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From National Review:

On Native-Born Ingrates
By DAVID FRENCH
July 15, 2019 6:14 PM

… What I reject is the notion that native-born citizens like myself can demand a level of gratitude from immigrants beyond what we demand from native-born citizens.

In fact, to the extent that we should parse gratitude at all, I assert a simple proposition — the people who did exactly nothing to become citizens of the greatest nation in the history of the earth should be among the most grateful people on this planet. We should be grateful to God that we weren’t born elsewhere. We should be grateful to those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” to defend our nation and our Constitution. We should be grateful for those who endure great hardship to defend our liberty, safety, and prosperity.

… All too many native-born citizens forsake the moral obligations of citizenship and instead focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

… In fact, many (most!) citizen-immigrants look back on their journey to citizenship with justifiable fierce pride. Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.

Nothing I’ve said excuses anything that Ilhan Omar has said or believes. Many of her views are repugnant. But they’re not especially repugnant because she’s an immigrant. And we should not hold immigrants to a higher standard of gratitude than we apply to the people who did nothing to earn their place in this land.

 

 

 
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  1. David French is undeserving of his American citizenship. He should go back to where he was.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    Instead of bringing their daughter from Ethophia to the United States, the French family should have relocated there. Just think of the way Ethopia would have been enriched.
    , @anonymous
    France?
    , @South Texas Guy
    Lots of Black babies here to adopt. But went all the way to Africa to get one. Maybe it's kinda like how licorice Jelly Belly jelly beans are better than store brand.

    Sorry about the lack of wit, but French (and his ilk) just really gets to me.

  2. Stepping on a jet airliner into a hyper-developed country filled with pliant, sycophantic natives. Wow, such “grit.” True heroism. What could 17th century settlers have ever endured to compare

    • LOL: Rosie, Aft
  3. We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don’t need Immigrants. They’re lucky we’re generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don’t even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He’s a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he’s a pen for hire – and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He’s only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    • Agree: Prodigal son
    • Replies: @bomag
    Agree.

    French talks about people who did nothing to earn their place in this land. As if he knows anything about who deserves what.

    More likely is that our recent immigrant additions are doing less than nothing by actively making things worse than otherwise.

    , @Hail

    We don’t need Immigrants
     
    Right. We really don't.

    We had a healthy, productive society. A comfortable, low-density one at that. No need for millions of Ilhan Omers and Ocasio-Cortezes.

    I'd push further, though and say it's not just we don't need them, it's that they're a major burden, a pretty decisive net negative. The intangible harm even outweighs the tangible.

    I would upgrade the softer "We don't need immigrants" to something closer to "We don't want [Third World] immigrants (because they're such a major net negative)."

    , @Crawfurdmuir

    We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.
     
    All true - and in addition to that, I know that I've gone to work every day for the past 40+ years and paid all my taxes, Federal, state, and local. I have never received a penny of unemployment compensation, welfare, Medicaid, or any other government largesse. That's the benefit of living in the United States that Mr. French believes I did nothing to deserve.

    To hell with that preening Tartuffe.
    , @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
    , @Maple Curtain
    "We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world."

    To hyper-liberals like French, 'Every Man is an Island' who has no connections to his kin, antecedents or descendants. Man's only connection is to the state.

    But, he writes for the ZioCuck Review, so he's a 'conservative' in the Current Year.

  4. French isn’t American. They have to go back.

    • Replies: @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?
  5. The establishment conservatives have conserved….nothing.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Forbes
    'Establishment conservative' appears to be a pose, an act, a performance, a role playing exercise. E.g. George Will in a bow tie. It's where Queensberry Rules Republicans come into view--their insistence on following a code of generally accepted rules of conduct such that form matters rather more than the outcome. It's not about winning or losing, it's about how you play the game. Holding one's chin up in defeat seems the only--and useless--point.

    Or as Vince Lombardi counselled: "It's not about winning or losing--winning is the only thing." If you don't play to win, you never will.
  6. “demand a level of gratitude from immigrants”

    Straw man argument.

    Open borders polemicist: Do you expect immigrants to be greatful?
    Anti immigration patriot: No, I expect that immigrants should return to their native country.

    BTW, unrelated but fun.

    James Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
    Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!

  7. I want to call French a liar and leave it at that. But this is not coherent enough. It’s mostly chicken scratch. And why couch it in terms of gratitude? As if that’s really the burning issur. I don’t remember crowds at Trump rallied chanting “Be more grateful!”

    “We should not hold immigrants to a higher standard of gratitude than we apply to the people who did nothing to earn their place in this land”

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then? Well, erasing from people’s minds the connection between “earning” their place here and being entitled to a place based on lineage requires passive-aggressive rhetoric.

    Hey, Frenchie, maybe I didn’t earn anything. But by forefathers earned my place for me. What exactly did Omar do to earn her place? Lie on a form?

    “[her views are] not especially repugnant because she’s an immigrant.”

    Has it occured to you that being an immigrant from where she’s from made her more likely to hold repugnant views? Or do we need, say, 20 more generations of invasion to grasp a connection between non-Americans and unAmerican views?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Why gratitude? Indeed. The American model is self-reliance, so how does that work gratitude-wise? The civilizational model we are being dragged to is that based on Renaissance Venice and illustrated by the modern third world. No self-reliance is possible: everybody is effectively an employee of a modern Medici (note that David is already there). So. Gratitude to the benevolent patron who makes all things possible.
    This isn't about Somalis at all, this is about presuming to inconvenience His Wealthiness Lord Adelson.
    , @bomag

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then?
     
    One wonders if D. French is willing to go all the way and make citizenship constantly contingent on exhibiting approved behavior. What a wonderful world that would be.

    Step out of line; mouth the wrong platitudes; mark your ballot incorrectly; upset the boss ("boss"); then off you go to the camp to await resettlement.
  8. Bret Stephens did this shtick better two years ago with his “deport Americans” column, or at least with more passion and virile malice towards America’s founding stock. French is just a weak echo.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
    There seems to be a pattern at Buckley's legacy mag with articles of this ilk.

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.

    He basically said our beloved country will be better off when these knuckle-dragging Neanderthals have killed themselves and are replaced by the Vibrant and Diverse new models we are importing from Somalia and Guatemala.

    Such is "Muh Conservatism" at NR in current year.

    , @Richard B
    Bret Stephens needs to have dinner with Armin Meiwes.
  9. While this is a logical extension of the current “immigrant supremacist” wisdom of our times, it seems at odds with the idea of reparations being important because the ancestors of African-Americans “built this nation” and thus deserve special consideration. I suppose an advantage of having The Megaphone is that you need never address such inconsistencies in your worldview.

  10. You should have to be second generation American minimum to hold federal office.

    And I mean the old(actual) meaning of generation. Trump just makes it.

    • Agree: Hail
  11. I’ll give him this – the immigrant Sohrab Amari is more deserving than the native David French.

  12. We should be grateful to God that we weren’t born elsewhere.

    What’s wrong with “elsewhere”?

    What if everyone who is “elsewhere” wants to bring that elsewhere-ness here?

  13. Love that title of his piece, “On Native-Born Ingrates”. Ingrates. That’s what we are because we refuse to be cucked. OK. The 21st century is going to be a wild ride. We know where the Conservatives stand.

    Where do the rest of us stand? Young people must prepare. It is a racial, ethic, sectarian spoils system now. At every step young whites (and those who are smart enough to make them allies of sucy) must assert their rights maximally for access to employment, legal set-asides, etc. Nothing should be given away or granted to others without reciprocity. This is the way forward.

    And the tensions won’t subside. Things won’t calm down. This is the way it is.

    • Replies: @guest
    Esau was sufficiently respectful of his heritage to swap it for a mess of pottage. Follow that example, America.
  14. When you’re grateful for something, do you abandon it and allow it to be run over by a truck? Did David “my race grants me a free unedited newspaper column” French think about what he was babbling for all of ten seconds?

  15. There’s a word, “David French-ism.”

    AGAINST DAVID FRENCH-ISM
    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/05/against-david-french-ism

    • Replies: @Jake
    That difference between French and Ahmari is quite heated, and it cannot be overemphasized. The starting point in making sense of it is to know that Bill Kristol backs French 100%.

    The dispute is one that is theological informing, determining, moral philosophy, and thence directing political thought, as is ALWAYS the pattern. Ahmari's starting point is rather traditional/pre-Vatican 2 Catholic, while French's starting point is the English-speaking reformation.
  16. On the plus side: they’re finally being honest!

    The UniParty IS REAL
    The globalists are REAL
    White Genocide IS REAL

    For a long time you have been fooled. But now the plan is out in the open. They want you dead, whitey.

  17. Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.

    What a loser.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.
    , @guest
    Gay Pride? A must. Charley Pride, okay. But Birth Pride? That's just weird, friendo.
    , @Logan
    Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.

    I agree with that statement, as it stands. I was born an American. That was not my accomplishment and, like being white (or female, tall, intelligent, black or Asian), it's kind of stupid to take pride in it.

    But the way he applies this statement is really, really weird.

    I'd prefer to turn the statement around and point out that many immigrants are better Americans than many who are native-born. Largely because a LOT of native-born Americans hate their country.
  18. We should be grateful to David French for having provided the “Conservative Case for Drag Queen Story Time” and for now providing us with the “Conservative Case for Replacing Americans.” Seriously, this guy is a walking parody of everything wrong with American Conservatism.

  19. His sympathies are (understandably) with his daughter, which means his “fellow native-born American bros” schtick is obvious (to everyone but French) horseshit.

    If he wants her adopted country to be worth a good goddamn he knows what he needs to do, and it involves a great deal of soul-searching and repentance on his part.

    No time like the present. His vanity and prejudice and that of his class isn’t doing her any favors.

  20. @guest
    I want to call French a liar and leave it at that. But this is not coherent enough. It's mostly chicken scratch. And why couch it in terms of gratitude? As if that's really the burning issur. I don't remember crowds at Trump rallied chanting "Be more grateful!"

    "We should not hold immigrants to a higher standard of gratitude than we apply to the people who did nothing to earn their place in this land"

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then? Well, erasing from people's minds the connection between "earning" their place here and being entitled to a place based on lineage requires passive-aggressive rhetoric.

    Hey, Frenchie, maybe I didn't earn anything. But by forefathers earned my place for me. What exactly did Omar do to earn her place? Lie on a form?

    "[her views are] not especially repugnant because she's an immigrant."

    Has it occured to you that being an immigrant from where she's from made her more likely to hold repugnant views? Or do we need, say, 20 more generations of invasion to grasp a connection between non-Americans and unAmerican views?

    Why gratitude? Indeed. The American model is self-reliance, so how does that work gratitude-wise? The civilizational model we are being dragged to is that based on Renaissance Venice and illustrated by the modern third world. No self-reliance is possible: everybody is effectively an employee of a modern Medici (note that David is already there). So. Gratitude to the benevolent patron who makes all things possible.
    This isn’t about Somalis at all, this is about presuming to inconvenience His Wealthiness Lord Adelson.

  21. @Honesthughgrant
    We native born Americans didn't "Do nothing". We're the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don't need Immigrants. They're lucky we're generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don't even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He's a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he's a pen for hire - and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He's only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    Agree.

    French talks about people who did nothing to earn their place in this land. As if he knows anything about who deserves what.

    More likely is that our recent immigrant additions are doing less than nothing by actively making things worse than otherwise.

  22. Bring back Freedom Fries.

  23. @Hail

    Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.
     
    What a loser.

    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.
     
    He's already got a goy name. Surname, at least.
  24. Hail says: • Website
    @newrouter
    French isn't American. They have to go back.

    French isn’t American

    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians

    But the following is weird, a sign something is ‘off’:

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
    Not that weird, when you think of it. It's very hard to adopt a white child that doesn't have FAS or isn't otherwise damaged. An Ethiopian will not be mistaken for being a standard African American, to her great benefit.
    , @newrouter
    >It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:<

    Nah they be globohomo
    , @Mr McKenna

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?
     
