After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
Bertolt Brecht’s wry poem The Solution in regard to the suppression by the East German government of the uprising on June 16 and June 17, 1953. Bret Stephens in The New York Times, a supposedly conservative Never Trumper, has a similar solution for Americans who do not measure up to his standard:
In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.
They need to return whence they came.
I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.
On point after point, America’s nonimmigrants are failing our country. Crime? A study by the Cato Institute notes that nonimmigrants are incarcerated at nearly twice the rate of illegal immigrants, and at more than three times the rate of legal ones.
Educational achievement? Just 17 percent of the finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search — often called the “Junior Nobel Prize” — were the children of United States-born parents. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, just 9.5 percent of graduate students in electrical engineering were nonimmigrants.
Go here to read the rest. Mr. Stephens of course is being cute and ironic. He wrote this because he is basically an “open borders” advocate. However, I believe he is kidding on the square. He represents a wide section of elite opinion in this country who view those who disagree with them politically not as fellow citizens to be reasoned with, but as enemies to be subdued. In writing this piece to spit at Americans he hates, Stephens says far more about himself than those Americans. Like Mr. Stephens I am a son of an immigrant to these shores, my mother coming from Canada. On my father’s side my family has been here since before the Revolution, my Cherokee ancestors very long before indeed. Seeking to gain acceptance for new immigrants by talking about deporting native Americans is too stupid for words.