Has the West the Will to Survive?

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Has the West the Will to Survive?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- “If you're … pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, and if you're strong, then you don't have any heart, that's a tough dilemma. … I'd rather be strong.”

So said President Donald Trump, on issuing his order halting the separation of children from parents caught breaking into the country. Trump's enemies are celebrating a victory. Yet the issue remains.

Under U.S. law, teenagers and tots cannot be detained for more than 20 days and must be held in the least-restrictive facilities. But if the children cannot be separated from the parents as they await trial, both will have to be released to keep families together.

We are back to “catch and release.”

When that welcome news hits Central America, the migrant stream moving north will become a river that never ceases to flow.

The questions America and the West face might thus be framed:

Is there a liberal, progressive, Christian way to seal a 2,000-mile border, halt millions of migrants from crossing it illegally, and send intruders back whence they came? Or does the preservation of Western nations and peoples require measures from which liberal societies today reflexively recoil?

Does the survival of the West as a civilization require a ruthlessness the West no longer possess?

Consider what our fathers did to build this country.

The English settlers brought in 600,000 slaves, ethnically cleansed the Indians, joined their cousins in a war to expel the French, then revolted and threw out those cousins to claim all the land to the Mississippi for ourselves.

Jefferson grabbed the vast Louisiana Territory for $15 million from Napoleon, who had no right to sell it. Andrew Jackson drove the Spanish out of Florida, sent the Cherokee packing on the Trail of Tears, and told a dissenting Chief Justice John Marshall where he could go.

Sam Houston tore Texas away from Mexico. “Jimmy” Polk took the Southwest and California in a war Ulysses Grant called “the most unjust ever fought.” When the South declared independence, Lincoln sent a million-man army to march them back in a war that cost 600,000 lives.

William McKinley sent armies and warships to seize Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. The indigenous peoples were not consulted. “God told me to take the Philippines,” said McKinley.

The conquest and colonization of the New World and the creation of the United States and its rise to world power required acts of aggression and war of which many among our elites are ashamed. They exhibit their guilt by tearing down the statues of the men who perpetrated the “crimes” that created America. But of these elites, it may be fairly said: they could never have built a nation like ours.

Which brings us again to the larger questions.

While our forefathers would have not hesitated to do what was needed to secure our borders and expel intruders, it is not a settled matter as to whether this generation has the will to preserve the West.

Progressives may parade their moral superiority as they cheer the defeat of the “zero tolerance” policy. But they have no solution to the crisis. Indeed, many do not even see it as a crisis because they do not see themselves as belonging to a separate tribe, nation or people threatened by an epochal invasion from the Third World.

They see themselves as belonging to an ideological nation, a nation of ideas, whose mission is to go forth and preach and teach all peoples the gospel of democracy, diversity and equality.

And this is why the establishment was repudiated in 2016. It was perceived as too elite, too liberal, too weak to secure the borders and repel the invaders.

“If you're really, really pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people,” said Trump Wednesday. Is he wrong?

Since the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has grown apparent that the existential threat to the West comes not from Czar Vladimir's Russian divisions returning to the Elbe.

The existential threat came from the south.

Half a century ago, Houari Boumedienne, the leader of a poor but militant Algeria, allegedly proclaimed at the United Nations:

“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”

This is the existential crisis of the West.

Thus, Trump seeks to build a wall, turn back the intruders, and bring Vladimir Putin back into the Western camp, where Russia belongs. Thus the new populist regime in Rome blocks boats of refugees from landing in Italy. Thus Angela Merkel looks like yesterday, and Viktor Orban like tomorrow.

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Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 12 thoughts on “Has the West the Will to Survive?

    1. I think we should do it old style. Line the border with huge pointed stakes and impale all of the illegal invaders. To satisfy the liberals, the children will be impaled next to their parents. Remember the Alamo!!! Also need to send troops into Mexico as they keep sending invaders to our country. Mexico could become a new state, but it would only add so many to the welfare roles. Would supply many new corrupt folks for the liberals to love and include in their fold with Queen Shillary.

    2. That wall reminds me of the Southern Chinese dynasties trying to keep the Mongols out. We all know how well that worked. I have a better idea. They want a piece of the United States? Fine, let’s help them with that. There’s a simple way to grant all Mexicans a “path to citizenship.” It begins with a declaration of war against Mexico for its hostile actions against the United States, followed by a lightning fast air campaign and U.S. heavy armor using all those crossing points along the Rio Grande that Bush 2 built. It’ll take about two weeks to dismantle the failed state of Mexico and push the U.S. border down to Guatemala. Then, we ask the rest of Central America if they would also like to participate in the program.

