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What If…

May 5, 2010

A FANTASTIC article from the American Thinker blog. Sometimes it’s fun to step back and ask “What if…”

In this case, we’re going to ask “What If Arizona Were Quebec?”?

What If Arizona Were Quebec?
Source: American Thinker

Suppose for a moment that 15 million Americans — the population of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut combined — sneaked across the border into Quebec. Suppose that these illegal immigrants refused to learn to speak French, that they applied for Canadian welfare, that they reproduced at a rate higher than Quebec’s residents, and that they bankrupted Canada’s socialized medical system. Suppose that they sent their children to Canadian schools in such large numbers that Quebec’s school system had to teach “French as a Second Language” courses.

Suppose that the 15 million illegal American aliens included large numbers of criminals, drug dealers from Vermont, and arms traffickers, causing Quebec’s crime rate to soar; that they comprised 20% to 30% of Quebec’s prison inmates; and that they routinely evaded capture by Canadian authorities by sneaking back across the border, where they engaged in gang warfare.

Suppose that the illegal Americans congregated in packs on Montreal street corners, looking for day labor for which they did not pay taxes, and drove through the streets of Quebec without driver’s licenses or motor vehicle insurance. Suppose that the illegals marched openly in the streets of Montreal, waving the Stars and Stripes, celebrating the Fourth of July, and demanding amnesty. Suppose that illegal American college students formed radical pro-U.S. organizations on Quebec’s campuses and demanded resident tuition discounts and affirmative-action preferences.

Let us further suppose that when the Montreal Canadians played the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, large numbers of illegal Americans waved the American flag, booed, hissed, and doused Canadians fans with beer when “O, Canada” was sung in French prior to the opening face-off.

How do you suppose Canada would react? Would Quebec City and Laval declare themselves “sanctuary cities” and refuse to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport the illegal Americans? Would Quebec offer driver’s licenses to the illegals? Would the province refuse to ask voters for identification and proof of citizenship?

If Quebec’s provincial parliament passed a law allowing the police to demand proof of citizenship from suspected illegals, would the Prime Minister call it “misguided”? Would the Bishop of Montreal accuse the province of “Nazism”? Would residents of Calgary and Winnipeg call for a boycott of Quebec? Do you suppose the federal parliament in Ottawa would propose legislation to grant citizenship to the illegals (thereby allowing them to sponsor the emigration to Canada of their relatives back in the Unites States)?

Of course not. Anyone remotely familiar with Canadian politics knows exactly what would happen. A situation like the one described above would cause the province to explode.

At the very least, you can bet that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Customs Canada would have tactical units all along the border from Massena to New Brunswick. At worst, there would be war. Francophones would be screaming “Arrêt!” and “Non!” to illegal immigration at the top of their lungs. Canada’s leading pundits and politicians would be demanding the preservation of Canadian culture against the onslaught from the United States. All of the obnoxious moral priggishness about “human rights” and “multiculturalism” that Canada has become so famous for would go out the window in a heartbeat, and the Canadians would spare no expense in rounding up and deporting the illegal American invaders.

French-Canadians are extremely prickly about their cultural heritage. Quebec has legislatively forbidden stores to advertise in English and mandated the use of French in public schools. French-Canadians have their own political party, the Parti Quebecois, to promote their interests. In 1995, the province held a referendum and came within one percentage point of voting to secede from Canada.

It is utterly mind-boggling to see the reaction of the cultural and political elites in the United States to the law passed by Arizona last week empowering the state to enforce immigration laws. Cardinal Mahoney of Los Angeles characterized the law as “Nazism,” and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano called it “misguided” and “not … good.”

The Constitution grants Congress the authority to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” and to “repel Invasions.” But prominent congressional leaders like Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Raúl Grijalva have taken positions opposing the enforcement of the immigration laws Congress itself has passed.

Even the president has criticized Arizona’s law, calling instead for granting citizenship to illegals. What else would you expect from a president who spent his childhood in Indonesia, bowed to foreign emperors, gave a campaign speech as a citizen of the world in Berlin, and who currently has an aunt living as an illegal alien on welfare in Boston? Certainly it is unrealistic to expect that he will serve the interests of the United States.

No sane country has ever elected elites who have systematically undermined their own culture and erased their national borders. Even the French-Canadians know how to stand up for themselves. Who will stand up for the United States and demand, without apology, that the border be sealed and the illegals deported? The Republicans won’t do it, the Tea Party is impotent and rudderless, and the Democrats are actively aiding and abetting those who seek to undermine us. If we are unwilling to police our own borders, we are doomed.

I’m not certain what it will take to preserve the United States, but we had better come up with something effective — and soon.

