We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can't just sit there and watch, but I can listen on a walk or while driving when it is audio.
I really liked this when I heard it for the first part, but then just cut out. When challenged about who should be admitted and who should be citizens she gave the answer "Does freedom beat in their hearts?" Cute, and I get what she is saying, but I'm not seeing any way that can be formed into policy. Is succeeding financially enough? Hmm. All her arguments have a similar indefinability, suggesting that her criteria are also vague. She is frustrated that Western Civ is going under, that immigrants are likely to have something to do with that, and American liberals seem to be accelerating this rather than helping hold the line in their own way. Well, fine. Some people agree. But we look to law professors and the like for some idea of "What should we do about this? What's legal? What fits with centuries of tradition? What has been tried and how did that work?" Without using her learning to help us with that, what is she bothering us for?
Assistant Village Idiot
"...What's legal? What fits with centuries of tradition?..."
Indeed that is the crux of the problem. It may be that a policy that would actually improve the situation over time would inherently contradict one or both of those criteria. For example, one could propose "Exclude low-IQ people, Muslims, and probable Marxists". It's hard to see how something like that could fly politically, even though as a practical matter it would still leave plenty of economic, cultural, and racial diversity in play.
I suspect that our system may contain the seeds of its own destruction. There is, after all, no law of nature that assures us that the Republic will last forever. I hope I am mistaken, in the medium-term at least. I have grandchildren.