The President started something when he gave a speech in Poland about "defending the West". I don't take issue with the idea of defending Western values -- but I also think it's a mistake to misunderstand what those values really are. At the top of the show, I argued that those values in many ways come back to a sense of openness -- being open to new ideas, new competition, and yes, new immigrants as well. This caller disagrees:
And while I respect everyone's right to hold their own opinion, we aren't entitled to our own facts. The caller erroneously claimed that the United States went to a policy of zero immigration for a large part of the 20th Century. That claim is entirely wrong: The Census Bureau has carefully documented immigration to the United States, and in no decade during the 20th Century did migration into our country fall to zero.
If you say you're for "Western" values, but don't value liberty enough to defend the rights of others to enjoy liberty as well, then I would submit that you're confusing values with something else.