Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, a conservative who spent most of the last year on a mission to stop Donald Trump from becoming president, said in a speech recently that white working class Americans deserved to lose their jobs to foreign immigrants.
In a speech before the American Enterprise Institute, Kristol said conservatism favored bringing in ethnic streams from all over the world.
“Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” asked Kristol. “If you are in a free society – a capitalist society – after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever.
“Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed and really want their kids to live better lives than them,” Kristol continued. “They aren’t clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and meanwhile grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. In that respect, I don’t know how this moment is that different from the early 20th century.”
Okay. So, as infuriating as these remarks may be, let’s take a step back and try to find a kernel of truth in what Kristol is saying. He’s not entirely wrong about the early-20th century boom in American immigration, and no conservative would deny that the European influx contributed to make the United States the greatest country in the world. Fair enough.
That said, you can’t compare what’s happening in today’s America with those halcyon days. And you certainly can’t make the asinine claim that the American free market is in decline because “spoiled” white citizens don’t want to work for a living. Are you kidding?
“I hope this thing isn’t being videotaped or ever shown anywhere. Whatever tiny, pathetic future I have is going to totally collapse,” said Kristol.
Well, we have to give him credit for self-awareness, if nothing else.