Monday, July 20, 2015

Open Borders and the Founding Fathers

Libertarians of the "thick" type, who are dedicated to the destruction of the country by mass immigration, keep telling me that the Founding Fathers were open-borders enthusiasts, also. They have no evidence whatsoever for this, except for various statements here and there by some of them advocating immigration from the British Isles, which, if you think about it, is somewhat different than immigration from Mexico or Southeast Asia.

But Benjamin Franklin was even worried about our getting too many Germans, of all things [link], and, as for John Jay, here's what he had to say about it all in Federalist #2:

"With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.

This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties.

Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection. As a nation we have made peace and war; as a nation we have vanquished our common enemies; as a nation we have formed alliances, and made treaties, and entered into various compacts and conventions with foreign states.

A strong sense of the value and blessings of union induced the people, at a very early period, to institute a federal government to preserve and perpetuate it. They formed it almost as soon as they had a political existence; nay, at a time when their habitations were in flames, when many of their citizens were bleeding, and when the progress of hostility and desolation left little room for those calm and mature inquiries and reflections which must ever precede the formation of a wise and well-balanced government for a free people. It is not to be wondered at, that a government instituted in times so inauspicious, should on experiment be found greatly deficient and inadequate to the purpose it was intended to answer.

This intelligent people perceived and regretted these defects. Still continuing no less attached to union than enamored of liberty, they observed the danger which immediately threatened the former and more remotely the latter; and being pursuaded that ample security for both could only be found in a national government more wisely framed, they as with one voice, convened the late convention at Philadelphia, to take that important subject under consideration."

2 comments:

  1. Period. End of story.

    Check the wording of the first U.S. Immigration law passed in 1991. It reflects Jays' statement 100%. This place was designed to be a "nation" as described in Websters 1828 dictionary and in the several editions of Black's Law Dictionary prior to those most recent. "A race of people with a common heritage ..." just for starters. A "Proposition Nation" open to any and all was not part of the blueprints. That concept was added later by "enemies of the state."

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  2. So what does that really mean? That America is just a "social construct"? Everything is Race. Race is your family, your heritage and your culture. All the other shit is just smoke and mirrors. The blacks suck here, the suck in Haiti and they suck in their "motherland" of Afreaka. Geography and language has no effect at all. Its Race, and purely genetic. You can't make silk purses with sow's ears.

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