John Derbyshire: Idiot Party Should Go To Plan B—Defang Obamnesty By Abolishing Birthright Citizenship
I turned to my thesaurus in hopes of finding something more apt. Alas; in this age of microaggressions, of mimosa-like sensitivity to offense, the stronger adjectives—“retarded,” “moronic,” “imbecilic,” “cretinous”—are out of bounds.
“Idiotic” is borderline acceptable, and it brings with it a helpful mental image of the gibbering snaggle-toothed Village Idiot; so I’ll take a venture on “idiotic” for the GOP congresscritters.
No offense is intended to Republican voters at large. The old (and nowadays out-of-favor) quip about the WW1 British Army is apt here: “lions led by donkeys.” And there are even a handful of lions in the congressional delegations, notably Rep. Steve King and Senator Jeff Sessions.
But, really: Didn’t they game the thing? When playing chess with an acquaintance—for which the stakes are far lower than in congressional maneuvering—we try to think things out a few moves ahead: “At this point I can do A, B, or C. If I do A, he can do x or y. Ax goes nowhere for me; Ay opens up Ay1—no, that puts me in check—and Ay2, aha! …”
If the GOP congressfolk are too dimwitted to do the gaming themselves, don’t they have staffers to do it for them? This was pathetic.
What might congressional Republicans have done? We weren’t short of suggestions.
- Instead of a Department of Homeland Security funding bill with amendments, make it two bills: one funding ICE, but minus Amnesty processing, the second—which Senate Democrats would have no reason to vote down—to fund all other DHS functions. Downside: the Amnesty would have gone ahead anyway, funded by ICE applicant fees.
- The DHS could have been left unfunded. Since fees can keep much of the ICE bureaucracy afloat, and most security functions
"If and when Congress votes on a new immigration bill—whatever the "triggers," timetables or other provisos—the real issue to be decided will be the same as it has been from the beginning. That issue is whether the Republican Party, dazed from a daily pounding by the Washington press corps, will agree to commit political suicide by enfranchising 11 plus million illegal aliens on U.S. soil, the vast majority of whom will soon be casting Democratic ballots."
So wrote the great M. Stanton Evans, who passed away on Tuesday. Having been at the forefront of the movement to draft Ronald Reagan and defeat the Evil Empire, Evans had recently turned to the next greatest danger for America: immigration.
That conference occurred in the middle of the Watergate scandal. If you think things look bad now, right-wingers, imagine how it looked back then. Conservatives were already livid over President Nixon's wage and price controls, and then got hit with stories about members of the Nixon administration breaking into Democrat headquarters and burglarizing the psychiatrist's office of Pentagon Papers-leaker Daniel Ellsberg.
Stan confessed to the CPAC conferees that he never liked Nixon until Watergate. He apologized to Nixon speechwriter, Pat Buchanan, saying he wouldn't have been so tough on the administration if he'd know about "all that great stuff you guys were doing."
A few years later, the conservative movement suffered another blow when Reagan ran for president a second time in 1976 and lost the primary to Gerald Ford, who then lost the presidential election to Jimmy Carter. Conservatives were in despair and champing at the bit to start a third party.
After the twice-defeated Reagan spoke to cheering throngs at CPAC in 1977, Evans, who opposed the third-party option, told him, "Governor, we got your message, and I think you got ours." Reagan ran for president a third time, won the presidency and saved the country.
(One thing you must always remember, right-wingers: Never run the same guy for president three times. Look how that turned out!)
Someone needs to put together
Young Netanyahu And Young Obama: The image making the rounds of the American Right
It was politics as parody. With almost as much pomp and posturing as the State of the Union, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a Joint Session of Congress and delivered a speech that would have been called stridently nationalist if uttered by any European. The Republican leadership showed their willingness to openly insult the President of the United States by hosting a foreign head of state and giving him a reception as rapturous as anything ever enjoyed by Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.
And then, just after the speech was over, the House Republicans promptly collapsed and handed Barack Obama the greatest policy victory of his second term by surrendering on his unilateral Executive Amnesty.
