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Saturday, February 06, 2016

When did amnesty become a conservative value?

So the establishment is flocking to Marco Rubio in the wake of Jeb Bush's inability to mount a credible presidential campaign despite collecting $150 million of other people's. But don't call dare call Rubio establishment. He's a rebel. He drinks bottled water, not tap.

Never mind that Rubio leads the endorsement primary with the endorsements of six senators, 30 representatives, and one sitting governor. (Cruz has 20 representatives and no senators or governors. No elected official at that level has endorsed Trump.) Rubio is a rebel. Just ask anyone at the National Review, which is the oldest Republican publication in Washington.

Open borders -- amnesty -- immigration reform -- call it what you like -- is now a conservative value in Washington. Open borders proponent Sir Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and sundry other media entities that are pushing this. In 2006, George Walker Bush ran amnesty up the flagpole to see if any conservative would salute.

We didn't. President Bush 43 was smart enough to move on.

Now the Conservative Commentariat in DC openly mocks those opposed to this invasion and implies they are racist.

From George Will on August 27, 2015:
Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.
It is perhaps quixotic to try to distract Trump's supporters with facts, which their leader, who is no stickler for dignity, considers beneath him. Still, consider these:
The white percentage of the electorate has been shrinking for decades and will be about 2 points smaller in 2016 than in 2012. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first president elected while losing the white vote by double digits. In 2012, Hispanics, the nation's largest minority, were for the first time a double-digit (10 percent) portion of the electorate...
George Will's argument is Trump is a Big Fart (sulfurous belch) and you are racist if you do not pander to the Hispanic vote, which apparently excludes Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Peruvians (George Zimmerman's mom is from Peru).

Fortunately, some wiser heads realize that unless we build a new Ellis Island to screen out the undesirables -- including drug dealers, pedophiles and terrorists -- then we are as screwed as a nation as Europe is screwed as a continent.

From Patrick Buchanan on December 10, 2015:
Calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald Trump this week ignited a firestorm of historic proportions.
As all the old hate words — xenophobe, racist, bigot — have lost their electric charge from overuse, and Trump was being called a fascist demagogue and compared to Hitler and Mussolini.
The establishment seemed to have become unhinged.
Conservatives in Washington said it was Un-American!

Buchanan called them on this nonsense:
The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U.S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.
In 1924, Congress restricted immigration from Asia, reduced the numbers coming from southern and Central Europe, and produced a 40-year moratorium on most immigration into the United States.
Its authors and President Coolidge wanted ours to remain a nation whose primary religious and ethnic ties were to Europe, not Africa or Asia.
Under FDR, Truman and JFK, this was the law of the land.
Then came LBJ and the 1965 "reform" and Ted Kennedy's 1986 "reform" and now we have millions of illegal aliens flipping us the bird.

Which brings us to Phyllis Schafly dumping on Rubio.

From WND:
“When Marco Rubio ran for the Senate in Florida, I think I was the first one to endorse him,” said Phyllis Schlafly. “I made a trip down to Florida in 2009 just for the purpose of helping him.”
But Schlafly, a legendary conservative activist, author and WND columnist, now says she is bitterly disappointed by Rubio’s record.
“Once he got elected, he betrayed us all,” she told WND. “He said he was against amnesty and against the establishment. And once he got in, right away, he became an agent of the establishment. And now, of course, he’s big for amnesty and letting all the illegal immigrants in. He betrayed us a number of times on that issue.”
Schlafly said she was startled at the magnitude of Rubio’s “betrayal” on amnesty.
“It was so public,” she said.
“He’s a lackey for the establishment now,” she said. “There’s no question they’re picking up as Plan B – or maybe Plan C in this election cycle, or whatever we’re on now – but he certainly is an establishment agent.”
Sure, all the cool cat conservatives will mock Buchanan, Schafly and WND.

But I want to know why flagrantly violating the law and creating a class of people who are above the law became a conservative value.

Because if it is now a requirement that you kiss the ring of the godfathers of amnesty in order to be a conservative, then I will just stop calling myself that.


  1. In the eyes of the GOPe Rubio has 2 virtues: he isn't trump and he isn't Cruz. Those are the reasons that the GOPe myrmidons (thanks to Neil Bortz for that term) are flocking to his cause. I suspect that in the backs of their minds they still think that Jeb! will be viable once they get rid of Trump and Cruz, and then drop Rubio like a hot potato.

    1. False. He's their choice because he's able to be bought by (((neocons))), he's good at reciting his script and he "represents" the future. Jeb is not viable, thanks to Trump, who we should all be supporting.

  2. The GOPe is not conservative. Much of the base is. The dislike is mutual.

  3. True conservatives these days are a voting bloc without a party. The Republican Party has not only abandoned us, they have openly mocked and insulted us. As for Marco Rubio (ptui!), no way! - Elric

  4. If you want to vote for a conservative among the leaders, it must be Cruz because there is no other regardless of what Rush says.

    Settle in and read the Phyllis Schlafly report on Rubio. It is guaranteed to change your vote.

  5. I held a fat lot of liberal points of view when I was young. Then I thought I opened my eyes. Now, this open-borders superlative stupidity/insanity made me stop caring about being a conservative. How should I consider myself then since I loathe liberalism and doesn't care about conservatism anymore?

  6. So far as I know Rubio has never called for total amnesty with no consequences. I prefer Cruz, but I am disappointed, Don, when I see you making the same kind of broad brush claims as the LSM w/o solid evidence other than so and so said.

    To the best of my knowledge what Rubio supported was a path to legality for illegals and not a path to citizenship. Perhaps I am wrong - I can be persuaded if you can provide the text of bills he voted for or direct quotes to support what you have claimed.


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