Orange County, California.
In The New York Times, Adam Nagourney has a gushing new column about the decline of conservatism in Orange County, the birthplace of Richard Nixon and a conservative stronghold for generations.
The number of registered Republican voters has dropped to the lowest level in 47 years. This in a year when a Republican wave is expected to end Democratic control of Congress. It doesn’t take much sifting through the political rubble to determine the cause.
The people of Orange County are being overwhelmed and displaced from California by a tidal wave of Third World immigration. The new settlers are colonizing the area and transforming its culture and politics in ways that natives dislike.
Nagourney crows, 45% of Orange County residents speak a language other than English in the home; 30% of residents are foreign born; 95% of children in public schools are Latino; 25% of residents now lack health insurance; 35 languages are now spoken in Irvine.
This affluent symbol of the Golden State and the American Dream is now more remarkable for its “pockets of deep poverty” and enclaves of “low income housing” that cater to illegal aliens.
Instead of solving America’s social problems, as progressives once tried to do, the modern progressive movement is determined to add to the burden by importing the underclass of Asia and Latin America. When you grasp their flawless reasoning, the strategy at work here makes perfect sense.
Just think about it: poor, helpless, alienated, unskilled, uneducated, low IQ people can be expected to turn to government as the solution to all their problems. They are a reliable source of votes for corrupt Democratic politicians who now seek to create poverty and social division in places where it didn’t exist for political advantage.
This is all cynically done in the name of progress.
Is this what progress is supposed to look like? The transformation of Orange County into the crossroads of Mexico and Vietnam?
It is certainly not the type of progress that Theodore Roosevelt had in mind when he railed against hyphenated Americanism. It is not the type of progress the Founders would recognized have recognized either whose immigration policy was designed to preserve America for their Anglo-Protestant posterity.
It gets even better.
As Nagourney tells the tale, immigration isn’t the only factor driving the changes in Orange County. The shrinking of the aerospace industry, which once sustained the “mostly white middle class community,” is being replaced by a low wage service economy.
McDonald’s billboards in Vietnamese. Public schools where Mexican children speak exclusively Spanish. Barrio slums next door.
Doesn’t it sound like a nice place for the descendants of the Pilgrims to raise their children?
The Republican Party can still fix what has been broken. It can secure the border, end birthright citizenship, and deport the illegals already here before the Southwest becomes another Orange County.
Whether that happens remains to be seen.