It's Not Xenophobia, It's Xenonausea
...Two of the subplots really stood out in my mind though. One was how eagerly the disciples of “free” trade took to attacking the conservative base as a bunch of xenophobic ignoramuses storming the harmless castle Globalstein with torches and pitchforks. That sort of animosity couldn’t be over just one relatively minor business deal for Dubai. I’m sensing that the Beltway Boys and the Wall Street Wonks have been entertaining some animosity against Main Street and the Heartland for some time.
...But the problem is that all nations are more than just economic systems. They are each somebody’s home. And each has a culture, and a language, and a set of common ideals that they want protected—even more than they want another 0.3% added to next year’s GDP. Some things matter more than the economic opportunity cost we pay for having them. The American Revolution, for example, was bad for the economy while it was under way. But that was not really the point of the whole thing, was it?
...It is not Xenophobia. It is Xenonausea. People are sick of having the whole world shoved down their throats at once and being told it tastes like ice cream. They are sick of every street corner and parking lot being filled with criminal aliens waiting to work off the books and outside the laws that are applied so enthusiastically to actual Americans. They are sick of pressing “1” for English. They are sick of being at war with foreign terrorists and simultaneously being economically and demographically bound more tightly to the nations producing these terrorists. They are sick of being told that the world is global or flat or smaller or at their doorstep or all coming for dinner on Tuesday.
Speaking as a guy who quit reading the Oregonian and felt better for a bit but who is now getting tired of the editorial positions at the Wall Street Journal, Mac Johnson couldn't have said it better.
I consider myself a "free trade" kind of guy but lately I have stepped back when I hear the proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens use the free trade lingo and logic to make their point.
The WSJ editorial titled "All cops, no economics" that begged for amnesty, begged for unlimited immigration, begged to let guest workers stay as long as they want, was so devoid of anything that recognized the cultural problem this issue has created.
Maybe the drug trade has economic benefits, if the Journal finds any then they will be opposed to stopping drug dealers.
What can you do? Go to the Mac Johnson homepage and read more of his wisdom. You'll feel better.