Dave Burris is bringing a great guest today.
Christopher Caldwell the Senior Editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Caldwell wrote this penetrating and thoughtful piece on Sussex County's influx of Guatemalan immigrants that rises far above the usual huffing and puffing from both the right and the left: "If the border is controlled--and if the book is thrown at all those Mam-speaking chicken workers with their phony IDs and their alcoholic binges and their unusually hard-working children--there will be a price to pay. There is not a demand in Georgetown for a certain quota of different-looking poor people. There is a demand for people from Tacana who have two decades' experience in the peculiar Delaware economy of chicken, soybeans, and retirement homes, and two decades of ties to the community out of which that economy grows. It is not, in fact, certain that the economy of Sussex County could survive without them, for Delawareans have gotten too old and too rich to maintain it on their own.
Read Caldwell's Hola Delaware here.
Caldwell, for the most part, is a quiet observer who lets the facts speak for themselves. The facts make it clear that we cannot survive the shallow right-wing thinking currently so popular with Ryan S/Pat Buchanan-types. And yet, while the economic reality of immigration is like a freight train headed east, there is another train on that same track headed west. That west-bound train is our notion of what it means to be a "Delawarean".
The "streaming audio"
should work, although when Rush Limbag is polluting the airwaves I think it cuts out. Give it a try between 3:00 and 4:00 and let me know if it works.