Monday, May 30, 2016

Thomas Jefferson on Immigration

I keep hearing from Social Justice Warriors — an alarming number of whom call themselves "libertarians" — that this country did have open borders until recently, and that it worked just fine, and that of course the Founding Fathers were open borders enthusiasts, and that those of us who want to be a little more careful about who we let in are just a bunch of racist fascist yadda yadda yadda.

Some of the Founding Fathers were more easy-going than others, of course, but when it comes to easygoingness, Jefferson was at the top. But he sounds considerably more restrictionist than Trump when he talks about immigrants from absolute monarchies, for example, in Notes on the State of Virginia [link]:

"They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In pro- portion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its directions, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass." - Thomas Jefferson

Something to think about the next time some SJW tells you not to worry about immigrants, that they'll assimilate right away. You do realize, do you not, that every damn one of the Founding Fathers would be voting for Trump right now, don't you?  More on the subject here [link].
Quibcag: And he said that awful bigoted stuff in the quibcag, too. It's illustrated by a girl who looks like Kato Marika of Bodacious Space Pirates (モーレツ宇宙海賊パイレーツ Mōretsu Pairētsu), but evidently isn't. I chose her because her outfit — well, 3.4 of her outfit, are rather similar to what Jefferson and his buddies went around in back then.

1 comment:

  1. Considering the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, it might have had a good effect if administered at the right moment.
    France keeps getting into trouble and having America bail it out - Pity it wasn't consolidated enough at the time.
    Also note with the Louisiana Purchase a bunch of American republicans did invade what was French territory. Or were they Terri-Torys?