Laura Ingraham Is Not Racist, But She Is Wrong

Demography is not destiny unless we want it to be so.

The leftwing blowback against Laura Ingraham comes from the same place Ingraham's comments come from. The left quickly stomped on her comments made on Fox News the other day about immigration. They called her "racist" for comments suggesting people are coming here who we did not want and who are fundamentally changing the culture away from something that is American.

"Racism" has become the guttural rallying cry for a left in America who see anyone they disagree with as racist unworthy of debate. In their mostly white urban and hipster bubbles where diversity means skin color might change, bu the ideas must stay exactly the same, progressives understand less and less of the American heartland. They have, as well, decided that since most of the population lives in and around their bubbles, there is no reason to understand the hicks, rubes, and racists who do not move into their bubbles and conform.

Safe spaces now exist because progressives no longer have the emotional and mental maturity to exist outside their bubbled worlds of urbane sophistry. When they encounter an idea like what Ingraham uttered, they default to it being a racist view from that land they care nothing about and wish would just shut up.

But Ingraham's view is not racist. It was not well thought out and it is decidedly wrong. Ingraham is wrong because she is tacitly embracing a leftwing fallacy -- demography is destiny.

To the extent American culture changes, it has always changed. Tacos are now as American as hamburgers. Chinese one night a week is a new American tradition. And more of our kids are learning Spanish just as so many Hispanic kids speak English. The problem is that we, as a society, are building up barriers that not only discourage, but actively prevent assimilation.

The left treats assimilation as a bad thing these days. Gone is the melting pot where everything is blended into a common whole. The left loves the idea of the salad bowl where we are all tossed in together, but keeping our unique parts and covered in a sickly sweet socialist dressing. Those sorts of societies are unstable.

Both the right and the left need to get out into the heartland and meet more people. Both sides have moved into bubbles where everyone thinks the same way and often looks the same. It has caused a very divided nation where we all, as a whole, have fewer things we enjoy in common. Even comedy, which used to unite us, is highly politicized these days.

The people calling Ingraham "racist" are as wrong as Ingraham is to think demography is destiny. Both statements come not only from a lack of understanding others, but an unwillingness to even try.

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E.E. Bokbok
E.E. Bokbok

Here's former Republican Mitt Romney's statement. He's old fashioned and cites that old, obsolete, founding document of our country...

Subvet72
Subvet72

Laura was 100% correct. My take is that a certain group of people want only certain laws enforced and only if they are "politically correct". We are a nation of laws. Our immigration laws must be enforced for the sake of national security. We can only allow immigrants who can contribute to our society, share our values and be willing to assimilate to our culture.

DriverZn
DriverZn

In discussions like this I find it helpful to have the actual definition of the word hand for reference.

From: Dictionary.com Racism

"a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others."

AJ_Liberty
AJ_Liberty

First, what exactly does Laura mean by "the America we know and love doesn't exist anymore"? Are we still the most powerful military force in the world...by far....and still fighting against oppression? Without question Are we still an economic powerhouse with an enviable standard of living...and where education and hard work provides a path for everyone into the middle or upper middle class? Yes. Are our universities some of the greatest in the world with world-class research making great contributions? Absolutely. Do we have freedom of religion, speech, and press....and liberty to take our life in any direction we see fit? In large measure certainly (minus a cake or two). Are we still less socialist than most of the world? By every standard, yes. But Is crime and violence up or down? Violent crime and property crime have fallen steeply in the last 30 years...and a lot of crime is localized....and is driven by dysfunction in urban areas.

So what is at the heart of Laura's claim? What exactly is different? We are certainly more split....more angry.....less willing to even listen to the other side and find things to agree upon and compromises to make. Politics has always been rough but now it's moved from the newspaper op-ed page to every facet of our life. We have way more communication....but much of it low quality....and extremely partisan.

If immigration of all kinds were curtailed would Democrats lose.....would the country embrace Constitutionally-limited government, the right to bear arms, local control of social matters, and unfettered capitalism? The reality is that this claim is questionable. Is immigration and demographic changes making formerly Republican states purple? California probably....Texas probably not. I think it is easy to blame immigrants...for lots of things.....but it still comes down to the quality of our ideas...and our willingness to not only lead our tribe....but the entire country. Hyper-ventilating about immigration is making our tent smaller...and our message smaller. Yes, we need to have orderly and purposeful immigration...and not ignore its costs.....but also not exaggerate them...

MSBassSinger
MSBassSinger

Another example of Erick accidentally showing he is a faux conservative and one of the Rockefeller Republican’ts.

Multiculturalism kills a nation. We are Americans - regardless of skin color or where our ancestors came from. We have a traditional American culture that goes back to colonial times before our War for Independence.

That culture - the only major culture that assimilates those of every race and national origin - became the greatest, most powerful, most charitable, most stable culture the world has ever seen.

Multiculturalism coupled with the rejection of our traditional American culture has weakened our nation economically, morally, and in terms of national defense. The US is far more socialist now than 70 years ago.

Unlike in years past, most immigrants (legal and illegal) come here, but do not assimilate. They create pockets where their language, customs, and allegiance remains to their homeland. Our H-1B and other similar programs allow cheap labor to take formerly good paying technology and engineering jobs from Americans, with the result being lower quality of work. Illegals are responsible for a significant share of crime and government expense at all levels.

Laura is right and Erick is wrong. The US cannot survive the current Balkanization process. But, it does create the temporary cheap labor the Chamber of Commerce loves and many businesses selfishly and unpatriotically crave. And that is why Erick writes dribble like this, not realizing he is exposing himself again as a fake conservative.

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