    Well he sure ain't gonna get any points at cocktail parties for adopting a white kid.
    , @Change that Matters
    French should move to Ethiopia so his adopted daughter could rediscover her cultural roots, and while he's there he could tell native-born Ethiopians he's more deserving of citizenship than they are.

    After all, what Ethiopian would dare take pride in his birth after an afternoon with Mr. French?
    , @MEH 0910

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?
     
    Bible thumper reasons.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/

    I’m an evangelical Christian, and ever since I was a young man, two Bible verses have tugged at my soul. The first comes from the Book of James, and defines “pure” religious practice in part as looking after “widows and orphans in their distress.” The second, from the Book of Galatians, declares an eternal truth: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As a result, my wife and I not only felt called to adopt, but we believed that race was no barrier to unity for a family of genuine faith.

    And so, in the summer of 2010, we journeyed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pick up our youngest child, Naomi Konjit French.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/international-adoptions/
  25. Trump wants immigrants to shut up and stop interfering.

    My desire is simpler. Let them stay in the shitholes which bred them.

  26. Its important for Steve to call these egregious statements out for being destructive. Once you see the world through Kalergi’s lens, things that used to be weird now compute.

  27. @guest
    I want to call French a liar and leave it at that. But this is not coherent enough. It's mostly chicken scratch. And why couch it in terms of gratitude? As if that's really the burning issur. I don't remember crowds at Trump rallied chanting "Be more grateful!"

    "We should not hold immigrants to a higher standard of gratitude than we apply to the people who did nothing to earn their place in this land"

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then? Well, erasing from people's minds the connection between "earning" their place here and being entitled to a place based on lineage requires passive-aggressive rhetoric.

    Hey, Frenchie, maybe I didn't earn anything. But by forefathers earned my place for me. What exactly did Omar do to earn her place? Lie on a form?

    "[her views are] not especially repugnant because she's an immigrant."

    Has it occured to you that being an immigrant from where she's from made her more likely to hold repugnant views? Or do we need, say, 20 more generations of invasion to grasp a connection between non-Americans and unAmerican views?

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then?

    One wonders if D. French is willing to go all the way and make citizenship constantly contingent on exhibiting approved behavior. What a wonderful world that would be.

    Step out of line; mouth the wrong platitudes; mark your ballot incorrectly; upset the boss (“boss”); then off you go to the camp to await resettlement.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    If America is a Proposition Nation, then inevitably Americans will end up policing each other for ideological heresy, with only thinkers of approved thought making the cut.
  28. Hail says: • Website
    @Honesthughgrant
    We native born Americans didn't "Do nothing". We're the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don't need Immigrants. They're lucky we're generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don't even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He's a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he's a pen for hire - and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He's only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    We don’t need Immigrants

    Right. We really don’t.

    We had a healthy, productive society. A comfortable, low-density one at that. No need for millions of Ilhan Omers and Ocasio-Cortezes.

    I’d push further, though and say it’s not just we don’t need them, it’s that they’re a major burden, a pretty decisive net negative. The intangible harm even outweighs the tangible.

    I would upgrade the softer “We don’t need immigrants” to something closer to “We don’t want [Third World] immigrants (because they’re such a major net negative).”

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Unfortunately, the otherwise often sensible Theodore Roosevelt decided we needed Puerto Rico to keep the Kaiser out of the Caribbean, so we're stuck with Occasional Cortex.
    Until we wise up, assume Puerto Rico's debts, declare it independent, and start the deportations.
  29. As if being born or entering the country are the comparisons and only contribution to the country in question.

    This writer has the reasoning of a dead goldfish.

  30. @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?

    Not that weird, when you think of it. It’s very hard to adopt a white child that doesn’t have FAS or isn’t otherwise damaged. An Ethiopian will not be mistaken for being a standard African American, to her great benefit.

  31. David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”

    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by “Whiskey.”

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.

    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.

    “My conversion to Judaism.” Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.

    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.

    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.

    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

    • LOL: L Woods
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    What a growth industry. Make up stories and pin them on your worst enemy, which you call "The Alt-Right". Yahweh willing, you'll have an email or two from a crackpot somewhere which you can gin up as 'proof' that you're being 'threatened'.

    This is essentially what passes for journalism in the Current Year.

    , @Mr McKenna

    life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities.
     
    O RLY? I'm putting money on the likelihood that one or both of them has Tourette's.
    , @bomag
    Has D. French shed any tears ink for all the slightly conservative people doxxed by the Left?
    , @Daniel H
    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

    Ha, ha. The 21st century is just getting started. It will be a wild ride.
    , @Pericles

    “My conversion to Judaism.” Interesting.

     

    Interesting indeed. Someone please ask him on camera about this.
    , @Thea
    Maybe some people convert to Judaism not for the jokes but to be able to claim they are a victim of anti-semitism.

    I suspect similar motives to whites adopting black kids. Anecdotes support this.

    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault.

    That's what she told you it was, David.

    French also made a big deal about getting his wife to pledge not even to post on Facebook while he was deployed, lest she be tempted into intimacy with any man other than David French, adoptive father of his wife's child.
  32. Grateful or not, no US citizen should be engaged in any polity, behavior or ethos that undermines US sovereignty or the citizens who reside in her borders.

    US citizen defined:

    One who is born of people who are fact citizens prior to said birth

    or

    One has met the standards required by the citizenship process

    While one might desire one be grateful, whether is grateful or not is a choice, not a requirement but loyalty is certainly a standard to demand.

  33. @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?

    >It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:<

    Nah they be globohomo

  34. Anon[239] • Disclaimer says:

    He has a black adopted daughter? Oh lord! Has there been any research on how that turns out? It seems like an express ticket to fucked-up city for her. Anecdotally I get the impression that even the natural kids of mixed marriages have a high likelihood of various mental problems.

    I wonder if French has given her The Talk? What would that version of The Talk be like? Or maybe girls don’t need The Talk.

    I wonder how they did in the genetic lottery. A black kid from East Africa whose parents, presumably, managed to get themselves killed, or maybe a single mother in poverty? French is probably a race unrealist and thinks everything is environmental. How will he react if his kid is a doorstop?

  35. Nope I didn’t send that stuff to him pretty funny though.

    Good that he’s getting this abuse. White dudes have their back to the wall. No toleration for cucking any more.

  36. “What I reject is the notion that native-born citizens like myself can demand a level of gratitude from immigrants beyond what we demand from native-born citizens.”

    This is just mind-numbingly stupid. This guy gets to write for what was once the greatest conservative publication in the US?

    We don’t expect gratitude from immigrants towards the dead people who built and fought for this country. Dead people are dead. They don’t care. We expect it towards the people who live here now as a sign that they come in peace, and come to be part of us as fully contributing members of our society, rather than as parasites or conquerors, or even just as dead weight, like so many of Ilhan Omar’s fellow Somalis. That’s a pretty damn practical reason to expect gratitude.

    It’s shocking that so much of the debate around immigration centers on such simple concepts such as that, or the effect of excessive immigration on wages and the environment, or the effect of tolerating illegal immigration on respect for rule of law. This is pretty simple stuff that 3ven a fifth grader should be able to grasp, but the open borders fascists don’t seem, or more likely refuse, to grasp it.

    • Agree: Inquiring Mind
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    You have to remember that Jews have always been seen as "rootless cosmopolitans." A mercantile people who traveled from country to country, without any permanent attachment to the land. For them, borders, blood&soil nationalism, and immigration restrictionism have always been anathema. Globalization has always been seen as favorable to Jewish interests.

    Given the extremely high representation of Jews in elite circles, open borders is the only acceptable position. If you talk like Pat Buchanan, you won't be included in these elite circles anymore.

    Lots of White Gentiles don't feel especially strongly about migration. They tend to be hyper individualistic, without much in nationalist feeling or racial loyalty. So they tend to go along with whatever Jews want.

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he's absorbed their thinking on what the "correct" position is on migration. He's just regurgitating that to keep himself "respectable."

    Here's a column by David French in which he militantly asserts Israel's right to guard its borders.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/israel-has-right-obligation-defend-border-with-deadly-force/

    Israel Has the Right and Obligation to Defend Its Border with Deadly Force
     
    These guys aren't trying to make a real argument about borders or migration. They're just repeating whatever their Jewish colleagues say at their elite cocktail parties. So there's nothing contradictory about weakening American borders while also defending Israeli borders with "deadly force."

    Conservative loudmouth made a speech about how countries aren't about a connection to the land, but about "ideas." Then, at the very end of the speech, he said "except Israel."

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1141460927637794829

    That shows you little they actually believe in what they say.

    Conservative politicians and intellectuals flip like an ON/OFF switch. During one moment, they're championing Israeli ethno-agression against the Palestinians and calling for lethal force in defense of borders and demographics. The next moment, they're calling for open borders in America and decrying the racism of the far-right.

    The same Conservatives who fanatically supported genocide in Iraq ("War on Terror") get upset when a few illegals die at the border. To them, a few dead illegals is more sad than 1+ million dead Iraqis.

    None of that makes sense, until you start to look at the (((ethnic))) makeup of their social circles.
  37. If he or anyone really believed in any of this they’d be fine having children born in America have to audition to become Americans. Indeed, why should Americans who earned it have to provide food and shelter to these parasites, there are probably better children elsewhere.

    • LOL: Hail
  38. little cleanup-

    While one might desire one be grateful, whether one is grateful or not is a choice, not a requirement but loyalty is certainly a standard to demand.

  39. We should be grateful to God that we weren’t born elsewhere.

    Magic dirt.

    If we had been born elsewhere, wherever that place was, would be a white country, and therefore not a shithole. In addition, America would be missing all it’s would-have-been white population and be 100% minority immigrants. And they would all be trying to immigrate to our ‘elsewhere’, wherever that would be.

  40. Anonymous[125] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s funny this article comes up. Coincidentally, I visited the National Review today for the first time in a decade, saw this article and laughed as well. Wanting to waste some more time, I went to an old staple Reason.com, where they have articles like…

    While Homeless Population Balloons, San Francisco Residents Use Environmental Lawsuit to Stop Homeless Shelter

    Two Senators With Business Degrees Want the FDA to Tell Doctors They Should Not Treat Chronic Pain With Opioids

    America’s War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony

    Articles this stupid cannot be purely attributable to class snobbery or self-interest.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
    Reason represents the neoconservative wing of the libertarian movement.
  41. @Daniel H
    Love that title of his piece, "On Native-Born Ingrates". Ingrates. That's what we are because we refuse to be cucked. OK. The 21st century is going to be a wild ride. We know where the Conservatives stand.

    Where do the rest of us stand? Young people must prepare. It is a racial, ethic, sectarian spoils system now. At every step young whites (and those who are smart enough to make them allies of sucy) must assert their rights maximally for access to employment, legal set-asides, etc. Nothing should be given away or granted to others without reciprocity. This is the way forward.

    And the tensions won't subside. Things won't calm down. This is the way it is.

    Esau was sufficiently respectful of his heritage to swap it for a mess of pottage. Follow that example, America.

  42. @Hail

    Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.
     
    What a loser.

    Gay Pride? A must. Charley Pride, okay. But Birth Pride? That’s just weird, friendo.

  43. Nobody gives a rat’s what this black hole of smugness thinks or writes about anything, but this sort of thing,

    “…with justifiable fierce pride”

    has GOT to stop. Improper use of the word “fierce” must be outlawed and punished, by severe fines and imprisonment. And by all means let us start with Mr. French, who has after all done nothing to “earn” his right to not be imprisoned.

    The Comanche were fierce. Immigrants work in donut shops, when they work at all.

    • Replies: @anon
    "The Comanche were fierce. "

    Don't forget drag queens.
    , @David In TN
    I've seen "ethnic pride" by nonwhites described as "fierce" many times.
  44. I grew up reading National Review but dropped it after Buckley turned it over to the neocons.

  45. @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    David French is undeserving of his American citizenship. He should go back to where he was.

