2008 January 29 Tuesday
Mark Krikorian: John McCain A Multiculturalist

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies

We all know John McCain is terrible on immigration. For years he held America’s sovereignty and security hostage to amnesty and increased immigration, and his newfound support for “enforcement first” is so insubstantial and transparently insincere that it insults our intelligence. He’s so bad that Americans for Better Immigration ranks his performance in office as the worst of all the presidential candidates — including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. (See the GOP grid here and the Democratic one here.) And as Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, passage of McCain’s bill “would represent the largest expansion of the welfare state in 30 years.”

But his support for de facto open borders is merely one manifestation of a larger problem — John McCain is a multiculturalist.

Krikorian argues that McCain is an ideological multiculturalist who supports special rights for minority cultures. This is highly problematic because if values diverge too radically we will end up with a very corrupt system of ethnic spoils and a low trust society with little social capital.

I don’t mean he eats tacos at the Cinco de Mayo parade (nothing wrong with that!) — I mean he’s an ideological multiculturalist. Francis Fukuyama has described (PDF) the ideology of multiculturalism this way: “not just as tolerance of cultural diversity in de facto multicultural societies but as the demand for legal recognition of the rights of ethnic, racial, religious, or cultural groups.” At almost every turn over his entire public career, John McCain has supported the pluribus over the unum.

Take bilingual education. McCain has been an enthusiastic proponent of this divisive and discredited program for years. He was honorary co-host of the 1995 convention of the National Association for Bilingual Education; The New Republic reported that he wrote to convention participants that “[t]o reject a native language as a tool for teaching as well as enriching our national heritage makes learning all the more difficult and makes us a poorer nation.”

In 1998 he said, “I have always supported bilingual education programs to help students learn English. Proposals to restrict the use of languages other than English are always divisive.” That was the year that California voters approved Proposition 227, “English for the Children,” which (sort of) abolished bilingual education there.

Prop. 227 leader Ron Unz went on to organize successful efforts restrict or abolish "bilingual" education in many other states. It is important to emphasize that bilingual education as practiced by the ethnic Left in educational systems isn't just a way to balkanize the nation. It is a really stupid and inefficient way to get non-English speaking youngsters to become proficient at English. Younger kids can learn a new language if they are immersed in it. The best way to convert Spanish speaking 6 year olds into fluent English speakers is to expose them only to English.

Krikorian also reports that in 1996 McCain lobbied Arizona state legislators to vote against a proposed state law that would abolish racial preferences. There's a reason why McCain is the favorite Republican of the liberal national press: when they look at McCain they see a kindred spirit.

I'm not sure who would be a worse president, Huckabee or McCain. At this point Romney seems least bad. Anyone agree, disagree? Have specific reasons why?

Update: McCain’s “Hispanic outreach director” feels primary loyalty toward Mexico, not the United States.

“I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’ ” These are the words of Juan Hernandez, John McCain’s “Hispanic outreach director,” on Nightline June 7, 2001.

The blogosphere has been abuzz over the news of Hernandez’s position in the McCain campaign, thanks to the spadework of Michelle Malkin (see here, here, and here) and Jerry Corsi. Thanks also to the power of the Internet, McCain was actually asked about this at an event in Florida Sunday, though he tap-danced his way out of answering directly.

I'm thinking McCain will make a worse President than Hillary Clinton.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 January 29 05:37 PM  Cultural Wars Western

Ned said at January 30, 2008 5:22 AM:

McCain yuck, Clinton yuck, Obama yuck, Huckabee yuck, maybe Romney isn't so bad after all.

Randall Parker said at January 30, 2008 6:18 PM:


That's my thinking in a nutshell.

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