Progressives melt down after the Democratic doyenne denounces open borders here and in Europe.
“Amidst the hurly-burly of politics these days, it can be hard to notice when your side has won a victory. Yet that’s what’s just happened for conservatives on immigration: they’ve won. Okay, it’s not a final victory, nor even a crushing victory, but, even so, it’s a win.
“We know this because Hillary Clinton, arguably still the biggest name in Democratic politics, has just said that conservatives were right. She has conceded the essence of the rightist—and, by the way, centrist—critique of the open-borders approach to immigration.”
As my late father would have said, “even a stopped clock is right twice a day!” The Left is apparently apoplectic; but Ms Clinton is indeed correct. As this piece notes,
“On November 22, Clinton said in an interview with The Guardian, ‘I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame.’ Continuing in that vein, she damned German Chancellor Angela Merkel with faint praise: ‘I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message—‘we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support’—because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic.’ In other words, when Merkel opened the German border in 2015, she was being nice, but misguided.”
She may be couching it in terms of the immigration issue dangerously stirring the political pot, but that is still a striking admission on the part of Ms Clinton. Interesting, the other Obama-era Secretary of State, John Kerry, has also weighed in on the issue:
“in yet another Guardian interview, former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry went further: ‘Europe is already crushed under this transformation that is taking place due to migration.’
“Indeed, Kerry went even further than that; he directly linked the open borders issue to the demography of Africa, albeit choosing to argue through the prism of climate change. As he said, ‘Imagine what happens if water dries up and you cannot produce food in northern Africa. Imagine what happens if Nigeria hits its alleged 500 million people by the middle of the century… you are going to have hordes of people in the northern part of the Mediterranean knocking on the door. I am telling you. If you don’t believe me, just go read the literature.'”
Once again, a pretty remarkable admission, coming from another of the poster children of the contemporary Left! The essay goes on to note,
“Undeniably, a new hard-nosed pessimism about population flows is creeping into the discussion, even among the Davos Men. In September, tycoon-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates said, perhaps somewhat awkwardly, that African population growth was ‘the elephant in the room.'”
The irony in this is that the current African population explosion is the direct result of the copious agricultural and medical aid which Western – American and European – countries have provided to Africa since the 1970s. It could be argued that the West has helped to facilitate its own possible demise. Had we been as proactive in promoting birth control in “developing” countries as we were in promoting other advances, we might not now be in this situation!
In related news, the climate for the United Nation’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration has cooled markedly. The Compact, “an international amnesty lawyer’s dream,” the goal of which is arguably to legalize illegal immigration – which emerged from the UN General Assembly in 2016, with the hearty endorsement of the Obama administration, the German government, and, of course, George Soros – is widely and justly reviled by those who care about national sovereignty and protection of territorial and demographic integrity.
But now, two years later, the Trump administration has announced that it will not sign the document, and has been joined by Israel, Australia, and a half-dozen European countries including Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. Governments in these countries have voiced several objections, among other things asserting that the compact mixes up the rights of asylum-seekers with those of economic migrants. The Compact is scheduled to be adopted at a December inter-governmental conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will be interesting to see what happens!
In any case, as the linked article notes, “the threaded issues of nationalism, national security, and national sovereignty are bigger than any one incident — or any one nation. That is, the desire of countries to determine their own destiny, out from under some utopian international regime, has been awakened, and is unlikely to go back to sleep any time soon.” And that, I think, is as it should be.