So sad. So true.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. jay permalink
    May 9, 2010 1:34 am

    What the article describes already happened when Loyalists ran away from the USA after the Independance War. French Canadian then became a minority in Canada.

    • May 9, 2010 1:53 am

      Who was it good for ultimately? Who seems to have benefited the most from that decision to run away TODAY?

  2. jay permalink
    May 9, 2010 2:10 am

    About half of Quebec wants to leave Canada and about half wants to stay. So it’s good for the guys doing surveys.

    • May 9, 2010 2:53 am

      No matter what country we’re talking about; homeland security should be top priority.

  3. jay permalink
    May 9, 2010 12:04 pm

    The USA are way too big to protect every possible target. The best homeland security is to build fair domestic and foreign policies. Or you can start asking people to get on the plane naked.

    • May 9, 2010 12:42 pm

      Our policies are more than fair; both domestic and foreign. Hell, we give Miranda rights to TERRORISTS for Pete’s sake. America once was the image of hope, opportunity, defense, and everything good in this world. Now? Now she’s being torn apart from the inside.

      Hell, I practically have to walk through the airport in my underoos to board a plane. Heaven forbid I bring some toothpaste.

  4. jay permalink
    May 9, 2010 4:02 pm

    Then why most of the terrorists target the USA? There’s as much freedom in a LOT of countries. Why Al-Qaeda doesn’t strike in Quebec? Believe me, our cops are as dumb as it gets.

    • May 9, 2010 4:28 pm

      Actually, most of the “terrorist attacks” happen in middle-eastern countries. They happen so frequently that they’re not reported on as vigorously as they are here in the good ol’ US of A. When they ARE reported on; they don’t come as much of a surprise.

      What I assume you mean is why does America seem to be the biggest “target”; as in, why do the major attacks seem to be geared towards America? Because America is the greatest, strongest nation in the world. Because we take this seriously; we send our troops over to help fight terrorists in other countries; we have troops stationed all over the world to “survey” and keep peace as best as we can. We are the world’s superpower – there’s no denying it.

      America is the very beacon of freedom. Everything “Freedom” is what MAKES America. Terrorist groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda rely on oppression. Remember what it was like for Iraqi citizens under Saddam. Those people were living in bondage; terrified of the dictator. Once he was removed, our country helped them build. They built schools, medical facilities, a government based on democracy and liberty. They were freed. When a terrorist organization has no control or power over it’s target, they have failed. It’s a constant battle for some sense of authority. You’ve also got to factor in the religious aspects of terrorist groups. They “fight” for Jihad; a holy war. Their enemies are anyone and everyone who is an infidel. America – whether you agree or not – is a Christian nation. Founded on Christian beliefs and morals. Naturally, the biggest enemy of Islam would be Christianity?

      A lot of people forget that this isn’t a political war, or really a war for power. It’s a religious war.

  5. jay permalink
    May 9, 2010 5:00 pm

    It’s an economic war. The USA treats the world like a giant all you can eat buffet to sustain its lifestyle and make a buck. Some people take offense. Period.

    • May 9, 2010 5:24 pm

      It is partly an economic war, yes. It is also partly a “political” war. However, the war against terror is mostly a religious war.

      I hate to break it to you, but America is the economic engine of the world. With this current admin, it might not seem like it, but facts are facts. More companies, both small and large, are created here. Products are purchased from all over the world, which helps the economies of nations we purchase from. Heck, this is even true with oil. When we purchase oil; another nation benefits from it. So do we. Capitalism is the key to success.

      If anything; it is other nations that treat America as if it were an “all you can eat buffet”. People go through one hell of an immigration process to come here legally, some people illegally cross our borders, some people opt to come here to America for schooling and training (especially in the medical industry), and why? Because America is the land of opportunity. The land of freedom. Security. Promise. Our military is the strongest in the world. ANY time another nation needs us (except with this admin when it comes to Israel; the current reps seem to side more with the enemies than our ally) we’re there asap. We send more AID and support more charities all over the world than any other nation.

      What if America cut itself off from the rest of the world? We’d manage for a while. We have an abundance of our own natural resources; but the eco-geeks are against letting us get to it; our Military would focus only on homeland security – ignoring any other threats to any other nations, the currency ratio would completely fall out.

      “Some people take offense.” doesn’t really make much sense in this conversation. Who took offense to what? I’m not offended. I hope you’re not offended. Anyone who is offended by facts really shouldn’t be discussing economic, political, and environmental issues. Especially touchy subjects like religion and terrorism.

      “Period.” Uh, yeah, why not. Let’s end with a period.

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