Politics

Democratic Trump

January 24, 2018

Miller perhaps recognizes how much hatred he attracts from many Jewish members of the media as a sort of “renegade Jew” whose pro-American people principles make others who, for petty reasons, want to ethnically swap Americans with foreigners look bad by comparison.

For example, an article from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service this week began:

During a combative news conference in early August, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters that the United States should prioritize immigrants who speak English.

“Does the applicant speak English?” Miller asked, describing a bill to reduce the overall number of immigrants and reform immigration requirements. “Can they support themselves and their families financially? Do they have a skill that will add to the U.S. economy?”

But if English proficiency had been an immigration requirement a century ago, Miller’s own great-grandmother may not have been allowed into the country.

This clichéd argument would make perfect sense in a Back to the Future universe where changes to the law in the future alter the law in the past, causing your whole family line to vanish from Hill Valley.

But that’s not the universe we inhabit. In ours, the past has passed and all you can change is the future.

The establishment’s conventional wisdom that past immigration morally mandates future immigration is kind of like saying that because your favorite NBA star’s ancestors got here due to the slave trade, Congress should re-legalize the Middle Passage.

These are not high-quality arguments.

On Twitter, John Podhoretz commended the JTA article for its crushing rebuke of Miller. I demurred:

Hereditary “Commentary” editor @jpodhoretz is angry that Stephen Miller is more patriotic than ethnocentric.

Podhoretz then went berserk, calling me “Goebbels” and “Nazi.”

Likewise, it’s comical that so many have denounced Trump as an “authoritarian” whose election threatens that “democracy dies in the dark,” as Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post claims.

In reality, of course, Trump’s administration is the most public in memory. Comedians are making jokes about the president for the first time since 2008. Americans are enthusiastically arguing over politics. Trump, love him or hate him, has revitalized democracy.

Ironically, the authoritarian Bezos runs his Amazon company very much along closed, manipulative O’Malleyite lines rather than Trump’s wide-open, brawling Steinbrennerist principles. As evidence of just how dictatorial America has become under Trump, note that Bezos, who has gone out of his way to pick fights with the president, this month became the richest man in the history of the world.

On the economic front, momentum appears to be flowing back toward investing in America. There have been many learned commentaries on why Apple’s announcement last week that it would invest $350 billion in the United States over the next five years is really not big news. Still, $350 billion here, $350 billion there, pretty soon you are talking about real money.

And Bezos’ Amazon is going to build a lavish second headquarters in the United States. Trump should challenge Bezos, as the richest man ever, to staff his second HQ without employing any H-1Bs.

Just hire Americans, Jeff.

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