Monday, June 12, 2006

Illegal aliens, illegal ideas

At NoVaTownHall, Joe asks whether it is possible to be concerned about illegal immigration without being guilty of "hate." This query was prompted by comments from a critic of Joe's previous discussion of the subject.

Welcome to the Orwellian dystopia, Winston Smith. Facts disappear down the memory hole, and Big Brother is watching to make sure you do not commit Thought Crimes. You have freedom of speech -- and anything you say can and will be used against you ....

What the Left seeks to do on immigration (as on abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, global warming, you name it), is to stigmatize, marginalize and ultimately criminalize all opposition. When conservatives criticize the Left, of course, this is "censorship" or "stifling dissent." But the Left can defame and harass its antagonists with impunity.

They claim exclusive rights to dictate the terms of the debate, and if you dispute their claim, that alone is sufficient proof that you are motivated by "hate." Thus the argument is framed in such a way that it can lead to but one conclusion.

Tenured professors cry "Reconquista," but if Michelle Malkin simply takes the professors at their word, it is Malkin who stands accused of "hate." We are now truly Through the Looking Glass ...

But we are not stupid. We see what is happening, and we are not for a minute deceived by the Left's intellectual postures.

** UPDATED **

At American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord reminds us that Buckley's God and Man at Yale (now widely considered a pivotal 20th-century classic) was originally greeted as having "the glow and appeal of a fiery cross on a hillside at night. the glow and appeal of a fiery cross on a hillside at night."

-- McCAIN