    Instead of bringing their daughter from Ethophia to the United States, the French family should have relocated there. Just think of the way Ethopia would have been enriched.

    • Agree: David In TN
  46. @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?

    Well he sure ain’t gonna get any points at cocktail parties for adopting a white kid.

  47. I don’t demand gratitude, but I do demand a level of law-abiding behavior that I might not expect from a native-born citizen. Actually, the law demands this. Green card holders can be deported for any number of things that native-born Americans cannot. This is how it should be. I also demand that they not use any form of public assistance, but I’m old fashioned that way.

    Truth is, French is only sticking up for immigrants because like his puppetmaster Kristol, he sees the new crop of migrants as foolish and easily manipulated into supporting various wars for Israel and generally endless interventions around the globe.

  48. anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    David French is undeserving of his American citizenship. He should go back to where he was.

    France?

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    Non non non. Anywhere but there. Just as nobody's called Tex in Texas, it would be a bit redundant as a surname in France. "French" is English for Français.
    Send the fool back to Blighty. Bradford would suit, I believe. Or any of the Chapeltowns up north, Sheffield's one is stuffed with Somalis.
    O hang about. Even better. The 'Pedia tells me it's "Norman-Irish".
  49. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    What a growth industry. Make up stories and pin them on your worst enemy, which you call “The Alt-Right”. Yahweh willing, you’ll have an email or two from a crackpot somewhere which you can gin up as ‘proof’ that you’re being ‘threatened’.

    This is essentially what passes for journalism in the Current Year.

    • Agree: jim jones
  50. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities.

    O RLY? I’m putting money on the likelihood that one or both of them has Tourette’s.

  51. Anon[388] • Disclaimer says:

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/15/kevin-mccarthy-defends-aoc-squad-after-trump-attac/?fbclid=IwAR11JfUnvdKkqktepLvsMTmYV0sX02_GbeEgoZrJMGnRizEKeewh-avZV1U

    Kevin McCarthy defends AOC Squad after Trump attacks: ‘This is their country’

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says President Donald Trump is not a racist. But he also says four Democratic congresswomen of color whom Trump said should return to their native countries should not have to leave the U.S.

    The California Republican told reporters on Monday: “This is their country.” Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S., and all are Americans.

    McCarthy says, “Nobody believes somebody should leave the country. They have a right to give their opinion.”

    Trump said earlier Monday that the congresswomen can leave the U.S. if they’re complaining about it all the time.

    But McCarthy says a planned House Democratic resolution condemning Trump’s comments shows they are playing politics. He says a proposal like that is “not the best part of America.”

    When Trump leaves office I leave the Recucklican Party.

    • Replies: @Ed
    I was actually surprised by the number of Republicans that actually defended Trump.

    Granted he’s a crazed liberal but Judd Legum is up to about 8 Republicans that defended Trump today. https://twitter.com/juddlegum/status/1150907449228124160?s=21
  52. @Wilkey
    "What I reject is the notion that native-born citizens like myself can demand a level of gratitude from immigrants beyond what we demand from native-born citizens."

    This is just mind-numbingly stupid. This guy gets to write for what was once the greatest conservative publication in the US?

    We don't expect gratitude from immigrants towards the dead people who built and fought for this country. Dead people are dead. They don't care. We expect it towards the people who live here now as a sign that they come in peace, and come to be part of us as fully contributing members of our society, rather than as parasites or conquerors, or even just as dead weight, like so many of Ilhan Omar's fellow Somalis. That's a pretty damn practical reason to expect gratitude.

    It's shocking that so much of the debate around immigration centers on such simple concepts such as that, or the effect of excessive immigration on wages and the environment, or the effect of tolerating illegal immigration on respect for rule of law. This is pretty simple stuff that 3ven a fifth grader should be able to grasp, but the open borders fascists don't seem, or more likely refuse, to grasp it.

    You have to remember that Jews have always been seen as “rootless cosmopolitans.” A mercantile people who traveled from country to country, without any permanent attachment to the land. For them, borders, blood&soil nationalism, and immigration restrictionism have always been anathema. Globalization has always been seen as favorable to Jewish interests.

    Given the extremely high representation of Jews in elite circles, open borders is the only acceptable position. If you talk like Pat Buchanan, you won’t be included in these elite circles anymore.

    Lots of White Gentiles don’t feel especially strongly about migration. They tend to be hyper individualistic, without much in nationalist feeling or racial loyalty. So they tend to go along with whatever Jews want.

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he’s absorbed their thinking on what the “correct” position is on migration. He’s just regurgitating that to keep himself “respectable.”

    Here’s a column by David French in which he militantly asserts Israel’s right to guard its borders.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/israel-has-right-obligation-defend-border-with-deadly-force/

    Israel Has the Right and Obligation to Defend Its Border with Deadly Force

    These guys aren’t trying to make a real argument about borders or migration. They’re just repeating whatever their Jewish colleagues say at their elite cocktail parties. So there’s nothing contradictory about weakening American borders while also defending Israeli borders with “deadly force.”

    Conservative loudmouth made a speech about how countries aren’t about a connection to the land, but about “ideas.” Then, at the very end of the speech, he said “except Israel.”

    That shows you little they actually believe in what they say.

    Conservative politicians and intellectuals flip like an ON/OFF switch. During one moment, they’re championing Israeli ethno-agression against the Palestinians and calling for lethal force in defense of borders and demographics. The next moment, they’re calling for open borders in America and decrying the racism of the far-right.

    The same Conservatives who fanatically supported genocide in Iraq (“War on Terror”) get upset when a few illegals die at the border. To them, a few dead illegals is more sad than 1+ million dead Iraqis.

    None of that makes sense, until you start to look at the (((ethnic))) makeup of their social circles.

    • Replies: @Wilkey

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he’s absorbed their thinking on what the “correct” position is on migration. He’s just regurgitating that to keep himself “respectable.”
     
    That's a possibility, and his connection to Bill Kristol, who was pushing the idea of French running for president, suggests there's a lot of merit to that.

    But it's also important to keep in mind that some otherwise very conservative Christians, including Evangelicals and Mormons, believe that true Christianity demands open borders. Now such Christians are certainly being prodded along by others - businessmen, neocons, whomever - but for many it seems to come straight from their interpretation of the Bible. The one single aspect of Christianity that the modern world doesn't routinely mock is Christ's command to be charitable towards the poor, so many Christians lean on that more than anything else to justify their religious beliefs, both to themselves and to others.
  53. David French will be irrelevant until he learns to stop aiming right.

  54. @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?

    French should move to Ethiopia so his adopted daughter could rediscover her cultural roots, and while he’s there he could tell native-born Ethiopians he’s more deserving of citizenship than they are.

    After all, what Ethiopian would dare take pride in his birth after an afternoon with Mr. French?

  55. I saw French on Morning Joe this morning. He was on a panel of about 9 people bashing evangelicals for voting for Trump. I guess he was supposed to be the conservative voice but alas he bashed them too.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    "The Conservative Case for Bashing Evangelicals". Nobody asked French about being Jewish?
  56. @Anon

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/15/kevin-mccarthy-defends-aoc-squad-after-trump-attac/?fbclid=IwAR11JfUnvdKkqktepLvsMTmYV0sX02_GbeEgoZrJMGnRizEKeewh-avZV1U

    Kevin McCarthy defends AOC Squad after Trump attacks: 'This is their country'

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says President Donald Trump is not a racist. But he also says four Democratic congresswomen of color whom Trump said should return to their native countries should not have to leave the U.S.

    The California Republican told reporters on Monday: “This is their country.” Three of the four congresswomen were born in the U.S., and all are Americans.

    McCarthy says, “Nobody believes somebody should leave the country. They have a right to give their opinion.”


    Trump said earlier Monday that the congresswomen can leave the U.S. if they’re complaining about it all the time.

    But McCarthy says a planned House Democratic resolution condemning Trump’s comments shows they are playing politics. He says a proposal like that is “not the best part of America.”
     

    When Trump leaves office I leave the Recucklican Party.

    I was actually surprised by the number of Republicans that actually defended Trump.

    Granted he’s a crazed liberal but Judd Legum is up to about 8 Republicans that defended Trump today. https://twitter.com/juddlegum/status/1150907449228124160?s=21

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Republicans defending Trump is largely because of Israel, still Trump's comments are most welcome, as is any support.
  57. @Honesthughgrant
    We native born Americans didn't "Do nothing". We're the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don't need Immigrants. They're lucky we're generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don't even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He's a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he's a pen for hire - and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He's only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    All true – and in addition to that, I know that I’ve gone to work every day for the past 40+ years and paid all my taxes, Federal, state, and local. I have never received a penny of unemployment compensation, welfare, Medicaid, or any other government largesse. That’s the benefit of living in the United States that Mr. French believes I did nothing to deserve.

    To hell with that preening Tartuffe.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Agreed. And presumably your work was productive of other things besides taxes. Most likely it helped build and strengthen the society from which we all benefit. Every day for decades we have done this work. According to David French it counts as nothing.
  58. This garbage goes along with “propositional nation” BS. My ancestors paid my tariff to enter.

    This really shows how far the libertarian BS has entered Conservative Inc.

  59. @Hail

    French isn’t American
     
    It appears he is of core classical-American ethnocultural stock:

    David Austin French
    b. Jan. 1969 in Georgetown, Kentucky
     

    American army personnel of the Iraq War | American Presbyterians
     
    But the following is weird, a sign something is 'off':

    French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006. They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq
     
    What the...? Ethiopia? Why?

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?

    Bible thumper reasons.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/

    I’m an evangelical Christian, and ever since I was a young man, two Bible verses have tugged at my soul. The first comes from the Book of James, and defines “pure” religious practice in part as looking after “widows and orphans in their distress.” The second, from the Book of Galatians, declares an eternal truth: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As a result, my wife and I not only felt called to adopt, but we believed that race was no barrier to unity for a family of genuine faith.

    And so, in the summer of 2010, we journeyed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pick up our youngest child, Naomi Konjit French.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/international-adoptions/

    • Replies: @Wilkey

    Bible thumper reasons.
     
    This exactly. Which is also how he justifies allowing Israel to defend its borders (they're the chosen people! - and the only people allowed to be a distinct people, in French's view) but not the USA.

    The modern world mocks most other aspects of French's faith - from the Creation in Genesis to the bans on homosexuality, premarital sex, etc. The one thing the world doesn't mock is Christian charity, so Christians like French, embarrassed by or feeling intellectually unable to defend the rest of their faith, lean on charity to justify their beliefs, both to others and to themselves.

    Christians have always understood that unless you're going to forswear all private property and take up monasticism that there must be rational limits to how much charity one can give. That and the fact that allowing in massive numbers of immigrants doesn't lead to any obvious, visible reduction in your quality of life leads some of them (though by no means most or all) to believe that it's a reasonable way to provide charity, nevermind that there's absolutely no way that Western countries will ever be able to take in even a fraction of the Third World before our countries collapse into chaos and fiscal insolvency.

    If the United States actually had a balanced budget instead of a $747 billion deficit (during an economic boom) and increased government expenses were matched, dollar for dollar, with tax increases, then we might actually get to see the hit to our wallets caused by mass immigration.
    , @LondonBob
    The whole Jew nor Gentile, all one in Christ comment is a criticism of the pharisees and their Judean sect claiming gentiles don't count, it is affirming that God and his message is for everyone. Presumably this is antisemitic so the message have been changed to preach open borders.
  60. @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    David French is undeserving of his American citizenship. He should go back to where he was.

    Lots of Black babies here to adopt. But went all the way to Africa to get one. Maybe it’s kinda like how licorice Jelly Belly jelly beans are better than store brand.

    Sorry about the lack of wit, but French (and his ilk) just really gets to me.

    • Replies: @Alden
    In many states it’s illegal for Whites to adopt black children. So the many black children who could be adopted spend their entire childhood in black foster homes and black run group homes supervised by black social workers and come out ruined.

