Few conservatives are as controversial as Ann Coulter. Over the last two decades, this brilliant blonde has been one of America’s most polarizing figures. She is so bold and unapologetic that many of her critics cannot quite figure out where the real person ends and the performer begins. Is she intentionally provocative for no other reason than to sell books or does she really believe everything she says?
For Coulter fans, no such examination is necessary. Like Rush Limbaugh, Coulter has no problem juggling the outrageous and the sensible, and her readers have no trouble discerning the difference. She is politically incorrect to a fault, but her message is no more rooted in hate than any of the left’s treasured thinkers. Does she come off blunt? Caustic? Uncaring? Sure. But sometimes you have to put away the kid gloves and tell it like it is. No one is better at that than Coulter.
Her new book, Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, has inspired a new round of liberal tears. In it, she makes the case that our country’s Democrats have been trying for years to change America’s demographic makeup. With excessively lenient immigration policies, these politicians have unraveled the fabric of American life. We’ve always been a nation of immigrants, but perhaps, Coulter proposes, not all immigrants are the same.
Today, instead of drawing from European and Western cultures, we are drawing our immigrants from the Third World. More than 25% of Mexico’s total population has already moved to the United States through both legal and illegal means. According to Coulter, “since 1970, nearly 90 percent of all legal immigrants have been from the Third World.”
These are the things we do not say. Instead, even anti-immigration conservatives play the left’s game. They admit that immigration is a good thing and that it has done wonders for the United States. They draw a line between illegal immigration and legal immigration, but they are not bold enough to go a step further. They are not willing to take Coulter’s position and declare – strongly and decisively – that there is a big difference between the immigration of today and the immigration of the early 1900s.
But there is, and the statistics tell the story. Third world immigrants bring third world problems with them. Low literacy rates, a culture of crime, and an aversion to capitalism among the worst. By throwing open the borders, we are not saving refugees. We are dragging ourselves down to their level, allowing them to politically reconfigure our country. And if we don’t want to change? Too bad, because every culture is equal and the white Christian hegemony has to go.
The fact is that whites of European origin built this nation into what it is. Does that mean that white, European culture is superior to every other culture in the world? No. But it does mean that if we value what America is, we should take steps to make sure it stays the same. If that means shutting the door on immigration, then that’s a small price to pay. That kind of sentiment may not play well in the presidential debates, but it’s worth remembering anyway. As Coulter knows, a great many Americans are hungry for the truth.