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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

Normally I avoid World Net Daily, as I have been underwhelmed, shall we say, by the accuracy of their often breathless “news” coverage.

However, in surfing around to read reactions to Bush’s immigration speech I noted the following via Digby: a column from a regular contributor to WND named Vox Day (who also has a blog).

In the third paragraph of the piece he makes the following utterly remarkable statement:

If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn’t possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don’t speak English and are not integrated into American society.

One doesn’t have to be a member of Mensa (something which Mr. Day’s bio line states that he is) to know that such a statement is explosive and evokes not only racial politics of the worst kind but also the need for a massive deployment of state power to extract the people in question. I am not suggesting that Day is recommending genocide for illegal immigrants, but certainly he is pointing to a police state as some sort of model for application in America’s immigration situation. An odd prescription for someone who claims to be libertarian.

I must concur with Ed Morrissey, who dubs the whole thing “reprehensible.” Ed goes on to say:

This column is so ill-advised that it is difficult to imagine that a responsible news organization would not have attempted to keep the writer from discrediting himself before publishing it. Vox owes us an apology, and so does World Net Daily.

Indeed.

Of course, Day considers Ed’s remarks to prove that the Captain has chosen to “to align himself with the illiterate Left.” He then engages in some rather odd (indeed, poor) argumentation:

So, there are no lessons to be learned from the National Socialists? Better disown our nuclear weapons program and NASA! Some of those combined arms military tactics look pretty suspicious too….

I would note: nuclear weapons, space programs and militaries were not inventions of National Socialism, nor where they the direct manifestations of Nazi ideology. The entire “defense” that Day mounts in the face of Ed’s criticism is equally poor.

The Anchoress, in her round-up of reactions to Bush’s speech calls the piece “deplorable.”

Also indeed.

Of course, on his blog Day suggests that he would prefer other methods to removing illegals, specifically the offering of bounties for those who would finger illegals:

Granting additional funding to state and local agencies on a per-illegal-identified basis for each illegal deported would likely suffice by itself. If each school teacher, nurse, social services or police officer received $500 per illegal reported and deported, we’d probably run out before Christmas*. And we probably wouldn’t spend $500 million, since 10 illegals leave for every one deported.

Because, of course, a society in which we are all watching one another and informing the state that we might not be legal is a far more desirable one than what we have now wherein the janitor may, in fact, be illegally in the country. Better to turn us all into informants. And, of course, there would be no abuse in such a system. My word.

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6 Responses to “Remarkable Rhetoric on Immigration”

  1. NOTR Says:

    The thing I found most curious was the Presidents careful assertion that this was not a militarization of the border. After all you would only do that if there was a war on … what War on Terrorists? Eh?

  2. Outside The Beltway | OTB Says:

    Immigration: The Final Solution

    Novelist, Christian libertarian, and Mensa member Vox Day has a rather bizarre piece for WorldNetDaily on solving the immigration problem. Responding to President Bush (aka “Dear Jorge”)’s statement that, “Massive deportation o…

  3. Steven L. Says:

    Re: Day’s response:

    Worst. Defense. Ever.

  4. Dr. Steven Taylor Says:

    Yup.

    It was quite lame, to be polite about it.

  5. B. Minich, PI Says:

    Vox Day didn’t just invoke Godwin’s law. He carpet bombed an area the size of Alaska with it.

  6. PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » WND Edits Vox Column Says:

    [...] Taylor @ 9:21 am

    Amusing. I noted on Memeorandum a post from Vox Day, so given the business from earlier in the week, I thought I’d take a look. Ends up that World Net Daily decided [...]


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