Immigration, The GOP, And The Modern Mehlman Monstrosity

“In the further interest of
American workmen we favor a more effective restriction
of the immigration of

cheap labor
from foreign lands.”
GOP Platform on Immigration
…in 1900!

It is safe to say that, as of late,
I have become

with Monsieur Le Président
George II.

However, on the off-chance I left
you with the impression that my displeasure stopped with
Bush II, let me assure you, it extends to the


The Republican National Committee
is supposed to

raise money
for Republican candidates/causes and
promote membership…well, that is what it normally does.

Under Ken Mehlman—the former Bush
White House staffer who is current President of the RNC—it
seems to be on a different mission: raise money and

Bush love.

On the whole, as a Republican
consultant, I don`t even recognize the RNC anymore.

Just over a year ago, the late Sam
Francis wrote a column,

Discredited Hispanic Vote Share Myth Goes Marching On At
(December 6 2004), about Ken Mehlman
and the RNC.

Needless to say, Mehlman was
spouting off about how the Hispanic vote allegedly
carried the `04 Bush II victory—an idea we at VDARE.COM
had already thoroughly debunked. From the Francis

the Washington Post reported, Mr. Mehlman argued
that Mr. Bush won largely by `broadening his appeal
among key swing constituencies, including

Roman Catholics

and suburban

.` Predictably, he maintained that `the single
most important number that has come out of the election`
is the 44 percent Hispanic support the president

won this year. [GOP
Governors Celebrate Party Wins
|Tutorial on Bush
Campaign Strategies Shows What Went Right,
By Dan
Balz, November 19, 2004]

`Future Republican majorities will depend in part on the
party`s ability to expand its

support among Hispanic voters
, and 2004 may have
been a significant step in that direction if GOP
candidates can build on it,` the Post reported
him as telling the national meeting of Republican
governors in

New Orleans
last month.

[Hold on…blech, puke, retch…ok,
just had to get that out.]

In December, RNC Chairman Mehlman
spoke at the Republican Governor`s Association meeting
[December 1, 2005, speech transcript

] in Carlsbad, California. He was still at it.
He said:

somewhere in this country, there`s a family new to
America. They might be a family of migrant workers, or
day laborers.

might be here in California—or Texas—or Florida. They
woke up today and went to work. They will come home at
the end of the day to spend time with their children.
They will eventually

buy a house
—or start a

—or write a


are building a new life.

that`s what America is all about.”

(My nausea is back…thanks, Ken.)

The proof is in the pudding.
Successive GOP platform planks on immigration reform are
perhaps the starkest example of the differences between
the modern Mehlman monstrosity and the Republican Party
of old:

From the

1912 GOP Platform

pledge the Republican party to the enactment of
appropriate laws to give relief from the

constantly growing evil
of induced or undesirable
immigration, which is inimical to the progress and
welfare of the people of the United States.”

From the

1920 GOP Platform

immigration policy of the U. S.

should be such
as to insure that the number of
foreigners in the country at any one time shall not
exceed that which can be assimilated with reasonable
rapidity, and to favor immigrants whose

standards are similar to ours.

From the

1928 GOP Platform

Republican Party believes that in the interest of both
native and foreign-born wage-earners, it is necessary to
restrict immigration…(we support) the restriction of
immigration which not only prevents the glutting of our

labor market
, but allows to our

newer immigrants
a greater opportunity to secure a
footing in their upward struggle.”

From the

1932 GOP Platform

restriction of immigration is a Republican
policy…provisions of the law have enabled the President
to suspend immigration of foreign wage-earners who
otherwise, directly or indirectly, would have increased
unemployment among native-born and legally resident
foreign-born wage-earners in this country.”

Side note: Between 1932 and 1972
the Party platform maintained a continuous stance of
immigration restriction—I simply didn`t have room to
include all of the quotes.

From the

1972 GOP Platform

stand for an equitable, non-discriminatory immigration
policy…and the selective admission of the specially
talented. The immigration process must be just and
orderly, and we will increase our efforts to halt the
illegal entry of aliens into the United States.”


1980 GOP Platform
(Reagan election year!):

believe that to the fullest extent possible those
immigrants should be admitted who will make a

positive contribution to America
and who are willing
to accept the

fundamental American values
and way of life.”

