By Rick Oltman, January 28, 2019
With all the media attention and reporting on the border, the border wall, caravans, illegal alien criminals, victims of illegal aliens, et cetera, the issue of immigration in all its variants, legal and illegal, has gotten more coverage in the past two years than it has in the previous 28 years, combined.
Over three decades ago, Dr. John Tanton and other intellectually honest environmentalists, became rightly concerned about our nation’s population growth. They attempted to educate Americans about an irrefutable fact that population growth has negative effects on the environment, and how our nation’s legal immigration policies helped fuel that growth. Modern environmentalists won’t touch the issue.
In the late 1980s – early 1990s, California citizens began to notice the influx of illegal aliens increasing dramatically, encouraged by the 1986 IRCA amnesty that sent a message of encouragement to billions of people worldwide who were looking to escape terrible circumstances: poverty, tyranny, lack of opportunity, et al.
Activists in California, all working without pay, labored to try to save the California they knew and grew up with. “Save Our State” was the name of the 1994 groundbreaking proposition written to cut off government taxpayer funds to illegal aliens. Prop. 187 won overwhelming with 59% of the vote, only to be abandoned by the political leaders who benefitted at the ballot box from California citizens’ hard work and dedication to enforcing our immigration laws. For almost 30 years, presidents and other elected officials from both parties have done little more than give the issue lip service, until President Trump was elected.
The effort to stop illegal immigration continues to this day with the current focus on the “border wall” and the victims of illegal alien criminals.
We didn’t see it at the beginning of our efforts, but we now know we were also working to save America.
And watching the invasion and rapid decline described by Douglas Murray in The Strange Death of Europe, we were and still are working to save Western Civilization from obliteration. It goes without saying that Western Civilization is not perfect. But Western Civilization has rescued more people from what JFK called the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty and disease, than any other entity in history.
The education continues as the media coverage of the Trump Administration’s efforts to secure our southern border has exposed the mentality of many who despise America, and Western culture. They are making incredible statements, from opposing border security and law enforcement, eliminating borders, to proudly supporting socialism, which has failed, and deluged hundreds of millions of people in misery, in the last century alone.
These observations are not emotional or exaggerated. What we are witnessing in Europe and at our southern border is an invasion of our countries that will weaken and eventually mutate and destroy Western Civilization if it is not stopped.
And regardless of the complaints and criticisms of Western Civilization, some of them accurate, mankind will be worse off if Western Civilization ceases to exist.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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