In the Wake of Charlottesville, with Mike Delaney of Prothink.org.
Revised Note October 17th, 2017: We were led to believe by many early media reports and online video accounts that the bulky woman in the green shirt pictured atop the hood of this car was Heather Heyer. This woman is not Heather Heyer, and she survived the ordeal. Heather Heyer, an even more obese woman, was never struck by the automobile, and died of a heart attack on the street nearby. The gray Charger had been cruising the area for at least seven minutes before the accident, and the maroon minivan had apparently been parked in the middle of the street near the intersection of 4th & Water for at least 5 minutes, and it's front seats were empty. This is evident in News2Share's video Charlottesville Car Attack: Full Livestream.
In 1789 a group of White and predominantly Christian men of general Northern European extraction left a Constitutional Republic which they themselves had asserted was for “us and our posterity”, according to their own words. This was a concrete position which constituted the very fabric of the fledgling Republic.
In 1866 Congress and the courts began to erode the Republic by ignoring the fact that it was formed exclusively for the posterity of the founders, which is their offspring. This was a political situation, and not everyone appreciated the circumstances. It had opposition then, and it has opposition now. In fact, nine States refused to ratify the 14th Amendment in 1866 and 1867, and State Legislatures in Oregon, Ohio and New Jersey rescinded their initial ratification votes in 1868, so it was far from being universally popular. Likewise, seven States refused to ratify the 15th Amendment in 1869 and 1870. So the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments was the result of political circumstances. These Amendments do not represent concrete moral truths, but rather they represent the outcome of political circumstances which for one reason or another had led to the prevalence of certain opinions at that particular time, and in spite of the fact that they are contrary to the original Constitution. Political opinions and circumstances are fluid, people cannot be forced to agree with them, and they can change or be changed by the will of the people.
Immigration and the preservation of the original culture of the Christian European founders of this Republic have been political debates ever since the 19th century. But they have never before been characterized as “hate”. The issue of non-White immigration was debated heavily in the 1920’s, and it was never characterized as “hate”. At that time, there was an immigration law which created quotas based on the demographics of the nation as they were recorded in 1890 that had already passed as law in 1921, and which was renewed in 1922. After continued debate, the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed, which was also known as the Johnson-Reed Act. This act retained the ethnic quota system, which was never even questioned when the act was debated, and it completely excluded immigration from Asia, and limited annual immigration to 2% of those nationalities of which the Republic was already comprised. In addition, there was a literacy test which was administered to prospective immigrants, and failure meant that one would be barred from entering the country. According to an article on the United States Department of State website, “In all of its parts, the most basic purpose of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the ideal of U.S. homogeneity.”