FEDERAL TRIANGLE: A Difficult Road
....First, look at recent French and German riots and unrest. In Berlin, violence by Arab and Turkish schoolboys killed a police officer arresting a mugger; the youth show a lack of respect and arrogance toward society, all in schoolrooms with 83 percent non-Germans "whose home environment glorifies violence," according to their teachers. In Paris, where government has not adapted to the modern world, the precepts of market capitalism are endorsed by only 36 percent of the people (compared with 71 percent in the U.S., 66 percent in UK, and 65 percent of Germans) and among French young people, 75 percent want to be civil servants because working for government means a "job for life;" 45 percent of the national budget is consumed for government employee salaries and pensions. Throughout Europe, unions and government set wages, work rules, and regulations, with only minor participation by industry. Many Europeans consider it criminal to "work too much." Of course, most European national economies are stagnant (1 percent annual growth) with high unemployment rates (10 and 25 percent among non-citizens) and declining population and education achievement levels. Both foreign investments and jobs in Europe are going abroad. In summary, demographics of western European nations are declining with respect to economic measures and popular perceptions and involvements as a viable society.
Second, look at the European nations' conflicts with Islam, not an analog to North America's conflicts with the Hispanic world but with some common abilities. Europe's system of "class" as part of governance, class envy, infatuation with socialism, and excessive political correctness has provided a seedbed for radicalized ideology that the new generation of Islamic fundamentalists use to great advantage. In the words of Dr. Claire Berlinski, who comments prolifically on these matters, "Not poverty...existence of Israel...underdevelopment...U.S. presence in Iraq...or Britney Spears' underwear" are reasons for the rise of this virulence. Radical terrorist cells exist in every major European city because bellicose strains of Muslem extremism have been financed for distribution throughout Europe by jihadist fanatics, and without rebuff. In France, 50 percent of the unemployed are Muslems; 40 percent of Muslems favor institution of "sharia" (religious fundamentalism), and a majority does not speak the language of their new homeland. European views in general that do not coincide with American interests can have a profound effect on our lives. Remember, it has been Europeans who have been indifferent, non-supportive, non-participants over disintegration of Yugoslavia, Saddam Hussein's butchery, and genocide in Sudan, but who nonetheless hold the U.S. to be the greatest threat to world peace. It is evident that toleration of religious extremism (and other non-centrist polarizations) drives societal instability. Those unbalanced and distorted societies are ones with problems, and solutions are not derived from ignoring responsibilities to restore stability. All of Europe is acting irresponsibly in failing to confront the resident, radical Islamists. These same forces are at work in the U.S. but are not yet as entrenched. See any parallels yet?
....Third, while every society has problems with immigration, Europeans deal mostly with legal immigration; in the U.S., it is illegal immigration that poses problems. A real issue is that citizenship can be granted, but national identity is another matter. Those antithetical to the culture in which they reside are forever unhappy with their lives and futures, and those integrated into and forming the culture are happier and productive. Regardless of whether it is a Hispanic or Muslem who flees corrupt third world societies and grinding poverty, the immigrant arrivals form an underclass that must be assimilated for their own and host nation benefit. In summary, assimilation is critical, and further, the structure to require it must come from the host and the desire and effort to achieve the goal provided by the immigrant.
Why this is so important seems self-evident as common sense points to parallels between European and American conditions. As author Victor Davis Hanson expresses, U.S. citizens must acknowledge these immigration issues in a better way than European counterparts because "the collective failure of millions is far more relevant politically than the individual success of thousands." In order to confront the reality of interlopers in our world, it is essential that Americans become pragmatic. For American industry over the next few years, the quality of the labor force resides solely with well-educated citizens assimilated through adoption of language and culture. That is an impossible outcome when America has diverse cultures at war with society.