    Those laws were advocated by various black activist associations decades ago.
  61. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    Has D. French shed any tears ink for all the slightly conservative people doxxed by the Left?

  62. And we should not hold immigrants to a higher standard of gratitude than we apply to the people who did nothing to earn their place in this land.

    So at the French home, dinner guests say “Yuck, I hate spinach”, while the French offspring say “Thank you for a lovely evening”?

  63. @Honesthughgrant
    We native born Americans didn't "Do nothing". We're the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don't need Immigrants. They're lucky we're generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don't even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He's a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he's a pen for hire - and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He's only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    stormed Omaha Beach

    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    • Replies: @Wilkey

    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
     
    True, if by that you mean that World War II had never happened. World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler's genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to - had to? - let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.
    , @Peter Akuleyev

    if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
     
    How do you figure? With the Soviet Union firmly in charge of Europe, the US probably would have doubled down on its efforts to control Africa and Latin America and in an effort to counter Soviet propaganda we would have certainly wanted to be "tolerant".
    , @Alden
    How so? We aren’t getting any European immigrants.
    , @Moses
    Mass Somalian and Muslim immigration is what the soldiers who were sawed in half by German MG-42's on Omaha Beach were fighting for.

    As an aside, the USA had no business getting involved in WW2 either in Europe or the Pacific. We would have been MUCH better off staying out of it.

    , @neutral
    America would still have gotten non white immigrants if the Soviet Union controlled Western Europe, to make it look tolerant. If however Germany won at Stalingrad then America would have taken in mass third world immigration.
  64. Aft says:

    High IQ peoples are that way only because our ancestors suffered in brutally competitive conditions, young children and infants of the poorer sorts perishing and others unable to reproduce at all, to earn those extra IQ points through evolution and social Darwinism while everyone was partying it up and banging around in Africa.

    And this land is our land because our ancestors tamed the frontier and endured brutal conditions of cold, famine, and disease to actually make use of the continent.

    So by the logic of “ancestral victimology” yeah we sorta did earn it.

    • Replies: @Moses

    So by the logic of “ancestral victimology” yeah we sorta did earn it.
     
    You're not getting it.

    When your ancestors did something bad you are totally responsible and must pay reparations.

    When your ancestors did something good it had nothing to do with you, you White Nationalist. We're all just individuals.

    Just ask David French.
  65. Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.

    Surely David French’s parents agree. I’m not sure anyone would disagree.

  66. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

    Ha, ha. The 21st century is just getting started. It will be a wild ride.

  67. @Honesthughgrant
    We native born Americans didn't "Do nothing". We're the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.

    We don't need Immigrants. They're lucky we're generous and let them in. Is it too much to ask they assimilate and act grateful? I guess so. And of course, large numbers of immigrants are NOT hardworking and do not add much to our national well being. Some of them have such contempt for us they don't even wait their turn and come here legally.

    People like David French are frauds and liars. He's a liberal who poses as a conservative. A Lawyer desk-jockey who poses as a War Veteran. Basically, he's a pen for hire - and the globalists have bought him off. If he was honest about who he is, no one would read him. He's only useful to the Left, when he poses as a Conservative.

    “We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world.”

    To hyper-liberals like French, ‘Every Man is an Island’ who has no connections to his kin, antecedents or descendants. Man’s only connection is to the state.

    But, he writes for the ZioCuck Review, so he’s a ‘conservative’ in the Current Year.

  68. I would go out of my mind if I had to write clickbait for a living like David French.

  69. @Thomas
    Bret Stephens did this shtick better two years ago with his “deport Americans” column, or at least with more passion and virile malice towards America’s founding stock. French is just a weak echo.

    There seems to be a pattern at Buckley’s legacy mag with articles of this ilk.

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.

    He basically said our beloved country will be better off when these knuckle-dragging Neanderthals have killed themselves and are replaced by the Vibrant and Diverse new models we are importing from Somalia and Guatemala.

    Such is “Muh Conservatism” at NR in current year.

    • Replies: @Thomas

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.
     
    I remember that piece well. "The Father-Führer," March 28, 2016, 13 days after Rubio dropped out of the primary race. I assume the Koch brothers or someone similar paid for it. That one writing convinced me as much as anything did that legacy conservatism deserved to be smashed into pieces and sown to the four winds, and that Trump was as good an instrument as any to do that.
    , @ATBOTL
    Someone should compile a list of all the "the conservative case for..." articles from NR.
  70. @JohnnyWalker123
    You have to remember that Jews have always been seen as "rootless cosmopolitans." A mercantile people who traveled from country to country, without any permanent attachment to the land. For them, borders, blood&soil nationalism, and immigration restrictionism have always been anathema. Globalization has always been seen as favorable to Jewish interests.

    Given the extremely high representation of Jews in elite circles, open borders is the only acceptable position. If you talk like Pat Buchanan, you won't be included in these elite circles anymore.

    Lots of White Gentiles don't feel especially strongly about migration. They tend to be hyper individualistic, without much in nationalist feeling or racial loyalty. So they tend to go along with whatever Jews want.

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he's absorbed their thinking on what the "correct" position is on migration. He's just regurgitating that to keep himself "respectable."

    Here's a column by David French in which he militantly asserts Israel's right to guard its borders.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/israel-has-right-obligation-defend-border-with-deadly-force/

    Israel Has the Right and Obligation to Defend Its Border with Deadly Force
     
    These guys aren't trying to make a real argument about borders or migration. They're just repeating whatever their Jewish colleagues say at their elite cocktail parties. So there's nothing contradictory about weakening American borders while also defending Israeli borders with "deadly force."

    Conservative loudmouth made a speech about how countries aren't about a connection to the land, but about "ideas." Then, at the very end of the speech, he said "except Israel."

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1141460927637794829

    That shows you little they actually believe in what they say.

    Conservative politicians and intellectuals flip like an ON/OFF switch. During one moment, they're championing Israeli ethno-agression against the Palestinians and calling for lethal force in defense of borders and demographics. The next moment, they're calling for open borders in America and decrying the racism of the far-right.

    The same Conservatives who fanatically supported genocide in Iraq ("War on Terror") get upset when a few illegals die at the border. To them, a few dead illegals is more sad than 1+ million dead Iraqis.

    None of that makes sense, until you start to look at the (((ethnic))) makeup of their social circles.

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he’s absorbed their thinking on what the “correct” position is on migration. He’s just regurgitating that to keep himself “respectable.”

    That’s a possibility, and his connection to Bill Kristol, who was pushing the idea of French running for president, suggests there’s a lot of merit to that.

    But it’s also important to keep in mind that some otherwise very conservative Christians, including Evangelicals and Mormons, believe that true Christianity demands open borders. Now such Christians are certainly being prodded along by others – businessmen, neocons, whomever – but for many it seems to come straight from their interpretation of the Bible. The one single aspect of Christianity that the modern world doesn’t routinely mock is Christ’s command to be charitable towards the poor, so many Christians lean on that more than anything else to justify their religious beliefs, both to themselves and to others.

    • Replies: @Gaius Gracchus
    The Mormons are weird on this. Obeying the law is a major tenant of the religion, so years ago no one could join if they were illegal and they counseled people to go home first.

    At some point in the last 25 years this changed, without any official announcement. I suspect this could change back without an official announcement, again.
  71. @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    True, if by that you mean that World War II had never happened. World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler’s genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to – had to? – let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.

    • Replies: @John Regan

    World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler’s genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to – had to? – let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.
     
    No, on all counts. Europe didn't need to let in the foreigners. It was the same reason there and then as it is here and now: business wanted to dump wages, and the West German regime was in their pocket. And US immigration policies were not a response to the so-called Holocaust. Even after the war, Middle America wanted the "refugees" kept out, and so they were (mostly). And even a cartoon compassionate conservative like Eisenhower could approve Operation Wetback in the 1950s.

    The Hart-Celler Act of 1965, which opened the floodgates, was the product of a lifetime of ethnic activism which never stopped, before, during or after World War II. Guess who strongly opposed the original restrictive Immigration Act of 1924 all the way back in the era of Madison Grant?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Celler

    , @Corvinus
    "World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem."

    Actually, it was the {Golden} Age of Imperialism that was most responsible. Invade the world, invide the world.
  72. Anonymous[153] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Pericles
    So we next should be expecting something like "The Unconventional Patriotism of Ilhan Omar"? Sounds like an NR article if you ask me.
  73. @MEH 0910

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?
     
    Bible thumper reasons.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/

    I’m an evangelical Christian, and ever since I was a young man, two Bible verses have tugged at my soul. The first comes from the Book of James, and defines “pure” religious practice in part as looking after “widows and orphans in their distress.” The second, from the Book of Galatians, declares an eternal truth: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As a result, my wife and I not only felt called to adopt, but we believed that race was no barrier to unity for a family of genuine faith.

    And so, in the summer of 2010, we journeyed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pick up our youngest child, Naomi Konjit French.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/international-adoptions/

    Bible thumper reasons.

    This exactly. Which is also how he justifies allowing Israel to defend its borders (they’re the chosen people! – and the only people allowed to be a distinct people, in French’s view) but not the USA.

    The modern world mocks most other aspects of French’s faith – from the Creation in Genesis to the bans on homosexuality, premarital sex, etc. The one thing the world doesn’t mock is Christian charity, so Christians like French, embarrassed by or feeling intellectually unable to defend the rest of their faith, lean on charity to justify their beliefs, both to others and to themselves.

    Christians have always understood that unless you’re going to forswear all private property and take up monasticism that there must be rational limits to how much charity one can give. That and the fact that allowing in massive numbers of immigrants doesn’t lead to any obvious, visible reduction in your quality of life leads some of them (though by no means most or all) to believe that it’s a reasonable way to provide charity, nevermind that there’s absolutely no way that Western countries will ever be able to take in even a fraction of the Third World before our countries collapse into chaos and fiscal insolvency.

    If the United States actually had a balanced budget instead of a $747 billion deficit (during an economic boom) and increased government expenses were matched, dollar for dollar, with tax increases, then we might actually get to see the hit to our wallets caused by mass immigration.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    Thanks for a really good post.

    In addition to your very accurate analysis, I'll add that for some evangelical Christians, carrying out the Great Commission itself -- i.e. to go into all nations and make disciples -- has been thoroughly demonized in late modern and postmodern western cultures as a vehicle of oppression, colonialism, coercion, etc.

    The expression of Christian missionary duty is now routinely warped and degraded into a 'We can save the world!' impulse that erupts in leftist utopianism, neo-con warmongering, and, in the case of French and many evangelical Christians like him, a blinkered focus on socially-acceptable 'charity' as a proxy for proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples.

  74. @Hail

    We don’t need Immigrants
     
    Right. We really don't.

    We had a healthy, productive society. A comfortable, low-density one at that. No need for millions of Ilhan Omers and Ocasio-Cortezes.

    I'd push further, though and say it's not just we don't need them, it's that they're a major burden, a pretty decisive net negative. The intangible harm even outweighs the tangible.

    I would upgrade the softer "We don't need immigrants" to something closer to "We don't want [Third World] immigrants (because they're such a major net negative)."

    Unfortunately, the otherwise often sensible Theodore Roosevelt decided we needed Puerto Rico to keep the Kaiser out of the Caribbean, so we’re stuck with Occasional Cortex.
    Until we wise up, assume Puerto Rico’s debts, declare it independent, and start the deportations.

    • Replies: @Hail
    A lot of people fell for Trump's demogogic appeals to "hardline civic-nationalism with White-ethonationalst overtones." (The latter never more than 'overtones.')

    He still gets many of our people excited by his seemingly calculated slips back into that Trump, but most iSteve commenters, who pay close attention, have long seen through the act. If Trump were truly serious, he'd have made Mandatory Independence for Puerto Rico a core tenet of his platform, and not let it go.

  75. @Wilkey

    Bible thumper reasons.
     
    This exactly. Which is also how he justifies allowing Israel to defend its borders (they're the chosen people! - and the only people allowed to be a distinct people, in French's view) but not the USA.

