I read an article this morning over at TownHall.com in which Patrick Buchanan chillingly outlines, by all accounts, what the world may look like in only 40 or 50 years.
Human populations experience natural fluctuations, advancing and receding with time and generations. As Buchanan points out, the ascendancy and rule of modern, western man is just about over. Third-world peoples are rapidly and aggresively colonizing western democracies with massive, herd-like migrations and startlingly high birth rates, and will in two generations dwarf Anglo-Europeans in terms of resident population. Here's the scary part...
And America? According to the Pew Research Center, the Hispanic population of the United States will triple to 127 million by 2050, as Mexico's population grows to 130 million. An erasure of the U.S. border, or merger of the two countries, or the linguistic, cultural and social annexation of the American Southwest by Mexico appears fated.
The question in 2050 will be(I will be 88, my kids will be 56 and 62, and my grandkids will likely be in their 20's or 30's with kids of their own), is America a nation in serious decline, much like Europe is today, flush with third-worlders, clamoring for an increasingly greater slice of the pie and demanding that we as hosts adapt to their ways rather than the other way around? It already started the first time somebody installed a "Dial 2 for English" message on their phone. It's beyond scary to me that my grandkids will likely grow up in a country that is vastly different, and not in good ways, than the one I grew up in.
You can go ahead and stick a fork in Europe. They are beyond recovery. And for the reasons above, every day I become more convinced that immigration is the single greatest issue in American politics. Our politicians of both parties look no further than the next election cycle, never considering the long-term effects of their refusal to act today. Neither McCain, Obama, or Clinton are interested in closing the border, so it looks like the stone mason might be starting to carve our fate too. Seriously, if you don't to anything else productive today, read Pat's article.