Republicans Spurn Base On Affirmative Action, Immigration


What is the Republican constituency? This fall`s
election, with control of Congress important to

Bush`s presidency
, makes this question central.

There are different ways to answer the question.
Partisan Democrats, policy wonks, and campaign advisers
have different perspectives.

Democrats say the Republican constituency consists of
interest groups, such as the rich and

environmental polluters.
Policy wonks emphasize
policy goals, such as tax cuts, less government,
economic growth, and national security.

Campaign advisers
focus on the swing vote.

But interest groups, policies, and swing votes don`t
define a political constituency. Neither does a war on
terrorists. A lasting constituency is built on

principles
that offer a political vision of a good
society. When these principles are sacrificed to
pandering to interest groups and swing voters,
constituencies are lost, not gained.

Intimidated by interest group politics, Republicans
are deserting their principles.

Ever since federal bureaucrats and judges illegally
and unconstitutionally created race and gender
privileges in the name of civil rights, many Americans
have been patiently waiting for Republicans to reaffirm

equality in law.

Equality in law means that government cannot favor
groups by granting status-based privileges. Its opposite
is equality of result, which is achieved by treating
people differently.

Policies designed to achieve quality of result, such
as race and gender quotas, contravene the

equal protection clause
of the U.S. Constitution and
are illegal under the statutory language of the

1964 Civil Rights Act.

The purpose of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was to bring
an end to

legal discrimination
against individual black
Americans. When bureaucrats made discrimination a group
issue and defined discrimination as the absence of
proportional representation, the judiciary

winked
at this creation of race-based preferences in
college admissions,


employment
, and

government contracts.

The imposition of proportional outcomes requires
legal discrimination. Universities admit minorities on
the basis of preferment and require whites to meet
higher entrance standards. Minority preferment trumps
the low bid in government contracts.

Legal preferment has been extended to women. One
result is that men`s participation in college sports is

limited
by the

participation rate of women.
It is discrimination
and grounds for a federal lawsuit if a higher percentage
of the male student body participates in sports.

This extraordinary development is the result of one
ruling by one female

assistant secretary of education

in the Clinton Administration. Her ruling has terminated
350 men`s college sport teams. Proportional
representation for women is achieved by shrinking
opportunities for men.

After 38 years of civil rights policy, legally
imposed race and gender discrimination are far more
prevalent in the U.S. today than during the 1950s. In
those days discrimination was private or imposed by
state or local law and customary male and female roles.
Today discrimination against white males is required by
federal agencies.

The Bush Justice Department has twice

intervened

against those seeking redress from

reverse discrimination
, thus sacrificing a core
constituency principle to interest groups that do not
vote Republican.

Citizenship is another principle that is under
attack. Aliens, both

legal
and

illegal
, and their advocates have succeeded in
forcing citizens to open their purses to them and to
provide them with the full range of

medical,
educational, and

income support
programs. Some states now grant
aliens more rights than they grant to U.S. citizens from
other states. For example, some state universities

supported by taxpayers
grant

in-state tuition
to illegal (“undocumented”) aliens.

Bush is doing nothing about the assault on
citizenship except furthering it. He wants to

amnesty
illegal Mexicans.

Campaign advisers
tell him it will help with the

Hispanic vote
.

Another constituency-defining principle bites the
dust.

If Republicans desert a principle-based constituency,
how will the party fare in political competition?

Can

Republicans outbid Democrats
in promising privileges
to preferred minorities and

benefits to the poor?

Are Republicans acquiescing to the liberals` morality
that the only just policy is to

redistribute
income and power to the oppressed?

Paul Craig Roberts is the author of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
.

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