American conservatives seem to be extremely pessimistic about America. First up, Ann Coulter, in an article with a banner advertising her new book, Adios America: The left’s plan to turn our country into a third world hellhole.
Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act allowed the Democrats to start winning elections the same way they win recounts: by enlarging the pool of voters.
Liberals couldn’t convince Americans to agree with them, but they happened to notice that the people of most other countries in the world already agreed with them. So Sen. Ted Kennedy’s immigration act brought in millions of poverty-stricken foreigners to live off the American taxpayer and bloc-vote for the Democrats.
The American people aren’t changing their minds. Americans are becoming a minority to other, new people.
Deft politicians used to know how to convince the 15 percent on the fence. But even Reagan would look at today’s electorate and say: Who are you guys? We live in a different country, and I don’t remember moving.
And then, not to be outdone, here’s Pat Buchanan:
As Christianity dies, individualism, materialism and hedonism replace it. “Selfies” could be the name for the generation for whom Easter Sunday long ago took a back seat to Super Bowl Sunday. More than a million abortions a year, assisted suicide and euthanasia are seen as the milestones of social progress in the new America.
“Panem et circenses,” bread and circuses, were what the late Roman Empire was all about. With us, it is sex, drugs and rock, with variations on all three.
Historically, as the faith dies, the culture and civilization to which it gave birth die, and then the people die. And a new tribe with its own gods comes to occupy the emptying land.
On the old and new continents, it is the native-born of European ancestry who are de-Christianizing, aging and dying. And the nations they created are the ones depopulating.
To occupy Rome, the barbarians came from the east and north. To occupy the West, they are coming from the south. And like the Romans of the fourth century, we seem paralyzed and powerless to stop them.
Christianity was the founding faith of the West. That faith and the moral code and culture it produced once united this disparate and diverse nation and civilization.
As Christianity fades away and the moral code and culture it generated recede into irrelevance, what will hold us together?
What struck me about these was their shared gloom. They’re both singing from the same despairing hymn sheet. They’re both citizens of the world’s current sole superpower, yet they’re both as gloomy as, well,… their opponents on the left.
Such despair seems to be the primary characteristic of our modern world, whatever anyone’s political colour. The sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll Buchanan cites are really just the recourse of introverts and escapists who want to flee from a confusing and threatening world into a private inner fantasy world. But he’s really just as pessimistic as they are. He’s just pessimistic about different things.
The same introversion and pessimism infect Britain and Europe. A hundred years ago, Britain had the largest global empire ever seen. There was nothing introverted about that empire. It was expansive and innovative and proud of it. And so, to a similar extent, were the empires of the French and the Belgians and the Spanish and the Portuguese. And if, like Germany and Japan, they didn’t have empires, then they were busy planning to get themselves one.
That world has passed away. It was destroyed in two colossal wars between the European imperial powers (WW1 and WW2), in which all the empires were incinerated, leaving the USA and the USSR as the world’s two superpowers.
And the post-imperial European states have all been looking for new confidence and new identities ever since. No longer rivals, the European states have begun to aggregate together, like lifeboats on the sea after some maritime disaster, or drunks leaning on each other after a punch-up. Imperialists without empires, all concerned see themselves as helpless on their own, and feel they must join forces with others to form a new ‘big battalion’, and of course a new empire, which is what the EU aspires to be.
The expansive, extroverted self-confidence and swagger of imperial days has gone. And it has been replaced by introversion and despondency. In Britain, the British empire is now something to be rather ashamed of. As also is the Industrial Revolution, now that everyone detests industry of any sort whatsoever. And Christianity, now that nobody believes anything. And capitalism, of course.
These days one can almost imagine a British government – probably a Labour government under Harriet Harman or somebody – sending delegations to almost every country in the world, to apologise for Britain invading and occupying them a few centuries ago, and building ports and roads and railways and schools and hospitals and other eyesores. But en route they’d probably encounter a similar delegation of Italians traversing Europe to apologise for the Roman empire, and for foisting all those roads and aqueducts and bridges and temples and villas and towns on everyone. And perhaps a Mongolian delegation as well, apologising for the depredations of Genghis Khan in 1200. And almost coming to blows with each other over which of them was the very worst.
I think this loss of confidence and self-esteem is one of the reasons why almost every aspect of life is now coming under relentless attack. If people won’t defend themselves, they’ll come under attack. Their enemies sense this weakness, and use it ceaselessly.
Related: EU population
movements changes. Red=increase. Blue=decrease. Click for expanded image. Source Daily Telegraph.