Monday, March 27, 2006

What's wrong with this picture?


When I first saw this photo of the rally for illegal immigrants in Los Angeles, something about it nagged at me. Not the subject of the photo, but the photo itself. Lawrence Auster caught what was unconsciously bothering me about the picture: "A very impressive photo—but doesn’t it look more like a drawing than a photo?"

So it does: the buildings in particular remind me of an architectural rendering, or one of those painted exterior backgrounds in movies. It's far-fetched to imagine that the picture is actually drawn or painted, but given that the mainstream media are the public relations team for Los Illegals, you can wonder if the shot was digitally manipulated in some way: to make the day look soft and dreamy, inviting our emotional participation with the gathering? To increase the number of marchers?

Regardless, there were no doubt an impressive number of what our p.c. media delicately refer to as the "undocumented" at the Los Angeles rally and others. With a key vote coming up in the Senate, the Open Borders lobby clearly wanted a show of strength.

Both Auster and Gerard Van der Leun of American Digest have speculated that the intimidation-by-numbers strategy might actually bite the immigration evangelists on the ass. Even people who are normally inclined to minimize the significance of The Invasion, seeing pictures like the one above, might have their consciousness raised to a new understanding by hundreds of thousands demanding their "right" to annex large parts of the United States to the Third World. Perhaps they will finally get it that the illegal immigration problem isn't a matter of a few amiable Latino lawn cutters and burger wrappers, but an organized and calculated campaign of cultural and economic aggression against the United States on behalf of Mexico.

If El Presidente, the Chamber of Commerce, and their obedient servants of the media get their way and Congress votes for amnesty tarted up as a "guest worker program," or even just allows the current de facto open borders policy to carry on, then the United States is finished.

Oh, there will still be a country of that name; we'll keep up the pretense for a few generations, like the ancient Romans preserving the forms of their Republic after it fell to emperors ruling with the bottomless powers of Oriental potentates. But there will be nothing united about the United States, culturally, linguistically, or socially. It will be a balkanized collection of mutually suspicious and uncomprehending hyphenated-American enclaves, looking out for no good but their own, ungovernable except in the lowest sense of a series of temporary ethnic coalitions dealing out patronage along country-of-origin lines.

I have no doubt that most Americans, including many legal and established immigrants, would reject such a future if given the chance to. Unfortunately, El Presidente, majorities in both major parties, the academic leftists, and the '60s retards who control the media will do everything in their very considerable power to see that they never get that chance. There is every sign that the Senate is about to ignore it.

There's something wrong with that picture.

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