This is typical of how these debates usually play out. The first America tends to make the finer-sounding speeches, and the second America often strikes cruder, more xenophobic notes. The first America welcomed the poor, the tired, the huddled masses; the second America demanded that they change their names and drop their native languages, and often threw up hurdles to stop them coming altogether. The first America celebrated religious liberty; the second America persecuted Mormons and discriminated against Catholics.What an amazing man this Mr. Douthat is! He and I have never met yet he knows my heart. As a member of the "second" (or is it second class?) America, I am crude and my motives are xenophobic. I assume the onus falls on me to disprove the negative.
But I can't disprove the negative and therefore my opinions are discounted. How convenient for Douthat that he never has to deal with opinions with which he disagrees. He simply slaps on the racist label and poof! Convenient for him, frustrating for me.
Cross posted at Pundit & Pundette