It was 20 April 1968 and British MP Enoch Powell gave his “Rivers of Blood” speech. This ended Powell’s political career as completely as Patrick J. Buchanan’s speech at The GOP Convention ended Buchanan’s. This is because Enoch Powell called upon Parliament to restrict immigration and to encourage recent immigrants to leave the British Isles. His firing was an act of politically correct cowardice, however his diagnosis of why unrestricted immigration would be bad for the UK was also wrong.
Powell predicted a great tide of bloodshed. He harkened back to lines from Virgil’s Aeneid and stipulated that mass immigration to the UK would lead to bloodshed and internal strife. His famous turn of phrase that cost him his job follows below.
As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood."
When Islamist fanatics Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, allegedly murdered British soldier, Lee Rigby in Woolwich last Wednesday, it looked as if Enoch Powell was truly The Cassandra of Post-modern Great Britain. Could there be riots on the streets of England reminiscent of what has befallen Stockholm, Sweden in the last few days? Not if Dame Stella Rimington has her way. Here’s what British society would devolve into if we heeded her warning.
The 78-year-old, who was MI5’s first female Director General, said: ‘The community has the responsibility to act as the eyes and ears, as they did during the war where there were all these posters up saying the walls have ears and the enemy is everywhere. ‘There have often been indications in the community, whether it’s Muslim or anywhere else, that people are becoming extremists and spouting hate phrases.’
As the United States Senate continues to drive Comprehensive Immigration Reform forward, we are reminded how well bringing in large masses of unassimilated immigrants has worked in places all over the world. Dzhokhar and Tamerlane Tsarnaev have recently bombed the Boston Marathon in the US. Immigrant “Youth Riots” have destroyed neighborhoods in Stockholm, Sweden and now British Soldier Lee Rigby was killed for the apparent crime of being too slow, too Anglo-Saxon and too Christian.
Supporters of Comprehensive Immigration Reform are deliberately blind to the violence and conflict that will occur when a flood of unassimilated, young and underemployed immigrants enter a wealthy society with a vastly more secular and non-traditional culture. Enoch Powell was dead-on in predicting the conflict. What he missed was the Thermidorian Reaction this would unleash as people who are citizens of the nations flooded with unrestricted immigration rise up in anger.
As a radical political party called The English Defense League rioted in the streets after Lee Rigby’s beheading, one of their leaders explained why they were engaged in the fire-bombing of a Mosque.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson said: "They're chopping our soldiers' heads off. This is Islam. That's what we've seen today. They've cut off one of our army's heads off on the streets of London. Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It's not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam. Everyone's had enough. There has to be a reaction, for the government to listen, for the police to listen, to understand how angry this British public are."
Americans will typically wear the mask of Polite PC and never say a harsh word about immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. We have no right whatsoever to deny others the right to come here regardless of their character, ability, feelings towards current Americans or intentions. Diversity is our strength. Hallelujah! Amen!
Yet this in no way actually describes what many Americans think of immigrants in places where large numbers of these immigrants currently arrive illegally. Here a San Diego woman gives a news reporter a recorder-full on the topic of recent immigrants in her neck of the woods.
“When these illegals come here it’s like they won the lottery,” she said angrily. “They drop babies all over the place. Then they go back and bring in another bunch. They murder, they rape, they steal. They hurt us.”
A large public sentiment along these lines gives our leaders two options. They can shut this woman down, call her an ignorant t--b-----*, and “tell all the bigots to shut up” while ramming through a policy of open borders. Or, maybe, just maybe they can adopt an immigration policy more aligned to the actual demand of the workforce and the merits of the individuals seeking residency in the United States. Bringing in more people like Governor Jindel and far fewer like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will do more to “tell all the bigots to shut up” than entire Senate-Full of losers like Lindsay Graham.
Should we fail to do so, there will be a reaction against the resulting violence long before the Mississippi, The Thames or any other river flows with blood. Should our nation be foolish enough to pass immigration legislation along the lines of the current “Gang of 8” monstrosity, diversity will be our fascism; not our strength. Either the state or an outraged mob of the people will react against the violence in the streets and our freedoms as Americans could well be taken away from us.
*- A typical CNN term of art for Tea Party Members.