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February 23rd, 2012

  Something's Rotten in the Republic

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If you hang out at dissident-right websites much you surely know the Berthold Brecht quote: "Would it not be easier … for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?" This is offered on those websites — I mean to say, of course, on those shameful, disgraceful websites that no decent-minded person would even think of patronizing — it is offered in the context of the ongoing demographic revolutions in Britain and America. A secretive cabal of elites, goes the story line, insufficiently stimulated by the inadequate diversity of our nations' root stock, or irritated by their demands for better wages, or shocked by their insistence that their interests be preferred to the interests of foreigners, has decided to replace them, and is doing so with as much stealth as such a project can muster.

I wish I could believe it. Being allergic to conspiracy theories, I can't. Being also at an age when I can regard the future, beyond the next few summers, with calm indifference, my position is that if the root stocks of Britain and America — nations blessed with representative government, after all — were so stupid as to let wily elites pull such a vile trick on them, driving them to minority status in the lands of their ancestors, the more fool they, and they deserve what's coming to them: race war, probably. I do feel some mild regret on behalf of my kids, who I suppose will spend some of their adult years in a continent-sized version of 1970s Lebanon or 1990s Yugoslavia or 1960s/70s/80s/90s/00s Congo/Sudan/Somalia/Ethiopia/Rwanda/Zimbabwe; but I've taught the little Derbs (him and her) how to use firearms, and I don't see that I can do much more.

So no, I'm not normally an easy sell for the evil-elites story line. I think rank, unorganized human stupidity and selfishness explain wellnigh all deplorable social phenomena. I'm going to admit, though, that there are times when I wonder — wonder whether the conspiracy theorists might not be on to something. There are times …

Item:  I was sitting there in the man cave Sunday evening with a slice of my wife's incomparable pecan pie and a glass of supermarket plonk, watching 60 Minutes. It's not a show I watch much, but I was unwell and not up to anything more demanding.

One of the segments was titled "Trapped in Unemployment." It was about some middle-aged, middle-class people in Connecticut who'd been laid off in the 2008-09 recession and been unemployed ever since.

Never in the last 60 years has the length of joblessness been so long. Four million people — a full third of the unemployed — have been out of work more than a year.

You can come at this from a number of directions. There's a stony-hearted cadre of commentators who respond with: "This is capitalism. We don't do jobs for life, certainly not middling-ability paper-shuffling jobs with benefits." I kind of see their point, but having spent much of my own working life among the cubes'n'tubes people of the modern business office, I'm generally sympathetic on tribal grounds. These are my people.

Well, the segment dragged its weary length along for 12 minutes 18 seconds, while I of course was howling at the monitor: "Mention immigration! Go on, at least mention it! Tell us about the H-1B scam!"

They never did, of course. Not a mention, not a peep. Nor did any of the 74 (at the time I looked) comments on the comment thread mention it. I suppose CBS monitors those comments closely. Wouldn't want anyone raising controversial topics on the website of a major TV network. Good heavens, no!

Item:  At least one agency of the U.S. government is willing to break the law to ensure that Somali goat-herds, Iraqi daughter-killers, and Uzbek terrorists keep flowing into our towns. The agency is the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a demon spawn of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The law is Title IV, Chapter 2, Section 413 of the Immigration and Nationalities Act, which requires that Congress shall receive "report on activities under this chapter" [i.e. Chapter 2, "Refugee Assistance"] "not later than the January 31 following the end of each fiscal year."

As Ann Corcoran reports, the administration is now running three years late with these reports. Gosh, you might almost think there's something they don't want you to know about refugee resettlement, mightn't you? Such as, that the whole shebang is addled with fraud, actual genuine refugees being a tiny minority of those resettled. Or that refugees are dumped on the welfare system ASAP, and mostly stay there, while fat-cat executives of the "non-profit" agencies running the scam purchase gold-plated jacuzzis with their high-six-figure salaries.

And where is Congress's amour propre? Aren't any of the congressreptiles miffed that reports they should, according to laws passed by their eminent selves, be getting annually, are being eaten by Hillary Clinton's pet beagle? You might almost think, you might almost think, the congressroaches are in on the racket. Nah, can't be.

Item:  A February 19 report from Associated Press carries the headline: Immigrants trickling back to Ala despite crackdown.

Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a two-bedroom apartment with more than 20 other relatives.

Now they are among the families coming back to cities like Birmingham, as the mass deportations never materialized and courts blocked parts of the law.

[Link added by me. Lotsa luck there in Birmingham, Ana!] The whole thing is written in this triumphalist tone: righteous people who'd been wronged heroically asserting their humanity in the face of cruel oppression. Sound the trumpets!

Actually of course these are illegal immigrants the Associated Press is writing about: trespassers, scofflaws, job thieves, and future (in fact, if they get sick or hurt, present) clients of the welfare state, into the funding of which neither they nor any of their forebears has paid a single red cent.

Some initially feared the law would mean that people would be rounded up … said Ferreti, an anthropologist from the University of Texas who is living in Tuscaloosa, about 60 miles southwest of Birmingham, for her studies. "That has not happened …"

What a pity. What a damn pity.

Yes, I'm turning. CBS; the administration; Congress; the Associated Press; there's something going on here.