baked naturalization right into the government that they established, so they obviously didn't just want the (mostly) one people that were currently represented in America to be the only future Americans.

That's retarded. That's the Kratman argument and it's entirely false, particularly when it is used to argue on behalf of post-1965 immigration.

Blogger Phat Repat November 13, 2017 8:27 PM  

Such beautiful words, such noble white prose. Screech; dat Raycissss honkey.

These words, as wonderful as they are, are but lost on our Amerikan citizens of today; and that includes most whiteys too. There is only one answer going forward, and that will be the repatriation of all those that have arrived since 1965. Most will not depart willingly, but depart they will. It's okay to have a white homeland. Plan accordingly.

Anonymous Marvin Boggs November 13, 2017 9:12 PM  

@36: When i first saw a headline about senatorial sexual harassment training, my immediate thought was "Don't they all already know how to do that?"

Blogger M Cephas November 13, 2017 11:27 PM  

It seems to me, at best, America was to nationalism, what the EU was to nationalism. Intended for a "one people" from multiple different nations.

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