The Perfect Storm?
It is quite surprising to watch the force of the current popular immigration opposition when one considers the state of the US economy. Obviously, the average American is no where near as aware of the problem of immigration and majority-inversion as he should be. None the less, the giant is waking in the American Street, and all this with little appreciable component of the message concerning employment or loss of jobs to immigrants. It is a tribute to the strength of the economy that Bush and Co can even speak of jobs "Americans are not willing to do".
What makes this so very interesting though is just what a perfect storm is awaiting us when the economy takes its next cyclic downturn. Consider the two forces that will be at work: First, there will be the millions of unemployed Americans feeling the effect of a borderless nation as they try to compete with the locust of the Third World. Secondly however, there will be the 20 million plus illegal, as well as countless "legal" Hispanics also running out of work. How will they react? Will they go home? Try to squeeze Americans out of jobs by intimidation? Will they form mass "protests" for government intervention, welfare, make-work projects? And what will happen if the millions of "family oriented", "freedom loving", immigrants take to the streets to do more than just peacefully protest?
When average Joe American starts to look around the ideological and political landscape for answers as to what went so terribly wrong, will we be ready? Will we have a concise, easy to understand message? The neo-cons had to their advantage the meme that "lack of freedom causes terrorism"--granted, it was false, but it was viral in pandemic proportions. Can we distil our message down to something that simple, while still keeping it as "non-offensive" as possible so as to not retard transmission? What might such a meme or set of memes be?
If we fail to create a virally transmittable message, chances are that this popular uprising will fall yet again into the hands of the same old gang. And this may be the last chance we get to set things straight here in the US.