Check out the article. Basically, you have talk of writers who are starting to come around to this idea that America is... distinct. And rather distinct in terms of traditions, heritage, and even... *muttered, voice a little lower* *population* as well. A population which cannot be sacrificed or displaced without America itself being lost, or at least fundamentally transformed, in the process.
So, overtures are made to this simple and basic nationalism. And almost immediately, Shapiro and Goldberg are quoted to rain on this parade, insisting that nationalism means tribal, and loyalty to one's tribe is foul, wicked, and everything wrong with the world.
No one at W4 thinks of asking the obvious in reply - 'Wait, does that mean Israel is retrograde too? Should we shun tribalistic Israelis?'
Anyway, what starts out impressive on Jeff's part quickly turns pathetic. Having attempted to take a stand for the idea that a nation is a group of people (not mere abstract ideas), and that a group of people can be identified by a particular shared culture, language, and - even if things get fuzzy - lineage, the others at W4 move in for the kill.
A few quips about how it cannot *possibly* be the case that some people are more American than others, Jeffrey S remembers his place in the pack, and bows his head submissively:
I'll be the first to push back against a "tribal nationalist" who claims that my Japanese neighbor whose grandparents fought in WWII for this country, a third generation Catholic Mexican family in a southern Texas town, or a newly arrived evangelical immigrant from Kenya can't share American culture or values with me. It is always a question of prudence and careful control of numbers (and the actual process for getting in the country) not to mention the process of assimilation in the schools that helps these disparate groups from around the world become patriotic Americans.
From trumpeting the importance of kin and country, to be the first to defend a newly arrived Kenyan as being a True American. Poor guy. He didn't even last 24 hours.
Of course, Jeffrey S tries to cling to at least some of his sentiment. 'Grandparents fought in WWII for this country' (love the qualifier!) 'Third generation Catholic Mexican family'. ... 'Newly arrived evangelical immigrant from Kenya'.
'Careful control of numbers'.
Sadly, I get the sense that Jeffrey S only has to be asked, in sarcastic tone, "Just how many blacks are too many, Jeff?" to have him panic, say "There's never enough!", and then ask David French for adoption agency brochures.
The problem isn't really his qualifications. Can a Japanese person assimilate and be American? I'd say so - though you may want to be careful about that. Can Catholics? I hope so, though at this point it seems like the Catholic Church has a lot to apologize for on that front, especially on the immigration topic. But by the time he's talking about newly arrived Kenyan immigrants 'sharing American culture or values with him', he's given the game away, and he's embraced de facto Proposition Nation talk. Because he's going to get called bad words otherwise, and kin and country aren't worth defending from that kind of ordinance.
Hell, why should that Kenyan even BE an immigrant, Jeff? Are you saying someone in Kenya is 'too African' to share your precious culture? ("David, hurry up with those brochures!!!")
And they wonder why they lose.