Almost three years ago, I wrote this:
I’ve just returned from an extended business trip to the United Kingdom, a little over 10 years since my first visit. During my travels, several observations were made that are relevant to our country and our next election. Where we stand on the edge overlooking the jagged chalk cliffs of multiculturalism, nanny statist ideals and socialism, our relatives have already stepped over. From the Fabian Socialists, the Unionists and the Communists of the pre and post-WWII era to Maggie Thatcher, Britain has wrestled with how a fading parliamentary empire can confront the political and social changes that modernity poses.
We are facing similar choices in America today.
I saw a significantly different society from only a decade ago. London has always been an international city, but a large segment has become Islamisized, with burkas as prevalent as mini-skirts, Farsi and Arabic as common as West End brogue.
Of course, I was greeted with the standard leftist, multi-culturist pap about how I was just a stupid, bigoted Islamophobe and just didn’t understand at all. Since this was originally a column in the Panama City News Herald, there was a refutation letter from a supposed Englishman, a Mr. Jones, who called me a “seagull” – a non-Englishman who flies in, craps over everything, and then flies out…
But as with most things, patience is a virtue and sooner or later vindication comes. I ran across this in the London Telegraph:
As new figures show ‘white flight’ from cities is rising, one Londoner writes a provocative personal piece about how immigration has drastically changed the borough where she has lived for 17 years
“When you go swimming, it’s much healthier to keep your whole body completely covered, you know.” The Muslim lady behind the counter in my local pharmacy has recently started giving me advice like this. It’s kindly meant and I’m always glad to hear her views because she is one of the few people in west London where I live who talks to me.
The streets around Acton, which has been my home since 1996, have taken on a new identity. Most of the shops are now owned by Muslims and even the fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway are Halal. It seems that almost overnight it’s changed from Acton Vale into Acton Veil.
Of the 8.17 million people in London, one million are Muslim, with the majority of them young families. That is not, in reality, a great number. But because so many Muslims increasingly insist on emphasising their separateness, it feels as if they have taken over; my female neighbours flap past in full niqab, some so heavily veiled that I can’t see their eyes. I’ve made an effort to communicate by smiling deliberately at the ones I thought I was seeing out and about regularly, but this didn’t lead to conversation because they never look me in the face.
I recently went to the plainly named “Curtain Shop” and asked if they would put some up for me. Inside were a lot of elderly Muslim men. I was told that they don’t do that kind of work, and was back on the pavement within a few moments. I felt sure I had suffered discrimination and was bewildered as I had been there previously when the Muslim owners had been very friendly. Things have changed. I am living in a place where I am a stranger.
There are reasons that I have written much about the UK and my time there. First and foremost, the UK is the kind of European social democracy that the American left so desires us to be and secondly, these “social democracies” come with the kind of social and immigration policies that guarantee the destruction of themselves. Lastly, history is a great predictor of the future. My grandfather was fond of saying that “you can’t know where you are going until you look at where you have been” and the UK provides us that historical record.
Socialism, Marxism or communism – or any blend thereof has never increased individual freedom. Period. That is the historical record. Any claim that “this time we will get it right because we are the smartest people ever” is just fallacious. It goes against thousands of years of recorded human history.
How smart we are has nothing to do with it. The successive failures of these political and social systems is that they are structurally, and therefore fatally, flawed because they seek to subvert the unsubvertable, to corrupt the incorruptible – that is to usurp the invincible and immutable truth of natural law.
Natural law can never be bent or broken, it can only be understood and obeyed.
The only system ever devised that was guaranteed to increase individual freedom is the American Republic and the Constitution it is based on…the very things that are now under incessant and unrelenting attack from fools who believe they are smarter than “…the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”
History will prove that they are not.
As I inch ever closer to my self-imposed retirement, I’ve been looking back at the things we have posted here and I have to say that to a large extent, history has validated a large portion of our commentary.
Remember what Shakespeare’s character Antonio speaks in Act 2, Scene 1 of The Tempest:
We all were sea-swallow’d, though some cast again
(And by that destiny) to perform an act
Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come,
In yours and my discharge.