From about ten years ago, the text below is a piece I wrote for the old blog. What I wrote then is even more urgent now. We should frame the issue of our dispossession in terms of the loss of home, of the very idea of home, haven, property, security.
“Millions of words have been written and spoken in the last few months on this subject of immigration. Yet one of the most obvious issues at stake here is almost never addressed: the issue of the displacement of American citizens in their own homeland
The media specialize in tear-jerker, manipulative melodramas about the sorrows of the poor immigrant, far from home in a foreign and ‘racist’ land. We are invited to feel empathy for the immigrant because he is far from home, and a stranger to the language and the customs and the institutions of the country in which he is sojourning. We, the readers, are made to feel that somehow this situation is not of his contriving; he is a mere pawn or victim, who has no choice in this sad situation. Nowhere is it ever suggested that the immigrant is in self-chosen difficulties.
Yet while our media moralists are full of sympathy for the plight of the immigrants, and dwell on the endless pathos of their situation, nowhere is there any indication of empathy, let alone sympathy, for the losses of American citizens. In many cases, the overcrowding and social upheaval that has accompanied mass immigration has literally driven many Americans out of their homes; California, between 1995 and 2000, experienced an outmigration of 755,000.
It is no coincidence that this out-migration coincided with an even larger number of in-migration, much of which was from outside the country. Many outmigrants flee because of lost jobs, increased crowding and traffic, housing shortages, increased property taxes, deterioration of schools and closing of hospitals, as well as the increase in crime rates and the ghettoization of many formerly middle-class, livable communities.
As I write this, I can imagine the usual liberal condemnations: White Americans are just ‘xenophobic’ and ‘racist’; why can’t Americans just ‘celebrate diversity’, after all, ‘diversity is our strength’, and this is ‘a nation of immigrants.’ (Did I leave out any of the usual Orwellian phrases?)
Yet these liberals (and I include the faux-conservatives who support mass immigration in this category, whether they admit it or not) are denying one of the most primal needs of the human soul: the need for home, the need for a place where one can be surrounded by the familiar, the comfortable, the known; where one knows that one is safe and secure. HOME; the very word conjures up images of family, of serenity, of ‘knownness’.
When we say we are ‘at home‘ with something or someone, that means we are relaxed and secure; we feel most free at home, ideally. We are free to be ourselves, to speak our minds, and to know that we are accepted. While it’s true that none of us has a picture-perfect home and family, most of us know that we can count on our families to take us as we are; we know that even when we disagree with our families, we are still accepted.
To the extent that we are not secure in our homes, to the extent we may not speak our minds freely, to the extent that we must watch our p’s and q’s and live uneasily, we are not ‘at home’.
More and more, as our country’s borders become almost non-existent, as our country is transmogrified into something that is unrecognizable to us, as we have to watch what we say and curb our tongues lest we ‘offend’ our uninvited guests — we sense that we are not ‘at home’ anymore, that this country is no longer home to us. We are no longer secure in our homes and our persons as the crime rate increases with mass immigration, and of course with the possibility of terror attacks in our country (thanks also to our insane immigration policies). This, I think, fills many Americans with a sense of frustration,and with a certain amount of reasonable fear.
There’s also a sense of anger and indignation in some cases, and a profound sense of loss.
Home is a very emotional word and concept to us; there is a deep need in us for that sense of belonging and possession and safety and familiarity and warmth that is encompassed in the word ‘home’.
To deprive someone of a home is a serious wrong; we all of us feel that in our bones.
Those of a liberal bent, in their self-righteousness, tell us that we must ‘share’ our home with all the world’s unfortunates. What’s the famous phrase of Lenin’s “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need“? We have, and they need, so we must stop being so selfish and open our home to anybody who shows up on our doorstep and lets himself in. In fact we are being urged to give the keys to our home to everybody — or to take the locks off our doors and lay down the red carpet for all and sundry, regardless of whether they come as a polite guest or an armed robber. Mustn’t discriminate; that would be unfair.
To the extent that I have no control over who enters my dwelling, it is no longer my home. If my home belongs to everybody, then it is not ‘my’ home anymore. I no longer have a home, if I can no longer control who enters it.
Many of us feel that we are being dispossessed in our own land; we feel like strangers in the country we were born in. As if that fact weren’t bad enough, we are supposed to pay for our own dispossession via tax money, and to add further insult to our injury, we are called ‘racists’, xenophobes, ‘nativists’ and other such names because of our honest feelings.
And the officials we elected to serve us and represent us have turned coat, it seems, siding with the invaders to our country, and telling us that we are wrong; that we have to agree to the selling out of our country, and like it. We have to smile as we are being pushed aside.
Those soulless people who claim that it doesn’t matter who inhabits a country; that people are interchangeable units of consumption or production are wrong. The people make a country, just as the members of a family make the family and home what it is, for good or ill. Mexico is Mexico, for better or worse, because of the people who created it, who constitute it. Change the people of Mexico and you change the country.
The United States of America was made by European colonists (primarily English); the new lie that America was ‘built by immigrants’ just doesn’t hold up. In the old days, immigrants who came here conformed to an existing, distinctive culture, created by the original settlers of this country. It was not re-made by every wave of immigrants, contrary to the multiculti propaganda.
This country is not a formless, shapeless mass of clay to be re-shaped by every generation of immigrants; there is an existing American people, with distinctive characteristics and traditions. To deny that is a crime against humanity; it’s a kind of spiritual genocide to deny that there is an American people with an American culture. At a deep level, most patriotic Americans sense this, and this is the source of much of the strong opposition to what is happening — NOT the ‘racism and xenophobia’ bogeymen of the liberals.”