He’s like Geraldo without the intellectual heft. At least when the mustache and KP shill for open borders, they do so out of sincere if dopey compassion. Powell, ever the diplomat and “realist,” is actually a step to the left of that: he’s grafted the policy onto progressives’ eternal desire to be seen as good and fair and true. It’s amnesty as a goodwill gesture, like relief aid to some country that’s been hit by an earthquake. Never mind the seismic cultural, political, and economic changes it would cause.

How can we restore America’s image?
We should remember what that image was, back after World War II. It was the image of a generous country that sought not to impose its will on other countries or even to impose its values. But it showed the way, and it helped other countries, and it opened its doors to people—visitors and refugees and immigrants.

America could not survive without immigration. Even the undocumented immigrants are contributing to our economy. That’s the country my parents came to. That’s the image we have to portray to the rest of the world: kind, generous, a nation of nations, touched by every nation, and we touch every nation in return. That’s what people still want to believe about us. They still want to come here. We’ve lost a bit of the image, but we haven’t lost the reality yet. And we can fix the image by reflecting a welcoming attitude—and by not taking counsel of our fears and scaring ourselves to death that everybody coming in is going to blow up something. It ain’t the case.

Nice to see that he and Geraldo are on the same page with their straw men, at least. Incidentally, this is only the very end of a much longer interview; at another point we’re treated to the spectacle of a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs laughing at the idea that nuke-seeking fanatics might pose some sort of threat to America’s survival. So follow the link, ’cause you won’t want to miss that.

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