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Only white Christians can preserve our 'ideals'?

| Monday, Feb. 25, 2002

I find Pat Buchanan's observations about the dying of Western civilization to be largely accurate ("Q&A with Bill Steigerwald, Feb. 16), but I disagree with most of his prescriptions for the solution, and that the first "threat" is even a threat at all. First lets talk genetics.

There's no particular virtue to white skin other than an ability to manufacture vitamin D with very limited sunlight, and it carries with it a greater susceptibility to sun caused illness like sunburn and skin cancer. The largely euro-centric capacity to digest lactose as an adult is only of significant benefit in places where one doesn't have great access to foods other than animal products.

Neither of these euro-genetic predispositions is likely to lead to any advantages over the racial-ethnic genetic heritage of the rest of the world. White-skinned people are just as predisposed to bad morality and bad government as any other race — witness Nazi Germany and the old Soviet "Evil Empire." No, the decline of the Caucasian populations in Europe and America are not a threat to Western Civilization.

In fact, his "cure," shutting off immigration, is going to lead to a swifter decline. Witness the decline of Japan, which allows no immigration. An aging, monolithic viewpoint of population is no recipe for success.

IT'S A CYCLE

In studying history, one can see that peoples and civilizations arise and fall continuously.

In the West (Europe), there was Egypt, then Greece, then Rome, then the Celts, then the Vikings, then the "age of Empires," then the age of the nation-state, then the cold-war blocs of nation states, and finally now a "European Union" of nation states bound to a common currency.

All civilizations rise and fall. What determines their success and value is what we retain afterward, typically some of the best ideas and ideals. From Egypt we got agriculture. From Greece, democracy. From Rome the representative republic. From the Vikings, we got the jury of 12. From the nation-states we got the Geneva conventions (of war). The cold-war blocs of nation-states paved the way to European union.

I'd like to think that America, whatever it's coming racial/ethnic composition, is still going to stand for freedom of the individual, and limited well defined representative democratic government. I agree with Pat that a common language is essential to unifying the nation, and I agree that we must do our best to pass on the American ideals to the next generation of Americans. But I don't kid myself that they will be or even should be white Christians.

FLACCID ‘FORTRESS'

Trying to hold back change or retreating to "Fortress America" never works in the long term. The Japanese tried it first with their closed border policy and kept the world out for 200-plus years; until American battleships steamed into their ports.

x The world doesn't stand still and it's counterproductive to try to make it do so. x

I agree world government is a threat to our sovereignty; but the only way to stop it is to make sure America remains the biggest and strongest nation with the power to dictate terms to the rest of the world. But to stay powerful, we have to stay engaged. That is, in trade, in progress, and in settling affairs that are none of our business but are "bad" for our perceived interests.

I think there are times when everyone feels they'd like to keep things as they were in the "good old days," focus on our own local problems here at home first and let the rest of the world deal with their own problems. But that wouldn't be the Christian thing to do. If we are going to be the light of the world, we have to stand up and be counted and help others even when we'd rather be at home taking care of our own first.

Freedom has many enemies. Most of the world is not free enough, which is the only reason we have achieved economic success that far exceeds the rest of the world. It wasn't luck, it wasn't superabundance of natural resources, it wasn't superhuman genetic abilities, it was freedom of the individual and limited government that made America successful.

If our successors of whatever race, ethnic background, national heritage, or religious belief can remember to follow that formula for success — freedom of the individual and limited government — they will retain the greatness that is America regardless of what happens to "the West."

The writer lives in Leechburg.

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