Seventy five Republicans joined the entirety of the Democratic Party to vote for a “clean” i.e. castrated Department of Homeland Security funding bill that fully funds Obama’s Executive Amnesty. For all intents and purposes, immigration law is now essentially suspended in the United States—with the complaisance of Congress [Here Are the 75 House Republicans Who Conceded the Immigration Fight, by Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze, March 3, 2015]
What makes this surrender so startling: it is the culmination of months of militant rhetoric during which the Republican Party swore defiance. As even House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy noted,
Memo From Middle America | Obama’s Miami Town Hall Meeting Appeals Directly To Illegal Aliens—WHERE IS GOP?
In an administration which increasingly resembles the court of an emperor, Barack Obama traveled to Miami, Florida last week, where he held a “Town Hall” meeting for an audience including illegal aliens and their supporters. The apparent purpose: to reassure them that Amnesty is going to go through—and that he intends to drown the historic American nation. Did we hear any high-ranking Republicans complain about this?
The “Town Hall” was sponsored by MSNBC and Telemundo and was hosted by Telemundo’s Cuban-American journalist Jose Diaz-Balart, the brother of current U.S. Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (NumbersUSA ranking: F-) and former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and also the nephew of Mirta Diaz-Balart, who…was Fidel Castro’s first wife!
But if you were just an ordinary American living in Miami, you probably couldn’t have participated. For one thing, tickets were not made available to the general public. It was an invitation-only event with a purpose the White House made clear.
In speaking of the Miami town hall several days earlier, Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest had explained that
“the president has a desire to engage in a genuine conversation about issues important to the community. “Obama to hold immigration town hall in Miami, by Lesley Clark, McClatchy, February20, 2015
“The community”? The American Community?
No, the activist Latino immigrant and pro-illegal alien community.
“It makes for an interesting, dynamic place and a great symbol of how immigration
It’s rare to hear from someone I consider a true hero. Last week I had just such an opportunity when I listened to a speech by Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis. Yet Lewis’s support for open borders threatens to undermine everything that he has accomplished.
Lewis spoke at the Washington DC Newseum about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement [Civil Rights Superhero: An Evening With John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Newseum, February 25, 2015]. He delivered a spellbinding stem-winder recounting his dangerous history in the struggle for equality for African-Americans. In the end, I believe that what Lewis and his comrades fought for was simply for America to adhere to the rule of law and adhere to the ideals in our founding documents.
I must admit his stories often brought me close to tears. And his wildly enthusiastic reception by a mostly non-black audience was marked by repeated standing ovations.
Everything Congressman Lewis said was marked by hearty applause, which I was glad to join. But when Lewis called for comprehensive immigration reform, my hands remained still.
He can hardly be blamed. After all, it seems like every Democrat these days—except me—has taken the Obama Open Borders position. This support comes from both those who have experienced privilege and oppression.
When I lived in the North Beach area of San Francisco, near Nancy Pelosi’s wealthy district, I heard reports that kids in the local youth center spoke over 20 languages. And we can expect Lewis to feel a certain empathy for downtrodden illegals after his youthful experiences in what was practically a war zone in Alabama.
But does Lewis truly fail to grasp
Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the […]
Since Walker moved away from Amnesty, the MSM says he flip-flopped. If he'd moved the other way, they'd say he had evolved.
March is coming in like a lion for immigration patriots, as the drama over Obama’s Executive Amnesty mounts. Three major signs of spring:
- Candidates versus Conservatism Inc. at CPAC
Conservatism Inc. did its best to distract CPAC attendees from thinking too much about immigration this weekend, banishing Ann Coulter despite her popularity because of her powerful attacks on Amnesty, and stacking the deck against immigration patriots in the scheduled speeches. The case against immigration is not one that the Beltway Right wants to hear, which is why VDARE.com supporters did their best to take their message to attendees through grassroots activism.
Needless to say, the Beltway Right’s usual cowardice did nothing to stop the Left’s usual attacks against it, as various Cultural Marxist enforcers demanded the power to determine who conservatives are and are not allowed to associate with at what is supposed to be the most important gathering of the American Right in the country. Yet even as the Left mustered its usual showy “outrage,” the undeniable fact is that CPAC’s management has all but banished populist Right organizations as sponsoring organizations, either deliberately or through the gouging prices the conference now demands.
