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
So who supports it? The
neo-conservatives, of course, who are usually
preoccupied with pushing the country into wars all over
the world and fabricating reports about weapons of mass
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
But she`s not the only neocon to embrace the amnesty.
New York Post columnist John Podhoretz,
son of neocon guru
Norman Podhoretz, not only embraced it at once but
is virtually in love with it—not just because he
thinks 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." It
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.”. [W`s
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.
And they were not alone—see
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
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. The
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
nativism" 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.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[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.
for Sam Francis` website.
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]