The most important limit is our own
Why should Westerners care about the borders of other countries when their own countries are slowly fading away?
Speaking in Conroe, Texas last weekend, former President Donald Trump accused his successor of allowing millions of migrants into the country illegally through our southern border.
“The most important border … for us is not the border of Ukraine, but the border of America,” Trump thundered. “Before Joe Biden sends any troops to defend a border in Europe, he should send troops to defend our border right here in Texas.”
Trump has not only formulated a convincing topic for the elections in the fall; He articulated a theme that touches on one of the great and widening divides of our time.
What matters more—defending our country from an invasion of Third World migrants, or defending the borders of distant nations that have little or nothing to do with the security or survival of the United States?
Why should America care who rules the Russified Donbas?
This “border problem” feeds into other Republican problems. Because the frontiersmen seen on national television appear to be mostly young men who are likely to contribute to the crime crisis of shootings and murders ravaging America’s cities.
Reports the New York Times:
Rather than address the Russian threat to Europe’s eastern border, the meeting, which included Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orban, focused on what populist leaders cite as their most pressing threats: immigration, demographic decline and the European Union . …
France’s far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, a self-confessed Kremlin supporter, was also present at the two-day conclave. …
A statement issued after the Madrid meeting made no mention of Ukraine. … Instead, she stressed the need to form a united front in favor of “family policies”, Christianity and the exclusion of immigrants. The European Union, according to the statement, has “detached itself from reality” which has led to “demographic suicide”.
In short, while Western elites are alarmed by Ukraine’s borders and Kremlin encroachments, much of Europe is more concerned about its own moral, cultural and demographic decline – abortion, LGBT rights, low birth rates and the death of Christianity.
Europe is dying, these people believe. These Europeans are concerned that the nations and peoples who knew their ancestors and fathers are disappearing. Their greater fear is not of Putin’s Russia, but of an EU superstate whose dominance is leading inexorably to the decline and disappearance of various ethnic nations.
For the leaders of Hungary and Poland and Europe’s traditionalist and populist right-wing parties, nationality matters more than political systems. Hungary’s Viktor Orban, for example, does not see Putin’s Russia as his country’s enemy and offers economic incentives for Hungarian families to have more children.
Consider. If the birth rates of the ethnic groups that historically made up the nations of Europe are now below replacement levels, 2.1 children per woman, these peoples will become minorities in their own countries and eventually die out. Extinction beckons.
Why should the inhabitants of these nations care about the borders of other countries when their own countries are slowly fading away? And why should the future inhabitants of Europe from Africa and Asia in 2100, who will inherit, populate and rule these lands, care about the old frontiers created by the history of Europeans of yesteryear?
Just as the peoples of Europe are divided between those who fear long-term demographic death and those who fear autocratic Russian dominance in the short-term, so are Americans. Our ruling class, for which the global struggle between autocracy and democracy is taking place, is ready to fight for the latter’s victory over the former. The other half of America is more concerned with the character and makeup of their own nation, present and future, which also seems to be passing away.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s Wars in the White House: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and founding editor of The American Conservative.