The strangest thing about Trump vs. Dump Trump is that the entire controversy turns on the fact that no Republican seems able to voice what the majority of people likely to vote Republican think: That they do not want the United States to be fundamentally transformed.
Canada’s David Frum started to say the unsayable at Atlantic on US immigration but it won’t make much difference, one guesses.
As Frum points out, it’s not that vast masses of immigrants from Latin America are bad people, but that they have different value systems in an age when immigrants are not routinely expected to adapt to the value system of the host country.
Of course that matters!
South America is not especially noted for technological achievement, personal prosperity for average working stiffs, or stable government. That is neither an accident nor exclusively the fault of rich or bad people. It stems from the choices large numbers of people make every day. Choices they have the right to make.
What’s good and bad about Canada is like that too. It stems from the choices millions of people make. If we added millions of people who would disproportionately make different choices every day, our society would change.
It really has nothing to do with grandstanding about what’s right or wrong, or what God wants. A reshaped America will simply be more like South America.
One question: If better off people are more likely to vote Republican, is part of the problem that they will actually benefit over the long term? The rich in South America don’t live a bad life.
The burden will fall harder on the current American working and lower classes, who cling bitterly to guns and religion, as one president put it.
But perhaps their votes aren’t worth much anyway. As native borns, they could change their votes. They are not waiting for someone to come along and amnesty them.
But no one except Trump even wants to represent them. And Trump isn’t even particularly a Republican. He simply saw an opportunity that appeals to his ego, that no one else wants.
Or so it appears from this desk.