By Rick Oltman, September 30, 2016
The 40th Annual Writers’ Workshop, sponsored by US Inc. and The Social Contract Press, was convened in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday September 25. The lineup of speakers and topics was outstanding, as usual. But the one item that truly deserves to be mentioned first is the video tribute to Dr. John Tanton, the founder of the modern immigration reform movement, 37 years ago.
Dr. Tanton was a Sierra Club member who was concerned about the effects of legal immigration on population growth in America (as the Sierra Club used to be). His goal was to reduce legal immigration to replacement level. The concern, then, was that the rate of legal immigration, combined with their birthrate, would grow the population of America to 500 million by 2050.
In the short video, Dr. Tanton describes his early life, his activist history and concerns about population growth.
K.C. McAlpin, Executive Director of US Inc., one of the organizations founded by Dr. Tanton, describes Dr. Tanton’s courage to continue even though he has been, “… vilified and demonized by the people who profit from the massive immigration and over population.”
In September 1999, Dr. Tanton announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. Shortly after his announcement we were both in Washington, D.C., and I asked him a crucial question.
I had by that time run two candidate campaigns and a ballot initiative campaign in California. I had been to campaign school and learned the first question to ask a candidate. And knowing the type of hateful treatment he would most certainly have to endure, I asked Dr. Tanton, “Are you sure you want you and your family to go through this?”
He replied with his reassuring smile and a calm matter of fact tone, “Well, I think the country’s worth it, don’t you?”
Dr. Tanton has also said:
“Limiting immigration and hence population growth is our duty if we are to pass our national estate on to our successors in livable condition.”
This is the type of thoughtful, mature and patriotic analysis that all Americans should apply to every bit of our national behavior, especially and particularly that of our immigration policy.
John Rohe, Dr. Tanton’s biographer, summarizes his efforts and motivations succinctly and eloquently, and I encourage you to watch this tribute to Dr. Tanton, whose foresight and efforts have been, and remain, crucial to the future of our great nation.
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