It is widely accepted that borders, language, and culture are the basic requirements for a nation to exist. Without even one of these three elements it’s hard for a nation to come together, even in its most basic form. Talk radio host Michael Savage uses that phrase as the tagline of his radio show and says it explains most of his political philosophy. Opponents characterize the philosophy of maintaining borders, language, and culture as extremist nationalism and say it fosters bias and hatred. But what does the philosophy really mean?
Borders define the physical space where a nation resides, much like the property line around our home. Within this space a nation harvests resources, builds industry, and provides for its citizens. The resources within that border can be used by those citizens as they see fit and they are free to defend that border from outsiders. One way to do this is through immigration laws. These laws let a nation control its borders by allowing it to decide who comes in, what they do while they are there, and how long they stay. If they do not protect and secure that border then they are giving up their sovereignty to whoever happens to walk by. Without walls there is no house and without a border there is no nation.  
All successful countries have a common language. That language defines that nation and unifies its people. We use it to communicate, do business, and educate our population. People should be encouraged to become fluent in other languages, however, in order for a nation to be successful, it must unify its people under the umbrella of one common language. One standard language, ingrained in our laws, culture, and documents is essential to our ability to function. Multilingualism leads to fragmentation. The ability to speak a common language is what bound together past generations of immigrants and made them into Americans. The U.S., as a nation, does not have an official language, however 27 states have adopted English as the official language of their state.
Culture describes a nation as a people and gives us a national identity. It’s the history, customs, art, literature, religion, and traditions of a people. It’s what tourists expect to see when they come to visit. Everyone is free to adopt their own personal versions of “American culture,” however there is a baseline of cultural norms on which our country was founded and these have served us well for generations. Obviously people are free to live as they choose, but when our nation’s culture is changed to make it easier for people coming into this country then the first brick is laid on the path to the end of America. There is nothing wrong with American Exceptionalism. In fact, many argue that it is because of our culture of American Exceptionalism that our country has prospered more than any other country in history.
Protecting our borders doesn’t mean that we are anti-immigrant. It means that we choose to protect our home and we have established a legal way for people to come here. Promoting English as a national language does not mean that no one can speak any other language while in America. It just means that those that choose to live here must do business in English and recognize that it is the language of our nation.
Maintaining and promoting American culture does not mean that we do not learn about and appreciate other people, cultures, and ways of life. It simply means that those that choose to come and live here must recognize that we will not change our country’s culture or alter the standards that define us as a people.
A nation, for the preservation of itself and its citizens, must protect it borders, language, and culture. If it fails to do this then its end is certain.
This is a basic function of government and, to a large degree, it has failed. U.S. society is increasingly balkanized and whole areas are turning into competing ethnic enclaves. The focus has gone from assimilation to diversity and from Americanization to multiculturalism. As Ronald Reagan once said, “A nation that cannot control its borders isn’t really a nation.”