Posted by: Debby Durkee | January 15, 2010

Hanson: Truths we dare not speak

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Hanson: Truths we dare not speak.

Victor Davis Hanson shows how political correctness silences speech, speech that we need in order to address the real problems our country faces. He starts in California, where he lives.

Illegal immigration has become taboo because you’re racist if you mention the problems it causes the states and the country as a whole. In my opinion this is just another crony capitalism problem. I think that’s why Republicans such as Lindsey Grahamnesty, McCain and former President Bush were ready to legalize these folks:

California, by most estimates, has somewhere between 40-50% of the nation’s illegal immigrants. That may mean 5-7 million residents here illegally, most without English, documentation, or high-school diplomas. This makes the practice of assimilation into the middle-class a multigenerational process over decades, rather than in the past, when immigrants came in fewer numbers and more often legally.

The state ranks 47-48th in most studies of the achievement levels of the nation’s schools, mostly due to millions of entering students who do not speak English well, if at all.

Of the some $50 billion in remittances that leave the U.S. each year to Latin America, perhaps $20 billion come from California residents, draining the state of capital, and ensuring that the donors will be in need of state health, education, housing and food supplements. California’s taxpayers, in essence, subsidize Oaxaca and Jalisco…

I’ll pass on increased per capita rates of crime, gangs, etc. that are considered too illiberal to mention. But if studies are correct that anyone who comes north, without English, legality, and education, over his life-cycle will have to draw somewhere between $50,000 and $70,000 more in entitlements than he contributes in various taxes, and if we were to prorate that on an annual basis, and if we were to multiply that by several million, then one can envision an annual outlay of several billion in state expenditures.

Instead, illegal immigration is never much cited as a contributor to California’s fiscal implosion. To mention all this is considered racist. Yet, to take one instance, the cost of incarcerating the state’s illegal aliens alone exceeds the budget of the new UC Merced, a campus intended to serve mostly minority communities of the central valley.

Iraq:

…not a single America(n) died in Iraq in December (38 murdered in Chicago during that period); three have been lost this month (24 murdered so far this month in Chicago).

He also says that the heroes of Iraq are never heard about – Petraeus, Odierno, Bush, all the soldiers etc. Also, none of the liberals who originally voted for the Iraq war are ever questioned as to why they turned against it, why they denigrated the surge saying it wouldn’t work (Obama) or the war is lost (Reid).

Nor has anyone questioned the conventional dogma that Iraq empowered Iran, supposedly by removing the demonic Saddam. (Yet consider the liberal logic: we were wrong to remove a monster because he was a useful balance-of-power monster [ignore the genocide of the Kurds, Marsh Arabs, etc]; yet we deplore prior administrations for giving the same monster some aid in his war against Iran.)

In fact, mass demonstrations and unrest now take place in an isolated Iran, not so much in a democratic Iraq. The latter is proving more destabilizing by its open broadcasting and word of mouth freedom to Iran than Iran is to Iraq by its savage use of terrorism. (What will happen to conventional wisdom, if there comes a day when Iran is constitutional, along with Iraq and Lebanon?)

No one has officially said they were wrong in alleging “No Blood for Oil.” But we got no oil from Iraq. The price rose after we invaded. The Chinese, Russians, and Europeans got the contracts in free and fair bidding.

(Contrast Saddam’s rigged pre-war, quid-pro-quo oil concessions to the corrupt French). There was no Halliburton conspiracy to steal resources. The left often now, mirabile dictu, accuses us of being naïve in bleeding to give others the resources that they once accused us of wishing to steal. Barack Obama still talks of Iraq as a mistake, even as he quietly ignores his own prescriptions to have gotten out by early 2008, and to have stopped the surge—and continues to follow the Petraeus/Bush plan.

He goes on to review affirmative action, the failure of the Ivy League institutions, and the Middle East. Also, remember that political correctness has its roots in Marxist ideology (look up the Frankfort School on the web.) With that in mind, how has political correctness helped the United States? If you say it hasn’t that it’s only made our country a more difficult place to live freely, then go to the head of the class because that’s its purpose. Do yourself a favor and continue reading Hanson here: http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/truths-we-dare-not-speak/

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