    The modern world mocks most other aspects of French's faith - from the Creation in Genesis to the bans on homosexuality, premarital sex, etc. The one thing the world doesn't mock is Christian charity, so Christians like French, embarrassed by or feeling intellectually unable to defend the rest of their faith, lean on charity to justify their beliefs, both to others and to themselves.

    Christians have always understood that unless you're going to forswear all private property and take up monasticism that there must be rational limits to how much charity one can give. That and the fact that allowing in massive numbers of immigrants doesn't lead to any obvious, visible reduction in your quality of life leads some of them (though by no means most or all) to believe that it's a reasonable way to provide charity, nevermind that there's absolutely no way that Western countries will ever be able to take in even a fraction of the Third World before our countries collapse into chaos and fiscal insolvency.

    If the United States actually had a balanced budget instead of a $747 billion deficit (during an economic boom) and increased government expenses were matched, dollar for dollar, with tax increases, then we might actually get to see the hit to our wallets caused by mass immigration.

    Thanks for a really good post.

    In addition to your very accurate analysis, I’ll add that for some evangelical Christians, carrying out the Great Commission itself — i.e. to go into all nations and make disciples — has been thoroughly demonized in late modern and postmodern western cultures as a vehicle of oppression, colonialism, coercion, etc.

    The expression of Christian missionary duty is now routinely warped and degraded into a ‘We can save the world!’ impulse that erupts in leftist utopianism, neo-con warmongering, and, in the case of French and many evangelical Christians like him, a blinkered focus on socially-acceptable ‘charity’ as a proxy for proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Everyone is feeling the heat. What’s your take on the 1960s on mainline churches? Often it appears to be the time when major denominations were culturally nuked by fifth columnists and liberal fashion trends. Seminaries became radioactive with many “wanting to change the system from the inside.” Mormonism is growing quite well, perhaps because it out of the blast radius. I’ve looked into it, and the 1960s never seemed to arrive at Brigham Young University.
  76. @Wilkey

    A guy like David French probably hangs out with lots of Neocons. So he’s absorbed their thinking on what the “correct” position is on migration. He’s just regurgitating that to keep himself “respectable.”
     
    That's a possibility, and his connection to Bill Kristol, who was pushing the idea of French running for president, suggests there's a lot of merit to that.

    But it's also important to keep in mind that some otherwise very conservative Christians, including Evangelicals and Mormons, believe that true Christianity demands open borders. Now such Christians are certainly being prodded along by others - businessmen, neocons, whomever - but for many it seems to come straight from their interpretation of the Bible. The one single aspect of Christianity that the modern world doesn't routinely mock is Christ's command to be charitable towards the poor, so many Christians lean on that more than anything else to justify their religious beliefs, both to themselves and to others.

    The Mormons are weird on this. Obeying the law is a major tenant of the religion, so years ago no one could join if they were illegal and they counseled people to go home first.

    At some point in the last 25 years this changed, without any official announcement. I suspect this could change back without an official announcement, again.

  77. @J.Ross
    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.

    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.

    He’s already got a goy name. Surname, at least.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    The only Franks I've ever heard of were vocal Jews.
  78. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    “My conversion to Judaism.” Interesting.

    Interesting indeed. Someone please ask him on camera about this.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    No, I'm guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.
  79. Many of her views are repugnant.

    The irony is that Omar is the “bad immigrant” primarily because she constantly and reliably attacks Israel. Trump keeps tweeting about how “they hate Israel!” as a serious charge against the four brown Congresswomen. When did love of Israel become mandatory for American citizens?

    • Agree: LondonBob
  80. @Ed
    I saw French on Morning Joe this morning. He was on a panel of about 9 people bashing evangelicals for voting for Trump. I guess he was supposed to be the conservative voice but alas he bashed them too.

    “The Conservative Case for Bashing Evangelicals”. Nobody asked French about being Jewish?

  81. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/AlexNowrasteh/status/1150893031962435586

    So we next should be expecting something like “The Unconventional Patriotism of Ilhan Omar”? Sounds like an NR article if you ask me.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    Who is more patriotic really, the woman who works hard to get elected to Congress and represent the views and aspirations of her fellow citizens in a democratic forum? Or a man who kow-tows to Israel and attacks people who criticize Israel as "unAmerican"?
  82. Nothing ironic in a guy named French doubling down on surrender, I guess.

  83. @Pericles

    “My conversion to Judaism.” Interesting.

     

    Interesting indeed. Someone please ask him on camera about this.

    No, I’m guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Seems to be the case the spouse converts to Judaism these days, normally it was the other way round, as in the case of William Barr's father when he married an Irish lass.
    , @Jake
    Her father was a Horowitz. Her mother a Murphy. She may well have been baptized a Catholic, but post-Vatican II, virtually all Jewish-Catholic marriages in which the children were baptized saw virtually all the children either become religiously Jewish or else be some form of anti-Catholic specifically or at least some form of anti-conservative Christian.

    French has not converted to Judaism, but over time, his religious views have become thoroughly imbued with Judaizing notions and heresies that certainly were not on the front burner of his religious instruction during youth. He has told religious audiences a number of times about his 'growth' spiritually, which featured his learning about, and embracing. the entire heritage of at least English-speaking Reformation, rather than being essentially a-historical as is, and always has been, normal for his family faith tradition (which is churches of Christ/Independent Christian Churches, which is the often staunchly conservative half of a movement whose liberal half is The Disciples of Christ).
    , @Hail
    The original makes it clear that David French (a self-described Christian) is quoting Bethany Mandel (a self-described convert to Judaism). The latter does look more Jewish than the former, FWIW.

    But, then, if David French pulls out a conversion to Judaism at some point in the 2020s or 2030s, who would be shocked?

    One of the few prominent Christian (I think Episcopalian) neoconservatives (b.1940s) formally converted to Judaism at some point in, I think, the 2000s, saying he had admired Judaism too much and for too long not to finally convert. I forget his name.

    , @Pericles

    No, I’m guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism

     

    Oh, I see.
  84. @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    How do you figure? With the Soviet Union firmly in charge of Europe, the US probably would have doubled down on its efforts to control Africa and Latin America and in an effort to counter Soviet propaganda we would have certainly wanted to be “tolerant”.

    • Replies: @John Regan
    Without American participation, the Germans would have won the war in Europe, and the Japanese the one in China. The political effects of this on the domestic American scene are difficult to judge, but it's at least not impossible to imagine that this might trigger a rightward reaction, rather than the leftward one to Soviet victory in real life. With the Nazis as the major international opposition, Great Power rhetoric probably wouldn't revolve around a self-reinforcing competition in being the most anti-racist.
  85. @Pericles
    So we next should be expecting something like "The Unconventional Patriotism of Ilhan Omar"? Sounds like an NR article if you ask me.

    Who is more patriotic really, the woman who works hard to get elected to Congress and represent the views and aspirations of her fellow citizens in a democratic forum? Or a man who kow-tows to Israel and attacks people who criticize Israel as “unAmerican”?

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Neither is patriotic, the Somalian arguing with Trump over Israel is akin to that Russian poster satirising the clash between the Stalinists and Trotskyite faction. So the Jews and the Georgians have fallen out over who should rule over the Russians?
  86. In fact, to the extent that we should parse gratitude at all, I assert a simple proposition — the people who did exactly nothing to become citizens of the greatest nation in the history of the earth should be among the most grateful people on this planet.

    No, that is Moral Luck (getting blamed for something you had no control over) and the natural and proper reaction is to be resentful.

  87. @Buck Ransom
    There seems to be a pattern at Buckley's legacy mag with articles of this ilk.

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.

    He basically said our beloved country will be better off when these knuckle-dragging Neanderthals have killed themselves and are replaced by the Vibrant and Diverse new models we are importing from Somalia and Guatemala.

    Such is "Muh Conservatism" at NR in current year.

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.

    I remember that piece well. “The Father-Führer,” March 28, 2016, 13 days after Rubio dropped out of the primary race. I assume the Koch brothers or someone similar paid for it. That one writing convinced me as much as anything did that legacy conservatism deserved to be smashed into pieces and sown to the four winds, and that Trump was as good an instrument as any to do that.

  88. @South Texas Guy
    Lots of Black babies here to adopt. But went all the way to Africa to get one. Maybe it's kinda like how licorice Jelly Belly jelly beans are better than store brand.

    Sorry about the lack of wit, but French (and his ilk) just really gets to me.

    In many states it’s illegal for Whites to adopt black children. So the many black children who could be adopted spend their entire childhood in black foster homes and black run group homes supervised by black social workers and come out ruined.

    Those laws were advocated by various black activist associations decades ago.

  89. @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    How so? We aren’t getting any European immigrants.

  90. eah says:

    David French Expands on Why Immigrants Are Morally More Deserving He’s a Cuck

    All too many native-born citizens forsake the moral obligations of citizenship…and instead focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services — they have no direct experience of any tangible (yet still somehow “considerable”) what he calls “legal and constitutional benefits” of citizenship — they are just tax chattel chained to the freak show Wash DC has become — it’s pathetic that a high-minded beta wimp like French thinks he’s onto something here and will guilt-trip convince anyone of anything with this kind of tripe.

    Like I’ve said before: take a trip abroad, and when you return look around at who’s in the ‘US Citizens, Green Card and Immigrant Visa Holders’ line at the airport with you — there is no exclusivity value anymore to US citizenship — they’ve been handing it out like candy to third-worlders for decades now.

    • Replies: @eah
    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280
    , @Abolish_public_education

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services ..
     
    It correctly breaks at around:

    • 1/3 net-tax payers,
    • 1/3 net-tax consumers,
    • 1/3 break even.
    , @Buck Ransom
    It is almost as if the well-funded forces behind GloboHomoWorld believe that Somalis, Congolese, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Pakistanis and Eritreans are a better evolutionary match for the Neofeudalist America they are building than those of European descent who comprised about 90% of the US population at the time of Hart-Cellar and Teddy Kennedy.
  91. @Thomas
    Bret Stephens did this shtick better two years ago with his “deport Americans” column, or at least with more passion and virile malice towards America’s founding stock. French is just a weak echo.

    Bret Stephens needs to have dinner with Armin Meiwes.

  92. @Crawfurdmuir

    We native born Americans didn’t “Do nothing”. We’re the descendants of the people who built the country the sainted immigrants want to come to. Our forefathers, and some of us living today, fought and died for the country and made it the greatest in the world. The native born Americans fore-fathers established the Constitution, fought the wars, stormed Omaha Beach, settled the wilderness, and built the farms and factories.
     
    All true - and in addition to that, I know that I've gone to work every day for the past 40+ years and paid all my taxes, Federal, state, and local. I have never received a penny of unemployment compensation, welfare, Medicaid, or any other government largesse. That's the benefit of living in the United States that Mr. French believes I did nothing to deserve.

    To hell with that preening Tartuffe.

    Agreed. And presumably your work was productive of other things besides taxes. Most likely it helped build and strengthen the society from which we all benefit. Every day for decades we have done this work. According to David French it counts as nothing.

  93. @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    Mass Somalian and Muslim immigration is what the soldiers who were sawed in half by German MG-42’s on Omaha Beach were fighting for.

    As an aside, the USA had no business getting involved in WW2 either in Europe or the Pacific. We would have been MUCH better off staying out of it.

    • Replies: @Jake
    Ditto WW1. If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2. The Great War ending as it did led directly to both the Bolsheviks taking over Russia, with the rise of Bolshevik parties across the globe, and the subsequent founding and rise of the German National Socialist Worker's Party (the Nazis).
    , @David In TN
    The Japanese and Germans made war on us.
  94. @Aft
    High IQ peoples are that way only because our ancestors suffered in brutally competitive conditions, young children and infants of the poorer sorts perishing and others unable to reproduce at all, to earn those extra IQ points through evolution and social Darwinism while everyone was partying it up and banging around in Africa.

    And this land is our land because our ancestors tamed the frontier and endured brutal conditions of cold, famine, and disease to actually make use of the continent.