      1. A border on the Panama canal with Chinese security enforcing the southern border is far more defensible.

      2. Well. . . I understand the sentiment. That sounds nice and satisfying in theory, but in practice . . . After all these years in Iraq and Afghanistan, where we rolled in with tanks and air strikes, we are still spilling out blood and treasure with no end in sight. I spent two years in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. I think the drug cartels in Mexico might even be more ruthless than the Taliban (which is essentially a drug cartel), Al Qaeda, and ISIS all put together. And the terrain is just as difficult, if not worse. Add to that a military that is exhausted and stretched to the braking point addressing Russian expansion towards Europe, Chinese expansion in Asia Pacific and the South China Sea, Iranian expansion all the way to the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, and the Indian Ocean. Add that to expanding Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia, etc., etc. and taking and holding and securing ground across the entire length and breath of Mexico is not the slightest bit feasible, let alone legal, moral or ethical. We can’t even manage to build a wall on our own territory.

        But your thought did have a certain appeal for a moment.

        While the West, Europe and America, are having a nervous breakdown from guilt about how good we have it, gifted to us from the sacrifices and daring of preceding generations, the Russian Empire, the Chinese Empire, the Persian Empire, and possibly even the Ottoman Empire are resurgent.

        ‘Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
        They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
        The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.’
        Shortened version of King Theoden in “The Two Towers” LOTRs

        Let’s hope King Theoden was not presaging the ‘West’ in our time.

        1. Spoken as a true warfighter and HERO! Thank you for your service and your continued commitment to the AMERICAN people!

        2. First, thank you very much for your service.

          All very good points. I submit that we are in this position because of four consecutive administrations which alternated between illegal empire building and rolling over to show their belly, Clinton and Obama in particular being for sale to the highest bidder (cue Cicero’s speech on traitors). When we’re sending signals like that, is it any wonder the wolves are circling? If we are going to use military force, we must first have a clear goal, and either an exit strategy or good reason and a viable plan to keep what we’ve taken. It has been a very long time since the Federal government has bothered with any of that.

          We now have a President who is trying to correct our course. This is why a held my tongue when he signed that horrible budget deal recently; Schumer and his fellow enemies within were holding the funding needed to begin rebuilding our military hostage. Restoring the military is of paramount importance at this time, for all the reasons you stated.

          Putin’s goal is to restore Russia to its former glory, not world conquest, though Russia always needs watching; the real threats are Islam, which ironically would not now be a major threat without the destablizing actions of the aformentioned administrations, technocracy, and China. The former are walking our streets and the halls of our government, and the latter has purchased great influence, at least where Democrats are concerned, though they’ve infiltrated both parties (look at McConnell’s history). All three are colluding to destroy the West.

          We are already at war with Mexico, as well as China. We just refuse to recognize this fact. Illegal immigration is just one of the weapons being used against us, and Mexico is happily cooperating, even instigating. Mexican consulates have been encouraging illegal entry into the U.S. and even providing educational materials on how to enter and stay in the U.S.. There are also credible reports of Iranian and Chinese agents having regular contact with cartels in Mexico and Central America. I suspect Operation Fast and Furious was in part an inept, bungled attempt to arm rival cartels against China’s new partners in crime. Not out of any love for the U.S., mind you, but simply because the so called Deep State didn’t want anyone muscling in on the their profits from drug and human trafficking.

          China’s expansionist aims are as much desperation as anything else. Contrary to popular, MSM inspired belief, their economy is held together by spit, magical technocrat/leftist thinking, and a lot of creative accounting. They have an increasingly angry and resistant population, and a need to redirect that anger somewhere. Trump’s policies toward China are spot on. Go after their currency manipulation and trade practices, as Trump is doing, and it won’t take long for China to go the way of the Soviet Union.

          Do I think we’ll be invading Mexico anytime soon? No. Do I think it mght be on the table at some point? Maybe. The real question is whether or not we can survive our internal enemies, and they appear to be legion. Time will tell.

          1. But the drug trade in the middle east is controlled by the CIA and L cia duh war their branch of tyrants. The libtars Wilson had plans to take Mexico back during ww2.
            What we need to so is. Shoot the federalis aa they transport the drugs north across our borders, stop all aid to Mexico, stop all and I mean all immigration, make it a felony for anyone violating our borders and making sure those that break in never get to enjoy our country, fix the lie about anchor babies as in you have to have legal standing to confer citizenship, not just a preggo bitch that ran or swam across our border and popped out a bastard, stop all handouts until they work enough to retire from the conscripted military service they must serve in, and send all those that invaded us to a three sided fenced in internment camp with the southern side on the Mexican border without a fence.

            Basically. Fuck them,, their claim jumper status, illegal bullshit, and if they don’t like it those traitors in DC can leave their citizenship at the border and go take cares of their little commie illegal bastards.

      3. @John Dunlap, but only their beaches are worth having! The rest, residue and remainder of Mexico is a shit hole with 72 million people waiting to be welfare recipients.

      4. While I understand (I think) your sentiment, it sounds a bit lime the expansion of the Roman Empire and we all know how that turned out.

        1. Yes, it does. Considering the mess in the Middle East, a central bank controlling the supposedly free market economy, and a surveillance state which continues to expand despite a deafening 2016 election and continuing massive protest on the part of the people, do we not already resemble a declining empire? A brief show of strength and a new Hadrian’s Wall may give us some breathing room to get our domestic housecleaning done.

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