I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.
Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.
The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth.
But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.
Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation.
The West hasn’t reached its universal state as yet, although its close to it, but it certainly has evolved out of its warring state phase, which it was in for a couple of centuries.
First of all, we haven’t always welcomed immigrants.
Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods.
And so in terms of territorial control, in terms of economic preeminence, the western share of the gross world product is declining as Asian societies in particular develop economically.