Attack Of The Pod Person II: Amnesty To Remake America

Nothing President Bush has done in his entire
administration has more deeply alienated the
conservatives who have supported him since his days as
governor of Texas than the amnesty plan for illegal
aliens he released last week—not the

Iraq war
, not his

internal security policies
, not even his

Medicare reforms.


Washington Times

Human Events,

American Conservative Union
and even some at

National Review
have all rejected the
immigration proposal.

So who supports it? The

, of course, who are usually
preoccupied with pushing the country into wars all over
the world and fabricating reports about weapons of mass

Linda Chavez,
the neocons` professional

Republican Hispanic Woman
, virtually

endorsed the plan
or at least its fallacious premise

illegal alien labor
is needed to keep the price of


That claim has been refuted repeatedly by

real economists,
but Miss Chavez seems not to have
heard. Even if she had, her job is to provide support
for the Republican Party, and she knows what she`s is
paid for.

But she`s not the only neocon to embrace the amnesty.
New York Post columnist John Podhoretz,

of neocon guru

Norman Podhoretz,
not only embraced it at once but
is virtually in love with it—not just because he

it will draw

Hispanic voters
to the Republican Party but also
because the whole pro-immigration concept promises to
destroy the party`s conservative base that the neocons

The president`s plan, Mr. Podhoretz writes, seeks
to "transform not only the political debate in the
United States but the Republican Party as well."
does so because by attracting Third World immigrants
into the party, the native

white base
that has sustained the GOP since the days
of Lincoln will be overwhelmed.

"In the 20th century," he writes, "the
Republican Party was not, to put it mildly, the party of
immigrants. The key pieces of legislation limiting
immigration and the rights of foreign-born peoples were
designed and championed by Republicans.”.
Immigration Plan: A New GOP,

January 8, 2004, by John Podhoretz]

He cites the

1924 law
that enforced

ethnic quotas for immigration,
the 1986
Simpson-Mazzoli bill and

California`s Proposition 187
in 1994, as well as the
conservative critics of mass immigration, who range, he
writes, "from the respectable precincts of
National Review
to the hatemongering nativism
growing like fetid algae in the Pat Buchanan fever

You can sort of tell where Mr. Podhoretz is coming
from, can`t you?

In general, he`s right that Republicans have almost
always favored immigration controls.
[VDARE.COM note:
And they were not alone—see
Paul Gottfried

Many of the

Northern abolitionists
who founded the party were
Protestant clergymen who feared and opposed the arrival
of hordes of Irish Catholics.

The basic reason the GOP has supported immigration
restrictions is that, whatever else it is, it is a
nationalist party.

It was political nationalism that Lincoln supported
in his resistance to Southern secession and

economic nationalism
that Teddy Roosevelt and most
other Republicans supported in their protectionism.

And the understanding that American nationality was
rooted in the

European stock
that settled and developed the
political institutions, economy, language and culture of
the nation was the underlying reason for the party`s
support for strenuous immigration control.

Those who wished to conserve that identity agreed
with and supported the Republicans in this.

That is why they were called "conservatives."

And that is why gentlemen like Mr. Podhoretz and
ladies like Miss Chavez and their tribe cannot be

called conservatives
in any meaningful sense.

Mr. Podhoretz argues that the party`s opposition to
immigration "became a major political problem for it
in the 1990s."

Not really.

party`s base
remains overwhelmingly grounded in the

white native majority
, and

Prop 187
helped Republicans win a

congressional majority in 1994

But it`s more than political tactics that Mr.
Podhoretz is trying to sell. As he writes, the amnesty
plan will "transform" the Republican Party. Not
only will it supposedly bring into the party all the

Third World immigrants
who now

vote Democratic
but also, by doing so and simply by
putting the party on record as supporting mass
immigration, it will make Republican support for serious

immigration control measures
in the future almost

The "hatemongering

of "the Pat Buchanan fever swamps"
will die because it will become politically
impossible—and so will most of the rest of the
conservatism those "fever swamps" breed.

That`s why phony conservatives like the neocons are
on board for open borders.

Of course, opposition to immigration, whether from
Pat Buchanan populist conservatives or conventional
Republicans, is not the "hatemongering" or
"fever swamp"
Mr. Podhoretz rants about, and that
kind of opposition will probably be immensely helped by
the president`s flawed plan.

As noted, conservatives are already mobilizing to
stop the amnesty.

Hopefully, this time, they`ll leave the phony-cons
like Miss Chavez and Mr. Podhoretz behind.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control.

Click here
for Sam Francis` website.


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Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
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