The fundamentals

If liberty is worth keeping and free representative government worth saving, we must stand for all American fundamentals — not some, but all. All are woven into the great fabric of our national well-being. We cannot hold fast to some only, and abandon others that, for the moment, we find inconvenient. If one American fundamental is prostrated, others in the end will surely fall.

We get to pick and choose

Importing millions of immigrants whose religion teaches them that we are Satan — when we don’t have to take any — is the new Selma. We were supposed to accept that Islamic terrorism — something that never existed in this country before Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act — was just a part of life, a wonderful slice of the vibrant fabric of America. If you disagreed, you were a racist.

Reverse discrimination

After the 9/11 attack, the media were seized with affection for Muslims and decided that, henceforth, no unkind word could be uttered about Islam. They were worried sick that al-Qaeda might get its hands on a nuke and destroy an American city, because that might lead to discrimination against Muslims.

Global tides

Republicans refuse to understand that not all rising tides lift all boats. There are ways the rich can do well while most of the country does worse. The globalization of our economy means that the very rich get a much bigger share of a much smaller pie. When jobs are outsourced or given to illegal aliens, the employer is better off. Mexicans are better off — they’re making $3 an hour instead of $1 an hour. But most Americans are massively worse off.