THE BALKANIZATION OF AMERICA
By J.R. Nyquist
I explained to her that we shouldn't Balkanize the country. She then asked if the threat of Balkanization should "really be an issue"? After all, isn't racism a greater issue?
In reality, the two issues are closely related. This may shock you, but most of us are "light" racicists, not to be confused with "heavy" racists. Now before you jump down my throat for saying this, let me explain what I mean. Look at how neighborhoods in America are divided up. Generally speaking, the whites live here, the blacks live there, etc. Quite naturally, there are brilliant exceptions to the rule in a free country. And that is a good thing, to be sure. I'm glad for the encouragement we've received to embrace people of different backgrounds. But let us speak honestly for moment. People generally prefer to associate with their own kind. They unite and divide on the basis of similarity and dissimilarity. They also fight ethnic and religious wars on this same basis; hence, Balkanization.
My position on Balkanization, far from being racist, is merely realistic. I see racial tension and racial animosity throughout the world. All the utopian chatter of so many Liberal decades cannot mask the fact that racial feelings are very real, even if temporarily displaced by shopping sprees, TV propaganda, and political do-good-ism. I'm all in favor of racial harmony; but the legion of the enlightened, as ever, is destined to be the legion of the few. Therefore, nobody with common sense should advocate mixing up the country with more and greater "diversity" under the banner of "multiculturalism."
For those who do not know what Balkanization signifies, Webster's dictionary defines the term in the following way: "To cause (as a region) to separate into hostile units; - referring to the inharmonious conditions prevailing in the Balkan States...."
Do we want our country to break up into hostile ethnic units?
That is what happens when you fill up a country with diverse groups who have little in common. Consider the case of Yugoslavia. When that country (a Balkan country) broke up over a decade ago, a three-way civil war ensued in which thousands were slaughtered. People who once were neighbors became blood enemies overnight. That is what can happen to a country in which different ethnicities do not "assimilate" and assume one common ethnic identity.
Poor souls stewed in the baneful juices of "political correctness" might ask, "What are we wanting them to assimilate to?"
It may be news to some, but the United States of America is actually a country with a distinctive border, language, and culture. Its language is English, the present border has been there for over 150 years, and the culture is European. Perhaps there are people who think this basic formation should be undermined by an influx of alien elements so that it can be broken up and demolished. But such a plan is purely subversive, even treasonous. Anyone who advocates Liberal immigration policies with this end in view is not a patriot but an enemy.
A naive person might ask, "Does this country have to stay predominantly European in its heritage?"
The country doesn't have to stay predominantly anything. But if we systematically import foreigners, we will become foreign. The country we know will be exchanged for some other country--Asian, Latin American, African, or some unworkable combination plate. I do not hate Asians, Latin Americans, or African. Don't get me wrong. But if I wanted to live in Asia, I would have immigrated there myself. If I wanted to live in Mexico, I would have moved to Mexico. But what am I to do if Mexico moves here? Where must I then go to find my homeland? The "politically correct" might react by accusing me of "nativism." Some might even make suggestive references to Hitler and the Nazis, to death camps and extermination squads. But none of this constitutes an argument against genuine love of country, or of one's own folkways. I must admit to being uncomfortable at the eclipse of George Washington and the Founding Fathers, to the attacks on European culture at our major universities. And I am doubly offended when people pretend that some multicultural idea, attaching to thinly disguised Socialism, is upheld as Americanism.
Last September, our country was attacked from within. The attackers were Arab immigrants. They were members of an alien culture. It has to be recognized, either today or at some date in the near future, that, when we let people into the country, we are opening ourselves up for possible future attacks. As any historian will admit, it's hard enough for people of similar background to live in peace together. Start mixing the pot and one day you might have a thoroughly indigestible stew.
Is this a racist position?
Hardcore racists may indeed take this position for reasons of their own. But realists may also take this position. Those who reject utopian conceptions of universal racial harmony should not be likened to Nazis. And patriotic Americans should not run away from the truth because some "politically correct" bully dares to label them racist or mix their name up with Hitler's.
It's time to think more carefully before embracing the latest propaganda slogan about peace and brotherhood.
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