Why The Axis Of Amnesty Was Defeated— A Post-Mortem

Back in late May, the

Axis of Amnesty
seemed like an unstoppable coalition
of the Great and the Good. It linked the

Republican White House
and the

Democratic leaders of Congress
, business, media,
religion, and the ethnic lobbies.

And yet, put to the test in the
Senate, the

Bush-Kennedy Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill

collapsed

ignominiously
twice.

Why did the Axis of Amnesty turn
out to be a

paper tiger?

Sure, we

immigration reform patriots
had a

large majority
of

American voters
on our side. But only the naïve
assume that the

majority rules
in modern America. While we entered
the battle with both numbers and morale, the Axis of
Amnesty held the commanding heights of the institutions
and had almost all the hired guns.

So what happened?

Well, as

Napoleon
said: "In war, moral factors account for
three quarters of the whole; relative material strength
accounts for only one quarter."

What the Axis didn`t have was any
Americans

below the elites
who actually cared enough about the
amnesty bill to write their Senators.

Let`s review each component of this
mile-wide-but-inch deep coalition of special interests
to see why its overall strength was so vastly overrated.


  • The MainStream Media

The good news for the Axis of
Amnesty was that the MainStream Media

consistently demonize
patriotic immigration
reformers. But that was about all the good news they
enjoyed. Just about the only steadfast partisans were
obviously self-interested or delusional fringe interests
like the

immigration lawyers,
La Raza, and

economists.


  • Illegal immigrants

The

huge illegal alien demonstrations
in the spring of
2006, with their vast sea of

Mexican flags,
just made

actual voters
more adamant in saying "No mas"
to illegal immigration. But they intimidated and
motivated the Establishment.

But where were the marchers this
year?

The dismal failure of

illegal immigrants
to turn out in the streets was
the most striking change from 2006 to 2007. According to
the

Los Angeles Times
, [15
Police Officers Injured in Clash With Demonstrators in
LA
,
By Teresa Watanabe and Francisco Vara-Orta,
May 2, 2007] the May Day march of the illegals dropped
from 650,000 in 2006 to 35,000 in 2007. Similar

declines
were seen nationally.

Then, after the collapse of the
Bush-Kennedy bill in mid-May … practically nada.

The single most important reason
for this unexpected collapse: probably the fact that the
old House bill

threatening
to make

being an illegal immigrant a felony
was not on the
table this year. Only "a path to citizenship" was
being debated. Illegal aliens

don`t want to be deported, but
, in contrast to the
sentimental propaganda about them, they don`t care much
about citizenship (or America either, for that matter).
They are, in the most part,

patriotic Mexican nationals
here
merely for the money.

Illegal aliens also, evidently,
don`t long to be

"brought out of the shadows".

They don`t see all that much in it for them. That`s
because they have a better understanding of economics
than do many of their elite supporters. They realize
that their wages are determined not by their "legal
status,"
but by

supply and demand.


  • Legal immigrants

The majority of legal immigrants
who have become citizens and can now vote are not
Mexican or Central American.[PDF]
So why did anyone

expect them to care
about Latin American illegal
immigrants who jumped ahead of their

loved ones
in line?


  • American-born Hispanics

While the

small number of Hispanics
who make a

living out of their ethnicity
were fired up over
this chance to import more co-ethnics for them to claim
to represent, the typical Latino-American was
ambivalent—alternating between feelings of

ethnocentrism
and the hard-headed realization that
importing

even more people from Mexico
sure wasn`t going to

make his life any better.


  • African-Americans

…were unenthused. Utterly.


  • White liberals/ “progressives”

As Randall Burns has documented on
VDARE.com, white liberals who are ordinary citizens
showed negligible zeal for amnesty. The "progressive
netroots"
who hang out on Daily Kos and

the like
have turned themselves into a formidable
political force, but they were yet another dog that
didn`t bark for amnesty. On the rare occasions when the
Senate legislation came up on liberal blogs, the
comments sections

tended toward hostility
.

Just about the only pro-amnesty
talking point that white liberals could rally around was
that passing the bill would make white conservatives—who
are, by definition, evil racists,

morally far inferior
to

white liberals
—mad.

That kind of status-striving
certainly motivated a lot of the

biased pro-amnesty press
coverage in the MSM. But it
didn`t seem to drive much positive political activism
among the netroots.

The truth is that white liberals
are bored by Mexican illegal immigrants, who lack
the

glamour
of the 1960s black civil rights protestors.
At the 2006 march for illegal aliens that I witnessed, I
didn`t see a single white American. Everyone marching
down Van Nuys Blvd.

appeared
to be

mestizo
or full-blooded Indian. (Indeed, judging
from how short the marchers were on average, there
weren`t many American-born Latinos in attendance
either.)


  • Catholics

The

Roman Catholic hierarchy`s
most

prominent
pro-amnesty spokesman was Los Angeles

Cardinal Roger Mahony.
But he was simultaneously
negotiating a legal settlement of the child molestation
charges against the LA Archdiocese that would keep him
from having to testify in court about why he had kept
shuffling the criminal priests from one parish to
another—at a

cost of $660 million
out of the contributions of the
faithful (including me).

Not surprisingly, Mahony`s calls
for amnesty were widely ignored.


  • Labor

The AFL-CIO had been a strong voice
for immigration restriction going back to

Samuel Gompers
in the early 20th Century. But in

2000
, the union`s bosses switched sides and

backed amnesty.
In 2007, however, the rank-and-file
was so opposed that the bigshots apparently felt they
had to go along and condemn the bill.


  • Business

The CEO`s

finally realized
that their current employees hated
amnesty, so they toned down their support.

In summary, the Axis of Amnesty
coalition turned out to be a

lot of chiefs
and

very few Indians.

This doesn`t mean the Axis won`t
try again. They will, probably by trying to smuggle
through mini-amnesties.

But they have sustained an epochal
defeat. And it has exposed their weaknesses as never
before.

[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and

movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website

www.iSteve.blogspot.com
features his daily
blog.]