ForewordrnPresident Bush’s plan to offer yet another amnesty to illegalrnaliens —combined with his statements that illegal immigrationrnis not a problem but an opportunity’ and the warm receptionrngiven the co-president of North America, VicenternFox—should squelch the hopes of the few remaining conservativesrnwho care about the “national question,” The time hasrncome to face the unpleasant realit}’ that—politically, at least—rnwe have lost the immigration battle.rnChronicles has been engaged in this struggle for nearly 20rnyears. From the first, we insisted tiiat it was not about economicrnnumbers—whether newly arriving immigrants contributedrnmore to the economy than they abstracted through crime andrnabsorption of government services. Those arguments, pursuedrnby think tanks and foundations and newsletters, were always arndistraction from the only important question: What sort of arnworld will our children and grandchildren live in? Americansrnhave a right, we argued, to choose their own destiny, and mostrnof them (so we believed 20 years ago) would prefer to pass on torntheir children some significant part of the cultural and politicalrninheritance they had received from earlier generations of Americans.rnThis inheritance was already sorely battered by 1980. Thernagrarian republic of Washington and Jefferson had been overthrownrnb)’ Lincoln and replaced by an imperial republic, whichrnwas in turn replaced by the warm-and-fuzzy national socialismrnimposed by FDR. The New Deal state, it is important to emphasize,rnwas in part a direct response to the mass immigrationrnthat transformed America between the Civil War and the end ofrnWorld War I. Nonetheless, despite the depredations of the Lincoln,rnWilson, and Roosevelt administrations, and despite therndevastating effect of the mass immigration of European ethnicsrn(including some of my own ancestors), Americans (post-FDR)rndid retain some of their traditional virtues: We worked hard,rntook care of our families, obeyed the law, and tried to put up arndecent front. Our culture was thin and vulgar—a nation thatrnreads James Michener and Norman Mailer can scarcely be saidrnto have a literature—but we did insist that high-school studentsrnread a few plays of Shakespeare, one or tvvo classic English novels,rna smattering of Romantic poetry.rnAll of that has passed away, of course. The new wave of massrnimmigration (giving the United States the highest percentage ofrnforeign-born residents since 1930) has reinforced the leftist campaignrnto destroy Christendom,rnand there is absolutelyrnno chance thatrnordinary Americans willrnever retake power longrnenough to reverse multiculturalism,rnaffirmative-rnaction policies, orrnthe compulsory bigotryrnrepresented by the insistentrnand obstreperousrncall for apologiesrnand reparations echoingrnfrom Durban to Chicago.rnThe anti-Americansrnof both parties have alsorndestroyed American sovereigntyrnthrough theirrninfatuation with economic and political globalization. Even ifrnwe discovered the will to close the border and impose tariffs, thern”international community” (i.e., the heads of tiansnational corporations)rnwould never hear of it. The party is over; it is time torncall it a day.rnThe struggle for the American future, however, is just beginning.rnWe never thought we could restore the authentic Old Republicrnor even the Imperial Republic, but we did believe that,rnjust as our grandparents and parents managed to salvage somerngood things out of the shipwreck of American traditions, werncould do the same, and even though the political battle over immigrationrnhas been lost—as any battle will be when the socialistrnleft of the New Republic joins with the capitalist left of thernWall Street journal—there are many options open to Americans,rnalthough none of them are political.rnSome will no doubt cry in their cerveza (make mine a Bohemiarnfrom Monterey); others will squander their lives on haternas members of Wliite Power movements; but there will be somernbrave enough to face the future, realizing that Western man hasrnbeen through this before and has managed to salvage some preciousrnthings from the wreckage. It is to them and their childrenrnand their children’s children that we dedicate this number ofrnChronicles.rn—Thomas Flemingrnrnrn