Saturday, February 23, 2008
"...therefore, let us close our national borders to any further mass immigration, legal or illegal, from any source, as does every other nation on earth. The means are available, it's a simple technical-military problem. Even our Pentagon should be able to handle it. We've got an army somewhere on this planet, let's bring our soldiers home and station them where they can be of some actual and immediate benefit to the taxpayers who support them. That done, we can begin to concentrate attention on badly neglected internal affairs." Ed Abbey, "One Life at a Time, Please," 1978
We hear much talk these days from the conspiracy set about ENDGAME, the supposed plan by Homeland Security to build concentration camps to lock up all of us ne'er-do-wells: curmudgeons, dissenters, Socialists, anarchists, anti-war and anti-government protesters, and, oh yeah, a few "undocumented workers."
Google for "ENDGAME" and see what you get: a series of recursive web pages pointing back to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle that mentions ENDGAME.
Rather than walk those mirrored hallways, I found the original ENDGAME document: "ENDGAME, Office of Detention and Removal Strategic Plan, 2003 - 2012, Detention and Removal Strategy for a Secure Homeland."
Yes, the DRO is the office of Homeland Security responsible for the detention and removal of illegal aliens, that is, those people born in other countries who are in the United States illegally. No mention of revolutionist wannabes. Dang, left out again. The document is a typical bureaucratic hand-wringing about lack of resources to carry out their unfunded Federal mandate to do something about illegal aliens (aka Mexicans) pouring over the border and creating cultural mayhem within our cities and states. It amounts to a ten year plan to boot them all out by 2012.
It appears that the government took seriously Ed's words of thirty years ago and is trying to stem the flow. They haven't brought the troops back yet, but there's still time for that when things start getting serious. Since the late 70s, a good portion of the United States has become an unwilling colony of our neighbors to the south, as evidenced by recurrent Mexican surnames in our crime reports, gang graffiti everywhere, low slung, boom-box cars polluting our earsheds, and an abrupt uptick in activity in maternity wards in communities with a high percentage of mothers of Mexican origin.
From the sun belt to the rust belt, Spanish is rapidly becoming the dominant language in the southern and western US. It's difficult to answer the phones with any regularity without encountering someone up the line who doesn't speak English. Most low-wage earners speak little or no English, making understanding difficult in jobs in which safety depends on effective communications.
Ed warned us and we paid no heed. Our national sovereignty, if such a concept is important to anyone these days, is threatened more by loss of our culture than by government conspiracy. A nation is defined by its values, and the values that many in the United States hold dear are being rapidly eroded by an uncontrolled wave of poor, ignorant citizens of another country who do not share our ideals, political persuasion or concepts of right and wrong. They are alien to our culture and have rapidly changed the culture of their new homes.
The purpose of government is to do for its citizens what they cannot do for themselves. Barring an armed vigilante citizenry massing at our southern border, we can do little to safeguard our cultural norms. We look to government to defend us from external threats. We'll take care of the local stuff, thank you very much, you use your guns and tanks to keep the neighbors at bay. That's what you're good at!
If we anarchists and cultural misfits are concerned about the welfare of our southern neighbors and care to do something about it, let's go down to Mexico and teach them about revolution, Democracy and freedom. They have the revolutionary tradition to fall back on, all they need is the ideological underpinning and a few tools. Let's help them be the change they wish to see in their own world, by staying home and working for democracy in their own culture.
Then we can come home and work on our own internal affairs. As Ed told us, "Everyone would benefit, including the neighbors. Especially the neighbors."