No exaggeration

JIM STUCHELL

Williamsport

The caravan that’s maneuvering toward America (or has already got in) ranges in size from 4,000 to 12,000 people, so far as I can tell.

Therefore, it’s at least a battalion in size, and even a division.

Characterizing the caravan in military terms might seem strange or even inhumane.

But this caravan represents an attempt to breach the sovereign southern border of the United States.

It’s no exaggeration to call this immigrant march a tactic of demographic warfare.

The Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierez, has described some of this deluge as “very violent.”

Such a maneuver isn’t historically novel. Ancient Rome was repeatedly assaulted by poor and oppressed invaders.

Eventually so many of these people broke through the borders — or were unwisely welcomed in — that Rome lost its cultural cohesion.

These waves of immigrants – these human tsunamis – deluged Rome with people who neither understood nor loved Rome’s culture.

Rome wasn’t so much conquered as it was submerged. Classical civilization drowned.

And then the West plunged into a darkness of ignorant poverty and ignominious cities.

And it sank away from sight.

Humanitarians and sentimentalists insist that Americans owe the poor and politically oppressed of the world the comfort and protection of America’s affluent security. Before we ask what America can do for these uninvited invaders, let’s first invite them to ask what they can do for themselves.

Many asylum seekers insist their countries are tyrannical, and that life there is an oppression.

American patriots said precisely the same thing about life under King George — in that famous complaint list called the Declaration of Independence! Did the American patriots then flee to Mexico and seek asylum and free housing?

No, they organized and fortified themselves, they fought and overthrew the oppressive government, and they secured their freedom.

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