    So by the logic of "ancestral victimology" yeah we sorta did earn it.

    So by the logic of “ancestral victimology” yeah we sorta did earn it.

    You’re not getting it.

    When your ancestors did something bad you are totally responsible and must pay reparations.

    When your ancestors did something good it had nothing to do with you, you White Nationalist. We’re all just individuals.

    Just ask David French.

  95. @Hail

    Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.
     
    What a loser.

    Can I take pride in my birth? I don’t think so.

    I agree with that statement, as it stands. I was born an American. That was not my accomplishment and, like being white (or female, tall, intelligent, black or Asian), it’s kind of stupid to take pride in it.

    But the way he applies this statement is really, really weird.

    I’d prefer to turn the statement around and point out that many immigrants are better Americans than many who are native-born. Largely because a LOT of native-born Americans hate their country.

  96. @eah
    David French Expands on Why Immigrants Are Morally More Deserving He's a Cuck

    All too many native-born citizens forsake the moral obligations of citizenship...and instead focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services -- they have no direct experience of any tangible (yet still somehow "considerable") what he calls "legal and constitutional benefits" of citizenship -- they are just tax chattel chained to the freak show Wash DC has become -- it's pathetic that a high-minded beta wimp like French thinks he's onto something here and will guilt-trip convince anyone of anything with this kind of tripe.

    Like I've said before: take a trip abroad, and when you return look around at who's in the 'US Citizens, Green Card and Immigrant Visa Holders' line at the airport with you -- there is no exclusivity value anymore to US citizenship -- they've been handing it out like candy to third-worlders for decades now.

    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    • Replies: @Jake
    Note well that this Leftist asserts that his kind being brutal, totalitarian, is being 'Lincolnesque.' That is extremely important.
    , @Stonewall Jackson
    I linked to the article. I have ad blocker. Motherjones wants me to turn off my ad blocker... I guess those commies like capitalism.
    , @J.Ross
    Lincolnesque? So they do want to send them back?
    , @eah
    https://twitter.com/mirthismight/status/1151124136254758912
  97. @MEH 0910

    What the…? Ethiopia? Why?
     
    Bible thumper reasons.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/

    I’m an evangelical Christian, and ever since I was a young man, two Bible verses have tugged at my soul. The first comes from the Book of James, and defines “pure” religious practice in part as looking after “widows and orphans in their distress.” The second, from the Book of Galatians, declares an eternal truth: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As a result, my wife and I not only felt called to adopt, but we believed that race was no barrier to unity for a family of genuine faith.

    And so, in the summer of 2010, we journeyed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pick up our youngest child, Naomi Konjit French.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/international-adoptions/

    The whole Jew nor Gentile, all one in Christ comment is a criticism of the pharisees and their Judean sect claiming gentiles don’t count, it is affirming that God and his message is for everyone. Presumably this is antisemitic so the message have been changed to preach open borders.

  98. @Ed
    I was actually surprised by the number of Republicans that actually defended Trump.

    Granted he’s a crazed liberal but Judd Legum is up to about 8 Republicans that defended Trump today. https://twitter.com/juddlegum/status/1150907449228124160?s=21

    Republicans defending Trump is largely because of Israel, still Trump’s comments are most welcome, as is any support.

  99. @Steve Sailer
    No, I'm guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.

    Seems to be the case the spouse converts to Judaism these days, normally it was the other way round, as in the case of William Barr’s father when he married an Irish lass.

    • Replies: @FPD72
    Christianity or Judaism? Is there really any difference, other than a few trivial details, such as trees with lights vs. lighted menorahs in the month of December?

    Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Jewish writings teach that Jesus was the illegitimate product of a tryst between Mary and a Roman soldier. Christianity teaches that Jesus gave his life as a substitute for all who believe in him, who were given to him by God the Father in eternity past. Ancient Judaism taught that Jesus got what he deserved. Christianity proclaims that Jesus rose from the dead. The Jewish leadership at the time told the Roman guards to tell others that the disciples stole the body.

    See, just a few small details, nothing to quibble over here.
    , @Father O'Hara
    These broads that marry jews want their children to be safe,privileged,high status and eligible for jewish networking. So they happily convert.
    Also I imagine the Jewish religion with its persecution themes and holocaust obsession fits in well with the modern zeitgeist.
  100. @Peter Akuleyev
    Who is more patriotic really, the woman who works hard to get elected to Congress and represent the views and aspirations of her fellow citizens in a democratic forum? Or a man who kow-tows to Israel and attacks people who criticize Israel as "unAmerican"?

    Neither is patriotic, the Somalian arguing with Trump over Israel is akin to that Russian poster satirising the clash between the Stalinists and Trotskyite faction. So the Jews and the Georgians have fallen out over who should rule over the Russians?

  101. @BenKenobi

    stormed Omaha Beach
     
    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.

    America would still have gotten non white immigrants if the Soviet Union controlled Western Europe, to make it look tolerant. If however Germany won at Stalingrad then America would have taken in mass third world immigration.

  102. @eah
    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

    Note well that this Leftist asserts that his kind being brutal, totalitarian, is being ‘Lincolnesque.’ That is extremely important.

  103. @anonymous
    France?

    Non non non. Anywhere but there. Just as nobody’s called Tex in Texas, it would be a bit redundant as a surname in France. “French” is English for Français.
    Send the fool back to Blighty. Bradford would suit, I believe. Or any of the Chapeltowns up north, Sheffield’s one is stuffed with Somalis.
    O hang about. Even better. The ‘Pedia tells me it’s “Norman-Irish”.

  104. @Steve Sailer
    No, I'm guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.

    Her father was a Horowitz. Her mother a Murphy. She may well have been baptized a Catholic, but post-Vatican II, virtually all Jewish-Catholic marriages in which the children were baptized saw virtually all the children either become religiously Jewish or else be some form of anti-Catholic specifically or at least some form of anti-conservative Christian.

    French has not converted to Judaism, but over time, his religious views have become thoroughly imbued with Judaizing notions and heresies that certainly were not on the front burner of his religious instruction during youth. He has told religious audiences a number of times about his ‘growth’ spiritually, which featured his learning about, and embracing. the entire heritage of at least English-speaking Reformation, rather than being essentially a-historical as is, and always has been, normal for his family faith tradition (which is churches of Christ/Independent Christian Churches, which is the often staunchly conservative half of a movement whose liberal half is The Disciples of Christ).

  105. A while back the National Review descended to outrage clickbait with all the rest. Likely no one reading French likes or agrees with the point.

  106. @Moses
    Mass Somalian and Muslim immigration is what the soldiers who were sawed in half by German MG-42's on Omaha Beach were fighting for.

    As an aside, the USA had no business getting involved in WW2 either in Europe or the Pacific. We would have been MUCH better off staying out of it.

    Ditto WW1. If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2. The Great War ending as it did led directly to both the Bolsheviks taking over Russia, with the rise of Bolshevik parties across the globe, and the subsequent founding and rise of the German National Socialist Worker’s Party (the Nazis).

    • Replies: @Prodigal son
    True. There was no reason for the United States to send our men to die for France in 1917. These soldiers were not fighting for America , nor fighting to defend our rights or interests.
    , @Corvinus
    "If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2."

    The reality is that American trade in Europe was being constantly interrupted, which necessitated involvement since our commercial interests were directly threatened. Perhaps Germany would have been starved into submission by the British naval blockade by 1920, but assuredly American involvement quickened the Allied victory by sending in fresh troops to break the stalemate on the Western Front.
  107. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    Maybe some people convert to Judaism not for the jokes but to be able to claim they are a victim of anti-semitism.

    I suspect similar motives to whites adopting black kids. Anecdotes support this.

  108. @bomag

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then?
     
    One wonders if D. French is willing to go all the way and make citizenship constantly contingent on exhibiting approved behavior. What a wonderful world that would be.

    Step out of line; mouth the wrong platitudes; mark your ballot incorrectly; upset the boss ("boss"); then off you go to the camp to await resettlement.

    If America is a Proposition Nation, then inevitably Americans will end up policing each other for ideological heresy, with only thinkers of approved thought making the cut.

    • Agree: Prodigal son
  109. @Anon
    There's a word, "David French-ism."

    AGAINST DAVID FRENCH-ISM
    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/05/against-david-french-ism

    That difference between French and Ahmari is quite heated, and it cannot be overemphasized. The starting point in making sense of it is to know that Bill Kristol backs French 100%.

    The dispute is one that is theological informing, determining, moral philosophy, and thence directing political thought, as is ALWAYS the pattern. Ahmari’s starting point is rather traditional/pre-Vatican 2 Catholic, while French’s starting point is the English-speaking reformation.

  110. @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     

    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault.

    That’s what she told you it was, David.

    French also made a big deal about getting his wife to pledge not even to post on Facebook while he was deployed, lest she be tempted into intimacy with any man other than David French, adoptive father of his wife’s child.

  111. Hail says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    No, I'm guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.

    The original makes it clear that David French (a self-described Christian) is quoting Bethany Mandel (a self-described convert to Judaism). The latter does look more Jewish than the former, FWIW.

    But, then, if David French pulls out a conversion to Judaism at some point in the 2020s or 2030s, who would be shocked?

    One of the few prominent Christian (I think Episcopalian) neoconservatives (b.1940s) formally converted to Judaism at some point in, I think, the 2000s, saying he had admired Judaism too much and for too long not to finally convert. I forget his name.

    • Replies: @anon
    "I forget his name."

    Their name is Legion.
  112. Davy is the worst of the cuckservatives… while he virtue signals about the blessings of unlimited immigration, he then engages the US in endless foreign wars. This is the GOP Incorporated position that stops me from voting for them.

  113. @eah
    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

    I linked to the article. I have ad blocker. Motherjones wants me to turn off my ad blocker… I guess those commies like capitalism.

  114. @LondonBob
    Seems to be the case the spouse converts to Judaism these days, normally it was the other way round, as in the case of William Barr's father when he married an Irish lass.

    Christianity or Judaism? Is there really any difference, other than a few trivial details, such as trees with lights vs. lighted menorahs in the month of December?

    Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Jewish writings teach that Jesus was the illegitimate product of a tryst between Mary and a Roman soldier. Christianity teaches that Jesus gave his life as a substitute for all who believe in him, who were given to him by God the Father in eternity past. Ancient Judaism taught that Jesus got what he deserved. Christianity proclaims that Jesus rose from the dead. The Jewish leadership at the time told the Roman guards to tell others that the disciples stole the body.

    See, just a few small details, nothing to quibble over here.

  115. I cannot think of anyone who is more “invade the world, invite the world” than this ridiculous French character.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910

    I cannot think of anyone who is more “invade the world, invite the world” than this ridiculous French character.
     
    National Review:

    Ten Years Ago Today

    By David French
    November 22, 2017

    I don’t just remember where I was ten years ago today. I can feel it. I can close my eyes and be there again, instantly. It was my first day in Iraq. The first real day of my deployment. It was also Thanksgiving.

    The location was Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad. My unit, Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, had just flown in via a series of C-130 flights, and now the first group of us was waiting, in the very early morning hours, for the helicopter flight that would take us to our new temporary home, Forward Operating Base Caldwell. Our base was in the eastern part of Diyala Province, just a few miles from the Iranian border.

    I wasn’t a young soldier, but I was most certainly a rookie. I joined the Army Reserve late in life, responding to a fierce conviction that I could no longer in good conscience support a war that I wasn’t willing to fight. So, at age 37, I got an age waiver, joined the JAG Corps, and shipped off to officer basic training at Fort Lee, Va. One year later, at age 38, I volunteered to go to Iraq with the Third ACR.

    ******
    Something else happened ten years ago today. My youngest daughter was born, and I had no idea.

    At the same time that I was flying into Iraq, full of fear, a single mother in southern Ethiopia was in labor with a daughter she’d name Konjit. While she knew who the father was, she didn’t tell, and shortly after she gave birth, she handed the child over to her own mother and disappeared into the urban sprawl of Addis Ababa.

