Friday, May 1, 2009

Mark Steyn’s “America Alone”


Mark Steyn’s “America Alone” exploits Islamic demographics to predict gloom and doom for the world. Simply, it seems, because they produce more babies than the rest of us who will grow up insisting upon the enforcement of Sharia Law and in the end change our culture, which will end our world as we know it.

In my view, Mark Steyn in his book, “America Alone,” disseminates fear and hate, plain and simple. Perhaps he adopts these positions in his writing because he knows that hate mongering against Muslims, immigrants, and other ethnic groups such as Mexicans, will sell books.

He substitutes for Rush Limbaugh on Rush’s radio show, so that certainly is an indication where his political, social, and economic views are positioned. His modus operandi (MO) is the same as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and that of Jay Severin of Boston’s WTKK radio, as well as many others of the same ilk. These folks take mainstream highly sensitive subjects making them as controversial as they can, use highly sensitive, caustic, hyperbolic language to elicit exaggerated and extreme reactions from their audiences in an effort to increase their ratings. Steyn’s use of acerbic humor has this same affect on his readers, which puts Steyn in the category of a literary shock jock.

He has positioned himself as an anti-multiculturism protagonist. He supported former president Bush’s war, and Bush in turn recommended Mark Steyn's “America Alone” (not to be confused with “America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order” by Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke). Just as Bush, he has a penchant for using the politics of fear and hate to motivate a following and a call to action.

This is the same manipulation of fear with hate as its consequence exploited by some who talk about pending disaster for America in the same way as Nazism, which asserted the superiority of a pure Aryan race that created a hysteria to the extent that it lead to the holocaust; in the same way paved the way for the hysteria of McCarthyism, which was employed to rid America of communism in the 1950’s; in the same way created the hysteria that Islamophobes and xenophobics employ against Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants in our zeitgeist. With the history of Germany’s Adolf Hitler and America’s Joseph McCarthy so firmly in place without controversy by reasonable men and women, and in view of there tragic consequences in the aftermath of those events so well known that Americans could be imbibed with such notions is astonishing.

From the inside flap some excerpts:

“It’s the end of the world as we know it… “

“Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a muezzin. Europeans already are.”

“The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West—wedded to a multiculturalism that undercuts its own confidence, a welfare state that nudges it toward sloth and self-indulgence, and a childlessness that consigns it to oblivion—is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization.”

“Europe, laments Steyn, is almost certainly a goner. The future, if the West has one, belongs to America alone—with maybe its cousins in brave Australia. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world’s last best hope.”

“Steyn argues that, contra the liberal cultural relativists, America should proclaim the obvious: we do have a better government, religion, and culture than our enemies, and we should spread America’s influence around the world—for our own sake as well as theirs.”

In the former quote “… we do have a better government, religion, and culture than our enemies, and we should spread America’s influence around the world …” is a Bush attitude and a nationalist mindset of a majority of Americans that influenced the anti-American Foreign Policy predicament of the Bush administration in the first place.

Such provocations as those of Mark Steyn should not be embraced; however in America they must be tolerated. The only portion of Steyn, Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Jay Severin’s diatribe, as well as that of all others with the same MO that is in keeping with American ideals is in preserving their freedom to say or write what they wish. It is every American’s obligation to weed out those things that are said, written, or acted upon that will harm America, or does not set the best example of those high standards we as Americans promote that we stand for.

Americans must not accept them through their acquiescence.

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