In a May 23 NewsMax column, E. Ralph Hostetter claims that the proposed compromise immigration bill "could very well take the United States from daylight into darkness." Why? We'll let him explain:
America's greatness and its continuing power were derived from the Anglo-European heritage and genius of the Founding Fathers. The Anglo-European heritage encompassed the concept of democracy from Greece, the rule of law from Rome and liberty under law (the Magna Carta) from England. The Founding Fathers wrote what has become known as "the greatest work of the mind of man" — the U.S. Constitution. For the first time in the history of mankind, a covenant was written to guarantee man's God-given rights of life, property, and liberty. That document created a democratic republic that has functioned well for more than 200 years.
America's Founding Fathers were undeniably Judeo-Christian and both the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution reflect this. In addition, they provided freedom for the practice of all other religions within the United States.
What is at stake is the very embodiment of Western civilization itself, based on its 2,000 years of distilled wisdom with respect to the concepts of democracy, rule of law and liberty under law.
The Immigration Act of 1965, sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy and his late brother Robert, turned America's immigration policies upside down. Since 1970, the number of legal immigrants from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central America, and South America has risen to 85.6 percent while the Anglo-European nation immigrants have been reduced to 14.4 percent, a reverse of previous years.
Of the nearly half million legal immigrants admitted to the United States from the top 10 countries in a given year, only 71,000 represent the Anglo-European heritage of America. In the year 2000, of the 10 leading countries of birth of the foreign-born population, Mexico is No. 1, followed by China, Phillipines, India, Cuba, Vietnam, El Salvador, Korea, Dominican Republic.
The 10th is Canada, the remaining one nation of the Anglo-European heritage.
So what Hostetter appears to be saying is that only "Anglo-Europeans" (read: white people) can handle living -- or, perhaps more accurately, deserve to live -- under "Western civilization," as opposed to all those brown and yellow folks.
Hostetter goes on to complain that "I have already been labeled a xenophobe," calling the name "the evil fashion house of political correctness." But he doesn't deny that the term applies to him. (Indeed, he may be referring to us: We've previously called him a xenophobe because, well, he is.)
If Hostetter finds the term "xenophobe" so offensive, how about "white supremacist"? That may actually be a little closer to what the guy is getting at.