To the Editor:
I recently read part of a speech given by Victor David Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College in?Michigan. His speech was titled “American Citizenship is Eroding.” He made such powerful and important points that I thought others should be aware of his emphasis.
He began by saying, “Today many condemn the idea of nationalism by connecting it to race hatred. (e.g. white nationalism.) But historically the modern nation-state has proven uniquely suitable to preserve individual rights. The American nation in particular was successful in uniting individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds and creeds, into one people based on shared principles, a unique physical space and a common national story. Our nation is the best example in human history of positive nationalism.”
The key reason for the success of the United States in its accomplishment of creating a benign nationalism by bringing people of differing backgrounds and countries together is American Citizenship based on an understanding of American exceptionalism “and formed by the American melting pot.”
“But today,” to paraphrase what he went on to say, “our citizenship is eroding in three ways, and along with it American nationalism in the positive sense is disappearing.”
Here are his three reasons:
First, we have blurred the lines between residents and citizens.
We have 45-50 million non-native born residents in the U.S. About 30 million of them have Green Cards and came here legally, following the rule. Some 20 million are here illegally.
Inexplicably, some states give people who are here illegally more rights than its citizens. For example, he explained, “An illegal resident in California who is charged with a crime, is not subject to federal immigration law to the full extent, whereas a citizen who flies into Los Angeles from overseas without a passport will be detained.”
If you are in California as an illegal resident, you can obtain a driver’s license as citizens have in the past; whereas for citizens, starting next year there will be an extra burden:?to travel by commercial air they will have to provide at least three sources of proof of citizenship to obtain a valid ID — given the apparent devaluation of the driver’s license.
There are many more examples of similar such things that are too long to put in this letter to the editor, but rest assured that we seem to have lost our collective minds as we favor non-citizens and those who come here illegally, over our own citizens.
Second, we’ve become a nation of tribes, he pointed out. There is nothing wrong with being part of a tribe, and there can be great value derived from such, but he referred to the idea of multiracialism ... the notion that we’re of different races, but we share a common culture is eroding.
So called “safe spaces” are being carved out, foolishly, at our universities. Those safe places are reserved for people of a certain ethnicity. We are building a society by doing such things, that will keep us from learning about each other and learning how to get along.
His third reason for concern is that the middle class is constantly under attack. A solid, property-owning middle class anchors the nation. But home ownership is down 62% compared to 71% just 10 years ago. The percentage of the family budget that goes to cover housing is now 30-40% compared to 20-30% in the 1950s.
He made a powerful point in analyzing this trend when he said that if the middle class continues to erode, we will become a nation of peasants and oligarchs. He cited that in California one in five people live below the poverty line, despite the point that California has the highest number of zip codes of America’s most affluent people and the highest number of billionaires.
A fourth reason for concern, he added, is that we are seeing a formal assault on our constitution, through things like sanctuary cities and many political candidates on the left advocating the abolishment of the Electoral College in Presidential elections. The Electoral College was put into the Constitution to ensure equal representation to people living outside big cities, and to prevent the splintering of the electorate into several small parties.
There is also a growing number of those on the left, who ask, “Why should a small state like North Dakota or Wyoming have the same number of Senators as New York?”
His larger point, is that there is an attack going on regarding our country’s founding principles which have protected us from tyranny and made us the greatest nation in the history of the world.
My point in sharing this information, is to inform all of us, to help us be on our guard against the eroding of our nation’s values, constitution, and institutions that have kept us free for more than 240 years.
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