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When People Don't Know What They're Talking About, Immigration-Wise, You Can Say So!
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December 21, 2014, 05:20 PM
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PowerLineBlog's Paul Mirengoff reported yesterday that
During an impassioned appearance on Fox News to denounce President Obama’s new Cuba policy, Marco Rubio stated, in response to a question that cited Rand Paul’s pro-Obama view on the subject, that Paul “has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to Cuba.”

[Rand Paul Proves Marco Rubio's Point, December 20, 2014]

Telling people that they have no idea what they're talking about generally won't win you friends, and it may actually be self-defeating in arguments wherein one's ignorant opponent might be persuadable.  But at least it's a formulation that's permissible in public, given Rubio's precedent on national TV.

Senator Rubio, himself, has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to immigration.  So I used his precedent in a message sent to him via his senatorial website's contact form:

On Fox News, you called out Senator Paul, saying that he “has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to Cuba.”

That's plausible, since you naturally know a lot about Cuba, and there's no reason to expect that he knows much at all about conditions and dynamics there. And you stated your objection bluntly.

So it must be OK to apply your blunt approach in another arena: You joined the Gang of Eight to shove that immigration bill S.744 down our throats — blowing up your campaign promises against amnesty in the process — ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION!

You even made those radio commercials saying that we were ALREADY afflicted with amnesty. Well, just wait until Obama's diktat fully kicks in — you ain't seen nothing yet.

Of course, most of what Mark Steyn calls "this country's depraved political class" have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to immigration.  (The political class isn't limited to politicians; see Angelo Codevilla's masterpiece in the American Spectator, July, 2010: America's America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution. [Caution: ~12,400 words.])

So, VDARE.com readers, recognizing that our "leaders" are mostly naked emperors when it comes to immigration, should be emboldened to confront them, sometimes quite bluntly, when the subject arises and conditions are favorable.