January 13, 2005


The Monster and the Nursery (Douglas Kern, 1/13/05, Tech Central Station)

What's a non-reproducing leftie to do? Discarding leftism is out. Having more … ick … children … with their stinky diapers and expensive college educations and drain on the world's limited resources and whiny tantrums right in the middle of All Things Considered … is out, too. So the Left is, er, left with two options for ensuring the survival of their ideology: the Bride of Frankenstein option and the Dracula option.

The Bride of Frankenstein option is immigration. By importing hordes of proto-citizens unassimilated into the prevailing culture, the Left hopes to create an overclass of ethnic leaders dependent on affirmative action and government jobs to maintain their mandarin status. In turn, those ethnic leaders will keep the underclass immigrants dependent upon welfare handouts and government-enforced language barriers - and, thus, wedded to leftist economic policies. If the mass of immigrants is big enough to exercise appreciable political power, and if the prevailing culture is sufficiently indifferent to assimilating new arrivals, this strategy can work for a time. Indeed, in just this fashion, the Left has kept a stranglehold on black and Hispanic votes for decades. And, best of all, immigrants reproduce in large numbers, so you don't have to!

The problem, of course, is that the Bride of Frankenstein reviles the monster it was created to marry. The Europeans are learning to their horror that their Arab immigrants detest and revile the socially liberal ideology that their presence permits. Similarly, the American left is discovering that most blacks and Hispanics want no part of the radically heterodox morality that leftist intellectuals promulgate. Whereas the left wants to reform (or, in the extreme, abolish) bourgeois middle-class American morality, most American minorities want to embrace that morality more fully. As the '60s generation of minority leaders passes away, a new, independent-minded, and conservative-friendly generation of leaders is coming to take their place. And this new generation of leaders will not be bought off as easily as their parents were.

The innate social conservatism of American minorities will push them to the social Right - not as quickly as conservative immigration cheerleaders would have you believe, and not before contemporary minority leaders inflict serious damage on America from the Left, but soon enough to dash the hopes of a liberal legacy.

The remaining option is the Dracula option: the hijacking of little red-state kids through academia and the mass media. It's the lament of conservatives since time out of mind, and it's the plot of Tom Wolfe's latest novel: every year, conservative families spend outrageous sums in order to send their smartest, most capable children to elite colleges, wherein radical leftists brainwash them into newly-minted blue-staters. And the less-capable red-state kids hear the siren call of leftist values every time they flip the "on" switch on the idiot box. Prime-time television and the network news highlight the glamour and appeal of liberal places, beliefs, and lifestyles, while conservative values are either ridiculed ("dumb old Dad"), reviled ("The priest did it? The businessman was corrupt? Who'd've guessed?"), dismissed ("We at CBS News stand by our story"), or ignored (insert any aspect of religious life here). The old song is still mostly true: How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen a TV show about Paree?

In the movies and in the book, Dracula dies when a stake is driven through his heart. Sadly, we won't be staking Harvard or CBS anytime soon. But there's another way to kill a vampire: starve him. Without fresh blood, vampires wither into irrelevance. At the beginning of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula was weak and enfeebled for want of fresh blood. Keep the fresh blood away, and the vampire ceases to be a problem.

Unfortunately racism makes it hard to sell immigration and vouchers to precisely the folks who will benefit most from it: Red America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2005 8:56 AM

"racism makes it hard to sell immigration and vouchers to precisely the folks who will benefit most from it: Red America"

Vouchers are not a hard sell in Red America. Actually it's an easy sell. Acceptance of Immigration of low-wage Mexicans is becoming harder but proportionately Red America has the same per-cent of recent Mexican Immigrants as Blue America.

"most blacks and Hispanics want no part of the radically heterodox morality that leftist intellectuals promulgate"

I dispute that statement as regards Blacks. Hispanics are malleable on that issue.

Posted by: h-man at January 13, 2005 10:26 AM


Sadly that's untrue. White parents are more afraid of black kids coming to their kids public schools than anxious to get their own out.

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2005 10:48 AM

Immigration would be an easier sell if we didn't actively preach to all and sundry how evil and racist and oppressive our country is, and how immigrants ought to preserve their authenticity by joining the ghetto culture. Also if we could imprison and/or execute the real undesireables (murderers, robbers, drug dealers, etc.) instead of playing catch-and-release.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at January 13, 2005 11:12 AM


Perhaps if you didn't live in self-imposed exile, and got around the country a bit now and then, you'd see how silly your "white parents afraid of black kids in their schools" refrain is.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at January 13, 2005 12:44 PM


Even blacks don't consider middle class blacks to be black--those up scale black parents are just as scared of the inner city kids coming. It's why Republicans who represent suburban districts have been unwilling to support vouchers in Congress. Note that the one place they gave them to is the District of Columbia?


Posted by: oj at January 13, 2005 12:49 PM

I'm not asserting by any stretch that you are wrong regarding White parents not wanting large influx of blacks into there "private" schools. (which is what we are talking about, isn't it)

I am saying though that very few Republicans in my area of the South and other areas that I am familiar with oppose vouchers. Frankly they presume (I think accurately) that blacks will set up their own private schools, associated with their own churchs. Regardless the presently existing private "white" schools already have significant numbers of blacks. My son graduated from a private school two years ago, and they have won three state football championships and three state bastketball championships. You think they do that with white athletes. Hah.

The DC voucher program was done, because that was all the Democratic Party (controlled by the teacher's union) would allow Bush to have. Same leverage is being used in the pilot program in Milwaukee.

Posted by: h-man at January 13, 2005 3:00 PM


No, public school parents. The parents with kids in "private" schools are less likely to mind.

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2005 3:13 PM

Yeah, the stupid hicks don't know what's good for them. It's a good thing there are elites in both parties working to give them the majority what it foolishly fails to want.

Posted by: carter at January 13, 2005 4:26 PM
the one place they gave [vouchers] to is the District of Columbia
What? And you think DC doesn't need them above just about everywhere else in the country? Or that DC home-rule isn't a farce and a disaster, and that Congress doesn't have a more genuine role "meddling" with local DC affairs than they do with your local public school district or mine? Posted by: Kirk Parker at January 14, 2005 2:55 AM


Of course DC needs them. So what?

Posted by: oj at January 14, 2005 7:52 AM