    ******
    My wife and I decided to adopt before I left for Iraq, but for obvious reasons we waited to start the long, expensive process until after I returned. We chose Ethiopia in part because our church supported missionaries there, and we chose our adoption agency because of its sterling reputation.

    Throughout the adoption process, I quite frankly struggled. I couldn’t sleep. The nighttime pace of operations in Iraq meant that virtually every night — no matter how exhausted I was — I’d get an adrenaline surge. By 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. I was wide awake. And that pattern continued in my civilian life. Months after the deployment was over, I’d still get that same shot of adrenaline late at night, and it was wearing me down.

    Formerly a patient person, I became irritable. I used to be slow to anger. Now I was hot-tempered. In years past, I’d been relatively happy and care-free, even in stressful times. Now I was brooding and sad — I couldn’t stop thinking about the brothers we lost.

    And my faith suffered. I felt distant from God. It was my own stupid fault. I was actually arrogant enough to think that I could go off to war, come home, and restart my civilian life, unscathed. I thought I was old enough, mature enough, not to suffer the same kinds of consequences as younger soldiers. I was so wrong.

    It was in the midst of this crisis of faith and family that we forged through the adoption process. Finally, in late 2009 we received our referral. It was Konjit. As I looked at her picture and scanned her medical information, my eyes fell on her birthday. November 22, 2007. My daughter was born the day I flew off to war. The day I was filled with doubt and fear.

    If you talk to many adoptive families, they can tell you story after story of the providential details (or what secular folks would call “cool coincidences”) that bond new parents to their adopted child. This is our special bond.

    ******
    Ten years ago, one life changed, one life began, yet God remained the same — sovereign, loving, and directing the steps of a father and child. This Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for gratitude, it’s a time of remembrance. I remember the men who were on those helicopters and never came back. I remember the man I was. I remember my lack of faith. Then I’ll look across the table and see my daughter’s face, and I’ll remember that the Lord is good, and his mercy endures forever.
     

  116. David French is angry because no one has acknowledged his virtue signaling adoption of an Ethiopian.

  117. @Wilkey

    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
     
    True, if by that you mean that World War II had never happened. World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler's genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to - had to? - let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.

    World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler’s genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to – had to? – let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.

    No, on all counts. Europe didn’t need to let in the foreigners. It was the same reason there and then as it is here and now: business wanted to dump wages, and the West German regime was in their pocket. And US immigration policies were not a response to the so-called Holocaust. Even after the war, Middle America wanted the “refugees” kept out, and so they were (mostly). And even a cartoon compassionate conservative like Eisenhower could approve Operation Wetback in the 1950s.

    The Hart-Celler Act of 1965, which opened the floodgates, was the product of a lifetime of ethnic activism which never stopped, before, during or after World War II. Guess who strongly opposed the original restrictive Immigration Act of 1924 all the way back in the era of Madison Grant?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Celler

  118. @Peter Akuleyev

    if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
     
    How do you figure? With the Soviet Union firmly in charge of Europe, the US probably would have doubled down on its efforts to control Africa and Latin America and in an effort to counter Soviet propaganda we would have certainly wanted to be "tolerant".

    Without American participation, the Germans would have won the war in Europe, and the Japanese the one in China. The political effects of this on the domestic American scene are difficult to judge, but it’s at least not impossible to imagine that this might trigger a rightward reaction, rather than the leftward one to Soviet victory in real life. With the Nazis as the major international opposition, Great Power rhetoric probably wouldn’t revolve around a self-reinforcing competition in being the most anti-racist.

  119. @Jake
    Ditto WW1. If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2. The Great War ending as it did led directly to both the Bolsheviks taking over Russia, with the rise of Bolshevik parties across the globe, and the subsequent founding and rise of the German National Socialist Worker's Party (the Nazis).

    True. There was no reason for the United States to send our men to die for France in 1917. These soldiers were not fighting for America , nor fighting to defend our rights or interests.

  120. All too many native-born citizens .. focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

    The alarming tax burden, caused by foreigners leeching off of taxpayer-provided freebies, must still be small compared to the expense of carrying native-born leeches.

  121. Related:

    • Replies: @Massimo Heitor
    ... I am stunned and horrified and angry to see that... what am I going to do? Focus on work and family and keep my guard up and worry about the future. I'll work on physical + financial defense if it comes to that, in the meantime, I'm not going to change their mind, I definitely would discourage any violence that isn't entirely strictly on the defense.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    Banned from twitter for saying "winning America’s latest race war"?
  122. @eah
    David French Expands on Why Immigrants Are Morally More Deserving He's a Cuck

    All too many native-born citizens forsake the moral obligations of citizenship...and instead focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services -- they have no direct experience of any tangible (yet still somehow "considerable") what he calls "legal and constitutional benefits" of citizenship -- they are just tax chattel chained to the freak show Wash DC has become -- it's pathetic that a high-minded beta wimp like French thinks he's onto something here and will guilt-trip convince anyone of anything with this kind of tripe.

    Like I've said before: take a trip abroad, and when you return look around at who's in the 'US Citizens, Green Card and Immigrant Visa Holders' line at the airport with you -- there is no exclusivity value anymore to US citizenship -- they've been handing it out like candy to third-worlders for decades now.

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services ..

    It correctly breaks at around:

    • 1/3 net-tax payers,
    • 1/3 net-tax consumers,
    • 1/3 break even.

  123. Hey iSteve, If immigrants are grateful it means The Man is paying them too much compared to what they were getting in Honduras. I think the optimal is if immigrants rate the US 3 to 4 but not 5 stars.

  124. @eah
    David French Expands on Why Immigrants Are Morally More Deserving He's a Cuck

    All too many native-born citizens forsake the moral obligations of citizenship...and instead focus only on reaping its considerable legal and constitutional benefits.

    Most people correctly see themselves as taxpayers, not beneficiaries of government services -- they have no direct experience of any tangible (yet still somehow "considerable") what he calls "legal and constitutional benefits" of citizenship -- they are just tax chattel chained to the freak show Wash DC has become -- it's pathetic that a high-minded beta wimp like French thinks he's onto something here and will guilt-trip convince anyone of anything with this kind of tripe.

    Like I've said before: take a trip abroad, and when you return look around at who's in the 'US Citizens, Green Card and Immigrant Visa Holders' line at the airport with you -- there is no exclusivity value anymore to US citizenship -- they've been handing it out like candy to third-worlders for decades now.

    It is almost as if the well-funded forces behind GloboHomoWorld believe that Somalis, Congolese, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Pakistanis and Eritreans are a better evolutionary match for the Neofeudalist America they are building than those of European descent who comprised about 90% of the US population at the time of Hart-Cellar and Teddy Kennedy.

  125. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Nobody gives a rat's what this black hole of smugness thinks or writes about anything, but this sort of thing,

    "...with justifiable fierce pride"

    has GOT to stop. Improper use of the word "fierce" must be outlawed and punished, by severe fines and imprisonment. And by all means let us start with Mr. French, who has after all done nothing to "earn" his right to not be imprisoned.

    The Comanche were fierce. Immigrants work in donut shops, when they work at all.

    “The Comanche were fierce. ”

    Don’t forget drag queens.

  126. @Hail
    The original makes it clear that David French (a self-described Christian) is quoting Bethany Mandel (a self-described convert to Judaism). The latter does look more Jewish than the former, FWIW.

    But, then, if David French pulls out a conversion to Judaism at some point in the 2020s or 2030s, who would be shocked?

    One of the few prominent Christian (I think Episcopalian) neoconservatives (b.1940s) formally converted to Judaism at some point in, I think, the 2000s, saying he had admired Judaism too much and for too long not to finally convert. I forget his name.

    “I forget his name.”

    Their name is Legion.

  127. @Bugg
    The establishment conservatives have conserved....nothing.

    ‘Establishment conservative’ appears to be a pose, an act, a performance, a role playing exercise. E.g. George Will in a bow tie. It’s where Queensberry Rules Republicans come into view–their insistence on following a code of generally accepted rules of conduct such that form matters rather more than the outcome. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about how you play the game. Holding one’s chin up in defeat seems the only–and useless–point.

    Or as Vince Lombardi counselled: “It’s not about winning or losing–winning is the only thing.” If you don’t play to win, you never will.

  128. @Reg Cæsar

    No, he should actually go through with it, and submit this factless phoned-in warmed over drivel under a goy name and see if it gets published.
     
    He's already got a goy name. Surname, at least.

    The only Franks I’ve ever heard of were vocal Jews.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    I thought we were talking about French.
    , @Hhsiii
    Frank Robinson? Frankie “The Fordham Flash” Frisch? Frank Thomas?
  129. @Wilkey

    Hate to break it to you friend-o, but if Omaha beach hadn’t been stormed, we wouldn’t have an immigrant problem.
     
    True, if by that you mean that World War II had never happened. World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem. It was the overreaction to Hitler's genocidal racism that lead to the rejection of perfectly reasonable limits on immigration from non-European countries. Europe decided to - had to? - let in millions of foreigners, particularly Turks, in order to rebuild after the war. And our idiotic asylum policies were a direct response to refugee problems after the war.

    “World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem.”

    Actually, it was the {Golden} Age of Imperialism that was most responsible. Invade the world, invide the world.

    • Replies: @Malla

    Actually, it was the {Golden} Age of Imperialism that was most responsible. Invade the world, invide the world.
     
    How? Why does invade the world go hand in hand with invite the World?
  130. @Jake
    Ditto WW1. If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2. The Great War ending as it did led directly to both the Bolsheviks taking over Russia, with the rise of Bolshevik parties across the globe, and the subsequent founding and rise of the German National Socialist Worker's Party (the Nazis).

    “If the US had stayed out of the Great War, there would not have been a WW2.”

    The reality is that American trade in Europe was being constantly interrupted, which necessitated involvement since our commercial interests were directly threatened. Perhaps Germany would have been starved into submission by the British naval blockade by 1920, but assuredly American involvement quickened the Allied victory by sending in fresh troops to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

  131. Peter Spiliakos, First Things columnist, nails this:

    • Replies: @Crawfurdmuir

    A "populism" that treats first and second generation Americans as probationary second-class citizens is suicidal and deserves to die.
     
    Legally, naturalized citizens are "probationary" in a very definite fashion. A naturalized citizen who commits a suitably heinous crime, in addition to suffering whatever other penalties the law provides, may have his citizenship revoked, and then be deported. A native-born citizen may be fined, imprisoned, or even executed, but he cannot lose his citizenship except by an explicit or implicit act of renunciation.

    Does Mr. Spiliakos consider this policy suicidal, and its supporters deserving of death?

    I should note that the Omar woman allegedly married her own brother in order to facilitate obtaining U.S. citizenship, and allegedly filed joint tax returns with a man to whom she was not married, even while still apparently married to her brother. Incest and tax fraud probably rise to the level of crimes for which a naturalized citizen could have her citizenship revoked. I hope that the President will instruct his Attorney General to investigate these apparent violations of law.

  132. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Related:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

    … I am stunned and horrified and angry to see that… what am I going to do? Focus on work and family and keep my guard up and worry about the future. I’ll work on physical + financial defense if it comes to that, in the meantime, I’m not going to change their mind, I definitely would discourage any violence that isn’t entirely strictly on the defense.

  133. @eah
    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

    Lincolnesque? So they do want to send them back?

  134. It is too easy to dump on French’s xenophilia. There is another matter implicit in his discussion that is too important to ignore. I’m of the “boomer” generation, and like I suppose most Americans of that era I was utterly unaware of the possibility that America could change so radically; it seemed indeed like it was my country and would always be. We were raised on cartoons and sitcoms, and as adults we have few references in common besides them and pop music. We could imagine a horrible A-war with Russia, but it never occurred to us that America would become unfamiliar to us. French is right when he says we didn’t work for it; and we never imagined we’d have to. Now we know. Can we change fast enough to save the country?

