This was forwarded along to me by serr8d, likely for the ungodly, almost transcendental irony:
I guess I need to do a post on the new GOP “Declaration of Principles” that says we will give illegals a “probationary” status that we will never ever ever take away for any reason, as long as something something border security.
So, here is the post.
Republicans have to do this because it’s how they will get tons and tons of Latino votes. We know this because Democrats tell us so. And why would Democrats lie about that?
I don’t have a huge problem with some sort of DREAM act style of path of legalization for young people whose illegal status is no fault of their own. I have no problem legalizing folks who want to serve this country in the military. I am happy to completely transform immigration laws to allow multiple times the number of legal immigrants from Mexico, as long as they are free of diseases and criminal records. What I cannot support, what I will not sanction, is an effort to reward adult people who break our laws as their first act in this country.
But mine is a lone voice in the wilderness. It has been decided that, for the good of the Republican party, we must say to hell with our laws. Give the illegals the vote.
Well, I guess somebody has to be brave enough to be that lone voice willing to rail against the GOP “realists” and “pragmatists”. Kudos for stepping up and doing the job other significant American conservative pundits won’t do!
I can’t say it better than Ace:
And they’re compelling reasons, too.
This is part of the reason I gave up on politics and stopped identifying as a Republican. There is no point supporting a Team of Losers who furthermore don’t even actually have the same goals in mind I do. Not that that would make a big difference, as they are Losers, and cannot advance their goals.
I have listened a lot to libertarian podcasts lately and while I love love love their economics, they are insane in the membrane on international policy and criminal law. So it’s not like there is an organized and viable alternative.
But, like Ace (and many others) I don’t consider myself a Republican any more. I could, in a party that got behind someone like Ted Cruz. But this party doesn’t. So they don’t deserve my support and they don’t deserve yours. Until someone gets serious about actually doing something about the looming fiscal crisis that we all know is going to destroy this country, they should not get a dime. Save your money for the Ted Cruzes of the world.
The best solution, I think, is a very controversial one, and deserves a post of its own. Consider that a hint. I will say this: the answer is not legalizing millions of new Democrat votes.
Here, let me help: try saying “outlaw!“ Use the italics to set the timbre, too. Go on. It’s therapeutic, you’ll see!
Only this time, try it without sneering, without irony, and without concentrating so intently on marginalizing those who recognized early on what was happening and as a result were punished by the sanctimonious “realists” on their own side, not just for noticing, but more especially for pointing out that the mistakes in logic being promoted by their “own” side that exacerbated the problem and, in ways large and small, actually promoted, unwittingly, leftist kernel assumptions that made the march of its ideology inevitable.
Too, and as long as I’m giving advice, may I suggest that when outlining the new principles required to rescue this country from what is — and has been — an ongoing leftist coup, helped along by a feckless and self-interested GOP that has thrown in with the statists to create a one party, big government status quo masquerading as an adversarial two party system of representative government, try to remember that it is often the most pragmatic move to assert and defend one’s principles as a matter of political strategy, just as it is essential that we learn to rob the left and the “pragmatists” (who adopt their own sort of antifoundationalism, even if they reimagine it a “realism”) of the structural methodologies they deploy to institutionalize and enculturate their long march, much of which happens unnoticed, through bureaucratic maneuvering, or court rulings, or executive orders, and the infiltration into our education system of a multiculturalist ethos that is no more than a way to tribalize us and deconstruct the Enlightenment concentration on individualism upon which this country was founded and under which it once so flourished.
Or if “remember” is too loaded a term, given that it suggests the arguments are those you might have heard elsewhere for, say, the last dozen years or so, no matter how hard you may have tried to cast them off as unserious, and their promoters as useless, dangerous, fringe “True Believers” and pseudo-intellectuals worthy of being intentionally (heh) excommunicated from the ranks of high-profile conservative punditry, at least show us some sort of revelatory moment, a staged epiphany wherein you discover all this for yourselves, independent of any outside influences. One in which you suddenly are able to contextualize 5+ years of experience. Or one in which you describe finally opening up your goddamn eyes.
Also, you may want to include in the list of as yet unnamed organized principles the caveat that poisonous whisper campaigns, coordinated networking, and organized excommunication of your critics on individual issues (who elsewhere had proven to be your allies), is not terribly in keeping with the idea that speech needs be answered by more speech, in an effort to press intellectual discovery and pressure the common assumptions that have kept us moving leftward as a country for the last hundred years, with an eight-year respite during the 80s. And we want to be in keeping with that idea, because it is the first that was enshrined in our Bill of Rights precisely because it enforced rigor and created an engaged citizenry capable of governing itself.
Either way, welcome aboard. Or rather, enjoy engineering your new train. Whichever way you play it.
Point is, we’re all OUTLAWS! now. And it was only a matter of time.
Too bad it took so long. To the point where it may be too late. Yet another in what is becoming a long string of surreal historical miscues.