And more to the point…

“Immigration into this country must not be determined
solely by

foreign governments
or even by the

millions of people
around the world who wish to come
to America.”

I miss Ronnie.

From the

1984 GOP Platform

[immigrants] desiring to enter (the US)
must comply with our immigration laws. Failure to do so
not only is an offense to the American people but is
fundamentally unjust to those in foreign lands patiently
waiting for legal entry.”

the estimates of the number of illegal aliens in the
United States ranging as high as

12 million…

Yeah…even in 1984 the estimate was
12 million.


1996 GOP Platform
was probably the last example of
respectable guidelines within the Republican Party. 

  • “We must set immigration at
    manageable levels, balance the competing goals of
    uniting families of our citizens and admitting
    especially talented persons, and end asylum abuses
    through expedited exclusion of false claimants.”

  • “Legal immigrants should
    depend for assistance on their sponsors, who are
    legally responsible for their financial well-being,
    not the American taxpayers.”

  • “We support a
    constitutional amendment or

    legislation declaring
    that children born in the United States of parents
    who are not legally present in the United States or
    who are

    not long-term residents
    are not automatically

Whimper, whimper…that was
the end—the bitter end.

And, by amazing coincidence, that
was the last convention I attended as a consultant for
the Republican Party…

After the Dole/Kemp days ended, so
did any pretence at conservative principles and well…rational

To wit—

From the

2000 GOP Platform

ensure fairness for those wishing to reside in this
country, and to meet the manpower needs of our expanding
economy, a total overhaul of the immigration system is
sorely needed.”

Meet the manpower needs or jobs

won`t do
…wait a minute—yep, I`m going to be


The 2000 GOP Platform carried the
first message—albeit subtle—of
guest worker programs
. In 2004 however, even
subtlety was abandoned.

From the

2004 GOP Platform

growing economy requires a growing number of workers,
and President Bush has proposed a new temporary worker
program that applies when no Americans can be found to
fill the jobs.”

The new GOP also “addressed”
the pressing problem—that would be the gazillion
illegal aliens already living here:

new program would allow workers who currently hold jobs
to come out of the shadows and to participate legally in
America`s economy. It would allow men and women who
enter the program to apply for citizenship in the same
manner as those who apply from outside the United

Yeah…20 million law-breaking
illegal aliens get the same place in line as that woman
who sits in the

, year after year, applying for legal entry
only to be denied because we don`t have room.

If that isn`t compassionate
conservatism, what is…?

Alright, that`s enough…I
can`t take anymore without IV fluid to circumvent the
nausea-induced dehydration…or a rope to simply hang

This might explain why I spend very
little time in campaign work anymore—I have neither the
inclination nor the patience to deal with quacks. (Well,
I mean other than those I am directly related to and
therefore cursed to …mom.)

Then again, more than one
politician throughout my brief tenure in politics
commented on my

and oh,

way of putting things.

Let me explain:

I love pearls, ok? They make
everything look good—I wear mine even with cut-off jeans
and a Pink Floyd t-shirt (circa 1969) when I work in the
garden and it works, people.

But I would never put pearl
earrings on a shark hoping to soften the gruesome image
given off by their ten rows of large, razor sharp teeth.

Why not? Because even a man in coma
would sit up any say “wait a second…”—well, that
and sharks don`t have ears. (Jeez…do I have to explain

On that note, this is my über
professional advice for the current RNC regime:

1.      The sitting President of the United States is a

Republican. You RNC people have one job—one—to
find another (as in different) Republican candidate and
get him elected…Bush ain`t your man no mo`, m`kay?

2.      The RNC was never designed to be some Madison
Avenue, it`s all about the pay-out so let`s create a
pop star
and forget the real talent kind of

3.      The RNC is not supposed to be a warehouse of
reward jobs for loyal, lucky and

leftover lackeys

from the Bush II reign.

Speaking of Mehlman…

Interestingly enough, according to
a recent US News story on immigration reform and
the RNC, a GOP insider said:

"Mehlman is concerned that we
might become the party of

Tom Tancredo…
House Watch: RNC chair plans Hispanic outreach

By Kenneth T. Walsh December 13, 2005]

Yeah…I`m counting on it.

Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.