The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration.
Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods.
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.
The great problem there is we have to have the cooperation of those other Asian countries.
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.
It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.
Total falsehoods can be easily exposed for what they are by citing exceptions to their claims. Hence, they are less likely to be accepted as the total truth.
It was this society and culture that among other things - including economic opportunities here and repression in Europe - attracted subsequent generations of immigrants to this country.
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.
Thus, biologically speaking the American people are literally only half an immigrant people.
First of all, we haven't always welcomed immigrants.
In 1920, the West ruled huge amounts of the world.
Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation.
We also thought of ourselves in racial and largely ethnic terms.
Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.
Also, of course, for most of this time most Americans thought of America as a white country with, at best, only a very segregated and subordinate role for blacks.
And the big question for the West, of course, and to the Europeans is, what other countries, which were formerly part of the Soviet bloc, should be incorporated into western institutions?
Finally, in my critique of the immigration image of America, it is also important to know that we're not only a nation of immigrants, but we are in some part a nation of emigrants, which often gets neglected.
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.