Before this book I had little respect for old guard conservative Pat Buchanan, but now I come to see him as someone who has both a significant grasp of the larger scope of history, and the personal courage to write a socially-unpopular opinion. Buchanan begins this, his plea that Americans act to save an internally-declining America, by quoting the greatest theoretical historian ever to live, Arnold Toynbee, who, with his sound observations about the forces of history as they relate to the rise and fall of nations and civilizations, has never had an equal. Buchanan herein compares the plight of the United States in circa 2006 with that of the Roman Empire in the period right before its descent toward cultural implosion. A parallel is drawn between the east-central European "barbarians" of seventeen centuries ago, whose infiltration of Rome's imperial borders in the form of economics refugees swamped Roman welfare programs and pushed aside the more successful Roman citizenry, and the inundating populations of Hispanics who are illegally invading this nation today. (As many Hispanics have illegally entered the United States as the sum total of all legal immigrants from colonial times thru the Presidency of John Kennedy.) Buchanan argues that this invading force has no sympathy with America and little grasp of the ideals and customs or even the language that all encompass an American identity. Unwilling to assimilate into the melting pot that has made America so strong, these outsiders---ever Mexicans, never to become Americans---seek a nation within a nation, and have been vocal about this desire. Whatsmore, there is a deeply-held sentiment among most Mexican illegal aliens that Americans are an ancient enemy, and the land within US borders is rightfully theirs.
Buchanan delivers some shockers, such as the little known or reported news that the Mexican army frequently makes armed incursions into the United States, in some instances even going so far as to open fire on American customs and immigrations agents. Buchanan also cites some dire forecasts that project that by the mid-point of this present century, presumably within the lifetimes of most of my generation, Hispanics will account for in excess of one-third of America's population, and that all across the western world, from Europe into Russia, progressive democratic nations will be overrun by a veritable army of Third World foreigners whose questionable values will replace much of that which has lifted the west to global prominence. It is a dark scenario, and recognizing that this literal invasion will be and has been at great cost to America's deserved greatness is only pragmatism and patriotism, a desire for survival, not bigotry. And to solve our plight, illegals need not be "shipped home" in boxcars as many claim. Buchanan makes the sound case that if our government would simply cease with those economic incentives and entitlements which draw illegals here in the first place, the tide could yet be reversed.
I thought this was an extremely well-written book that courageously tackled one of the most pressing threats to America's future well-being. There was nothing prejudiced in State of Emergency, and I hope this work succeeds in getting the word out that things in America today are not as healthy or stable as they might on the surface appear. We are being invaded, and we need to protect ourselves.