The Left Knows Bush Betrayal Is GOP Suicide. Why doesn`t—Aw, Fuhgeddaboutit
You can talk about the supposed benefits of President
ill-advised plan for amnesty for millions of illegal
aliens all you want but the fact is that the political
motivations of the president and his advisers in designing
it and unleashing it at this particular time are
That strategy was obvious enough in the White House
ceremony where Mr. Bush announced his plan. Every single
one of the advocacy groups and their leaders that were
invited to the speech was Hispanic. Not one was
non-Hispanic. Since the plan in theory applies to
non-Hispanic as well as Hispanic immigrants and affects
plain old Americans who
aren`t immigrants at all, wouldn`t you think some
non-Hispanics might have been asked to hear what the
president had in mind for them?
Not if the point is to persuade key Hispanic leaders
that you`re really their
amigo and deserve their votes.
said: “I appreciate the members of citizen [sic]
groups who have joined us today. Chairman of the
Hispanic Alliance for Progress, Manny Lujan. Gil
Moreno, the President and CEO of the
Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans.
Roberto De Posada, the President of the
Latino Coalition. And Hector Flores, the President
In the last election, he won only 35 percent of
the Hispanic vote. Now, as a recent article in
The Nation argues, the Democrats are thinking hard
about how to win even more than Al Gore`s 65 percent—and
in key states Republicans need to win at all.
The Nation (Jan. 5) carries an article [Blue
States, Latino Voters] by two Democratic
strategists, Joe Velasquez and Steve Cobble, who show
how "Latino voters" can be mobilized to cut into
Republican support in the South and Southwest. Those
regions have been the bastion of the Republicans`
Sunbelt electoral base since the
1960s. That was when they were American. Now, thanks
to the mass immigration Republicans have
encouraged and now
amnestied, they`re becoming simply
Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble point out that the
Latino vote is concentrated in four states—New Mexico,
Nevada, Arizona and Colorado—plus Florida. In every one
of these states, thanks to immigration, the Latino vote
is increasing, and the first four control 29 electoral
votes, equal to Florida`s. If you take them from the
GOP, it loses.
Mexico was a blue [Democratic] state surrounded by
red [Republican] in 2000," they write. Now, it
Latino Democratic Governor Bill Richardson, who is
mobilizing hard to increase the power of the Latino vote
Arizona "is already one-quarter Latino, and
according to the census, of the more than 325,000 people
added to the state between April 2000 and July 2002 (the
latest estimate), more than half (181,000) were
Ah, yes, reply the
political Napoleons of the GOP, but you see, all
these Latino voters will swoon in gratitude to Mr. Bush
for his amnesty, if only we keep jabbering long and loud
enough about being
"a nation of immigrants" and a
"welcoming society" and all that kind of stuff.
Unfortunately for the Napoleons, there is no shred of
evidence to support that claim. The Republicans have
been doing just that for years now, ever since at least
1996 and most noticeably in 2000, when Mr. Bush
fetched up such a
pathetic catch of Hispanic votes.
As Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble point out, Al Gore
lost the four Western states in 2000 very, very
narrowly—but not so long ago these states were
fortresses of Republican strength.
Mr. Velasquez and Mr. Cobble also know that all the
GOP jabber about the glories of mass immigration won`t
serve breakfast. What they propose for the Democrats, by
contrast, is a left-wing agenda calculated to appeal to
working class non-whites.
"Latino voters in these four states could be
united and inspired by an economic agenda that includes
decent wages, retirement security, reining in corporate
corruption, rebuilding public schools, labor rights and
My money is on the Democrats.
What the Republicans have done with all their
pro-immigration clichés and their refusal to control
and reduce the flood of immigrants over the last 30
years is brew the poison for their own
Not only have they permitted the importation of a new
underclass that will support the Democrats but also by
so doing they`ve helped push national politics well to
the left with the agenda the Democrats need to win the
new voting bloc.
Now, the amnesty plan Mr. Bush released this month is
likely to be
his party`s tombstone.
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.]