You sometimes hear from Democrats and other open-borders enthusiasts the curious suggestion that foreigners are somehow “more American than Americans.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said it, when she said illegal aliens in sneaking into the U.S. are “acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out.” Nancy Pelosi said it, when she insisted that illegal aliens “make America more American.” And erstwhile Dem front-runner Joe Biden said it just yesterday, when he told a crowd in Nevada that illegal aliens “are more American than most Americans.”
When you examine such statements in anything more than the most cursory way, they make no sense. Nevertheless, those who say them seem to think it gives them the air of superior intelligence, as though they see something beyond the paradox that lesser mortals don’t see.
Appearing more intelligent than the average doorknob is especially challenging for Joe Biden, but you can’t tell him that. Old Joe keeps trying.
Note that this was not the first time this campaign season that he’s made such an observation. Speaking to a crowd in Iowa last month, he insisted that some illegals are “more American than most Americans.” The reason: “they have done well in school.”
Addressing the Nevada rally, Biden declared, “These DACA students are more Americans than Americans are.” The crowd, which appeared to be composed primarily of white American citizens, inexplicably applauded at that nonsense, probably because they’ve been trained to think that somehow paradoxes are cooler and more intelligent that rational statements. Such notions are in fact foolish as hell, but they sound good. Biden went on to describe in his patented stream-of-consciousness, barely comprehensible style his idea of the typical DACA “dreamer”:
They come along and they’re eight years old and their mom says they’re crossing the river. “No, Mom, leave me here. I don’t want to go.” They don’t know where they’re from. They’ve never been there. They’ve been good decent citizens and they’re great additions.
Believing that the alien is more native than the native is an example of what George Orwell called “doublethink,” the practice of believing in two contradictory ideas. It’s also reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, when Alice told the White Queen, “One can’t believe impossible things,” to which the Queen replied, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Like the White Queen, Joe Biden has had a lot of practice in believing impossible things. He could probably do a half dozen, without half trying.