  135. @J.Ross
    The only Franks I've ever heard of were vocal Jews.

    I thought we were talking about French.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    That's the same word in surnames.
  136. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    Related:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

    Banned from twitter for saying “winning America’s latest race war”?

  137. @Anonymous
    It's funny this article comes up. Coincidentally, I visited the National Review today for the first time in a decade, saw this article and laughed as well. Wanting to waste some more time, I went to an old staple Reason.com, where they have articles like...

    While Homeless Population Balloons, San Francisco Residents Use Environmental Lawsuit to Stop Homeless Shelter

    Two Senators With Business Degrees Want the FDA to Tell Doctors They Should Not Treat Chronic Pain With Opioids

    America's War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony

    Articles this stupid cannot be purely attributable to class snobbery or self-interest.

    Reason represents the neoconservative wing of the libertarian movement.

  138. @Buck Ransom
    There seems to be a pattern at Buckley's legacy mag with articles of this ilk.

    Kevin Williamson is another one of the controlled-opposition types who infest National Review. He did an article a couple years back saying that native-born Americans in deindustrialized backwaters who have succumbed to depression, despair and opioid abuse are a bunch of inbred losers who DESERVE the worst that the world can throw at them.

    He basically said our beloved country will be better off when these knuckle-dragging Neanderthals have killed themselves and are replaced by the Vibrant and Diverse new models we are importing from Somalia and Guatemala.

    Such is "Muh Conservatism" at NR in current year.

    Someone should compile a list of all the “the conservative case for…” articles from NR.

  139. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Nobody gives a rat's what this black hole of smugness thinks or writes about anything, but this sort of thing,

    "...with justifiable fierce pride"

    has GOT to stop. Improper use of the word "fierce" must be outlawed and punished, by severe fines and imprisonment. And by all means let us start with Mr. French, who has after all done nothing to "earn" his right to not be imprisoned.

    The Comanche were fierce. Immigrants work in donut shops, when they work at all.

    I’ve seen “ethnic pride” by nonwhites described as “fierce” many times.

  140. @Moses
    Mass Somalian and Muslim immigration is what the soldiers who were sawed in half by German MG-42's on Omaha Beach were fighting for.

    As an aside, the USA had no business getting involved in WW2 either in Europe or the Pacific. We would have been MUCH better off staying out of it.

    The Japanese and Germans made war on us.

  141. @eah
    I bet French never comments explicitly on stuff like this:

    https://twitter.com/kdrum/status/1150975489181409280

  142. @Reg Cæsar
    I thought we were talking about French.

    That’s the same word in surnames.

  143. @vinny
    I cannot think of anyone who is more "invade the world, invite the world" than this ridiculous French character.

    I cannot think of anyone who is more “invade the world, invite the world” than this ridiculous French character.

    National Review:

    Ten Years Ago Today

    By David French
    November 22, 2017

    I don’t just remember where I was ten years ago today. I can feel it. I can close my eyes and be there again, instantly. It was my first day in Iraq. The first real day of my deployment. It was also Thanksgiving.

    The location was Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad. My unit, Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, had just flown in via a series of C-130 flights, and now the first group of us was waiting, in the very early morning hours, for the helicopter flight that would take us to our new temporary home, Forward Operating Base Caldwell. Our base was in the eastern part of Diyala Province, just a few miles from the Iranian border.

    I wasn’t a young soldier, but I was most certainly a rookie. I joined the Army Reserve late in life, responding to a fierce conviction that I could no longer in good conscience support a war that I wasn’t willing to fight. So, at age 37, I got an age waiver, joined the JAG Corps, and shipped off to officer basic training at Fort Lee, Va. One year later, at age 38, I volunteered to go to Iraq with the Third ACR.

    ******
    Something else happened ten years ago today. My youngest daughter was born, and I had no idea.

    At the same time that I was flying into Iraq, full of fear, a single mother in southern Ethiopia was in labor with a daughter she’d name Konjit. While she knew who the father was, she didn’t tell, and shortly after she gave birth, she handed the child over to her own mother and disappeared into the urban sprawl of Addis Ababa.

    ******
    My wife and I decided to adopt before I left for Iraq, but for obvious reasons we waited to start the long, expensive process until after I returned. We chose Ethiopia in part because our church supported missionaries there, and we chose our adoption agency because of its sterling reputation.

    Throughout the adoption process, I quite frankly struggled. I couldn’t sleep. The nighttime pace of operations in Iraq meant that virtually every night — no matter how exhausted I was — I’d get an adrenaline surge. By 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. I was wide awake. And that pattern continued in my civilian life. Months after the deployment was over, I’d still get that same shot of adrenaline late at night, and it was wearing me down.

    Formerly a patient person, I became irritable. I used to be slow to anger. Now I was hot-tempered. In years past, I’d been relatively happy and care-free, even in stressful times. Now I was brooding and sad — I couldn’t stop thinking about the brothers we lost.

    And my faith suffered. I felt distant from God. It was my own stupid fault. I was actually arrogant enough to think that I could go off to war, come home, and restart my civilian life, unscathed. I thought I was old enough, mature enough, not to suffer the same kinds of consequences as younger soldiers. I was so wrong.

    It was in the midst of this crisis of faith and family that we forged through the adoption process. Finally, in late 2009 we received our referral. It was Konjit. As I looked at her picture and scanned her medical information, my eyes fell on her birthday. November 22, 2007. My daughter was born the day I flew off to war. The day I was filled with doubt and fear.

    If you talk to many adoptive families, they can tell you story after story of the providential details (or what secular folks would call “cool coincidences”) that bond new parents to their adopted child. This is our special bond.

    ******
    Ten years ago, one life changed, one life began, yet God remained the same — sovereign, loving, and directing the steps of a father and child. This Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for gratitude, it’s a time of remembrance. I remember the men who were on those helicopters and never came back. I remember the man I was. I remember my lack of faith. Then I’ll look across the table and see my daughter’s face, and I’ll remember that the Lord is good, and his mercy endures forever.

  144. @J.Ross
    The only Franks I've ever heard of were vocal Jews.

    Frank Robinson? Frankie “The Fordham Flash” Frisch? Frank Thomas?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Thomas Frank (whose ancestors could easily have ellisislanded his name to French), Sandy Frank actually wasn't political, others I forget right now.
  145. @Hhsiii
    Frank Robinson? Frankie “The Fordham Flash” Frisch? Frank Thomas?

    Thomas Frank (whose ancestors could easily have ellisislanded his name to French), Sandy Frank actually wasn’t political, others I forget right now.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    My bad. I went first name Franks. Pretty sure French is old stock. I actually know a David French. Different guy. Currency futures trader.
  146. @Steve Sailer
    No, I'm guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, not David French.

    No, I’m guessing its Bethany Mandel who converted to Judaism

    Oh, I see.

  147. @J.Ross
    Thomas Frank (whose ancestors could easily have ellisislanded his name to French), Sandy Frank actually wasn't political, others I forget right now.

    My bad. I went first name Franks. Pretty sure French is old stock. I actually know a David French. Different guy. Currency futures trader.

  148. Wow! David French didn’t brag about his Harvard law degree in this article. Not once! That’s got to be a first. Although he did get in how he was in Iraq, no doubt running around Fallujah with an M240 a la Rambo – until he woke up at his JAG desk.

    NR committed a mortal sin when it fired Mark Steyn and kept this hack on staff.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Something rather peculiar about this guy. He lives around Columbia, Tn. You can locate him in legal directories, but his firm has no site of its own and the legal directories list as his practice address a private house out in some exurban location. One reference site indicates he might be a mediator or family law specialist. His education is quite tony, and quite underutilized. That he landed a berth at Harvard Law School is also peculiar: he's the issue of an unremarkable private college in Nashville. (His father attended the same college; it was founded by Campbellites).
  149. @Rick Derris
    Wow! David French didn't brag about his Harvard law degree in this article. Not once! That's got to be a first. Although he did get in how he was in Iraq, no doubt running around Fallujah with an M240 a la Rambo - until he woke up at his JAG desk.

    NR committed a mortal sin when it fired Mark Steyn and kept this hack on staff.

    Something rather peculiar about this guy. He lives around Columbia, Tn. You can locate him in legal directories, but his firm has no site of its own and the legal directories list as his practice address a private house out in some exurban location. One reference site indicates he might be a mediator or family law specialist. His education is quite tony, and quite underutilized. That he landed a berth at Harvard Law School is also peculiar: he’s the issue of an unremarkable private college in Nashville. (His father attended the same college; it was founded by Campbellites).

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  150. Hail says: • Website
    @Redneck farmer
    Unfortunately, the otherwise often sensible Theodore Roosevelt decided we needed Puerto Rico to keep the Kaiser out of the Caribbean, so we're stuck with Occasional Cortex.
    Until we wise up, assume Puerto Rico's debts, declare it independent, and start the deportations.

    A lot of people fell for Trump’s demogogic appeals to “hardline civic-nationalism with White-ethonationalst overtones.” (The latter never more than ‘overtones.’)

    He still gets many of our people excited by his seemingly calculated slips back into that Trump, but most iSteve commenters, who pay close attention, have long seen through the act. If Trump were truly serious, he’d have made Mandatory Independence for Puerto Rico a core tenet of his platform, and not let it go.

  151. @Massimo Heitor
    Peter Spiliakos, First Things columnist, nails this:

    https://twitter.com/petespiliakos/status/1150889042344599553

    A “populism” that treats first and second generation Americans as probationary second-class citizens is suicidal and deserves to die.

    Legally, naturalized citizens are “probationary” in a very definite fashion. A naturalized citizen who commits a suitably heinous crime, in addition to suffering whatever other penalties the law provides, may have his citizenship revoked, and then be deported. A native-born citizen may be fined, imprisoned, or even executed, but he cannot lose his citizenship except by an explicit or implicit act of renunciation.

    Does Mr. Spiliakos consider this policy suicidal, and its supporters deserving of death?

    I should note that the Omar woman allegedly married her own brother in order to facilitate obtaining U.S. citizenship, and allegedly filed joint tax returns with a man to whom she was not married, even while still apparently married to her brother. Incest and tax fraud probably rise to the level of crimes for which a naturalized citizen could have her citizenship revoked. I hope that the President will instruct his Attorney General to investigate these apparent violations of law.

  152. @The Last Real Calvinist
    Thanks for a really good post.

    In addition to your very accurate analysis, I'll add that for some evangelical Christians, carrying out the Great Commission itself -- i.e. to go into all nations and make disciples -- has been thoroughly demonized in late modern and postmodern western cultures as a vehicle of oppression, colonialism, coercion, etc.

    The expression of Christian missionary duty is now routinely warped and degraded into a 'We can save the world!' impulse that erupts in leftist utopianism, neo-con warmongering, and, in the case of French and many evangelical Christians like him, a blinkered focus on socially-acceptable 'charity' as a proxy for proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples.

    Everyone is feeling the heat. What’s your take on the 1960s on mainline churches? Often it appears to be the time when major denominations were culturally nuked by fifth columnists and liberal fashion trends. Seminaries became radioactive with many “wanting to change the system from the inside.” Mormonism is growing quite well, perhaps because it out of the blast radius. I’ve looked into it, and the 1960s never seemed to arrive at Brigham Young University.

  153. @LondonBob
    Seems to be the case the spouse converts to Judaism these days, normally it was the other way round, as in the case of William Barr's father when he married an Irish lass.

    These broads that marry jews want their children to be safe,privileged,high status and eligible for jewish networking. So they happily convert.
    Also I imagine the Jewish religion with its persecution themes and holocaust obsession fits in well with the modern zeitgeist.

  154. @Corvinus
    "World War II lead directly to our modern immigration problem."

    Actually, it was the {Golden} Age of Imperialism that was most responsible. Invade the world, invide the world.

    Actually, it was the {Golden} Age of Imperialism that was most responsible. Invade the world, invide the world.

    How? Why does invade the world go hand in hand with invite the World?

  155. Cuck harder he explained.

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