Embrace Your Immigration Ad, Dr. Paul
You know Rep. Paul has scored a major moral coup when among those chastising him for his stand on illegal immigration is the author of a semi-pornographic tract, complete with a request for funds for the legal defense of an illegal alien. Yes, the prudish, proper Paul is being scolded by a "gentleman" who thinks nothing of exploiting his editorial position on a prominent forum to raise money for a Moroccan, homosexual, burlesque queen, whose résumé includes "exploits in the gay underground of the Arabic world."
It appears that from the fact that Rep. Paul celebrates the free, unfettered movement of goods across borders—trade—Paul's detractors have "deduced" that he must also rejoice in the free flow of people across our borders. This is so because these anarchists confuse desires with rights—they believe that preventing anyone from studying or settling in the US is an act of savage aggression. Contrary to unfettered immigration, however, free trade is a positive-sum game; it is always invited, consensual and hence mutually beneficial to the parties involved.
As a man of the classical liberal, unquestionably American, Old Right, Rep. Paul is perfectly congruous in his defense of a sovereign America bounded by borders. It is his anarchist critics who belong to a different tradition—and who don't make a lick of sense to sane Americans.
Not only is a highly selective immigration policy an effective, non-aggressive tactic against terrorism, it is also the perfect complement to a peaceful foreign policy. When last did neutral Switzerland launch a preemptive war? Immigration into the heavily armed and harmonious Swiss society involves a highly discriminating process. Communities across Switzerland demand that their local authorities make it so. In this way, the Swiss have ensured that their various decentralized governments discharge their constitutional duty to defend the homeland without going on the offensive.
Those who're in the intellectual trenches of the fight for liberty understand that Dr. Paul makes a solid point vis-à-vis the Fed's promiscuous money printing and the consequent devaluation of the dollar. But it's the wrong point to make in a timed debate aimed at specifics.
Indeed, inflation, which Rep. Paul ought to also breakdown for the voter into easily understood basics, provides a background explanation to our woes. The big picture. But what precisely are Dr. Paul's specific prescriptions to curb illegal immigration? A reference to economic—and inflationary—policies fails to adequately answer that question. Dr. Paul's ad, however, does the trick more than adequately.
©2008 By Ilana Mercer