Lessons from the Dutch Election

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, May 17, 2002

Lessons from the Dutch Election

The election in Holland on Wednesday was a rebuke to the unchecked liberalism of the last eight years. Christian democrats won a wide victory and were especially vindicated in their anti-immigration stance.

My own view is that U.S. immigration policy needs to be reformed. We should be teaching foreigners how to emulate our way of life in their own countries instead of coming here. Not that people who want to come here legally and become Americans should be banned. But America will not be able to continue as we have if we let everyone in, especially those whose faith, values and intent are not about building America up, but rather are about tearing America down.

France has a large Muslim population that has not become French and who greatly influence government. Will the United States suffer the same problems as we allow more Muslims into this country, especially from nations that preach and teach hatred of us? It's a serious subject and the Dutch election gives us an opportunity to debate the issue here. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.