We have, notes Steyn, developed a fascination with the trivial and have an astonishing inability to recognize the immediate threat of enemies flooding into our countries. Our preoccupations are suicidal, whether they are, focusing on America now, Donald Trump's conservatism, homosexual weddings, welfare benefits, "free" health care, the latest stupidities to boil out of the endlessly-aggrieved black soul, or the delicate sensibilities of our resident Muslim enemies.
We are focused on the vapid, the stupid, the ignorant, the obscene, the transient, and the cheap. The word "gun" causes highly educated people in their distant suburban or gated and guarded communities to experience moistness. Illiterates vote and subversives control our schools. We fawn over the foreigner. Certain of our citizens give their children names not even found in a Tarzan novel and smirk at their creativity. The same citizens turn great cities into slums, two-way shooting galleries, and new habitats for wild turkeys. Citizens who object are persecuted. Public officials at all levels cannot master simple arithmetic and their powers of foresight drop off exponentially three days in the future or at quitting time on Friday, whichever comes first.
Westerners are failing to get a grip and that failure will destroy the West:
If you look at European election results--most recently in Germany--it's hard not to conclude that, while voters are unhappy with their political establishments, they're unhappy mainly because they resent being asked to reconsider their government benefits and, no matter how unaffordable they may be a generation down the road, they have no intention of seriously reconsidering them. . . .Mr. Steyn's article about the grim demographics of the Western world – and the feeble Western thinking that has imperiled the West – is now 10 years old. This is a veritable lifetime considering the pace at which Western leaders are eagerly importing their enemies. Westerners are not only fascinated by the trivial but simply have no concept that there are tectonic forces at work and that time is running out on them at a frightful rate.
This isn't a deep-rooted cultural difference between the Old World and the New. It dates back all the way to, oh, the 1970s. If one wanted to allocate blame, one could argue that it's a product of the U.S. military presence, the American security guarantee that liberated European budgets: instead of having to spend money on guns, they could concentrate on butter, and buttering up the voters. If Washington's problem with Europe is that these are not serious allies, well, whose fault is that? Who, in the years after the Second World War, created NATO as a postmodern military alliance? The "free world," as the Americans called it, was a free ride for everyone else. And having been absolved from the primal responsibilities of nationhood, it's hardly surprising that European nations have little wish to reshoulder them. In essence, the lavish levels of public health care on the Continent are subsidized by the American taxpayer. And this long-term softening of large sections of the West makes them ill-suited to resisting a primal force like Islam.
Now think about what it means when Angela Merkel, in the face of the invasion of over a million Muslim and African primitives, can only bring herself to say, "We can handle this." A more ineffectual, irrelevant, and cowardly response is difficult to imagine.
 "It's the Demography, Stupid The real reason the West is in danger of extinction." By Mark Steyn, Wall Street Journal, 1/4/06.