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Conservative immigration collectivism

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Mark Levin's radio show has been ordinarily been excellent in describing the threats and damage from Obama's illegal "open border immigration" policy in which anyone can slip into the country for any purpose -- and they often do. (The exception is those who are more individualist like eastern Europeans but restricted by artificial quotas.) But Levin often fails badly on many topics when it comes to fundamental justifications: He relies on destructive or useless conservative, religious, 'states rights' arguments, avoiding the rights of the individual as a moral basis, even while sometimes appealing to what he calls "unalienable individual rights" but construed in religious terms or economic terms said to be granted by 'society'.

We know that conservatives frequently, but not always, object to open border immigration on grounds of an unjustifiable (morally and economically) economic protectionism in addition to the very real problems justifying its control. The legitimate concerns range from terrorism, to disease and criminals or gangsters, to exploiting and expanding entrenched welfarism, to mass importing illiterates who predominantly vote for collectivism in what amounts to a takeover of government by invited invasion. But none of that justifies keeping out honest people who understand the basis of our political system and who seek to independently pursue their own dreams. Yet when accused of being opposed to immigration as such the conservatives quickly deny it while insisting that they are only opposed to "illegal immigration" -- but remain vague about what they think legal immigration should be like and what principles it should be based on.

Now we have this revealing collectivist statement from Mark Levin justifying the suspicions:

"We look at what's happening with immigration. You know, what's the purpose of immigration? The purpose of immigration isn't to serve some faction or factions in this country. The purpose of immigration isn't to serve the interests of the foreigner. The purpose of immigration is to improve society to the extent that the citizens determine society should be improved."

06/27/14 00:01:15 - 00:01:41

http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/page.php?pt=podcasts&id=191&is_corp=0

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Like you, I find him very difficult to listen to consistently. He is excellent most of the time but when he's bad, it's so bad I just want to smack him.

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