This Just In: On Immigration, Stupid Party Leaders Behaving—Well—Stupidly

Six months before the election, and some 20 percent

Republican voters
say they are not necessarily
committed to voting

for George W. Bush
. Welcome to the club, but
meanwhile, Republicans are doing everything they can
think of to insure their maximum leader goes the way of
his dad and Bob Dole, among other recent losers. They

accomplishing this
by stabbing immigration control
activists in the back.

Not only did the president himself unveil a

lame brained amnesty plan
for illegal aliens last
January, but more recently the GOP establishment in
California and Arizona has tried to scuttle immigration
control measures on the state ballots this year.

In California, where veterans of the movement to pass
Proposition 187 in 1994 have

to put a
revised version
before the state`s voters, the
Republican leadership effectively strangled the proposal
in its cradle. This is not too different from what
happened before.

In 1994, Prop 187 forbade public benefits being paid
to illegal aliens. The Hispanic lobbies, the

Open Borders crowd
and the neoconservatives were
outraged, and

point men William Bennett and Jack Kemp

denounced the measure
only days before the vote. The
voters ignored them, passing Prop 187 by a landslide 60
percent or more. A federal judge later

struck it down,
killing what the neocons

couldn`t kill by themselves.

Prop 187 not only passed overwhelmingly but also
pulled Republican Gov. Pete Wilson from a yawning
political grave and put at least five new Republican
congressmen into the House, the year the GOP

won Congress

Today, the

Stupid Party
still hasn`t learned the lesson.

For the last year or so, grassroots supporters of

have tried to put a similar measure on the
ballot. They failed, unable to gain the nearly 600,000
signatures by the deadline last month.

Why did they fail?

Ron Prince
, leader of the original Prop 187
movement, knows why.

"The Republican Party in California was vocal in
its opposition and not supportive,"
Mr. Prince told
the Washington Times recently. "Behind the
scenes, it was pressuring people not to support this."

What Mr. Kemp and the

Virtue Czar
couldn`t accomplish and the federal
courts couldn`t stop, the Stupid Party did all by
itself. [State
ballot measures on illegals founder
, By Valerie
Richardson, Washington Times, May
16, 2004]

The Times also reports the party is doing the
same thing in Arizona, where a similar measure is
enjoying more success in gaining support, but not
because of the Republicans: "The state`s Republican
congressional delegation opposes the initiative, but
delegates to the Arizona Republican Convention bucked
the leadership in February to endorse the measure."

But if the party leadership from the White House to
the state capitols is determined to commit suicide,
there remain some rising Republicans who won`t let it

"Immigration is turning into an election
battleground among Republicans,"
the Times
reported last week in another story, "with several
challengers running primary campaigns against leading
congressional supporters of legalizing illegal aliens."
incumbents face challenges on immigration
Stephen Dinan The Washington Times, May 19, 2004]

In Utah, incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon is facing a
tough battle for survival from immigration control
advocate Matt Throckmorton, who opposes the legalization
of illegals that Mr. Cannon supports. "It`s the
biggest issue in the race,"
Mr. Throckmorton says of
the immigration issue. Mr. Cannon failed to win more
than 60 percent of the vote in a party nominating

, undoubtedly as a result of his flaccid
position on amnesty.

It`s also a big issue on other states. In Arizona,

Jim Kolbe

Jeff Flake
, both

amnesty peddlers
, face strong opposition from
anti-amnesty (it should be called

pro-law enforcement
) challengers Randy Graf and Stan

Both incumbents have sponsored a guest worker bill
that amounts to little more than mass amnesty for the
illegals who have been terrorizing

Arizona ranchers

border residents
for years. The GOP incumbents are
on the side of the illegals.

In North Carolina

black conservative Vernon Robinson
is running
against illegal immigration in an open-seat primary, and
in Kansas immigration is an issue in the Third District
congressional race.

What all this proves beyond any question is that,
even today, with


government reports
, and repeated

public opinion polls for
years showing both the
costs of mass immigration and the strong popular support
for reducing and controlling it, the Republican Party
leadership is living on the thither rings of Saturn.

Even with the obvious example of the first Prop 187
helping to give it a congressional majority, it still
doesn`t get it.

There`s only one word for a party like this—stupid.

Actually, there`s another word. The real reason the
Stupid Party leadership doesn`t

get it
on immigration is that its masters in

Big Business
and the

Open Borders lobby
call the shots inside the party,
and so do those who imagine they can win election by
pandering to

the Hispanic vote

The word for that is a lot worse than stupid.



[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.

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for Sam Francis` website. Click

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Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
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