Still, the politicians at CPAC were forced to show their concern about the immigration issue. The frankly anti-American (in the sense that he openly despises existing American citizens) Jeb Bush’s only supporters were those that he bused in. Senator Ted Cruz, who finished third in the Straw Poll, explicitly focused on (illegal) immigration during his speech and called out K street lobbyists.
Even Marco Rubio had to back down from openly supporting Amnesty. And the winner of the Straw Poll, Rand Paul, despite his flip-flops, was an opponent of the Amnesty/Immigration Surge when he actually had to vote. And Nigel Farage of UKIP condemned multiculturalism from the main stage, triggering Leftists.
What this tells us is that immigration patriotism is the opposite of an Astroturf issue. Immigration patriotism resonates among voters and at the grassroots, even though it is almost totally devoid of institutional support.
The real winner of CPAC: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose strong second- place finish in the yearly straw poll can almost be called a victory when you can take for granted that Rand Paul (or any Paul) is going to win, given the strength—in some ways unfortunate—of libertarianism among the younger generation.
Walker has clearly established himself as the anti-Jeb among Beltway Republicans and grassroots conservatives who can’t quite bring themselves to support the libertarian-leaning Paul. But Walker has a mixed record on immigration and has supported an Amnesty/Immigration Surge in the past.
Which brings us to...
- Scott Walker Shifts Our Way
Scott Walker moved on immigration—in a patriotic direction. And he isn’t even doing the usual politician trick of claiming his views have somehow remained consistent. As he told Fox News: “My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it.” [Walker: ‘My View Has Changed’ on immigration reform, March 1, 2015].
Walker is now saying that a path to citizenship for illegals qualifies as Amnesty. He says he changed his
Jeb Handlers will spin #CPAC2015 appearance as "brave," and "held firm," "didn't back down," to reassure #DonorClass that he's the one.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 27, 2015
Just as Laura Ingraham predicted, the Main Stream Media’s spin on Jeb Bush’s appearance at CPAC is that he survived (although he apparently bused in supporters and still did very badly in Saturday’s presidential straw poll). But an arrogant Establishment Republican named Bush with a spendthrift Mexican immigrant wife with a taste for expensive things—now there’s a presidential couple that will inspire the historic American nation!
Some Republicans are excited about Jeb Bush because he has a Hispanic wife, Columba. Thus The Hill refers to Jeb's Hispanic wife as his "secret weapon" for winning the presidency. [How Jeb Bush's wife could help win him the White House, by Jonathan Easley, Jan. 28, 2015]. Needless to say, this crude tokenism will fail in the general election because of the overriding Latin American-style economic and political commitments of Hispanics. But there seems to be no limit to the GOP’s appetite for minority-pandering.
The unlikely evolution of John Ellis “Jeb” Bush into a sort of honorary Hispanic loops back to 1970 and a tree-lined square in Leon, a colonial-era city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Bush, then a teenager and student at the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., was in Mexico for a three-month exchange program. One Sunday, he spotted a girl in the back of a car promenading around the square. She struck him as “beautiful,” and so did her name: Columba Garnica de Gallo.[Hispanic consciousness lends weight to Jeb Bush as GOP eyes 2016 presidential race, by Manuel Roig-Franzia and Peter Wallsten, April 24, 2013].
Liberals, campaign consultants, donors, and naïve Republicans will find this love story compelling. But when Jeb hits the trail with his wife, traditional Americans will cringe when Bush wraps Amnesty in the mantle of his marriage.
The Hill points out how Jeb and Columba evidently talk about Hispanic family values at home: “The Mexican-born immigrant has
We delayed our monthly commentary on immigrant displacement of American workers, based on our analysis of the federal government’s updated unemployment data, to include our new charts—above, the relentless influx of immigrant workers into the U.S. job market since Obama took office in 2009. Note that you can now mouse-over get the underlying data! (But this won’t show up if you’re reading VDARE.com on a mobile device).
January marked the second successive month in which native-born American workers gained jobs while immigrants lost them. But this, of course, is an anomaly. Over the whole 12 months since last January foreign-born employment has risen by