The Myth Of The Proposition Nation

From the blog Those Who Can See:

David Brooks has a history lesson for Donald Trump (via Steve Sailer):

“The Trump story is that good honest Americans are being screwed by aliens. … This is a tribal story.
Somebody is going to have to arise to point out that this is a deeply wrong and un-American story. The whole point of America is that we are not a tribe. We are a universal nation, founded on universal principles, attracting talented people from across the globe, active across the world on behalf of all people who seek democracy and dignity.”

This lovely fiction from Mr. Brooks is as quaint as it is ahistorical. But it does go back a fair way. Not as far as our founders, bequeathing a nation ‘to ourselves and our posterity.’ Not as far as our first naturalization act, in 1790, extended to ‘free white persons of good character.’

Not as far as Thomas Jefferson, quoted by Alexander Hamilton:

‘The opinion advanced in [Jefferson’s] The Notes on Virginia is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners.
‘They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?
‘There may, as to particular individuals, and at particular times, be occasional exceptions to these remarks, yet such is the general rule.’

About Luke Ford

I’ve written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).

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