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National Review, Reagan, and the 1986 Amnesty
Typical of the post-purge National Review's deep unease with the non-neocon/Beltway Right-approved issue of patriotic immigration reform, it has just published a long article by one of the more dogmatic immigration enthusiasts, the Cato Institute's Dan Griswold (GOP Candidates Betray the Spirit of Reagan on Immigration, January 3.) The comment thread is devastating—from "sakara" at 10:04
yes----every writer for the National Review should be paid FIVE CENTS A WORD!
THERE ARE 20 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THE USA WHO COULD WRITE AND EDIT THE NATIONAL REVIEW FOR LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE.
—interesting evidence that what Ann Coulter memorably called the NR "girly-boys" have not yet succeeded in driving away all conservative readers.
I've argued before that this idea that Reagan was a Panglossian optimist is just wrong. But typical of the degeneration of the Establishment Right, you have to go the the Asheville (NC) Tribune for a corrective view of Reagan on amnesty: Ronald Reagan’s Biggest Mistake-According to Reagan Himself, by VDARE.com friend Mike Scruggs.