Monday, April 03, 2006

The International Gold Standard: U.S. Citizenship

Lots of angst in the air these days. As for me, I am encouraged to see the debate taking place in the country on immigration. It is occurring simultaneously with an ongoing national security debate focusing on Iraq and the larger War on Militant Islam. This is good.

Why? What does a good liberal have to offer in these debates? Not much other than, "Nah, that won't work" ... "Bad idea" ... "Bush lied" ... "We'll get OBL" ... "working wage" ... Oh, come on.

In serious times, the old stand-bys of the minority party are harder to peddle.

Still, on the issue of immigration reform, solving the problem remains difficult because of the deep transnationalism that grips Washington, the intelligentsia/think tank types, the entire Democratic Party, and a number of Republicans, as well.

To me, it boils down to this: Is America a special place, worthy of protection as a distinct nation?

To the transnationalist, the honest answer is "no". John Leo puts transnationalism in perspective in this excellent column. Leo writes,
What appears to be primarily a problem of labor, border control and one particular failed economy -- Mexico's -- is to some people an inevitable and welcome stage in the decline of the nation-state. Besides, large-scale immigration helps to deconstruct the traditional historical narrative of the target nation, a traditional item on the multicultural agenda.
To me, the crux of the matter in the illegal immigration debate stems from my belief that America is worthy of protection. As such, citizenship matters. Being an American is more than a geographical quirk warranting endless, hand-wringing guilt.

The crux, the precious, non-negotiable item in the immigration debate is citizenship. Check out this super column by that great American thinker, Thomas Lifson on the preciousness of U.S. citizenship.

All people are of equal value. But not all nations are equally good.

I would like to posit that the world would be better off if North Korea and Iran were more like the United States, and not the other way around. What sane person would trade their U.S. citizenship for North Korean citizenship?

And closer to home, Mexico's government and economy should look more like the United States', and not the other way around. Can't we acknowledge this? Americans can, but transnationalists stammer.

"But the U.S. is not perfect ... blah, blah, blah." Yet again, these utopians in search of perfection in their adversaries on this earth rob the world of its goodness.

Also, While arguing moral equivalency, the transnationalists and multiculturalists continue to foist more schemes upon America to fulfill their own prophecies of the flawed nature of American society, that is to "deconstruct the traditional historical narrative" of the United States.

Citizenship is the currency of a nation. If the transnationalists print up citizenship papers for all comers, though, then we are bankrupt.